Our board members have a variety of backgrounds and skills that are a unique and ideally combined in Meaningful Purpose, Inc. to be able to optimize our precious farmland and resources. We rescue our farm animals. We develop our member Ambassadors’ life skills that contribute to the health of the farm. Working in harmony, we give all meaning and purpose through the cultivation of our fundamental gifts.
President- Cookie Till is the owner of Steve & Cookie’s, co-owner of Ventnor No. 7311, pioneer of the Margate Community Farmer’s Market, and founder of A Work in Progress Foundation. Across her varied interests, the one common denominator is caring about the people in the Atlantic County community. Many of her philanthropic efforts are fueled by the desire to reach segments of our population who are unhealthy in part by the lack of opportunity or education to choose a healthier lifestyle. She has been giving back to the community through her association and tireless work on many boards and local charities in the area. Some of Steve & Cookie’s annual events include a Dog Show which benefits both Ocean City Humane Society and New Jersey Aid for Animals, an Art Show showcasing local artist with the proceeds going to ACSSSD and an Annual Wine Tasting with proceeds going toward scholarships for local children. The Margate Community Farmer’s Market- in its 11th year, is held in the parking lot at Steve & Cookie’s during the summer. The market introduces local, fresh ingredients to the community while providing additional revenue for local farmers and vendors. Her work has partnered with AtlantiCare to create numerous gardens throughout Atlantic County. Seeing children open their minds and begin to embrace a variety of foods which they help prepare at a cooking program established at The Boys & Girls Club and also through the Harvest of the Month program established at Tighe School in Margate is confirmation that community-based outreach programs are beneficial. Cookie is a graduate of Stockton College and Drexel University.
Chairman of the Board- Lenny Varvaro started in the Casino industry in 1978, following his graduation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He worked in many executive-level positions across this industry, ultimately as a Vice-President of Finance and General Manager. From 1982 until 1994, he also served as the President of a family-owned construction company until he sold his interests in 1994. In 1999, Mr. Varvaro left the Casino industry and returned to New Jersey and expanded into the Food & Beverage industry. He is owner of Canals of Berlin, Managing Partner of Renaissance Beverages II, LLC and is also the Chairman of the buying committee for Canal’s and Joe Canal’s Liquor stores. As a young adult, Lenny lived on a farm in New Jersey and raised farm animals. He understands, firsthand, the therapeutic benefits of experiencing a rural environment that sustains fresh food and healthy animals. He has a passion for creating a meaningful community-based experience that elevates the importance of an organic farming environment and the therapeutic benefits of animals.
Secretary Treasurer- Beth Senay is a graduate from John Carroll University in English Literature and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She has utilized her healthcare background to serve in various leadership roles in Managed Care and the Life Sciences industries, including healthcare Business Analytics, Program Management and Data Governance for companies such as Aetna, Inc., Quest Diagnostics, and Merck Pharmaceuticals. She has successfully architected and run large crossfunctional governing boards and has driven multi-faceted projects within the commercial operations space of the Life Sciences. She excels at developing strategic roadmaps, organizational design, change management and leading teams of people from disparate backgrounds to execute against organizational missions and goals. Her passion is measuring and understanding the drivers of population health trends and ultimately identifying innovative approaches to drive population health and wellness. Beth is an advocate for underserved urban populations and animal rights.