Arthritis Foundation honors AmeriHealth CEO

The New Jersey Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation recently honored Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey, as its South Jersey humanitarian of the year.

"This award is a testament to Judith's commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the region," said Tanya Barbarics, community director for the foundation in South Jersey. "Her leadership skills, business contacts and tireless efforts have been instrumental in generating awareness and resources for many charitable causes."

Roman's contributions to the community include cochairing the American Heart Association's Southern New Jersey "Go Red for Women" fund-raising luncheon, which raised $250,000. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial.

Haddonfield resident rewarded for excellence

Michael Willmann of Haddonfield, chairman and CEO of WMSH Marketing Communications, recently was recognized by the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce with its business excellence award in the small-company category.

Willmann was honored for his work as chairman of Leadership New Jersey's annual forum on the future of New Jersey, as well as his work as chairman of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce's economic development committee and with other organizations and groups.

The small-company category recognizes organizations with fewer than 25 employees.

Rutgers offers program for small businesses

Rutgers University- Camden's Small Business Development Center is offering a growth program designed to help family-owned businesses from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Enterprise Center at Burlington County College, 3331 Route 38 in Mount Laurel.

The program will examine such issues as business-growth strategies, succession planning, and personnel management issues related to employees who also are family.

Sessions will be led by Reynold Cicalese, a shareholder in the accounting firm Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co., and Stevan Wolf of the Alternative Board of Southern New Jersey. Mitchell Koza, dean of the Rutgers School of Business-Camden, will offer perspective on the importance of family business to the regional and national economies.

Registration is $20. To register, call 856-225-6221.

6 Highland youth coaches noted for sportsmanship

Six coaches with the Highland Youth Soccer Club in Gloucester Township recently won awards for sportsmanship from the South Jersey Soccer League and the South Jersey Girls Soccer League.

The winners from the boys' league were Doug Fleagle, who coaches the under-11 Flames; Tony Miscioscis, who coaches the under-11 Hammerheads; and Joe Ouellette, who coaches the under-14 Vipers.

The winners from the girls' league were Sandeep Mehtani, who coaches the under-8 Hornets; Alan Sharp, who coaches the under-10 Piranhas; and John Allmond, who coaches the under-10 Highland Blast.

The awards, which are made through a vote by the leagues' coaches, recognize fairness, courtesy, attitude and abiding by the rules.

Cherry Hill resident earns academic leader award

Kenneth E. Hartman of Cherry Hill, the academic director at Drexel University Online, recently received the Leadership in Distance Learning Program Administration Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association.

"For over a quarter-century, Dr. Hartman has been at the forefront of distance learning and one of our nation's leaders in the field of educational technology," said Reggie Smith 3d, chairman of the association's international awards committee. "Through his writing, teaching and commitment to public service, Dr. Hartman has consistently and uniquely demonstrated the fusion between technology and learning."

Hartman called the award special because the "recognition for your work . . . comes from your peers."