Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties Announces Five New Board of Trustees Members

EATONTOWN – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties recently announced the addition of five new board members. They will work with existing trustees to provide the agency with financial and performance oversight and guidance and support to ensure their mission is fulfilled. The mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“Our staff and existing Board are happy to welcome our new board members and look forward to working together with them as we grow our efforts in Monmouth County and expand our mentoring into Middlesex County,” said William Salcedo, Executive Director. “I am confident the diverse knowledge, expertise and skills each of them bring will contribute to the success of organization as we work to provide a mentor to every child who needs or wants one.”


New members include:

Catherine D Franzoni is the Sr. VP and CFO of Manasquan Savings Bank located in Wall Township. Prior to joining the Bank she was VP and Treasurer of First Savings Bank, Woodbridge and Pulse Savings Bank, South River. She started her career with Radics & Co., a CPA firm. Franzoni is a graduate of Montclair State University and resides in Point Pleasant with her husband and son.

Vin Gopal is the co-owner of MarketME, a storefront marketing and promotions store based in Hazlet and Community Publications, which owns and operates several newspapers and magazines throughout Monmouth County. Gopal was elected to a three-year term as President of the Hazlet Business Owners Association in January of 2010 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. Prior to entering business, he worked in government and politics, having worked for dozens of elected officials at the federal, county, state and municipal levels. Since 2005, he has served as Finance Chairman for a member of the Newark City Council and aggressively raises funds for various candidates seeking public office. He graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County.

John C. Harris is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Technology Partners, a leading Information Technology solutions provider headquartered in Hazlet. Harris is responsible for setting the strategy and vision for Aspire, then overseeing its execution across sales, operations and finance. He is a member of the Cisco Systems National Channel Advisory Board and Cisco Systems East Coast Partner Council. Prior to Aspire, Harris spent 10 years in technical, sales and pre-sales roles with Information Technology solution providers in the Northeast. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and lives in Holmdel with his wife and two children.

Robert Mc Caig, ED.D., is Vice President for Enrollment Management at Monmouth University and overseeing admissions, financial aid, and the University’s marketing efforts. Dr. Mc Caig joined MU in 2005 and previously served as director of enrollment management and retention at Penn State Abington. In addition, he worked as a faculty member at Penn State Abington. Dr. Mc Caig received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, master’s degree from Arcadia University, and doctoral degree from Temple University. He resides in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Jasone E. Shamy, Esq. is an attorney with The Shamy Law Firm, LLC, which has offices in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. He serves as Municipal Prosecutor in the Borough of Bradley Beach, the Borough of Deal and the Village of Loch Arbour. Mr. Shamy volunteers as a Recreation Commissioner and Member of the Planning Board in the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland at College Park. He was awarded his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law where he was named Dean’s Scholar. He practices law with his wife Erin and resides in Point Pleasant Beach with his three children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties plans to serve 550 to 600 kids in 2011 and is still seeking board members from Middlesex County to assist with the agency’s expansion. BBBSMMC is a donor and volunteer supported non-profit organization that has been matching at-risk children with volunteers who serve as positive role models for children since 1976.

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