William H. Turner III
Senior Advisor, Opera Solutions
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 an 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 ’66
Trustee Vice Chair
Former Executive Vice President, REL Consultancy Group
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 was 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 Associate (BCAA) for 11 years, and was named President Emeritus. He continues to serve on the BCAA under new President, John Murdock.
Joanne Marren, Esq.
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.
Dr. Marcheta Evans
President, Bloomfield College
Dr. Marcheta P. Evans, who became Bloomfield College’s 17th President in June 2019, has served in transformational leadership roles in higher education for 26 years at both public and private institutions. Twenty-one of those years have been spent at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) in the seventh largest city in the U.S., San Antonio, Texas.
The first woman and African-American to be named President of Bloomfield College in its 151-year history, Dr. Evans recently established a scholarship in honor of the woman who raised her, her late grandmother, Annie Mae Sellers. Her grandmother held a strong belief in the power of education, and encouraged Dr. Evans throughout her academic journey. The scholarship will provide emergency funding to the College’s deserving students.
Previously Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Dr. Evans sequentially served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean at OLLU and Associate Dean and Department Chair at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has served as a faculty member for over 25 years and has the rank of Full Professor. Dr. Evans is a past President and Fellow of the American Counseling Association, past President of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. A small sampling of these recognitions includes the Outstanding Multicultural Leadership Award, Yellow Rose of Texas Lifetime Educator Award, and Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award.
Dr. Evans has authored numerous articles and book chapters, focusing on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, women’s issues, and leadership. She has presented over one hundred times at the state, regional, national, and international levels addressing topics such as empowerment, multiculturalism, diversity, and leadership. In her international work, Dr. Evans has traveled extensively, including a length of time in the African country of Malawi where she worked with educators and counselors on literacy initiatives sponsored by USAID.
Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, specializing in Student Affairs, Administration in Higher Education, and Human Resource Management. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts degree in Education in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama.
Anchor, CBS Evening News and National Correspondent, CBS News
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 O. Banegas, CTFA
Senior Vice President and Senior Wealth Planning Strategist, Northeast Region Wells Fargo Private Bank
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.
Managing Director, Healthcare, Higher Education and Non-Profit - Northeast (Commercial Bank) at JP Morgan
Melissa Bastan has over 20 years' experience working with health systems, universities and foundations on capital structure and strategic opportunities. She is a Managing Director, Healthcare, Higher Education and Non Profit - Northeast (Commercial Bank) at JP Morgan. Prior to that role, Melissa was a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities and Head of Not-for-Profit Healthcare Investment Banking, within WFS’ Public Finance group. She led a national team providing investment banking and strategic advisory services to health systems and academic medical centers.
She joined Wells Fargo in 2014 from The Yuba Group, where she advised higher education and NFP healthcare clients on developing capital markets and investor strategies, and coordinated public and private debt transactions. Prior to this role, Bastan served as an Executive Director across Morgan Stanley's NFP Healthcare and Higher Education Public Finance teams for ten years. Previously she served as practice manager for The Healthcare Advisory Board focused on strategic and financial planning for NFP healthcare entities.
Bastan earned her BSBA at Georgetown University and her MBA with a focus on Finance and Public Policy at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 79 licenses. She lives with her husband and five children in Montclair, NJ.
Nicholas Carlozzi, Ph.D.
Fixed-Income Portfolio Manager, Tocqueville Asset Management LP
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.
Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Mary DeLamielleure is a graduate of accounting from Boston College and has worked in public and private accounting firms. Ms. DeLamielleure's corporate background has allowed her to learn the importance of communication among team members and with outside clients and to solve issues effectively.
Her many years of experiences gained from being a homemaker and coordinating volunteer activities for various communities helped to further develop those skills as well. Ms. DeLamielleure's personal philosophy of applying the "Golden Rule" and "it takes a village to be successful" helps her to achieve goals that are important to her professionally and personally.
Currently, Ms. DeLamielleure is a Sales Associate for the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Warren, New Jersey.
Ms. DeLamielleure was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2020.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Investors Bancorp.
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
Former CEO and Board Member, RAM Holdings Ltd. And RAM Reinsurance Company Ltd.
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 co-founder. 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.
Stephen A. Glasser
Chairman, Sandpiper Partners LLC, Former Co-President, Glasser LegalWorks, a Thomson Business
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.
Sandra Gonzalez, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Goya Foods
For the past 12 years, Sandra Gonzalez has served Goya as in-house counsel. Her focus has been managing a variety of complex real estate transactions and commercial contracts for the Company. She negotiated and oversaw contracts and incentives for the acquisition and development of Goya’s largest expansion in the Company’s history of its manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States, totaling in excess of 2,000,000 square feet. She has also negotiated multi-million dollar licensing agreements that have comprehensively changed the way Goya forecasts and manages its purchases (demand planning) and inventory (warehouse management system) throughout Goya’s facilities worldwide.
IIn addition, Ms. Gonzalez oversees and provides counsel to various business lines within the Company on a broad array of legal, risk management, and compliance issues. She also manages the Company’s corporate governance and works closely with Goya’s outside counsel on a variety of litigation matters and commercial disputes.
Prior to her position at Goya Foods, Ms. Gonzalez acquired over 10 years of experience working as an associate at various firms throughout New Jersey including Graham Curtin, P.A., where she focused on transactional work, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she advised on tax minimization strategies.
The first in her family to go to college, she earned a BA in Political Science from Penn State, Taxation LL.M from Georgetown Law, and her JD from Fordham University.
While a law student at Fordham, Ms. Gonzalez served as an intern to both The Honorable Stuart M. Bernstein, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the S.D.N.Y, and The Honorable Denis R. Hurley, U.S. District Court Judge for the E.D.N.Y.
