Atlantic Health System announced that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated Atlantic Health as a National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) site of the Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium (AHCC). As the first and only New Jersey-based NCORP, AHCC will help develop and implement NCI cancer prevention, screening, care delivery and treatment studies with leading health care systems across the state.
Each of Atlantic Health’s six hospitals earned the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation and a top score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign.
This is the second consecutive year Morristown, Overlook, Newton, Chilton and Hackettstown medical centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital earned this designation.
Atlantic Health’s pediatric rehabilitation and physical therapy program has reopened in a new space at 55 Madison Avenue in Morristown. Larger than the previous center and filled with state-of-the-art therapy equipment, the open-gym facility is able to treat a wide variety of physical and developmental concerns, ranging from smaller injuries like sprained ankles to ongoing mobility therapy for conditions including cerebral palsy, genetic disorders and muscular dystrophy.
Paul Kleschick has been appointed as associate provost, student academic engagement and success for Berkeley College
Berkeley College announced that Paul Kleschick has been appointed as associate provost, student academic engagement and success. Kleschick has held positions of varying responsibility in the registrar and academic affairs areas at American International College, St. Joseph’s University, Georgetown University, Temple University and The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. He expects to receive a doctor of education degree in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California next year. The college also announced two honors. Ariosto Rodriguez, site supervisor, security, was honored with a Merit Award by the New Jersey College and University Public Safety Association. In December, Rodriquez’s actions led to the apprehension of a suspect who was trespassing on campus grounds. In addition, The Kurogo Conference, a community for mobile technology in higher education, recently recognized the college’s information systems team with an Appademy Award for its innovation and best practices in creating a mobile campus experience.
The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., welcomed new member Leonard LaBarbiera to its Real Estate & Finance Group. LaBarbiera focuses his practice on real estate and finance matters, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, he was special counsel to Windels Marx and served as associate general counsel at MTB Banking Corporation. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University, his master’s of business administration from Columbia University and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. The firm welcomed Shauna Deans as an associate, joining the firm’s Estate Planning & Administration Practice Group. She received her law degree from Howard University School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree from Spelman College. The firm also announced a number of appointments and honors. Firm member Svetlana (Lana) Ros has been named secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Health Law Section. Member Peter Hutcheon has been appointed to a four-person ad hoc subcommittee of the State Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section to comment on the recently purposed Fiduciary Duty Rule of the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. Member Annmarie Simeone has been elected nominations co-director of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association for the 2019-2020 term.
Danielle M. DeFilippis, a member of the firm and co-chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, has been named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers.” Three firm lawyers were selected by The Best Lawyers in America as 2020 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Woodbridge area: Martha Donovan, Morris Bauer and William Dreier. Donovan and member Edward Hogan, co-chairs of the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group, have been recognized in “WWL: Environment 2019” by Who’s Who Legal. Member Shana Siegel, chair of the firm’s Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, was named a 2019 Essex County Top Lawyer in Elder Law by Morris/Essex Health & Life.
Twenty of the firm’s lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Bauer, Donovan, Dreier, Victor Elgort, Daniel Guadalupe, Edward Hogan, Barbara Hollenbach, Peter Hutcheon, Joel Jacobson, Steven Karg, James Laskey, Jack Lintner, Gary Marks, Kenneth Meskin, Richard Norris, Richard Schachter, Richard Somach, Lauren Sorrentino, Edward Sponzilli and Bruce Wisotsky. Norris McLaughlin also announced it has been awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms, and reached the international cybersecurity standards for law firms set by Meritas.
Delta Dental of New Jersey (DDNJ) and Delta Dental of Connecticut (DDCT) announced that Barry Petruzzi has been named vice president of Underwriting and Actuarial Services. He joins DDNJ and DDCT from Prudential Financial, where he was vice president and chief actuary of its Actuarial Centers of Excellence. In his new role, he will be responsible for all underwriting and actuarial services, as well as directing the rating of new and existing group contracts and individual policies. Petruzzi holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Penn State University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. In addition, DDNJ associates collected 35 backpacks filled with of school supplies during their recent Pack a Smile collection drive that will be donated to children enrolled in the Gracious Smiles program at Camden’s KIPP Academy. Gracious Smiles provides comprehensive dental care to children in preschool programs, youth in after-school programs, elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and veterans and their spouses.
Matthew Schiller Has Been Made New VP of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP's Real Estate Department
The law firm Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP announced that Matthew Schiller has been named vice-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. He joins Thomas Denitzio Jr. and Jack Fersko, the department’s other co-chairs. Schiller concentrates his practice in commercial real estate law. He is a graduate of Trinity College with a bachelor of arts degree and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Spencer Savings Bank announced the appointment of Juan Oelofse as senior vice president and director of commercial and industrial lending. He will be responsible for managing and directing the activities of the bank’s Commercial & Industrial Lending Department, which specializes in financing business working capital needs, owner-occupied commercial real estate and asset financing such as accounts receivable, inventory and equipment.
