NJ Sharing Network Announces New Foundation Board Member
Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 6:16pm
The co-captain of a 5K team that has raised more than $35,000 to support NJ Sharing Network has been appointed to serve on the organization’s Foundation board.
Daniel Sarnowski, a former Montclair resident now living in eastern Long Island, has helped coordinate “Team Betsy’s Dash” at the annual 5K Walk and USATF Certified Race for the past two years, as the loving companion of organ donor Betsy Niles.
The retired engineer is also involved with other areas of NJ Sharing Network. He is a “Donate Life Ambassador,” a member of the Donor Family Council and a member of the 5K planning committee.
“Dan has been a tremendous volunteer and supporter of NJ Sharing Network,” said Elisse Glennon, executive director, NJ Sharing Network Foundation. “By agreeing to join our Foundation board, we will benefit from his insight, ideas and commitment to supporting our mission to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.”
Sarnowski said he became involved with NJ Sharing Network after March 31, 2011, the day Niles died in a vehicular accident in Montclair. She became an organ and tissue donor.
“I converted overnight into becoming passionate about organ and tissue donation,” he said. “I had no idea before Betsy’s accident that this is the charity I would be called to work upon in my retirement. Joining the Foundation board, to me, is a tribute to Betsy and continually reminds me of the gift she gave others.”
Sarnowski said he is eager to take the regular 2 ½ hour drive from eastern Long Island to New Providence to attend board meetings and any other responsibilities required of him.
“In my professional career, I have never come across a more dedicated and enthusiastic group of people than those who work at NJ Sharing Network,” he said. “From the top on down, they are a pleasure to work with, which encourages me to do more and more.”
After working in Corporate America for four decades, the last twelve of which were spent at New Jersey based companies, Sarnowski said he is anxious to bring new perspective to the areas of fundraising and finance, as well as pursuing corporate sponsorships.
“I look forward to bringing my 40 years of corporate experience to help this great organization,” Sarnowski said, adding he would like to focus on matching grant programs between employees and corporations to support NJ Sharing Network.
Other than his work with NJ Sharing Network, Sarnowski volunteers as vice president of the Nassau Point Property Owners‘ Association and is a member of the Town of Southold’s Housing Advisory Committee, which helps provide affordable housing.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation or to get involved with NJ Sharing Network call 1-800-742-7365 or visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org to register as an organ and tissue donor.