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Names to Know
Local people achieving big things in South Jersey and beyond.

by South Jersey Magazine

James Bilella III
Bilella has always had a knack for history and recently received his Eagle Scout rank as a high school senior. The Berlin resident began and completed a project last year to log, record and research over 1,250 veteran graves at the Berlin Cemetery. The information will include each veteran’s name, branch of service, years lived and awards/medals. The information will also be presented to the Berlin Historical Society.

Lisa Bien
Author, television host and motivational speaker Bien just released her third book, 111 Ways to Bounce Back!, which points out tips and advice for her readers through her own life experiences. As part of her 111 Acts of Bouncing Back campaign, Bien hopes to inspire others to embrace who they are and help those in search of self love by performing over 100 acts of giving in 2019.

Thomas Mills
Harrison Township’s police chief wentto Quantico, Virginia for training in the FBI National Academy Program, which accepts less than one percent ofofficers internationally. After a three-year wait, Mills was the first officer inthe township to receive the training, which involved contemporary law enforcement courses with officerssharing issues going on indifferent communities.

Jake Siegel
The Haddonfield Middle School student chose to honor hisbest friend’s mom, and a close family friend, who passed away from breast cancer by raising money for The TyannaFoundation. The charity helps those suffering with breast cancerto feel comfortable throughout all stagesof the disease. Siegel’s idea was spearheaded by his mitzvah project, and he hopes tobring awareness to breast cancer with his fundraiser.

Phoebe Haddon
Rutgers University- Camden ChancellorHaddon was chosen by the Association of American Law Schools to receive the2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to individuals who have an outstanding role in the legal academy and legal profession through teaching, service and scholar- ship. Many factors affect how a recipient is selected including how their work impacts women andthe legal community. Haddon was also the recipient of a 2019 Smith College Medal.

Ted Shinske
Shinske, a Lenape Regional High School District board memberrepresenting Shamong, was recognizedfor his two decades of service. Superintendant Carol Birnbohm expressed her thanks for Shinske’s commitment to the community along with his leadership, kindness and intelligence.A resolution was read to recognize his service to the board, and he received a plaque.

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Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 11 (February 2019).

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