Daniel Gans, President
Joseph M. Muniz
Hartz Mountain Industries
Jeremy Halpern/William K. Hayes
XCHANGE at Secaucus Junction
Caren Freyer DeSouza
Linda J. Quentzel
Emeritus Executive Director
Vincent J. McFadden
Chief Financial Officer
Frank J. Gargiulo
Joseph P. Sirangelo, Ed.D
Richard N. Campisano
Explore 2000 Middle School
County Prep High School
High Tech High School
Dr. Joseph Giammarella
Dr. Ecatherina McFadden
A Better Life
Dr. Josef V. Tuazon
Commercial Furniture Interiors
Finance Community Bank of
Dominick J. D’Agosta
Grace Construction Products
Kelly Gormeley Soto
Hudson County B.C.T.C
Patrick J. DiSanto
Martin Albert Interiors
Roosevelt & Cross
Dominick F. Antonelli
St. Peter’s University,
Dr. Leila Sadeghi
Silverio “Sal” A. Vega has served Hudson County since 1981. The former mayor of West New York, NJ, Mr. Vega has demonstrated his commitment to the state of New Jersey in various capacities throughout his illustrious career.
During his tenure as Mayor, from 2006 through 2011, Mr. Vega also served as Assemblyman for the State of New Jersey’s 33rd Legislative District from 2006 through 2008. Prior to this, Mr. Vega represented the 7th Legislative District of Hudson County as a Freeholder, where he held the position of Board Chairman from 1999 through 2006.
Laurent Lisimachio is a Principal at Gensler, a global Architecture and Design firm. Based in the firm’s New York office, Laurent has over 15 years of experience designing retail, corporate interiors and education proj- ects. Laurent is passionate about sustainability which is an integral part of his designs. Always ready to share his personal approach and design process with others, he is a mentor to younger staff in the office. In addition, he serves as the Design Director for Gensler’s Costa Rica office, leading the interior design of major work- place projects in Central and South America. He recent- ly completed the design of the new Gensler office for 60 employees in San Jose, Costa Rica.
William K. Hayes, a Builder and Sr. Executive Project Manager at Atlantic Realty Development Corp., is at the forefront of the construction industry implementing new technology in order to build the next generation of residential living. Mr. Hayes received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management from Towson University. Mr. Hayes expanded on his education by completing a course at Rutgers University in Construction Project Management. Additionally, Mr. Hayes is a Certified Professional Constructor by the American Association of Constructors and is a member of the Construction Management Association of America. Born and raised in New Jersey, Mr. Hayes is excited to partner with HCST in its effort to develop the skill and education of today’s students to ensure that they become tomorrow’s leaders.
Daniel J. Gans serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Hoboken Brownstone Company — one of the nation’s leading innovator of energy-efficient building practices and technology — overseeing the firm’s design, approval process and construction operations.
Mr. Gans career in the real estate industry and expe- rience in the development of community-conscience and environmentally-responsible new home neighbor- hoods dates back more than 30 years when he joined personal friend and partner George Vallone to form the locally-based Hoboken Brownstone Company, Their first project – a renovation of four condominium homes
Joseph M. Muniz, currently the Board Secretary for the Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST), has dedicated his career to his community. His acumen in policy-setting, administration and the politics of public service have jettisoned his career and benefited Hudson County in terms of public health, education, and development.
Jeremy Halpern, a Vice President of Atlantic Realty Development Corp. is a 3rd generation developer who not only continues to follow the Halpern family legacy of providing New Jersey and New York residents with a broad spectrum of quality homes, but has expanded upon this foundation to include “green”, environmentally friendly construction. Mr. Halpern is proud to be able to deliver to New Jersey and New York residents, state-of-the-art homes at affordable prices, and looks poised to be a major proponent in the evolution of New Jersey and New York homes for decades to come. Mr. Halpern is proud to serve on the board of several other institutions, which also work to continually benefit the great good of society
Daniel has been employed in various architectural and design firms, starting out as draftsman and moving up to project manager at different firms. In pursuing a career in architecture, the experience he has gained by working in different firms has helped him obtain a well-rounded background. Daniel started out as the firm’s first draftsman and worked his way up to Assistant Vice President at Hartz Mountain. At Hartz, he has done everything from running architectural projects to being a property manager. He was the first person to do purchasing of all the construction trades in an organized department. His present duties are in the Property Development Department and entail coordination and approvals with all of the municipalities and various governmental agencies that Hartz works with.
