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Jason Helewa, a Staten Island native, made Sussex County NJ his home in 2006 after spending his childhood vacationing on Lake Owassa with his family. Jason is the only son and second born to Ms. Helt, Founder and CEO of Patchwork Pastures and graduate of Honesdale High School in Honesdale Pennsylvania. Jason experienced many struggles as a young child. Jason’s home life was hostile, peer pressure was on the rise and he just wanted to fit in. Multiple moves made it difficult to make friends, so he did ‘what the cool kids did’ and got involved with the wrong crowd. Jasons addiction began with a simple party in the woods drinking and smoking and quickly escalated to use of heroin on a daily basis. After several arrests for drug related crimes and having served over three years in multiple state jails Jason has a new outlook on life. He is the proud parent of two beautiful children and loving partner to Miranda Kardos. He is successful in his business managing a construction crew in Honesdale Pennsylvania and is an active drug court participant looking forward to commencement in 2020.
Madeline Lozowski has over twenty-five years of experience leading non-profit agencies and has a lifetime of experience raising a child with serious emotional and mental health challenges. Ms. Lozowski is the former Executive Director of the Family Support Organization of Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren Counties and prior to that was the Executive Director of the Family Support Organization of Union County. She is the immediate Past President of the New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations and currently serves as the Treasurer. She served on the Executive Management Team for the NJ Division of Child Behavioral Health Services. She has presented at the SAMSHA National Policy Academy and at the Tennessee Voices for Families Annual Conference. She is the mother of four children, grandmother of three and lives on a small farm in New Jersey.
Miranda Kardos was born and raised in Franklin, Sussex County NJ. Miranda is the eldest child of Koren and Thomas Kardos and sibling to a younger sister. As a child she was an avid dancer and enjoyed being outdoors. Miranda spent most of her teen years lifeguarding at local pools and spas. Miranda struggled with addiction, starting with a summer of drinking in the woods with friends. During that time she discovered OxyContin and from there her addiction spiraled to a daily habit of heroin use. She did not graduate high school as addiction took over, but later achieved her GED. After multiple arrests, being jailed and attending multi state rehab facilities she finally found her answer to getting clean and staying clean. She learned to love herself. Miranda is now the proud stay at home mother of two beautiful babies and loving partner to Jason Helewa. She is an active drug court participant looking forward to commencement in 2020.
David, an accomplished business consultant and executive, brings more than 35 years of valuable corporate experience to the Patchwork Pastures Board. During his career, David worked at the senior management level within a diverse range of organizations from start-ups to large multinational environments giving exposure to virtually all aspects of the business including: strategic planning, sales, marketing, stakeholder relations, media development, customer service, finance, logistics and program management. David holds degrees in Business Administration, Non-Profit Management and Industrial Engineering.
In recent years, David has become increasingly engaged in community service through his participation in the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program as well as volunteer activities with local non-profit organizations. David’s community service efforts are often directed towards helping others with their recovery from substance use and mental health disorders that are an integral component of his own recovery journey. Additionally, David is a certified Peer Recovery Specialist.
Patchwork Pastures’ peer recovery support combined with ‘Green Care’ philosophy was a natural fit for David considering his upbringing on the family farm in the rural region of Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula. After years of urban living in Toronto, Brooklyn and Wiesbaden, Germany, David settled in Morris County in 2005. He, his wife Caroline and their dog Bailey happily reside in Morristown.
Patricia Heavener bio coming soon
Merynda Fuellhart, born and raised in NJ and wife to Bill Fuellhart resides in Whippany NJ for the past 35 years. Merynda and Bill have been happily married for 40 years. Merynda has two grown daughters and 2 grandsons. She achieved a BS in experimental Psych from Bethany College, AS in Applied Science from CCM, Registered Nursing License and Legal Nurse Consultant certification from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Merynda is the owner of PrepMyFamily.com an e-commerce business dealing with everything to prepare for emergencies/disasters for families, homes, properties, pets. She is currently retired from 20 years in Pharmaceutical Industry as a Clinical Trial Manager, running clinical trials. Prior to that, Merynda had and Interior Design company. She graciously volunteers her time with MidAtlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Juice Plus a Company teaching healthy living and aeroponic growing in schools, libraries, museums, guest speaking engagements and with Patchwork Pastures as the Fundraising Coordinator.
Koren Kardos bio coming soon
Kara Stark McGrew is a graduate of Sparta High School. Kara began riding at the age of nine and has been professionally involved with horses since graduation from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. While at Stephens she earned a B.S. in Equestrian Science and a B.A. in Business Administration. Kara, owner of KSM Equestrian Enterprises, manages, instructs, and trains; she and her clients attend various competitions and clinics suited to their goals and interests. Kara is also the founder and director of the Helping Horseshoe Therapeutic Riding Club, a registered 501.c.3 non-profit organization which offers a variety of Equine Assisted Activities to individuals with special needs. The Helping Horseshoe also hosts the challenged riders division at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. Kara is a specialist in Equine Experiential Learning and is currently enrolled in an Experiential trainer certification program. Upon completion in December 2019 Kara will be a certified Canfield Certified Success Principles life coach/trainer. Kara is an active member of the HRH of NJ, the state organization for therapeutic riding programs. For the HRH Kara managed the state horse show which is also hosts the area 3 Special Olympic show for 14 years. Kara holds her coaches certification for Special Olympics in Equestrian. Kara is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. She is a PATH, inc certified Advanced Instructor and Mentor for therapeutic riding. Kara was also a presenter at the 2017 Path region 2 conference. An active member of Arabian Horse Society of N.J. since 1992, Kara has held many offices including the president position. Kara has been a licensed official for the United States Equestrian Federation since 1994 and officiates at approximately 30 shows a year in a variety of disciplines. Kara resides in Stillwater with her husband and a variety of horses, dogs and cats.