Council President Crate Biography
Councilwoman Lisa Crate is a 28-year resident of Brick and a teacher in the Jackson Township School District.
Lisa serves as president of the Jackson Education Association and is a member of the Ocean County Council of Educators Association as well as a volunteer Board Member for Tooney’s Last Resort – a local Animal Rescue.
Lisa and her husband have two children and live in the Midstreams area of Brick, where they are active members of the Church of Epiphany.
Council Vice President Halloran Biography
Art Halloran is a retired President of the Sony Electronics Business Solutions Company, a $500 million business. His experience led him to appreciate and practice strong fiscal responsibility.
Art and his wife live in the Mantoloking section of Brick, where Art serves as President of the Brick Federation of Beach Associations (FOBA). Prior to his election to Council, Art was appointed by Mayor Ducey to the Brick Township Planning Board, the Floodplain Management Committee, and the Hazard Mitigation Committee. He also serves on the Brick Environmental Commission.
Art looks forward to making Brick Better while making sure our government remains fiscally responsible.
Councilwoman deJong Biography
Heather deJong is the Director of Finance and Business Manager for Community Services, Inc. of Ocean County, a non-profit organization which is driven by a passionate belief that senior citizens deserve to lead happy, healthy and above all, meaningful lives while remaining in their own homes. Community Services, Inc. offers Ocean County seniors congregate and home delivered meals, benefit screenings, transportation services, nutrition and health education, recreational and social activities as well as wellness checks and reassurances.
In this role, Ms. deJong is responsible for all fund-raising initiatives, including grant procurement and reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis. As Director of Finance and Business Manager, Ms. deJong is responsible for overseeing the payment of all expenditures, donations and the like. She is also involved in cultivating corporate and government relationships with local, state and federal representatives.
Ms. deJong is in her fourth year as a member of the Township Council and she currently serves as Chair of the Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Business & Finance, Redevelopment, Ethics and Recreation Committees.
As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Councilwoman deJong will continue to work to grow the Buy in Brick Property Tax Rebate Program which help promote revitalization and growth of small businesses within the Township. Recently, she was appointed by the Mayor to the Complete Streets Master Plan Committee which will oversee and the pedestrian and bicyclist proposal. This committee’s goal is to implement safe and walkable areas within the Township and connect recreational and beach/river areas.
Previously, Councilwoman deJong had worked with a veteran’s non-profit and is using her knowledge as a liaison to the Veterans Advisory Board with their main objective of building low income housing for Brick Township veterans and their families.
Councilwoman deJong enjoys her work on the Brick Township Council and looks forward working with the Mayor and her fellow Councilmembers in continuing to make Brick Better.
Councilman Minichino Biography
Vincent Minichino is a lifelong Ocean County resident and has lived in Brick since 1989. He is the proud father of two grown children, both of whom graduated from Brick Memorial High School, and is a devoted grandfather.
Councilman Minichino began his professional career 30 years ago as a Teamster for Local #102 in Springfield. In the past three decades he served as Shop Steward, Chief Steward and Vice President. Over the past three decades, he has risen through the ranks, understanding the challenges that come with effective management and encouraging environments that support employees and management.
He currently is the Business Agent and is an executive Board member for Teamsters Local # 469. As a business agent, Minichino negotiates contracts for both the private and public sector and has an intimate knowledge of workforce issues, personnel matters and workplace standards.
Councilman Minichino has a long history of volunteerism and community service. He has completed incipient fire training at the Middlesex County Fire Academy and was a core member of a first response team in a chemical facility in Fords section of Woodbridge. His comes from a military family with generations of service as volunteer firefighters.
His love for Brick Township’s recreation programs and youth activities stems from his time coaching his son and other Brick children for Brick American Little League.
Aside from community programs for our families, Councilman Minichino is also completely dedicated to supporting and serving members of the military, particularly veterans and disabled veterans. He has ridden with Brick American Legion Post 348 Legion riders for a host of Charity rides to support their efforts.
His passion is ensuring our disabled veterans have resources and support to live independently and with honor. He is committed to providing military families with programs and services to help them and supports the Township’s request to be the new home for a VA Hospital.
As a local guy who has lived in Brick most of his life, Councilman Minichino supports local businesses that have become an essential part of our community. He supports the Vacant Storefront incentive and is a big supporter for mom and pop stores that are so essential to Brick Township.
His plan for the next four years is to serve with complete dedication to making Brick better by supporting residents, businesses, families, volunteers and veterans.
Councilman Mummolo Biography
Paul Mummolo has lived in Brick since 1969. He is married with 2 children and four grandchildren.
Councilman Mummolo has a long and successful career in the advertising and medical fields and has also worked in construction. His professional career includes working as an account executive with an advertising agency where he developed marketing plans and sales programs for various industrial companies. He launched Manufacturers Mart, an industrial publication in New Jersey, and was a Major Account Executive for Remodeling News, a predominant publication throughout the North East region.
