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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Mayor Gusciora Announces Transition Committees and Leaders

11 Groups to Help Shape New Administration

Trenton N.J. – Mayor Gusciora expressed his gratitude for the enthusiastic response he received from leaders accepting their invitation to serve on one of the eleven transition committees.

The Gusciora administration places a high priority on fostering citizen engagement. The transition committees announced today will identify opportunities and/or initiatives that will allow for citizen engagement and participation. The mayor’s Transition Co-Chairs Anne LaBate, Jeannine LaRue, and Elvin Montero will lead the committees.

The committees and assigned leaders are as follows:

 Government Operations/ State -Capital City Relations

Committee Leaders:

John McCormac, former State Treasurer & Mayor of Woodbridge Township

Eric Berry, Municipal Administration Consultant

Committee Members:

Ophelia Adderly, NJ Transit Project Administrator

Lindiwe Ashton, Elwyn NJ – HR and Labor Relations Professional

John Clarke, AIA, Clarke Caton Hintz

Peter Inverso, Former State Senator, Board Chair - CCRC

Debbie Parks, AFSCME

Ingrid Reed, Former Board Chair - CCRC

David Rousseau, former State Treasurer /Assoc. of Independent Colleges and Universities in NJ

Becky Taylor, BTaylor Public Affairs

Public Safety/ Fire/ Municipal Courts

Committee Leaders:

Robert Ramsey, Attorney & expert in NJ municipal law

Jiles Shipp, Commissioner, NJ State Police Training Commission

Committee Members:

Shakira Abdul-Ali, Alchemy Consulting/ Acting Director of Health and Human Services

Mubin Kathrada, Assistant Iman, Trenton Mosque

Dennis Keenan, Retired Trenton Fire Director

Miriam Martinez, Former Sherriff’s Officer

Pedro Medina, Acting Police Director

Bianca Randolph, Student, TCNJ

Jonette Smart, President, NAACP Trenton

Reverend John Taylor, Friendship Baptist Church/ Capital City Coalition

Regina Thompson-Jenkins, CEO/Founder of Tre’ Devon Lane Foundation

Wilson Vargas, Latino Merchant’s Association

Economic Development

Committee Leaders:

Julia Taylor, AICP, Managing Director, Isles

Peter Kasabach, Executive Director of NJ Future

Committee Members:

Jeff Cherry, Executive Director, Conscious Venture Lab

Nina Dawkins, Owner, Nina Dawkins Entertainment and Booking

Jeff Faigle, President, Faigle Realty and Development

James Harveson, Director of Economic Development, Camden Redevelopment Agency

John Harmon, President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

Manuel Hernandez, Latino Merchants Association

Eleanor Kubacki, EFK Group

Marie Mascherin, COO of NJ Community Capital

TC Nelson, Proprietor of Trenton Social

Blanca Ohler, Financial & Tax Consultant

Rosa Rosado, Rosado Enterprises, LLC

George Sowa, CEO, Greater Trenton

Tracy Syphax, President & CEO, Capital City Contracting

Michael Van Wagner, VP – Public Affairs, NJM Insurance

Trenton Water Works/Public Works

Committee Leaders:

Shing-Fu Hsueh, former Mayor of West Windsor/ Administrator of NJ Water Supply Program

Dennis Hart, Executive Director, Chemistry Council of NJ, former NJDEP Asst. Commissioner

Committee Members:

Greg Cavallo, Senior Geologist with the Delaware River Basin Commission

Marylou Delahanty, Environmental Attorney

Kathy Dieal, Logistics & Contracts Management Professional

Warren Flicker, CEO, Homasote

Carol Graff, Owner, CSG Environmental

Vinny Krajewski, Attorney, Chemical Engineer

Richard Russo, Former TWW Superintendent

Hector Weah, Environmental Engineer

1000 Houses/1000 Days

Committee Leaders:

Diane Sterner, Community Strategies Advisor, NJ Community Capital

Alan Mallach, Economic Development Consultant

Committee Members:

Iana Dikidjieva, East Trenton Collaborative

Matt Faircloth, Owner, DeRosa Group

Reverend Simeon Spencer, Union Baptist Church


Committee Leaders:

Jeff Vega, President & CEO of Princeton Area Community Foundation

Kelly Ingram, President, I am Trenton Community Foundation

Committee Members:

Reverend David Cox, Calvary Fellowship Ministries

Kim McNear, Executive Director, Anchor House

Katherine Nunnally, Executive Director, Smith Family Foundation

Irwin Stoolmacher, Non-Profit Consultant


Committee Leaders:

Dr. Herb Conaway Jr., MD, NJ Assemblyman & Chair of Health and Senior Services Committee

Dr. Kevin Davis, MD, Health and Human Services Expert

Committee Members:

Axel Miranda, Managing Partner of Axel Miranda & Associates, LLC

Gregory Paulson, Executive Director of Trenton Health Team

Jane Rohlf, MD, Premier Research

Joseph Youngblood, PhD. Vice Provost & Dean - The Watson Institute (TESU)

Education/Workforce Development/Special Needs

Committee Leaders:

Dr. Jianping Wang, President, Mercer County Community College

Robin Walton, VP, Thomas Edison State University

Committee Members:

Nicole Brossoie, Asst. Commissioner, NJ Department of Human Services

Hope Grant, Principal of Trenton Central High School

Wills Kinsley, Trenton Cycling Revolution

Naomi Lafleur Johnson, TEA President

Sean Miller, Undergraduate Coordinator for EAS at Princeton University

Catherine Milone, President, Junior Achievement of NJ

Terrance Stokes, Trenton Bd. Of Ed. Manager of School Support

Jessie Tossie, Retired Trenton Educator

Customer Service/Technology

Committee Leaders:

Kamal Bathla, CEO of Maestro Technologies

Bernard McMullen, President, TCCA

Committee Members:

Barbara Horne, IT Consultant

Ray Ingram, IT Consultant with Dathil

Kevin Moriarty, Television Producer

Willard Stanback, Board President, Trenton Downtown Assn.

Taiwanda Terry-Wilson, Civic Activist

Arts Music Culture

Committee Leader:

Patricia Hall, Executive Director, Trenton Public Library

Reverend Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Pastor for Westminster Presbyterian Church

Committee Members:

Damion Parran, Managing Director, Passage Theatre Company

Sally Baxter, The Museum Society Board - Ellarslie,

Taneshia Nash Laird, Executive Director, Princeton Arts Council

Lauren Otis, Executive Director, Artworks

Richard Patterson, Executive Director, Old Barracks Museum

Gloria Teti, Board President, The Capital Philharmonic

Greening/ Sustainability/Recreation/Natural Resources

Committee Leaders:

Jay Watson, VP, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Dan Fatton, Vice Chair, Trenton Green Team and Trenton Planning Board

Committee Members:

Randy Baum, Historic and Natural Resources Consultant

Jon Gordon, Clean and Green Coordinator for Isles

Yiguo Lu, Owner, Sky Recycling

Kelly Mooij, VP of Government Relations, New Jersey Audubon Society

Pam Mount, Trustee, Sustainable NJ

Michael Waas, Global VP, Brand Partnerships, Terracycle

The Trenton mayor commended his committee members, stating that he believed “we have the teams that will provide actionable and realistic recommendations. I look forward to receiving their insights for changes that we need, recognition of the current strengths we can build on and identification of new initiatives that will move our city forward.”


CONTACT: Connor S. Ilchert

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