Monday, December 22, 2014

Notable Articles On Gastroenterology & Proctology

Capsule Endoscopy: An Easy Pill to Swallow

pill camOne of the most challenging diagnostic problems in digestive medicine is finding the source of obscure or hidden bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.

Patients with obscure or hidden bleeding usually have unexplained anemia (red blood cell deficiency), a low blood count, or may have blackened stools.

When traditional imaging studies fail to reveal the source of the bleeding, another high-tech imaging tool, called PillCam, can provide detailed images of the small intestine — an area that’s difficult to reach with traditional endoscopy procedures.

PillCam, or video capsule endoscopy, is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of the insides of your digestive tract. The camera is housed in a vitamin-sized capsule that you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive system, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist.

“In the past, finding the source of bleeding often required surgery,” said Thomas A. Judge, MD, gastroenterologist at the Cooper Digestive Health Institute. “Now the patient comes into the office in the morning, swallows a dime-sized capsule, is attached to external monitoring equipment, and is out and about for the day. The patient returns in approximately eight hours and the equipment is collected. It really couldn’t be simpler.”

The images then are downloaded and carefully reviewed by the gastroenterologist. If a problem is detected and the source of the bleeding is identified, follow-up procedures and treatments can be performed.

In difficult diagnostic cases, video capsule endoscopy may be able to reveal small ulcers or other abnormalities. The procedure has been particularly helpful in diagnosis with patients who suffer from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the small intestine.

“Gastrointestinal bleeding is a symptom rather than a disease and can occur anywhere within the digestive system,” Dr. Judge said. “The PillCam is a valuable tool for diagnosing problems, and Cooper is one of the only centers in the region with the experience and expertise to provide the technology, and to use it effectively.”

For more information about video capsule endoscopy or other programs and services available at the state-of-the-art Cooper Digestive Health Institute, located in Mount Laurel, N.J., call 856.642.2133.

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Source: http://ehealth.cooperhealth.org/2010/08/diagnosing-digestive-disorders-pill-cam/

Advanced Surgical Options for Patients Requiring Colorectal Surgery


Colorectal surgery has long been associated with invasive procedures, long hospital stays, and painful recoveries. At Penn Medicine, specialists are putting a new face on colorectal surgery by offering patients the latest minimally invasive procedures, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), single-incision laparoscopic (SIL) colectomy, sacral nerve stimulation, and robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Transanal-endoscopic Microsurgery
Offered to select patients with rectal tumors, TEM allows surgeons to excise large polyps and high rectal tumors that would otherwise require major surgery.

“Previously, if a patient had an early cancer or sizable polyp in the rectum that was not accessible transanally, it would require radical surgery to remove it,” explains Joshua Bleier, MD, FACS, FASCRS. “With transanal-endoscopic microsurgery, we can access areas that were previously too high for transanal approaches.”

TEM is a relatively painless, minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no hospital stay and offers a significantly lower rate of recurrence.

“With TEM, surgeons have a 3D perspective of the operating field, allowing us to remove the tumor in its entirety while sparing much of the rectum,” says Dr. Bleier. “This is a distinct advantage over transanal excision, which can cause the tumor to fragment and result in recurrence rates as high as 30 percent.”

Even though TEM has been in existence for several years, very few surgeons possess the training necessary to perform the procedure. Dr. Bleier is one of only a handful of surgeons on the eastern seaboard and the only surgeon at Penn performing TEM.

SIL Colectomy
Patients at Penn who require a right colectomy for the treatment of polyps or cancer may benefit from an advanced laparoscopic procedure called SIL colectomy. Offered by Brian Kann, MD, FACS, FASCRS, assistant professor of clinical surgery, SIL colectomy affords patients the benefits of a traditional laparoscopic approach, but with smaller and fewer incisions.

“With traditional laparoscopic approaches to right colectomy, surgeons make three or four port incisions and then an additional large incision,” says Dr. Kann. “A distinct advantage of SIL colectomy is that it requires only a three- to four-centimeter incision to perform the entire resection. Additionally, because the surgeon uses only one point of entry, a high degree of technical expertise is required.”

To date, Dr. Kann has performed several SIL colectomies. Penn is only one of a few centers in the country offering this procedure.


Sacral Nerve Stimulation
For patients experiencing chronic fecal incontinence who have failed or are not candidates for conventional therapies, a minimally invasive treatment option called sacral nerve stimulation may help them regain complete bowel control.

