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Swearing IN

Excited to be sworn in to my third term on Jan. 4, 2024, surrounded by family!


I spearheaded an agreement with Morris County Utilities Authority to go back to more convenient weekly, “single-stream” recycling -- and it won't cost taxpayers more!


I helped coordinate with the Mendhams Arts Council to temporarily install two stone sculptures at Pitney Park.

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I kicked off the 2023 campaign by walking neighborhoods speaking to residents about what's on their minds.

4th of July 2023

At the July 4th Parade, it was great to see old friends like Daryl Brewster, our former Recreation Commission Chair who recruited me to serve many years ago.

Patriots Race

The annual Patriots' 5K Race was started in 2009 by the Recreation Commission, when I served as Chair, and has been our annual kickoff to summer ever since!

Cops Kids and Cones

A wonderful evening at “Cops, Kids & Cones” with Police Chief Ross Johnson, speaking with residents about the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force.

Brookside Fire Co Dinner

It was a pleasure to attend the 105th Annual Dinner of the Brookside Engine Co. No. 1 to honor longtime volunteers, like Buzzy Thomas who has served for 45 years!

Memorial Day 2023

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country at Mendham Borough's annual Memorial Day ceremony with Councilman John Andrews.

The Sharing Project

As a Board member of The Sharing Project, I help this student-led, nonprofit in their mission to grow vegetables for donation to area food pantries.

Walled Garden Photo

As President-Elect of the Rotary Club of the Mendhams, it was exciting to give a $1,000 grant to volunteers who are maintaining the Walled Garden at Pitney Park.

Schiff Film Fest

I've been leading the annual Schiff Film Festival for many years, which brings together community to learn about environmental issues and hear from guest speakers.


I gave out the first college scholarship on behalf of the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, which I launched in 2018 and serve as Chair.

Stomp Out the Stigma Walk

The annual Stomp Out the Stigma Walk, which I help organize as Chair of the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, raised awareness for May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Earth Day

I helped pick up discarded recyclables and trash with the Environmental Commission for Earth Day.


Supporting Mendham Township PBA 402 at their annual corn hole tournament on Team Stigma-Free!


Helping to open the new Pitney Park!


A record crowd came to the clambake, hosted by Brookside Engine Co. No. 1, for the event's 50th anniversary!

Labor Day Parade

The Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade was back thanks to the work of Rec. Director Bruce DiBisceglie and other organizers!


Representing the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force with a volunteer at Mendham Night Out!

July 4th parade 2021

The July 4th Parade returned after a hiatus, and Rep. Mikie Sherrill and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn joined the Township Committee for the short march down East Main Street!

Sharing Project Garden

It's exciting to see young people at work in our community, with initiatives, such as The Sharing Project, which grows vegetables for food pantries.

StyroFoam collection

I assisted the Environmental Commission and Dept. of Public Works to collect truckloads of Styrofoam for recycling.

Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

For Women Build Month, I joined woman councilmembers to volunteer at a Morris Habitat for Humanity project.

Pride flag raising

Thrilled to join with other local elected officials to raise a Pride flag at the Morris County Pride celebration!

Stigma-Free Task Force with banner

Celebrating May as Mental Health Awareness Month with the Stigma-Free Task Force.

Proclamation for First Aid Squad

The Township Committee recognized the First Aid Squad for EMT Week!

Pride Month Proclamation

It was my pleasure to present a Proclamation for Pride Month to a student activist from West Morris Mendham High School.

Eagle Scouts

After a long wait because of COVID-19, a group of Eagle Scouts from Mendham's Troop One, including my son, finally enjoyed their Court of Honor ceremony.

Patriots' 5k Race

Rec. Director David Guida brought back the Patriots 5K Race & Kids' Fun Run in the summer of 2021, after a year off due to the pandemic!

Earth Day trash pick up

Collecting trash for Earth Day with Township Committee candidate Meredith Sahi and other volunteers. The event was organized by the Environmental Commission as part of the Raritan Headwaters Association's annual clean-up event.

Pancreatic Awareness Walk

Wearing purple and walking with the Rotary Club of the Mendhams to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Groundbreaking at park.

The Township Committee breaks ground at Pitney Park, being funded primarily by the New Jersey Green Acres program.

Swearing in for second term.

Excited to get sworn-in to a second term on Jan. 5, 2021, with local attorney Adam Dubeck administering the Oath of Office and my two children.

Food donations

We delivered donations from the 12 Days of Christmas food drive sponsored by the Morris County Democratic Women's Caucus.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill makes a house call.

