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AHLOA: Names Electees, Provides Digital ‘State of the Borough’

Posted November 16th 2020

The Avalon Home and Land Owners Association officers announced new leadership in August following the group’s annual election. While the incumbent president retained his position for another one-year term, two new vice presidents were elected and two new board members were added. Here’s the rundown on each of them:

AHLOA president Chuck O’Hara and his wife, Cheryl, have been property owners in Avalon for 34 years, and have lived here year-round since 2012. O’Hara had a 37-year career with Procter & Gamble at the company’s paper facility with roles in operations, project management, environmental and energy affairs, and public affairs. Since retiring and becoming a full-time resident, he has become an active member of AHLOA, and has become further involved in community service. He currently participates in Cape May County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and is a member of the NJ Cycling Club.

Lynn Cruser was elected 1st vice president for the 2020-21 term. She has been a trustee of AHLOA since 2017 and will now serve as 1st VP and chair of the Public Relations Committee.

Trustee Trey White was elected as 2nd vice president. White is the vice president of corporate development of SAP America. He has been on the board of trustees since 2018.
New trustee Jack Smith is the executive director for audience solutions at Politico. Smith and his wife, Amy, currently reside in Arlington, Va., with their four children and enjoy spending summers in Avalon.

Joe Butler also joined the board as a trustee. Butler, a realtor by trade, originally worked as a commercial fisherman. However, after encountering a number of dangerous situations, he switched to the safer career of real estate, and he has worked in Avalon for more than 17 years at A. Lewis Purdy Real Estate. Butler and his wife, Kim, reside in Avalon with their two children. He is active in the community as a coach in youth soccer and basketball, a member of the Avalon Recreation Department Advisory Board, and a member of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department.

Other officers for the 2020-21 term are Ramona Sanabria, vice president for programs; John Bell, treasurer; and Tony Newshel, secretary.

Smith is among the trustees named to one-year terms, along with Marty Kindsvatter, Anne Oberg, Christine Oxenberg and Ben Simone. Butler is serving a two-year term, along with Monica Coskey, John Cuthbert, Wayne Popowski and Toni Simone. Those serving three-year terms that end in 2023 are Joe Dvorak, Jack Keenan, Mike Matt, Brian Reynolds and Jim Thatcher.

To join the Avalon Home and Land Owners Association and for more information, go to

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