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Board of Directors

  • The NJCU Foundation’s primary goal is to support New Jersey City University as it transforms itself into a nationally recognized leader in urban public education, transforming the lives of its diverse student community. Their time and expertise in managing the direction of the NJCU Foundation advances the goals of the University.

    NJCU’s dedicated foundation leadership drives innovation and university support each and every day.

    Foundation Officers
    visconti   Luke Visconti '13 (Hon.), Chair
    Luke Visconti is founder and chief executive officer of DiversityInc Media LLC, a company that publishes DiversityInc Magazine, the nation’s leading publication on diversity issues, and provides consulting services to businesses on a wide range of diversity issues. Mr. Visconti uses his professional contacts to advocate for social change, meeting regularly with corporate and government leaders and speaking frequently at events across the country. Mr. Visconti donates all of his speaking fees to the DiversityInc Foundation, which he founded in 2006.  In the past seven years, the DiversityInc Foundation has donated $1 million to colleges and universities and has been among the lead contributors to NJCU’s scholarship fund. A member of the NJCU Foundation Board since 2006, Mr. Visconti was elected chair in June 2013. Mr. Visconti holds a B.S. in biology from Rutgers University.
     female_photo  Carol M. Preisinger, Vice Chair
    Carol Preisinger is the managing director of Credit Risk Management at BNP Paribus. She previously served as a senior vice president at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Fortis Capital Corporation. She holds degrees from Hunter College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
    stanton  Thomas J. Stanton III, Secretary
    Thomas J. Stanton III, a managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle since 2008, has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate sector. Mr. Stanton serves on the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association, and Advisory Committee of NJCU’s Business Development Incubator. Mr. Stanton graduated cum laude from Ithaca College in 1979 with a B.A. in philosophy.

    Peter Hernandez
    Peter Hernandez, a financial services veteran with 20 years of experience in accounting, is senior vice president and division controller for Wyndham Vacation Ownership-Hospitality Services, the timeshare division of Wyndham Worldwide. Mr. Hernandez leads a team of financial professionals who handle all of Hospitality Services’ financial needs, including financial reporting, assessment billings and collections, complete accounting services, and investment planning.  Before joining Wyndham, Mr. Hernandez was vice president and corporate controller of Prime Hospitality Corporation and a supervising senior auditor for KPMG Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Hernandez is a certified public accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


