As a family foundation, we believe in the power of connection, relationships, and collaboration. Everyone at the Grunin Foundation shares a common bond of living the mission to improve the quality of life at the Central Jersey Shore and driving economic excellence.
Jeremy Grunin has nearly 25 years of leadership experience in the private sector where he managed teams of 1000+ employees responsible for over half a billion dollars in revenue. Since 2013, Jeremy has been actively engaged throughout the community as President of the Grunin Foundation, a proactive grantmaker focused on economic growth at the Central Jersey Shore. Jeremy is a Partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey Partnership specializing in the development and management of commercial real estate, as well as investing in third party commercial ventures. Jeremy has also hosted several talk radio shows on both AM and FM radio, including Topic A on WOBM. Jeremy’s greatest accomplishment will always be his three children (now teenagers), Josh, Becca and Emma.
Jeremy’s Foundation, Advisory and Board Directorships include:
Chairman of Fulfill (formerly The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean);
First Vice Chair of Count Basie Center for the Arts;
Trustee of Center for Non-Profits;
Board Member of YMCA of Greater Monmouth County;
Board Member of Jersey Shore Medical Center Foundation;
Board Member of Meridian Health Foundation;
Board Member Arts Ed NJ;
Board Member of Monmouth University;
Executive Board Member of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers;
Steering Committee Co-Chair of the NJ Arts and Culture Recovery Fund;
Co-Chairman of mindALIGNED Steering Committee;
Chairman of Exit 82 Theatre;
Advisory Board Member of the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law;
Trustee of Springpoint Senior Living Foundation;
Executive Board Member and Former Chair of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce;
Board Member of Ocean County Military Support Committee;
Appointed Member to Ocean County Tourism and Business Development Advisory Council; and
Advisory Board Member of Toms River Regional Schools High School Career Academy.
Jay graduated from Brooklyn College (with honors) in 1964, and from NYU School of Law in 1967, where he was an Editor of the Law Review and where he met his future wife and business partner. After a brief exposure to academia –as Research Assistant to an NYU Law professor teaching a seminar on legislative history–, as well as a brief stint in Big Law in New York, followed by a one year Appellate Division clerkship in New Jersey, Jay and Linda landed in a then small town on the Central Jersey Shore called Toms River.
After a few years, Jay and Linda decided to open up their own small law firm. In the 1970s, as Ocean County became one of the fastest growing counties in the entire United States, Jay and Linda’s law practice flourished. At the same time, they expanded their business interests to include real estate and other investments.
In the 1990s, the Grunins dissolved their law practice to concentrate full time on their two greatest passions, business investments and philanthropy. In 2013, their philanthropic endeavors were formalized with the creation of the Jay and Linda GruninFoundation (now the Grunin Foundation).
Unfortunately, Linda passed away in April 2018, but her influential and inspiring legacy lives on.
Heather Barberi is the Executive Director of the Grunin Foundation. With a background in fundraising, marketing, strategic development, and management, Heather uses her experience to lead innovative projects and partnerships that bring meaningful, transformative change to the community.
For the last 15 years, Heather has served both the for profit and non-profit industries. She has always had a passion for making a difference, and began her career fundraising for a national non-profit organization. Heather then made the transition into the for-profit arena, working in both the technology and financial services industries. As Vice President of Field Marketing at TD Bank, Heather spent nearly seven years managing local marketing initiatives in the NJ, PA, DE, and Washington, D.C. areas. She engaged and negotiated with non-profits and business organizations on sponsorships, events, tradeshows, advertising, and marketing promotions. Most recently, Heather was the Executive Director of the Ocean County College Foundation, where she was tasked to execute the strategic fundraising plan and overall operations of the organization.
Heather is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Ocean County, NJ.
Heather’s community involvement includes:
Founding member and advisory council member of the 100 Women Campaign of Ocean County College;
Board Member of Community Medical Center Foundation;
Board Member of Ocean County College Foundation;
Board Member of Ocean County YMCA;
Board Member of Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc.;
Chair of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Committee;
Vice-Chair of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council Non-Profit Committee; and
Member of Impact 100.
Director of Communications
Director of Communications
Kelly Fliller, an award-winning MBA graduate of Georgian Court University, has over twelve years of experience in marketing and communications, serving both the for profit and non-profit sectors. She led the marketing strategy and initiatives for a professional services firm and managed the redesign of several corporate websites. Kelly helps the Foundation with its marketing strategy including public relations, online and social media marketing.
Board Directorships and committees include:
Chairman of Ocean County Military Support Committee;
Board Secretary of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey;
Member of 100 Women Campaign of Ocean County College;
Honorary Commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst;
Chair of Women United, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties;
Chair of the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Gala Committee;
Secretary of the Professional Women in Building Council of the Garden State; and,
Member of the Sales and Marketing Committee of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Jaclyn Rodemann is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She has developed recruitment strategies and initiatives for colleges and universities both locally and abroad. Jaclyn has joined the Grunin Foundation to utilize her previous non-profit experience and passion for helping the community to manage the Foundation’s day-to-day operations. She is a life-long resident of Toms River where she is raising her two children, Morgan and Matthew, along with her husband, Paul.