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Our Team

The Dapp Inspired leadership team is a well-rounded group of individuals with professional experience in education, information technology, science, management and more. Their diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives to the Dapp Inspired mission, but each person shares the determination to see it through.

Brian Dappolone, Executive Director


Brian is a graduate of Rutgers University where he was president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He has worked in the IT industry for nearly 15 years, including roles in the public and private sectors. Brian obtained his MBA from Western Governors University in 2015 and he lives in South Jersey with his wife, Liz, and daughter Celia.


What made Mike special: Among other things, Mike and I were always able to quote our favorite movies word for word as if having a normal conversation.

Kristie Dappolone, Vice President

A graduate of Moravian University, Kristie has been a teacher in Maple Shade Public Schools since 2001, having taught grades K-3. She is also an entrepreneur who runs her own skincare business. Kristie married Mike on New Year’s Eve in 2003, and together they had two children, Julian and Addison. Kristie shared Mike’s passion for education both as a parent and teacher. She is actively involved in several committees for both Maple Shade schools and her hometown district of Cherry Hill.

What made Mike special: He exuded confidence and had a charismatic way about him. He truly loved to make people laugh and knew that when we were laughing and happy the best learning would occur. He was constantly striving to make a difference in the lives of others. He wanted to be remembered for the differences that he made and we are ensuring that his dream is fulfilled through this organization. We will make sure that he continues to make a difference in the lives of others every day.

Liz Mennig, Secretary

Liz’s career in education spans nearly 25 years, including positions as an elementary teacher, literacy facilitator, dean of students and curriculum facilitator--all of which have been within Haddon Township Public Schools. She is currently the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She holds her undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s from UPenn.

What made Mike special: Mike was one of the funniest, smartest, bravest, most interesting, (possibly nerdiest), and most talented individuals I've ever had the pleasure to know. He pushed his students, his colleagues and his friends to think deeply and to consider the possibilities. Above all, though, he loved his family; they were at the epicenter of all that he really did and strove for. Working with him was truly a gift.

Linda Dappolone, Treasurer

Linda is an office manager at Sisco Manufacturing, where she has worked for 15 years, and has represented Avon as a sales associate for more than 30 years. She loves rooting for the Phillies and spoiling her seven grandchildren. 

What made Mike special: I’m so proud to call Mike my son. He touched so many people in his short lifetime; I wish he had more time to continue his love to help others. He made me laugh and smile every day.

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Board of Directors

Anthony Dappolone​

Anthony is a former environmental engineer who retired after more than 35 years at the Environmental Protection Agency. While raising his children (with wife Linda) in Cherry Hill, Anthony volunteered his time as a soccer coach and board member for Cherry Hill Soccer Club, and for 15 years he was a cub- and scoutmaster for Troop 143, and to this day he actively attends pack functions with his grandson Julian.

What made Mike special: His laugh.

Jennifer Murphy

Jenn holds a Culinary Arts degree from The Academy of Culinary Arts. Her career in the food industry has spanned that of server, chef and manager. A mother of two daughters, Jenn is currently a paraprofessional working with special needs students at the elementary school level.


What made Mike special: I miss his seemingly endless repertoire of jokes. I miss how he couldn't relay a funny story without cracking himself up multiple times while telling it. I miss arguing with him  over trivial things. I miss him answering my phone calls with "Now what?" because he knew it would be something technical/computer related and he'd have to explain it to me step by step. I miss his smile. I miss his laugh. I miss my brother

Kimberly Bottino

Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and is currently a medical assistant for Cooper University Hospital with plans to pursue a nursing career. She lives in South Jersey with her husband, Dom, and their two daughters.

What made Mike special: He was always willing to listen to me when I asked for his advice. He just put things into perspective, without judgments (boy do I miss that).

Sean Clayton

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