Our Team

Deirdre Spiropoulos

Co-founder and President

Deirdre Spiropoulos resides in Fair Haven, NJ, with her husband George and three young children. Deirdre graduated from Villanova University in 1999 with degrees in Spanish and International Business. In 2001 she joined Prudential’s Leadership Development Program where she rotated across various business units while pursuing her Masters of Business at NYU Stern School of Business. In 2007 she became a Director focusing on succession planning and compensation design for executives and sales teams across Prudential’s international businesses. In 2010 she left Prudential to focus on raising a family and volunteering in her community.

Deirdre is an active board member of the Hayden’s Heart Foundation, a New Jersey-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and improving the lives of families whose children are suffering from congenital heart defects. She is also a proud committee member of the Rumson St Patrick’s Day Parade and recently finished a three-year term on the board of the Newcomers Club of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, and Shrewsbury.

Heather Burke

Co-founder and Vice President

Heather Burke spent a decade in book publishing as a writer, editor, and researcher for organizations such as the Library of Congress and HarperCollins Publishers before making the switch to nonprofit management and fundraising. In 2005 she joined StoryCorps, a national oral history and public broadcasting project, where she helped grow their fundraising efforts over five years of rapid expansion.

In 2005 she relocated from New York City to Monmouth County with her family, and has since worked as a freelance grant writer and consultant for organizations such as Poets House in New York City, Project Write Now in Red Bank, NJ, and Lunch Break, Monmouth County’s oldest and largest soup kitchen and food pantry. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Jenny Turner Clarke

Membership Committee, Co-chair

Jenny Turner Clarke lives in Rumson, NJ with her husband and young son. She grew up spending summers and weekends in Monmouth County.

She currently works in banking in New York City. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Cornell. Jenny is involved in the Newcomers Club of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, and Shrewsbury, and has a passion for philanthropy.

Rowena Crawford-Phillips

Grants Committee, Co-chair

Rowena (aka ‘Ro’) currently works as Business and Legal Affairs Officer at the nonprofit organization Seeds of Peace in New York City, leveraging her BA in Law and Masters degree in Nonprofit Management. Prior to that role, she worked at Seeds of Peace as grant writer for three years.

Outside of work, Ro has volunteered in various capacities, most recently as President of the board for Sandy Hook Child Care Center, where she was heavily involved with governance, fundraising, communications, and outreach.

Ro hails from London, where she worked as an attorney with Charles Russell LLP for four years before deciding to move to the U.S. and into the nonprofit world. She now lives in Navesink, NJ, with her husband; two boys, Theo and Hugo; and cocker spaniel, Thompson.

Maggie LaRocca

Grants Committee, Co-chair

Maggie is the founder of Purposeful Results, a nonprofit consulting group. Previously, Maggie worked at Wounded Warrior Project as Director of the Combat Stress Recovery Program and Director of Program Grants. She was instrumental in developing the current programming to provide mental health services to returning service members and veterans, as well as building the multi-million-dollar grant program for both communities and other nonprofits.

Maggie earned her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Speech and Pre-Clinical Psychology certificate at Northwestern University, and her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Teachers College. During her studies, Maggie was a volunteer for the Trauma and PTSD Program at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.

Originally from Illinois, Maggie lived in California working in the entertainment industry before shifting her focus to the mental health and nonprofit sectors. She lives in Rumson, NJ, with her husband, David, and two children, Mac and Hannah. She is previous president and executive board member of the Newcomers Club of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, and Shrewsbury.

Aimee Marcel Remey

Communications Committee, Chair

Aimee started her career in equity research at Merrill Lynch after graduating Providence College in 2000. She spent six years in equity research covering consumer companies before spearheading coverage of the restaurant industry for Jefferies & Company, Inc. In 2007 Aimee was recruited to take over investor relations at Scientific Games Corporation, a global lottery and gaming company headquartered in New York City. During her tenure as the Director of Corporate Public Relations for Scientific Games, Aimee was responsible for creating an effective voice and consistent brand through multiple large acquisitions and management changes.

Aimee originally hails from New York and now resides in Locust, NJ, with her husband, Michael, and their three young children. Having served as a volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations over the years, Aimee was inspired by the collective work of Impact 100 organizations around the world and is excited to take a more active role.

