NJPGA director remembered as ‘real-life Superwoman’

October 6, 2022 By    

Katina Pearl-Blando, executive director of the New Jersey Propane Gas Association (NJPGA), died at the age of 51 after a four-year battle with a rare form of cancer.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Pearl-Blando was a graduate of The Marymount School of New York. She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in public health.

She started her career at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she served as a senior public health educator and policy and planning analyst in the lead poisoning prevention program. Pearl-Blando worked as a project director at Genecom – during which time she met her husband, Ken, while they were working together at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Most recently, Katina was managing director at Association Associates Inc., serving multiple clients, including the New Jersey Propane Gas Association.

“Katina was a beautiful person who fought this battle with courage and grace alongside her husband, Ken, and their family of three children,” says Henry Papiano, president of NJPGA. “Katina will always be remembered as our real-life Superwoman. She was a pleasure to work with, always the consummate professional, who had an infectious smile that always lit up the room.”

Visitation for family and friends will be held Oct. 9 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with words of remembrance beginning at 3:30 p.m. Evening visitation will be held from 6 to 8 at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, New Jersey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Gregory the Great, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pearl-Blando’s memory to the Target Cancer Foundation, which focuses on research and treatments for rare cancers.

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