Board of Trustees
The Medical Needs Foundation was formed in 1998 by neighbors who came to the aid of a friend with a serious medical condition who was in financial need. Today, a working board of up to 18 community volunteers meets monthly to review applications, make awards and solicit ongoing support from donors. The board includes professionals with expertise in law, medicine, insurance, financial management, fundraising, and community service. Board members serve 3-year terms.
PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT CHAIR
Tom is a lifelong resident of Mountain Lakes. He earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1989. He founded Menard Construction Company in 1993 and has been busy building new homes and restoring historic homes in Morris County ever since. He opened a new office at the shore to help rebuild after the destruction of Super Storm Sandy. He is currently the co-chair of the MNF’s annual Spirit 5K. He has supported the MNF since it’s inception and is proud to be serving on the board since 2013.
Sharon Wendler, RN
Vice President, OUTREACH CHAIR, DEVELOPMENT
Sharon is an RN with over 10 years experience in the hospital setting. She returned to school earning a Master Certificate in Education at The College of St Elizabeth and a Master Certificate in School Nursing at Seton Hall University. She currently is working at Lake Drive Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as their Certified School Nurse. As a member of the Outreach committee since 2013, she will add her expertise in the health care management of the special needs child and the unique situation the family may encounter.
Pia is an Art Historian and Museum Educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She assists with programs there for the visually impaired and for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. She joined the board in 2011 and served as Chair of the Outreach Committee from 2014-2015. She was also Vice President from 2013-2015.
Jeannie joined the board of the Medical Needs Foundation in 2010. Her work experiences include working as an RN in general medicine and the medical ICU. After receiving her Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University, she worked as a nurse practitioner in the area of university student health. Jeanne currently works for a pain management practice.
Scot joined the board in 2012. He is the CFO of a not-for-profit publisher, Oxford University Press.
SECRETARY, OUTREACH, DEVELOPMENT
Tony Ratchford is a new member to the Medical Needs Foundation in 2015. He has been a resident of Mountain Lakes for the past 10 years, and has worked on several fundraising committees for the sports and schools within Mountain Lakes. He will be assisting the Marketing and Development Committee. Tony has 20 years of experience in the medical device arena working for companies like Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic in varying capacities such as Marketing and Sales Leadership.
DOCTOR, MEDICAL ADVISOR
Bonny was involved at the very start of the Medical Needs Foundation. She is delighted to now be on the board of this wonderful organization especially loves the work of visiting potential recipients and submitting grant proposals. It is such a gift to be able to give people hope after devastating health experiences. Bonny is a Certified Life Coach working with people during challenging times of their lives.
Andrew Purcell joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. Andrew has lived in Mountain Lakes since 2010. Through his career in the pharmaceutical industry, Andrew has been increasingly engaged with patient advocacy organizations and has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Diabetes Educators Foundation. He appreciates the importance of the work of MNF to address “access and affordability” challenges faced by those needing medical care.
DOCTOR, MEDICAL ADVISOR
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