RED BANK, NJ — Lunch Break, the food pantry and social service organization, announces its new Board of Trustees members for 2020-2021, effective September 16th, 2020.  We are grateful for the support and commitment of our retiring members President John Klein and trustees Michael Blechman, Lou Scaduto Jr., Tori Sickles and Kim Tsimbinos and thank them for their generosity, kindness, guidance and compassion.

As Lunch Break turns a new chapter in its 37-year history, Board and staff members look forward to welcoming incoming President Phil Antoon of Red Bank. Mr. Antoon brings a wealth of experience in marketing and a financial background to Lunch Break. He grew up locally in West Long Branch, attended Shore Regional High School, and graduated from West Virginia University with a major in finance, where he was a four-year member of WVU’s Division 1 Men’s Soccer team. Mr. Antoon is a Managing Director with global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal. He specializes in the valuation of corporations, legal entities, and intellectual property for companies located worldwide.

“I am confident in welcoming Phil as president, says Mr. Klein. “He will be supported by wonderful, experienced  Board members, as well as five new, energetic ones. Their efforts are essential to those in need in our community. We thank them

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for their service."

Mr. Antoon has been involved with Lunch Break for about 15 years, first providing donations for general use and then for the Children’s Cooking Class, the Life Skills Center, and the expansion of the Lunch Break facility, among others. He runs a clothing drive at his office for Lunch Break’s Suit Up program. Mr. Antoon also is involved with a fundraising effort for a floor in the new West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. 

“I am honored to be part of the Lunch Break family, and especially proud that every member of the organization from the staff, volunteers, donors, Board of Trustees, to the Advisory Council work together with the mission of helping anyone in need. John Klein has been absolutely tremendous as the President of the Board, and I look forward to the challenge of continuing John’s incredible leadership and passion for helping others.”

We are grateful for the many years of service from former President John Klein. Mr. Klein, who was instrumental in our 35th anniversary celebration, has overseen many program expansions during his two-term tenure, as well as improvements to infrastructure, facility additions and modifications, and the Life Skills Center for employment coaching.

Reflecting on his years with Lunch Break, retiring President John Klein says: “Serving as a Board member for the past six years and as President for the past three years has been a life changing and rich experience. Lunch Break is about the great people — from the clients, to the Board, to members of the Advisory Council, volunteers, and the talented staff.”

However it was Executive Director Gwendolyn Love who inspired Mr. Klein to support the organization and its values — to serve everyone regardless of financial history, race or education. “She works tirelessly everyday to achieve the Lunch Break mission of offering food, clothing, fellowship and life skills to those in need. I will miss working closely with her and so many caring people.”

Adds Executive Director Gwendolyn Love:  “I’m always humbled to work with such phenomenal people and share with them this incredible journey. John, Michael, Tori, Lou and Kim have all poured out their talent and time to help develop this organization’s capacity to not only continue this work, but to grow beyond.”

John’s leadership and support as our Chairman has been a great experience.  His wisdom, expertise, thoughtfulness and caring spirit aligned so perfectly with our mission and culture. I think I speak for all the staff and those he touched that he will be missed on the Board as well as all the others.”

“We are excited to work with Phil as our Chairman and new members: Robin Klein, Kevin Chieff, Richard Brodsky, Stephen Reinhard, and Eric Gatti and look forward to more exciting times and growth at Lunch Break as we seek to help improve the lives of those we serve.”

Lunch Break freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond. For more information, visit www.lunchbreak.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. #whywebreak #givelocal

2020-2021 Board of Trustees

Phil Antoon, President

Mimi Keenan, Vice President

Steven Haugenes, Treasurer

Nancy Karpf, Secretary

Michael Bagnell

Richard Brodsky

Kevin Chieff 

George Chrysanthopoulos

Christopher Cole

Maura Creekmore

Josephine Guttadauro

Eric Gatti

Dave Hinton

Robin Klein

Juanita Lewis

Brian McEvily

Trudy Parton

Carol A. Penn, D.O.

Tina Pflaster

Stephen Reinhard

Michael A. Wright

Frances Statter, Emeritus

Gwendolyn O. Love, Executive Director