MEET OUR BOARD

Committed to the Cause

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our dedicated team of volunteers are the backbone of A Need We Feed. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of the organization as it continues to develop.

Officers

Cliff Baker

Co-Founder

President

President, The Baker League

Restaurant Consultant, M. Tucker, a division of Singer NY, LLC

Cliff proudly served our country as a Sonar Technician on the fast frigate, USS W. S. Sims (FF-1059) in the United States Navy. After experiencing the world and returning to the area, Cliff quickly developed a niche for the many aspects of the food service industry with Singer Equipment Company. With a strong customer service drive, Cliff has built valued relationships with restaurants and suppliers throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

 

In June of 2010, Cliff's lifelong passion for basketball grew from a pick up (when they searched to find a tenth player for a 5 v 5 game), to one of the largest leagues that is now 300 players strong, The Baker League. The Baker League continues to developed into a fabulous community asset on and off the court. On the court men, women, and children gather for exciting games and development clinics. Off the court the Baker League works with various Ocean County community groups and charities to help in their growth and development.

 

When Cliff isn't in a restaurant or on the court, he resides in Toms River and enjoys time with his wife, Terrie, his children, family, and friends.

Mike Jurusz

Co-Founder

Vice-President

Head Chef & Owner, Chef Mike's ABG Restaurant

 

Chef Mike has Culinary Arts Degrees from Johnson and Wales University and Ocean County Vocational School. Chef Mike has worked with Celebrity Chefs, in some of the best restaurants throughout the United States, translating these amazing experiences into his personalized culinary style: Trans-Continental Fusion Cuisine.

 

Winning numerous awards for his innovative cooking and delectable presentations, Chef Mike has been featured on TV shows, in cookbooks and magazines. He has even been honored as a Top Chef in Ocean County.

 

In the kitchen, Chef Mike resides at Chef Mike's ABG in South Seaside Park, creating some of the most unique and delectable food presentations to temp everyone's palate.

 

Personally, Chef Mike thoroughly enjoys being able to use his culinary gifts and talents to assist with various benefits throughout the community.

 

When he isn't in the kitchen, he resides in Toms River and enjoys time with his son, Trevor, and girlfriend, Marcy.

Christine Hernandez

As an original member of A Need We Feed, Executive Chief Operating Officer and board member, Christine provides operational direction and oversight, hands-on supplier and donation development, and community outreach for A Need We Feed.  As long-time office manager for a local landscape and hardscape design company, Christine utilizes her extensive experience in marketing, advertising, new business development, vendor relations and overall business management to continually drive A Need We Feed to new heights. Her immense compassion and empathy for local residents and veterans in need helps foster a sense of community, both within the organization and to all she meets at events and in daily life alike. 

 

Christine and her husband of 13 years live in Ocean County, NJ with their son and daughter, 3 chickens, and 2 rabbits. When not volunteering or working, you can find Christine at her son’s football games or wrestling matches, climbing the playground or playing dolls with her daughter or enjoying a quiet night at home, though few and far between with her full house!

Chief Operating Officer

Theresa Baker

Treasurer

Theresa is a licensed speech language pathologist with 24 years experience in early intervention, private schools k-8th, public schools preschool - 12th, subacute rehabilitation, long term care and private practice. Her experience includes aphasia, dysphagia, Vitalstim I & II certified, dysarthria, CVA, dementia, alzheimer's, articulation and language disorders, fluency, Central Auditory Processing and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Theresa is currently employed for the Lacey Township School District and Reliant Rehabilitation as a speech language pathologist. Theresa recently opened a private practice. She is a graduate of Kean University with a Master of Art degree in Speech Language Pathology and a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the New Jersey Education Association.  Theresa is the Treasurer of A Need We Feed Inc.

 

When Theresa is not at work she enjoys time with her husband Cliff, their children, family and friends.

Board Members

Michelle Jones is the owner of the Flower Bar in Brick, NJ. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University. 

Michelle is a wife and mother of two. She enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and living an actively fit lifestyle. She has a passion for helping others in need.

Michelle Jones

Volunteer Coordinator

I live in Toms River, New Jersey with my wife Janet, along with my three daughters.

I am a financial advisor, Charter Financial Consultant (ChFC) for 30 years and have a local office in Toms River.

Board Member of A Need We Feed

Member of the Toms River Fire Department

On the fundraising committee for the New Jersey American Academy of Pediatrics

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and outdoors. I like to surf, snowboard and fish. I also enjoy working in my garden and traveling.

