Somers Point, NJ – The Patcong Creek Foundation has hired Lisa Bender as its first Executive Director to further the organization’s environmental and educational outreach programs.
Bender brings fifteen years of experience working in environmental programs throughout South Jersey. She plans to hit the ground running at the organization’s annual clean up at the Tuckahoe-Corbin City Game Preserve on October 28th.
“We felt Lisa was the right person to fill this position since she has both experience and tenacity in this field,” said Patcong Creek Foundation Founder, Ron Meischker. “I recently had the opportunity to work with her directly on the balloon release ban efforts in Somers Point, so I know she is very passionate about both education and the environment. It was an easy decision to bring her on board.“
Bender, of Somers Point, has a Master’s degree in Marine Science and experience ranging from planning events, creating marketing campaigns, branding and grant writing. Her environmental work in South Jersey began as a volunteer for AmeriCorps where she served as a Watershed Ambassador for the Greate Egg Harbor River Watershed. That work led to a position as Environmental Researcher and County Recycling Coordinator for Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) where she initiated programs to reinvigorate recycling and promote water conservation. From ACUA she worked for the City of Ocean City, also as an Environmental Researcher. She was a co-chair for Ocean City’s first Earth Day festival. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Somers Point Environmental Commission.
“This is a dream job,” said Bender. “I have worked on many environmental projects, but this is a unique opportunity to create, develop, fund and execute innovative programs for our community and hopefully beyond.”
As executive director of Patcong Creek Foundation, Lisa will be involved in educational program development and fundraising. She will also play a key role in the organization’s signature fundraising event, the Assault on Patcong Creek—the largest crab tournament in the country held annually every June in Somers Point.
About Patcong Creek Foundation
The Patcong Creek Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that grew out of the Assault on Patcong Creek crabbing tournament. In 2017 the annual crab tournament attracted 270 crabbers from 13 different states and over 1000 fans and enthusiasts to Somers Point. Though the event is free to participants, many participants and sponsors donate to the event in order to promote stewardship of Patcong Creek and surrounding watershed. To learn more about the tournament, visit www.AssaultonPatcongCreek.com.
The foundation uses funds to support environmental programs, including a day on the bay for each sixth grader from the Somers Point School District to learn about local marine ecology. To learn more visitPatcongCreekFoundation.org