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#b#Management Moves#/b#

Lawrence Landscapes Inc., 1383 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing 08618; 609-883-3999; fax, 609-883-3988. Nanci J. Angle, president/horticulturist. www.lawrencelandscapes.com.

Lawrence Landscapes, based on Lower Ferry Road in Ewing, has hired Kevin Minton as operations manager. A former employee of the firm for 17 years, he will rejoin the company on June 1.

The firm focuses on estate maintenance, full-service design/build in all aspects of landscape services, including building pools, creating kitchen gardens, and correcting drainage issues.

In 2011 the firm’s founder and owner, Cesar Ortiz, died in an accident related to flooding from Hurricane Irene. After the hurricane, Ortiz removed a manhole cover in an attempt to help drain his property, was drawn in by the vortex of water, and lost his life.

Minton, who trained under Ortiz, is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in plant science. After leaving Lawrence Landscapes several years ago, Minton worked with landscaping construction companies.

“We are a firm that does more than the typical landscape design, installation, and site management,” says President Nanci Angle. “We have earned trust from our customers through our commitment to surpass the norm by answering late night calls to stop floods, clear an attic of bats, or fix an electrical problem on New Year’s Eve.”

“It is the personal touch by the company that clients appreciate and expect,” Angle adds. “We become family. Kevin not only comes with years of industry experience within and outside our company, but he is a family man whose values mesh with what we are all about.”

VolunteerConnect, Box 615, Princeton 08542; 609-921-8893; fax, 866-211-9475. Amy Klein, executive director. www.volunteerconnectnj.org.

Community service organization VolunteerConnect, based in Princeton, has appointed Amy Klein as executive director.

Founded in 1998, VolunteerConnect helps organizations improve volunteer management through education and connecting them with volunteers and board members with relevant professional skills and training.

The organization’s two primary programs are SkillsConnect and LeadershipConnect. SkillsConnect matches a person’s professional expertise or passion with the needs of a non-profit or community organization.

LeadershipConnect provides training and professional development in volunteer management to the leaders of non-profits to help them effectively recruit, utilize, retain, and recognize volunteers, including board members.

“Amy has the experience and enthusiasm to lead the direction of the organization,” says Board Chair Robin Fogel. “She is deeply connected to our community and has been a great advocate for volunteerism both personally and professionally.

“Many volunteers find using their own education and training an especially rewarding experience,” Fogel adds. “Amy has already been involved in launching SkillsConnect and will champion skills-based volunteering as the perfect way to match the talents of an individual to the many needs of community organizations.”

Klein, a UCLA graduate and California native, recently worked for the Princeton Senior Resource Center, where she began as a Brunch at Home Committee volunteer.

An active volunteer throughout her life, Klein points to her parents as an inspiration for stressing the importance of volunteering. “My parents always had me involved in their charitable activities, and I was able to see at a young age that giving back to the community not only made a difference in other people’s lives, but in mine, as well.”

In 2010, the non-profit changed its name to from Hands On Helpers to VolunteerConnect.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

New Jersey Charter Schools Association, 1 AAA Drive, Suite 201, Hamilton 08691; 609-989-9700. Carlos Perez, president and CEO. njcharters.org.

The trade group promoting charter schools in the state has moved from an office in Trenton to AAA Drive in Hamilton Township. The phone remains the same.

Helping Hand Fund, 2400 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton 08690; 609-587-3808. Victor Migliarese, president. www.helpinghandfund.org.

Hamilton-based Helping Hand Fund moved from 2561 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road to 2400 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. The non-profit organization delivers products and services to cancer patients.

#b#Expansions#/b#

Global Travel Plus, 202 Carnegie Center, Suite 302 A, Princeton 08540; 609-986-1213. Brian Mulligan, president and CEO. www.assistamerica.com.

Global Travel Plus, a global emergency medical assistance services company at 202 Carnegie Center, has partnered with Connecting To Leaders in an effort to expand its reach.

The deal gives Global Travel Plus access to new membership organizations, including associations, affinity groups, banks and credit unions that work with Connecting To Leaders, headquartered in Chicago.

Brian J. Mulligan, president and CEO of Global Travel Plus, says that Global Travel Plus has “the experience, reputation, and contacts to bring our emergency travel assistance services into the unchartered association, affinity, and financial services markets.”

Last year Assist America, a global emergency services company also at 202 Carnegie Center, formed Global Travel Plus as a new company to market services to a different and broader market.

Global Travel Plus serves as the parent company for specialized travel assistance subsidiaries, including Global Pet Plus, which provides assistance for pets traveling with or without their owners. Services include veterinary referrals, names of boarding facilities near their travel location, prescription assistance, and pre-trip checklists geared towards traveling pets.

“Global Travel Plus has a superior travel assistance product, and Connecting To Leaders has the expertise, long-term relationships, and credibility to help sell to previously untapped markets,” said Bill Keeler, president and CEO of Connecting To Leaders.

#b#Name Change#/b#

Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, 61 Nassau Street, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton 08542; 609-921-2135; fax, 609-396-5692. Elizabeth Ferguson, volunteer coordinator.

123 East Hanover Street, Trenton 08608-1703; 609-396-9355; fax, 609-482-4444. Carolyn Biondi, executive director. www.thecrisisministry.org.

The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton has changed its name to the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.

The organization, founded in 1980 by Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church, is also assuming the 501(c)3 charitable organization designation previously held by Princeton Outreach Projects (POPI).

POPI was created as an umbrella organization in 1992 to streamline the administrative operations of the Crisis Ministry.

“Since we opened our doors, our organization has served families and received support from across Mercer County,” says executive director Carolyn Biondi. “These developments are exciting because they truly reflect our far-reaching role in the community and our wide-ranging support.”

The Crisis Ministry serves some 1,300 households each month through programs in hunger prevention, homelessness prevention, and workforce development. Its active partners include 60 congregations of different faiths, businesses, private foundations, schools and colleges, civic groups, hundreds of volunteers, and individual donors.

#b#Deaths#/b#

John R. “Jack” Lacy, 73, died on May 19. He was the founder of Lacy Communications, Lacy/Nemeroff Advertising Specialties, JR Lacy Associates, and the publisher of the Mercer Messenger, a weekly newspaper that covered Hamilton Township. He was also active in state and township politics and community organizations.

Warren M. Hulit, 88, died on February 27. After his retirement from the family business — Hulit’s Shoes on Nassau Street, where he worked since 1945 — he and his late wife Emily were the proprietors of Mill House Antiques in Allentown for 14 years.

Jonathan B. Craig, 94, an employee at Mobil Oil’s Hopewell campus, died on May 20. He worked in the company’s technical service operation.

Joel Zelig Felsher, 79, died on May 17. He ran an internal medicine practice at Princeton Medical Center.

Catherine Ingrassia, 86, died on May 13. She worked at General Motors in Ewing for more than 28 years.

John Steiner, 90, died on May 13. He was a director with First National Bank in Hamilton.

Jessica V. Tyrol, 24, a financial data analyst with Bloomberg in Skillman, died on May 15.

Dora P. Newman, director of marketing for Meadow Lakes Continuing Care Retirement Community in Hightstown, died on May 11. She worked at Meadow Lakes for 25 years before retiring.

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