Tricia Tarentino is the wife of the officer for whom this charity bears his name. She and Ron were married for 20 years and were blessed with 3 incredible sons. She is serving as president of the Tarentino Charitable Fund as a way to honor him and the commitment they made to family values, character and community. She believes in the powerful investment in children. Trish is a public school teacher with a Masters in Special Education and has worked in the field of education for over 25 years in many capacities. Tricia also has a background in advertising and marketing, as well as health information management. She oversees operations of the committees within the charity and works to promote each component of the mission. She has served on the board of other non-profits and implemented or participated in many community-based outreach programs including a food pantry, educational and character-building events for students, Special Olympics and working with senior citizen organizations.
Ron Tarentino, Sr. and Sharon Tarentino have been married for 50 years and raised 4 children, Ron being the oldest. They have 4 grandchildren. Ron Sr. is a retired police officer of 42 years of service and continues to give his time to the department he has invested so much of himself in. Sharon and Ron are hard-working Americans who raised their children to respect and care for others. They provided the foundation for the character that we all admired in Ron and sit on this board as a way to keep Ron’s legacy going by helping others. They are deeply committed to building up communities that support one another, including the first responder community.
Catherine D’Elia Fontaine has worked in the healthcare industry for 25 years in both the non-profit and for-profit sector. She is currently an Executive Director and Lifecare Center of Auburn. Catherine has a unique ability to bring a team together by fostering a sense of trust, respect and professionalism. She demonstrates a daily commitment to patient care and customer service. Catherine has also been an advocate for senior and youth health and wellness, creating programs to encourage and adapt healthy lifestyles. She is a certified R.A.D. instructor, teaching self-defense to women and teens. She co-chaired the development and oversight of a non-profit Long-Term Care Resident Fundraiser for 10 years, raising over $750,000.00. Catherine has participated on committees creating long term strategic plans that proved success both financially and operationally.
Catherine is the Secretary for the Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Charitable Fund, participating in a variety of services for both the community and raising funds to support the ORTJCF’s mission. Her commitment to the ORTJCF is driven by her values and respect of family, community and law enforcement.
Danielle Tarentino has worked in retail for over 25 years as an Administrative Coordinator, responsible for reconciling daily receipts in compliance with company guidelines, managing administrative, clerical and office activities. She is the liaison between management and store associates, disseminating needed information and administering training to new employees. As board co-chair and treasurer, her duties include managing the finances of the ORTJ Charitable Fund, working with the private tax accountant, planning and investments, merchandising/sales and maintaining accurate records of charity transactions. She enjoys getting to help members of the community through this charity; it holds a very special place in her heart as she strives to continue her brother’s legacy.
Nicole Valentine is a breast cancer survivor and former recipient of our charitable fund’s donation. Moved by her experience with board members and a desire to give back to the community through the fund’s mission, Nicole joined our board in 2021. She is currently the Assistant City Manager for the City of Worcester. Her past employment includes Chief of Staff to the Worcester City Manager, Director of Public Relations & Chronic Disease for the city of Worcester, as well as the Director of Emergency Services & Public Affairs for the American Red Cross. In her role with the city, Nicole was instrumental in bringing the Red Sox Minor League to Worcester and worked with the New England Patriots on the Myra Kraft memorial footbridge at Elm Park. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Commission on the status of women Commonwealth Heroines of 2020.
Tim Fontaine has worked in law enforcement for over 35 years. He is currently the Detective of Police for Leicester Police Department. Tim is also the fire arms instructor, crime scene investigator and sexual assault investigator. In addition to his work with the Leicester Police Department, he works in conjunction with various communities, colleges and other law enforcement agencies to instruct and support a program called R.A.D. (a train-the-trainer program to teach other officers how to instruct a women’s self-defense program). Through the years Tim worked his way through the reins of the police department from Patrolman to Detective. Within these 34 years of law enforcement he has paid close attention to community involvement and relationships. Tim is an advocate for participating in programs that support the alignment of Law Enforcement and Community. Tim currently sits on the Board for the Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Charitable Fund, organizing and implementing a series of fund raiser events to support not only the ORTJCF, but also other foundations such as “Cops for Kids with Cancer” through the Pink Patch Program and 365Z Foundation “A Commitment to Kindness”. His orchestration to bring awareness and support to these various charities is a small example of his commitment to giving back to the community through generosity, kindness and service.
