Meet OceanFirst’s WaveMaker of the Month – Kerry Sandel

October 1, 2023

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

How long have you been a member of the OceanFirst Bank team? What role do you play on the Bank Team?

I have been with OFB 2 years this October and currently work on the Online Banking Team.

What has been your favorite volunteer activity – and why?  

I really enjoyed Chariot Riders in Manchester. It’s a nonprofit that works with individuals with physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges through therapeutic horse riding. It was amazing to see all the lessons going on while we worked. People of all ages getting to work with the horse, smiles on their faces, it was so rewarding to know we were able to help with projects so their staff could focus on their clients.

What has volunteering taught you? 

That the smallest gestures can make the biggest impact. From donating blood to taking a few hours out of your week to assist with a project, it can make a huge difference for someone’s life or organization.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Tacos, rice and beans.

What Disney character are you most alike?

This one was tough as a Disney fanatic, so I took a quiz and got Hercules which I’m not mad about!

What songs represents your life?

What was I made for? – Billie Eilish; Love Me More – Sam Smith; Anti-Hero – Taylor Swift.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a marine biologist, I was obsessed with dolphins and whales. They are still some of my favorite animals.

What was the last book you read?

Page Boy by Elliot Page.


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