Mayor and Council
Current Term: 2016 – 2019 | | (856) 547-7164, ext. 37
For the last 30 years, Jack Merryfield and his wife Sandi have been proud to call Haddon Heights their home. In addition to being a prominent second-generation business owner, Jack has built a well-respected reputation by giving back to our community, sponsoring a number of local organizations and clubs, and lending a hand wherever one is needed.
He previously served as a Councilman from 2000-2003 and 2013-2015 and was acknowledged with the honor of being Council President in 2003. In addition to his position as a Councilman and Council President, Jack served as our Director of Public Safety from 2000 until 2003 and 2013 through 2015.
In 2004, after his time on Council and service as Public Safety Director, Jack went on to serve on our town’s Planning Board, where he served for over nine years. Due to his extensive manufacturing and construction experience, Jack was able to offer straightforward, practical solutions to some of the most difficult land use issues that came before the Planning Board.
Jack raised two daughters in Haddon Heights, Jackie and Danielle, who both attended St. Rose Elementary School. Jackie and Jack both shared the opportunity to give back to underprivileged families through Hearts of Camden by volunteering their time to rehabilitate houses. No one admires Jack (“Poppi”) more than Jackie’s son, Christopher, who is a student at Seventh Avenue Elementary School. Danielle, who recently married, now resides in Haddon Heights with her husband Kyle.
Current Term: 2017 – 2019 | |
Councilwoman Susan R. Griffith is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to public service. A former Mayor and Council President, Susan has lived in Haddon Heights for nearly 40 years where, together with her late husband Robert, she raised two daughters, Sue and Bridgette. In her current role as Councilwoman, Susan is our Director of Public Safety. She oversees the daily operations of this department. Susan is also a member of the Public Safety committee. During her prior experience as Mayor and Council President in 1998-2006, she oversaw all aspects of Borough activities, including serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation and Director of Finance. Susan also serves as a member of the Haddon Heights Neighbors Night Out committee and the Haddon Heights Memorial Clock Restoration committee. She is a Trustee for the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund, an organization that provides assistance to the families of police officers, EMT’s and firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. She has also served on many local and regional boards and committees, including the Planning Board, Camden County Mayor’s Association, Centennial Committee and the Emergency Management Committee. Susan works full time in special education, where she assists children with autism in a local school district. She enjoys the opportunity to serve that each day brings with these children. Susan is looking forward to continuing to protect the best interests and well being of the residents and businesses of Haddon Heights.
Current Term: 2015 – 2017 | |
Kathy was re-elected to a second term of office and looks forward to using her professional and community service background in her new role as Council President. She will also continue as Director of Parks and Recreation and Public Works, a perfect fit for her experience as a coach, athletic director, and Olympic Conference President. Kathy continues to seek ways to maintain and upgrade the various recreation venues in our community which benefits all residents’ quality of life. She actively supports the town’s sport organization volunteers in their efforts to provide sport instruction and competition for our youth. Kathy’s 30 years experience as a teacher and principal is helpful in her role as Council liaison to the Board of Education. Drawing on her Summer Camp Director experience, Kathy has instituted an updated Summer Program at Hoff’s Park for grade school age youngsters and also brought the first two fitness programs to the Community Center. She welcomes suggestions from residents. Kathy and her husband Bill raised sons Billy and Mark in Haddon Heights and have been blessed with seven grandchildren. She volunteers as a member of her Parish, the Woman’s Club and the Heritage League. Kathy is employed by Source 4 Teachers.
Current Term: 2015 – 2017 | | (856) 547-7164 ext. 44
After 26 years of serving the public as a police officer, Rick DiRenzo appreciates the opportunity to serve the people of Haddon Heights as a Councilman. Councilman DiRenzo has lived in Haddon Heights since 2006, along with his wife Audrey, daughter Sara and son Stephen.
Rick has previously served as Director of Construction and Zoning as well as on the Finance Committee. He also served as a member of our Planning Board.
Outside of Council, Rick works full time as a Fleet Manager for Commercial and Government Sales for a major local automobile dealership. He has been ranked among the top ten sales managers in the United States for government vehicle sales.
Rick is an officer of the Order Sons of Italy in America and the Haddon Heights Lodge. Rick and his family are members of St. Rose of Lima Parish.
Term: 2017 – 2017 | |
Current Term: 2016 – 2018 | |
Jackie has been a dedicated member of the Haddon Heights community since moving here in 1998 when she married her husband, Michael. They have two children, Jameson and Keira, who attend St. Rose of Lima School.