Jeffrey Cammuso retired as a Deputy from the Department of Correction after 34 years of service in 2016. He has volunteered for many organizations over the past 30 years, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism (1999 to 2010), Why-Me Sherry House (2007 to Present), 365Z Foundation (2013 to Present), Safe Road Alliance (2018-present). As part of his dedication to charitable efforts and fundraising, Jeff founded the Greendale Youth Flag Football League in 1995, founded the Sherry’s Bowl in 2006 and developed “Spooky Walks” for several non-profit organizations from 1998 to 2010. Jeff has been married to his wife Laurie for the past 34 years and has 3 children, Janell, John and Michael. Jeff shares that he is honored and humbled to be a part of the Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. Charitable Fund Board of Directors. He uses his time and talents to provide daily guidance for charity growth and development, create an alliance of non-profit organizations to support one another and puts ideas into the actions that drive the mission of the ORTJCF forward.
Keith Chipman is a police officer with the Auburn Police Department and was previously a dispatcher in Auburn and an officer in Douglas, before becoming an officer for Auburn in 2008. He is a motorcycle officer and car seat technician for the department. He is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a Marine Security Guard at the U.S. Embassies in Ankara, Turkey and Moscow, Russia. Keith lives in Leicester with his wife, Miranda and two boys, Camden and Cole. He enjoys participating in community events, interacting with youths and families in a positive and fun manner. He is a supporter of numerous Veteran organizations and is committed to helping others in the community. Keith sits on the ORTJ Charitable Fund board, dedicating his time to the charity growth and development and fundraising committees.
Matt Laskes met Ron in 2008 while attending the full-time police academy together and quickly became close friends. Most of the time they could be found carpooling together, sampling the fine selection of breakfast items at Mike’s Donuts or sharing a laugh while making fun of each other. They remained steadfast friends after graduation and eventually would find themselves as coworkers, both transferring to the Auburn Police Department. Prior to his law enforcement career, Matt spent 10 years in the marketing and communications field, working with both smaller local business and large-scale national clients. Giving back since he was 14, Matt has dedicated his off time in various ways, from volunteering in a local nursing home to organizing a “Secret Santa” program for nearly 200 kids within the community. After Ron’s passing, Matt knew that he wanted to do something to honor who Ron was. He is an integral part of the ORTJCF to help carry on the positive things that Ron did for his community, both on and off duty.
Jennifer Tarentino McMahon is the middle of Ron’s three sisters. She has worked as a certified medical sonographer for the past 12 years at a local community hospital, specializing in patient care and high-tech diagnostic data for treatment of different medical conditions. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree from Salem State University in Art and Graphic Design. Jen serves on the Tarentino Charitable Fund Board, using her creative talent to support both the Scholarship and Education Committee and the Fundraising and Event Committee, but also assists with grant research and donation correspondence. Jen is compelled by her dedication to her brother and belief that the work of the charitable board will make a real difference to others in need.
Dan Dyson has been in public service his entire adult life. He served with the US Air Force upon graduating from high school, serving overseas in Europe and in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm and Southern Watch. He also served as a call Firefighter and EMT for the towns of Leicester and Auburn. He has been a police officer since 1997. He worked with Ron in both the Leicester and Auburn Police Departments. Dan sits on this charitable board to honor Ron, continue to be involved in strengthening the community and building strong relationships. Dan, and his wife Melissa, own and operate their own business, Rustic Pride, Inc., and formerly a photography business. Dan brings his woodworking talent, photography and graphic design skills to his work in the charity organization on a number of projects. Dan enjoys spending his time off with his family, cherishing time with his grandson Levi, woodworking and also volunteering for the veterans’ organization Project New Hope, whom we partner with for many veteran related service opportunities.
Melissa Dyson graduated from Becker College with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Upon graduation, she was hired at the Becker College Day Care Center on their Worcester campus where she worked for 10 years and as the Student Activities Coordinator on their Leicester campus for 7 years. She has been a nanny for over 15 years caring and enjoying all the developmental stages for children 4 months - 7 years old and is currently a nanny for an adorable and inquisitive one year old. Melissa and her husband Dan have 2 children and are incredible grandparents to their grandson Levi. Together, they established more than one business and use their creative talents and charitable spirit to lift up everyone around them. Our board is fortunate to have Melissa join us, as she is a kind-hearted individual who is passionate about the well-being of people and always looking for ways to fill the needs of others.