In March of 2017, Sgt. Michael Boll founded the NJ Veterans Network (a 501c3 charity) which provides veterans a better quality of life through the donation of cars, housing, mental health services and job assistance. The NJVN recently broke ground to build a retreat complex for disabled veterans and their families in Kiawaah Island, South Carolina.
Michael graduated from Union High School in 1989 and subsequently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Operation Desert Storm from December 1990 through June 1991. In 1993, he received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. In July of 1994, Michael joined the Township of Union Police Department and was assigned to various specialized units. During his time with the police department, he worked closely with numerous community groups. He organized several programs to help raise money for Autism Awareness, disabled veterans, Special Olympics, hurricane disaster relief and other community based programs. Early in his career, Michael started the Santa in Blue program. This program is an annual drive to collect thousands of toys and gifts for less fortunate families from Union Township. He spearheaded the Super Storm Sandy toy drive which collected over $30,000 in gift cards and filled three full size tractor trailers with gifts and bicycles. Sgt. Boll also served in the PBA Local 69 as their State Delegate.
During his time as a police officer, Michael saw the need to help veterans. He became the team captain for the Operation Rebound Racing Team, which benefits disabled veterans and first responders by empowering them to compete in various competition sporting events. He also began a speaking tour highlighting the benefits of helping veterans. He enlisted the help of the NJ VFW, American Legion, NJSPBA, NJFMBA and the NJ FOP. As a result of his volunteer work, Michael was honored at the New Jersey Statehouse where he spoke to the Assembly and Senate about the team’s programs. Sgt. Boll organized a two hundred mile bike ride in 22 hours to Walter Reed Veterans Hospital during his first event as Operation Rebound Racing Team Captain. He successfully collected over $10,000 in gift cards and hand cycles for disabled combat veterans. He also organized a twenty two hour veteran suicide awareness walk at the New Jersey VFW convention.
Sgt Boll currently writes for the Blue Magazine and 27 Renna newspapers. He is also the NJ VFW District 5 legislative officer and a member of the NJ American Legion. Sgt. Boll has received numerous awards including a NJ Governor’s Award for emergency services, 6 departmental letters of appreciation, 5 departmental commendations, 20 PBA Meritorious Service awards, 5 Special Olympics Recognition awards, 3 Township of Union Mayor’s awards, 2 National Unico Service awards, VFW Loyalty award, NJ Good Scout award, 2 International Rotary awards and a VFW National DE Camp award.
David Tyms is the co-founder and Vice President of New Jersey Veterans Network (a 501c3 charity), which provides veterans a better quality of life through the donation of cars and housing, job assistance and mental health services. The NJVN has recently broken ground in Kiawaah Island in South Carolina to build a complex as a retreat for disabled veterans and their families.
David is also the co-captain of the Operation Rebound Racing Team which benefits disabled veterans and first responders by empowering them to compete in various sport competition events. One of David’s proudest accomplishments was when the team completed a 200 mile charity bike ride to Walter Reed on September 11th, 2015. This event raised over $10,000 in gift cards for disabled veterans. In 2015, he became the assistant event coordinator of the Operation Rebound Racing Team.
David served with the United States Air Force where he was assigned to the England Air Force Base for two years and the California Air Force Base for a year and a half. He was appointed to the Union Police Department in July 1994, promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and then to Lieutenant in 2007. He has served in Patrol, Street Crimes and Bike Unit and has been a patrol supervisor from 2000 to present. David is a member of PBA Local #69, past President of the Superior Officer’s Association and a Union Police Department Honor Guard Member.
David and his wife Tammy have two daughters Shannon and Kaitlyn.
Sara Abraham is the Treasurer of the New Jersey Veterans Network. In addition to her role as Treasurer, she is deeply involved in day-to-day operations, organizing events and networking with people and businesses. Sara’s dedication to NJVN is a result of her deep love for this country and the patriotism and sacrifices made by our veterans and first responders. Her commitment to NJVN is a way for her to help the vets and first responders who now more than ever need recognition and real support.
Inspired by her brother’s service in the Springfield Auxiliary Police, Sara decided to join in 2012 and continues to serve in this role. She is also very active in her hometown of Springfield, NJ where she has been a Committee Member of the Springfield Fall Festival since 2010 and the Chairperson of the Springfield Patriot’s Day 5K. The New Jersey Veterans Network participates in this event which raises awareness and fundraising for veterans.
Sara was born at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ, attended Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield and studied business at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City and Kean University in Union, NJ.
Frank “Doc” Schupp
Director of Outreach Services
Frank “Doc” Schupp is a retired Army Medic, an Iraqi War Veteran, and a veteran activist. As an Army Medic he gained a sense of the importance of taking of soldiers and feels that there is no better job in the world than taking care of heroes.
Together with a team of veterans and friends, Frank has run and managed a bi-annual toy drive benefiting hospitalized and disadvantaged children called “the Little Heroes Toy drive.” This team has assisted in different functions including staffing the entertainment for everything from charity events benefiting the eleventh-hour animal rescue to setting up a dinner event for the residents of North Haven Veteran housing program.
Frank has recently gone back to school and graduated from Kean University with a BA in Psychology. During his time there he was awarded the April Cohen Service Award for his service to the University and Community. At Kean he was also an honor roll recipient with a 4.0 GPA and President of the Military and Veterans club where he was able to institute a successful charity drive benefiting the operation Valor Homeless Shelter for veterans in Newark, NJ. Frank also completed an internship with the Kean Department of Veteran Services where he was able to work with the State VA Vet Centers in order to create an ongoing monthly visit to Kean’s Student Veterans Lounge to easier give vets access to their programs to include free counseling.
