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.

A Need We Feed Officers

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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 develop 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.

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Vice-President

Mark Blackwell

Mark Blackwell is a 30+ year veteran in the Supermarket Food Retailing Industry and is a District Sales 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 trade 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.

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

I am a financial advisor, Charter Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) for over 30 years and have a local office in Brick, NJ.

 

I am a member of the Toms River Fire Department. 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

Treasurer

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Christine Linton

Secretary

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, son and two English Bulldogs - Dallas & Bailey. 

 

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.

Board Members

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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.

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  • 30 years in banking

  • 35 year resident of Brick

  • 10 years American Cancer Society relay for life Brick Township

  • 8 year member 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

  • Board Member - A Need We Feed

Robert Scherer

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Jill Hitchens

Jill Hitchens is currently an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for the Investors Bank– Brick Blvd Branch. She joined the Investors Family over 25 years ago, starting as a part-time Teller in Spring Lake. Within a couple of years, she was a full-time Teller at the Toms River – Fischer Blvd. Branch. Jill proved she had what it took to advance in banking and was promoted to the position of Personal Banker a year later. After building relationships and learning more about the bank, she moved throughout branches in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, serving in various capacities, including Assistant Branch Manager, prior to taking on the role of Branch Manager.

Today, she leads a team of five and manages the day-to-day operations of a successful branch. Jill led her team through the Investors Bank Core Conversion in 2015, a rigorous process that reinforces the banks’ commitment to its customers and the community. She has successfully completed a myriad of courses, seminars and trainings pertinent to her growth and development with Investors Bank.

Jill has always demonstrated her love for the community, where she has lived and worked all of her life. She proudly serves as a Girl Scout of the Jersey Shore Advisory Board Member as well as the Brick Chamber.  She previously served as a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County Board Member, the Board of Directors of the Strand Theater in Lakewood and the Advisory Board for American Cancer Society. She participates in numerous volunteer activities for the not-for-profit organizations within her region.

When not working or volunteering, Jill loves spending time with her family and her dog Rocky. She likes playing golf and relaxing by the pool in her backyard. Jill has two brothers and two sisters. She also has four beautiful children and four amazing grandchildren. She lives with her husband, the love of her life, David in Beachwood.

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Gabe Gillen

Gabriel “Gabe” Gillen is a New Jersey native, father of 3 amazing children, Brandon (19), Hailey(7), and Madison(22months young), and husband to a patient and beautiful wife, Neusa. He returned to NJ from after graduating from George Washington University to put his entrepreneurship and international business degrees to work. Wanting to be in the “finance” world and having a desire to help others, Gabe worked at a few mortgage banks and brokerages prior to starting his own company, Family First Funding LLC, in 2011. Along with his partners Neusa and Scott, their company has grown from a small office consisting of just the three of them to their current staff of over 250 people, 25 different offices across 10 different states. As the President of the company Gabe is very involved in the success and growth of the company on a day to day basis, but also leads their initiatives to provide the company’s involvement in the success of the community. As a company their motto is “Treat everyone as Family”. This can be seen throughout the company’s culture as well as their participation within the community. Over the few years Gabe has dedicated some of his spare time to get involved with the Northern Ocean Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. His connection with H4H comes from his maternal grandfather’s love and 20 years of dedication to the organization while living in Princeton, NJ and Winston Salem, NC.  

 

This philanthropic gene is within him and has helped inspire others as his Family First Funding Staff helped raise over $80,000, build the walls, and had the pleasure of erecting the walls and support beams in September and October of 2018. He serves on the Housing Selection Committee, and personally reviews income/assets for applications for the H4H Northern Ocean Chapter to ensure they qualify for the income limits based on family size. He also serves on the Homeowner Services Committee for “A Brush With Kindness”, safety repairs for the H4H Ocean County Chapter as we have completed over a dozen this year.

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Frank is a lifelong resident of Ocean County, and has a commitedness to his community that is unsurpassed.  Having serviced clients from all walks of life over his 20 year career in the Financial Services field, Frank’s passion is dedicated to helping everyone “plan and retire with dignity”. 

 

Frank’s altruistic nature flows through every aspect of his life.  He has proudly served our country as a Sergeant in the United States Army National Guard for over twelve years, has volunteered in the local community as a Youth Football Coach with over ten successful seasons under his belt, and most recently opening his home to the adoption of three at risk siblings who otherwise would have been separated by their circumstances.   It is only fitting that Frank parlay this experience and sense of community into A Need We Feed. 

Frank J. Davis III

Financial Eductor

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Co-Founder

Mike Jurusz

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.

"Delivering more than  a hot meal"