Vincent J. McFadden, a retired School Business Administrator, is working in his fortieth (40) year of education, the last twenty eight being in educational administration. After teaching in Jersey City for twelve years he became the Director of MIS for the Hudson County Schools. After fifteen years in this position he became the School Business Administrator in nineteen eighty (1980). He has most recently been an Interim SBA in Wayne, Essex County Vocational and the Hudson County School Business Administrator. He is also a past President of the Hudson County School Business Officials. Vincent grew up in Jersey City where he attended St. Peter’s Prep and St. Peter’s College. He then received his MBA from Bernard Baruch College. He is married with two children.
Caren joined PSEG as Regional Public Affairs Manager covering Hudson and South East Bergen Counties in 2012 after she retired with distinguished service of 20 plus years as Vice President-Director Governmental Relations Parsons Brinckerhoff New Jersey. She serves on the Board of Overseers-NJIT and liaison to Board of Trustees on University Master Plan. Caren was appointed Commissioner-Vice Chairwoman of the Essex County Utilities Authority where as a volunteer she presides at the monthly Board meetings. Caren was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Hudson County Workforce Investment Board.
Andrew Campbell is the founder and president of Eastern Millwork Inc. (EMI), one of the nation’s top manufacturers of architectural woodwork for commercial, institutional, and Corporate projects. Mr. Campbell started this company 22 years ago, coming to manufacturing from the store fixture industry after training at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Based in Jersey City, NJ, EMI is recognized among industry leaders as the best of the best. His work has been featured in publications such as Architectural Record, ENR, Custom Woodworking Business, Interior Design, Wood & Wood Products, Vanity Fair, and the European publication Furnier Magazin.
HCST Board of Education President
Frank J. Gargiulo is the Superintendent of Schools in the award-winning Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) school district. With over fifty years in education as both instructor and administrator, Mr. Gargiulo has continually implemented cutting edge technology and embraced progressive pedagogical methods to ensure student success and real-world preparation at all levels. At the high school level, Mr. Gargiulo’s vision and passion helped create High Tech High School and County Prep High School, schools that are continually recognized for their academic excellence.
Richard N. Campisano, Esq. is a Hudson County lawyer who has practiced since 1983. A private practitioner of general law since 1999, Mr. Campisano was formerly a partner at Bogart, Ryan and Campisano.
Mr. Campisano’s legal clients include the City of Bayonne Planning and Zoning Boards, the Jersey City Economic Development Corp., the Township of Guttenberg, Statewide Savings Bank, Bayview New York Bay Cemetery Association, and Denholtz & Associates. Mr. Campisano has also served as outside counsel to the County of Hudson.
Dr. Joseph Sirangelo has 41 years of experience in urban public schools. Currently the Assistant Superintendent at the Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) in North Bergen, New Jersey, Dr. Sirangelo has utilized his thirty years of school administration to help the HCST District achieve success. As a facilitator of numerous workshops in Strategic Planning, Technology Planning, and Collaborative Action Research, Dr. Sirangelo continually encourages teachers and staff to implement innovative practices and techniques that keep the HCST district competitive in the 21st Century.
The premier source for authentic Latino cuisine, Goya Foods is the largest, Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. Founded in 1936 by Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, both from Spain, the Goya story is as much about the importance of family as it is about achieving the American dream. Goya was started in a small storefront in Lower Manhattan, New York, catering to local Hispanic families by distributing Spanish foods such as olives, olive oil and sardines. Driven by the belief that there was a growing consumer market for high-quality, fresh-tasting, Latino foods, the Unanues infused their personal philosophy throughout the company. This commitment to excellence is the cornerstone of Goya’s popular credo, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good”.
Patrick Kelleher claims over 32 years in the Plumbers Union and is the current President of the Hudson County Building & Constructions Trades. He is devoted to his vocation, his community, and his family. Mr. Kelleher is dedicated specifically to the Hudson County plumbing industry, having served as Business Agent to Plumbers Local #24 and as Trustee on the Plumbers Pension, Welfare, Annuity, and Education Funds Board since 2005.
