Board of Directors
Meet the executive team
William Gonzalez is a lifelong resident of Vineland. A 1987 graduate of Vineland High School, joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve immediately upon graduating high school. He was Honorably discharged 1989. In 1990 Bill was hired by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and attended the Atlantic County Police Academy 50th Session. In 1992 Bill left the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and accepted an Investigator’s position with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Bill was assigned to work many different assignments to include Domestic Violence, Juvenile Crimes, Career Criminals, Insurance Fraud, Fugitives, Human Trafficking, Major Crimes and Homicide Investigations. In 2005 Bill was promoted to Senior Investigator. Bill ended his distinguished Law Enforcement career and retired on February 1, 2011.
During his employment with the Camden County Pros Office, Bill was elected President of the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 316 in 1996. He then was elected to PBA State Delegate in 2000. Bill served as President for 15 years and as State Delegate for 11 years. During his tenure as President, Bill was instrumental in negotiating several labor contracts. During his tenure as State Delegate, Bill served as Co Chairman of the Legislative Committee, was a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Prosecutor’s Committee.
In 2010 Bill was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Latin American Economic Development Association Inc. The organization was established through the efforts of the National Puerto Rican Coalition along with local community and business leaders to create economic opportunities for minorities while facilitating the redevelopment of Camden City. LAEDA is a successfully governed and managed minority enterprise. LAEDA's mission is to promote economic development to include the economically disadvantaged, primarily minorities, in the Delaware Valley, primarily the City of Camden, New Jersey. Bill served LAEDA as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2012 Bill served as Chief of the Cumberland County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 Center.
Bill currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity. As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds with people in need regardless of race or religion, we welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all. In addition Bill also serves on the board of directors of the Hispanic Leadership Association of New Jersey, Inc
Assistant Executive Director
Lorissa Simione is lifelong South Jersey resident. A 1987 VHS graduate who went on to complete her education in the Medical Assistant program. After leaving a position in the medical field as a Medical office assistant manager/Medical Assistant, she went on to work at the Buena Regional School District for 18 years as a Paraprofessional, where she was also an NJEA Support Staff union representative.
In 2021, Lorissa joined Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity as an administrative assistant and was promoted to Assistant Executive Director.
Lorissa lives in Pittsgrove Township with her husband of over 30 years, Andrew, on their hobby farm. They have four daughters and two grandsons.
Lorissa enjoys spending her free time advocating for others, researching genealogy, camping, and volunteering within her community.
Patricia Perez (Patti)
Patricia Perez (Patti) was born in Vineland, NJ and enjoyed growing up in Mauricetown, NJ. A 1990 graduate of Millville Sr High School, who then went on to Cosmetology School and graduated in 1991. In 2020, she graduated from Ultimate Medical Academy with an Associates in Medical Billing and Coding. Patti has worked in a variety of different positions throughout her career. At the age of 18, she moved around due to being a military wife. During this time, she stepped into the retail world, working for Bradlees, then GNC, and finally in 1994 she started a career with Wal-Mart. While with Wal-Mart, Patti was promoted through multiple titles such as Department Manager, Invoicing Clerk, Support Manager, Asset Protection Manager, Assistant Manager, and then a CO-Manager. After dedicating 23 years to the company, she retired and took the education she gained and became a Store Manager with Ross Dress for Less in Millville NJ. After three years with that company, Patti was looking for something that would challenge her knowledge and make her feel like she was giving back so she applied for Habitat for Humanity. Which has become her favorite job, to date. Patti lives with her husband of 5 years and daughter in Millville NJ. Patti is a grandmother of two twin girls who live in Tennesse with Patti's daughter and son-in-law. Patti enjoys decorating, making flower arrangements, wedding planning for others, re-purposing furniture, soccer, and her family.