Oelofse comes to Spencer from SB One Bank, where he was senior vice president and team leader. Prior to that, he was with Interchange Bank/TD Bank as vice president/senior commercial loan officer. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
In addition, Spencer Savings Bank recently hosted a school supply drive to support the Center For Food Action in Saddle Brook. For almost a month, the bank collected school supplies for local children, including binders, pencils, notebooks, backpacks and more, with Spencer employees delivering the goods to the center.
Meghan Hunscher, President and CEO of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce
At 99 years young, it’s an exciting time at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce as we bring on new staff and launch new initiatives. Our board of directors is engaged in a strategic planning process that has created a new vision for the chamber to “create member experiences that foster exceptional business success and quality of life.” The board’s new mission statement for the chamber, “The Morris County Chamber of Commerce collaboratively advances the interests of its members to champion a thriving business and community environment,” embraces the role of the chamber in creating community where your business can grow. In addition, we adopted a new set of values, “Integrity, Transparency, Inclusion, Passion, and Collaboration,” and goals to “Innovate, Empower, and Advocate.” These will serve as guiding principles as we evaluate ways to continually improve the association, deliver value and engage with you, the members.
As a former city planner and economic developer, I often advised communities how to develop a “sense of place” to attract people and businesses to invest in communities. As with communities, it is important for the chamber to build on its strengths to increase the value membership provides. To help us achieve this, Ed Ramirez has joined the chamber team as director of business resources, strategic partnerships and professional development.
Ed will bring his knowledge, experience and relationships to the Morris County Economic Development Corporation, which is a division of the chamber, to connect businesses with the financial resources and professional skills to help grow their business. He will work closely with our members in higher education, other nonprofits, community development financial intermediaries and state agencies, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the Business Action Center, to bring resources to Morris County to support and grow businesses such as yours. Ed also will be preparing professional development courses throughout the year in which members can share with each other their knowledge on various subjects. If you are interested in applying as a speaker, please visit: https://www.morrischamber.org/speaker-application.html.
I consistently hear from members about the chamber’s specialness as a place where our members encourage, inspire and motivate each other and the association to innovate with new ideas for programs and initiatives, such as Mentor Morris, which was launched this fall (see page 24). To learn more, visit https://www.morrischamber.org/mentor-morris.html.
The variety of businesses in the chamber is our strength and members consistently tell me how fortunate they are to encounter the expertise and specialists in the chamber from whom they can learn and also refer to their clients, as well. The chamber is excited to elevate your brand and share your insights with the thousands of members and prospects that hear from us on a regular basis. I encourage you to share your thought leadership through the chamber blog, which can be promoted through our monthly newsletter, as well. You can submit a blog on the chamber’s website https://www.morrischamber.org/blog.
Finally, the board and staff are committed to making sure all our members find their place at the chamber and have a sense of belonging, which creates a vibrant community. We also encourage you to refer a company or client that you think would benefit from chamber membership to our director of membership, Mike Stanzilis at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a thank you for your referral, you will receive a credit of up to $50 per member that you referred who joins the chamber toward any event.
Since 1991, Leadership Morris has showcased Morris County’s non-profit community to classes of future leaders who have taken the opportunity to learn about Morris County, its non-profits, the local and state government and explore how they might be able to give back to communities in which they live and work.
Although the program began in 1991, since 2005, Leadership Morris has been under the direction of Dr. Joseph Nazzaro. Leadership Morris is a community education program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. Along with co-program administrator, Laura Cust, they have witnessed nearly 1000 alumni morph into servant leaders and community volunteers. “It has been very rewarding to see some of our graduates serve on non-profit boards and even build careers in government. I am proud to have been able to facilitate a program that helps build our non-profit community” said Nazzaro in a recent interview.
Class participants come from an array of professional backgrounds, including sole proprietors and entrepreneurs, mid-level managers, healthcare practitioners and professionals such as attorneys, communications experts and nonprofit executives. “Our goal,” explains Nazzaro, “is to expose students to our community so they can see the more intricate aspects of what makes our county run.” Each one-day session of the eleven-month program features a field trip. Economic Development Day features a trip to Picatinny Arsenal (the largest employer in the county). Criminal Justice Day is a trip to the County Jail and County Courthouse with meetings with the County Sheriff and Prosecutor. In addition to learning about Morris County, one of the class excursions (for State Government Day) is to Trenton, where students tour our State Capital, meet and hear from a member of the Assembly and President of the New Jersey State Chamber.
Media Relations/County Government Day involves a visit to JCP&L’s corporate communications department and interacting with a panel of communications and media experts as well as a visit from County Freeholders. Healthcare Day is an exciting trip to both Saint Clare’s and Morristown Medical Center. Human Needs and Services Day focuses on the nonprofit community and affordable housing with interesting visits to both. Environment Day features hiking at either the Great Swamp or Pyramid Mountain culminating with a visit to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm for an environmental presentation.
A graduate of the 2016 class, Deborah Gussoff, President of In Order, Inc. said, “Leadership Morris is a unique opportunity to learn about the wide range of non-profit services the county offers. I learned about homelessness in Morris County and how the community helps those in need.” Sandy Stiles of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern NJ said, “I thought I knew about of most of the non-profits in our area, but the diverse range of venues we visited was enlightening.” Anthony Abrantes, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 254 said, “I loved this program and feel very privileged to have taken it. The exposure to such a variety of organizations helped me grow both personally and professionally.”
