2015 RECIPIENTS

2015 New Jersey Rotary Vocational Service Award Recipients

 

District 7470

Robert H. Conley

Rotary Club of Madison

Bob Conley is a life-long resident of Madison, where he grew up as a middle child of 11. The lessons learned from growing up in a large family; doing your share and helping those in need have served him well over the years. During his high school years he started volunteering at the Madison Area YMCA; little did he know that would lead to a very successful YMCA career. Bob Conley’s career started with the position of Sports Director, when he became known as Coach Bob. In this role he taught thousands of children how important teamwork, sportsmanship and respect is in sports competition and life. He has served as the Vice President of Operations for the Madison Area YMCA since 1997.
 
Bob Conley is currently serving as Mayor of the Borough of Madison, having been elected in 2011. Previously he served two terms as a Councilmember. Councilmembers and the Mayor are volunteer positions in Madison. Mr. Conley has served on the Boards of the Adult School of the Chathams, Madison, and Florham Park and the Grace counseling Center, serving as chair for both boards. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison for over twenty-five years, serving as its president in 2011-2012. Additionally he is the past President of Chapter 17 of the Association of YMCA Professionals, which covers the 40 YMCA’s in the state of New Jersey.Mr. Conley also is a 2003 graduate of the Leadership Morris and a founding co-chair for the Chief Executive Council for Madison.

 

District 7490

Linda Hanlon

Rotary Club of Park Ridge
 
In August 1987, Linda Hanlon was inducted into the Park Ridge Rotary Club by Governor Robert Kleinberg. As the Club’s first female member, she later served as its President in 1994-1995.  As a Rotarian, Linda has become active beyond the club level, serving as a Trustee of the Walter D. Head Foundation from 2009 to 2015.  In addition, Linda was a recipient of a Walter D. Head Award in 1989 and 2003 and received a Paul Harris Fellowship in 1992.  
 
Linda has held a lifelong commitment to charitable initiatives. As a young girl in Closter, New Jersey, her foray into philanthropy began when she sold lemonade on Knickerbocker Road to raise funds for local charities. She later joined the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) and continued to fundraise for local needs. 
 
Since August 2009, Linda has served as Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking for Kearny Bank, headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey. Following the completion of her academic studies, Linda began her career with County Trust Company in Cresskill. She later joined Wachovia Bank, through multiple mergers, where she worked until 2008 as Vice President of Retail Operations for New York and Connecticut. During her time with Wachovia, she served as a mentor for the Rutgers University W.I.N.G.S program and as a Champion of Diversity and Ethical Behavior, designing and delivering training on Ethical Behavior.  Linda is a member of Women United in Philanthropy. 
 
Linda resides in Saddle Brook, New Jersey with her husband, William. Her parents Joseph and Ida Di Blasio still live in Closter. She has two sisters, Karen and Diane and seven nieces and nephews.

 

District 7500

Amy Peardon

 

 

Rotary Club of Asbury Park

Amy E. Peardon is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with a General Pediatric private practice in Asbury Park, NJ since 2005.  Amy feels so strongly about helping the community she grew up near that she returned to operate the medical office where she was once a child patient. Shortly after joining Asbury Park Pediatrics, she joined the Rotary Club of Asbury Park in 2006.  With the help of Rotary, she has made quite an impact.When Amy sought guidance in learning about her future career, she found only cardiologist Dr. Klaus Schulz willing to help.  Now, she gladly mentors aspiring medical students who seek her out for shadowing opportunities and letters of recommendation.  She is the unpaid director of the Osteopathic Residency program at Jersey Shore UMC and a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics. In her office she provides training to pediatric residents, graduate students, medical assistants, as well as, advancing the careers of her staff.
 
As a result of joining Rotary, Amy was asked to serve on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County.  She has instituted medical education presentations to teenage girls, a health physical forms program to record vaccinations and manage emergencies, a tennis program, and an awards ceremony with back to school gifts. Amy is amazed by how her vocation and Rotary have connected to support the needs of the Asbury Park community with money, volunteers and programs. She is passionate about her Rotary club’s scholarship and dictionary programs and responsible for many of her patients attending RYLA.

 

District 7510

Kathy Feigly

 

 

Rotary Club of Branchburg

Kathy Feigley, founder of Kangaroo Kids Child Care & Learning Center, one of only 7% of schools nationwide to earn accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. At Kangaroo Kids Kathy oversees annual community service projects for Autism Speaks, United Ways “Tools for Schools,” Food Drive, Holiday Giving Tree, Donations for the Women’s Crisis Center, Animal rescue donations, drives for seriously ill children, and Valentines for Seniors and Veterans. 

In addition, Kathy mentors teachers and up and coming leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is previously hosted Cable The TV Show, Today’s Child, reaching over 300,000 families. Kathy is President of the New Jersey Child Care Association, has served on the advisory board for RVCC and is Public Relations Chairman of the Rotary Club of Branchburg. She is also the coordinator of Student of the Month program for the Club.Kathy’s awards include Outstanding Business Person of the Year for Somerset County, Somerset County Economic Vitality Award, recipient of Governor Whitman’s Bright Beginnings Grant, Rotary Public Relations Award, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Somerset County Freeholders “Women of Achievement,” & Somerset County Diversity Award. She was awarded Director of The Year by the National Association of Child Care Professionals.

Despite all of her professional and Rotarian achievements, Kathy finds the time to be a dedicated wife and mother. Her youngest son Kyle is a State Trooper and oldest son Brian teaches Math. Her husband, Ed has been her significant other for 18 years.

 

District 7640

Joseph Delgado

Rotary Club of Vineland

Joe Delgado quietly works behind the scenes to improve the lives of children, especially here in Cumberland County. After joining the Vineland Rotary in 2004, Joe quickly gravitated to Community Service, becoming Chairman of the Community Service Committee for the Rotary Club in 2005.He and other committee members worked on Tiny Tim, Adopt a Road, holiday parties for special-needs kids, and parties at the Developmental Center. But he focused his efforts on the Challenger League. The committee advertised and sought the help of several parents of special-needs children to get the league started with 30 kids and a total of two teams. The next year the league grew to 50 children and a total of four teams. By 2011 the league had nearly 100 children and eight teams competing for 10 weeks.
 
Every Challenger League game has other community groups assisting the special-needs children in the field and around the bases. And no matter who helps out, everyone leaves the field a better person and truly touched by the experience. Because of Joe and his committee’s dedication, the Challenger League is an incredible success story. Over 100 boys and girls with disabilities, who would otherwise probably never get to play a sport, or be part of a sports team, now have the experience of hitting the game winning hit. They now experience the thrill of touching home plate and scoring a run. Joe is the first to volunteer helping you move or fix a light switch, and he’s the first one to donate his time to charity. But he’s the last person to take any credit. He simply enjoys helping others.