About Us


  Lynette Whiteman, Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey came across RWJF’s Culture of Health Initiative and brought the grant opportunity to the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. The grant would enable the newly formed Toms River Family Health & Support Coalition to receive $200K over four years to make our community healthier. The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation brought together 49 of their partner agencies: nonprofits, schools, political leaders, police, business owners and philanthropists who all signed up to become part of this exciting new coalition. After conducting research about the current status of health issues in Toms River, the group proposed the highest areas of need as follows:
  • Substance Abuse
  • Senior Isolation
  • Mental Health
  • Food Insecurity
  • Access to Care/Chronic Disease/Wellness

As the JLGF is a family foundation, a fiscal sponsor was required to facilitate the grant. That distinct privilege was held by the Ocean County YMCA when we were awarded the grant in June 2016. Based on the above levels of need, the coaches and leadership team were chosen to attend a Boundary Spanning Institute led by the RWJ Foundation. The community leaders involved in this grant are:
  • Dr. Gemma MacCarrick-Brennan, Coalition Coach
  • Peter Rosario, Co-Director for the Coalition; CEO of the OC YMCA
  • Tara Cunningham, Co-Director for the Coalition; Director of Strategic Planning for the JLGF.
  • Lee Karen, Trustee, Hope Sheds Light
  • Lynette Whiteman, Executive Director, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
  • Dr. Teri Kubiel, Assistant Vice President, Community Medical Center

Post training, the group met to develop a mission and vision to enable all members of the coalition to be able to let our community know about this wonderful opportunity to make all residents of Toms River healthier together.


We are charged to create a blueprint for success by May 2017.

Through training, our group realized there may be other areas of health needs not addressed by the data we found originally.

To ensure we know and address what our community feels is important, we are planning Listening Tours. Learn more...

CLICK HERE to see the New Jersey Health Initiatives Building a Culture of Health - Communities Moving to Action (CMA) Social Media Tracking Project/Evaluation