Councilman Mummolo was General Manager of Smart Tap, a company that markets and installs medical gas valves in health care facilities across the country. His role with Smart Tap included overseeing installations, marketing and sales, and job coordination.
As he embarks on his second term on Council, he will serve as Chair on the Business & Finance Committee, Redevelopment Committee and the Ethics Committee. He is also a member of the Planning Board and the Architectural Review Committee and will serve as Chair of the Land Use Committee. In his first year on Council, he chaired the Sandy Recovery Committee which led several key initiatives such as flood mitigation and recovery; the development of a Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Township, and ongoing efforts for the municipality to enter into the Community Rating System (CRS) program, which will not only set the footprint for flood mitigation strategies, it will also position the Township to be eligible for flood insurance discounts.
In his free time, Councilman Mummolo volunteers for Meals on Wheels. He is also a private pilot and a SCUBA diver.
Councilwoman Pontoriero Biography
Councilwoman Marianna C. Pontoriero, Esq. was born in Belleville, New Jersey. She resided briefly in Newark, New Jersey and was raised by parents Giuseppe and Susan Pontoriero in Colonia, New Jersey with her siblings, Anthony Pontoriero and Susan Pontoriero, Esq.
Marianna attended St. Cecelia’s grade school in Iselin, New Jersey and Bishop Ahr High School in Edison, New Jersey. Marianna went on to attend Adelphi University in Long Island, New York and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology and Minor in German. Marianna then attended Rutgers University School of Law and graduated in 1998. She was a Law Clerk to the now retired Hon. Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., J.S.C.
Marianna now practices law with her sister, Susan Pontoriero, Esq. at the Pontoriero Law Firm located in Brick, New Jersey, where she specializes in family law. She serves as an Early Settlement Panelist, Certified Economic Mediator, and Guardian Ad Litem for children in divorce, as well as a Parenting Coordinator and Law Guardian for children. Marianna also serves as the Chairperson of the District IIIA Supreme Court of New Jersey Fee Arbitration Committee, is a member of the Family Law Committee, the Women’s Committee, the Scholarship Committee, is a member of the Ocean County Superior Court Board of Trustees, a member of the American Bar Association, Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Trial Lawyers of America. Her specialty is advocating for the needs of children in high conflict divorces.
Marianna is a first generation Italian American and is extremely proud of her Italian American Heritage. She is also a member of UNICO, an organization of Italian Americans focusing on service to the community. She and her family march every year in the annual Columbus Day Parade.
Marianna has been awarded the Greater Women of Central New Jersey Business Woman of the Year (2005) along with the Brick PAL of the year award. The Pontoriero Law Firm has also been a main event sponsor for the Stronger Than The Storm car show every year in Brick, which benefits the Monmouth/Ocean Food Banks.
Marianna gives back to the community by serving as Vice President of Harbor House which provides care for the area’s homeless and abused youth. She also volunteers as a Mock Trial Judge for the annual Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition in Ocean County and has done so since 2004. She also regularly mentors local youth with an interest in law and has provided some of our local youth with internships in her law office. She is a business supporter of both school and recreation teams in Brick as well.
In her personal life, Marianna has resided in Brick for nearly twelve years. Marianna has been a foster parent for ten (10) years, taking in homeless and abused children. She resides with her wife, Crystal, and their three children, Antonio, Bella and Lola along with their pet dogs, Sergio and Louie, and cats, Mazzie and Snickers. Her family are members of St. Dominic’s Church in Brick, where their son, Antonio, attends school.
Councilwoman Zapcic Biography
Andrea Zapcic is currently employed as the Community Prevention Manager for RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention where she supervises school-based prevention programs in Monmouth and Ocean counties. She also oversees the DART Prevention Coalition, which is grant-funded to provide services in Brick, Toms River and throughout Ocean County in order to facilitate community level change around substance use. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in the field of substance use prevention and over 14 years working as a municipal recreation professional in Brick and in Rahway.
Andrea is a graduate of Monmouth University with a BA Communications. She is a Certified Recreation Administrator, has certificates in Volunteer Management and Human Services Management from Rutgers School of Social Work which included coursework in personnel issues, grant preparation and long-range strategic planning, and is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Shore, a year-long program designed to cultivate public sector leaders by exposing them to all aspects of community development. She and her husband Bill have lived in Brick for 29 years, where they raised their two children, Erin, 34 and Ian, 31.
Andrea chairs the Recreation Committee, the Brick Municipal Anti-Drug Coalition (BMAC) and sits on the Public Safety, Economic Development and Ethics committees. She has also served on the Business and Finance, Public Works and Land Use committees.
The Township Council is the governing body of the township and serves as the legislative branch. As the legislative body, the Township Council plays an integral role in the operations of the government. Functions of the Council include but are not limited to the review and approval of the Mayor’s Annual Budget, the advice and consent of Mayoral appointments, the enacting of Township ordinances and resolutions, the appointment of the Township Clerk and appointments to the Brick Township Municipal Utility and Housing Authorities.
The Township Council approves all expenditures by the township.