Burlington County Board of Social Services

Current Board Members

All correspondence should be addressed to the member, c/o Burlington County Board of Social Services, 795 Woodlane Road, Mount Holly, N.J. 08060

Geraldine A. Nardello

Geraldine A. Nardello, Chairwoman

For the past twenty-five years Gerry has devoted her time to civic service, including sixteen years on the Mount Laurel Township Council, Planning Board, Site Plan Review Board, and Hazardous Waste Advisory Board. She was elected the first woman mayor of Mount Laurel, served as a New Jersey State Assemblywoman for the 8th Legislative District, and presently serves as a board member of the Mount Laurel Township Municipal Utilities Authority. With over twenty years of operations and administrative experience, Gerry has held positions in the investment, insurance, marketing, and health fields. During those years Gerry continued to volunteer within her community as PTO President and Vice President within the Mount Laurel School District. Gerry and her husband Joseph have resided in Mount Laurel for 37 years. A member of the BCBSS since 2012, Gerry and her husband Joe are Mt. Laurel residents and have three children and two grandchildren.   

Denise L. Pizoli
Vice Chairwoman


Denise L. Pizoli, Vice Chairwoman

Denise Denise is employed as a Market Manager for Architex, a commercial fabric distributor, where she services customers in Souther New Jersey, Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Previously she was as an interior designer, sales representative, and business manager for several firms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she majored in interior design and housing and minored in business. Denise generously volunteers her time to improve her community. She has served as a board member of the Medford Arts Center since 2008 supporting the local arts through fund raising, workshops, and events, and has chaired their Events Committee. She also sits on the Medford Township Board of Neighborhood Services, is a lifetime Auxiliary Board Member at Virtua Hospital, and has been extensively involved with the Medford Home & School Association, International Facility Management Association, and Junior Womenís Club. An avid tennis player, she is a member of the United States Tennis Association and South Jersey Tennis League. Residents of Medford, Denise and husband Hank have three children. She was appointed a member of the BCBSS in 2012.

Marlene Jass
Secretary / Treasurer


Marlene Jass, Secretary / Treasurer

Marleneís civic activities began a decade ago following thirty years managing seven retail stores.  Beginning with her role as a Home Owner Association Trustee Liaison to her township, she was appointed to the Delanco Planning Board in 2007, Historic Preservation Advisory Board in 2009, and as Liaison to Economic Development in 2010.  She has also served as a member of the Delanco Recreation Commission since 2004 and was the Treasurer of the organization.  Marlene is the Secretary and past Vice President of the Burlington County River Route Advisory Commission.  Willingboroís Department of Aging contracted with her as a Senior Citizen Health Living Instructor from 2008-10. Marlene was elected to Delanco Township Committee in 2009, appointed Deputy Mayor in 2011, re-elected in 2011 for a second term, and is serving as the current Mayor. She and her husband Stephen have two daughters and reside in Newtons Landing, Delanco.  She was appointed a member of the BCBSS in 2012.     

Linda N. Hughes
Citizen Member


Linda N. Hughes, Citizen Member

Linda is employed as a Senior Communications Associate by BAYADA Home Health Care headquartered in Moorestown.  Previously she served in healthcare communications positions for the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority in Trenton, and Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Evesham.  She serves as a board member of The Center for the Arts of Southern New Jersey as well as the Evesham Township Zoning Board.  Linda earned her bachelorís degree from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey in 2002 majoring in communications, with a specialization in public relations.  She graduated from Cherokee High School in 1998.  An Evesham Township resident, Linda was appointed a member of the BCBSS in 2014.

Rev. Dr. David B. Jost,
Citizen Member


Reverend Dr. David B. Jost, Citizen Member

As senior pastor of Saint Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hainesport, Rev. Jost provides energetic leadership and spiritual guidance to a vibrant, community-oriented congregation in the heart of Burlington County.  He earned Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from The Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College.  Prior to his current post, he was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Enola, Pennsylvania, and music educator for the Fairfield Area School District, Fairfield, Pennsylvania.  A highly respected community activist, Rev. Jost has served as President of the Rotary Club of Mount Holly, member of the Superintendentís Community Relations Board for Rancocas Valley Regional High School, member of the municipal alliance fighting substance abuse in the Rancocas Valley communities, and President of the Rancocas Valley Clergy Association.  He also serves on the New Jersey Synod Council and is National Chaplain of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity.  Since 2005 Rev. Jost has served by gubernatorial appointment on the New Jersey State Board of Human Services, and by bishop appointment on the Lutheran Business Leaders Anti-Poverty Council.  In 1999 Rev. Jost was selected to be a Fellow in Leadership New Jersey, a renowned hands-on program combining retreats, field visits, seminars, case studies, and simulations emphasizing public policy issues in the Garden State.  A member of the BCBSS since 2008, Rev. Jost and his wife Sandy reside in Lumberton.  They have three adult children.

