23 Sep Little Silver’s Rovder Named President Of Non-Profit That Assists Those In Crisis
LITTLE SILVER — CONTACT of Mercer County, a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and telephone and online assistance for county residents, announced that Michael Rovder of Little Silver has been elected to serve as the organization’s president for its board of directors.
Tony Ciavolella of Ewing was named vice president.
CONTACT Executive Director Eleanor Letcher, M.Ed., CSW. said, “Mike and Tony are both very important to our organization and passionate about helping those who are vulnerable, enduring a crisis, or thinking about suicide. Mike and Tony also serve as true leaders and visionaries for CONTACT and I know that they will continue to help move our mission forward for years to come.”
“I am honored to be a part of this incredible board. I’m excited to begin working with our new Vice President Tony Ciavolella, Treasurer Michael Cilino, Secretary Dawn Darrah, and our long-term and accomplished Executive Director, Eleanor Letcher,” said Rovder. “Like many throughout the world, my family has been impacted by suicide and strongly feel that it is important to continue to find ways to help people in crisis.”
Rovder has been a CONTACT Board Member for four years. Before being elected board president, he was CONTACT’S vice president. He was a senior financial professional in the asset management industry and has worked in several different roles during his 40-year career. Most recently, he collaborated with institutional and retail clients to create, implement, and review highly diversified investment solutions. During his career, Rovder has worked for some of the largest investment management companies and is a member of the Financial Planning Association of New Jersey.
For 45 years, CONTACT of Mercer County has been fulfilling a critical mission throughout the Greater Mercer County Region by listening and providing free, non-judgmental, emotional support, strength, and compassion to people in crisis through its telephone lifeline and online CrisisChat. CONTACT helps empower individuals as they seek to develop a strong sense of well-being and desire to live. Volunteers also speak with individuals in crisis who call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Through CONTACT’s REASSURANCE program, registered senior citizens are telephoned daily by volunteers who check on their wellbeing and offer someone for seniors to speak to. In 2020, amid a global pandemic, CONTACT volunteers handled 2,072 crisis/suicide phone calls and 2,319 CrisisChat conversations. Trained local volunteers listen and chat with any individual 9 a.m.— 9 p.m., seven days a week. CONTACT of Mercer County, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-organization.