The day before the election, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11) stopped by my home for a front-porch chat.

Handing out I Voted stickers 2020.

A fun morning handing out "I Voted" stickers at the Brookside Post Office!

Campaigning at Post Office

Back at the Brookside Post Office to meet with voters and discuss their concerns and answer questions.

Morris County elected women

I co-hosted an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which drew a bipartisan group of local, county and state elected women from across Morris County.


The Brookside Engine Co. No. 1 transformed the Annual Clambake into a successful, grab-and-go eat-at-home event.

New historic district sign

I spearheaded the purchase of new signs for our historic districts and a township park.

Stigma-Free Task Force

I spent a summer evening meeting residents with members of the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, during National Night Out.

July 4th drive-by parade 2020

With our traditional July 4th Parade canceled because of COVID-19, the Township Committee, volunteer fire departments, police, the Rotary Club of the Mendhams and others brought the holiday spirit to the town with a drive-by parade!

Stigma-Free Task Force with banner

The Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force installed banners to promote awareness of Pride Month.

Drive-In Movie

I helped at the Recreation Department's drive-in movie night, a fun family event out during the pandemic.

Stigma Free Signs

During the pandemic, the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, which I chair, organized a mental health awareness campaign, including lawn signs with hopeful messages throughout the community.

Mendham Gives Back

I helped organize the Mendham Gives Back campaign in which residents donated clothing, food and more, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rotary recognition

As a member of the Rotary Club of the Mendhams, I enjoyed reading a Proclamation recognizing the club's charitable works and support of local students through college scholarships.

Volunteering a Rotary Club event

Along with many other volunteers, I helped package instant meals in an event organized by the Madison Rotary Club, which were donated to local food pantries.

Schiff Soup Contest

Schiff Nature Preserve's first soup contest brought out some talented cooks!

Rotary Club

A wonderful time donating dictionaries with members of the Rotary Club of the Mendhams to local students at the Hilltop School.

MLK Breakfast

A pleasure to be with Vanessa Brown, the president of the Morris County NAACP at the inspirational breakfast celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Observance Committee.

Mental Health Association Anniversary Dinner

I was honored to support the 75th anniversary of the Mental Health Association of New Jersey.

Menorah Lighting

At the first public lighting of a menorah in the Mendhams with Township Deputy Mayor Sarah Neibart and Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Serrano-Glassner.

League of Muncipalities

At the League of Municipalities, I was excited my resolution to restore the full State And Local Tax deduction (SALT) was unanimously approved.

Hispanic Heritage Month

I was invited to speak at the township Middle School for Hispanic Heritage Month about my family's journey from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey.

Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission dedicated a plaque in honor of two longtime members who created many of the miles of trails that make Mendham Township a beautiful and unique community!

Panel with Girls Scouts

Enjoyed meeting with Girl Scouts from across New Jersey to discuss their aspirations and how to make a difference at the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.


The annual Clambake supports Brookside Engine Company No. 1!

Stigma Free Task Force Workshop

The Stigma-Free Task Force, which I chair, co-sponsored a workshop on youth mental health with the Mendham Township School District.

Recreation Concert

We said good-bye to summer at an outdoor concert sponsored by the township Recreation Department.

Labor Day Parade

Marching with the Mendham Township Committee and Rep. Mikie Sherrill at the annual Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade.

Morris County 4-H Fair

It was fun to be part of a special meet-and-greet with Chester Mayor Janet Hoven, County Clerk Ann Grossi and Mendham Township Mayor Warren Gisser at the annual Morris County 4-H Fair.

July 4th 2019 parade

The Township Committee, with Assemblyman Bucco, gets ready to march in the July 4th Parade in Brookside.

Rec. Director and Police Chief

The Annual Patriots' Race & Kids' Fun Run was a big success, thanks to our Recreation Director David Guida and Police Chief Ross Johnson.

Habitat for Humanity Build

I worked alongside elected officials from across Morris County at a Habitat for Humanity build in Roxbury.

Awarding Scholarship

It was a pleasure to award scholarships on behalf of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee to deserving Mendham High School seniors.

Ralston Playground Opening

It was exciting to officially re-open Ralston Playground with Matt and Teresa Finlay, who founded the original playground, and Pat Lonergan. They were all big donors to this community effort.

Ralston Fire Company dinner

I was humbled to accept an award from the Ralston Fire Engine Co. #1 at their annual recognition dinner.

