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Pat Schuber  

William P. “Pat” Schuber, Esq., BA, JD
Seminar Director
Bergen LEADS

William “Pat” Schuber served as The County Executive of Bergen County for 12 years, 9 years as a member of the New Jersey State Assembly and Mayor of the Borough of Bogota for 4 years.

He is an Associate Professor at the School of Administrative Science, Petrocelli College, Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a faculty member in the Master of Administrative Science (MAS), Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHS), Master of Sports Administration (MSA) and Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (BAIS). His courses include Leadership, Government, Homeland Security, Law, Ethics and Communication. He is a past Adjunct Professor in Business Law at Montclair University and Seton Hall University. He is an Instructor in the Certified Public Manager Course of Studies (CPM) and the Police Executive Leadership Course sponsored by the New Jersey Association Chiefs of Police and the New Jersey State Police (NJSP).

Pat has conducted Leadership Staff Ride Seminars at the Battlefields of Gettysburg, Antietam, Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth Courthouse, Brandywine and Normandy, France. He lectures frequently on military history, historical leadership, homeland security, ethics, communication and conflict resolution to numerous civic groups.
He has written several scholarly articles and co-authored books on topics of History, Leadership and Homeland Security.

He served as a Captain in the US Army Reserve (Retired).

He has been appointed a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Pat is a graduate of Fordham University with a BA and received his JD at Fordham University School of Law. He is currently serving Of Counsel to the law firm of DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, LLP in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Lynne Harwell


Lynne Harwell Algrant
Seminar Co-director
CEO, Bergen Volunteer Center

Lynne Harwell Algrant is the Councilmember-at-Large for the City of Englewood, NJ. In addition, she is the founder of H 10 A Consulting, a practice focused on issues of leadership and effectiveness. Her clients include: the Association of Black Foundation Executives; DeLaSalle Academy (NYC), a 6th through 8th grade independent school for children from low-income families; the Cleveland (OH) Fire Department and the Brick City Development Corporation in Newark.

Lynne’s career began in independent school education when she worked at the Northfield Mt Hermon school in admissions and in the summer school program. She then moved to New York City to work at DeLaSalle Academy as director of high school placement and director of development. Lynne spent 7 years at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in admissions, diversity, and serving as one of the class deans. For five years she served as Executive Director of The Albert G. Oliver Program, a program dedicated to placing and supporting students of color in independent schools. While at Oliver, Lynne helped to found the Independent School Placement Association, a national consortium of organizations serving students of color in independent schools. As Executive Director of an educational non-profit, she took the organization from bankruptcy to solvency in 2 years.

Lynne was awarded the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She is a member of the Englewood Rotary Club and a board member of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

Lynne is married to Joe and the mother of two daughters.

Beanne DeGuzman
Director of Civic Engagement
201-489-9454 x 203

Beanne DeGuzman hails from Manila, Philippines. At age 19, she received her bachelor's degree in secondary education at University of Santo Tomas where she majored in English and Literature. She started as an Educational Computing Instructor teaching secondary and elementary teachers how to integrate technology in their classroom curriculum. Later on, she moved forward to teach English and Literature to high school students at St. Paul College Pasig while also holding positions as homeroom adviser and club moderator. Adding to her role as a teacher, she and 3 other friends established their events planning business taking on weddings, parties, corporate and various other events. Beanne was working towards getting her Masters in English Language and Literature Teaching at Ateneo De Manila University when she was given an opportunity to travel the world. At age 23, she moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to become one of its best cabin crew members. During her five year stint as a flight attendant, she traveled to most countries and cities in Australian, Asian, European, African and North American continent. When she immigrated to the United States to be with her husband, she took on a job as a Project Coodinator where she managed a variety of trade show projects. Her list of clients included Japan External Trade Organization, Premiere Vision, Inc., Hellenic Foreign Trade Board, Italian Trade Commission, MX Solar, Lineappelle, Italian Leather System and Indian GJECP where she was successful in creating modular system trade show display for them.

She is currently working at one of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s programs, Bergen LEADS, where she manages and oversees the coordination and administration of its programs and projects, and with the preparation and handling of its communications, events, reports, etc. Beanne also just recently took nonprofit and project management certificate courses at Bergen Community College.

Beanne lives with her scientist husband, Mark and their first baby, Deanna in Maywood, NJ

Jennifer Ramirez

Civic Engagement Intern

201-489-9454 Ext. 216

Jennifer Ramirez has taken part in community service and volunteer efforts since she was a young girl. Before high school, she volunteered at Clifton’s Safety Town to educate kindergarten children on safety measures in real life situations. She attended Paramus Catholic High School where she was an active member of the Bridges Outreach Core Team, which centered on providing the homeless in New York City with brown bag lunches, blankets, coats, toiletries, and other necessities. Her experience in volunteerism sparked an interest in her to continue to give back to the community.

Jennifer is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Montclair State University. She works as a Research Assistant at Montclair State University for research based on discovering the benefits of community gardens and the effects on health. She also serves as the Civic Engagement Intern at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County where she prepares and handles communications, events, reports, etc. Jennifer primarily assists Beanne with the planning and execution of various Bergen LEADS projects.

Amanda Missey


Bergen LEADS

Amanda Missey is the founder and director of Bergen LEADS. Based on her experience in Leadership New Jersey (Class of 2006), she developed and administers the Bergen LEADS program at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. Modeled on hundreds of community leadership programs across the country, Bergen LEADS is unique in that it is housed in a Volunteer Center rather than a Chamber of Commerce. This distinction puts an emphasis on civic engagement as an outcome of the program.

Amanda is a 16-year veteran of the Volunteer Center, and has more than 25 years of program development, fundraising and administrative experience in the not-for-profit sector. She is an experienced speaker and trainer on a number of non-profit topics, including volunteer management, fundraising, corporate volunteering, leadership and board service. She is president of the Hackensack Rotary Club, past-president of the YMCA of Greater Bergen County and past-chair of the national Corporate Volunteer Council Advisory Council. She holds an MBA from Texas A&M Commerce.

She is now the Executive Director of BVMI, a licensed healthcare center that uses volunteer doctors and nurses to provide free, primary care for low-income working people who don't have insurance.

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