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SERV announces promotions, new hire

SERV has announced the recent appointments of three women to leadership roles in the organization.

Pauline SimmsPauline Simms, former director of SERV Centers of N.J.-Northern Region, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for SERV Centers. SERV Centers of N.J. provides residential and support services to individuals recovering from severe and persistent mental illness.

Simms joined SERV in 1997 as a clinician and through the years was promoted to her last position as director of the Northern Region, covering Hudson and Passaic counties. In her new role, she will oversee operations in Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties.

Simms, a resident of Hillsdale, is a graduate of the University of Coventry in England, where she earned a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (LSW) and a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Professional and Social Studies. She received her master’s degree in Social Science and Management from the University of Birmingham, England

“Pauline is a hard worker who has demonstrated an ability to creatively solve problems as they arise. She will be a great addition to the executive team,” said Gary van Nostrand, president and CEO of SERV.

Roseann CommanderRoseann Commander, a SERV employee for 17 years, has been promoted as the new director of SERV Centers’ Northern Region.

Commander, a resident of Willingboro, has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of N.J. and a B.A. in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Sheyla BonnetSheyla Bonnet, of Woodbridge, recently joined SERV Achievement Centers as Regional Director of the Western Region, which includes Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex counties. SERV AC provides residential and support services to adults and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities or behavioral challenges.
Prior to joining SERV, Bonnet was director of residential services for Federation Employment Guidance Services in New York, overseeing long-term care programs for residents with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Concurrently, she was an Intensive Behavior Program Specialist for Gallub Psychological Services for Traumatic Brain Injury in New York.

Bonnet is a graduate of Long Island University with an M.S. and MBA in Health Administration/Management. She also has a B.S. in Management & International Management from New York University.

You can support SERV when you shop on Amazon

The SERV Foundation is registered with AmazonSmile; therefore, when you shop smile.amazon.com and select SERV Foundation as your charity of choice, a percentage of your purchase will help fund special programs for SERV consumers, at no cost to you. For more information, click here.

SERV now accepting donated vehicles

Buying a new car? Getting rid of an old one?

SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. has teamed up with Donate For Charity so you can easily donate your automobile, boat, RV or other vehicle as a way to help support our cause.

Donate For Charity will arrange for your vehicle – whether it is running or not -- to be picked up anywhere in the United States free of charge. Also, you can get a tax deduction if you itemize your federal tax return. We certainly appreciate our donors considering this option.  To find out more about this program, click here

Janssen, pharmacies sponsor upcoming Wellness Conference

The SERV Foundation is planning its 13th Annual Wellness & Development Conference on October 10, 2015 at The Pines Manor in Edison.

This daylong conference is being organized, executed and attended by more than 425 SERV consumers, family members and SERV staff in SERV’s 10-county service area in New Jersey. The event offers health and wellness workshops, guest speakers, exhibitor tables and more to support our consumers as well as their families.

As the event is offered free of charge to attendees, The SERV Foundation depends on grant monies, corporate sponsorships and donations from area businesses to help fund the event.

We are pleased to announce that, to date, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Titusville, NJ, has made a charitable contribution as a Gold Sponsor; and Rapps Pharmacy in Plainfield, NJ, and Atrium Pharmacy in Emerson, NJ, as Silver Sponsors.

For more information on how to donate, call (609) 662-3059 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Contributions from:

Janssen Color

Rapps Pharmacy

Atrium