Working with the community for fun, unique ways that support military, veterans, and first responders.
//OUR GREAT HISTORY
The Atrion Charitable Foundation takes its name from Atrion Communication Resources, Inc., the IT solutions provider founded by Pat Grillo in 1985. Pat founded Atrion as he saw a need to provide solutions to customers rather than simply reselling product. “Our goal from day one was to be a solutions seller,” recalls Grillo, “with the goal of helping customers design and implement secure networks.” Being a veteran, military concepts near and dear to Pat permeated every aspect of his business. Honor, integrity, and commitment have been a fabric of the culture at Atrion Communications for over 35 years, traits that continue with the founding of the Atrion Charitable Foundation. Pat launched his first event campaign to benefit military veterans, which was so well received and such a success it rapidly became a yearly tradition. As of its founding 2019, Atrion Charitable Foundations has been able to raise and donate over $60,000 to the direct assistance for active military, veterans, and first responders.
Why Military? Meet
My name is Pasquale Grillo, and I served in the United States Marine Corps. During this time, I spent 13 months in Vietnam as part of Marine Air Group 12 (MAG12) based in Chu Lai, Republic of South Vietnam. I was one of the lucky service people to come home in one piece and with all my faculties, I always had a desire to help those not as fortunate. Over time I donated to various charities, but I wanted to do more. As founder and CEO of Atrion Communication Resources, Inc. (Atrion), I ran an annual Customer Appreciation Golf Outing, where Atrion and its manufacturer partners invited customers out for a fun time as a thank you for their business. Over the years, the tournament grew and our fundraising grew with it and enabled us to donate more. In May 2021, I personally made a $20,000 donation to the Atrion Charitable Foundation, which was used to set up the Atrion Charitable Foundation web site, design a logo, develop other promotional materials, and provide some operating capital. It is my hope that, through this organization, we will continue to provide much needed support to the active military, veterans, first responders, and those who sacrifice daily to keep us safe.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dominic is an accomplished technology executive with 25 years of experience and achievements in Information Technology solutions, helping to run Atrion Communication Resources with his father and founder of At Ease Foundation, Pasquale Grillo, for the past 10+ years.
Outside of work, Dominic is married with two middle-school aged daughters who enjoy service projects and volunteering with At Ease Foundation. Dominic recently completed his first full Ironman Triathlon in September 2022, and had a crossword puzzle accepted for an upcoming publication in the New York Times. Although not a veteran, Dominic has a profound respect for those such as his father who have sacrificed so much so he can run, bike, travel, and enjoy all of life’s pleasures.
James A. Hughes
James Hughes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Unity Bank and its parent company, Unity Bancorp, Inc. Hughes graduated from St Mary’s College in May 1980 with the BS in Accounting/Finance; and, in May 1983 his completed his MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University. He became a Certified Public Accountant in November of 1983, and has been an active member of the Financial Executive Institute. In addition, he was a part-time accounting professor at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University from September 1988 to May 1990. Hughes has served as an active member of the Community Bankers Association and the New Jersey Bankers Association in various officer positions since becoming Unity Bank’s President.
Dr. Derek Ferguson
"I serve the people of the United States, I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life” This is a veterans vow when they serve to protect us so we can live freely, safely and with peace of mind daily. But when they come home who serves them when they are in need? The team at AtEase are here to serve them now and we are blessed to do so for them."
Dr. Derek Ferguson is leading a health transformation which revolves around educating the general public on Functional Medicine. He is owner and clinical director of Transformational Health Centers located in New Jersey and Florida. A recognized author, speaker, leader, educator and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine, Dr. Ferguson has been featured on News 12 New Jersey and has authored a lifestyle cookbook, Eat Like Your LIFE Depends on It. Dr. Ferguson considers it an honor to serve and be a health transformation provider in today’s field of medicine.
Mark Mauro, CPA/PFS
A CPA by trade, Mark focuses much of his time on Financial Life Planning and Behavioral Investment Advising. Raised in Bloomfield, now residing in Hillsborough, Mark is most proud of his two children, Nikki and Dean.