Judy is an ordained elder currently serving at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, NJ, a partner congregation with V.I.P. With a lifelong heart for missions, she traveled to Malawi with V.I.P. in 2013 to represent her church and was deeply touched by the poverty, the plight of the widows and orphans, and by the Malawians’ hunger for God and their hope in His Word. She is amazed and excited by the great things God is doing through V.I.P. and His people. Recently retired, Judy has worked as an adjudicator for Social Security Disability, Adult Protective Services, and the Emergency Assistance Unit of of Social Services, which all provide help to the most vulnerable. She also served on the Board of Trustees for the House of Hope in Toms River which works with the local at-risk population and seeks to prevent homelessness.
Ms. Haas earned a B.A. degree from Bloomfield College, with post-graduate studies in Social Work at the Univ. of So. Connecticut. Originally from Caldwell, NJ, she and her late husband raised their two children in New England and NJ. Now widowed and living at the Jersey Shore, she is helping to develop a mentoring program at a local elementary school, enjoys writing, traveling to visit her grown children and grandchildren, and hiking on trails, the beach and boardwalk.