In 2017 and 2018, Muller served as the first vice president of the Philly Ad Club Education Foundation, supporting educational endeavors that include a scholarship program, a teen program focused on middle school students, a mentoring program for young professionals and college students, and a college and university professional development program, according to the statement.
Muller is a philanthropist and active in his community. His Team Toyota dealerships offer a Heroes Recognition Program that provides special vehicle pricing for police, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, military members and health services professionals. Additionally, through this program, Muller’s Team Toyota supports the Police and Fire Survivors and Widows Funds and the Bucks County Tour of Honor organization, according to the statement.
A veteran who served for three years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam, Muller supports active military and veterans through local area partnerships with the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association, according to the statement. Team Toyota is also a longtime partner of Philabundance, collecting and distributing hundreds of thousands of pounds of food throughout the Philadelphia region during the holiday season each year.
Muller studied political science at Rider University, leaving after his first year for his Army tour before re-enrolling at Rider.
New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli will be honored at Rider University’s Graduate Commencement exercises on May 12 at Rider University’s Alumni Gym, beginning at 6 p.m.
Persichilli has served as the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health since 2019. She has led, alongside Gov. Phil Murphy, the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to leading the department, Persichilli served as the acting CEO of University Hospital in Newark, president emerita and president of CHE Trinity Health, president and CEO of Catholic Health East, and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, according to the statement.
She was inducted into the New Jersey State Nurses Association Hall of Honor in 2006. She received the 2008 Richard J. Hughes Humanitarian Award, KYW Newsradio Women’s Achievement Award, the Edward J. III Excellence in Medicine Award for Outstanding Medical Executive, The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Healthcare Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award and the Benemerenti Medal, a papal honor bestowed on her by Pope Benedict XVI, according to the statement. She has also been named to NJBIZ’s “50 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Health Care” list and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” list.
In 2021, the New Jersey Department of Health building in Trenton was renamed the Judith M. Persichilli Building following the passage of enabling legislation in the Assembly and Senate. Murphy signed it into law last November to honor Persichilli’s ongoing service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persichilli received her nursing diploma from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing summa cum laude from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Administration summa cum laude from Rider University, according to the statement.
Baker was appointed the director of music and opera at the NEA in January 2015. She oversees the NEA’s grant making in music and opera including millions of dollars per year in grants for organizations in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S., according to the statement. She is also responsible for the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship program, the nation’s highest honor in the field of jazz, which includes presenting renowned artists in annual Jazz Masters concerts and other celebratory events in collaboration with high-profile partners.
Previously, Baker served as president and CEO of Chorus America, where she led the national membership association of more than 2,000 professional, volunteer, symphonic and children/youth choruses. She has also held leadership positions at the League of American Orchestras and the National Association for Music Education.