BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Who We Are

 

The Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation LLC. was established in 2018 with a mission to champion community support for public safety by providing resources and support to the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office  to ensure our men and women in blue can provide the highest level of public safety for the Atlantic County.It is a working board with several active committees including Sponsorship, Communications, Development and Finance.

The Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation LLC. funds and assists programs and activities to strengthen the Atlantic County Sheriff's  Office , to promote public safety and to enhance the department’s community relations.

 

Ask us about supporting the foundation with a ‘donation’ of your time or expertise.

Governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of civic and business leaders invested in the public safety of Atlantic County NJ. The   Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation LLC is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation LLC depends entirely on the generosity of corporations, businesses, individuals, foundations, and other philanthropic organizations to support its operations and grant program.  Donations to Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation LLC are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No public funds or tax dollars are accepted for its operations or programming.

Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation LLC  Board of Directors is made up of business leaders in the  corporate and non-profit sectors and individual citizens from the Atlantic County area. It is a working board with several active committees including Sponsorship, Communications, Development and Finance.


Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation LLC funds and assists programs and activities to strengthen the Atlantic County Sheriff's  Office , to promote public safety and to enhance the department’s community relations.

Ask us about supporting the foundation with a ‘donation’ of your time or expertise.

Sheriff Eric Scheffler
Founder 

Eric Scheffler was elected Sheriff of Atlantic County in November of 2017 and took office in January, 2018. Eric retired as a Lieutenant with the Atlantic City Police   Department. During his tenure there, he served in both the Patrol and Training Divisions. His hard work and dedication led to his promotion to Shift Commander in the Patrol Division and to Commander of the Training Unit. During his career, his commitment to his own professional development led to Eric becoming a certified instructor in twenty-two different law enforcement training curriculums. He also personally created eleven law enforcement instructor courses. Nineteen police departments in New Jersey are currently using his programs, including the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Eric also worked as a paraprofessional at Mainland Regional High School where he mentored at-risk youth as well as intellectually and developmentally disabled students. He has also volunteered his time as a founding member of Mainland’s “One Life Committee”, tackling heroin and opioid addiction issues in our schools. In addition to his tireless commitment to this diverse population, Eric created an “Option-based” protocol empowering teachers and students to make decisions in the event of an active shooter/violent intruder event.

​                Immediately upon commencing his tenure as Atlantic County Sheriff, he began to redirect the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office mission to focus on professional development programs that empower and emphasize leadership development and enhanced organizational efficiency and effectiveness. At the foundation of his beliefs, is the idea of “Partnerships and problem solving” which stand as the pillars of a solid community oriented policing strategy. Sheriff Scheffler has begun forming those partnerships to problem solve with many community leadership groups to address our most pressing issues such as the heroin/opioid epidemic, homelessness, mental health, and violence plaguing our country. Sheriff Scheffler believes we are affected as a community by these issues regardless of political affiliation, socio-economic status, geography or race. He believes we are much stronger when we emphasize our commonalities as human beings and Americans, as opposed to arguing our beliefs based on opposing political ideologies.
 

One of the issues that Eric is passionate about is “post-traumatic stress” or “PTS(D)” experienced by First Responders and the importance of developing resiliency to deal with the cumulative trauma these professionals endure. The reality is that our First Responder community is one of the most underserved populations when it comes to mental health awareness and the effects of trauma/PTS. For many, it could be a “career ender” due to the stigma associated with coming forward to ask for help. This perspective needs to change in the public safety realm. Stress is a normal reaction to abnormal events and must be treated as such. First responders must know that there is help available and trauma is treatable.
 

The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office is committed to creating change within our organization and providing our members with services and treatment guidance if they find themselves in a personal crisis. In any organization, its people are its greatest asset… and we intend to honor that mantra by providing a safe environment for our personnel to seek assistance.
 

Sheriff Scheffler is an Atlantic County native. He was raised in Margate, NJ and currently resides in Northfield NJ with his wife Maria and their family. Eric has dedicated his life to public service protecting Atlantic County families and schools.

