Board of Trustees
William Turner has had successful careers in both Banking and Education. For over 34 years, he was associated with Chase Bank and its predecessor, Chemical Bank, serving in many capacities including Senior Vice President of the International Division-Middle East & Africa; Chief Administrative Officer of the Corporate Banking Division; Executive Vice President and head of the Retail Banking Division, and Vice Chairman and Director of the Corporation, responsible for Chemical’s regional banking. After Chemical Bank merged with Chase Manhattan Bank, he assumed the position of Vice Chairman of that institution. He later served as President and & Co-CEO of Franklin Electronic Publishers, and President and CEO of PNC Bank, NJ.
On the education front, Mr. Turner served as Adjunct Professor in numerous institutions including, Queens College, Stony Brook University, Montclair State University, Bifröst University in Iceland, and FH Joanneum University in Graz, Austria.
After retiring from banking, Mr. Turner was the Founding Dean of the College of Business at Stony Brook University and later assumed the role of Acting Dean of the Business School at Montclair State University. In addition, for over 35 years, he has served on the board of International College of Beirut, including the role of Chairman for the past 25 years.
Active in his community, Mr. Turner has served as Chairman of the Atlantic Health System; Chairman of New Jersey Network, President of the Montclair Art Museum, as well as a Councilman in Montclair, NJ. He has also served as a Trustee of Trinity College and the Southern Vermont Art Center. In the business world, he has served as Director of the following NYSE companies; Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., Standard Motor Products, Inc., Volt Information Sciences, Inc., New Jersey Resources, Inc., Ameriprise Financial, Inc., Chemical Bank, and the Grow Group.
Mr. Turner received a BA from Trinity College in 1962 and a MBA from New York University in 1966. He also has attended the Aspen Institute and completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. Mr. Turner joined the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2011 and was elected Chair in 2015.
John J. Delucca is a former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with REL Consultancy Group in Purchase, NY and London UK. He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration at Coty Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Delucca served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer for RJR Nabisco, Inc. He was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Hascoe Associates, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based private holding company. Mr. Delucca began his career as an investment analyst in the insurance industry. He was named Vice President - Investments at Paul Revere Life Insurance Company in 1972.
In 1978, Mr. Delucca became Vice President and Treasurer of Avco Corporation and continued in the same position when it was acquired by Textron. In 1986, he joined International Controls Corporation as Senior Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Two years later, he joined Trump Group as Senior Vice President of Finance and Managing Director.
Mr. Delucca received a BA in Business Administration from Bloomfield College, and MBA Cum Laude in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. While at Bloomfield, he was president of the sophomore and junior class as well as president of Tau Alpha Kappa fraternity and Fraternity Editor of the Minuteman, the College newspaper. He was previously Lecturer in the MBA Program at Fordham University Graduate School of Business and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the MBA Program at the Seton Hall University School of Business Administration.
Mr. Delucca has served on over a dozen corporate boards, most recently: Endo International, PLC, Dublin, Ireland; Elster Group SE, Frankfurt, Germany; The Elliott Company, Jeanette, PA; ITC Deltacom, Huntsville, AL; Tier Technologies, Reston, VA; and British Energy, PLC, Edinburgh, Scotland. He has been Chairman of the Audit Committee on a predominant number of these prestigious boards.
He was previously on the Columbus Hospital Foundation as a trustee for over 10 years, and is currently on the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation's Corporate and Foundations Gifts Committee.
Mr. Delucca was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 1995. He served as President of the Bloomfield College Alumni Association (BCAA) for 11 years. John continues to serve on the BCAA under new president, John Murdock.
Rosemary T. Iversen is a director of Montclair Holdings. From 1963-73, she was a teacher of ESL/Spanish and English. As a leader in the community, Ms. Iversen has served as a board member of Unity Concerts, Essex Arts Council, YWCA Montclair, and Luna Stage. She is a past president of Whole Theatre. Ms. Iversen currently serves on the John J. Cali School of Music Board of Advisors at Montclair State University, the Foundation Board of BlueWaveNJ, the President’s Council of National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Montclair Public Library Foundation Board. She and her husband are sponsors of a Teach for America teacher in Orange, NJ.
Ms. Iversen received her B.A. from the College of St. Elizabeth.
Ms. Iversen was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 1991 and is a former Board Secretary.
Joanne Marren brings over 20 years of experience in financial services institutions, as well as an extensive track record in higher education to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees.
Beginning her career in law, Marren was an associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in New York City. She then served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Shearson Lehman Hutton Incorporated from 1986-88. She then took the role of Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for The Equitable Companies Inc. – now AXA Financial – a position she held until 1996.
A move to Gruntal Financial, LLC followed for Marren, who served as the company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer and Director until 2001. Marren has worked in a pair of roles since her stay at Gruntal, including as a Litigation Consultant for Transonic Systems, Inc. (where she served on the organization’s Board of Directors) and in law firm client development training at Stackhouse Garber & Associates.