The sacral nerves regulate the muscles of the pelvic floor. For some patients with fecal incontinence, these muscles do not function properly. Sacral nerve stimulation is a therapy that uses an implantable device to stimulate the sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses to restore normal function to the pelvic floor and help patients regain bowel control.

“Sacral nerve stimulation works in more than 75 percent of potential patients, and when it works it can be profoundly life-changing,” says Dr. Bleier.

The first step in treatment is a test phase to determine if the sacral nerve stimulation will work. The test phase does not require permanent implantation of the device. Therefore, if the test is successful the internal, pacemaker-like device can be implanted with the knowledge that the treatment will work. If the test phase is not successful, unnecessary implantation of a device can be avoided. Both procedures are very safe and cause minimal, if any, discomfort.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery
In January 2011, surgeons at Penn became among the first in the region to perform minimally invasive colorectal surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Robotic surgery offers distinct benefits to both colorectal surgeons and their patients.

“The pelvis is often a difficult area to operate in due to anatomic constrictions,” explains Dr. Kann. “With the robot, we have enhanced visualization of the operative field due to high-definition, magnified, 3-dimensional views. This is instrumental in identifying and protecting critical structures such as nerves in the pelvis. Additionally, the range of motion with traditional laparoscopy is limited to moving the instruments up and down, back and forth, and in and out. A key advantage to the robot is that the ends of the instruments articulate like our wrists, adding an additional range of motion and facilitating the ease of surgery."

Used mainly for rectal surgery, a significant advantage to robotic colorectal surgery is its potential to preserve nerves that control key bodily functions such as urination or ejaculation. In addition, it allows for more complete excision for rectal cancer. Drs. Kann and Bleier both perform robotic-assisted colorectal surgery at Penn Medicine.

“The addition of these procedures demonstrates our commitment to providing patients with the most advanced treatments available for their condition,” says Robert Fry, MD, FACS, FASCRS, chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery, chairman of surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Emilie and Roland deHellebranth Professor of Surgery. “We take an enthusiastic, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Patients are seen within a day or two of their initial call and referring physicians receive regular updates on their patient’s care.”

Penn’s commitment to training future colorectal surgeons distinguishes it from many other programs in the nation. Its colorectal residency program is one of only 50 in the United States and offers aspiring surgeons the opportunity to receive specialized training in this field.

“Our program, while comparatively young, offers participants the opportunity to train with a highly skilled, widely renowned team of colorectal specialists,” says colon and rectal surgery program director Dr. Kann. “I feel that our ability to really push the envelope in terms of treatment and research makes this a great place for surgeons to train and practice.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 800-789-PENN (7366).

Source: http://penn-medicine-health-newsletter.blogspot.com/2011/04/advanced-surgical-options-for-patients.html

Friday, October 17, 2014

Obituary - Konieczka

Paul Alan Konieczka

March 11, 1942 - October 16, 2014

Paul Konieczka, a lifelong resident of Delran, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Paul was born on March 11, 1942 in Riverside. He was the son of the late Adolph and Helen Konieczka.

Paul was a teacher in the Delran school district for more than 35 years. He was an avid sportsman who loved fishing, hunting, and golfing. He enjoyed spending time socializing with his friends at the Polish American Citizens' Club where he was a long standing member and officer.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Marcia Konieczka of 47 years; son, Alan Konieczka and wife, Karen of Greenwich Township, N.J.; and daughter, Stacy Silva and husband, Rui of Delran. He also is survived by his treasured grandchildren, Michael, Lauryn, Kyle and Elise; as well as his sister, Elaine France and brother-in-law, Bob and brother, Richard Konieczka and sister-in-law Dee.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Paul's life celebration and visitation at Snover/ Givnish of Cinnaminson, 1200 Rte. 130, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. His prayer service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park, 1300 Rte. 130 N., Cinnaminson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul's name may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201.

To share your fondest memories and condolences with Paul's family, please visit the Web site below. Snover/Givnish of Cinnaminson

www.snovergivnish.com

Source: Burlington County Times - October 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tom MacArthur and the empty chair By J.D. Mullane


Aimee Belgard, Democratic cadidate for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, did not show for a chat with her GOP opponent, Tom MacArthur, hosted by Dom Giordano at 1210 WPHT Philly.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/columnists/jd-mullane/tom-macarthur-and-the-empty-chair/article_eb9cadfa-b26e-52f0-8f84-42dca6b8c6e6.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It was the bitter aftertaste of the Republican primary for Congress in the 3rd District that led me to believe that Tom MacArthur was just another elite party pick, a closet lib and probably a soak-the-rich socialist, too.

