Chairman of the
Board, Joel Loder
Joel Loder began his Jaycee career in Hanover,
Pennsylvania in 2002. He joined the chapter
with the goal of meeting new people and
developing better leadership skills. He was a
member if the Hanover Jaycees for 3 years and
then moved to New Jersey to put his newly
developed skills to the test by embracing a new
career as an Electronics Systems Instructor at
Lincoln Technical Institute.
He became the Individual Development Vice
President for the New Jersey Jaycees in 2006,
before becoming the State President in 2007.
New Jersey was a growth state that year, and
thanks to the hard work of the local chapters,
New Jersey was honored with the #1 State in the
Nation his year as President.
Joel left New Jersey in 2008 to move to Colorado
where he continues to support the New Jersey
Jaycees as Chairman of the Board. He is
currently working with local Jaycees to charter
a new chapter in the Centennial, Colorado area.
Eldridge Hawkins Jr.
Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. was elected as the Mayor
of Orange on May 13th, 2008 and assumed office
on July 1, 2008 after careers as a law
enforcement professional and businessman.
Hawkins ran on an ambitious agenda of plans to
make Orange safer, stabilize property taxes,
improve education for people of all ages, and
assure the honesty and integrity of government.
has established Orange as a city on the move.
His focus on law enforcement and his crackdown
on street crime, gangs and drug dealers made
citizens feel safer. He jump started the city’s
stalled redevelopment plans, stepped up
enforcement of health, safety and housing laws,
began televising City Council meetings, and made
it easier for citizens to communicate their
concerns and get fast action from City Hall.
Named to “Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of
Executives and Professionals 2007/08 Edition”,
Eldridge Hawkins is the President of the New
Jersey Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). He
is the founder of the Orange-Essex Jaycees,
which is the first of its kind in a New Jersey
urban community. In 2009, he was selected as one
of Ebony Magazine’s Outstanding Young American
Leaders. Eldridge Hawkins is a law enforcement
professional. He attended the Morris County
Police and Fire Training Academy in Morristown,
New Jersey obtaining his Police Training
Commission Certification. He presently serves in
the West Orange Department where he is a
decorated officer who has received three
commendations as well as the Essex County Police
Benevolent Association “Distinguished Service”
In the private sector, Eldridge Hawkins was
named Vector Marketing’s “Number One Salesman”
and ”Number One Assistant Manager”. He also
served as the Director of Operations for the
nonprofit, Carl Lewis Fund, Inc. placing inner
city youths in corporate internships. Eldridge
Hawkins attended the Professional School of
Business, earning his Real-Estate License
Prerequisite Certification. He became a New
Jersey Licensed Realtor Associate for Jordan Baris, Inc. and manages his own real estate
Raised in neighboring West Orange, Eldridge
Hawkins graduated from Seton Hall Prep and
attended Rider University where he received a
Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma
Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. resides in Orange, holding the
position of Chairman of the Orange Democratic
County Committee. Hawkins is also a member of
the Maplewood & Oranges Chapter of the NAACP. He
is the son of former state Assemblyman Eldridge
Hawkins Sr. (D-Essex), a prominent East Orange
Civil Rights attorney and Linda Cofer-Hawkins, a
business executive and community leader.
President, Liz Galantino -
began her tenure as a volunteer with the Jaycees
when she joined the Greater
Atlantic City Chapter in the early 2000’s.
She served as president of that chapter in
2003-2004 and as past president in 2004-2005.
Liz is the co-founder of the Greater Atlantic
City chapter’s flagship annual event, the “Top
40 Under 40,” with co-sponsor Atlantic City
Weekly newspaper, recognizing the region’s
brightest and best under 40 years of age.
In 2009 the project successfully celebrated its
5th anniversary and named its 200th “Top 40”
Professionally, Liz has been active in the PR
and Marketing industries for more than 15 years
holding such titles as Principal of her own
business, Print Creations, as well as years
spent as a Publicist, Client Liaison and
newspaper Editor. She has proven media
relations, writing, research and communication
skills, along with a host of mutually successful
client relationships. Holding a master of arts
degree in communications/public relations as
well as a bachelor of science degree in business
administration/marketing, Liz is an active
volunteer with the Philadelphia Museum of Art,
serves as an Ambassador for the Philadelphia
Chamber of Commerce and is a hostess with the
Miss America Organization.
Marc Rassman -
is a graduate of Rowan University with a
bachelor’s degree in Political Science and
Economics. Professionally, he has owned an
outdoor adventure company and managed two
fitness clubs. He is presently employed as a
homeowners adjuster for a New Jersey based
insurance company. Currently Marc is a fitness
trainer and owns a health and wellness
franchise. For the last 10 years as a wellness
coach he has been promoting the fundamentals of
a healthy diet through simple and easy solutions
to reach optimum health. Marc gives
presentations on that topic and has been invited
to speak by the Jaycees and other organizations.
His passion as an educator in the health and
wellness industry has fueled his obligation to
share this knowledge with the world.
Marc has been an active member of the Jaycees
since early 2007. He served as a local director
and has been involved with many of the
fundraising programs the Jaycees offer.
Throughout the years Marc has volunteered for
the Leukemia Society as a walking coach, at
various food drives, coat drives, fundraisers
for various senior centers, as well as a
stand-in vendor at events promoting the
leadership qualities of the Jaycees. As
Membership Vice President, Marc’s goal is to
work with the members of the State Board through
the local chapters to provide opportunities for
young adults to develop personal and leadership
Director, Ryan Graham -
Ryan Graham is the senior sales director of
employee benefits at Fairview Insurance
Agency where he
advises government entities and
other clients on Employee Benefit Programs
including Health, Prescription, Dental,
Life, Disability and Long Term Care
he was a NJDF Executive Committee Member and
an original member of the organization Kerry
Core in New Jersey. In his spare time Mr.
Graham continues to coordinate various
large scale fundraising events both
political and non profit in nature.
In his younger
years Ryan made his mark early as a White
House Intern for the Washington DC Public
Liaisons office where he acted as liaison
between staff members and the media.
State Board &
Affiliation Advisor, Jeff Lank -
has been a member of the Jaycees for 7 years and calls
the New Castle, Delaware Jaycees his home chapter. He
has had the rare opportunity to experience membership in
both one of the largest and smallest Jaycees states.
His Jaycee career began as the Charter President of the
Mundelein, Illinois chapter and has taken him through
Delaware Jaycees President in 2007 and most recently as
National Vice President.
his resume is filled with positions and honors on the
local, state and national level, it is his involvement
supporting all aspects of chapter and membership growth
that continues to motivate him.
serving as National Vice President Jeff was directly
assigned to the states of Arizona, Connecticut,
Illinois, Rhode Island and Virginia, with
cross-assignment to Delaware. In addition to guiding
many of his assigned states to membership growth, Jeff
had the honor to visit and share experiences with a
total of 19 states in 2008.
Jeff is Ambassador #4100 and is currently serving The
United States Junior Chamber as Chief of Staff. He is a
Project Manager for Wachovia which is a Wells Fargo
Company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lives
in Bear, Delaware.
Primary Advisor, Jane Amend -