Kelly A. Gormeley Soto, HCST County Prep High School Alumni, possesses over 25 years of experience in both sales and strategic relationship management.
Kelly currently holds the position of President & Founder of Soto Strategies, Inc. & founded the "I Deserve Wellness" Movement. Kelly serves as Health, Wellness, Lifestyle Strategist & Yoga Instructor for her business. She has not only broken through the chaos both personally and professionally, she has found her purpose and is committed to sharing her successful wellness strategies with Corporations, Families and Individuals.
Michael is the President of CFI, a NJ based office furniture and interiors provider. CFI serves clients based in the Greater NY metropolitan area- anywhere they operate throughout North America. He has 20 years expertise in the contact office furniture industry. Over the term of his career he has been an installer, project manager, account manager, and principal. This level of experience makes him supremely capable of leading the CFI company in its pursuit client delight. Michael heads the organization in all aspects of strategy and organizational effectiveness. He guides the company in a client centered way and the results of his success is exemplified by long term clients such as BASF, Medicines Company, NY Jets Football Club, and Bayer to name just a few.
EMERITUS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Linda J. Quentzel began her career at the Hudson County Schools of Technology in 1981. She is the HCST Director of Development and HCST Foundation Executive Director. Linda has over 34 years experience working for HCST. Linda established the HCST Foundation in 2009. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been promoting education soaked in quality and sprinkled with innovation, empowering the entire district with financial support and community involvement. HCST Foundation actively seeks and welcomes participation not only from business and educational leaders, but also helps create partnerships among parents, alumni and the district in order to improve learning experiences.
Patrick DiSanto is a Jersey City native and a long-standing member of the HCST Foundation Advisory Board. With over 25 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industry, Mr. Disanto has significant experience in commercial, corporate and specialty lending. Specializing in serving the Hudson County and Northen NJ markets, Mr. DiSanto's experience also includes senior management roles in risk management and credit administration. A former member of the Hudson County Community College Foundation,
Mr. Christopher Troyano, currently the plant manager for GCP-Applied Technologies-North Bergen office, has been with the company for sixteen years. In addition to his role in North Bergen, Christopher also oversees four distribution facilities in the northeast territory. Christopher’s focus is leading teams that can achieve GCP-Applied Technologies core values. These values are delivering quality products to the construction industry, implementation of productivity initiatives, and maintaining a safe workplace for all on site.
A Kearny native, Mr. Johnston began his career as a telephone repair person for New Jersey Bell/AT&T and went on to work at Litton Industries. After three years, he was promoted first to repair manager and then to Regional Manager. In 1977, Mr. Johnston founded Johnston Communications Voice and Data. Since then, the company acquired customer bases from Litton, ITT and Sunesis and purchased Telephones Unlimited, Inc. Today, Johnston Communications is the largest privately owned vendor of communications systems in the New York metropolitan area. By designing, installing and maintaining voice and data for customer contact centers, businesses and organizations, Johnston Communications prides itself on being a 24/7/365 service organization.
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, in a family of eight children, Marc Haskell established his strong work ethic as an employee in his father’s grocery store. After earning his accounting degree at Brooklyn College, Haskell assumed a few other professional hats as a certified public accountant, an accountant for Saks Fifth Avenue and a stockbroker. While these experiences helped Haskell develop professionally, he was not fully hooked or inspired until a headhunter asked if he’d be interested in becoming Controller for the South Street Seaport. After a promotion to Chief Financial Officer and Director of Leasing and Retail Operations, Haskell thrived on the responsibility of overseeing this enormous New York City landmark.
Ruddys Andrade has dedicated his career to the improvement of the greater Hudson County community. For fifteen years Mr. Andrade served in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs at New Jersey City University (NJCU), where he began his career as Program Assistant and moved his way up to Associate Vice President. At NJCU, Mr. Andrade secured over $1.2M for the school’s endowment fund, among other significant funds raised. As the current Director of Community Relations for CarePoint Health Systems, a healthcare service which coordinates efforts from Hudson County’s three main hospitals to provide outstanding care, Mr. Andrade works to ensure quality relationships with other community-based organizations while also serving as liaison for government affairs, working with all local municipalities in the County.