In the field of education, Marren has served as a Trustee on boards at various levels, including a term as Board Chair of Nativity Middle School in New York. Concurrently, Marren served in various capacities at LeMoyne College from 1992-2005, including stints as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Chair of Academic Affairs and Student Development. Most recently, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Xavier High School in New York, as well as co-Chair of the school’s Presidential Search Committee. Also involved in teaching, Marren served as Adjunct Professor at Passaic County Community College from 2005 to 2013, and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University.
A graduate of LeMoyne, Marren received her law degree from St. John’s University and participated in Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program in 1990. She continued her studies by earning a CELTA Certification in ESL from Cambridge University in 2005 and a Certificate in Teaching English Language from New School University in 2008. Her final degree was earned in 2011, with Marren earning a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Montclair State University.
Marren was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2013.
Jim Axelrod is the anchor of the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and a national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" and other CBS News broadcasts
While at CBS News, Axelrod has covered a broad range of domestic and international stories, notably the war in Iraq. In 2003, Axelrod was the first television journalist to report live from Baghdad's Saddam International Airport immediately after it fell to U.S. troops. His live coverage of the U.S. Army firing artillery rounds into Iraqi positions was the first to be broadcast by a reporter embedded with ground troops engaged in combat in Iraq. Axelrod also covered the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq and was the last reporter to leave with the military in December 2011.
In addition, during his tenure at CBS News, Axelrod has covered the American invasion of Afghanistan, the war and refugee crisis in the Balkans, the hostage crisis in Peru. He also represented CBS News in 2010, when foreign reporters were invited to North Korea for a rare glimpse at that country's leadership and culture. Axelrod was a member of the team honored with a 2010 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for "CBS Reports: Children of the Recession," the extraordinary multi-platform series about the recession's devastating effects on children. He was also one of the CBS News correspondents who received a 2002 Emmy Award for the "CBS Evening News'" coverage of the Washington, D.C. sniper siege.
Axelrod joined CBS News in 1996 as a Miami-based correspondent and later served in the Dallas Bureau (1997-1999) and New York Bureau (1999-2006). He also served as CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent (2006-2009) and was named a CBS News National Correspondent in 2009.
Before joining CBS News in 1996, he was a political reporter at WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C. (1993-96). Previously, Axelrod was a reporter and producer of the 11:00 PM news for WSTM-TV Syracuse, N.Y. (1990-93), and anchor and reporter at WUTR-TV Utica, N.Y. (1989-90). He began his career at WVII-TV Bangor, Maine in 1989..
Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Axelrod was graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Brown University in 1989 with a Master of Arts degree in history.
Axelrod is the author of "In The Long Run: A Father, A Son, And Unintentional Lessons in Happiness", which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011.
He and his wife, Christina, live in Montclair, N.J., with their three children.
Axelrod was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2014.
Hector Banegas is a Senior Vice President and Senior Wealth Strategist for the Northeast region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. As part of the wealth planning group, Mr. Banegas works with high-net-worth clients to help develop customized wealth plans and implement solutions based on a thorough understanding of their personal values, asset growth and wealth transfer goals, and vision for their legacy. Mr. Banegas has been in the financial services industry for over 35 years.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was a Regional Director with Wachovia Bank’s Retirement Services Group where he was responsible for providing law, accounting and other firms with investment and administrative services for employee benefit plans. He has been with Wells Fargo since 1993. Previously, he held various management and client advisory responsibilities at the Equitable/AXA Group and the Martin E. Segal Company.
Mr. Banegas was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. His other community involvement includes serving as a Trustee and President Emeritus of the Board of the Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of New Jersey; serving on the Advisory Board and Selection Committee of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s LEADS Program; and acting as a mentor for the Wealth Management and Amherst College mentoring programs. He has supported Habitat for Humanity, the Latino Institute, the Girl Scouts of Bergen County, Reading First, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and various other philanthropic organizations. Wells Fargo recognized him as a Diversity Champion and served a two-year term on its Wealth Management Diversity Council.
Mr. Banegas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, where he was also an Assistant Professor in the Romance Languages department. He earned his Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CFTA) designation from the Institute of Certified Banks and completed the Financial Planning Certificate Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Mr. Banegas was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2012.
Nicholas Carlozzi, Ph.D., is Fixed-Income Portfolio Manager, Tocqueville Asset Management LP, New York, an investment firm with more than $11.4 billion of assets under management. He specializes in developing and executing fixed-income investment strategies for individual and institutional clients. Previously, he was a principal of Robert R. Meredith & Co., a registered broker/dealer, and director of fixed-income portfolio management for Ascent/Meredith Asset Management, a registered investment advisor.
Dr. Carlozzi began his career in 1978 as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where he briefed senior managers and conducted research on issues in macroeconomics and international finance. In 1983, he joined James J. Lowrey & Co., New York, where he served as Director of Research and a financial advisor to issuers of tax-exempt debt. Before joining Meredith in 1996, he was a financial and management consultant, serving as Senior Executive in several start-up and turnaround situations.
