Raymond M. and Karen R. Masciarella II Conservation Fund
Raymond M. Masciarella II was born June 25, 1958, to Raymond M. and Loretta J. (Brandt) Masciarella and grew up in the farmlands of rural southern New Jersey. He attended Delsea Regional High School before enrolling at Rutgers University, where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and was named Outstanding Senior by both the Rutgers University faculty and alumni association. He earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1984 from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. On October 2, 1993, Raymond married Karen A. Reilley, daughter of Robert J. and Suzanne E. Bodo Reilley. Karen grew up in Pitman, New Jersey, and earned a degree in Dental Hygiene from Palm Beach County Community College (now Palm Beach State College) and became a registered Dental Hygienist in 1997.
Raymond was admitted to the Florida Bar and established his law firm in 1984. Rated a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, his primary area of practice is complex construction, and business and real estate litigation. He was among the first Florida attorneys to be designated Board Certified in the area of construction law by the Florida Supreme Court and has served on the Florida Bar Construction Law Committee for over two decades. Karen anchored the hygiene staff of several prestigious Palm Beach County dental practices for more than 20 years before semi-retiring to promote the welfare of others through philanthropy. Raymond is Managing Trustee and Karen the Director of Gift-giving of the W. Bradford Ingalls Charitable Foundation. Karen is also a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle.
Raymond was a contributor to Corvette Restorer Magazine, and a member of the Bloomington Gold National Certification Board and National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) regional and national judge during which time he restored five 1957 Corvettes and received the prestigious Top Flight Award for each. An avid sportsman and wild turkey hunter, Raymond is the author of Most Perfect: An Illustrated Guide to M. L. Lynch Turkey Calls (2013), the proceeds of which have been donated to the Sportsman’s Foundation for Military Families. In recognition of his noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding community service, the Governor of Kentucky issued letters patent commissioning Raymond a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Karen delights in travel and adventure, but when she is home, she is generous with her time serving her community and in selfless dedication to the Ingalls Foundation. She loves to cook and entertain her friends and family.
Raymond and Karen have two sons, Raymond (b. 1995) and Anthony (b. 1998). They make their homes in two historical residences: a Mediterranean Revival house (1925) in West Palm Beach, Florida, and an Italianate house (1884) in Savannah, Georgia.
Karen and Raymond established the Raymond M. and Karen R. Masciarella II Conservation Fund at the Georgia Historical Society in 2018, ensuring that the important and historical collections of the Georgia Historical Society will be conserved in perpetuity.