OUR MISSION

We are a local, all volunteer non-profit organization with a mission to support local food pantries as they assist our residents with their basic food needs and to help educate the public of the basic food needs of individuals and families in our area.

609-789-5570

297 Route 72W, Box 270, Suite 35
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

hfoso.org@gmail.com

  • HUNGER FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN OCEAN
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ABOUT OUR BOARD

“We are a local, all volunteer non-profit organization with a mission to support local food pantries as they assist our residents with their basic food needs and to help educate the public of the basic food needs of individuals and families in our area.”

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Peg Reynolds - President

​Peg is the co-owner and general manager of Reynolds Landscaping and Garden Shop, southern Ocean County’s premier landscape service and specialty retail outlet for over 33 years. Born in Kearny, NJ, Peg moved to Manahawkin at an early age and now resides with her husband, Mark, in Cedar Run. When not involved in the daily administrative and purchasing activities of this family-run organization, Peg devotes much of her free time to local fundraising efforts in support of hunger relief and families battling the effects of cancer. Peg and her husband, Mark, reside in Cedar Run.

Chris Schwab - Vice President

Chris is a commercial insurance producer/account executive at Anderson Insurance Agency in Manahawkin. A life-long resident of Ocean County, Chris grew up in Waretown and Barnegat. He now resides in Manahawkin with his twin boys, Caden and Connor. When not working in insurance, Chris dedicates his time to his family and volunteering in the community for organizations which include HFOSO, the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean, and Zoning Board of Stafford Township.

Ellen Dondero Meyer - Treasurer

Ellen retired in September 2015 from her position as Assistant Vice President at TD Bank in Beach Haven, NJ. She has served on the Foundation since its inception, having worked on the original committee which established the annual fundraising dinner. Her other volunteer work includes serving as Secretary for the Surflight Theatre; Past President of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce along with currently being a member of its Chowderfest Committee; and Co-Chair, for more than a decade, of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life. Ellen resides in Cedar Run with her husband Rob and daughter Libby.

Pamela Zeleznok - Secretary

Pam currently serves as Secretary and has been involved with the Foundation since 2010. Pam was raised and currently resides in Little Egg Harbor. After attending Ramapo College of NJ, Pam worked as a Human Resource Manager for a Sales Company in New Brunswick, NJ for 3 Years and then made the decision to move back to the area. She has been working for Barbara Wilkinson of New York Life Insurance Co. for 8 years. Pam has been involved with fundraising for the local Tuckerton Food Pantry and previously served as Secretary for the LEH Education and Community Foundation. Pam and her husband Rob have a son, Bo, and a daughter, Ruby.

Ian W. Smith - Taste Dinner Chairman

Ian has worked with the Foundation for many, many years serving as the Chair and Head Chef for the Annual Taste Dinner.  Ian is a Culinary Arts Instructor at Ocean County Vo Tech and Director of Cuisine on the Green.  Ian resides in Little Egg Harbor with his wife, Cheryl and they have two sons.

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BOARD MEMBERS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Rebecca Gee

Rebecca is Art & Marketing Director for several local companies including Kapler’s Pharmacy,Uncle Will’s Pancake House, Hot Or Not Yoga, regenerate, Medicine Solutions Pharmacy, SBR Tire Exchange, G Anderson Agency, Scojos, Inlet Deli, and Medicine to Go Pharmacy. Through her work  and personal efforts, she has become involved in giving back to the area in which she was born and raised. She has conducted many successful fundraisers for local groups, and volunteers much of her free time. She has been honored by the Stafford Twp Volunteer Fire Company for her efforts during Superstorm Sandy, and has been awarded honorary membership in the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter and the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co.

Skye Gibson

Skye J. Gibson joined The Somers Group in 2010. Skye is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Skye's previous experience includes public accounting and owning small businesses. Skye is a 2001 graduate of the University of Delaware, with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He earned a Masters in Business Administration in 2006 from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Skye currently serves as a Trustee and also serves on the board and various committees for the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Kristin, reside in Stafford Township, New Jersey, with their two children, Karter and Tanner.

