Board of Directors

Charles Gates, President

A graduate of Thomas College, Watervile, Maine (Class of 1973) with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education. Graduate studies at Georgian Court University (Class of 2001) with a Masters of Arts in Theology. Charlie held various corporate level positions achieving Vice Presidency at JP Morgan Chase -Special Projects.

Charlie left corporate life to work in the educational field in 1998 and became a member of the faculty at Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank, New Jersey. While continuing part –time teaching assignments in the Religion Department, Charlie became the Campus Minister at the school. His position requires the development of service projects to allow the students to become involved with their community. Most notable of which is his co-founding of the Maryknoll Affiliate, charged with raising funds and awareness of the missionary work in missions throughout the world. As an affiliate member of the Maryknoll Sisters of New York they have supported missions in Cambodia, Nepal, El Salvador and Kenya, to name a few. Additionally, Charlie has also helped in activities of the LIFE club at RBC that is outreach to the local communities in the area. Their main service is in support of the Food Banks in Monmouth County. Charlie has also led RBC’s response to the tragedies in Haiti (raising over $10,000) and Sandy (raising $8,000). Charlie is co-founder of the Casey Volunteers, which sends 20 – 30 students annually to New Orleans to help in the on-going relief effort cause by Hurricane Katrina.  

Michael Arnold, Vice President

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Michael attended Boston College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor degree in environmental science. Since 2011, Michael has been employed by Covance, a drug development services company based in Princeton, NJ. Currently, he passionately works as a Clinical Research Associate in the field of oncology to support the development of novel cancer therapies. In his role as Vice President of Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery, Michael is excited to contribute to public health and drive recovery of the communities which he has had the privilege to call home for so long. Despite his love for New Jersey, Michael is an avid international traveler. He also enjoys participating in numerous sports.

Vincent Alo, Founder

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Vincent attended Red Bank Catholic High School before going on to earn his Political Science degree from Villanova University in 2006.  Shortly after graduating, Vincent took a position teaching Contemporary Global Issues at Red Bank Catholic High School.  After a year in this position, Vincent went to work in Human Resources at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, he became a Family Focal Point and HR Specialist providing support to the families of UN staff members who lost their lives in the earthquake. Vincent is the Founder of Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery, as well as maintaining a seat on the board of directors. Vincent plays a vital role in the strategic planning of the organization and establishing relationships with the local business community to support the work of HHDR.


Danielle DeCarolis, Secretary

Danielle is a Kindergarten-8th grade school library media specialist in Belmar. She loves teaching her students through the use of literature and technology. Danielle is a graduate of West Virginia University (Class of 2008) with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education.  In 2013, Danielle received her second Master's degree as an Education Media Specialist from Seton Hall University. In her role as Secretary for Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery, Danielle enriches the organization’s digital presence and use of new media as a way of helping the residents of New Jersey in their recovery process.  In her free time, Danielle loves to go to concerts, cheer on the WVU Mountaineers, read a good book, and plan her next vacation.

Meridith Herwig, Treasurer

Meridith Herwig is a lifelong Red Bank resident and graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School (Class of 2005). During her time at RBC, she had the pleasure of meeting her future fellow executive board members of Hearts and Hands Disaster Recovery. Meridith is a graduate of La Salle University, with a Bachelors of Psychology. Throughout her years at La Salle, Meridith committed her free time to numerous activities around campus that allowed her to provide service to the surrounding communities. Meridith went on to earn her Masters Degree in Clinical & Counseling at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Today, Meridith is a licensed counselor working as a crisis clinician, for Monmouth County's Family Crisis Intervention Unit. Meridith has also been the head cheerleading coach of St. Rose High School in Belmar for the past five years. As a coach and member of the St. Rose community, Meridith assisted in the cleanup of the high school after Hurricane Sandy. After seeing the damage and ongoing effects Sandy has caused to those around her, she was excited when the opportunity arose to help those in need of assistance. Meridith looks forward to building partnerships for HHDR to further the recovery process in these and other impacted communities in New Jersey.