Dr. Carlozzi is a member of the advisory board of the Salvation Army citadel in Montclair and a Trustee of the Nicholas H. and Margaret H. Carlozzi Charitable Foundation, Inc. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. degree in Physics and Mathematical Economics from Denison University. Dr. Carlozzi is a member of the American Economic Association and has served as a lecturer in international finance at the Wharton School.
Dr. Carlozzi was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2004.
Mrs. Jacqueline Colgan was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2016. She is a member of the Student Affairs Committee and the Committee on ITPS.
Colgan attended Rutgers University (New Brunswick) where she earned bachelor degrees in International/Intercultural Communications, French, and Spanish. While both undergraduate students at Rutgers, she met her husband of over 30 years, Bill Colgan, a successful, local commercial real estate developer.
A natural linguist, she is fluent in French and Spanish, conversational in Italian, and has also studied German and Ukrainian. While in college, she studied abroad at the Université de Grandmont in Tours, France, as well as at the Universität Konstanz in Constance, Germany.
For ten years she worked for Club Eductour Voyages, a company in Nice, France, organizing the programming for groups of French exchange students to the United States, as well as the placements of students with host families. She also taught French and Spanish at Voorhees High School in Hunterdon County.
Colgan has dedicated her life to raising her three children. She served on many committees while her son, Billy, was a student at Delbarton School, including serving on the Executive Committee of the Mothers’ Guild, and was the President of the Wrestling Boosters. She also served as class mom at Oak Knoll School in Summit while her daughter, Samantha, attended there. Her philanthropic ventures include actively participating in the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, where she chaired the NJ chapter’s largest fundraising event. She was heavily involved in fundraising for CF for 20 years, leading up to the death of her daughter, Lauren, to the illness in 2007.
Colgan and her husband, Bill, have been financially supportive of Bloomfield College for quite some time, and have made a personal commitment to help the Township of Bloomfield reach its full potential through various projects throughout the downtown.
Geoffrey M. Connor, J.D. brings over 35 years of experience in law to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees.
A retired partner at Reed Smith LLP, Connor enjoyed a highly decorated career at the top of his field. A four-time New Jersey “Super Lawyer” in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Connor received national recognition for his achievements by earning a national banking “Super Lawyer” honor in a 2009 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. Connor also received recognition from New Jersey’s signature law organization, earning the Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association in 2003.
Beginning his career in 1974, Connor served as Clerk to Chief Judge Irving R. Kaufman on the Second Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. Connor then accepted a role at law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, a position he held until 1979. After a four-year stint at law firm Shanley & Fisher that saw him garner the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives’ 12th District in 1982, Connor assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Secretary for Carteret Savings Bank FA (a position he held until 1990).
From 1990-94, Connor served as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking, the Vice Chair of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and the President of Pinelands Development Credit Bank. Connor then became Partner at Reed Smith LLP, a position he held from 1994 until 2008. He served as Counsel in his final year with the firm, retiring in 2009. He is a Director Emeritus of Provident Financial Services, Inc., the holding company for Provident Bank.
Published nearly 70 times in trade publications such as New Jersey Law Journal, the Hunterdon Review and PA Banker Magazine, Connor has self-published three works titled “Murder on the Cape Cod Ferry: A Cape Cod Murder Mystery” (2013); "Jeremy: Memoir of a Gay Divorcee" (2014); and "Horse Guard and Other Dreams: On The Road To Dementia" (2016).
A 1968 cum laude graduate of Williams College, Connor served thereafter on active duty in the United States Navy to the rank of LT (j.g.) and then obtained his Juris Doctor from Harvard University Law School in 1973.
Connor was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2013.
Ms. Corrales is a retired partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a leading international law firm with 16 offices located in major financial centers around the world. Ms. Corrales’ practice focused on corporate and sovereign transactions, including securities offerings by sovereign and corporate issuers and sovereign debt restructuring. Ms. Corrales has extensive experience in international finance transactions, including representing public and private issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings in international markets and in the legal structuring and documentation of derivative transactions and complex commercial bank lending transactions.
Ms. Corrales' corporate practice is internationally distinguished by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America's Leading Business Law Firms. In 2013, Ms. Corrales was highlighted in Latin Lawyer’s "Women In Law" issue celebrating the most inspiring women in the Latin American legal profession.
Ms. Corrales joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1998. She received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Corrales is a member of the Academy of Political Science's Board of Directors, the Committee for Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the Board of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Commission on White House Fellowships.
Ms. Corrales is a member of the Bars in New York and New Jersey. Her native language is Spanish and she is fluent in English and Portuguese.
Ms. Corrales was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2012.
Brian F. Doran is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Investors Bank, a New Jersey-chartered bank located in Short Hills, New Jersey, with branches and operations in New Jersey and New York.