Earth Day cleanup 2019

Residents from Mendham and other towns met at Schiff Nature Preserve to pick up trash along nearby roadways as part of the annual Raritan Headwaters Earth Day cleanup.

Seder dinner

Mendham's first Seder Community Dinner was a wonderful inter-faith event!

Autism Panel

The Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, which I am leading, sponsored an "Autism in Our Community" panel with parents and professionals for Autism Awareness Month in April.

Autism Proclamation

A local resident, whose child has autism, came to our Township Committee meeting in April to accept a Proclamation for Autism Awareness Month.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill and candidate Michael Thompson

I enjoyed marching in Morristown's St. Patrick's Day Parade with Rep. Mikie Sherrill.

Reading a Proclamation

So honored to recognize former Board of Adjustment member Norm Preston for his 34 years of service to the community.

MLK breakfast event

Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.., Day at the annual Morris Inter-Faith Breakfast with LD-25 Candidate Darcy Drager and Morris Township Deputy Mayor Cathy Wilson.

Office Hours

Residents have been taking the opportunity to meet me at Town Hall, during my regular Office Hours.

Morris County NAACP

A wonderful evening of celebration with Morris County NAACP President Vanessa Brown, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., Morristown's Mayor Tim Dougherty and his wife, Mary.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill's DC swearing in

In DC for Rep. Mikie Sherrill's swearing-in celebration with my son, Matthew; Mountain Lakes Mayor Lauren Barnett, and Harding Township Committee Candidate Kate Barry.

Morris County OEM

I took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management's Operations and 911 Center, a critical shared service.

Daytop Brunch

An inspiring holiday brunch at Daytop New Jersey, featuring songs of the season and a message of hope in recovery!

Mendham Business Golf tournament

A fun day with friends at the Mendham Business Association's annual golf tournament.

JCP&L Forum

In October 2018, I organized a Community Forum with JCP&L Area Manager Rob Walton.

PBA Golf Tournament

It was a beautiful afternoon at the 6th Annual First-Responders Golf Outing at Mendham Golf & Tennis Club!

Harvest Hustle race

It was perfect weather for the 10th Annual Harvest Hustle 5K in Mendham Borough.

Labor Day Parade with Mikie Sherrill

Rep. Mikie Sherrill showed her support for Mendham at the borough's Labor Day Parade!

Labor Day parade

Getting ready to march in the 2018 Mendham Borough Labor Day parade with other town officials.

Duarte with Sam and Diane Tolley

I congratulated former Mayor Sam Tolley and Diane Tolley, who were recognized with the Community Service Award at the July 4th parade!

Patriots' Race 2018

Thankful to these ladies for keeping the Patriots' Race tradition going in its 10th year!

Jersey Girls State

Honored to share the stage with Gov. Christie Todd Whitman at Jersey Girls State.

Library fundraiser

Enjoyed a wine tasting evening fund-raiser at the Library organized by the Board of Trustees.

Earth Day cleanup

My son Matthew and I joined about 40 other volunteers at the 2018 Earth Day cleanup, organized by the town's Environmental Commission.

Local elected officials

Breakfast and networking with other Morris County Democratic local elected officials.

NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy

My son Matthew and I had a wonderful opportunity to meet New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy.

2018 candidates

It's the year of the woman! A powerful group are running at the local and county level in 2018.

Rutgers conference

I was honored to present on a panel at the Ready to Run conference held at Rutgers University in March 2018 and meet so many women who are stepping up to serve their communities!

First Aid Squad officers

I was thrilled to attend the 2018 First Aid Squad dinner to support their incredible volunteer community service.

Women's March 2018 in Morristown

A peaceful and positive day with the Mendham Democrats at the 2018 Women's March in Morristown.

Swearing-in to first term in 2018

We're happy together! My husband and two children are at my side for my swearing-in on Jan. 5, 2018.

2018 swearing-in ceremony

My son Matthew holds an old family Bible at my Jan. 5, 2018, swearing-in ceremony, while Michael Thompson, treasurer of the Mendham Township Democrats, does the honors.

Campaign team celebrating.

This dedicated team of Mendham volunteers, plus others not in the photo, were critical to the big win!

Canvassing with students

A fun afternoon canvassing with my son and a high school friend.

Wine and cheese campaign meet up

It has been wonderful to meet residents in neighborhood wine-and-cheese parties and coffees.

Candidates at the Hunt 2018

Inspiring to see New Jersey's first woman Governor Christie Todd Whitman at the annual Far Hills Race Meeting (the Hunt) with Peapack-Gladstone candidate, Amy Dietrich, and state assembly candidate Lacey Rzeszowski.

