The mission of the Brookdale Foundation is to help deserving students who neither qualify for state nor federal aid achieve their dream of a college degree so they can build a better future for themselves, their families, and our communities. Last year the Foundation provided nearly $850,000 in scholarships and grants to support student’s success. We are excited to announce the new officers of the board of trustees who will lead us in our mission.

Serving as president is Julia G. Zapcic, Long Branch, President and Co-founder of A Shared Universe Studios, LLC, and Vice President of Client Relations and Business Development at the ultraviolet agency. Dr. Susan E. Whyman, a historian from Fair Haven with a Ph.D. from Princeton University, will serve as vice president.  Serving as treasurer is Philip Ferraro, Oceanport, First Vice President-Investments, at Wells Fargo Advisors, and serving as the Foundation’s secretary is Pericles Scaranni, an entrepreneur from Holmdel.

Nancy Kaari, Vice President of Advancement, said: “Our new officers individually and collectively bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to the Foundation’s mission and are committed to making students’ dreams of a college education a reality.”

The Foundation has two upcoming events: Monday, July 19, at 5:30, the Scholarship Summer Bash, and on Thursday, September 23, the 42nd Annual Education Open Golf Tournament. For more information about those events and the Foundation’s many scholarship programs for Student Success, go to

Julia Zapcic photo Dr. Susan Whyman photo Phillip Ferraro photo Pericles Scaranni photo

Photos left to right: Julia G. Zapcic; Dr. Susan E. Whyman; Philip Ferraro; and Pericles Scaranni.