Prior to joining Investors, Mr. Doran was the New York / New Jersey Region Executive and Director of Governmental Affairs for Popular Community Bank, a New York-chartered commercial bank. His responsibilities included executive management and oversight of the Bank’s sales, marketing and operations in the New York Metropolitan area and monitoring and participating in federal and state legislative and regulatory matters impacting the financial institutions industry. Mr. Doran previously acted as the Director of the Legal & Compliance Division at Banco Popular North America.
Prior to joining Popular in 1999, he was a partner in the New York office of the McConnell Valdes Law Firm, from 1997 to 1999. From 1988 to 1997, he was an attorney with Jones Day, a multi-national law firm.
Mr. Doran also serves on the boards of several not-for-profit companies in the New York metropolitan area.
He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Marquette University and his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s (NY) University School of Law.
Mr. Doran was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.
Vernon M. Endo is the former Chief Executive Officer and board member of RAM Holdings Ltd. and RAM Reinsurance Company Ltd., Bermuda based companies, where he served for seven years. Mr. Endo joined RAM from GFGC LLC, a start-up venture formed to establish a European-based financial guaranty company, where he was CEO and cofounder. Prior to GFGC, Mr. Endo was a managing director and board member of FGIC, a financial guaranty insurance company based in New York. Earlier in his career he was a managing director responsible for the Mortgage Finance unit and a member of the Financial Institutions Group at Prudential Securities. He began his career at Citibank.
Mr. Endo attended Williams College where he earned a B.A. in political science.
Mr. Endo was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2010.
Mr. Fernandez is currently Managing Director, Global Private Banking and Strategic Account Manager at OppenheimerFunds, New York, New York. He is responsible for the delivery of OppenheimerFunds products including mutual funds and separate accounts to Private Banks across the globe. He fosters relationships with key centers of influence and designs and spearheads strategic sales campaigns with partner firms.
Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds, he was Regional Director, External Wholesaler with Neuberger Berman LLC. He was responsible for the delivery of Neuberger Berman products including mutual funds, separately managed accounts, private equity and hedge funds. Furthermore, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of Lehman Brothers Structured Notes (Derivatives). Mr. Fernandez initiated new business in the North East region and was directly responsible for over $1.2BLN in inflows.
He is a graduate of Bloomfield College with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. While at Bloomfield College, he was President of Alpha Chi National Honors Society, Resident Advisor - Honors House, Student Ambassador, and a member of the Baseball team.
Mr. Fernandez currently holds the following Security Licenses: NASD Series 7, NASD Series 6, NASD Series 3, NASD Series 63, NASD Series 65 and NASD Series 66. He is a CAIA charter holder and a member of CAIA New York. He is a member of the Bloomfield College Alumni Association and a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) – New York City Chapter.
Mr. Fernandez was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2013.
James R. Gillen is the former General Counsel of Prudential Insurance Company of America. From 1959 to 1962, Gillen served in the United States Navy reaching the rank of LT (j.g.) and was discharged in 1965.
Mr. Gillen was an associate in the New York City law firm of White & Case. In 1972, he joined the Prudential Insurance Company as Vice President and Associate General Counsel where he had the responsibility of managing legal services to the investment area of the company. He subsequently became Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Throughout his years at Prudential, Gillen served in the capacity as Senior Vice President of the Public Affairs Department; Chairman of the Prudential Foundation; and member of its Board of Trustees. He retired from Prudential in 1997 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
Mr. Gillen has been active in many civic organizations including the United Way of Essex and West Hudson; New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Committee; ALI-ABA Advisory Committee for Restating the Prudent Man Rule; American Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee; Conference Board of Chief Legal Officers; Advisory Board of Columbia Law School Institutional Investors Project. He was also a member of the Board of the Mendham Township Library; the Mendham Township Board of Education; the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival; and the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Wharton Music Center and the New Jersey Ballet. He is a member of the Morris County Golf Club and the Harvard Club of New York.
Mr. Gillen is a graduate of Harvard College; A.B., 1959; and Harvard Law School, J.D., 1965.
Mr. Gillen was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2008.
Stephen A. Glasser is Chairman of Sandpiper Partners, LLC, a consulting firm he co-founded 10 years ago. He is the former Co-President of Glasser LegalWorks, a media company specializing in the innovative delivery of information in the legal/business fields. In February 2004, Glasser LegalWorks was acquired by Thomson/West (now Thomson Reuters). Mr. Glasser formerly was Co-President of Prentice Hall Law & Business, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. He was Founder, Co-Publisher and Editor of Legal Times of Washington and Executive Vice President and Executive Editor of The New York Law Journal . He has authored numerous articles about legal practice, law firm economics, and legal developments for both trade and general interest publications.
Mr. Glasser earned his B.A. cum laude , Phi Beta Kappa, from Colgate University and J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Glasser is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospice, Inc., and a former board member of the Mental Health Association of Essex County.
Mr. Glasser was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 1993 and is a former Interim Chair and former Vice Chair of the Board. He and his wife, Lynn Glasser, are donors of the Glasser Family Scholarship Fund.
