FREEHOLD, NJ – Mr. Mel O’ Neal was selected for the 2018 Teasley Humanitarian Award because he exemplifies the characteristics that are required to guide and lead young people into the future. Mel seeks to ensure that no child is left behind due to their financial circumstances.  He leads by example, because he was one of those children whose parents were not rich or particularly middle class. 

When he was 13 years old, he was given an opportunity to work for AT&T as a summer hire. That experience opened the lens of the world to him.   Every day Mel comes to work and strives to open up the children’s lenses so that they too can become the best that they can be.  Mel is a great mentor, coach, motivator, and gentleman.

Earl Thomas Teasley, for whom the award is named, was the chairman of the MCHRC at the time of his death in April 2010. He was a noted advocate for social justice, a beloved counselor and an assistant professor at Brookdale Community College.

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...