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The Dancers

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Mayor Lisa & KevinDeena & Rich ★  Marybeth & DavidBeth & JimMelissa & TonyCeilie & RohanAndrew & AudreyCory & TylerSara & SuzyMichelle & Doug

Mayor Lisa and Kevin

Mayor Lisa & Kevin

Brick Township Mayor, Lisa Crate, is excited to take part in the Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey’s Dancing With Their Stars event. Mayor Crate has great admiration for the Caregiver Volunteers and their exemplary work to make a difference in people’s lives.

Lisa Crate has served as Mayor of Brick Township since February 2023. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served on the Township Council for eight years. Throughout her service in the municipal government, Mayor Lisa has been a passionate advocate for community togetherness and service, and has encouraged a commitment to fostering unity and civic engagement.

Mayor Lisa is a recently retired educator of over thirty years. During her career, she was recognized as the Teacher of the Year and the District Educational Services Professional of the Year. She is a thirty-year resident of Brick Township where she is raising her children William and Colleen with her loving husband Will.

Mayor Lisa is looking forward to her dance and plans on leaning on her experience with the dance lessons she took from ages 12 until 17 to really impress the judges!

Kevin Mosely is excited to be part of the Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey’s Dancing With Their Stars event this year. Kevin is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served as a Marine Corps officer. He was active in both the Gulf War and then as a Reservist in the recovery after 9/11. He is a retired LtCol.

Kevin has been an educator in Ocean County for many years. He began his teaching career at Monsignor Donovan High School as a social studies teacher. He was the Principal at Grace and Peace Academy and he currently teaches at Brick Memorial High School. In addition, he has been the Anti-Bullying Coordinator for Brick Public Schools for over 12 years. He works with the Brick Mayor’s Office to coordinate the activities of the Brick Mayor’s Student Advisory Committee and is the Vice Chairman of the Brick Municipal Alliance.

Kevin has been married for over 43 years to Marcelline Mosely and they have raised six children. Tiffany, a teacher at Veterans Memorial Elementary in Brick, Candace an event coordinator for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ashley a homemaker is raising 4 children (Weston, Ezekiel, Trevor and Troy) with Don, Chris a prison counsellor in Lancaster, Pa., Lauren a Program Coordinator for the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Mark a Talent Acquisition Specialist with Main Line Health.

Kevin is looking forward to cutting the rug and making use of some of the moves that he has acquired both on stage and on the dance floor.

Deena & Rich

Deena Coffee, Director of Community Relations for Artis Senior Living of Eatontown. Deena has been in the Healthcare Industry for the last 23 years. Beginning her career as a Dining Room Manager at Crestwood Manor, moving to Leisure Park where she was the Independent Living Administrator for 15 years. Deena is an active member of the Monmouth / Ocean Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee. Deena was introduced to Caregiver Volunteers on a personal level in 2021 when her Father was a recipient of their Connect Thru Music Program. For Deena, supporting all the fundraising efforts of this amazing agency is an honor. Deena grew up in Toms River. She and her husband Kevin stayed in Toms River where they raised their two children, Chelsey and Shane. Chelsey and her husband Joe live in Philadelphia; Shane lives at home and is starting his career as a welder. In her spare time Deena enjoys being with her family and going to the beach.

Richard (Rich) Pacesa, Jr. is the Co-Owner of Adoro Healthcare Supplies. Rich has been involved in the healthcare community for a number of years and loves to do what he can to give back in the Central Jersey area. Rich is active in his community, assisting with multiple non-profit organizations. He sits on the board of trustees of Catholic Charities in Ocean County, on the board of directors of The Catholic University Alumni Association, on Parish Council of Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head, where he is also a lector, as well as being an active member of Shore to Give which serves a variety of charities and organizations in Ocean County. When he’s free, Rich enjoys spending time with friends and family. He is a resident of Point Pleasant and avid boater who loves taking advantage of all the benefits that living at the Jersey Shore has to offer!

Marybeth & David

Marybeth Kwapniewski has been the Program Director for SCAN/Senior Citizens Activities Network for the past 7 years. SCAN is a non-profit located at the Monmouth Mall serving the senior community in Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1988. SCAN’s mission is to keep seniors active, healthy, and connected to community resources with weekly classes, workshops and events. Marybeth has lived in Middletown since 1998. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Rich, for 28 years. She is the proud mother of Kathryn, who is pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and Andrew, who is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Marybeth loves spending time with her family at the beach, traveling, hiking, and taking daily walks with their family dog, Sadie. Marybeth is super excited to be dancing and supporting another wonderful non-profit that serves the senior community. Best of luck to all the dancers!

David J.V. Meenan has been an instructor for SCAN/Senior Citizens Activities Network for the past 6 years in Acting and Improv, Stand-Up Comedy, Voice, Tap, and Playwriting. He is also the President of And Scene Publishing which licenses and publishes theatrical works for schools, community and professional theatres. Working with non-profits his entire life, he opened his first not-for-profit organization when he was 15. He was the past Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Count Basie Theatre and started their educational program which was originally called the Cool School and is still running today. Assisting organizations in re-development, he was the Executive Director of the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and has sat on several boards throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.  He currently privately coaches students, readying them for their careers on Broadway and Hollywood. He is an award winning playwright, and his most recent “Senior Moments – Big Beaver” played to sold out houses at The Middletown Arts Center.