Carolyn Roberson Glynn joined Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in 1969 and remained with the Swiss-based healthcare company until her retirement in 2009. During her 40-year career, she served in such leadership positions as Director of Public Relations, Vice President and Director of Public Policy and Communications, and Vice President of Public Affairs, which included Roche’s Federal Government Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. She retired as Vice President, Public Affairs, and member of the North American Executive Committee
Ms. Glynn is currently a member of the Executive Women of New Jersey and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She previously served as a Board member of the Public Affairs Council, the National Council on Patient Information and Education, and the Institute for Public Relations Research and Education. A former Executive Board member and chair of the New Jersey Health Products Council, Ms. Glynn was a founding member and Trustee of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey. She also led numerous initiatives in her capacity as chair of the Public Affairs Section and Board Member Liaison of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the national trade organization for the pharmaceutical industry.
Ms. Glynn served on the Board and Executive Committee of the DC Rape Crisis Center, located in Washington, D.C. An elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, Ms. Glynn has held Board positions with the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and the Association for Retarded Citizens of Essex County.
Ms. Glynn graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Sociology from Bloomfield College.
Ms. Glynn was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2010. She is also a member of the Bloomfield College Alumni Association.
Maureen C. Grant is a part-time member of the faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, where she also served as Senior Vice President and Acting President. From 1989-1997, Dr. Grant was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bloomfield College. Prior to joining the Bloomfield College community, Dr. Grant served as Academic Dean, Associate Academic Dean, Director of Arts and Science, and Associate Professor of English at Felician College. Before that, she was Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
Dr. Grant participated in the Visiting Scholar Program at Wolfson College of Cambridge University in Cambridge, England, during the fall of 1995 and the spring of 2005. She also was appointed Visiting Scholar with the Faculty of History of Cambridge University. Dr. Grant holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Marymount Manhattan College, an M.A. in English Literature from St. John’s University, and a Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century Studies from Drew University. In 1997, she received the Bloomfield College President’s Medal.
Dr. Grant was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 1999.
Ed Heftman ’67 began his higher education at Rutgers, where he studied pharmacy, before transferring to Bloomfield College. He is the co-founder of Tea Tree Therapy, based in California. Mr. Heftman has had a long and celebrated career in pharmaceutical formulation and sales with companies such as Redken, Jason, and Nature Works.
Mr. Heftman was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.
Nancy Lane served for twenty-five years with Johnson & Johnson in key positions at an operating division of the corporation and, also, at their corporate headquarters. Her career also includes heading MBA and Executive Recruitment at the Chase Manhattan Bank, a position with an international student organization in The Netherlands and serving as Deputy Director of Human Resources for the National Urban League.
While an undergraduate she studied at the University of Oslo, received her B.S. from Boston University and an M.P.A. from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of International Affairs. In 1975 she completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. When she retired from Johnson & Johnson she completed a graduate program in art history.
Her past volunteer activities include serving as President of the Harvard Business School (Alumni) Club of Greater New York, Secretary of the (worldwide) Harvard Business School Alumni Board and for six years as a member of the Board of Governors of Rutgers University. She has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Bennett College (NC), a trustee at Wilson College (PA) and Vice-Chair of A Better Chance. Currently she is on the Board of Directors of The Studio Museum in Harlem, an overseer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Co-Chair of The Stieglitz Society at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Her alma mater awarded her their highest honor, the Boston University Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ms. Lane was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2004.
Currently a Senior Manager at Accenture, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad has 19 years of professional experience in communications and technology, ranging from research and product development to service fulfillment for network infrastructure, services and wireless devices.
LLawson-Muhammad began her career in 1995, serving as a Research Engineer for Motorola. After seven years in various positions at Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel Lucent), Lawson-Muhammad joined Verizon Wireless in 2003. She spent over a decade supporting various organizations from Product development to Network Engineering and Operations in both New Jersey and Indiana. Stephanie became Director of Cloud Services in 2011 and also served as Director of Engineering and Operations and was responsible for the build out, maintenance and monitoring of Verizon’s national fiber network that supports the expansion of the company’s 4G High Speed Network. In December 2014, she joined Accenture as Senior Manager with the Infrastructure Services practice.
A 1992 graduate of Spelman College, Lawson-Muhammad earned a second Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology the same year. Continuing her education, she received a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Systems from the University of Michigan in 1994. The recipient of various recognitions during her academic career, Lawson-Muhammad received the Women in Science and Engineering five-year NASA Scholarship during her undergraduate work and the Rackham Merit and GEM Consortium Fellowships during her graduate tenure. In 2013, Lawson-Muhammad was elected to a three-year term on the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education.
Lawson-Muhammad was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2013.
Craig Lindsay ’76 is currently Senior Partner at Hong Kong based China Alpha Fund Management (HK) Limited. Lindsay earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Bloomfield College in 1976 before earning his MBA in Finance from Rutgers University Business School in 1979. Lindsay has extensive experience in asset management and related financial fields and was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs and Co for 16 years in New York, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Zurich. Lindsay is the past Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities Institute and past – President of the Hong Kong American Club and currently the Honorary Treasurer of St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong and continues to serve as a director at the Hong Kong Securities and Institute and also a director at a number of funds.