Kathryn M. McMahon, CFRE

Communications Committee

Born and raised in Ocean Township, NJ, Kate attended Boston University, and upon graduating, immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa. Kate was the Director of Marketing and Fundraising for the Remedial Teaching Foundation (RTF), a national nonprofit based in Johannesburg, from 1986 to 1992 and was Executive Director from 1993 to 2003. The RTF was a finalist for the Nelson Mandela Presidential Award in 1998 “for participation and contribution in helping to create a culture of learning, teaching and service in South Africa.” Kate also served on the board of the American Society of Johannesburg, which raised funds for organizations assisting disadvantaged communities.

Upon returning home, Kate was a development and marketing consultant to local businesses and nonprofits. In 2007, she conceptualized, created, and executed the first School Holiday Hunger Challenge to raised food and funds for the hungry. Today, renamed the Students Change Hunger Challenge, the campaign is a statewide initiative involving all five food banks in NJ. Endorsed by Governor Christie, the winner of the Challenge is awarded the prestigious Governor’s Cup.

After volunteering at Lunch Break for three years, Kate then joined full time in 2013 as Director of Development to spearhead Lunch Break’s “Step Up to the Plate” $5 million capital campaign. She considers Lunch Break the ‘closest place to Heaven on earth’ and oversees all aspects of fundraising, including grants, major gifts, foundation and corporate fundraising, planned giving, and direct mail campaigns; and communications.

A mother of three children, Frank, Brian and Sarah, Kate is a firm believer that “children do learn what they live” and has taught her children by example. Kate is also a strong advocate for the empowerment of women and the key role they do, can and should play in philanthropy.

Paige Metzger

Executive Committee, Finance Chair

Paige Metzger has lived in Monmouth County for more than 20 years, moving here with her husband, Scott, who is a third-generation Monmouth County native. Active in the community, Paige has been a past board member of the Brookdale Community College Foundation Board, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, and S.P.U.R., including taking a leadership role in establishing the Sunnyside Equestrian Center in Lincroft. Currently, Paige leads the Steering Committee of the Monmouth County division of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

Paige has been in the financial services industry since graduating from Skidmore College. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Paige is a Partner in a wealth management business with Merrill Lynch in Red Bank and Freehold, NJ.

A passionate horsewoman, Paige enjoys riding in the beautiful open spaces of Monmouth County and competes throughout the state.  Originally from New York City, Paige lives with her husband and two teenage children in Monmouth County.

Paulette Roberts

Executive Committee

Paulette grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She began her career with IBM Corporation in marketing and marketing support. After serving as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations in San Diego, she joined Scripps Memorial Hospitals Foundation in La Jolla, CA to develop a pilot fundraising program for the Whittier Institute for Diabetes and Endocrinology and Scripps’ Centers of Excellence. She joined Mercy Hospital Foundation in San Diego in 1988 as Executive Vice President.

In 1993 Paulette was recruited to New Jersey to join Monmouth Health Care Foundation as President and CEO. She later joined Meridian Health,from which she retired in 2006 as President of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations where she had overseen the boards, staff and fundraising activities of Meridian’s four foundations.

Paulette chaired the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) in 2004-2005 and served on the AHP Board in several leadership positions as well as becoming a Fellow in AHP, the highest level of accreditation. She chaired and served on numerous other committees for both AHP and the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Before moving east, Paulette was a YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Honoree, and in 2002 she was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts. Paulette was a founder of the Women’s Council of the Cancer Center at Monmouth and the Women’s Heart Fund for Meridian Health. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Monmouth County Historical Association and the Two River Theater Company.

Paulette lives in Little Silver, NJ, with her husband, Larry. They have four grown children and four grandchildren. Currently, Paulette serves on the Grants Committee of the New Jersey Community Foundation (CFNJ) and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Monmouth County.

Bonnie Torcivia

Executive Committee

Bonnie resides in Fair Haven and is the proud mother of three grown children, Joseph, Catie and Emily. She graduated from Lehigh University in 1981 with a BS in Finance and an MBA in 1983.

After a career in commercial banking, Bonnie retired to raise her family and volunteer at school and discovered her flair for costume making and decorating. She founded the girls youth lacrosse program in Fair Haven/Rumson in 1999 and coached for many years.

Bonnie has served as a girls scout leader and on many other community organizations. She is also a member of Impact 100 Garden State, where she actively participates in a focus area committee. She now enjoys traveling the world and will soon visit her 28th country.

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