Nazzaro explains, “While Morris County offers a bucolic environment with more than forty public parks and nature trails, we see families who, from time to time need housing or nutritional support.” Typically, individuals who find themselves in situations they could never imagine, don’t know where to turn for help. Nazzaro explains, “We live in a compassionate community where services are available to help those in need. Leadership Morris exposes students to the variety of services offered and our hope is that they will find a program that ‘speaks to them’.” The program also features team building, community service projects, and “board reports” from each class member after interviewing a Non-profit executive. Following graduation, there is an optional active Alumni Association.
The 2019 class of Leadership Morris will graduate in November and applications are now being taken for the 2020 class. To apply for the next Leadership Morris class, complete the application on the Chamber of Commerce’s website or contact Laura Cust at 973-539-3882 x232 or Laura@morrischamber.org.
By Naoma Welk, Welk Ink, Leadership Morris Alumni Council Member
Media Contact: Joe Nazzaro, 973-476-8731, email@example.com
Jennifer Volz is the Senior Development Director at the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council located in Cedar Knolls.
The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness.
The Patriots’ Path Council serves more than 16,000 youth members and 5,000 leaders each year in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex, New Jersey. Some 400 local organizations have a Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Venture Crew, or Explorer Post as a part of their service to youth. The Patriots’ Path Council’s core objective is to build strong personal values, family values and character in young people by providing program activities that teach, support and encourage such values.
Jenn began her career at the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive serving the Scouting units in Western Morris County and Northern Somerset County. In 2008, she served as District Executive and became Senior District Executive in Western Union County of the council.
In 2010, Jenn left the Boy Scouts of America to serve as a program manager for the Development School for Youth in the All Stars Project of New Jersey, a performance-based, non-profit located in Newark. The Development School for Youth is where Young people learn to perform as professionals, and they partner with business leaders who conduct development workshops and provide paid summer internships at their companies.
In 2011, Jenn came back to the Boy Scouts of America as Development Director, focusing on special events council-wide throughout all counties. Jenn now serves as Senior Development Director and is a Leadership Morris Alumni, class of 2015.
Jenn is born and raised in New Jersey and attended the University of Vermont, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in sociology and gender studies. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
When I meet with members about how the chamber can help grow their business, the topics of talent and human resources are at the top of the list. Accordingly, I am proud to announce we kicked off our new Human Resource and Talent Committee this spring, led by co-chairs Christy Harper, president of Launchpad Talent Group, and Michael A. Shadiack, Esq. of Connell Foley LLP. Christy has extensive background in talent recruitment, on-boarding and retention and brings many years of experience helping businesses succeed through the identiﬁcation of top talent and effective programs to develop employees. Michael is a partner in and serves as chair of the employment law practice group at Connell Foley. He has extensive experience providing employment law compliance counseling to businesses of all sizes, conducts practical training programs and drafts employee handbooks, all with a perspective gained from defending businesses in litigation during the last two decades.
The committee is collaboration between the chamber and the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), a division of the chamber. The mission of the committee is to provide members with the opportunity to discuss timely topics related to talent. It also provides the opportunity to plan and present at forums and seminars that provide valuable information to members and the business community about best practices in human resources, up-to-date information regarding laws and regulations, and strategies for attracting, on-boarding and retaining talent.
While the committee will comprise primarily individuals who have primary responsibility for hiring, ﬁring, providing day-to-day direction to employees and are responsible to address any employee conﬂict or inquiries by government agencies, any chamber member that is interested in human resources as it applies to their business is welcome to attend.
It is clear that that Morris County will only remain a “top 10” county and continue to grow if we can successfully attract, retain and develop talent. We encourage all members who are involved with hiring decisions or interested in learning more about how labor regulations affect their business to attend the committee, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the chamber ofﬁces. If you are interested in learning more or being a presenter, please e-mail Michael Shadiack at MShadiack@connellfoley.com
I am excited to announce that the MCEDC also is investing in a new database, Hometown Opportunities, to provide improved connectivity between employers and prospective employees that will be developed this year. Employers will be able to list local job opportunities and residents, students and volunteers will be able to ﬁnd opportunities in their hometown or within Morris County. You will realize the beneﬁt of this resource by having a tool to attract talent in a competitive labor market through your business proﬁle.
Saint Clare’s Health announced that it is one of only six hospitals in New Jersey to receive an overall fivestar rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the federal agency’s latest hospital performance report. The CMS’ overall Hospital Star Rating provides patients with the important information they need to compare hospitals and make informed healthcare decisions.
The hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical for its commitment to high-quality CPR competency through adoption and implementation of a Resuscitation Quality Improvement program (RQI). Saint Clare’s is among the first hospitals in New Jersey and the only in Morris County to adopt this program. Saint Clare’s Health Denville recently held a ribbon cutting for its newly remodeled 12-bed Critical Care Unit. Remodeling of the unit began in the summer of 2018 and included a wide range of technological upgrades.
Please Note: The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
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Our Vision: Creating member experiences that foster exceptional business success and quality of life.