June 3, 2020

Perth Amboy, NJ, June 1, 2020 – The RARITAN BAY AREA YMCA has announced Mr. Lou Seminski as the new Chief Volunteer Officer. Mr. Seminski has served as a board member at the Y for 9 years. The Board of Volunteers has also selected a slate of new officers: Rosemary Oarsley, Vice CVO, Paul Pires, Treasurer, and Linda Mazzella, Secretary.

Mr. Seminski is an attorney at the Red Bank, NJ based law firm of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, Lou remains committed to the City and its philanthropic endeavors. Lou is currently a member of Investors Bank’s Advisory Board and has previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Raritan Bay Medical Center, now part of Hackensack Meridian Health (and has also been active with the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation).

Mr. Seminski is a long time member of the Raritan Bay Yacht Club. He is associated with multiple local chambers of commerce and his family owns Sciortino’s Pizza, with locations in Perth Amboy and South Amboy.  Mr. Seminski, and his family, have strong roots in Perth Amboy and have long dedicated themselves to helping others particularly those in the City of Perth Amboy as well as in the greater Middlesex County communities.

“The YMCA in Perth Amboy has supported families through the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the great depression, all of the world conflicts, civil unrest, and economic downturns.  Today, YOUR YMCA continues to support the needs of families through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.  Our Community needs the Y more now than ever before. The new Officers, as well as all of the volunteer Board of Directors, are the voice of the Community.  These thought leaders provide the strategic guidance to identify needs and develop resources and strategies to meet all sorts of challenges that arise every single day.  Under our new leadership, we plan to continue the long standing tradition and legacy of The Y, continuing to develop programs and services that assist families with an emphasis on our local youth.  We will continue to expand the Y’s footprint in the community through acquisition of real estate to aid the homeless as well as further expansion of child care, homelessness prevention activities and behavioral health services…the Raritan Bay Area YMCA is well positioned to assist families as we begin the journey of healing together”, stated Lou Seminski, new Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors.

Ms. Rosemary Oarsley is a lifelong resident of Perth Amboy, attending both parochial and public schools thru high school. Prior to retirement (2017), was the Director of Behavioral Health Services @ Raritan Bay Medical Center where she oversaw the operation of two inpatient psychiatric units, an emergency department crisis unit and addiction treatment services.  Rosemary is Past Governor, NJ District of Kiwanis International (2017-2018) (first Kiwanis Governor from Perth Amboy), current Chairperson of the Perth Amboy Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Eucharistic Minister/Lector at St. John Paul II parish, and Vice President of the Altar Rosary Society (also St. John Paul II).

"Giving back to my community has always factored highly both in my career choice as a Licensed Professional Nurse as well as in my volunteer work.  Having the opportunity to serve on the YMCA board has been positive experience and has enabled me to build an awareness of the array of services that the organization provides to enhance the health and wellness of our residents.  I am most excited to be able to provide input as we develop and expand the behavioral health services that we will be providing particularly as we confront new challenges in these unsettling times", stated Ms. Oarsley.

Mr. Paul Pires is a highly motivated, well-accomplished business professional with over 30 years of sales experience.  Paul has the proven ability to build long lasting relationships which has enabled him to serve and maintain clients for the past 30 years.  Mr. Pires is proud to that his branch is a top selling branch for Toshiba for the past 10 years.

Paul is happily married for the past 27 years and have 3 wonderful children. His son is in law enforcement and also gives back to the community.  Besides for Volunteering as Treasurer of the YMCA, he is on the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Club, Board Member Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima Church/Saint Stevens Church, Commissioner for Woodbridge Housing Authority, and also involved with fundraising for charity.

I am very passionate about my career through the ever-changing environments and challenges I have built a strong solid team and I have led by example. 

Linda Mazzella has been working at Raritan Bay Medical Center since 2005 and is currently the Team Lead, for Hackensack Meridian Health covering Physician Relations Management for the Central Region of the state.   Linda enjoys servicing the Perth Amboy community by keeping the Hospital connected with the community. 

The YMCA Board of Volunteers thank and commend Dr. Robert DePow for his tireless leadership as Chief Volunteer Officer for the past 4 years. Dr. DePow will continue to be an active member of the Board of Volunteers.

For more information please contact us, 732.442.3632 or info@rbaymca.org.


About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. rbaymca.org