In terms of Veteran Organizations Frank is the Director of Outreach Services for the New Jersey Veterans Network. He is also a veteran’s case manager for Yates House for military veterans. Frank is very proud to be a member of VFW Clark Moetz Post 2319 where he works closely with their toy distribution program for the children of Vets in various places to include Fort Dix. He is currently working on a veteran’s resource management website which he hopes will help veterans have easier access to the many great programs available to them.
Vincent DeNotaris is a graduate of William Paterson University and received a Masters degree at Montclair State University in Counseling. He is also a licensed counselor LAC, LCADC and SAC CART. He served as a paratrooper in the 509th airborne infantry and 24th mechanized infantry of the United States Army 1979 thru 1982. Vincent has a passion to assist the veteran population which he refers to as the “forgotten population”. In addition, he practices privately and works part time at Northwest Essex Community Health in the co-occurring & detoxification, rehabilitation division. He previously worked at Local 25 sheet metal workers as a project manager, which was the first job he held after after his military service ended.
Over the past 30 years, Howard has enjoyed developing local marketing opportunities for local businesses and charities in New Jersey and New York. These programs have ranged from charity golf events, concerts, Habitat for Humanity builds, festivals, and special client on-site promotion. In addition to his professional carrier, Howard has been an active member of TEAM RWB’s Central NJ Chapter, helping to put on events and build unit between the Veteran and civilian community. Donating his time and working with the Veteran community has been one of the most rewarding part of his life. Howard strongly feels it is his duty as an American to do anything he can do to help those who have served and continue to serve our nation.
MaryAnn Imroth is the Event Coordinator of New Jersey Veterans Network, which provides veterans a better quality of life through the donation of cars and housing, job assistance and mental health services.
MaryAnn is also the former volunteer Athletic Director of Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) Central Jersey Chapter where she engaged with service members, veterans and civilians to enrich their lives through social and physical activities. As an active runner, she believes the most genuine and productive conversations are those had while chit-chatting on pavement (and occasional trails).
MaryAnn served with the United States Army as a Military Police officer where she was assigned to the 66th MP Company in Karlsruhe, Germany for 3 years. From there, she worked at Lucent Technologies, Integra Life Sciences and currently works as Director of Audit Services for Wyndham Hotels & Resort.
MaryAnn believes the most important demographic is our service members and veterans and lives her life honoring our freedoms. MaryAnn has two sons, Matthew and Kyle and shares her life with her Super Patriot partner Howard.
Ziad Andrew Shehady
Ziad Andrew Shehady is the Administrator of the Borough of Red Bank in Monmouth County, New Jersey, serving as the Chief Administrative Officer responsible for managing the total operations of the municipality. Shehady also serves as the Executive Director the Red Bank Redevelopment Agency. He was previously the Administrator for the Township of Springfield from 2016 through 2018. Shehady was elected to public office in 2007 and served three terms as a member of the Springfield Township Committee. Shehady served as Mayor of Springfield in 2010 and 2012 and Deputy Mayor in 2016. Shehady has previously held positions on the Springfield Planning Board, Springfield Board of Health, Springfield Free Public Library Board of Trustees and the Union County Solid Waste Advisory Board.
Following the terrorist attack on our nation on 9/11, Shehady enlisted in the military as an Infantry soldier in the Army National Guard. He served in the Global War on Terror in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 to 2005 and reached the rank of Sergeant before receiving his commission in August 2008. Shehady also served as the Assistant Operations Officer of the New York Military Entrance Processing Station in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Shehady is the Adjutant of the historic Springfield American Legion Continental Post #228.
In 2003, Shehady began working for the New Jersey Legislature in District 21 where he was the Legislative Aide for the late Assemblyman Dr. Eric Munoz and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz. In 2014, former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey hired Ziad Andrew Shehady as the Director of Operations for the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, the Martin’s Place Reentry Program, Martin’s Place Community Resource Center for the NJ Parole Board, and the Jersey City One-Stop Career Center.
Shehady has been a member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Legislative Committee since 2012 and is a frequent panelist speaker at the annual conference. He is also a member of the Regional Plan Association New Jersey Committee. For more than ten years, Shehady has volunteered with American Legion Jersey Boys State, a leadership and citizenship program which he graduated from in 2001 and serves on its Board of Trustees. Community Access Unlimited honored Shehady with the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2016. In 2018, he was appointed to the State of New Jersey Commission on Veterans’ Benefits. Shehady was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Politics, French and Linguistics from New York University.
Brigadier General Edward Chrystal currently serves as the Land Component Commander, New Jersey Army National Guard. General Chrystal is responsible for the welfare, training and readiness off over 5000 soldiers assigned throughout the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 42nd Regional Support Command and the 57th Troop Command.
General Chrystal enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1985 and received his commission through the Seton Hall University Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Education from Seton Hall. He also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
General Chrystal has commanded at all levels to include platoon, company, battalion and brigade.
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, General Chrystal’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Service medal, the Meritorious Service medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Basic Paratrooper Badge.
In his civilian life, Brigadier General Chrystal retired at the rank of Lieutenant from the New Jersey State Police after twenty-five years. He currently serves as the Superintendent of Veterans Haven North, a transitional home for homeless veterans in Glen Gardner, NJ.
General Chrystal lives with his wife, Georgette, and their three children in Scotch Plains, NJ.
Web and Media Director
Jeremy is the Web and Media Director for the New Jersey Veterans Network. He is a graduate of Union High School and earned a degree in Mathematics from Seton Hall University. He currently works as a Software Engineer for a technology firm in New Jersey.
He enjoys volunteering for charitable organizations and has provided services for Autism, Veteran and Children’s charities. His inspiration for helping veterans can be traced back to his grandfather, who served in the US Army during the Korean War.
Jeremy resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children.