Gary Henderson

Gary Henderson co-founded Bay Magazine with his daughter. He has been coming to Long Beach Island for over 60 years and owns a home in Surf City on LBI. Gary has over 35 years of C-level experience having worked for Gannett and News Corporation as well as successfully starting a number of companies in the Media, Internet, Digital and Mobile industries. Gary has also served on a number of community boards such as the King Low Heywood Thomas School, Ridgefield Library, Bedford Hills Fire Department to name a few. 

Dorothy Lassik

Dorothy Lassik is a Vice President at TD Bank at Rt 72 in Manahawkin, NJ. She is the Store Manager and Small Business solutions advisor. She devotes much of her time to volunteer work including serving on the Foundation’s board and as a member of the planning committee for its annual Taste of Southern Ocean County fundraising dinner, and supports the Stafford Community Garden and the Hope Center in Toms River. She also serves on the board of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and is a Core Member of the Chowderfest Committee. The Lustgarden Foundation is another non-profit organization Dot volunteers her time and energy to year-round, raising funds for pancreatic cancer research, as well as participating in various other fundraising events for families battling cancer.

Melanie Magaziner

Melanie is the Owner of Mud City Crabhouse and The Old Causeway.  She is also a Partner in The Black Whale Bar & Fish House and her newest venture of Parker's Garage and Oyster Saloon.

Melanie has served as a Trustee on the Foundation for the last 2 years and is involved in many other community events.  She and her husband reside in Manahawkin with their two children.

Tim McWilliams

Tim worked for 38 years for McWilliams Forge Co. as Executive Vice president and principal for the last 20 years of that time and also served as President of McWilliams Industries.

Along with his wife Debbie, they established and continue to run Timothy C. McWilliams, Jr. Foundation formed to help those recovering from or learning to live with Traumatic Brain Injury. Tim served on the Board of Adjustment for the Borough of Essex Fells, President of the Recreation board and many other community and business positions including the West Essex Junior lacrosse program for 17 years and grew if from 8 children to 250.

They have lived on LBI for the last 6 years full time and have owned a home here for 25.  They both came to LBI as children and their goal was to move here someday. Tim is honored to be involved in such a wonderful organization and looks forward to his tenure.

Don Myers

Don Myers has been a fixture in Long Beach Township leadership for almost a half century, giving professional insight and charitable support that helped shape the community for the better. Under his watch, the Long Beach Township beach patrol grew to become one of the most recognized and best managed departments in the country.

A graduate of Drexel University, a Brant Beach homeowner, and proud father of Madeline and Hannah; Don has a record of volunteerism and community service. Creating the first Lifeguard in Training (LIT) program in the nation in 1988 to originating the first Beach Wheels program in the state, Don found ways to innovate Long Beach Township, while supervising the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol for 28 years before retiring in 2014. He is currently active with Southern Regional School District, LBI 18 Mile Run, Ship Bottom Christmas Parade Committee, LBI Rotary Club and the Maximillian Foundation

Dan Taylor

After graduating Southern Regional High School, Dan joined the United States Navy where he was stationed in California. Moving back to the area in 1974, he worked for the Anderson Agency and became a partner in 1986. Dan served on the SRHS school board, is a Past President of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, served for 15 years on the Stafford Township Planning Board, and over the years has actively participated in local charities including the Southern Ocean County Community Foundation of which he is the President. Dan and his wife, Terry, reside in Cedar Run. In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his two daughters, their husbands and four grandchildren, and riding his Harley.

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Alison Aaron, Esq.
Laura Benson, Esq.
Michael Frankovich

Sandy Goldsborough

Dr. Jeffrey Hager

Sharon McKenna

Timothy G. Hart, Esq.
Jaimee Henbest, Esq.

John Boekel
Tanek Hood
Renee Kennedy
John Maschal

Angela Ominski
Bob Palestri

Lori Pepenella
Christine Ulinski Ping
Mark Reynolds

Nick Ruemeli

Bob Stohrer
Dave Taylor
Jerry Thompson
Curt Travers
Rich Visotcky, Esq.