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AHLOA Elects New Officers

Posted November 15th 2021

The Avalon Home and Land Owners Association announced the 2021-22 leadership following the group’s annual election in August. The organization announced a new president, two new vice presidents and three new trustees.

Lynn Cruser, an AHLOA trustee since 2017, succeeded Chuck O’Hara as president. Trustee Trey White moved up to 1st vice president, and Joseph Dvorak became the 2nd vice president. Liz Thomas and Paul Disdier won three-year terms as trustees, and Jack Tarditi won a two-year term.

Cruser, who retired as vice president of Bank of America, has a degree in business management from Penn State. She continues to volunteer with Penn State in many roles, including president of the Smeal Alumni Society Board. Continuing with her philanthropy, she has volunteered for both Many Hands and as a Chiari Board Member in Washington, D.C., and continues to volunteer at Junior Achievement teaching financial education. Cruser holds a longtime love of Avalon, starting with family vacations through her childhood and continuing through present day after she and her husband George built a home on the island in 2013.

“I am delighted to be serving as the President of AHLOA and I am fortunate to be working with a very talented board that strives to be the ‘Community Connection for Avalon,’” she said. “I look forward to meeting our members, keeping them informed about Avalon, and sponsoring programs that everyone can enjoy. Avalon truly is cooler by a mile.”

White is vice president of corporate development for SAP America, following a career as an attorney in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Christine, reside in Erdenheim, Pa., and became homeowners in Avalon in 2016 after many years of vacationing on the island.

Dvorak is a member of Avalon’s Environmental Commission, chair of the commission’s tree committee, and serves on the Pastoral Council of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish. He had a career as a researcher on the development of high-energy rocket fuels for the U.S. Department of Defense, followed by a legal career after receiving his J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law School. He and his wife, Rosemarie have been residents of Avalon for 17 years.

Thomas will serve as AHLOA’s public relations chair. She is the CEO of Thomas/Boyd Communications, a Moorestown-based public relations and marketing firm she co-founded in 1998. She also is a founding member and vice chair of New Jersey Public Media. Additionally, Thomas serves on the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey board of directors, and the board of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce. Thomas has lived part-time in Avalon since 1995.

Disdier recently retired from a career as a financial services executive. His career began in 1977 in Philadelphia with Girard Bank’s Trust Department, followed by an investment career in New York with companies including Smith Barney and The Dreyfus Corporation. He and his wife, Anne, reside in Princeton and have been Avalon homeowners since 1998.

Tarditi has a long history of civic involvement, having served Haddonfield for more than 23 years in roles as mayor and borough commissioner. An insurance executive, he is the managing director of Conner Strong & Buckelew Companies. Past positions include president of Associated Insurance Management, corporate officer of Penn Mutual Life, and member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Liberty Bell Bank.

All Avalon home and land owners are encouraged to become members of AHLOA, and attend the organization’s monthly meetings that keep residents apprised on important island information. For membership information, announcements, Borough Council updates and more, go to

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