Alicia B. Marrone
Citizen Member


Alicia B. Marrone, Citizen Member

With a wealth of private sector and business experience, Alicia is also making a big difference as a community volunteer.  She has served on the Evesham Township Council and as Chairwoman for the Beeler School PTAís Green Committee.  Since being appointed to the BCBSS in 2010, she has been involved in budget development and oversight as Chair of the Boardís Finance Committee.  Alicia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing/Management from the Rutgers University School of Business, and a Masterís Degree, summa cum laude, in Strategic Communications from Rowan University.  She is a consultant in new product development for American Express, and an adjunct professor and graduate studies mentor at Rowan Universityís Department of Advertising and Public Relations.  Previously she was the director of public relations for the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the director of public relations and special events for Travel One.  Residents of Evesham since 1996, Alicia and her husband Michael have two children.  She was appointed to the BCBSS in 2011.

Bruce Garganio,



Bruce Garganio, Freeholder

A lifelong resident of Florence, Bruce is serving his fifth year as a Freeholder and served as Freeholder Director during 2014.  Bruce came to the County Seat with a solid record in local government, having served as a Florence Township Councilman for twelve years, two of those years as Council President.  He has also been active with many community organizations including the Florence Township Civic Association, Planning Board, Recreation Committee, Environmental Commission, and the Board of Education, where he served for six years including a stint as Board President.  As Freeholder Director, Bruce crafted a 2014 budget that reduces the county tax levy for the fifth year in a row while maintaining and enhancing services for County residents.  As a result, Burlington County has the lowest per capita spending among all twenty-one New Jersey counties.  As freeholder, his major areas of oversight include Public Works and Health.  Bruce brings a blue collar perspective to the freeholder board, having been a foreman carpenter for 28 years.  He is employed as a Council Representative for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters.  Bruce and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Kristin and Kelly.  With both daughters active in sports, Bruce has coached softball, basketball and soccer, and served as Vice President of the Florence Township Girls Softball League.  He began serving on the BCBSS in 2014.


Kate Gibbs,



Kate Gibbs, Freeholder

Kate Gibbs received her Masterís in Business Administration from Drexel Universityís LeBow College of Business, graduating summa cum laude.  Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC, graduating cum laude with a double major in Public Communications and Political Science.  Kate currently works in Business Development for the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative, a collaborative trust that represents the interests of Local 825 Operating Engineers and focuses on promoting economic development and job creation in the Burlington County region and the entire State of New Jersey.  Prior to joining the Freeholder Board, Kate served on the Board of Trustees of Rowan College at Burlington County where she worked hard in developing the Countyís new Workforce Development Initiative and establishing the Collegeís exciting partnership with Rowan University.  Kate resides in Lumberton and was elected unanimously by her freeholder colleagues to serve as Deputy Director of the Board for 2016.  She also serves as the Freeholder liaison for Public Works.  She began serving on the BCBSS in 2016.

Charles SanFilippo,
 Acting Director


Charles SanFilippo, Acting Director

Appointed as Acting Director in March 2016, Charles oversees the daily operations of all agency programs and services.  Prior to being appointed to his present position he served as Administrative Supervisor of Income Maintenance.  He began his career at the agency in 2003 when he was hired as an eligibility worker.  He was promoted to unit supervisor in 2009, to assistant administrator in 2011, and to full administrator in 2013.  From 1994 to 1998 Charles was the  Director of the Oaklyn Memorial Library in Oaklyn, New Jersey, where he served as library administrator, supervised staff, and maintained library resources.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania majoring in communications.  He resides in Beverly.

  Richard Strobel,
 Chief Counsel


Richard Strobel,  Chief Counsel

An attorney licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Richard earned his Bachelorís Degree magna cum laude from Saint Josephís University in Philadelphia and Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Thomas H. Kean, and has represented the legal interests of the BCBSS since 1990.  Nominated by New Jersey Governors of both parties and confirmed by the Senate to the New Jersey State Board of Human Services, he served eighteen years as Chairman leading the oversight panel for State Governmentís largest department helping over one million citizens with a $12 billion budget and 20,000 employees.  He served in this capacity during the Administrations of Governor Whitman, DiFrancesco, McGreevey, Codey, Corzine and Christie.  As a transition team member from November 2009 to January 2010, he advised the Governor-Elect and helped author a report on two state government departments: Human Services and Children and Families.  A civic leader, he has served in leadership posts with the Burlington County Bar Foundation, Red Cross, Rotary, Boy Scouts, Jaycees, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, and was founding President of the Cinnaminson Educational Foundation.  Professionally he has served as President of the New Jersey Association of County Welfare Attorneys, Regional Representative for the American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys, Chairman of the Burlington County Bar Associationís Local Government Committee, Judge of the Burlington County Mock Trial Competition, and Speaker at the 47th Annual Conference of the National Child Support Enforcement Association in Washington, DC.  Richard was chosen to be a Fellow in Leadership New Jersey's Class of 1999 and was awarded the Certificate of Honor by the American Red Cross Burlington County Chapter, New Jersey Senate Citation for outstanding achievement with Adult Protective Services, Robert W. Criscuolo Award by the Burlington County Bar Association as outstanding young lawyer, and Service to the Community Award by the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Richard is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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