    Board Members
    aska  Aaron Aska, Ed.D.
    Dr. Aaron Aska has served as vice president for administration and finance at NJCU since 2008. He previously served as the University’s associate vice president for finance and as controller. Prior to joining the NJCU staff, Dr. Aska served as controller at Drew University and as auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. He holds an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
     irene  Irene Fitzgerald ’87 is the chief financial officer at Mountain Development Corporation, where she is responsible for all aspects of accounting, taxation, human resources, information technology, and financial reporting. She has over twenty years of experience in many facets of the real estate industry. Ms. Fitzgerald serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Resource Center in her local school district. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration at Jersey City State College in 1987.
     forrester  Alex Forrester ’10 (Hon.)
    Alex Forrester is co-founder and chief operations officer of Rising Tide Capital, a nationally-recognized, non-profit organization that provides high-quality business education and consulting to low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs in northern New Jersey.
    As chief operations officer, Mr. Forrester seeks to develop Rising Tide Capital into an organization that is not only efficient and effective, but sustainable, scalable, and replicable. He is deeply interested in the concept of “Social Return on Investment” and in the use of strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to address systemic social problems.
    Mr. Forrester graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2004 with an accelerated bachelor of arts in postmodern philosophy and theology.
    henderson  Sue Henderson, Ph.D.
    Dr. Sue Henderson began her tenure as NJCU’s 12th president in August 2012. She had most recently served as chief operating officer and vice president of institutional advancement at Queens College of City University of New York. In her role as chief operating officer, Dr. Henderson guided a number of critical initiatives, including the implementation of long-range strategic planning, and community-focused and entrepreneurial programs and activities. As vice president of institutional advancement, Dr. Henderson promoted Queens College within the campus community and cultivated support from public, private, and corporate sources. She oversaw 12 units, including alumni relations, development, special events, government affairs, and entrepreneurial activities, as well as the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Kupfberger Center for the Arts, and Louis Armstrong House Museum. Dr. Henderson holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia and both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics education from Georgia State University.
    kim  Sang Jin Kim, Ph.D.
    Dr. Sang Jin Kim is chair of the Asian American Capital Group. He has a substantial record of civic leadership on diversity issues, including service as chair of New Jersey’s Equal Opportunity Fund. Dr. Kim also serves on the Advisory Board of NJCU’s Business Development Incubator. He holds a doctorate in diplomacy from St. Joseph’s University.
    lahoud  John Lahoud ‘95
    John Lahoud is Managing Director of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch, The Lahoud Sadaka Group. His team focuses on wealth management of high net worth and ultra high net worth clients. Mr. Lahoud holds a B.S. in business administration from then Jersey City State College; while a JCSC student, he served in the New Jersey National Guard and earned a commission as a U.S. Army officer through Seton Hall University’s ROTC program. While serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, Mr. Lahoud earned an M.A. in business administration through the University of Maryland in Europe.
    Rita Mitjans
    Rita Mitjans is chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer for ADP. She has a diverse background in marketing and sales, strategy, investor relations, and benefits. In her current position at ADP, Mitjans sets the strategy to attract and retain quality personnel. Ms. Mitjans previously served the as both senior vice president of corporate marketing, where her role included strategic marketing initiatives, reputation management, digital marketing, pricing, branding and market intelligence; and as division vice president of benefits services, where she was responsible for an $800 million health and welfare benefits program. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and is a summa cum laude alumna of St. John’s University.
     oconnor  Edward O’Connor is the managing director and head of retirement services at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He is responsible for personal, business, and corporate retirement plans, including deferred compensation programs. He previously led retirement services at UBS in the Americas and held leadership roles within the wealth management divisions at JPMorgan Chase and Merrill Lynch. Mr. O’Connor holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration from Pace University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the series 7, 24, 65 and 66 security licenses.
    oliveira  Ana M. Oliveira ‘06
    Ana Oliveira is a senior vice president, regional manager for Investors Bank, where she oversees 22 branches in the New York market. Before joining Investors Bank, Ms. Oliveira served for 10 years with Penn Federal Savings Bank, which was acquired by NY Community Bank (Garden State Division) in 2007, where she served as first vice president and regional manager. Ms. Oliveira is a member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Queens Chamber of Commerce, and New American Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Gala Committee for the Astoria Performing Arts Center Gala and American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Annual Luncheon Committee for Long Island and Queens. Ms. Oliveira holds a B.A. in English and journalism from NJCU.
     patel  Chirag Patel ‘89 is the co-CEO and chairman of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, a leading manufacturer of generic drugs based in Bridgewater, NJ. Before co-founding Amneal with his brother, Chintu, Chirag Patel founded NextGen Technologies and Veriprise Wireless. He has also held senior positions in operations, finance, and business development at York International, Clark Material Handing and Unisys Corporation. Mr. Patel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from H.A. College of Commerce in India, as well as a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Jersey City State College in 1989.
     dagmarrb  Dagmar Rosa-Bjorkenson
    Dagmar Rosa-Bjorkenson is Global Head for Biosimilars at Baxter BioPharma. Prior to her role at Baxter, Ms. Rosa-Bjorkenson was at Novartis for 17 years where she last served as vice president and head of the Multiple Sclerosis Business Unit, she also led US Business Development and Licensing, the Respiratory Franchise for asthma and cystic fibrosis, and served as president for Novartis Sweden. Ms. Rosa-Bjorkenson has worked in two additional Pharma companies, Forest Labs and Hoechst ( now Aventis) in sales, marketing, new products, and general management, and has promoted diversity in the workforce. A native of Puerto Rico, mother of 3, Ms. Rosa-Bjorkenson holds a B.S., M.B.A. and M.S. In Chrmistry from the University of Texas, Austin.
    silverman  Paul Silverman
    Paul Silverman is a principal of SILVERMAN, a real estate development company he co-founded with his brother Eric Silverman in 1981 that restores historic landmarks, champions the development of mixed-use buildings, and creates commercial and industrial spaces. Mr. Silverman serves as chairman emeritus of the Hudson County Community College Foundation, chairman of the Hudson County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee and Hudson County Workforce Investment Board, and vice chairman of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce. He is a trustee emeritus of his alma mater, Muhlenberg College.
    slattery  J. Cole Slattery’82
    J. Cole Slattery, a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton who supports clients in the Federal Government, has more than 30 years of experience in health preparedness and emergency management. Before joining Booz Allen in 2003, Mr. Slattery served for 21 years in the U.S. Army Medical Department, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After earning a B.S. from then Jersey City State College, Mr. Slattery earned an M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma. A civic leader, Mr. Slattery currently serves as committee chair of the Medical Reserve Corps Advisory Board of Loudoun County, Virginia.
    unanue  Robert I. Unanue '08 (Hon.)
    Robert I. Unanue has been president of Secaucus-based Goya Foods, Inc., the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, since 2004, having held several key positions with the company both in the United States and abroad. He has worked at the family business, founded by his grandparents in 1936, since the age of ten. Mr. Unanue first studied accounting at Merrimack College and then at the University of Seville, where he was instrumental in establishing Goya's foothold in Spain. Under Mr. Unanue’s leadership, Goya Foods has been a supporter of NJCU’s annual Festival de los Andes.
    wodynski  Judith Wodynski ’76, M.A.’77
    Judith Wodynski is the retired Director of Development and Community Services for the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation. Ms. Wodynski, who was director of development and community relations for the Nantucket Historical Association before joining the Memorial Foundation staff, has served as a development officer at public and private universities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ms. Wodnynski has twice worked at her alma mater, for six years early in her career as director of media production in the Department of Nursing and then as director of alumni affairs, 1995-1999. Ms. Wodynski holds a B.A. in media arts and an M.A. in library studies from then Jersey City State College. Ms. Wodynski and her husband, Michael Wodynski ’65, M.A. ’69 are both members of NJCU’s Royal Knight Society.