Contributors 2019-01-30T05:31:43-05:00

Our Contributors

Tracey Hall
I’m the Jersey girl behind Jersey Shore Scene. From the time I was old enough to ride my bike to the beach, until this very day, the shore has been my happy place. As life moved forward and I found myself in different parts of the country, my heart has always been here. Now I live five minutes away from the closest boardwalk and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Scene was building in my brain for awhile, I wanted a place to go that talks about how great our lifestyle is here at the shore. Not only do we have the beaches and boards, the food is spectacular! I love hanging out in all the little downtowns sprinkled along the shore. Our locals are so interesting and many come from families with long held ties to our area.
That’s the foundation Scene is built on. I’ve asked local writers to share their words of wisdom and interesting tidbits about living the best life here at The Jersey Shore.
Rachel Weston
Rachel Weston is a real estate agent and Jersey Shore native. She spent 20 years working at NJ newspapers including The Star-Ledger and the Asbury Park Press. Her work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites. She is the author of “New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table.” In her free time she loves to cook, garden, volunteer and play with her dog. Visit her at

Chris Whalen, CPA

I’m Chris Whalen, CPA. For over twenty-five years I have been the owner and Managing Member of a Certified Public Accounting and Business Advisory firm providing a full range of income tax, accounting and advisory services for individuals and businesses.

Muriel Smith

Muriel J. Smith is a former newspaper editor, (The Courier, (Middletown), Messenger Gazette (Forbes newspapers, Middlesex County) author of three books, member of several Historical Societies, member of the Monmouth County Historic Commission, and free lance writer. She was also employed by the US Navy at NWS Earle for ten years.
After living 40 years in Highlands, she and her husband Jimmy, spent ten years living in an RV and traveling around all 50 states, volunteering at National Wildlife Refuges. Widowed, she chose to come back to Monmouth County.

Catherine Galioto

Catherine Galioto is a local journalist, features writer and editor who has lived on the Jersey Shore since childhood. She is a contributing writer at Jersey Shore Scene, and in addition to awards for design and editorial, has worked with Shorebeat, Micromedia, Patch, the Asbury Park Press, Associated Press and Press of Atlantic City. You can often find her on a local jaunt, enjoying a craft beer and a dozen or so oysters.

Lucie Dickenson

Lucie Dickenson is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County, and has called the Jersey Shore her home for the last 25 years. Lucie is an inspirational blogger, business owner, wife and mom to three unique and wonderful teenagers. Her passion is to help people let go of what limits them, so they can live in their truth every day.

Joan Slowey Dellett

Joan Slowey Dellett was born with sand in her toes having lived at the Jersey Shore all her life. She is a big believer in supporting local businesses whenever possible and loves to find new and different shops with a unique Jersey Shore spin. A producer of corporate videos and local public affair programs in a former life, she now enjoys her time visiting her grandchildren, listening to live music and seeing how late in the year she can still go sit on the beach in Spring Lake.

Sharon Prudhomme
In 1989 I met Chef Paul Prudhomme’s nephew, David Prudhomme. We were married in 1990 and started Meadowbrook Farmers Market in Leola, Pa. This was the beginning of our culinary career. This led to Prudhomme’s Spice Rack with only 4 seats and mostly take out food. In 1992- Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen opened a BYOB sit down eatery-6 days a week, in Leola.1996- Prudhomme’s moves to historic river town, Columbia, Pa. with the purchase of the Rising Sun Hotel circa 1853. Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen was open 7 days a week. Cooking alongside my husband, David became a love, creating new exciting dishes from farm fresh beginnings. The Cajun Kitchen quickly became a popular spot. Music 5 nights a week combined with a culinary explosion of tastes!
WSBA radio-Wrightsville, Pa.- 6 mos. Weekly live cooking broadcast from the restaurant.
ABCTV27- Harrisburg, PA.- Monthly segment live- Videos found in the archives on ABCTV27’s site. “My Ghost Story” as seen on A&E, Lifetime & Biography- featured our haunted hotel Episode 23!
Tom Streep, Financial Advisor
As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. I can also help with your retirement savings strategy so you have more options when you retire, regardless of what you decide to do.
Lynette Barbieri
Lynette Barbieri has been running her own business for over 20 years. She is a passionate Money Sales and Business Coach and Mentor. As a mother of four, Lynette knows first hand what it is like to build a business around a family and she did so on her own terms. Barbieri built her business having no financial industry background and very little business and sales experience to a business bringing her a six figure income in a few short years. She learned how to recruit and sell naturally and by being authentic, she soon developed her own style which helped her to succeed and over the years has helped many other entrepreneurs succeed in sales as well.
She specializes in working with women entrepreneurs helping them learn how to build a successful business, sell with intention, and teaching them how to take charge of their finances. Her easy to implement strategies supports her clients in achieving financial freedom. In 2012, Lynette co-founded The Entrepreneurial Think Tank For Women. ETTWomen’s focus is to connect like-minded women and teach them how to build their business through building relationships and developing strategic partnerships. In 2016 Lynette also co-founded The ETTWomen Foundation making the organization’s long-term vision come to life, by assisting women in crisis from domestic violence, sexual abuse, and financial hardship due to personal illness or illness of a family member.
Vanessa Coppes
Vanessa Coppes believes women are multi-faceted.  They embrace the outer roles of wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.  And they have inner roles; those that need to be honored in order to be authentic, productive and truly happy. Like many women, Coppes struggled with weight, periods of insecurity and postpartum depression. It was the wisdom of her mother and the connection with other strong, beautiful women around her that reminded her of how to best honor and nurture herself back to living life.
She went on to study Design, Psychology and Education in college. Writing, however has always been her outlet to both internalize lessons, to teach and to connect with others
Coppes is a seeker, a student of life and she is committed to sharing with and teaching others what she has learned on her blog where she shares hacks on life, business, motherhood, fashion, and her love for red lipstick.
Coppes is the Author “5 Steps to Fabulous, Social Media Strategies for Small Businesses: A Guide for Solo-Entrepreneurs, the Founder of V+Co. Consulting, Co-Founder of ETTWomen and The ETTWomen Foundation.

Monmouth Health & Wellness
Denise Payne is a hyper-local digital health & wellness online resource.

Monmouthhealthandwellness wants to connect patients who are shopping for healthcare options in Monmouth County with providers. We are an online directory of doctors, dentists, caregivers and wellness providers, ONLY in Monmouth County. Our database offers user-friendly search capabilities. Search by category, keyword or town. Visitors can also obtain “Doctor Advice” from local providers, and read Reviews and Testimonials from past patients. In addition, we offer Healthy Tips, Recipies Local Healthcare Events and Healthcare Jobs powered by Indeed. Visit us at:

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