Mayor and Council

     Mayor Jack D. Merryfield, Jr.

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.


  Council President Christopher Mrozinski 

 Term: 2018 – 2020 |      | (856) 547-7164, ext. 43

Chris has lived in Haddon Heights since 2002 with his wife, Stacey, and three children Will, Colin and Anna who attend Atlantic Avenue Elementary School.  Chris is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Economics and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design with a Master degree in City and Regional Planning.

Chris has over fifteen years of experience as a real estate developer.  He has experience throughout the country and has worked closely with local municipalities, county, state and federal agencies.  He is actively involved in the entitlement, leasing, development, public financing and construction of these projects. He currently serves on the Camden County Open Space Advisory Committee where he has been involved in open space preservation and grants throughout the county.

Chris looks forward to sharing his experience with business districts and local resources to further improve the Borough.


  Councilwoman Susan R. Griffith 

Current Term:  2017 – 2019  |      |  856-547-7164, ext. 42

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


 

JEV headshot 12032015     Councilwoman Jacquelyn E. Valvardi

Current Term:  2016 – 2018 |    | 856-547-7164, ext. 45

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.


 Councilwoman Asiyah Kurtz  

Filling Unexpired term Term: 2017 – 2019 |   | 856-547-7164, ext. 46

Asiyah Kurtz and her husband, Josh, moved to Haddon Heights from Memphis, Tennessee in 2016 with their three children, Elliot, Liv and Joel. She is an avid supporter of Haddon Heights businesses and public schools and advocates for safe passage of pedestrians navigating those routes.

Asiyah received her training in anthropology from the University of Memphis and has served on nonprofit boards for organizations specializing in international development and historic preservation. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for a 275 year-old church in North Philadelphia. Asiyah has successfully written and managed grants for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, KIPP Memphis Collegiate School and partnered with community-based nonprofits on strategic initiatives. With 20 years of experience leading human resources teams and neighborhood development projects, Asiyah cares deeply about identifying and sustaining the assets that make a community unique. She understands that a vibrant community is inclusive and is committed to ensuring that Haddon Heights is accessible to all of its residents.

When she is not busy volunteering, Asiyah can be found perusing antique shops in search of vintage quilts and typewriters.


    Councilman Scott Schreiber

Current Term: 2017-2018  |   | 856-547-7164, ext. 44

Bio coming soon.


   Councilwoman Stephanie Madden

Current Term: 2018  -2020 |   | 856-547-7164, ext. 41

Stephanie has lived in Haddon Heights since 2010 with her husband and three children. She graduated from McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Stephanie spent many years working as a business and employment attorney before becoming a mother.  She recently returned to work for Camden County Counsel as an employment attorney.  She is active in the Haddon Heights School District where her children are students.