mcps werner aehlichPHOTO: Volunteer Werner Aehlich has given over 3,000 hours to the Monmouth County Park System.

COLTS NECK, NJ —  It was all about the volunteers on Sunday, March 6 when the Monmouth County Park System held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck.  Throughout the year, 1,175 people volunteered a total of 26,535 hours assisting the Park System with recreation programs, special events and park facilities. During the event, Park System staff honored 155 volunteers who gave over 40 hours in the past year.

A poignant moment came when the Park System recognized volunteers who hit milestones in their service hours.  Ruth Gariepy of Hazlet, James Gault of Hazlet, Les Neiman of Belford, Linda Rovder of Monmouth Beach, and Frank Nofi of Manalapan each gave over 1,000 hours and Werner Aehlich of Holmdel crossed the 3,000 hours mark.  Volunteering since March 2007, Mr. Aehlich is a dedicated volunteer who gives his time freely, gardening in seven parks, helping lead the Trails Team, and assisting at numerous events throughout the year. 

Mr. Aehlich explains how he became a Park System volunteer, "I came to Monmouth County to hike in the parks and decided to move here.  Volunteering was just the next step and I began volunteering at Deep Cut Gardens.  Now I love to get outside whenever I can and enjoy working with others to help make the parks more beautiful. It's great to be part of a team."

Working as a team with Park System staff, volunteers can be found helping in countless ways.  They act as historic interpreters and demonstrators at Historic Longstreet Farm and Historic Walnford, serve as leaders on bus trips to sporting and cultural events, and assist in offices.  They are invaluable to the Park System’s therapeutic horseback riding program by assisting riders during individual lessons. Volunteers can also be found acting as docents, participating in beach clean ups, gardening, maintaining trails, and serving as educators in the Beach Nesting Bird Monitor program.  They help make special events and races such as WinterFest, the Wind & Sea Festival and the Woods Hollow Bike Race run smoothly.  The Park System is grateful to each and every one of its volunteers for his or her service.


Volunteers who gave more than 40 hours in 2016 are:

