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Board of Trustees at County College of Morris elect officers

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting on Nov. 20 and elected its officers.

Elected were George J. Milonas, a CCM graduate from the Class of 1998, as Chair; Paul R. Licitra, as Vice Chair; Jack N. Frost Jr., Esq., as Treasurer; and Lauren Inganamort, as Secretary.

Continuing their service on the board are Laura M. Gabrielsen, Dr. Barbara L. Hadzima, Devanshu L. Modi, Esq., Donna T. Pepe and Rida (LNU) ’23 as Alumni Trustee. Also serving as Morris County Executive Superintendent is Dr. Nancy H. Gartenberg.

New to the board is James B. Loveys of Randolph Township, appointed by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners. As a managing member of Grove Associates, a real estate management and development firm, Loveys has overseen the construction of several residential housing developments and retail projects in northern New Jersey.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College and is a lifelong Morris County resident. Over the past 20 years he has served the Randolph community in several different leadership capacities, including as Deputy Mayor and Mayor. His service to the community extends as a volunteer coach and committee member of various township recreation programs.

George Milonas is an accomplished corporate compliance and risk management leader with extensive experience working with multinational companies specializing in the strategic design, implementation and oversight of global regulatory compliance and enterprise risk management programs. He began his higher education at CCM earning an associate in science degree in criminal justice, received his bachelor’s in sociology from Centenary University and his master’s in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Paul Licitra currently serves as office administrator for Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths; and serves as the Sergeant of Arms for the New Jersey Senate. He also has extensive insurance experience spanning more than 45 years and covering all aspects of risk management for large domestic and international clients. In the public sector, he served as mayor of Mount Olive from 2000-04 after serving eight years on the Township Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, where he also taught as an adjunct professor in the Tobin College of Business. He also served on the board of directors for the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Jack Frost is an attorney with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall School of Law, and his master’s and bachelor’s in philosophy and international relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K.

Lauren Inganamort served as Manager of Global Compliance at Tiffany & Co. in Parsippany, where she was responsible for the development, execution and management of compliance programs and risk assessments. She received the company’s Finance Achievement for Commitment to Excellence Award for exceptional dedication and service. Inganamort serves as a trustee for the Educational Foundation of the Chesters and on the Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholars program. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in engineering and a master’s in engineering management from Dartmouth College.

Laura Gabrielsen retired as Professor of English at CCM in 2021, after 47 years of service at the college. She began as an adjunct instructor in 1974 and was appointed professor in 1977. While at the college, she was presented with a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Teaching Excellence. During her time at CCM, she served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy; and served on numerous committees. Gabrielsen also served as the president of FACCM and vice president of ACAC. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Seton Hall University.

Dr. Barbara Hadzima is a retired middle school administrator and college adjunct. She has participated in the Chinese Bridge Delegation (Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters) to Chinese Universities which focuses on school visits, cultural activities, and South Korea. Additionally, she was sponsored by New Jersey for program studies at European concentration camps and at Yad Vashem in Israel. Hadzima then assisted with the development of the New Jersey State Curriculum Guide to teach Holocaust/Genocide. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Seton Hall University, her master’s degree from Kean University, and her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Elizabeth.

Dev Modi, Esq is a founding member of the Morris County law firm of Lyon, Glassman, Leites & Modi, L.L.C. He also currently serves as a Subchapter V Trustee under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 after being selected by the Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program. He is a former Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey and previously served as an investigator with the Bureau of Securities. He served on the Harding Township Board of Education and, subsequently, on the Harding Township Committee. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting from the University of Delaware.

Donna Pepe, a marketing and public relations executive, was the founder and CEO/President of Communications Strategies (CSI), specializing in pharmaceutical marketing & public relations. CSI was one of the fastest-growing independent marketing and communications agencies in New Jersey, garnering many prestigious awards during the 20 years it operated.

Pepe also was lauded throughout her career for her creativity and marketing savvy, as well as her dedication to raising up other women in business. She was and still is a champion of women’s rights. Prior to starting her company, she spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson building the company’s pharmaceutical sector’s first in-house marketing communications department. Pepe rose through the ranks at J&J to become its first woman vice president in that sector, elevating the issue of women’s health and making many products into household names. Before her CCM board appointment, she spent the past four years creating and rolling out a rebranding campaign complete with TV, radio, social media, and print advertising for CCM.

Pepe was a long-term member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, served for three years on the board of directors at Dress for Success Morris County and was a founding member, secretary, and chair of public relations and marketing of Emerge New Jersey. She was one of the first women awarded the “Best Businesswomen in New Jersey” award by NJBIZ.

Dr. Nancy Gartenberg, a lifelong public educator, was appointed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Commissioner of Education Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan to serve as Executive County Superintendent in Morris County overseeing 41 school districts, with over 70,000 students.

She holds a doctorate in education with distinction from Rider University, serves as a Board Trustee for the Morris County School of Technology and is a court-recognized educational expert witness. Dr. Gartenberg earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. Dr. Gartenberg is an experienced school superintendent, principal, teacher, and coach.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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