He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.
Martin McKerrow retired in 2006 after a 22-year career at Neuberger Berman. At Neuberger, where he was both a Partner and then Managing Director, he focused his energies as a divisional manager on business development, client communication and risk management. He was a co-manager of the firm’s fixed income asset management activities served as Executive Director of the firm’s joint venture with BNP Paribas and headed the Client Service Department. He spent most of his career in the financial services industry.
He and his wife, Toni, have been married over 50 years. They have two married sons and five wonderful grandchildren. They travel frequently attempting to include a new destination while returning to their favorite haunts. In retirement, Mr. McKerrow is active in several not for profits while devoting his free time to his family, competitive sailing and unsuccessfully trying to lower his golf handicap. He divides his time between New York and Nantucket.
In addition to Bloomfield College, he serves on the Board of the Nantucket Shellfish Association, is President of Nantucket Communitcory Sailing, a member of the Vestry of St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket and a Governor of the Nantucket Yacht Club. He earned his B.A. from Kenyon College and his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. McKerrow was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2000 and served as Board Chair from 2004 to 2015. He currently serves on the Financial Affairs and Special Projects Committee and the Investment Subcommittee He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Bloomfield College in 2015.
Alisa Norris drives transformation and complex change, specializing in the areas of sales and marketing, business and product strategy, and operations. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Standard Motor Products, a NYSE-listed company in the automotive aftermarket industry. Alisa brings a passion for customer success to her work and a belief that quantifiable results are what matter most. She has a proven record driving growth across a diverse set of companies in technology, manufacturing, financial services and business services.
Recently, Alisa served as Chief Marketing Officer at RR Donnelley, a Fortune 300 company. She created new marketing capabilities to support the company’s diverse world-wide businesses. She led the transformation of the RR Donnelley brand from being North America’s largest printer to becoming a leading global communication services provider which helped the company achieve record-breaking financial results in 2014. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Alisa played a critical role in the success of vital strategic initiatives, such as mergers and acquisitions, and the integration of acquired companies into the RR Donnelley portfolio.
At RR Donnelley, Alisa worked closely with leaders throughout the organization to support the go-to-market strategies of 17 lines of business. She launched numerous new solutions and market specific offerings, and built a sales platform to support the company’s 1,500 sales representatives. She directed brand strategy and created entirely new capabilities across product marketing, market and customer insights, internal and external communications, and marketing operations. Her responsibilities also included overseeing the development of workflow solutions that allow healthcare, retail, and financial services companies to seamlessly manage and measure communications initiatives. With a passion for mentorship and talent management, Alisa founded RR Donnelley’s first New York-based women’s network, where she served as executive sponsor.
Prior to joining RR Donnelley, Alisa was an executive at a leading private predictive analytics company, Opera Solutions. She played a leading role driving the company’s growth strategy to quadruple in size and establishing its culture. As Principal she led a multi-year series of engagements critical to its transformation of focus and core capabilities. Later, as Chief People Officer, Alisa led all aspects of staff operations and human capital management. Her achievements included double-digit improvements in the firm’s utilization rate by driving new business processes and disciplined metrics-based management. She was also instrumental in operationalizing the firm’s on-shore and offshore delivery model.
Alisa came to Opera Solutions from Zeborg, a procurement software solutions company, where she led marketing and indirect sales. She began her career as a strategy consultant working at A.T. Kearney, and, then Mitchell Madison Group where she became Partner and a member of the Executive Operating Committee. As a consultant, Alisa served Fortune 500 companies, developing and implementing strategies to enable her clients to enter new businesses, accelerate growth, and improve financial performance. Throughout her career, Alisa has demonstrated a passion for empowering children from under-resourced communities.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Chapter of Step Up Women’s Network. Alisa holds a BA from Trinity College and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alisa was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2015.
John Panagakis ’85 has worked at TIAA in various roles since 1988. Panagakis travels at least 50% of the time to Europe, Australia, and Asia. He grew up in New York City, moving to New Jersey once in high school. He first started his education at Rutgers Newark. He halted his education for a time due to financial constraints. He later returned to school at Bloomfield College, attending classes while working to cover the cost of tuition. Panagakis has worked at TIAA for 28 years. He met his wife while working there. She has since started her own business.
In his field, he is very familiar with higher education and the structure of colleges, regularly reading the Chronicle of Higher Ed. However, since transferring to the international division it is not as much a part of his role. He is also Treasurer of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Mr. Panagakis was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.
Mr. Prater is managing partner of Ridgecrest Partners, a major hedge fund. He is former senior partner and general portfolio manager with Ardsley Partners. Prior to Ardsley Partners, he was with Oppenheimer and Company where he served in various capacities including president of Oppenheimer Investment Advisors, co-chairman of Oppenheimer’s Investment Policy Committee, and manager of Catalyst Partners, a private investment limited partnership.
