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.
Mark Zappone • Vice President
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 joined the board as a Trustee in 2004 and resides in Linwood, NJ with his two beautiful children.
Kristi Collins • Treasurer
Kristi grew up in South Philadelphia and now lives in Somers Point 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. 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
Smith, a lifelong resident of Ventnor, joined the board in 2014. The 2003 Holy Spirit High School graduate played football and rowed for the Spartans. He majored in political science and English at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Before graduating in 2007, Smith discovered a passion for journalism and rugby. There, he wrote for two Canisius College publications, contributed to ArtVoice in Buffalo and played for the Canisius Crabbies RFC.
After college, Smith played rugby for the Jersey Shore Sharks RFC and wrote for The Current Newspapers for more than five years. During that time he earned two New Jersey Press Awards and covered Ventnor, Margate, Longport and Somers Point as a beat reporter.
In addition to volunteering with the foundation, he serves his hometown as the editor of the Ventnor Community News. Smith currently operates a marketing agency, Sparkable, in Atlantic City and is a music journalist. He lives in Ventnor with his fiancé Justyna. He was elected Secretary in 2014.
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!
Joe Randazzo • Trustee
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sean Duffey • Trustee
Sean is well-known in local waters as a crew coach, lifeguard and physical education teacher at Atlantic City High School. Sean’s love of the water was what connected him to the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. He has been a regular attendee of the Surf For A Cause since 2006; the year he graduated from Jacksonville University. He’s among the leading stand-up paddleboard racers in South Jersey and has competed in every Paddle For A Cause since the second annual, finishing second in 2013. Sean is also the founder and director of Freezin For a Reason, a SUP race that benefits Hurricane Sandy victims.
Growing up in the Cape May area, Michelle Barbera always had a love for the shore and all it has to offer. Barbera has called Margate home since 1998 and, after running her own fitness studio, is now partner at CrossFit OTG. She has worked with athletes of all ages, abilities and disabilities from children to seniors; from those with desk jobs to pro-athletes; and those with prosthetic limbs, auto-immune disorders and cancer. Her career in health and fitness has enabled her to also be active in the community with local fundraising efforts via races, obstacle challenges and now, paddle boarding.Barbera’s two passions combined in 2013 when she began her involvement with the DRCF. “I couldn’t think of a better fit than to be with people who desire to help better the lives of others and love the water,” Barbera said.
Barbera participated in her first Paddle for a Cause in 2014 doing the 8-mile fun paddle and bringing a bunch a friends along for the experience.
Karen Grant • Trustee
Karen Grant was raised in Margate, graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1989 and from Syracuse University in 1993. After graduation she traveled and worked all over the country before returning home in 2003. “Sometimes you have to leave somewhere to truly appreciate everything it has to offer, South Jersey is home,” Grant said. She met her boyfriend Mark in 2005 and they currently live in Somers Point. Grant was a recipient of the generosity of the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation in 2013 when she was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal Cancer. She said wanted to give back to the DRCF once she was healthy enough to contribute. We’re proud to say, she is on the road to recovery and back to work part time with Bozzuto Management Company and hopes to return full time in 2015. Having volunteered at recent events, and wanting to help others in the way that the DRCF was there for her, it was only natural for Grant to accept the position on the board when offered.
Lisa Bee • Trustee
Chuck Piola • Trustee
Adam Walcoff • Honorary 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.
Bob and Debra Matthews• Honorary Trustees
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 both a trustee and treasurer.
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 former DRCF Trustee, Deb Matthews.
Michele Frisko • Honorary Trustee
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 beginning. She served as a longtime member of the Board of Trustees as well as its secretary.
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.
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 has served as both a Trustee and an Ambassador and is certainly not new to the DRCF. He has supported the Foundation through his participation and generosity since its inception.
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 served as a Trustee to the Foundation for 4 years prior to accepting the position of Ambassador.
Richard “Dickey” Nugent
Prior to becoming a trustee in 2013, Jeff actively volunteered at foundation events as a photographer. The Northfield resident has a degree in Marketing Management from Bob Jones University and began supporting worthy causes at a very young age. Jeff is a hard-working volunteer with the MS Foundation and has also served as an EMT with his local ambulance company, including leading as its chief for four years.