Park Commissioners

There are 9 volunteer park commissioners serving 5-year terms selected by the board of county commissioners. Each Commissioner serves on several committees to oversee the park system’s activities. The commission has public meetings monthly, except for August.

Commissioners

Stuart Lasser


President

Term Expires: December 31, 2028

New Jersey native, Stu Lasser, has lived in Morris County for more than 50 years. His relationship with the Morris County Park Commission began in 1992 when he, through his Saturn dealerships, donated and built five Saturn playgrounds in county parks. Stu serves as president for the Commission and is co-founder of Preschool Advantage, a Morris County non-profit that has sent about 1,500, 3-4 year old children to county preschools. In his spare time, Stu plays a mediocre saxophone with the Morris Plains Community Band and the New Horizons Band of Morris County, and is equally adept at golf!

Edward G. McCarthy


Vice President

Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Edward G. McCarthy resides in Chester, New Jersey with his wife of 36 years. They have two adult children – a son and a daughter. Following his roles as a husband and father, he is first and foremost a seasoned financial advisor since 1983. He is also an entrepreneur and a small business owner. His success in these three realms has led to municipal and state government officials tapping him for public service as well, including an appointment by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund Board of Trustees. As with his family and his clients, Mr. McCarthy is equally committed to his Morris County constituents as a Morris County Parks Commissioner. He is a student of local history, a sportsman, and one who enjoys nature. For these reasons, for both himself and his fellow Morris County residents, Mr. McCarthy is gratified to be of service with the Commission in the preservation of cultural and historic resources, in the conservation of our county’s amazing biodiversity, and in maintenance of recreational venues and opportunities.

Julie C. Baron


Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Julie is a past President of the Morris County Park Commission and chairs the Cultural & Education, Legislative and Nominating Committees. She serves on the Morris County Flood Mitigation Committee.  Julie has also served as Park Commission Liaison to the Morris County Open Space Committee.  You can often find Julie volunteering at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, and The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Julie also served 8-years on the Morris Township Board of Adjustment and the Township’s Open Space Committee and served on Morris Township’s 250th anniversary committee in 1990.  For 12-years she was a member of the Morristown Memorial Women’s Association and was an active member of the Hospital Women’s Association, serving as Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Professionally, Park Commissioner Baron was a Broker-Associate for Robert Lloyd Coutts & Sons, Realtors and was a member of the National and New Jersey Association of Realtors, the Realtors National Marketing Institute, the Professional Women’s Appraisal Association, and an Associate Member of the Morris County Board of Realtors.

Betty Cass-Schmidt


Term Expires December 21, 2027

Betty is a past President of the Morris County Park Commission and chairs the Finance, Personnel and Recreation Trails Committees. She chairs the Morris County Trail Construction Program and is a member of the Morris County Flood Mitigation Committee.  Betty has significant municipal experience having been Mayor and Council member in Pequannock Township Council and on Planning Board. She is the town’s representative for the Five Town Dial A Ride program.

In addition to governmental service, Betty is the current President of Bonnie Brae providing comprehensive care for at risk NJ youths ages 8-21 and their families.  She is past President and current NewBridge Services Board member offering counseling, addiction and housing services for children, teenagers, adults and seniors in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties.  Betty also volunteers with Morris Habitat for Humanity.

Betty has a MBA from Seton Hall University and a B.A from Immaculata College. She worked at Verizon for over 30 years and retired as a Director – Information Technology.

Betty is the chair of the Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program. She has been a Morris County Park Commissioner recently serving as the Commission President.  Betty also is a member of the Morris County Flood Mitigation Committee.

Betty has significant municipal experience. She is a former Mayor and was elected to three terms on the township council.  Prior to council, she was Chair of Planning Board leading the review and update of the town’s Master Plan.  She also served on the Environmental and Fair Housing committees

In addition to governmental service, Betty is the Treasurer of Bonnie Brae School in Liberty Corner which provides comprehensive care for at risk NJ boys ages 8-21 and their families in a residential community. She led the development of the Strategic Plan and currently chairs the Finance committee.

