Stride For Mental Health Awareness: Our Honored Guests
Have you registered to STRIDE with us for Mental Health Awareness? Go to namibucksstride.org and register now to meet our honored guests. Here are a few of the local “stars” who will be featured at our “star-studded” walk for a cause:
Bruce Gordon, Master of Ceremonies
Bruce mapped out his career as a TV news reporter before he left high school. He anchored a weekly in-school TV news program at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Bucks County, PA. He continued broadcast work in college, doing radio play-by-play for Big Ten basketball (WNUR-FM) while attending Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL. He graduated in 1981.
While in college, he wrote and produced radio newscasts and TV sportscasts for WGN Television and Radio, while frequently preparing broadcasts for legendary Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse.
Bruce has won several Associated Press “Best Reporter” awards, and received national recognition for an undercover report on pedophilia. He’s a ten-time regional EMMY Award winner, including both the 2003 and 2004 awards for “Best Hard News Reporter.”
Mr. Gordon is a reporter for FOX 29.
Brian Fitzpatrick, Congressman
A Levittown native and graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Brian is a graduate of LaSalle University, Penn State University and the
Dickinson School of Law. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Emergency Medical Technician as well as an attorney – having previously served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney focused on drug crimes.
For 14 years prior to running for Congress, Brian served our country as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent fighting political corruption and supporting global counterterrorism efforts – including being embedded with U.S. Special Forces as part Operation Iraqi Freedom. Working to promote freedom and democracy, Brian also served as National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program and as a national supervisor for the FBI’s Political Corruption Unit where he is recognized as an expert in restoring integrity to governmental institutions. For his work, Brian was an inaugural recipient of the FBI Director’s Leadership Award in 2015 and was named “Investigator of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
In the 115th Congress, Brian is a member of the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Small Business committees. Brian is the founding member of the Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers committed to fighting for term limits and Congressional reforms, and a member of the No Labels ‘Problem Solver Caucus.’
Marguerite Quinn, State Representative
Since being elected to office in 2006, her accomplishments include leading bipartisan efforts, such as increased access to quality health care and updating the Commonwealth’s laws to regulate the use of telemedicine. Representative Quinn has worked tirelessly to author legislation that guarantees life insurance benefits to deserving beneficiaries by requiring insurance companies to compare their in-force life insurance policies with the U.S. Social Security Death Master File (DMF) to identify matches.
In her tenure, Quinn has also introduced legislation revising the Public Official Compensation law and amending the “Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act.” She is also credited with drafting a bill to create the latest Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program that was included in the 2016-17 Pennsylvania budget.
In the 2017-18 session, Quinn put her robust leadership skills to work by serving as Vice Chair of the Insurance Committee and a member of the House Appropriations, Professional Licensure and Transportation committees. She also serves as the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Public Transportation. In her tenure, she has also served on the House State Government, Tourism, Urban Affairs, and Aging & Older Adult Services and Gaming committees.
Quinn also represents the Republican Caucus on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee. She is proud to be the founding chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Caucus, chair of the Delaware Canal Caucus and a member of numerous other caucuses.
Quinn is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and serves as the 2017 Chairperson of the Workman’s Compensation Committee. She is also very active in the Bucks County community, and serves on numerous civic groups, such as the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Central Bucks Drug Free Project Coalition, Plumstead Grange, Delaware Canal Advisory Committee and Board of Directors for the CB Cares Educational Foundation.
Personally, Quinn graduated from Archbishop Wood High School and then attended St Joseph’s University, where she earned a degree in International Studies. She resides in Doylestown with her husband John and is the proud mother to her two daughters Maggie and Carolyn and three step children Liz, Patrick and Christopher and grand-daughter Linley.
Diane Marseglia, County Commissioner
A lifelong resident of Bucks County, she was raised in Lower Makefield, and now resides in Middletown Township, where she served her
community on both the Neshaminy School Board and the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors.
Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia, a clinical social worker, worked with children and families in Bucks County for over two decades and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to County government where human services are a primary function. With a reputation for demanding responsible government spending, Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia has advocated for greater transparency and ethics. As the minority member of the Board of Commissioners, she accepts the responsibility for researching and vetting all county actions, and actively advocates for improvement or changes to policies and programs that are ineffective or inefficient to residents.
Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia is the county representative to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Bucks County Emergency Health Council, and the Local Emergency Planning Commission. She also teaches at Bucks County Community College.
Herbie the Love Bug & Gabe
Gabriel Nathan is an author, editor, actor, playwright, director and editor-in-chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries. For five years, he worked at Montgomery County Emergency Service, Inc., a non-profit crisis psychiatric hospital in the capacity of Allied Therapist and, later, as Development Specialist.
“Herbie hasn’t cured my depression, but he helps. He’s helped me go from someone who walks around with his head down, hoping to not make eye-contact with anyone, to someone who actively seeks out social contact. When I get inside that car and shut the door, I pat his steering wheel and say, “Okay, boy: let’s go to work.”
Herbie’s job is making people smile, accumulating thumbs-ups, telling people to look up from their cellphones as they hear that impossibly loud motor roaring along. With Herbie, I love people. I love their smiles and their questions. He’s good for me, for others and for my depression.”
Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society
The mission of the Bucks County Gilbert and Sullivan Society is to promote and faithfully perform the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, to enhance opportunities for amateur theater in Bucks County, and to provide educational, social and charitable benefits to the Bucks County community. Visit their website.
Wellspring Clubhouse Choir
The Wellspring Clubhouse provides adults recovering from mental illness with social, educational, and vocational opportunities and skills to regain self-worth, confidence, and purpose. Members work side by side with staff on health, member services and career development.