That’s because last spring, when tea party fave Steve Lonegan ran against MacArthur, the rebel conservative’s campaign attempted to change MacArthur’s name to Tom “He raised taxes as mayor of Randolph!” MacArthur.

There were other jibes. MacArthur was not authentically pro-life. MacArthur is an establishment stooge, a gutless RINO, etc.

None of it worked. MacArthur triumphed, although the former self-made insurance company CEO had to spend $2 million of his own cash to beat the insurgent Lonegan.

When I met MacArthur on Tuesday in Bordentown Township, his easygoing manner and reasonable answers cleansed the palate of bitter backwash. I rifled questions at him.

Q: Pro-life, or pro-choice?

A: “I’m pro-life. I’ll work with anybody to foster a culture that respects and honors life and respects women.”

Q: Does the Second Amendment give us the right to shoot ducks, or shoot tyrants?

A: “The Second Amendment gives you the right to protect your family, yourself and your property without relying on the state.”

Q: “Obamacare”: Repeal and replace, or mend it don’t end it?

A: “It needs to be repealed and replaced — replaced with free-market reforms to create more competition and lower costs, like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines.”

Q: Immigration: Amnesty, or send them back?

A: “You keep speaking in these either/ors,” he said, vaguely annoyed. “We need to return anyone who’s committed a crime to their country of origin. There needs to be a tough but fair path to citizenship. Paying back taxes, learning English, and getting at the back of the immigration line, so not to bump people who are trying to come here legally.”

Amnesty is one of two top issues MacArthur hears about as he campaigns. The other is the Obama economy and its lack of good jobs.

“People are out of work, or they’ve given up in despair. I hear a lot from people who are stuck in part-time jobs that don’t pay very well.

“On immigration, I hear from two sides. From people who feel they are paying taxes to support people who are here illegally, and I hear from businesses, manufacturers, farmers, restaurant owners who want…”

“Cheap labor?” I said.

“Who want access to labor. And they want some sort of program for it,” he said.

To stop the illegals from flowing in, he wants the National Guard deployed in the border states.

We met at Mastoris Diner. MacArthur appeared on Dom Giordano’s radio show on WPHT-AM (1210), which was broadcasting from the diner. MacArthur is soft-spoken. He looks like a guy who sells insurance, which is how he amassed his fortune, building York Risk Services.

He is a center-right guy in a center-right district that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River in Burlington and Ocean counties. His opponent is Democrat Aimee Belgard, a Burlington County freeholder. Belgard was invited on Giordano’s program, but didn’t show. Instead, a chair with her name on it was set up next to MacArthur.

Her campaign told me Belgard had more pressing (undisclosed) obligations. However, eight debates are set, the first to be recorded Friday in Trenton at the NJTV studios.

Skipping Giordano was an amateur error. When a 50,000-watt radio station invites you to tell people why they should vote for you, you show up.

Polls show the race is tied. MacArthur told me his internal polling shows him ahead, which makes sense. Except for the brief Jon Adler interlude, 3rd District voters have picked Republicans for a century.

If Belgard wins, though, I will invite her to Mastoris Diner and she can pull up an empty chair, where I’ll eat crow.

J.D. Mullane can be reached at 215-949-5745 or jmullane@calkins.com. Twitter: @jdmullane

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Obituary - Thomas

Judy Gray Thomas

AGE: 69 • Freehold, Twp.

Judy Gray Thomas, 69, of Freehold Township died Thursday, February 23, 2012 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she lived there prior to moving to Freehold Township 40 years ago. Mrs. Thomas was a Librarian for the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, retiring in 1972. She was an active supporter of the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, Short Hills.

