Board of Directors

The TOUCH New Jersey Board of Directors operates as a working board that volunteers in the programs and works in a traditional board fundraising capacity. The seven member board meets on a quarterly basis to hear program updates, discuss organizational needs, make decisions about fundraising and to work with the Executive Director to plan the direction of the orgaization.

Dan Kirkpatrick, President – Dan excels in medical instruments sales and has a 12-year background in helping feed the homeless, leading a weekly food outreach as Treasurer of Aqua Corps, a non-profit which engages those challenged within society and provides food venues within the Camden and Philadelphia areas.
Dan has background in the food-service industry and offers his expertise in the financial industry in the budget process and as the volunteer coordinator and social media supervisor for TOUCH New Jersey.

Sidney Cohen – Dr. Sidney Cohen is a psychologist and author specializing in the long-term negative effects associated with outwardly intimidating others (bullying) as well as feelings of inadequacy. Sidney has a 10-year volunteer background and was profiled in the Body and Spirit section of the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 2, 2014.

Meher Merchant – Meher has 20 years experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing as a chemical engineer with Merck & Company and McNeil Health care specializing in product-development technology transfer and life-cycle management. Meher is a waste management consultant for the Pentagon, and has worked as a chef in the field of social giveback for the past 8 years. He presents healthy cooking classes throughout Camden and Philadelphia and conducts programs aimed at feeding the homeless in both locations.

Michelle Ray – Michele A. Ray, CPC – Michele is the newest member on the TOUCH New Jersey Board of Directors and she comes aboard with a wealth of knowledge and substantial enthusiasm aimed at advancing TOUCH’s mission.
Michele is a Senior Business Analyst with Horizon NJ Health and uses her analytical skills to address the many issues associated with the rapidly expanding TOUCH footprint including distribution, transportation and systems determination.
Michele’s willingness to “roll up her sleeves” attests to her commitment and dedication to contribute to the needy in the Greater Camden community through the vehicle of TOUCH New Jersey. Michele is a welcome and appreciated addition to the TOUCH Board of Directors.

Mark Hanlon – Mark is employed as an FAA computer specialist and has deep roots in the Camden, NJ volunteer community. Mark’s specialties include photography of the TOUCH outreach events as well as content designer of the TOUCH web site. With a broad experience volunteering for the Neighborhood Center, Urban Promise, AQUA Corps and CFET he is uniquely qualified to assist TOUCH’s efforts in the community.

Jon’a Meyer – Jon’a is a Benedictine nun associated associated with the missionary of the Holy Cross. Her background in the Camden community includes a 25 year career as a professor at Rutgers Camden along with numerous food and clothing outreaches at ST. Pauls Episcopal Church, AQUA Corps and Urban Promise. Jon’a is invaluable as the data analyst and and registrar at the weekly TOUCH Food Pantry.

Carol Russell – Carol has performed in the Camden volunteer environment for 20 years. She is a meal captain at Cathedral Kitchen a volunteer at a number of food outreaches in the Camden community and as the prior general manager at the TOUCH food pantry she was responsible for much of the tremendous growth experienced by the pantry and is a valuable consultant to the Executive Director. Carol is married with three children and three grandchildren.