State Assembly District 13

Serena DiMaso

Serena DiMaso

Serena DiMaso became an assemblywoman in January 2018.

DiMaso served on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders from 2012 to 2017, serving as its deputy director for three years. Previously, she was a Holmdel Township committeewoman for 10 years and its mayor from 2006 to 2010.

While attending St. John’s University, DiMaso earned a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1984 and a law degree in 1987.

An active health care advocate, she is chairwoman of the Bayshore Medical Center Foundation and serves on the Meridian Hospital Corporation’s board, and is a member of the Holmdel First Aid Squad.

A resident of Holmdel, DiMaso and her husband have four adult children.

Gerry Scharfenberger

Gerry Scharfenberger

Former Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., became an assemblyman in January 2020.

In addition to serving as mayor and deputy mayor of Middletown, Scharfenberger served on the Middletown Township Committee for nearly 13 years.

At the state level, he was a member of Governor-elect Chris Christie’s transition team, the Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center and Director of the Office for Planning Advocacy.

Prior to joining the Christie administration, Scharfenberger had a long career as a professional archaeologist, working mainly in the Northeast and lecturing throughout the United States, Canada and England. He holds a master’s degree from Hunter College and received his doctorate in 2005 from the CUNY Graduate Center with a dual focus on historical archaeology and cultural landscape studies. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty of Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

He and his wife, Geraldine, have resided in the Middletown area for more than 23 years. They have two children.