Ed Schuler

Laura Pungello

Laura is Managing Member and Quickbooks certified accountant with over 15 years of experience in tax preparation and accounting. She oversees the day to day operations of Pungello CPA LLC as well as provides accounting and tax preparation services to a diverse range of clients over many industries.  Laura is also proud to provide accounting and board level advisory service to the charity world. When she is not managing Pungello CPA LLC and taking care of her family she focuses her time on charitable endeavors that impact her local community of Ocean County as well as meal service programs and the arts. She is a proud Board member of A Need We Feed, Inc. as well as a President’s Club Member of the State Theatre of NJ.

 

In addition, to Laura’s accounting and tax preparation experience, she approximately 25 years of experience as a senior executive in international banking and securities. She oversaw the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi’s securities lending operations and later its information technology area. 

Vincent Pungello

Vincent is a licensed Certified Public Account with over 25 years of experience in tax preparation, accounting and auditing. He provides personalized business advisory, accounting and tax preparation services that assist entrepreneurs in growing their business and meeting their personal and business financial goals. Vincent’s clients cover a large number of industries and have ranged from sole proprietorships to medium sized businesses to larger national and international corporations.  Vincent is also proud to provide accounting, auditing and board level advisory service to the not for profit and charity world. He has successfully assisted in the growth and development of charities and not for profits in various segments including but not limited to education, public safety, fraternal organizations, veteran’s affairs & support and meal service programs.

 

In addition, to Vincent’s accounting and tax preparation experience, he has extensive experience as a senior executive and board reporting member in the Internal Audit profession. His career has focused on the global financial services industry, including investment banking, retail brokerage, inter-broker dealers, asset management, retail and international banking and real estate He served as the Global Head of Internal Audit at Cantor Fitzgerald where he established a Global Financial and IT audit team consisting of 31 professionals spanning the US, Europe, Asia and South America. Vincent also has extensive knowledge of Board of Directors Governance requirements, Sarbanes Oxley testing requirements as well as data analytics, forensic review and fraud examinations.

 

Vincent is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Financial Services Auditor.  He is a graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Vincent is also an Advisory Board Member to Investors Bank and the State Theatre of New Jersey as well as a Board member of A Need We Feed, Inc.

  • 30 years in banking

  • 35 year resident of brick

  • 10 years american cancer society relay for life brick twsp

  • 8 year memeber mortgage bankers association of new jersey

  • 20 years brick township planning board

  • 18 years chairman of brick township planning board

  • 10 years member state of new jersey planning officials

  • 10 years umpire of united states softball association

Robert Scherer

Mark Blackwell

Mark Blackwell is a 28-year veteran in the Supermarket Food Retailing Industry and is a General Store

Manager for Stop & Shop Supermarket Company.  He is a lifelong resident of Ocean County and is a

graduate of Manchester Twp. High School. 

 

Along with Stop & Shop, Mark has been instrumental in supporting A Need We Feed from its inception

by securing food donations, not only from Stop & Shop, but also from several of the vendor partners in

which he does business with.

 

Mark has won numerous awards in sales, merchandising and most significantly in Community

Partnership.  He was most recently awarded the Corporate Neighbor Award with the Franklin Food Bank

in Franklin Twp., NJ where he has operated two different Stop & Shop stores for the past 7+ years.

 This award is in recognition of someone who is responsive to the needs of the community, active with

 the Franklin Food Bank and passionate about putting an end to hunger.  

 

Mark is supportive of community efforts not only near his hometown, but also in the areas in which he

 works.  Mark is a Board Member for A Need We Feed and also serves on the Advisory Board for

 the Franklin Food Bank, Somerset, NJ.  Mark is the original founder of the Stop & Shop Team in the

annual Making Stride’s Breast Cancer Walk in Point Pleasant, NJ where they are a 12 year sponsor.

Christine Linton

Christine has over 10 years of banking and financial services experience.  She has been working for Wells Fargo Bank since 2010 with her current role as an Implementation Consultant for PVSI Fraud & Claims Management.  She is also the Co-Chair for the NJ Women’s Team Member Network for Wells Fargo. 

Christine graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration- with a concentration in Finance & Marketing, with a minor in Information Technology.  She graduated in the Top 10 of her class for that concentration. 

 

Christine is a life-long resident of Ocean County,  born and raised in Brick, New Jersey, and currently resides there with her boyfriend- Ken, daughter- Sophia and two English Bulldogs- Dallas & Bailey.  She is currently expecting Baby #2, a boy, in January 2020. 

 

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family- day trips, boating, sports- all including the dogs of course!  She loves planning events, shopping, traveling, crafting, baking and more.  Her and her family are very active! 

 

If you didn’t think all of those things keep her busy enough, Christine loves volunteering.  Not only is she a Board Member for A Need We Feed, but she volunteers with a few different local charities throughout the year: Ocean of Love, Make-A-Wish NJ and the NJ Sharing Network, in memory of her late brother, Robert.

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