Personal Interests

I am an active member of several organizations that enable me to pursue some of my special interests. I’ve included some of my favorites below along with information about my personal contributions to each of them. I also enjoy writing (as you can probably tell for my travel blogs) and I occasionally write articles about things that are of special interest to me.


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Skal is the largest professional travel and tourism organization in the world and is dedicated to promoting goodwill and friendship among those in the travel industry. In June, 2013 the Northern New Jersey Chapter of Skal International hosted a tourism networking event at the USGA Museum in Far Hills to promote tourism awareness for Somerset County, NJ. As the Director of Public Relations for Skal’s Norhtern New Jersey Chapter I was instrumental in the planning and implementation of this event. For more information about the event see the newspaper articles in the Courier News or the Global Travel Industry News

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LitWorld is a non-profit literacy organization fostering resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story. Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people. Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. All over the world, children are hungry for learning and for the power it brings. Research shows that children learn to read and write best by writing and telling the stories of their own experiences. Yet it is rare to find safe spaces where children feel fully comfortable to do so. LitWorld is changing that. Click here for a description of LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day and my contribution to this effort.

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Vet Affairs
To view an article I wrote for the Courier News about the Veteran’s Outreach “One Mall a Month” program click Veteran Affairs One Mall a Month

Northwest NJ Community Action Partnership -

NORWESCAP’s mission is to improve the lives of low income individuals and families in need in Northwest New Jersey primarily by offering, referring or collaborating with others to provide programs and education which help foster self-sufficiency in four areas including Economic and Employment Building, Nutrition and Healthy Living, Child and Family Development, and Housing. Click NORWESCAP’s Career & Life Transition Center to view an article in about a panel discussion in which I participated.