Our Team

Mike Giunta


(732) 769-7951

Michael Giunta purchased the Bayway Diner in October of 2005 -- an old, rundown building that had seen better days — with the intention of knocking it down and using the property as a parking facility. When the Linden community got word of his plans, however, he learned that he would be destroying what was considered a cherished city landmark. It wasn't hard for the members of the Linden community to convince Michael to remodel the diner, hire a staff, and open its doors just three months after his initial purchase. The diner was featured in the pilot episode of the Food Network’s new show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Bayway Catering came about in much the same way that Bayway Diner did -- that is, by accident. A regular patron of the diner asked Mike whether he did any catering. Without hesitation, he said yes, and began doing over 100 catering jobs per month with corporate clients such as PSE&G and Ave Corporate Hotels. More notable clients followed, such as the New York Jets and the cast and crew of the Style Network's Jerseylicious and Glam Fairy.

Feeding Our Heroes began in 2021 and has fed thousands of veterans using programs that support first responders through disaster relief. The organization celebrates our local heroes, salutes our military personnel and veterans, and improves awareness in the community around food insecurity.

Dan Frankel

Executive Director

Dan Frankel recently retired after over a decade of service as the Sayreville, NJ, business administrator. In this capacity, he oversaw a staff of 300 employees and the water/sewer facility for the town of Sayreville.  

Michael Dupont

Board Member

Michael Dupont has been an attorney at McKenna, Dupont, Stone & Washburne for over three decades. His practice areas include: 

  • Credit Union Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Law
  • Real Estate
  • Creditors Rights
  • Bankruptcy and Foreclosure
  • Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation
  • Municipal Law

Maria Lemos

Board Member

Maria Lemos is currently the Chief of Staff for global operations at EY. She is a trusted business advisor and collaborative business partner with more than 20 years of experience in various markets as well as industries. Maria previously worked as a Director of Finance and Operations for the Americas and Latin America. She has continuously enriched and augmented her leadership acumen as an influential change agent and business growth architect throughout her career tenure at EY and will bring a wealth of hands-on experience to Feeding Our Heroes.