Officers

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Cliff Baker

President

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 over the past 30 years, Cliff has built valued relationships with restaurants and suppliers throughout New Jersey.
Cliff has a passion for organizing. He created a basketball pickup game in 2010 to one of the largest leagues, the Baker League, with 300 players during their peak.  In 2019, he had to stop playing the sport but found a new passion that he was able to share with his wife, Terrie, called Pickleball.  Together the two created a group of players and couples that play together on a weekly basis.   Through pickleball, they set up fundraisers, couple’s nights out, and open play.
When Cliff isn't in a restaurant or on the court, he resides in Toms River and enjoys quality time with his wife, Terrie, riding bikes along the shore, playing pickleball, or spending time on the beach.  They are now starting their next chapter in life with get-aways to visit their children in SC or at college in Tampa.

 

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Terrie Baker

Secretary

Terrie is a licensed speech-language pathologist with 28 years experience. She is currently employed by the Lacey Township School District as a speech language pathologist. Terrie 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. Terrie is VitalStim Certified and she has completed the Orton-Gillingham Educators Course.

Terrie is happily married to Cliff Baker. They have three children. Madison, 24 who resides in Charleston, SC and works as a credit analyst. Mackenzie, 20 who studies nursing at University of Tampa and Tyler, 17 who is a junior at Donovan Catholic. When Terrie is not at work she enjoys refurbishing furniture, playing pickleball, the beach and traveling with her husband and family.

Terrie comes from multiple generations of family members serving in the military. Her husband Cliff served in the Navy, her father served in the 100th Airborne division and her grandfather served in the Air Force. Terrie has a love for our county and a passion for helping our active military and their families as they fight for our families. Terrie has been working alongside her husband Cliff with his original 501c3 charity for 7 years. She looks forward to continuing their newest mission with Dine On Us. 

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Troy Swift

Treasurer

Troy was born and raised in Ocean County and attended school in Manchester Township. Troy currently works for The Earle Companies as a Manager and has been a dedicated employee for over 20 years. Troy enjoys his work and is a part of Earle's Leadership Team. Often referred to as "The Mayor", Troy has always been a people person who loves to interact and network with others. He especially enjoys connecting people and organizations benefiting people in need within the community. Troy is married to his wife Michelle and they currently live in Monmouth County.

Board Of Directors

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Chrissy Cleveland

Chrissy Cleveland is an outgoing, adventurous and tenacious woman with an undeniable drive and passion to bring people, organizations and businesses together. 

She withdrew from her 10 year corporate career in 2017 and became a stay at home mother full time. She has since immersed herself in the homeschool community creating classes, organizing large holiday celebrations and group trips, becoming a well known contributor.  Dedicating her love, time and unwavering effort to assist our next generation to thrive!

Miss Cleveland is devoted to health and fitness, coaching and encouraging those around her to become strong and resilient. As a yoga instructor  she is able to extend her gifts and talents. 

Chrissy understands what it takes to be dependable, reliable and respected. Coming from a long line of veterans she has an appreciation for our military forces. The chance to assist our active military personnel and veterans is an opportunity she would not want to miss and proud to support them. 

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Rick Papsin

Rick is a New Jersey native who graduated from Rutgers University with a mechanical engineering degree. He has 40 years of experience as an accomplished business executive working in the Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Consumer Products industries. His expertise is in the areas of supply chain, operations, project management & real estate. Rick had the opportunity to travel internationally negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts and real estate agreements. He has spent the last 10 years working for several private equity companies where he was focused on improving operations and overall business profitability. Rick was previously a company representative supporting the United Way programs in Philadelphia.

Rick and his wife, Karen, raised their four sons in the Princeton area where he coached both ice hockey and baseball youth programs. Rick became a full-time Ocean County resident in 2018.

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Michele Zolezi

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Michael Ferraro

As President and Founder for Bridging The Gap for Veterans Foundation, an IRS Fully Determined 501C3, Mike is an accomplished corporate, government, military and business entrepreneur with strategic, operational and tactical leadership talents and an exceptional record of establishing and cultivating long term relationships, creating sustained revenue generating programs, and leading new business ventures. 

At Bridging the Gap, he leads a national effort to help educate and advocate the military community to find rewarding career paths.  Using an innovative program, Mike launched the Bridging the Gap Career Academy to enable all veterans to succeed during a career transition. He has hosted a grassroots career program called “Top Gun IGNITE Your Future” on military installations and via webinars with tremendous success for military candidates to meet hiring employers since 2016.   Mike is a businessman and serial entrepreneur.  He is also the CEO of MMR Management Group LLC started in 2018 developing a Coffee and Beverage Distribution company serving 80+ Supermarkets to date and growing.  Following a similar Newman’s Own business model, 100% of the after-tax profits are donated to military veteran and first responder non-profit programs.    

During the culmination of nearly 32 years of honorable military service in both the active and reserve components, Ferraro achieved the highest rank of Command Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force.  Before his retirement from military service in June 2013, he had leadership oversight of nearly 28,000 Airmen at Number Air Force levels at 18 military bases, Wing and Squadron levels and participated in numerous worldwide missions involving wartime readiness campaigns, humanitarian airlifts and strategic policy force development and employer outreach.   

Because of his exceptional leadership talents, Mike was appointed in 2020 as the New Jersey Chairman of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (Nj ESGR) with oversight of 80 volunteers and 2 full-time staff. 
He earned an M. S. in Aeronautical Science and a B.S. Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Mike currently serves as one of the Board of Advisors for www.dineonus.org and www.ThanksUSA.org. A long-time New Jersey resident of Wall, New Jersey residing with his two daughters.

 

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Mike Little

Fundraising Committee

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Steve Vetter

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John Berruti

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Mike Jurusz

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Christine Piga
ChrisTerrie Event Planning

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Bob Scherer
Mulligan's Bar & Grill

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Artie Perez
Spicy's Cantina

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Jimmy Capone
Capone's

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Dominick
Farro's Tees

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Lisa Farro
Farro's Tees