COLTS NECK—  It was all about the volunteers on Sunday, March 5 when the Monmouth County Park System held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck.  Throughout the year, 997 people volunteered a total of 23,294 hours assisting the Park System with recreation programs, special events and park facilities.  During the event, Park System staff honored 152 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.  Gerry Lingner of Long Branch and Alex Osnato of North Middletown each gave over 3,000 hours and James Henry of Lincroft crossed the 9,000 hours mark.  Mr. Henry is a dedicated volunteer who gives his time freely, gardening in several parks, helping lead the Trails Team, and assisting with volunteer training and at numerous event throughout the year.

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 as well as assist with programs and camps.  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

Jodee Anderson, Point Pleasant

Andrew Antoniolli, Brielle

Alyssa Austin, Colts Neck

Jane Banahan, Fair Haven

Catherine Bannon, Lincroft

Paula Belem, Edison

Joan Berg, Lincroft

Paige Biebel, Middletown

Denise Bixby, Howell

Janice Blake, Freehold

Pamela Bluish, Upper Freehold

Sara Bonardi, Middletown

Amanda Bossert, Holmdel

Christine Bremseth, Tinton Falls

Janet Breslin, Jackson

Mitchell Bundschuh, Freehold

Sandy Burn, Red Bank

Mary Byrne, Middletown

Stephanie Camp, Neptune

Monica Cantor, Morganville

Barbara Carroll, Colts Neck

Anne Caruso, Long Branch

Hanna Ceppaluni, Freehold

Elizabeth Clarke, Tinton Falls

Shayna Cohen, Holmdel

Helen Cole, Freehold

Kathleen Culver, Red Bank

Judy Curry-Phipps, Atlantic Highlands

Cody Dalton, Oakhurst

Bethany Darby, Brick

Denise Day, Holmdel

Radhamani Dayanidhi, Tinton Falls

Darlene DeBarba, Fair Haven

Louise DelCollo, Colts Neck

Emma DeSantis, Fair Haven

Barbara Duggan, Freehold

Deborah Elsinger, Shrewsbury

Harvey Evans, Tinton Falls

Kathleen Evans, Tinton Falls

Barbara Finazzo, Jackson

Carol Fornwald, Long Branch

Harden Fowler, Tinton Falls

Kathleen Freeman, Hazlet

Cheryl Fulmer, Freehold

Ruth Gariepy, Hazlet

James Gault, Hazlet

Loma Gault, Hazlet

Trevor Golusinski, Red Bank

Cheryl Greenfield, Freehold

Angelo Grimaldi, Red Bank

Dolores Grimaldi, Red Bank

Erin Gross, Holmdel

Judy Hands, Red Bank

Donna Hansen, Freehold

Kathleen Harbort, Fair Haven

James Henry, Lincroft

Susan Henschel, Neptune

Hope Hershman, Colts Neck

Liz Hespe, Middletown

Amanda Hintelmann, Rumson

Catherine Holler, Holmdel

Lucy Hopkinson, Colts Neck

Karen Kacani, Metuchen

Katie Kalfayan, Morganville

Nadide Karacay, Wall Township

Mary Kardauskas, Arlingtone

Laura Kavanagh, Colts Neck

Roberta Kilduff, Middletown

Kristen Kircher, West Keansburg

Maya Konefal, Lincroft

Sherry Kosberg, Shrewsbury

Michael Kranis, Shrewsbury

Arthur Lackner, Eatontown

Belen Lacosta, Hazlet

Katie Lasko, Morganville

Linda Lawton, Eatontown

Brooke Lichter, Holmdel

Elizabeth Lilleston, Atlantic Highlands

Jeanette Lingelbach, Navesink

Daniel Lingelbach, Navesink

Gerry Lingner, Long Branch

Ulrike Lirosi, Little Silver

Lois Lyons, Tinton Falls

Joy Malysko, Neptune

Gayle Mancari, Long Branch

Ralph Maratea, Lakewood

Nicholas Marrero, Fords

Danielle Martinez, Holmdel

Susan Mazur, Port Monmouth

Alice McCaddin, Ocean

Elaine McColgan, Middletown

Emily McNeill, Colts Neck

Kelly Meade, Clark

Nancy Meagher, Middletown

Amy Meechan, Wall

Anna Meechan, Wall

Catherine Meechan, Wall

Riana Melillo, Lincroft

Richard Merker, Middletown

Catherine Merker, Middletown

Robert Moe, Atlantic Highlands

Benedict Montalbano, Middletown

Bonnie Muir, Long Branch

Eileen Murphy, Red Bank

William Murphy, Red Bank

David Nass, Red Bank

Les Neiman, Belford

Frank Nofi, Manalapan

Madelyn Oliveira, Lincroft

Alex Osnato, North Middletown

Deborah Palumbo, Monmouth Beach

Martha Pineda, Holmdel

Stewart Prince, Matawan

Thomas Puskar, Howell

April Qin, Holmdel

Eileen Reed, Matawan

Anna Maria Riccio-Mandala, Long Branch

Patricia Richter, Red Bank

Joseph Rossi, Long Branch

Linda Rovder, Monmouth Beach

Diana-Lee Salerno, Little Silver

Walter Salzmann, Sea Girt

Ben Sammarco, Colts Neck

Brea Saunders, Laurence Harbor

Kara Sayre, Tinton Falls

Elizabeth Scharmann, Navesink

Patricia Schoenfelder, Keansburg

Alexa Setteducati, Brick

Mary Jeanne Shaughnessy, Ocean Grove

Regina Sieben, Long Branch

Elyse Spinelli, Middletown

Noel Stoll, Aberdeen

Christina Sundt, Red Bank

Margaret Swan, Bricktown

Eleanor Swanson, Long Branch

Dianne Swenson, Highlands

Ellen Terry, Millstone

Shayla Thompson, Cliffwood Beach

Nora Thomson, Lincroft

Margo Thornton, Tinton Falls

Patricia Thul, Eatontown

Michaela Tovar, Lincroft

Daniel Tutler, Belford

Ann Tvaroha, Fair Haven

Anna-Marie Van Brunt, Jackson

Barbara Venanzini, Matawan

Gerald  Vernon, Jr., Fair Haven

Elaine Weigl, Barnegat

Nicholas West, Colts Neck

Lewis Whitaker, Howell

Christine Yovnello, Red Bank

To learn about Park System volunteers, please visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com 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.