Spring 2011 Edition NJDMAVA Veterans

About NJ Veteran Journal:
The New Jersey Veteran Journal is an official publication of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is intended to serve New Jersey's veterans, their families, friends and concerned individuals and groups. All correspondence should be sent to:

Veteran Journal Editor, NJDMAVA/PA, PO Box 340,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340

 
5-Star general of Paramus retires
By Sgt. Wayne Woolley, DMAVA Public Affairs; photo by Mark C. Olsen, DMAVA Public Affairs

For Doris Neibart, serving 15 years as the chief executive officer of the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home was both a labor of love and a learning experience.

She said the love part for her staff and the residents came easy.

"Amazing, amazing people," she said.

The learning part navigating the worlds of budgets and funding capital projects was trickier.

"I learned all about how to work within a system to get things done," she said.

As she prepared to retire on Dec. 31, Neibart said that one of the


Gov. Chris Christie, left, shakes hands with Doris Neibart, right, Chief Executive Officer at the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home while Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General watches prior to the Veterans Day ceremony at Paramus.

things she had to work the hardest to achieve during her tenure was the completion of the multi-purpose room at the home. Securing funding for the $2 million addition took several years.

"It gave me a real sense of accomplishment to be able to help provide something that was going to improve the lives of our residents," Neibart said.

Another project that was of lower-profile but no less importance to residents was the replacement of a new heating and cooling system and a new fire alarm system.

But one of the biggest achievements during Neibart's tenure, in the eyes of Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant General, was the Paramus Home's continued improvement in patient care. The home received a five-star rating, the highest possible, during several of Neibart's final years as director.

"Doris really raised the bar on patient care at Paramus," Rieth said. For Neibart, it all goes back to the love she felt for the residents.

"I enjoyed every single moment I was there," Neibart said. "The patients, the staff, they are all special. I love them all."

In retirement, Neibart plans to spend more time with her six grandchildren. But she'll still be around the Paramus Home from time to time.

"I live so close, I won't be a stranger," she said.

DIANNE TABRON-FELDER: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, PARAMUS VETERANS MEMORIAL HOME

Dianne Tabron-Felder was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home on Jan. 1 and is the daughter of Korean combat veteran Peter E. Tabron Sr. Tabron-Felder began her career in health services administration while employed as the Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the Methodist Church for the Aged in Riverdale, N.Y., one of the oldest non-profit nursing homes in the United States. She then served as Assistant Administrator followed by Administrator at Clearview Nursing Home in Queens, N.Y. Prior to joining the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home, Tabron-Felder spent five years as Administrator at Inglemoor Center. Tabron-Felder attended both the University of Houston and Fashion Institute of Technology where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. In 1996, she earned her Master's Degree from the New School of Social Research in Manhattan. During this period, Tabron-Felder worked with such companies as Grey Advertising, Mitsubishi, Coca-Cola and Burke Marketing Research, which helped develop her marketing skills. Dianne also has a Geriatric Scholar Certification from Columbia University, New York.