Surviving are her husband, David William Thomas; a son, Dr. Brian Thomas and his wife, Dr. Gabriela Thomas, Monroe Township; and a sister, Marion Oxley, and her husband, Lawrence, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Relatives and friends may call at the Higgins Memorial Home, 20 Center Street, Freehold, on Monday from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. Funeral services will be held at 4:00p.m. with Rev. Dr. Hugh A. MacKenzie officiating. Interment will be held at Sewickley Cemetery, Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Donations in her memory to the Long Branch Presbyterian Church, 167 Cedar Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740 would be appreciated

Funeral Home
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20 Center Street Freehold, NJ 07728
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Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 26, 2012

Monday, September 22, 2014

Obituary - Reath

Tania D Boswell Reath

Birth: Feb. 16, 1947
Stafford
Stafford County
Virginia, USA

Death: Sep. 25, 2010
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Tania D. Reath of Riverton passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Pennsylvania from advanced cryptogenic cirrhosis. She was 63.

A beloved mother, sister, dedicated and nationally recognized educator for more than 30 years, Tania was born Feb. 16, 1947, to Ada and William Boswell in Stafford, Va. She was one of 13 children.

Graduate of Longwood College, Tania had devoted her life to the teaching and empowerment of children, not only her own, but also, the countless others she instructed throughout the years.

She is survived by her two loving sons, Ryan and Gavin Reath; her two cherished grandchildren, Jaden and Quincy Reath; her sisters, Delsea McKelvey, and Dot Leach; and her brother, William Boswell.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the First United Methodist Church, 32 Conrow Road, Delran.

Weber Funeral Home
112 Broad Street
Riverton

Burlington County Times - October 7, 2010
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Obituary - Rowley

Andrew William Rowley Obituary

Date of Birth: Friday, December 3rd, 1976

Date of Death: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Funeral Home:

Lee Funeral Home leefuneralservice.com
317 High St.
Mount Holly, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
08060

Obituary:

Andrew W. Rowley of Juliustown, passed away Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 37.

Andy was born in Willingboro, N.J. and had previously lived in Delran and Runnameade, before moving to Juliustown five years ago. He was a 1995 graduate of Delran High School.

Andy had worked as a service advisor for Turnerville BMW for several years, and most recently was working at Circle BMW as a service advisor. He enjoyed working on cars, and especially enjoyed drag racing. Andy was a member of the Pemberton Odd Fellows Association.

He is survived by his wife of ten years, Robin (Garrett) Rowley; his step-son, Edwin Levering; his parents, Robert and Joan Rowley; his brother, Peter Rowley; and his sister, Beth Smyth (Larry). Andy is also survived by his brother-in-law, Russ Garrett (Anna); his sister-in-law, Stefanie Garrett; his mother-in-law, Leah Garrett; his nephews, Ryan and Justin Smyth; and his niece, Isabella Garrett.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Lee Funeral Home, 317 High St., Mount Holly. Relatives and friends may visit the family from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the New Odd Fellows Cemetery, Juliustown Road, Pemberton, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Andy may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society "Team Wookie", The Curtis Center, 601 Walnut Street, Suite 955W, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106.

Lee Funeral Home

Mount Holly


Source: http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/975260/Rowley-Andrew.php Burlington County Times - Friday, September 19, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Inspectors general say Obama aides obstruct investigations: Examiner Editorial

Source: http://washingtonexaminer.com/inspectors-general-say-obama-aides-obstruct-investigations-examiner-editorial/article/2551805

August 7, 2014
Washington Examiner

Billions of tax dollars are being lost every day to waste, fraud and corruption in the federal government, but President Obama’s administration is blocking inspectors general — the officials who are most likely to find and expose such wrongdoing — from doing their jobs. That’s the disturbing message given to Congress and the American people this week from a majority of the federal government’s 78 IGs. The blocking occurs when agency lawyers deny the authority of IGs to gain access to relevant documents and officials.

The 47 IGs minced no words: “Each of us strongly supports the principle that an inspector general must have complete, unfiltered, and timely access to all information and materials available to the agency that relate to that IG’s oversight activities, without unreasonable administrative burdens. The importance of this principle, which was codified by Congress in Section 6(a)(1) of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended (the IG Act), cannot be overstated. Refusing, restricting, or delaying an IG's access to documents leads to incomplete, inaccurate, or significantly delayed findings or recommendations, which in turn may prevent the agency from promptly correcting serious problems and deprive Congress of timely information regarding the agency’s performance.”