Werner Aehlich, Holmdel

Nicholas James Alexander, Red Bank

Julie R. Alter, Freehold

Lawrence E. Anderson, Holmdel

Jodee L. Anderson, Holmdel

Andrew Antoniolli, Brielle

Alyssa R. Austin, Colts Neck

Ethan P. Bateman, Little Silver

Joan Berg, Lincroft

Patricia Bernstein, Colonia

Paige F. Biebel, Middletown

Jacqueline Bikker, Little Silver

Denise Bixby, Howell

Sara Y. Bonardi, Middletown

Laura K. Boyle, Hazlet

Christine Bremseth, Tinton Falls

Janet L. Breslin, Jackson

James Breslin, Shrewsbury

Marvin Britten, Middletown

Sandy Burn, Red Bank

Mary Byrne, Middletown

Stephanie Camp, Neptune

Anne M. Caruso, Long Branch

Nina Casola, Holmdel

James Church, Aberdeen

Elizabeth M. Clarke, Tinton Falls

Bridget M. Connolly, Rumson

Kathleen Culver, Red Bank

Judy Curry-Phipps, Atlantic Highlands

Joanna R. D'Avelle, Howell

Denise M. Day, Holmdel

Radhamani Dayanidhi, Tinton Falls

Darlene A. DeBarba, Fair Haven

Caitlin Delaney, Lincroft

Louise DelCollo, Colts Neck

Brianna M. Delmar, Ocean

Theresa A. Dill, Old Bridge

Barbara Duggan, Freehold

Nancy Endresen, Holmdel

Kathleen J. Evans, Tinton Falls

Harvey Evans, Tinton Falls

John R. Fenton, Neptune

Barbara A. Finazzo, Jackson

Carol D. Fornwald, Long Branch

Harden Fowler, Tinton Falls

Kathleen M. Freeman, Hazlet

Cheryl Fulmer, Freehold

Barry Fulmer, Freehold

Ruth Gariepy, Hazlet

Loma L. Gault, Hazlet

James R. Gault, Hazlet

Raymond D. Gonzalez, West Long Branch

Shannon G. Gorman, Colts Neck

Jonela R. Grimaldi, Middletown

Erin M. Gross, Holmdel

Rebecca Gwinnell, Lincroft

Alison Hamilton, Freehold

Judy Hands, Red Bank

Donna C. Hansen, Freehold

Kathleen M. Harbort, Fair Haven

Patricia M. Hauser, Aberdeen

Kerry Hennessy, Hazlet

Joyce Henry, Lincroft

James Henry, Lincroft

Liz Hespe, Middletown

Amanda Hintelmann, Rumson

Bob Hutzel, Neptune

Dawn Johnson, Aberdeen

Danielle Nicole Kaden, Holmdel

Samara J. Kaplan, Marlboro

Nadide F. Karacay, Wall Township

Roberta Kilduff, Middletown

Kristen M. Kircher, West Keansburg

Sherry A. Kosberg, Shrewsbury

Arthur J. Lackner, Eatontown

Amelia E. Lautenberg, Holmdel

Linda Lawton, Eatontown

Patricia A. Leo, Rumson

Phoebe L. Li, Morganville

Brooke D. Lichter, Holmdel

Elizabeth G. Lilleston, Atlantic Highlands

Daniel H. Lingelbach, Navesink

Jeanette Lingelbach, Navesink

Gerry Lingner, Long Branch

Lois Lyons, Tinton Falls

Joy E. Malysko, Neptune

Maury Mangan, Oceanport

Katrina E. Mavrode, Middletown

Alice McCaddin, Ocean

Elaine A. McColgan, Middletown

Sharon L. McCormick, Farmingdale

Patrice McCoy, Freehold

Kim W. McCracken, Red Bank

Richard B. Merker, Middletown

Catherine Merker, Middletown

Barry I. Miller, Middletown

Robert E. Moe, Atlantic Highlands

Janice Mundy, Freehold

William Murphy, Red Bank

Eileen Murphy, Red Bank

David Nass, Red Bank

Leslie Neiman, Belford

Lauren A. Nickerson, Lincroft

Frank Nofi, Manalapan

Paul C. O'Horo, Colts Neck

Deborah C. Osepchuk, Ocean Grove

Alex Osnato, North Middletown

Deborah A. Palumbo, Monmouth Beach

Morgan E. Plosica, Monmouth Beach

Thomas J. Puskar, Howell

April C. Qin, Holmdel

Daniela Rodriguez-Luna, Tinton Falls

Linda A. Rovder, Monmouth Beach

Meghan L. Royle, Colts Neck

Meryl A. Russell, Cranford

Diana-Lee Salerno, Little Silver

Walter Salzmann, Sea Girt

Brea E. Saunders, Laurence Harbor

Elizabeth Scharmann, Navesink

Marlis Schlegel-Steadman, Rumson

Patricia R. Schoenfelder, Keansburg

Thomas D. Scully, Eatontown

Maria S. Sgroi, Fair Haven

Patricia K. Sherwood, Keansburg

Regina M. Sieben, Long Branch

Ellen Simonetti, Morganville

Ashley Sousa, Jackson

Elyse C. Spinelli, Middletown

Ravi Srinivasan, Fair Haven

Christina E. Sundt, Red Bank

Margaret T. Swan, Bricktown

Christie E. Swanson, Red Bank

Eleanor C. Swanson, Long Branch

Ellen B. Terry, Millstone

Gail B. Tewell, Matawan

Nora E. Thomson, Lincroft

Nicole S. Thornton, Tinton Falls

Margo Thornton, Tinton Falls

Patricia A. Thul, Eatontown

Michaela Tovar, Lincroft

Barbara L. Trouwborst, Ocean Grove

Daniel L. Tutler, Belford

Ann K. Tvaroha, Fair Haven

Kassandra Uribazo, Middletown

Anna-Marie Van Brunt, Jackson

Donald R. Van Buren, Lincroft

Barbara A. Venanzini, Matawan

Gerald A. Vernon, Jr., Fair Haven

Elaine M. Weigl, Howell

Nicholas A. West, Colts Neck

Kyle P. Wicklund, Shrewsbury

Harmon Willey, Shrewsbury

Katherine Wojciechowski, Freehold

Sandra Wolfe, Howell

Christine Yovnello, Red Bank


To learn about Park System volunteers, please visit or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.