Beth & Jim

Coming from a family business background, Beth McGovern entered the nursing field as a second
career. Bringing with her a broader sense of the patient experience. Leading with compassion and a desire to improve the way care is delivered in the medical setting. Beth has proudly returned to CareOne Wall as Hospital Liaison to ensure the CareOne quality is delivered to those in our care each and every time. Meeting people where they are and bringing the skilled nursing and rehabilitation needs to them with compassion. Beth is thrilled to be hitting the dance floor with Jim to support CVCJ!

Jim McNamara is the Vice President of Community Relations & Sales for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws
Minor League Baseball Team and also serves as Executive Director for BlueClaws Charities, the official
501c(3) organization of the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.  He is extremely proud of the work he and his co-
workers do out in the community to give back to the people and organizations that support the team
and help create such a fun and unique energy at the ballpark each summer.  In addition to working for
the BlueClaws, Jim serves on the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, The
Brookdale Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and a number of various committees with
other Shore area organizations.  “Jimmy Mac” originally from Matawan, has spent his whole 20 year
career with the BlueClaws and is excited to participate in such a fun event for a great Jersey Shore
organization and BlueClaws Community Partner.  He lives in Keyport with his wife Amy and kids Connolly
& Emmie.

Melissa & Tony

Tony, a nurse with over 25 years of experience, serves as the Director of Community Outreach for Bartley Healthcare and The Orchards Assisted Living. Together with his wife Melissa, married for nearly 20 years, and their three boys, they share a deep-seated commitment to assisting others, making volunteering and participating in senior events a regular part of their lives. When not engaged in altruistic endeavors, they indulge in their love for travel, particularly enjoying road trips. Guided by their belief that God’s blessings are meant to be shared, the Colon family embodies a spirit of generosity and service.

 

Ceilie & Rohan

Ceilie Reynolds is a senior at Monmouth University studying political science. She enjoys spending her time golfing, scuba diving, and now dancing! Ceilie is involved with a number of charitable organizations in the area, and spends much of her free time volunteering. A few years ago, Ceilie was involved in a near fatal car accident that took most of her vision and left her with a TBI. She is coming back from that stronger than ever though, and can’t wait to “see” what the future brings!

Rohan is an active Volunteer EMT within Marlboro and a prospective Medical Student who recently graduated from Purdue in 2023. He loves to meet new people and has cherished the opportunities he has had to meet people from all walks of life throughout his time working in the Emergency Department and visiting locals on his EMS calls. Dancing is a chance to step out of his comfort zone, and he appreciates the art of learning how to control his body in both a beautiful and thoughtful way! He is ready to hit the dance floor to support CVCJ’s mission of caring.

Andrew & Audrey

Andrew & Audrey

Audrey Tesora is the founder and owner of Right Touch Organizing Services LLC. Her decades of experience in corporate America helps Audrey to utilize her organizational skills to transition seniors into assisted living. She is passionate about providing this much needed service to families who are struggling to make difficult decisions during this time and acts as a project and resource manager to make this transition smooth and seamless. Audrey also offers home organization packages. She loves to listen to her clients’ stories and their rich histories. Audrey’s clients enrich her life with their experience and wisdom. She is a member of the National Association of Specialty Move Managers, Central NJ Chamber of Commerce and the Matawan-Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.

In her spare time Audrey loves to travel and most recently visited Fiji with her fiancé. Her family lives in France and she is the proud grandmother of three beautiful granddaughters and visits them as much as she can. Audrey loves to dance and is excited to be a part of this year’s event and cannot wait to trip the light fantastic with her dance partner.

Andrew Kahane is the father of 3 amazing daughters, Hannah, Abigail, and Maya who I try not to embarrass with my lack of texting lingo and choice of what’s playing on the car radio. Also, along with my amazing partner Lisa, we are the proud parents of 2 Golden Retrievers, Austin and Sophia who absolutely hate the water.  Their fear of water makes it harder since I’m such an avid beach goer who feels salt air cures all. “Hopefully the salt air will help me find my dancing shoes”.  I’ve held various positions over the last 25 plus years in healthcare. Currently holding the role of Executive Director at All American Assisted @ Tinton Falls, I look forward to being part of this new community becoming a vibrant home for our residents along with being a pillar of the surrounding area.  Over my healthcare career I’ve taken such a pleasure in helping others and making myself a better human being. To be part of Dancing with the Stars and helping such an incredible organization while coming out of my comfort zone is going to be an adventure.

Cory & Tyler

Cory & Tyler

Brother and sister duo Tyler and Cory, originally from Seaside Park, have spent most of their lives traveling, studying, working, and living abroad.