Ms. Gonzalez was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2017.
Maureen C. Grant
Former Senior Vice President and Acting President, Marymount Manhattan College
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, and from September 2019 to May 2020, she served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.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 initially served on the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2019, and she was reelected in 2020.
Edward C. Heftman ’67
President, Tea Tree Therapy
Edward C. Heftman '67 brings almost 50 years of business experience to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees. He began his higher education at Rutgers University, where he studied Pharmacy, before attending Bloomfield College and graduating in 1967. He then did graduate work at Wagner College.
Mr. Heftman had increasing responsible positions in sales and marketing for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. He was Vice President of Sales for Jason Natural Products, Managing Director of Nature Works, and Director of Sales for Redken Laboratories.
In 1977, he co-founded Tea Tree Therapy. Today, the company is in over 15 countries selling and marketing Tea Tree Oil based personal care products.
Mr. Heftman was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2016.
Senior Manager, Accenture
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
Senior Partner, China Alpha Fund Management (HK) Limited
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.
Alisa C. Norris
Executive and Independent Director, Corporate Board and C-Suite Executives
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
Chief Executive Officer, First Principles Capital Management, LLC
John Panagakis ’85 is the Chief Executive Officer at First Principles Capital Management, LLC, an American International Group. Previously, beginning in 1988, he worked at TIAA in various roles, where he traveled at least 50% of the time to Europe, Australia, and Asia. He met his wife while working at TIAA. 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.
In his field, he is very familiar with higher education and the structure of colleges, regularly reading the Chronicle of Higher Ed. He is also Treasurer of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Mr. Panagakis was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.
Sanford B. Prater
Managing Partner, Ridgecrest Partners
Mr. Prater is managing partner of Ridgecrest Partners, a major hedge fund. He is the 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 M. Reiter
Retired Partner, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP
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.
Steven M. Rose
President, Passaic County Community College
In addition to serving as President of Passaic County Community College, Dr. Rose serves in the capacity as an 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 A. Shelby, LL.D. ’98 (hon.)
Former Vice-Chair, Community Foundation of New Jersey, Past President, Past Chair, Montclair Art Museum, Former Chair, Bloomfield College
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.
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
Executive Chairman, Standard Motor Products, Inc.
Lawrence I. Sills is Executive Chairman of Standard Motor Products, Inc., an 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.
Jonathan B. Simon
Managing Director - Head of Leadership Development and Diversity Apollo Global Management
Jonathan Simon is a Managing Director and the Head of Leadership Development and Diversity at Apollo. Mr. Simon became the first Chief Diversity Officer for Apollo in August 2020. He is responsible for setting and leading the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Additionally, he leads the leadership development practice which is focused on developing and enabling leadership capabilities within the firm’s senior leadership ranks.
Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Simon was an Executive Director on the Advancing Black Leaders team at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He was responsible for leading the Firmwide Student Strategy, which included a portfolio of initiatives and programs to increase the acquisition and retention of black talent. Additionally, Mr. Simon led JPMorgan Chase’s firmwide recruitment strategy at HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities).
From 2005 to 2017, Mr. Simon was in a number of leadership roles at Citi, including Senior Banker in the Global Public Sector and Healthcare groups in the Global Corporate Bank. He also served as the Head of Diversity and Employee Programs for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group from 2010 to 2014. Prior to Citi, Mr. Simon worked in Corporate Banking and Wealth Management at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.
Mr. Simon is a Trustee of Bloomfield College, in Bloomfield, NJ; he is a member of the Art Acquisitions Committee and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee of the Montclair Art Museum; he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Honors Program at the Howard University School of Business in Washington, DC, and he is a Board member of BRAVEN (Newark, NJ location), which is an innovative nonprofit organization that provides supplementary education to underrepresented college students, in partnership with Rutgers University, to increase student career and financial outcomes.
Mr. Simon received a B.A. degree (cum laude) from Morehouse College in 1993.
Mr. Simon was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2019.
John B. Skowronski ’91
Vice President of Incentives, Tax Credit Company
Mr. Skowronski is currently the Vice President of Incentives at Tax Credit Company with over 30 years of professional experience in State and Local Taxation and Economic Development. Over the years 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 to them 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 and Mr. Skowronski spent over 10 years at ADP as a Director.
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.
Adebola Taiwo ’09
Lead SOX Coordinator, Verizon Corporate Accounting Policy Group, Verizon Wireless
Adebola A. Taiwo ’09 manages within the Business Excellence group, responsible for leading Verizon’s strategic initiatives. Current initiatives include the implementation of Zero Based Budgeting and saving Verizon $10 billion over 4 years.
Prior to this role, she was a Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Project Management Officer, responsible for ensuring Verizon's entity-wide compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 internal control requirements. She led the annual SOX risk-based scoping process at the account and process level, and provided governance, risk and compliance guidance to process owners. She played a vital role in the success of IT integration and training of the Yahoo Global Compliance team on the AOL environment.
Taiwo has over 10 years of combined experience in a variety of Finance functions including Auditing, Financial Planning & Analysis and External (SEC) Reporting. She previously served in Finance and Audit roles at Johnson&Johnson, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Prudential. She has her CPA and a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Accounting from Bloomfield College, New Jersey.
She has a passion for community service and has worked with various not-for-profit organizations, including a previous role of Director of Scholarships on the National Association of Black Accountants Board - NJ chapter.
Taiwo was elected to the Bloomfield College Board of Trustees in 2016. In this role, she has gained a reputation as the "student's advocate" as she supports students by providing Accounting scholarships, mentoring and career development. She is also a member of the Bloomfield College Alumni Association and serves as the Acting Secretary.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures all over the world.
Chief Executive Officer, EARTHPORT PLC, Managing Partner, HU Investments LLC
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 an 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.