Brookdale assistant English Professor Dina Long and former vice president of development, community and government relations Dr. Webster Trammell were honored last month during the 24th annual Spinnaker Awards, hosted by the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.
Long, who has served as mayor of Sea Bright since 2012, received the 2016 Spinnaker Award for Public Service, in recognition of her dedication and support to local businesses and community members since her seaside town was devastated by superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
In the wake of the storm, Long helped forge strategic partnerships with government, university and philanthropic institutions to provide resources and programs for impacted Sea Bright residents while working to rebuild and protect the municipality from future storms.
In recognition of those efforts, Long was appointed as an advisory member on the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and later earned a Local Government Award at the 2014 Coastal Summit of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. She was even recognized with a 2013 Telly Award for her efforts with Sea Bright Rising and VH1 to produce “Christmas in Sea Bright,” a televised event with the Grammy-winning band Train.
“I feel grateful to the chamber for the recognition and their support of Sea Bright,” said Long. “I am proud of the way Sea Bright has rebounded from the destruction of Superstorm Sandy and positioned itself for the future. Living by water, we will always be vulnerable to coastal storms, but the community’s rebuild has been focused on mitigating future risk, which is very gratifying to see.”
Trammell received the 2016 Spinnaker Award for Volunteer of the Year, in recognition of his myriad accomplishments and contributions to the Monmouth County community and his service with a wide range of professional and community organizations. He has served as chairman of the Monmouth County United Way board of directors, the Monmouth Family Health Center Corporation board of directors and the board of trustees of Monmouth Medical Center. He has also served on the board of directors of SCAN.
Trammel has also served as a member of the legislative affairs and governance committees of the New Jersey Hospital Association and was elected in 2010 to the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association. He is an associate board member of the Jersey Coast chapter of the American Red Cross and Big Brothers, Big Sisters and a former board member of the Monmouth/Ocean Development Council, the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board.
Trammell has also served as the chairman of the Monmouth County Urban League board of directors and as a board member of the Two River Theater Company and the First-Tee of Ocean & Monmouth Counties.For two years Trammell also coordinated the Strategic Development Plan for the City of Asbury Park, working with a wide range of stakeholders to create a plan that was accepted by the governor’s Urban Coordinating Council.
The Spinnaker is the latest in a long line of accolades for Trammell, including the 1997 Big Brothers/Big Sisters Volunteer of the Year Award; the 1998 Monmouth/Ocean Development Council Silver Gull Award for Community Service; and the 2010 Greater Long Branch NAACP Community Achievement Award. He worked at Brookdale from 1978 until his retirement in 2014.