Three specific examples were described in the IGs' letter, including blatant obstruction of important investigations at the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and the Peace Corps. But many other IGs have “faced similar obstacles to their work, whether on a claim that some other law or principle trumped the clear mandate of the IG Act or by the agency’s imposition of unnecessarily burdensome administrative conditions on access. Even when we are ultimately able to resolve these issues with senior agency leadership, the process is often lengthy, delays our work, and diverts time and attention from substantive oversight activities.”

The experience of Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz is especially outrageous. In a Senate hearing in April, Horowitz said his office must go through Attorney General Eric Holder to gain access to DOJ documents and officials. Giving Holder the power to veto an IG’s access in that manner egregiously violates the 1978 law and other statutes. Obstruction like Holder’s risks “leaving the agencies insulated from scrutiny and unacceptably vulnerable to mismanagement and misconduct – the very problems that our offices were established to review and that the American people expect us to be able to address,” the IGs said in their letter to Congress.

It is impossible to know exactly how much the federal bureaucracy loses every year to waste, fraud and corruption. Credible estimates put the total at more than $200 billion, but in a $3.5 trillion budget it could easily far exceed that amount. Every time an IG is barred from gaining access to vital documents or officials, it encourages even more wrongdoing. Congress must get tough with people in the executive branch who obstruct IGs from doing their jobs. And when it’s the attorney general doing the obstructing, it’s time to bring back independent prosecutors.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Obituary - Blasucci


Daniel Thomas Blasucci of Cinnaminson passed away suddenly Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. He was 34.

Daniel was the beloved son of Robert and Marjorie (Hahnan) Blasucci; loving brother of Adam Robert Blasucci; dear grandson of Harold Hahnan. He also is survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Daniel attended the Githens Center and Burlington County Special Services.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, nurses, and fellow students.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Daniel's life celebration and gathering from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at Snover/Givnish of Cinnaminson, 1200 Route 130 North, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, where his funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel's name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, www.mda.org.

To share your fondest memories and condolences with Daniel's family, please visit the funeral home's Web site below. Snover/Givnish Funeral Home,

Cinnaminson

http://www.snovergivnish.com/obituaries/Daniel-Blasucci/#!/Obituary

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/obituaries/bct/daniel-thomas-blasucci/article_a9c03b13-e281-5760-b241-43662689a492.html

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Carl Willers, Vice president

40 Under 40 Carl Willers

Carl Willers works for TD Bank and has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/carl-willers-vice-president/article_9e167f10-d6de-545f-8e4e-95c3673c547e.html



What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

Delran High School & Greensboro College, Economics and Marketing

What community organizations to you spend time on/with?

YMCA & United Way

What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

A great leader must be a visionary.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

My growth with TD Bank. TD Bank has given me the opportunity to grow into my current position of vice president store manager and the resources to further develop my career.

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

Thomas Jefferson, because of my love of history and his vision to create something new.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

I had three beautiful girls in 18 months and I am better person for it more and more everyday.

Advice for future community leaders?

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

It is not a tragedy to die without dreams unfilled, but it is a tragedy to live without dreams.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Fiction. You cannot deepen you mind when your imagination is out of focus.

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

”Lead By Example”

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Being a great father/husband and helping my customers and teammates fulfill their dreams


Noelle Roberts, Owner, Noelle Roberts Photography

Noelle Roberts

Noelle Roberts, 40 Under 40 honoree.


Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/noelle-roberts-owner-noelle-roberts-photography/article_a3fda34c-edcd-50ab-a440-f6c398aee51a.html

What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

Graduated from Delran High School and attended community college and Liberty University for nursing.

What community organizations do you spend time on/with?

I enjoy serving at Feeding 5000. Feeding 5000, a non-profit organization started by Fellowship Alliance Chapel members, travels to Philadelphia every Saturday and the fourth Sunday of each month to provide food, clothing, toiletries, love, care, and prayers to the needy, hungry, and homeless in the city. I’ve donated my photography services to David Akers’ Kicks for Kids auctions, the Anna Foundation BUDDY walk, the JDRF, and more recently the Sean Fischel Connect helping to raise awareness and a cure for HLH. As a family, we also love to volunteer yearly at the Birchwood Triathlon held on July 4th

What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Personal example.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

I think as a whole, starting my business 10 years ago and seeing how it has evolved. I’m self taught in photography and my business has grown solely by word of mouth. Also, providing the gift of tangible, lifetime memories for people. There is nothing like it!

