Family and Friends For Freedom Fund

Family and Friends For Freedom Fund, Inc.

When a marine is injured, the entire family is involved in the burden of recovery. Family members must travel from all across the United States in order to be with their wounded loved one for what often can be a very long hospital stay. The travel costs, time off from their jobs, and the time away from their children puts emotional and financial strains on our Marine families. Nothing can prepare a family for the shock, when the horrors of war come knocking in your safe, secure neighborhood.

Executive Committee:

Kathy Sturla

Kathy is married and the mother of three grown sons and has 5 grandchildren. Two of her sons were active in the military. Her youngest son was severely injured in Iraq on September 22, 2004. Kathy has 20 years of experience as a student tour and travel operator. She is currently the office manager of Performing Arts Consultants, a company that runs music festivals for high school bands and choirs in every major city in the United States. She brings expertise in business and administration to the Executive Committee.

Sue Halliday

Sue and her husband Mark reside in Butler, NJ and have three grown children and two grandchildren. She is employed with the Butler Board of Education. She is a member of the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, NJ where she serves on the Congregational Life Committee and sings in the choir. Sue has done a lot of volunteer work over the years and is passionate about helping our injured military and their families.

Patricia Perry

Pat is a life long resident of Lincoln Park NJ. She has two children and two grandchildren which are the light of her life. She is a claim representative at State Farm Insurance Company where she has worked for 28 years. Working in such a diverse company, she has a myriad of experience from the business world. She is proud to be a volunteer for Family & Friends For Freedom Fund, and to contribute her many skills to such a worthy cause.

Angela Moscatello

Angela Moscatello is a life long resident of Lincoln Park. Married to John and mother to three wonderful children Heather, Gina and Andrew. I enjoy working for Bed Bath and Beyond where I am a cosmetic specialist. Family and Friends For Freedom Fund is very near to my heart because I watched GY SGT James Sturla grow up. Our families have been very close for over 35 years.

William A. Montano

Bill was born in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, NY where he completed his grammar school years. His family relocated to New Jersey in 1963 and upon graduation from Boonton High School served in the United States Army from 1969-1971 which included a 13 month tour of duty as a combat engineer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of South Vietnam.

In 1973 Bill was appointed to the Pequannock Township Police Department where he served for 30 years and retired as Chief of Department.

Education background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from William Paterson College, Master of Arts degree from Seton Hall University, the Certified Managers Program from Rutgers University, the West Point Command and Leadership Program, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School, and the 187th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Bill currently resides in West Milford, NJ with wife Barbara and has two grown children, Bill & Lisa. Black labs Jeter & Ziggy complete the immediate family.

Mike Halligan

Resident of Pompton Plains NJ for 24 years. Father of 3 children. Involved with Family and Friends for Freeedom Fund for 5 years. Voluteer for five years and served on Executive Committee for last three years. Youngest son served 1 tour in Iraq with the Marine Corps.

Board of Directors:

David R. Groener

Dave Groener is Vice President, Global Supply Chain for the Colgate-Palmolive Company, with worldwide responsibility for all of Colgate's manufacturing, packaging, customer service, logistics, materials management, purchasing, and engineering operations.

During his distinguished 28-year Colgate career, Mr. Groener has also held key manufacturing positions in Mexico and New Zealand, served as Divisional Industrial Engineer for the Western Hemisphere, and worked for in Colgate's technology organization as Director of Engineering for Oral and Body Care manufacturing worldwide.

Mr. Groener is an outstanding developer of Colgate people, many of whom today hold key supply chain positions around the world. He is also a champion of product quality and providing a safe working environment in Colgate's manufacturing facilities around the world. He is a founding member of the Supply Chain Executive Board and a frequent speaker at supply chain conferences.

Mr. Groener holds an engineering degree from SUNY Maritime College.

Charles J. Valente

Charlie Valente was born in Staten Island, New York. At the age of seventeen Charlie joined the U. S. Marine Corps and served from 1967 thru 1971 active duty and from 1971 thru 1973 in the reserves. He served 2 tours in Viet Nam, with the 3rd tank battalion, 3rd Marine division and spent the remaining year of his service at Headquarters Marine Corps, Arlington, Virginia. He currently resides in Bloomingdale, New Jersey and has lived there for the last 8 years. Charlie has one very special daughter named Kristen. She graduated from Ramapo College in 2005 with full academic honors. She is now employed as a marketing manager for a company in Boonton, New Jersey. Charlie works for United Garage Door in Butler, New Jersey as an installer/Service tech. He has completed 2 years at Kean College and also attended DeVry Technical Institute and has an Associates degree in electronics.

Joe Morstatt

Retired New York City Firefighter, Joe currently resides in Orange County, NY and has three adult children and one grandson. Assignments in the FDNY included Engine Company, Ladder Company, Special Operations Command, Marine Division, and personnel management at the Battalion level as a chief's aide. Joe was assigned and detailed with the FDNY for several months, to the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center...on and post 9-11-01. Joe currently has two sons serving in the New York City Fire Department and is proud of them for their service…and ALL THOSE that serve and protect others.

Joe believes our military and their families deserve our utmost admiration and support.

Joe is also an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders (NY Chapter 6) and FDNY Fire-Riders…responding to requests from the military and their families for various escort details to wakes, funerals, and other patriotic related events…Standing & riding for “those who served”.



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