William Mazur
Executive Director     

William Mazur specializes in strategic accounts and partnerships with law enforcement and first responders for Acadia Healthcare. William is a retired Deputy Chief with 25 years of experience in law enforcement with the Atlantic City Police Department, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #256.  William served in many high profile roles with his former agency to include, Street Crimes Unit Commander, Executive Officer SWAT, Executive Officer to the Public Safety Director and Commander of Operations.  He received a Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in the Police Graduate Studies Program from Seton Hall University.

As a young officer ascending through the supervisory ranks, he observed firsthand the trauma experienced by his colleagues due to critical incidents and work associated stress. The fallout of these repeated stressors, unfortunately, manifested itself in personal crisis for many of his co-workers and even suicide in several instances. It was from these experiences that he decided to make a personal commitment to himself and his agency to support and mentor officers through these traumatic events. He served as coordinator for the Officer Wellness Committee and project manager for an initiative he developed which was responsible for the research, design and implementation of a state of the art fitness facility In his former department.

Steven Scheffler, Esq.
 
Jack Parker
  
Christopher Day, Esq.
  

Education

B.S. 1991, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
J.D. 1994, Widener University School of Law

 

Experience
Christopher Day received his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law and clerked with the Honorable Richard J. Williams, A.J.S.C. after graduation.  Christopher successfully completed the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court as a student from 1995 through 1997, and served as the Atlantic County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Liason from 1996 through 1998. Christopher was a past member of the Atlantic County Bar Association and is a Barrister of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court, and was a prior board member of the 200 Club.

 In 2003, Christopher founded a law practice in Atlantic City, focusing exclusively on workers’ compensation claims and personal injury matters.  His firm has assisted thousands of individuals who were injured at work or in an accident, handling their cases to conclusion, either by settlement or by verdict.

 In 2008, Christopher merged his practice with D’Arcy Johnson to form D’Arcy Johnson Day.  He continues to focus on workers’ compensation claims, using his extensive knowledge and experience to assist those who suffer workplace injuries.

Dharmendra Patel
   
Amy Weintrob, Esq.
 
Thomas Lacovara
  
William Ward
Joseph Jacobs, Esq
Dr. Kimberly Mazur

Medical Director, FQHC/Ambulatory Care
Current practice- Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine
Graduated from Rutgers Medical School in Newark, NJ
Graduated from University of Delaware with a BA in Biology
Completed an internship at the Miriam Hospital Brown University
Completed Internal Medicine Residency at Pennsylvania Hospital
Internal Medicine physician and faculty at AtlantiCare since 1993
Member, ACP
Member, ASAM

William Higgins
Cookie Till
Diane Gitto

Diane Gitto, CPA, is a partner at Friedman LLP with over 25 years of experience in the field of taxation. She works closely with clients to identify and implement tax saving and business planning opportunities.

Penny Weintrob-Wright
Treasure     
Tim Reed
Secretary   
Peg Harrington
Hope One
  

“We are the luckiest.” ~ Peg Harrington

As Business Development Director, Peg Harrington brings a remarkable commitment of service, enthusiasm, and passion to the Brookdale team. A person in long-term recovery, Peg experienced her own personal struggles with substance abuse and has been sober since March 25, 2013.  

Peg never intended on working in the field of addiction treatment, but as fate would have it, here she is. As an active and committed member to her own personal recovery fellowship and 12-Step work, Peg spent much of her free time helping others find treatment services before ever entering the industry herself. Whether someone was in need of detox, inpatient treatment, recovery homes, or halfway houses, Peg was always there to be of service and give back what was so freely given to her. Alongside her commitment to her own personal recovery, outside of work Peg enjoys meditation, taking her golden retriever to the dog beach, and traveling.  

Through her fellowship work, Peg was presented with the opportunity to begin working in the field and help reach more people in need. Before coming to work for Brookdale, Peg held the position of Treatment Solution Advocate at Enlightened Solutions from 2017 to 2019. As Business Development Director, Peg hopes to connect people that are suffering from addiction to the finest clinical care possible. She also looks to support and contribute to her Brookdale team, while continuing to learn from her colleagues and leadership.  

Atlantic County Sheriff's  Foundation Inc.. is a Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation  supports efforts to improve police/community relations. Your gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.    (EIN # 82-5432194)

© 2023 Atlantic County Sheriff’s Foundation Inc. 132 Bonita Drive Egg Harbor Township NJ 08232  (609)837-9949

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