Paul Giunta • President
Paul is a lifelong resident of Somers Point, NJ, Dean’s hometown. He graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1988 and Green Mountain College in 1992. He is a local entrepreneur and owner of Shore True Value Hardware and A Few Bucks, both located on Route 9 in Somers Point. Paul is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Shore Memorial Hospital.
After years of constant participation and support of the DRCF, Paul accepted our invitation to become a Trustee in 2006. Since that time, he has been a true asset to the Foundation and was elected Vice President in 2010. In 2013 Paul was elected President after spear-heading the most successful DRCF event to date, the 2012 “Paddle for a Cause” which raised over $60k. He resides in Somers Point with his wife, Shannon and their two sons, Nick and Vince.
Joe Randazzo • Vice President
Joe knows Dean best. He has known him his whole life! Now, thanks to Joe’s stem cells, they have an even closer bond than brothers normally can have.
Born and raised in South Jersey, Joe is the proprietor of Randazzo Painting. He was the original founder of the Foundation. When Dean was diagnosed with cancer, he shared his idea for a Foundation with Joe and his mom, Mary Lou. They contacted Adam to get the ball rolling and the rest is history. Now Joe is still a driving force behind all of the DRCF events, elected as Vice President in 2013.
Most locals remember Joe as a fixture behind the bar at Maloneys. Having served suds at the infamous tavern in Margate for years, he is a legend at the Jersey Shore.
Dan Cellucci • Immediate Past President
Dan grew up in Somers Point, NJ, Dean’s hometown. He graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1989 and was a standout competitive surfer and member of the NSSA National Team. He is the leader of the sales division for Copier’s Plus in Egg Harbor Township and has been for over 15 years.
Dan served as Vice President of the Foundation for four years prior to his 2010 election to President. He took over the reigns from Adam Walcoff. Dan has spear-headed the Surf For A Cause for the past several years and done a masterful job in doing so. Dan and his wife Ashley reside in Margate with their son Cameron Anthony Cellucci.
Michele Frisko • Secretary
Michele is a lifelong resident of the Atlantic City area. She graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1989 and received her Bachelor of Arts from LaSalle University. She is a teacher at the Atlantic County Special Services School District.
Michele has worked tirelessly on behalf of the DRCF since the begining. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees many years ago and was elected Secretary, a position she has held for over 5 years.
Kristi Collins • Treasurer
Kristi grew up in South Philadelphia and now lives in Somers Point, NJ with her husband Earle. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University) with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree of Business Administration. Kristi now works as an accountant for her husband’s business and DRCF Supporter Dennisville Fence Company.
Kristi was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 on her 31st birthday. She will be celebrating her 10 year cancer anniversary in December 2011! Kristi was a huge help with volunteering her time at the 2010 Surf for a Cause event and was thrilled when the DRCF asked her to join the board. “I have met a great group of new friends and am honored to work alongside them and help in assisting those battling cancer.” Says Kristi.
She was elected Treasurer in 2013
Mary Lou Randazzo • Honorary Trustee
Mom Randazzo started all of this by giving birth to the Foundation namesake over 40 years ago! Anyone who knows Mary Lou knows how fiercely loyal, loving and protective she is of her family and friends. Having single handedly taken care of the Foundation in its infancy, she passed the books over to the current administration 6 years ago to take on a more nurturing roll in the DRCF – Foundation Mom.
When you see her, give her a hug. If you don’t, she will!
Adam Walcoff • Trustee
Adam is a lifelong local resident of the Atlantic City area. He graduated Mainland Regional High School in 1989 and Rutgers University in 1993. After teaching high school history at Egg Harbor Township High School, he attended law school at Widener Law in Delaware. He met his wife Danielle there and they now reside in Linwood with their two children. Adam is a local attorney and founding partner of DeNafo & Walcoff, LLC, his law firm.
When Dean decided to start the Foundation, he turned to Adam to create it. Serving as solicitor, then President, he has been a supporter since the beginning. He served 5 years as President until 2010, when he turned the reigns over to Dan. Multiple winner of the Surf For A Cause, an utter failure in the Golf for a Cause, a finisher in the Paddle For A Cause and always available to Freeze for the Cause, you will see Adam at every event, beer in hand with a smile on his face.
Frank Levin • Trustee
Born in 1969 and raised at the Jersey Shore since 1971, Frank graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1987. He moved to Oceanside, California where he completed 2 associates degrees. In 1997, he returned to New Jersey and began a career in real estate sales. Married to his beautiful wife Bonnie, he resides in Somers Point with his sons Brody and Tanner.
We were thrilled to have Frank agree to become a Trustee of the DRCF three years ago. he is a valuable member and constant supporter.
