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.
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.
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.
As an original member of A Need We Feed; and 2nd Vice-President, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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