Cheryl graduated Bucks County Community College in 2013 with an Associates of Arts degree. Before attending college, Cheryl ran her own home daycare for seven years, and then moved on to work in customer service and accounts receivable for 10 years. She went back to her passion of working with children with her in-home daycare and then as an instructional assistant at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 for the last thirteen years. While working full time is when she received her degree and founded her own 501(c)(3) called The Christmas Gala, a non-profit that serves low income senior citizens throughout Bucks County. Cheryl began the organization out of the living room of her home and has since outgrown it and moved to an office in Bristol Borough. Growing from One program to three, starting with a handful of volunteers to over 50 and as of March of 2017 she has resigned her day job and now works full time as the executive Director of the company.
Cheryl has been nominated for and won many awards for her success with this organization. She and the Gala were finalists for 2017 Bucks Happening List for Power person, volunteer and the annual Christmas Gala event. The Christmas Gala was a finalist for community service from Lower Bucks Champions of commerce in 2017. She won Bucks County Do Gooders in 2014, a candidate for the women of distinction award in 2015, Bucks Happening mover and Shaker award 2015, Bucks Happening Best Charity in 2014, and Bucks County Courier Times Emerging Leader 2016. Best of Bucks from Bucks County Courier Times for Non-profit and One of the best of bucks for Fundraiser. Bucks Happening 2018 awards for finalist for Best Non-profit, Finalist for best senior care, finalist for best fundraiser.
Sharon joined FFE in February of 2012. She has been in the transportation industry for 19 years. Sharon currently enters orders, schedules delivery appointments. & gives rates out of the Burlington, NJ office for the NE area. Sharon started the transportation industry in 1999 at McCollister’s Transportation in Burlington,NJ. Besides working full time she is a consultant with Thirty-One. Sharon resides in Riverside, NJ with her Mom & has one daughter.
Lauren Gorecki, Volunteer Coordinator
I joined the Christmas Gala about two years ago now when I was new to the area. I was born and raised in NJ, where I still work in sales. Once we moved to Levittown I wanted to get involved in the community and I saw an article about Cheryl on LevittownNow.com. I immediately loved what she was doing; local people helping their local community. I think it is so important to help others, if everyone spent a little of their time helping people and trying to make a difference it would add up to so much good in this world.
Lynn Montemuro, Vice President – Village at Newtown Medical Center
Lynn joined the Village at Newtown Medical Center 7 years ago. Lynn has been in the medical administration field for over 12 years. She currently oversees the Billing and Collection Department and the Front Desk Reception. Lynn graduated from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Lynn is active in her community. In addition to serving on the Board of the Christmas Gala, she is active with the Pennsylvania Senior America Cameo Club performing in various Veterans, senior, and nursing homes. Lynn resides in Bensalem with her husband Steve and dog Scooter. She has one daughter and two grandchildren.
I hold a Masters Degree in Education and Certification in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I was a teacher for the School District of Philadelphia for seven years. During those years and following early retirement I helped to set up and run the pen pal program with Senior Citizens and supervise the co-op work program. I have volunteered and taken part in the programs The Christmas Gala has since it originated. As Cheryl’s daughter, I grew up with the example of helping to take care of our elderly and understand the impact it has on them. I have a 6 year old daughter who chose to help the animals of senior citizens for her school service project and Gobie’s Stocking was created. I live in Levittown, and if I’m not at a softball field with my daughter and niece, I can be found spending time with family, friends and my dog Finnegan Aldea
As a wellness and lifestyle consultant Michelle works with women who need to reduce stress, inflammation and illness with small lifestyle changes to lead to optimal health. Michelle received her training at the Health Coach Institute, where she was trained in dietary theories and practical lifestyle management techniques. She helps women learn to put themselves back at the top of their priority list. Michelle resides in Levittown PA and spends her free time with family and friends as much as possible. She has two adult sons, Sean and Matthew. As a recent caregiver to a loved one herself, Michelle has learned the importance of optimal health and self care, which truly assists as she works with clients.
Lori has worked in the Skilled Nursing field for 25 years. She is responsible for overseeing the daily business office functions as well as handling resident’s funds and assisting residents in obtaining Medical Assistance for nursing home. She resides in Langhorne, Pa with her husband and two children.
Elisa lives and breathes social media! Elisa is an accomplished social media freelancer and digital photographer who is well-known in the local retail, hospitality and tourism community. She moved to Bucks County twelve years ago and has become one of the area’s biggest cheerleaders. She enjoys supporting small businesses, especially the local farms. Elisa and her husband recently bought a house in historic Bristol Borough where they are both members of Bristol Borough: Raising The Bar. Elisa is also a member of the art group #BristolBoroRocks. Her hobby is exploring and taking photos all over Bucks County and Elisa’s role with The Christmas Gala will be taking photos and helping with social media. She has volunteered for Bucks County based Reuseyourshoes and United Way of Bucks County in the past. Follow Elisa’s photo blog at www.only-in-bucks.blogspot.com
Wade Rice, Sponsorship Coordinator & Website Management – Branch Manager – Fulton Bank Southampton Office
Wade joined Fulton Bank in April of 2016 coming from BB&T. He has been in the banking industry for over 8 years. Wade currently oversees the Southampton branch for which he is responsible for sales, service and operations. Wade started working in Banking at Wachovia Bank in his hometown of Alexandria, VA. He graduated from Neumann University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Wade is active in the community. In addition to serving on The Christmas Gala Board he also is part of the Warrington Community Day Committee and he also teaches Financial Literacy in Neshaminy School District through Junior Achievement. Wade resides in Langhorne, PA with his wife and two children.
Lisa Ross, ECHOs Committee Chair – Associates Home Care
Lisa joined Associates Home Care 4 years ago as the Director. She has been working in the medical field for over 30 years and with the intellectually disabled an senior population for the last 18 years. In addition to working full time she serves on The Christmas Gala board, volunteers as the lead for the E.C.H.O.’s program and is active in her community. She is originally from Florida and has resided in Levittown for the last 25 years.
Colleen Prendergast, Graphic Design Manager – CSP Designs
Colleen has over 20 years experience in graphic design: 3 years for Bucks County Community College and 18 for the Bucks County Courier Times, Intelligencer, Burlington County Times (Calkins Media). She currently works for a media marketing company in Horsham. Colleen was responsible for all of the marketing materials at the college and performed in many college events as well. At the newspaper, she won over a dozen awards for her work in news, features and sports design. As a freelance designer, she has extended her expertise into social media advertising as well as logo design, advertising, branding, social media and more. In her free time, she and her family run Croydon Haunted Hollows, a local Halloween event in Croydon. Colleen is really excited to be a part of The Christmas Gala. She lives in Croydon with her husband, two children and one very spoiled Boston Terrier.