Bob Matthews• Trustee
Bob is a lifelong resident of the Atlantic City area. He is the owner of Copier’s Plus in Egg Harbor Township and (more importantly) the husband of DRCF Trustee, Deb Matthews. After having supported the Foundation and Dean for many years, Bob accepted our invitation to become a Trustee
Joe Breitinger • Trustee
Joe is a lifelong resident of the Atlantic City area. He is a teacher at Mainland Regional High School. A long time supporter of the Foundation, Joe accepted the invitation to become a trustee in 2008 and has been in service to the Board ever since! Joe resides in Linwood with his wife Adrienne, son James, daughter Josephine, and dog Koda . We are fortunate to have him as a part of the Foundation.
Mark Zappone • Trustee
Mark was born and raised in South Jersey. He graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1988. He later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Flagler College in Florida, was an avid member of their surf team, and, upon graduation, coached the surf club and taught psychology classes there. He ultimately received graduate degrees from Skidmore College and University of Pennsylvania in psychology and psychiatric care. Mark is board certified as a psychiatric professional and entered private practice in 2007, his office is located on New Road in Northfield, NJ. Mark is also currently an adjunct professor at the local junior college and teaches psychology classes there, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania.
A cancer survivor himself, Mark has known Dean for many years–since being on the high school surf team with Dean many years ago (as were many of DRCF’s board members). Mark has traveled all over the world surfing and partaking in environmental and peace activism. He has a unique perspective that is truly an asset to the Foundation. Mark is in his 3rd year of service to the Board as a Trustee and resides in Linwood, NJ with his two beautiful children.
Carter Hanin • Trustee
Carter has been around the area since he was a toddler. He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1987 and is the owner of Deltona Tires in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He resides in Margate with his children, Carly and Bryce.Carter is the newest Trustee, but certainly not new to the DRCF. He has supported the Foundation through his participation and generosity since its inception. He recently accepted the invitation to become a Trustee.
Debra Matthews • Trustee
Lifelong Atlantic County resident, Deb met her husband Bob (see bio below) a few years ago. She has served as the photographer and historian for too many of the Matthews family surf trips. She resides in Linwood with her husband Bob and their three children, Bob, Shane and Kirra.
Deb and the entire Matthews clan have tirelessly supported the Foundation since Dean was initially diagnosed. She finally accepted our invitation to join the Board and has served as a Trustee for 4 years and was elected Treasurer, a position she has held since 2006.
Christine Cleary • Trustee
After traveling the world with the U.S. Army, Christine and her son Eamon have settled down in her childhood home in Northfield, which they share with Eamon’s Grandfather, Bud; Christine’s other-half, Jeff; and 2 gorgeous rescues, Chloe and Daisy. Christine is a graduate of Mainland Regional High School and holds two bachelors, one in visual art and one in performing art, as well as a K-12 Teacher of Art certification. Despite all the paper, she is probably most recognizable as a staple behind the bar at Tomatoe’s in Margate for the last six years or as one of the regular volunteers at the DRCF events.
Christine is thrilled to start this new chapter with the DRCF as well as in her personal life, by playing a more official role as a trustee with the foundation and by moving from behind the bar to behind the easel in pursuit of her dream career as an artist.
Jon Baker • Ambassador
A trustee of the DRCF since 2005, Jonathan Baker lends his artistic skills in whatever capacity needed, be it t-shirt design, custom artwork, trophies or graphic design. He began pursuing a career as a professional artist after graduating Hussian School of Art in 1999 and has earned recognition in art circles as a multifaceted and creative force. His subject matter reflects his deep appreciation of surfing and shore life. Jonathan is a founding member of Surfing Artists International, published and distributed globally by Bruce McGaw Graphics. His work has been selected for the sets of movies and television shows, published in Surfer Magazine, and displayed in numerous museums, galleries and private collections.
Mike May is a local legend and a waterman in every sense of the word. During the inception of surfing in New Jersey, Mike lead the charge to change over from stone to balsa surfboards. (I AM KIDDING MIKE).
Having served as a Trustee until his transplantation to the West Coast, Mike is a tireless supporter of the DRCF. In 2007, Mike created Paddle for a Cause which has raised thousands for the Foundation. He now resides in California with his wife Mary Kate.
Another local legend, Pat has played and a major role in Surf for A Cause since 2002. Every year since, we have counted on Pat to make the contest run smoothly and by all accounts he has.
An Ocean City Fire Fighter by trade, he has been involved in the competitive surfing scene in south jersey for over 20 years. He erved as a Trustee to the Foundation for 4 years prior to accepting the position of Ambassador.