Holding a B.S. in Biology from The College of New Jersey, Jackie is a Certified Laboratory Animal Technologist who worked for Fox Chase Cancer Center for 14 years. Her career culminated as their Manager of Technical Services and Laboratory Animal Facilities. She provided organization, maintenance of projects and strict record keeping for investigators conducting research. In 2006, she was named one of Fox Chase’s Special Contributors, an award given to those who go above and beyond their job duties to fulfill the organization’s mission. Besides assisting in research, one of her favorite aspects of her job was visiting schools and talking to students about responsible animal care and use in research and how it affects their lives. Although not currently working outside the home, her volunteer and parental duties keep her busy!
For example, Jackie has been a member of the St. Rose of Lima Parish Community since she moved into town. One of the first ministries she joined was the Social Action Committee. She later became the Chairperson and has been for over 10 years. In this role, she oversees the activities of six sub-committees and interacts with various social groups to expand the community’s knowledge of what is offered through this ministry. One of her favorite duties is preparing meals and taking them to the homebound. She’s also an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. She is very involved in St. Rose of Lima’s PTA. Currently; Jackie is the Room Parent Coordinator, Hospitality Chair and is the Co-Chair for the school’s Annual Laps for Learning fundraiser. She also serves as the liaison between the parents and the principal of the school. Jackie has taught Vacation Bible School for over three (3 ) years and assists at the school’s Summer Literacy Program as well. Being involved in her children’s school and helping the staff, families and students at St. Rose are a top priority for her.
Jackie became a volunteer for Interfaith Caregivers in 2001, serving as a Board Member from 2002 to 2007. From 2003-2005 she was Chairperson for their annual Spring Event and also served as Secretary from 2006 to 2007.
Over her 17 years in Haddon Heights, Jackie has volunteered for various committees and organizations in our town. She was Secretary and an active member of the Centennial Celebration Committee, which celebrated the town’s 100th birthday by hosting monthly events during the entire year and culminated with the 2004 Black & White Gala on Station Avenue. She was a member of the 4th of July Committee and also the Neighbors Night Out Committee, which was established to continue the community building, family friendly events of the Centennial Committee.
In 2005, she was asked by a friend to help establish the HHFHC (Haddon Heights Field Hockey Club). She played in high school and a women’s league in college and wanted to share the love of the sport with the younger set. Therefore, she immediately agreed and continues to be the Secretary for the Board. She is also the league’s goalie coach and will take on a position as team coach when her daughter starts in the program in 2016. Jackie had also previously assisted the HHHS field hockey team as a goaltender coach; the HHFHC has been a tremendous asset to the local high schools in the area, preparing young girls to become great high school players.
Jackie looks forward to listening to the residents, serving as their voice in local government and assisting the members of this community as best she can.
Current Term: 2017-2019 | |
Bryan Schroeder has been a dedicated member of the Haddon Heights community since moving here in 2009 with his wife, Jackie. They have three daughters—Moira, Maeve and Margo, who attend Atlantic Avenue Elementary School and New Beginnings Learning Center.
Bryan is a Jersey guy through and through. He was born and raised in Wildwood, New Jersey, where he still visits his mother regularly. Bryan received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Seton Hall University. Choosing to pursue a career in law over education, he graduated from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 2003. While in college and law school, Bryan served as the student body president and as part of the Student Bar Association respectively.
Bryan began his career as an attorney by clerking for the Honorable Mary Catherine Cuff of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. He subsequently worked at a boutique law firm in Newark, New Jersey, practicing appellate, employment and regulatory law. In 2006, he became an associate with Wolf Block, LLP, a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, where his clients ranged from billionaires to multi-national casino companies to local boards of education. Since 2008, Bryan has been the Assistant General Counsel for Greenwood Racing, Inc., a company that operates a casino, racetrack and off-track wagering facilities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
With nearly fifteen years of experience as an attorney, Bryan constantly communicates with local, county, state and federal agencies to address a myriad of legal and regulatory problems facing businesses today. He has a wealth of experience working with governmental bodies to solve statutory, regulatory and operational problems. Bryan understands how to balance business operations with efficient and effective government oversight.
Besides his professional work, Bryan is an active member of the Haddon Heights community through volunteering with the Haddon Heights Soccer Club and Haddon Heights Youth Athletics. Besides coaching various sports teams in the borough for the last five years, he also supports his wife in her role with the Haddon Heights Parent Teacher Group and provides volunteer legal services to various organizations.
When he is not coaching, volunteering or cheering at community-wide events, Bryan spends time with his wife and daughters enjoying the numerous amenities in the borough, surrounding towns and Camden County as well as cooking a great family meal. Bryan looks forward to using his legal background and business acumen to assist his neighbors and fellow residents with their concerns and to ensure that Haddon Heights remains “The Friendly Community.”