2022 Person of the Year
The Middle Smithfield Township 2022 Person of the Year was Wayne Bolt, for his work with the East Stroudsburg University Foundation, the Middle Smithfield Township Planning Commission, Seasoned Veterans, YMCA and United Way. The finalists were David Brown and Debbie Kulick. An independent panel of judges selected the three finalists from all those nominated for Middle Smithfield Township’s annual Person of the Year award. The judges announced the MST Person of the Year at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on January 20, 2023.
As the Person of the Year, Wayne Bolt received $1,500 towards his cause. Finalists David Brown and Debbie Kulick received $1,000 towards their causes.
A formal check and plaque presentation was held on Thursday, February 23rd at 7 pm during the Preview of 2023 Presentation at the Middle Smithfield Township Building.
2022 Person of the Year
Wayne Bolt was born in Brooklyn, NY in the mid-40s. In 1963 Wayne joined the USAF, and during his time there he went from Texas to New Hampshire, then from New Hampshire to the Philippines, and then to Japan, Germany, Guam, North Africa, France, and Spain.
In 1967 he received an honorable discharge, and then worked as a shoe salesman, mailman and in 1969 became a New York city policeman until retirement in 1989 as a major crime Detective. Wayne moved to the Poconos in 1987 and helped manage the Hillside Inn, a minority owned resort.
Wayne was a member of The Rotary Club of the Smithfields, board of directors of Monroe County YMCA, board of directors of the United Way of Monroe County, board of directors of PEEC, Middle Smithfield Township Supervisor, tip staff for Monroe County courts, president of Crime Stoppers of Monroe County, one of the Founders of ESU Prince Hall Educational Scholarship Golf Tournament, assistant general manager of Fernwood Resort and helped start the Julianna V. Bolt Art Contest at ESU, former MST Golf Committee Member and currently sits on the Middle Smithfield Township Planning Commission.
David S. Brown
David S. Brown was born in 1950, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1961 he attended PS 57 The Whitelaw Reid School. During his first year of Middle School, he was one of over one-sixty-three students selected to desegregate Arthur Somers Junior High School located in Flatbush, Brooklyn. In 1964 David S. Brown attended Thomas Jefferson High School. There he participated in the very first and coveted College Discovery Program (CD). CD, or SEEK, is a program that provides comprehensive academic, financial, and social support to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college due to their educational and financial circumstances.
Upon completion the program offered guaranteed admission into any New York City University.
In 1968 David S. Brown graduated with his Regents Diploma, formally now known as an Academic
Diploma, from Thomas Jefferson High School. Afterwards he attended both New York City Community College and Richmond Community College, both known as City Tech and College of Staten Island. While attending college he went to work for the New York City Board of Education (NYC DOE). He then returned to his alma mater, Thomas Jefferson High School, as an Educational Associate (Paraprofessional). He was among the first five people within NYC hired for this newly created position. David S. Brown worked with students in the College Discovery Program from 1971-1981. In 1981 David S. Brown entered the corporate world of credit and finance and remained there until his retirement in 2012.
He made the Poconos his home in 2013. David S. Brown is an active member of First Baptist
Church of East Stroudsburg. There he serves as Chairman of the Elder Board and head Usher. Until now, David S. Brown spent his time anonymously serving the Pocono community. He cooks, delivers, and serves meals to various people in need. He is the unofficial “access-a-ride” to families in the community: taking them shopping and to doctors’ appointments. He even assists people in ascertaining their GED. When he does have free time, you will find him bowling at Skylanes Bowling Center, or on the greens of CCP Municipal Golf Course.
David S. Brown is the father of four beautiful children, Grandfather to five impressive children,
and Uncle to three wonderful children. For whom he is actively engaged in all their lives. He was married to the first Mrs. Brown for 27 years before The Good Lord called her Home. God blessed him with a firecracker, Mrs. Dr. Marilyn M. Brown, whom he has been married to for twelve honeymoon years. If you remember anything about David S. Brown he is a God-fearing family man.
Debbie Kulick is a graduate of East Stroudsburg High School and East Stroudsburg University where she has a BS in Elementary Education and minors in Communications, History and Biology. She served multiple terms as an alumni board member. She has a masters degree in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Non-Profits and Government from the University of Phoenix.
Debbie is an American Heart Association instructor and a PA Department of Health EMS instructor.
Debbie served as a Middle Smithfield Township Supervisor for 2 terms, where she served as Chair and EMC. She is serving her second term as an East Stroudsburg Area School District School Board Director. She also served as Chair of the Policy Committee, Member Education Committee and various negotiation committees.
Debbie is also a small business owner in MST. She has operated Eastern Monroe Leasing & Training, Inc. from 1992- present.
Debbie is currently President, Crew Chief, Board Member, Training Officer, HIPAA Compliance, Safety Committee, presenter/programs for Bushkill Emergency Corps. She is also current President and former Vice President of Monroe County Ambulance Association, Founding member of Satellite club, previous Chair, various Rotary projects/programs for Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs, Board member and Resource Development Committee member for Pocono Mountains United Way, President and charter member for Columbiettes of St. John's Church, Pastoral Council Chair for St. John's Church, Secretary and past President/Vice President for Friends of the Delaware River National Recreation Area, Eastern County representative for Monroe Public Library Board, Secretary/Vice President for Halls and Walls Foundation of East Stroudsburg School District, and volunteer columnist for Pocono Record.
About the Judges:
An independent panel of judges volunteered to select the finalists:
- Dr. Precie Schroyer- Associate Dean, NCC
- Denise M. Seigart- Dean, College of Health Sciences, ESU
- Francis Oquendo- 2018 Person of the Year Finalist
- Debra Raneri- Director of Community Partnerships, NCC
- David Paskiet- 2018 Person of the Year
- Al Compoly Jr.- 2016 Person of the Year Finalist
- Thomas Gansel- 2017 Person of the Year Finalist