The Family Resource Network honored four distinguished individuals and organizations on Thursday, November 8th at the FRN Impact Awards at The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park. Honorees were recognized for their significant contributions in leadership, public service, health care, advocacy, and patient access.

The Honorees were:

  • Leadership Impact Award – Robert L. D’Avanzo of Accenture and Chairman of The Family Resource Network Board of Trustees, in recognition of his many contributions to the organization and disability community over the past 12 years as Board Member, President, and now Chairman. Mr. D’Avanzo is a resident of Montgomery Township.
  • Physician of the Year Award – Dr. Marcelo E. Lancman of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group (NEREG), in recognition of the significant role he has played in the epilepsy community as a physician, leading researcher and advocate for over 30 years. NEREG is headquartered at Hackensack-Meridian Health in Hackensack
  • Visionary Award – Eric M. Joice of The Family Resource Network and its affiliates, in recognition of his 35 years of visionary and innovative service as CEO of the organization. A proclamation signed by State Legislative Leaders, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney was also presented to Mr. Joice as he prepares for retirement. Mr. Joice is a resident of Toms River.

Thomas Ferguson was among many distinguished guests and applauded FRN’s CEO, Eric Joice for his 35-year leadership and commitment to the organization as a “giant and true visionary” within the non-profit sector. Each honoree echoed these sentiments while reaffirming their continued commitment to positively impact the lives of New Jersey families with the greatest needs.

Recognizing the impact of FRN’s partners and collaborators, The Family Resource Network also presented Soundmind Inc. with the Caregiver Innovator Award for their innovative work in the development of voice-enable technology for senior living and caregiving. This award was originally announced at the 2018 National Caregivers Conference, during which Soundmind Inc. was voted as the winner of the Caregiver Shark Tank competition.

The FRN Impact Awards aims to honor and appreciate the meritorious impact that its partners, supporters and stakeholders have had in advancing its mission to offer individuals and their families with continuing needs the greatest opportunities, resources and services to support a full and happy life.


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