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

Well that’s easy ... Elvis Presley

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

While the camera is around my neck I’m pretty outgoing, but I can tend to be shy and a bit of a homebody.

Advice for future community leaders?

Be excellent in all you do and remember having good character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

This hangs in our home on a large canvas as a daily reminder ... Love Jesus, encourage your siblings, be considerate, respectful, and grateful.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Non-fiction. I enjoy Christian, photography and work-out books because it is in these areas that I focus my time and energy on.

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

The movie would be a documentary called “Darkroom: Chronicles of a Portrait Photographer”

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I’m starting to dabble in filmmaking which is exciting and I’d like to be doing more commercial work.


Christopher Ralph, Patrolman, Delran Police Department

40 under 40 Officer Chris Ralph

Officer Chris Ralph has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/christopher-ralph-patrolman-delran-poice-department/article_433d1fc4-6497-5d59-82e1-d99757a999c8.html



What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

Delran High School and then the US Army.

What community organizations do you spend time on/with?

I spend time with my kids at their school events.

What single primary characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Humility and narcissism may get you to the top but won't keep you there. Work for others not your ego.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

Assisting in saving lives and watching them be able to return to their families

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

My grandfather George who passed away. I enjoyed spending time with him as a child and wish I could as an adult.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

I enjoy taking vacations with my family.

Advice for future community leaders?

Remember that your responsibility is to the people, not yourself or political pressure.

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

We have one life. Make it worth something

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Fiction. The things I have seen on the job or otherwise. The way people act. You can only hope they aren't for real.

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

"Carwash"

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Happily living in Arizona with my family and still serving there as a police officer.


Amy Lynn Hullings, Delanco Emergency Squad Treasurer

40 under 40 Amy Hullings

Amy Hullings is a EMT worker and has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/amy-lynn-hullings-delanco-emergency-squad-treasurer/article_f85953e5-c2bd-518f-b4fc-fd2f66bf2be9.html


What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

Delran High School, Burlington County College, studied Psychology

What community organizations do you spend time on/with?

Delanco Emergency Squad

What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Patience

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

(I) had the opportunity to assist in the delivery of a baby girl.

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

My father. He has passed in 2001 and was a volunteer firefighter. Would have loved for him to see all that I have accomplished.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

My initial aspiration was to become a nurse. In doing this I started volunteering and became an EMT. Found this to be fulfilling so I continued to volunteer instead.

Advice for future community leaders?

Being a volunteer you should allow your happiness to come from your accomplishments and the smiles you put on others faces in the time of need.

Tell us your own personal mission statement?

I will try the best I can to assist people in need until I am unable to do so any longer

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Non-fiction, I like to learn of peoples achievements and struggles and grow my knowledge to be able to be understanding during any situation.

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

”A Volunteers Juggling Act”

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

In 10 years I hope my health and physical ability allows me to continue to volunteer and assist my community and others.


Jason Scott Hohenstein, Owner, Jay's Landscaping

Jay Hohenstein One of 40 Under 40

Jay Hohenstein, owner of Jay's Landscaping in Delran, donates to local charities and stay involved with local children's sports teams.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/jason-scott-hohenstein-owner-jay-s-landscaping/article_2f284e18-f2a1-5b4f-9d84-9b42cc3409b8.html



What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

Delran High School Class of 1994, Monmouth University Class of 2000, bachelors in business management/administration

What community organizations do you spend time on/with?

Delran Business Association, NJ Adopt a Highway

What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Equality.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

The success in the growth of my business.

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

Rocky. He started from nothing like myself and continued to try and make it to the top.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

In my free time I enjoy thoroughbred horse racing.

Advice for future community leaders?

Work hard and be productive. Always hold your head up high and stay positive.

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

Continue to work until everything that needs to be done gets done, no matter what hour of the day.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Non-Fiction.

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

"Work Hard" "Play Harder"

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I see myself continuing to make person achievements as well as working hard within my business.



Brian Milhouse Donnelly, Attorney a.k.a. Brian William Donnelly

40 under 40 Brian Donnelly

Brian Donnelly has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/brian-milhouse-donnelly-attorney/article_5ae8cae3-cd54-578d-9d8e-7dd0b6139063.html



What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

Delran High School and on to the School of Hard Knocks-Parris Island, South Carolina. Major: Stand Up Philosophy.

What community organizations do you spend time on/with?