Cory began her career as a project manager in the Latin American division of an international corporation. Her assignments brought her to a number of countries and provided her the opportunity to engage with the local community, learning a good deal of the local culture – music, food, language, history, etc.

Initially based in Mexico City, she then worked on projects in Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Brazil, as well as across the Caribbean. Fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, Cory later taught language and culture upon relocating to the US. She currently manages the administrative aspects of her husband, Mark’s, business, Fuel Management Services, Inc, which specializes in testing for and solving problems with fuel and energy efficiency.

Cory and her two daughters have been affiliated with Caregiver Volunteers since 2020, where they shop for care receivers in the community.

In addition to travel, Cory enjoys gardening, dancing (even when it’s in the kitchen with the dog), skiing, and anything cross-cultural.

Shortly after graduating from Muhlenberg College, Tyler decided to take an adventure to visit with Cory while she was living and working in Brazil.

On a whim, he accepted an invitation to sit in on some ESL classes and began teaching in several language schools in Belo Horizonte. While Cory’s business eventually took her to other countries, Tyler decided to stay in Brazil and went on to establish his own language training center, BEST Idiomas, which has just celebrated its 28th year in operation. The center focuses on Business English training for a variety of multinational companies, in addition to offering translation services and specialized courses for language proficiency and certificate testing.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, running, reading, cooking, and of course…cutting some rug!

In this sibling partnership, Cory and Tyler’s shared love for the Brazilian people and culture has kept them close despite the distance between them. Not wanting to miss out on this opportunity, Tyler will be flying up from Brazil just in time to dance!

Sara & Suzy

Sara & Suzy

When we were approached at a previous Dancing with their Stars event to compete at a future event representing our Jewish Culture we were hesitant at the time. Fast forward to 2024 when our world has turned upside down and our innocent brothers and sisters were slaughtered at the Nova Music Festival on October 7. With the words We Will Dance Again on our minds 24/7 and after witnessing the devastation firsthand on my recent trip to Israel, we decided no better year to stand up and dance #unitedason and dedicate our dance to those who no longer can. #amyisroelchai

Michelle & Doug

Michelle & Doug

Michelle Simmons has been a CNA for Harrogate since 2003. Her compassion as a caregiver, her versatility in working a variety of shifts and her dedication to the Harrogate community for over 20 years has been an essential support to Harrogate’s estimable five-star rating. Keeping up with Michelle is no easy task as she manages working overnights with spending quality time with family including handsome husband Brinsley, five beautiful children and ten adorable grandchildren. She never fails to impress, and we are confident her diva energy partnered with the fancy footwork of her partner Doug will bring home the desired trophy.

Doug White has been an employee of Harrogate for the past three years. He loves being the father of his 16 year old daughter Rose. He enjoys creating and generating different types of art; from writing to drawing, painting and now dancing!

Doug is looking forward to hitting the dance floor to raise funds for Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey with his partner Michelle and their awesome dance routine!

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our Venue Sponsor

Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club

Our Event Ballroom Sponsor

Our Respite Rumba Sponsors

Dental Home Services

Our Transportation Tango Sponsors

The Citta Foundation, Inc.

Logo: Atlantic Physical Therapy
Logo: VIsion Financial Services
BrightView Senior Living
Preferred Care
Marquis

Our Caregiver Canines Cha Cha Sponsor

Artis Senior Living
Senior Moments Medicare Solutions

Our Handy Andy Salsa Sponsors

The D’Onofrio Foundation, Inc. 

New Jersey Natural Gas
Imperial Healthcare
Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks
Advantage Recruiting Group
Jersey Shore Blue Claws

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Special Thanks to:

Our Event Wrangler

Mary K. Kaba
Resident Life Director at Seabrook Senior Living Community
Certified Life Coach & Chief Serving Officer of Your Sparkling Potential, LLC
Mary Kaba DWTS 2022 Event Wrangler

Our Fearless Leader & Emcee

Bob Scott
The Host & Owner of “The Gameshow Night”
Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
Bob Scott DWTS 2022 Emcee

The Judges

Thomas Hayes,
Director, New Jersey Natural Gas
Thomas Hayes
Carol Stillwell-Hansen,
President & CEO of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.
Carol Stillwell-Hansen
Dr. Andrew and Dr. Clare Trontis
2022 Mirror Ball Dance Champions
Piya Paulus & Nate Taylor
2022 People’s Choice Champions
Denise Van Tassell
Chief Operating Officer/Partner of Alcoeur Gardens LLC.
Denise VanTassell

Our Dance Studios

Anytime Dance

Event Volunteers

DJ

Hicks House of Entertainment

Photographer

John Wilkens

Videographer

MediaShy logo

DWTS Committee

  • Bernie Branz
  • Cris Brown
  • Dena Glynn
  • Mary Kaba
  • Loretta Machin
  • Maria Penna
  • Gina Picconi
  • Nneka Pile
  • Patricia Scimeca
  • Bob Scott
  • Chris Slavicek
  • Lisa Torre-Janssen

Tables will fill up fast! 

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