Todd Thiede, CFO of Eatontown Company, Receives Honor from NJBiz

Todd Thiede, CPA, Hoboken, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, has been named one of New Jersey’s 2015 “Forty under 40” award winners by NJBiz, a New Jersey business news publication.

The “Forty under 40” awards program honors men and women under the age of 40 for their outstanding contributions to the state in their industry and community. The program also celebrates those who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

As CFO of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, a company that provides a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Thiede is responsible for the entirety of corporate finance. He oversees the management of more than 150 corporate employees and more than 1,500 external nurses, among other duties.

Prior to joining PHHC, Thiede was vice president of financial planning and analysis for Goldman Sachs Inc., New York City, for five years.

Thiede’s long-term vision is to help transform Preferred from a regional provider to a national home health care powerhouse. He has been instrumental in helping steer Preferred’s growth into new markets that have diversified its revenue stream.

He was the architect behind Preferred’s largest acquisition, the Massachusetts-based Acelleron Medical Products. This acquisition expanded the company’s reach into New England and broadened its product line to include such durable medical equipment as pediatric nebulizers and breast pumps.

Thiede holds a B.S. in accounting from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is a member of the board of directors for Circle of Life, an organization that provides palliative and end-of-life care for children with life-limiting illnesses as well as support for families.  He is also a member of the board of directors of Home Care Association of N.J., a statewide organization that educates and advocates for home care providers, and the patients and families they serve throughout New Jersey.

The awards reception and ceremony is Monday, September 28, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at The Palace, Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, N.J. To view the complete list of honorees, please visit

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Get Flu Shots at CareOne at Jackson

CareOne at Jackson, 11 History Lane, Jackson, N.J., and Liberty HealthCare Services are offering flu shots to the public, Tuesday, October 2, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The flu shots are free for people who have Medicare Part B.  The cost for private pay is $30.00.

Samaris Tassinaro, director of marketing at CareOne at Jackson, says, “Most insurance carriers will cover the cost of flu shots; however, be sure to call your insurance carrier to verify coverage.”

Registration is required by Tuesday, September 25.  Call 732-367-6600 or to register.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.  For further information, contact Samaris Tassinaro, director of marketing for CareOne at Jackson at 732-503-6969.


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Growing Your Business – Free UEZ Business Seminar

The Lakewood Development Corporation, the administrative arm of the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), is offering the public a free small business seminar “Growing Your Business,” Wednesday, February 8, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room C, theLakewoodMunicipalBuilding,231 Third Street,Lakewood.

The workshop, given by business executives and members of Ocean County SCORE, will explain the process and management techniques to grow your business and its bottom line.  The presentation includes strategic business planning, cash flow management, and driving sales with marketing, among other information. A question and answer period will follow.

The presenters include Marty Aronow, principal of Aronow Business Advisors and secretary of Ocean County SCORE; Bob Goodyear, a franchising consultant and chairman of Ocean County SCORE; Frank Monetti, owner of Frank F. Monetti, CPA and treasurer of Ocean County SCORE; and Brian Scally, a formerly with UPS and vice chairman of Ocean County SCORE.

Register online at by clicking “Free Business Workshops.” To find out about UEZ programs and seminars, call Patricia Komsa at 732-364-2500 x5257 or All businesses are welcome whether or not they are participating in a UEZ program.

About the UEZ:  The Urban Enterprise Zone program was designed to foster economic growth to revitalize and stimulate designated urban communities.  The program encourages businesses to create private-sector jobs though public and private investment. More than 8,000 businesses throughout the state and more than 500 businesses inLakewood benefit from tax and financial incentives. Personnel from the Lakewood UEZ are available to discuss program eligibility and answer questions.

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The Coach Presents “How to Own the Room” at JSBL’s Meeting

Jersey Shore Business Leaders (JSBL) is sponsoring the seminar “How to Own the Room – Networking for the Bold and Brave,” at the monthly meeting of Jersey Shore Business Leaders at Harrogate,  400 Locust Street,  Lakewood, N.J., on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $10.00 and includes the seminar, which is open to the public; light refreshments; and networking. 

During the seminar, Chris Ruisi, Holmdel, the CEO and founder of The Coach’s Zone, a business and leadership coaching company, will detail how to productively network in any situation.  His presentation will include how to avoid wasting your time, defining what you are trying to do, controlling the conversation, and developing an action plan, among others strategies.

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 About Chris Ruisi: Chris Ruisi progressed through the leadership ranks of US LIFE Corporation during this 25 plus years with the company to become president and COO/CEO, member of the office of the chairman, and member of the board of directors.  As founder and CEO of the Coach’s Zone, Ruisi is an experienced executive and business coaching professional.  He is a sought after public speaker, focusing on direction and motivational goals that “get the job done.”

Ruisi was named “2009 Citizen of the Year” by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.  The video “The Faces, Colors, and Stories of Cancer” Ruisi funded, helped create, and produce won a 2010 Gold Award from the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association.


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Making a Fashion Statement in the Snow with High-Heeled Boots Is Dangerous

 They may look chic, but wearing high-heeled winter boots in the snow and on ice puts the fashion conscious at a greater risk for slips, falls, and injuries. These popular boots often feature tall, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes.

Dr. Gerald Mauriello, Jr., DPM, MA, AACFAS, Freehold, a podiatric surgeon at AOSMI (Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute), says, “Think about it: Which is more fashionable –a low-heeled winter boot or a cast and crutches? Wearing high heels makes you more unstable when walking or standing on ordinary dry surfaces, let alone slippery ones like ice or snow.”

Even if you wear low-heeled boots, Dr. Mauriello also recommends women scuff-up the soles of new boots or purchase adhesive rubber soles to provide greater traction.

