Contributors 2018-04-23T03:45:08+00:00

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.

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.

Carole Masters

I grew up on Long Island very close to Jones Beach. However, since then, I have lived in nine other states, mostly in the South and Midwest. It is with great pleasure that last year we moved to Spring Lake Heights to be near family and back near the ocean I love.

While living in Lancaster, PA many years ago with my husband and three kids, I had an opportunity to become a correspondent for the Lifestyle section of the Lancaster Intelligencer Newspapers. I have done some writing here and there as we moved around the country.

The Jersey Shore Scene piqued my interest because it is an opportunity for me to get out and discover and learn about what’s really a new locale for me.

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.
Hollie Fallon
After traveling the world as a tour manager for the better part of 10 years, Hollie had her first child and found a new passion for nutrition and fitness. Hollie began attending stroller fitness classes to get back into shape. There, she fell in love with the fitness as well as the community aspect of baby boot camp so decided to become an instructor herself. After instructing for 2 years, Hollie took it to the next level and began her own franchise. Hollie loves to exercise in the beautiful in and outdoor spaces of Asbury Park and surrounding areas!Hollie is mom to Jacob 5 & Rory 6 months and has been a certified personal trainer & group fitness instructor since 2008. She is also a licensed massage therapist with specialized training in prenatal massage. Hollie works to make Baby Boot Camp classes fun and challenging, and wants to help motivate moms to reach their goals and potential. She strives to create a community of active, healthy moms.
Alexandra Amato
Alexandra Amato is the owner of STAT Medical Alert. The company’s #1 priority is your safety. Their team has a strong connection with not only the special needs community, anti-bullying, domestic violence victims, children’s safety programs, and with seniors and their extended families. Alexandra is well versed in the Special Needs Community as she herself has a special needs son. When she is not working she dedicates her time to numerous organizations. She sits on the board of SEPTA (Special Needs PTA), in Ocean Township as the secretary. She is a proud member of EttWomen, Entrepreneur Think Tank for women in Manalapan. She is a member of the Geriatric Advisory Council. She is also a member of the National Alzheimer’s Association.
STAT Medical provides products and services that help families manage situations that can sometimes be quite difficult. Whether you’re caring for a child with autism, a child that is being bullied at school, an independent senior who is at risk of injuring themselves, or a loved on experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia. We are always striving to be on the cutting edge of technology, to bring you the most up to date products for you and your family. School safety is a project we are currently working on.
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