Q & A with OceanFirst’s WaveMaker of the Month – Tricia Ciliberto

March 2, 2020

We’re pleased to highlight our OceanFirst Bank colleagues who are making a difference with the Foundation’s nonprofit community partners – we call them the “WaveMakers” and they are extraordinary leaders and volunteers.

How long have you been a member of the OceanFirst team?

I have been with the OceanFirst team for 24 years.

Tell us about your favorite volunteer activities.

My favorite activities are those where I can witness the impact helping has on those in need. They all can be so emotional whether it is seeing the smile on a kid’s face after helping them pick out a new coat at the Coat for Kids event, having a rescue dog shake with excitement after swimming in the ocean at the Ocean City Humane Society’s first dip fundraiser or hearing an injured soldier’s courageous story at Walk for the Wounded.

What motivates you to stay involved and give back through volunteering?

There are so many people who have made it their life’s work to help others and I have had the privilege of working with many of them. Each time I see or hear about someone giving it all in support of others, it makes me want to do more.

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

I enjoy hiking with my husband and dogs, spending time with family and friends, reading a good book and traveling to new places.

What aspects of your work are you most passionate about? 

I am fortunate to be able to work every day with great people. Whether directly in my department or members of the many other departments with which I collaborate on projects, the OceanFirst team is awesome!

Who inspires you? Why ?

My parents were true inspirations in my life. My mother spent her life serving others and touched so many people with her faith, kindness and positive attitude. And my dad is the ultimate caretaker. I believe he is at his best when he is supporting others through difficult times. I can only hope to be half the people they are/were.

 What experience has been most impactful for you?

With regards to volunteering I have to say meeting the two leaders of Operation First Response: Peggy Baker, founder, and Nick Costantino, advisor. They are two of the most selfless people I have ever met and amazing examples of what it means to serve others. They have also become really good friends!

What has been youre favorite volunteer activity – and why?

The yearly Walk for the Wounded event supporting Operation First Response’s work with our military heroes is my favorite event. The walk is one part of an amazing weekend celebrating our brave soldiers. I love hearing the soldiers and their families tell their stories of courage and spending time with the amazing people who volunteer every day at OFR. Each year is like a wonderful family reunion!

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