Betty is past President of NewBridge Services which provides counseling, addiction and housing services for children, teenagers, adults and seniors in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties.  She chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.

She has volunteered with Morris Habitat for Humanity assisting with the hiring process, property acquisition and several neighborhood revitalization projects.

Betty has a MBA from Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business and a B.A from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania. She worked at Verizon for over 30 years and retired as a Director – Information Technology.  Her assignments ranged from Executive Communications and Program Management to Revenue Assurance, Testing and Application Development.

William Cogger


Term Expires December 31, 2026

Bill Cogger currently a Commissioner for the Morris County Parks Commission and President of the Morris County Library Foundation, served as a 3 term Mayor of Chester Township.  Prior to being Mayor, he was a Councilman for  8.5 years.  He has served as Council liaison to Parks, Public Works, Police, Utility, Agriculture and Open Space.  Bill also served as the Mayor’s liaison to the Morris County Agricultural Development Board for more than 10 years and is a former member of the Township Board of Adjustment.  He is a former Council Member and Treasurer of the New Jersey Highlands Council and a former executive board member of the Raritan Highlands Compact.  Bill and his wife, Marie, live on their preserved family farm in Chester Township

Douglas N. Gable


Term Expires December 31, 2027

Douglas Gabel has been an active member of the community in Morris County for almost 40 years. He is a Past President of the Denville Kiwanis Club and has served on the Denville Township Council as a Councilman (8) and Council President (2) for 10 years. He has actively served as a leader at the Denville Community Church as teacher and mission team leader for many years. He has been active in the Boy Scouts of America for 57 years serving in numerous volunteer and leadership positions. Douglas has been recognized by many community organizations; Lakeland Hills YMCA, Kiwanis International, BSA, and Denville Township for his outstanding contributions and leadership within the community. As a Staff Assistant with the Morris Hills Regional District he enjoys working with students in many different capacities. He was appointed to serve on the Morris County Parks Commission in 2021. He has a love of hiking, camping and preserving open space for future generations to enjoy.

Mohamed Seyam


Term Expires: December 31, 2026

Mohamed Seyam grew up in Parsippany.  He attended Rutgers College then served as a Parsippany Police Officer where he retired as a Sergeant.  He completed his MA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Since retiring in 2010 Mohamed has lived in Madison.  He has served on the Morris county Open Space Trust Fund Committee for the last four years.  He also serves on the Morris County Planning Board. All his life he has valued nature and outdoor activities and recognizes the need to preserve what we are given for future generations.

Richard Seabury, III


Term Expires: December 31, 2025

Richard W. Seabury resides with his wife Susan in Montville Township, NJ. They are parents to four children and proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

His education includes studies in economics and geology as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University and  a Masters degree in business and public administration from Cornell University.

Seabury is a life long, proud resident of Morris County where he has been active in many community organizations.  Stewardship is a motivating force for Park Commissioner Seabury as he has devoted his energies towards acquiring open space, land conservation and trail development.  He likes old maps, old classic vehicles and all moments of history – major and obscure.

Commissioner Seabury believes that our county parks offer positive experiences to everyone.  Good citizenship means supporting our outstanding  park system.

“ An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

Matthew Tal


Term Expires: December 31, 2028

Matt was appointed to the Morris County Park Commission in 2015.

Matt has served on various government boards and agencies such as Land Use, Traffic Boards, Recreational Boards, Park Alliance, Open Space, and Economic Development.  In addition, Matt is the treasurer of the Randolph Township Public Library and on the Advisory Board of First Bank.

Matt began his career in commercial real estate with Weichert.  He is the founder and president of HSR Investments, a commercial real estate and investment advisory firm.

Matt is a lifelong resident of Morris County and he is currently serving as the Chairman of the Revenue Enhancement Committee on the Morris County Parks Commission.

Other Members

David D. Helmer

Executive Director and Secretary to the Board of Park Commissioners

Patricia Boyko

Treasurer

John Suminski, Esq.

Park Counsel

Douglas R. Cabana

Board of County Commissioners Liason