2018 family photo

My husband, Gene Messina, daughter, Elena, a student at Northeastern University, and Matthew, 15, a sophomore at Mendham High School.

July 4th parade 2018

It was fantastic to march through the streets of Brookside on July 4th with fellow female candidates!

Meet and greet during 2018 campaign

A big crowd of supporters enjoyed my Fall campaign kick off!

Meet up at Ralston Playground

I have been holding meet-ups in the park to hear from residents and discuss town issues.

ECLC of NJ work meeting

At ECLC of New Jersey, I have won numerous grants and helped raise the nonprofit's profile as Public Affairs Director.

Movie Night in the Park

Old-fashioned fun at a Movie Night in the Park with my fellow Recreation Commissioners, a crowd of young families and treats from Schiff Nature Preserve and the Mendham Creamery.

Campaigning 2017.

I have been walking Mendham's neighborhoods, meeting voters and listening to what's on their minds.

Patriots' Race PBA donation 2017

I am the lead organizer of the Mendham Patriots' Race and highly appreciate the support of Mendham Township Police with this annual charity event.

2017 campaign signs.

It's time for a change.

Campaigning at the Brookside post office 2017

Meeting residents and listening to their concerns at the historic Brookside post office.

Campaign kick off 2017

I officially kicked off my campaign with an enthusiastic group of Mendham Democrats, friends, family and other supporters.

2017 Earth Day clean up

Celebrating Earth Day with a trash clean-up crew at Mendham's Schiff Nature Preserve.

Family photo.

A family summer wedding with my husband, Gene Messina, and our children, Elena, 20, and Matthew, 14, was a chance to dress up and celebrate.

Patriots' 5K Race 2017

Since 2011, I have served as Race Director for the annual Mendham Patriots 5K Race, which has raised $50,000+ for the community.

Seated on dais with Board of Adjustment

Serving on the Board of Adjustment is another opportunity to help the community.

Bergen County officials

Marking Autism Awareness Month at ECLC's school in Ho-Ho-Kus, with Bergen County Freeholder Germaine Ortiz, Principal Vicki Lindorff, Freeholder Mary Amoroso and Principal Alexis Eckert.

Pride clients

Part of my job at ECLC of New Jersey is to promote the capabilities of young adults in the P.R.I.D.E. Program. They helped with a mailing to Mendham residents about the "Rebuild Ralston Playground" campaign.

Volunteering with Schiff Nature Preserve

I represented the Schiff Nature Preserve Board during the annual Boy Scouts Trade Show.

Schiff Nature Preserve

I have chaired the Schiff Nature Preserve Annual Film Festival and helped rekindle the connection with local Scout Troops.

Fundraising with CCF

I have run five half-marathons to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). I also serve on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter.

Finishing CCF half-marathon

Last summer, I was a mentor to runners, helping them to fund-raise for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and get in shape for the Napa-to-Sonoma half-marathon.

Football for CCF

I've played touch football with friends at MetLife Stadium to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Dedicating Mosle Preserve

When we opened Mosle Park, it added soccer fields, a baseball diamond and hiking trails for the community to enjoy.

Track at Ralston Park

We added a track at Ralston Park for teams to use during warm-ups.

Soccer coach

I coached my son, who is now a high school student, in both recreation and travel soccer teams.

Recreation basketball coach

Years ago, my girls' recreation basketball team really got into March Madness!

Big grant for ECLC of NJ

As a grant writer, I was thrilled to accept a check with my co-workers to help adults with special needs find jobs.

Grant received for ECLC of NJ

I've worked at ECLC of New Jersey since 2009, and, it's been so gratifying to obtain funding to support adults with special needs.

Running the Harvest Hustle

I've always loved the Harvest Hustle race in Mendham Borough because I can just relax and run!

Helping Ridge HS raise funds

We were excited to play the Harlem Wizards to raise money for the Hope Autism Foundation.

Patriots' 5K Race scholarship award

I spearheaded creation of the Patriots' College Scholarship, given to a graduating senior from West Morris Mendham High School.

Mendham Township Democrats 2017

I've received the endorsement of the Mendham Township Democratic Committee, which is committed to making a difference in the community.

Donating money

Every year, the Patriots' Race has given back to the community, including donating to Goryeb Children's Hospital.

Spinathon for CCF

I've played football, run half-marathons and rode in a spinathon to help the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission.

Mendham Township Dems launch party 2017

It's been inspiring to meet other candidates who are running this year.

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