Albert Harary, Vice President, is the Emmy award-winning set designer who helped found Martin Albert Interiors in the summer of 1980. In over thirty years of design consultation, Al has earned a reputation as a problem-solver whose ethics, honesty, design sense, and on-time performance have ensured his continual successes. Al consults with clients in a variety of settings for a variety of design purposes. His on-site visits at television and film studios or with hospitality clients aim to help clients define the uses, needs, and physical proportions of each customer’s unique furniture design needs. To this end, Al oversees the construction and fabrication of each of Martin Albert’s custom pieces to ensure quality and facilitate timely delivery.
After discovering his calling for cuisine, Siversen studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Siversen went on to cook at landmark restaurants such as Alison on Dominick Street and the ‘21’ Club; he also ran the kitchen at Pamela Morgan’s Flavors. Most recently, he spent almost ten years creating and overseeing menus for the Glazier Group’s successful catering businesses such as Twenty Four Fifth, Bridgewaters in Manhattan and the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey. Along his career path, Siversen has also cooked for celebrities such as Martha Stewart and Steven Spielberg, runway shows of Versace, Armani, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs, as well as high-profile political figures like Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Roosevelt & Cross Inc. was founded in 1946 by Archibald B. Roosevelt (son of President Theodore Roosevelt), Edwin J. Cross and three other associates, all veterans of the securities industry. Their vision for the firm was clear: they wanted Roosevelt & Cross to serve the needs of both retail and institutional investors in Northeastern securities while emphasizing customer service, professionalism and integrity. Roosevelt & Cross Inc. is a registered broker-dealer specializing in tax-exempt and taxable municipal securities. While Roosevelt & Cross Inc. has expanded its underwriting efforts to include the entire United States, the firm continues to concentrate primarily on tax-exempt issues sold in the Northeast.
Ghulam M. Mehmood, HCST High Tech High School Alumni (2006), is currently working towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a successful physician. He attends NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and plans to become an orthopedic surgeon. At NYIT, he is the president of his class and was recently inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor society. His most recent publication, Utilization of the Ottawa Ankle rules by physician assistants and nurse practitioners, was chosen for a poster presentation and was awarded 3rd place. Ghulam’s drive for success motivated him to graduate college in 3 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Psychology and Pre-Medicine from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY.
As the current Manager of Logistic Services at Verizon in Basking Ridge, NJ, Rahaman Ali brings his unique expertise and professional experience to the HCST Foundation Advisory Council. As a dedicated, organized and detail-oriented Management Professional with extensive experience in Operations, Logistics and Personnel Management, Mr. Ali has developed a proven ability to effectively run large, multi-client logistics facilities. These strong attributes and skills render Mr. Ali an asset to the HCST Foundation. Mr. Ali earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Rutgers University and his Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology from the University of Guyana, Tukeyn Campus.
Wilther J. Merchán is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Merchán worked as a management consultant with KPMG and Booz Allen Hamilton, leveraging his systems engineering background to help government agencies meet their strategic goals and vision. Mr. Merchán is also a proud HCST County Prep alumnus and Hudson County native, born in Hoboken and raised in Jersey City. His experience in County Prep, including career-shadowing and internships, helped broaden his perspective and ignited intellectual curiosity that continues to this day.
I began my career at First Jersey National Bank in 1959 (First National Bank of Jersey City at Exchange Place) and worked at various senior management positions, which included Marketing, Operations' and Branch Administration. When First Jersey was acquired by National Westminster Bancorp, I was Executive Vice President responsible for the Financial Services Division. In 1988 I left NatWest and became president of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce. In 1990 I was asked to rejoin NatWest and reported directly to the President.
Amit Jani currently works as a public affairs and political consultant in New Jersey, in which he manages public relations for political, corporate and government clients. He previously served as a Congressional Aide with U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. and Judy Chu, as well as the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Amit is politically active throughout the state of New Jersey, including having served as Committeeman for the Middlesex County Democratic Committee and serving as the current Hudson County Director for the South Asian American Caucus within the New Jersey State Democratic party. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and is a proud alum of County Prep High School Class of 2008.