Mr. Prater received a B.A. in international relations from the University of Virginia. He currently serves on the board of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, New Alternatives for Children, and the Clairoan Foundation. He has served on the boards of the McCallie School, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Lees-McRae College, Mid-American Lines, Allen Freight Lines, and Tesoro Petroleum Corporation, as well as serving on the Diaconate of the Congregational Church of New Caanan, Connecticut and Montclair, New Jersey.
Mr. Prater was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2009.
Glenn Reiter is a retired partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City. While in practice, he advised clients on a broad range of corporate transactions. He represented U.S. and non-U.S. corporations, government-related entities and leading investment banks in equity offerings, debt offerings, liability management transactions, and merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr. Reiter joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 1978 and became a partner in 1984. He became of counsel in 2013 and retired from the firm in 2014.
Mr. Reiter received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Yale University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was Note Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He served as a law clerk to The Honorable Arlin M. Adams, United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, following graduation from law school.
Mr. Reiter is a member of the Bar of the States of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Reiter currently is a chair of the board of trustees of the Kessler Foundation, a public charity dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities, and a member of the board of trustees of Partners for Health, a charity that promotes health initiatives in the greater Montclair, NJ area. He is also chair of the executive council of the Yale Law School Fund, the development advisory board of Yale Law School.
Mr. Reiter was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2011.
Hannah Richman is the Director of Real Estate for KIPP: NJ. KIPP: NJ is a growing network of KIPP charter schools that offers a free, college preparatory education to students in eight schools in Newark and Camden, New Jersey. Hannah is responsible for board development, as well as leasing, acquiring, financing, renovating, and constructing facilities. Prior to her real estate work, she served as CFO and Development Director for the network of schools. Before joining KIPP: NJ, she served as the Director for Charter School Development in the Massachusetts Department of Education's Charter Schools Office, where she authored a revised charter school application, managed the charter application process, and worked to assist the startup of successful charter schools throughout Massachusetts. After that, Hannah obtained her Master's Degree in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, where she worked as a Research Assistant for Professors and education experts, Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti.
HHannah received her BA from Oberlin College, and served as a member of their Board of Trustees from 1995-1998. She received her MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. She is a graduate of Leadership Newark. She currently serves on the Oberlin College President's Advisory Council.
Hannah was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2009.
In addition to serving as President of Passaic County Community College, Dr. Rose serves in the capacity as adjunct professor at Rowan University in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. He is an officer of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, the New Jersey Association of Colleges and Universities, the United Way of Passaic County and the Passaic County Community College Foundation.
Dr. Rose is a board member of the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Paterson Opportunities Industrialization Center, the Passaic County Workforce Investment Board, and the College of Saint Elizabeth. He previously served on the Boards of the Greater Newark Alliance for Minority Participation, Barnert Hospital, and the North Jersey Partners Wired Grant. Dr. Rose previously held the positions of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Passaic County Community College and Director of Admissions at Wagner College.
Dr. Rose is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a BA in Political Science, holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont, and has a Doctor of Education degree from Rutgers, the State University.
Dr. Rose was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2009.
Adrian Shelby is a former Chair of Bloomfield College Board of Trustees (2001-2004). She is also a past President and past Chair of the Montclair Art Museum, and former Vice Chair of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. She has long been active in the community and has served on the Junior League of Montclair-Newark and the Adult School in Montclair as a past President. She is a former Director of the Alumnae Association of Smith College and served two terms on the Medal Committee. Mrs. Shelby is a member of the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City and has been active on its Art Committee and Drama Committees. In 1990, she earned a Master’s degree in French literature from Montclair State University. Mrs. Shelby received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Bloomfield College in 1998.p>
Mrs. Shelby was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 1981. From 1992 to 1998, she served as Vice Chair of the Board; from 2000 to 2004, she served as Board Chair; and from 2004 to 2015, she served as Board Secretary.
Lawrence I. Sills is Executive Chairman of Standard Motor Products, Inc., a NYSE Company, manufacturing automotive replacement parts, headquartered in New York City. Sales volume is approximately $1 billion. The Company began doing business in 1919. Mr. Sills represents the third generation of family management.
Mr. Sills joined the Company in 1967 and in his early years held a variety of sales, marketing, and operational positions. From 1986 to 2000, he was President and Chief Operating Officer. He served as Chairman and CEO from 2000 through 2015, and is now Executive Chairman.
Mr. Sills graduated from Dartmouth College in 1961 and received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1964.
Mr. Sills has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of SEEDCO, a nonprofit organization located in New York City and on the Corporate Advisory Boards of Queens College, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Montclair State. Mr. Sills has served on various boards in the automotive industry.
Mr. Sills resides in Brooklyn with his wife of 52 years, Susan Sills, a professional artist. His children and five grandchildren live in the New York City metropolitan area.
Mr. Sills was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2015.
