Scholarship Committee Honors Mary Nicosia 


Six area community leaders, professionals and volunteers were honored on April 6, 2018 during the 33rd annual Wilbur Ray Scholarship Dinner at the Jacques Reception Center in Hazlet. 

The event, hosted by Brookdale Community College, recognized significant contributions by county residents and organizations that, while substantial, do not always result in public recognition. 

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Wilbur Ray Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to students of color. The awards are named for the late Wilbur Ray, former Brookdale police sergeant and an active volunteer in the Long Branch community. 

This year’s honorees included volunteers, professionals and community leaders in communities including Asbury Park, Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Neptune and Ocean Township, representing organizations such as the Parker Family Health Center, the youth-centered Program for Acceleration in Careers of Engineering (PACE) and Pilgrim Baptist Church. 

Mary J. Nicosia 

Mary J. Nicosia has dedicated almost her entire life, since 1983, to the health care system. She resides in Red Bank. Mary has been providing health services at the Parker Family Health Center (PFHC) in Shrewsbury since the center’s founding in 2000. PFHC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide healthcare to those within the Monmouth County community who do not have access to health insurance. As clinic director, Mary coordinates the daily operations of the center while providing patient services as a family nurse practitioner. In her role as nurse practitioner, Mary’s responsibilities include diagnosing, treating, and helping patients manage acute and chronic illnesses, conducting physical examinations, obtaining medical histories, and ordering diagnostic tests and procedures, among other duties. She has the heart, sensibility, and kindness needed to treat her patients as humans in need. 

Mary has also worked as a nurse practitioner for the United State Veterans Administration at the James J. Howard Clinic in Brick, where she focused on internal medicine. 

Mary has also practiced at other health care institutions including the Escalante Health Clinic in Tempe, Arizona, where she served as clinic director; with Dr. Raj Singh in Phoenix, Arizona, where she specialized in advanced practice nursing in neurology and physiatry; with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, where she served as operating room nurse manager; and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she was the operating room nurse manager in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and plastic/reconstructive surgery. 

Mary holds professional affiliations with The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Arizona State University Alumni Association. Beginning her education at Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania, Mary has earned professional degrees and certifications in nursing and nursing administration from Arizona State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and New York University. She was inducted as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Beta Upsilon Chapter, and received the “The Escalante Health Partnership, Vanguards of Community Health: Vision, Vitality and Valor” Award through Arizona State University Community Health Nursing in Phoenix, Arizona. Mary has also authored numerous publications centered on healthcare and nursing standards. 

Best wishes and congratulations to Mary! 


Kelly O'Brien