Councilwoman Heather 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 Art 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.
Council President Andrea 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.
Councilman Paul 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.
Council Vice President Lisa Crate Biography
Councilwoman Lisa Crate is a 24-year resident of Brick and a teacher in the Jackson Township School District, where she was honored as “Teacher of the Year.”
Lisa also serves on the Ocean County Council of Educators Association and volunteers as a Board Member for Tooney’s Last Resort – a local Animal Rescue Shelter.
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.
Councilwoman Marianna 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.
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.