Mr. Skowronski is currently a Director at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) with over 25 years of professional experience in State and Local Taxation and Economic Development. In this capacity, he has helped both large and small companies save millions of dollars when creating jobs, investing capital or undertaking other business activities that are encouraged by Federal, State and local governments. Mr. Skowronski also specializes in finding refund opportunities when companies overlook and neglect to avail themselves of the many different tax incentives that are available when they grow.
Shortly after his graduation from Bloomfield College, Mr. Skowronski began his career working as a Tax Accountant for AT&T. After working in both private industry and in the world of consulting, including as the Northeast Practice Leader at Deloitte in their Tax Credits and Incentives Practice, Mr. Skowronski joined ADP in 2009.
Mr. Skowronski is a 1991 graduate of Bloomfield College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. In 1995, he earned a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has written and spoken extensively before the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, the Committee on State Taxation and the Tax Executive Institute. His articles have appeared in Site Selection Magazine, Expansion Management Magazine, and Tax Incentive Alert, in addition to many others.
Since 2013, Mr. Skowronski has been on the Bloomfield College Alumni Association working to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and its alumni. He has participated in New Student Orientation, college fairs at local high schools, networking events for students and alumni, and has presented to students about pursuing a career in accounting and taxation.
Besides supporting the college with his time, Mr. Skowronski has funded both annual and endowed scholarships in Accounting as well as an annual scholarship for a Communications major. Specific to this scholarship, there is a stipulation that the recipient interviews alumni and broadcasts the interviews over the college’s radio station and then archives the transcripts for posterity on the its website.
Mr. Skowronski is also very active in the world of animal rescue. His wife, Kerry is the president and founder of Brendan’s Meadows Inc., a 501(c) 3 animal rescue. Since the rescue’s inception in 2009, John and Kerry have participated in saving the lives of hundreds of dogs.
Mr. Skowronski was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2015.
Hank Uberoi is currently the CEO of EARTHPORT PLC in London and Managing Partner, HU Investments LLC, as well as an investor in private and public companies globally. He is a Director of several companies and organizations in the US, UK and India. His primary focus is on companies related to Investments, Cross-Border transactions, Trading, other financial and technology, with a significant emerging markets focus. He has previously served on the Board of a NYSE listed company.
In November 2006 he was appointed as the Chairman of the Technology Governing Board for the State of New Jersey, a role he served until 2008. Until April 2004 he was the Chief Operating Officer and head of the Equities Long/Short Business at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago where he was on the Management Committee of the firm. Hank joined Citadel in 2002 from Goldman Sachs, where he spent 14 years, most recently as a partner and co-COO of the Technology Division. While at Goldman, he spent 5 years in London and served on several firm-wide governance boards, including the firm’s Compensation Committee. He graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts with a BA, Magna Cum Laude in 1985, where he was a Haystack Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Uberoi was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2002.
Nancy Van Duyne served with United Airlines as Vice President for Congressional Affairs based in Washington DC. Formerly she served as Vice President of Congressional Affairs for Continental Airlines, and Director of Federal Legislation for the trade association that represents the major U.S. airlines. Prior to this position, she worked in the Government and Community Affairs department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and in the Washington Office of US Senator Bill Bradley (D/NJ).
Born and raised in Summit, New Jersey, Ms. Van Duyne is a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey State Chamber and the Bay Head Yacht Club. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Church of St. Simon-by-the-Sea in Mantoloking, NJ. She currently serves as an associate Class Agent for the Class of 1980/Williams College. She is a 1980 graduate of Williams College where she received her B.A. She is also a 1986 graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and Leadership.
Ms. Van Duyne was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2004.
Richard A. Levao has served as President of Bloomfield College since June, 2003. Before coming to Bloomfield, he practiced law for 29 years and was a partner at the national law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP.
Active in community affairs and New Jersey higher education, Levao has served for over 30 years as a member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, including three years as Chair of the Board of Trustees (1991-1994) and two years as Chair of the Board of Governors (1998-2000). He has also served as an adjunct member of the faculties of The Cornell Law School, Rutgers University and Bloomfield College.
He currently serves as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council and as a member of the Scholarship Selection Committee of the New Jersey Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He served as Chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and as a member of the New Jersey State Opera Board and the Mountainside Health Foundation Board. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Executive Committees of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, the state’s affiliate to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Last winter he was elected President of the University Presidents’ Council of the World Technopolis Association (WTA), an NGO member of UNESCO, and served as keynote speaker at the WTA Conference in Daejeon, South Korea.
Mr. Levao received an A.B. with High Distinction in Political Science from Rutgers College. He earned a Juris Doctor with Specialization in International Affairs from The Cornell Law School. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Rutgers University for his professional achievements and for his outstanding service to the institution; in 2006, an honorary doctorate from Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, in Peru; in 2009, an honorary doctorate from Universitate Transilvania din Brasov, in Romania; and in 2011, an honorary doctorate from Jeonju University, in Korea.