Currently, the five board members of Sussex Country Freeholders are all Republican, and the Hopatcong Democratic Club would like to see Michele Van Allen (D) elected to the board.
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In an interview with Steve Renaud. He would like to relay that the Hopatcong Democratic Club endorses Michele Van Allen (D) for the Sussex Country Freeholders. This nomination is based on her honesty, integrity, experience and leadership. She owns her own business and works part-time within the school system.
More about Michele Van Allen
Michele has been a small business professional and the owner of Michele Van Allen Assemblies in Hamburg, NJ for the past 20 years presenting social studies and environmental programs for elementary students. She understands first-hand the impacts that government decisions make on the lives of our small businesses, our established business owners, our families, our environment and our future.
Michele is a graduate of Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ and is also currently working as a substitute teacher in the Vernon Township School District for Elementary, Middle and High School in the Hardyston Middle and Elementary Schools, Franklin Elementary School, Wallkill Valley High School.
Michele has been a resident for nearly 50 years, moving to Sussex County in 1969. Hardyston has been Michele’s home for the last 22 years. Michele has two wonderful adult children and is a proud grandmother to her first adorable grandson born April 1st. Michele is engaged to be married this coming fall to her fiancé, Terry.
Her contributions through not for profit organizations include the American Association of University Women, Garden State Branch, NJ, League of Women Voters NJ, Women for Women International, Kiva.org, and Donors Choose.org.
Dedicated to improving the lives of all who call Sussex County home, Michele’s accomplishments and contributions include:
- Member of the Sussex County Democratic Committee, Hardyston, District 7.
- Served on the Executive Board for the Habitat for Humanity Sussex County Chapter for eight years as the Board secretary. Helped establish the retail storefront called the “ReStore” where they sold new and gently used building supplies, furniture, and home goods.
- Serving on the Walden Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors since 2001.
- Member of the 100 Women Project at Sussex County Community College – Endowment for Women’s Scholarships through the Foundation.
- Organized a Spring “Get Out the Vote” Campaign at SCCC for the 2016 Elections to register students to vote.
- Received scholarships from the Sussex County Community College Foundation every semester in attendance.
- Awards include Dean’s List for academic excellence.
- Executive Board of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, 2011-2013, attended a leadership conference.
- President of Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society 2013-2014.
- Spearheaded philanthropic campaigns for SCCC Honor Societies which included collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and the 2014 campaign with DoSomething.org – collecting 1311 pairs of jeans for Homeless NJ Teens.
- Former Biology Club Vice President – implemented the “Get Caught Being Green” campaign on campus to bring environmental awareness to Sussex County Community College.
- Participated on International Coastal Cleanup with Ocean Conservancy since 2000.
- Participated in the “One Billion Rising” campaign on campus to help raise awareness of violence against women.
- Hosted Fresh Air Fund Children for four consecutive summers – still in contact.
- Volunteered on a Native American Reservation in South Dakota at a Youth Center as a counselor.
- Donated assembly programs to K-8 schools that serve students with special physical and/or financial needs.
- Volunteered with the cleanup efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
The Hopatcong Democratic Club meets the third Monday of every month at Hopatcong Senior Center at 7:30 PM. The next meetings are on November 21st, December 19th, and January 16th