Head Curator of the Liberace Museum; Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker; Bass River Township Committee to Establish a Statute for Wendell Wilkie; Preservationist of the original lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s unrecorded single “Why oh Why oh Why oh, did I ever leave Ohio?”

What single primary characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Height. It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong, but an even bigger man to stand there and laugh at him.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

Winning the Burlington County Times 40 under 40. Yup, it is THAT bad folks ...

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

I will be maudlin and say my old man. If that is not acceptable I would love to play poker with Abraham Lincoln, Vlad the Impaler, Lyndon LaRouche and Ron Jeremy.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

I am actually 41 and do not live in New Jersey.

Advice for future community leaders?

Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

DECLARE VICTORY AND DEPART THE FIELD.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Apparently Congress can’t tell the difference between the two, so why should I?

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

”B’s and C’s Get Degrees: One Man’s Epic Journey from Delran to Moorestown With His Pet Dachshund Lucy” Written, directed and produced by Ethel Merman.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Ummmm, mathematically I guess “50 under 50”….


Frank John Camardo, Assistant principal, Riverside Elementary School

40 under 40 Frank Camardo

Frank Camardo is an Assistant Principal and has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/frank-john-camardo-assistant-principal-riverside-elementary-school/article_72a2cee1-2a63-56c1-8d7c-cb22fa85cbe4.html



What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

I attended Delran High School. Undergraduate at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina where I studied Elementary and Special Education. I did my graduate work at the College of NJ where I studied to be a reading specialist and I attended The University of Pennsylvania in their Educational Leadership program for Aspiring Principals.

What community organizations do you spend time on/with?

During my time at Riverside Elementary I have worked on numerous school community projects such as a clothing drive that provided parents with new clothes for their children. I have been involved with starting Parent Empowerment Nights that are held monthly to educate parents on topics such as cyberbullying, literacy skills at home and understanding students with ADHD. Also, every holiday season I have worked with the school to help families in need give their children a nice Christmas with new clothes and toys.

What single primary characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Accountability.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

As a school administrator I have to made decisions on a daily basis and when I get an email or a thank you from a student or a parent because of something that I helped them with (no matter how small) — that is all the fulfillment I need.

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

My “Nannymom” because as a child we were very close and I would love to share my accomplishments in my career and my life with her because I know she would be thrilled.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

Even though I love what I do — I have always dreamed of becoming a commercial airline pilot and traveling around the world as my job.

Advice for future community leaders?

Always believe in what you do and know that it does make a difference.

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

No matter what the circumstance — always do what is right for kids.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Realistic fiction because as a former language arts teacher this genre was one that always grasped students interests as well as mine.

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

”Never Stop Believing”

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

As a school principal continuing to advocate for students and looking to become a Superintendent of Schools.


Kevin Scott Briggs, 911 dispatcher

40 under 40 Kevin Briggs

Kevin Briggs of Delran is a 911 dispatcher and has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.

Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/kevin-scott-briggs-dispatcher/article_7d6c1b13-8950-5394-954d-8a069f9fd134.html


What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

Delran High School/ College Prep Classes

What community organizations do you spend time on/with?

Delran Fire Department Station 231.

What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Honesty.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

The fulfilling part of my professional life is being able to help and serve the people of Burlington County working for the county 911 system.

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

Governor Christie. I would want to tell him enough is enough, it is time to stop blaming all the public employees for the problems of the State of NJ. It is time to put the blame where it is suppose to be, on the politicians that have created this problem, and not the hard working police officers, firefighters, EMS, dispatchers, and the teachers. The people who risk their lives everyday and that are responsible for teaching the children who are our future. It's time to really look at the problems that surround us everyday and how things are so backwards. How people who play sports are making millions of dollars and the people that are responsible for teaching are children and protecting us from the bad things in the world are making next to nothing and we keep trying to take more from them.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

I love the beach but hate the ocean.

Advice for future community leaders?

Always be honest and do the things that you promise you are going to do. Always remember no one does anything on their own, there is always someone there backing them up and helping along the way. Use these people and make sure that you give credit where credit is do and when something fails don't try to blame someone else for the failure.

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

To always finish everything that I start and to do everything to the best of my ability.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Fiction. With fiction you can do and be anything that you ever wanted at least for a little while.

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

"9-1-1: You Can't Make This Stuff Up"

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Still married to my beautiful awesome wife. A couple of kids and still living the dream.