Falls from wearing high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries, depending on how the woman loses her balance. If her ankles roll inward or outward, she can break her ankles. If her ankle twists, ligaments can be stretched or torn, causing an ankle sprain.

Dr. Mauriello, one of 6,000 members of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), recommends that consumers look at, the ACFAS Website, which reminds people that you can have both a broken and a sprained ankle at the same time.

“This time of year I see a variety of broken bones in patients who have slipped on the ice,” says Mauriello. “These include broken toes, metatarsals, heels and ankles.”

Dr. Mauriello urges women hurt from slips and falls in high-heeled winter boots to seek medical attention right away, contacting an orthopedic surgeon for prompt evaluation and treatment.  In the meantime, immediately use the “R.I.C.E.” method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – to help reduce swelling, pain and further injury.

“Delaying treatment can result in long-term complications, such as chronic ankle instability and pain, arthritis, or deformity,” says Mauriello. “Even if you’re able to walk on the injured foot, pain, swelling, or bruising indicates a serious injury. My advice is don’t take a chance.  Leave the high-heeled boots home.”

For further information contact Dr. Mauriello at AOSMI (732) 720-2555.

 About Dr. Mauriello: Dr. Mauriello is an associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and an associate fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.  In 2008, Dr. Mauriello completed a fellowship in Lower Extremity Traumatology at the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Kurgan, Siberia.

 Dr. Mauriello earned his D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, in 2004.  He received his master’s degree in health and behavior studies with a concentration in health education in 2002 from Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, where he was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi National Honors Society; and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., in 1996.

 Dr. Mauriello was honored with the Service Award from Saint Barnabas Medical Center.  He has had several of his research articles published, including diabetic limb salvage and the management of a lower extremity deformity associated with Russell-Silver syndrome, among others.

The Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) is an orthopedic practice located at Pond View Professional Park, 301 Professional View Drive, Freehold, and 312 Applegarth Road, Monroe Township.  The board-certified surgeons at AOSMI, who have a combined 100 years of experience, provide advanced medical care.  For more information, call 732-720-2555 or visit


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Students Learn How Technology Is Driving Surgery

Dr. Alan Nasar, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at AOSMI (Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute), Freehold and Monroe townships, N.J., recently presented an interactive video program for Career Day to senior students enrolled in the Medical Science Program at Freehold Borough High School. Dr. Nasar tied together the use of innovation and technology with how both are being used to improve surgery and the lives of patients.

            A question and answer session followed after Dr. Nasar showed the students surgical videos of hip arthroscopy, knee replacement with custom cutting guide, and cartilage transplantation of the knee. 

Dr. Nasar said, “I wanted to give the students concrete visualization of what they could contribute to society in the medical field. I still remember the excitement I felt when I was introduced to biotechnology in engineering school.  The first time I sat in on a surgery, I knew I wanted to become orthopedic surgeon. Now I have an opportunity to blend both surgical procedures and technology for the benefit of my patients.”

            Brian Mason, head of the physical therapy department at CentraState Medical Center, arranged for Dr. Nasar to speak to the Freehold students.  For further information or to have Dr. Nasar speak to your group, contact him at 732-720-2555.


About Dr. Nasar/About Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute:     


Dr. Alan Nasar, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, is a member of the AMA (American Medical Association), and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Nasar holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, New York City, where he received specialized training in biomechanics and biometrics.  He received his M.D. from the medical school of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed surgical internships in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at the State University of New York – Stony Brook Hospital, and adult reconstructive surgery at Desert Orthopaedic Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.


The Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) is an orthopedic practice located at Pond View Professional Park, 301 Professional View Drive, Freehold, and 312 Applegarth Road, Monroe Township.  The surgeons at AOSMI, who have a combined 100 years of experience, provide advanced medical care. For more information, call 732-720-2555 or visit   ###                                                                                         

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Seda Named VP and Branch Manager of Harmony Bank, Jackson

Bernadette S. Seda, Jackson, N.J., has been named vice president and branch manager of Harmony Bank, Jackson. Her duties include overseeing the daily operations and staff of the Jackson branch, and developing business and community relations.

Seda said, “I am very excited to be a part of Harmony Bank, especially because I am working in the Jackson community where I have lived for 8 years.”

Prior to joining Harmony Bank, Seda was the vice president and branch manager of The Bank, formerly First Washington State Bank, Jackson, for seven years during which she exceeded the business development goals of the bank.

Seda, a graduate of Lakewood High School, attended Ocean County College, Toms River. She is a licensed real estate agent and held a license in life and health. She holds memberships in such Jackson organizations as the Kiwanis, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary.  She is also a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.


Harmony Bank, 2120 West County Line Road, Jackson, was founded in 2006 to provide the Lakewood and Jackson communities the same services offered by the national banking giants, but with more of the attentive, local and personal attention that comes from being a community bank. In 2010, Harmony opened a branch office at 500 River Avenue, Route 9, Lakewood. The Trustees of Harmony Bank, second and third generation residents, are community leaders who are knowledgeable about business, industry, and banking.

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Lakewood Court Canceled Thursday, January 20

Traffic Delays Anticipated Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 19 and 20

Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson and Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein, public safety liaison for Lakewood Township, are notifying the public that because of the viewing of Officer Christopher Matlosz, drivers should expect traffic delays, possible road closures, and some detours if they are driving on Route 9 North in the area of the Lakewood/Howell border between 1:00 and 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19.
On Thursday, January 20, beginning 7:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m., the public can expect heavy traffic delays, detours, and street closures throughout the Lakewood downtown area. The public can also expect road closures in the area of New Hampshire Avenue, Route 70, and Massachusetts Avenue Between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Lakewood Court is canceled on Thursday, January 20. Anyone who has a court date will be contacted by the court to set a new date.

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