Workforce Development Board

Members, Advisors, and Staff

The Bergen County Workforce Development Board (Bergen WDB) provides leadership to the entire public workforce system in Bergen County. At any given time, there are approximately 70 volunteers that serve on the board, committees, and project teams. Members are selected for their experience, abilities, and commitment to shared goals.

Appointments

Applications are continually accepted and are reviewed by the Members and Executive Director for consideration. Recommendations are sent to the County Executive (for the Board) and the Board Officers (for Committees and Projects) for final approval and appointment.

Board Members serve staggered 3-year terms and are asked to serve on at least one committee. Committee and Project Members are evaluated on an annual basis.

The board and its committees meet quarterly. Project-based committees meet as needed in between quarterly board and committee meetings.

If you would like to be considered for a position on the board or one of its committees or projects, visit the volunteer page to begin the process. In submitting your interest to serve, you will be asked to provide a resume or biographical summary.

Note: Committee rosters can be viewed on the committee page.

Local Elected Officials

James Tedesco III

James Tedesco III

County Executive

Chief Local Elected Official (LEO)
Sector: Government Partner
Term: Term of Elected Office

Marc Schrieks

Marc Schrieks

Deputy Chief of Staff, County Executive

WDB Board Liaison
Sector: Government Partner
Term: Alternate for James Tedesco III

Tracy S. Zur

Tracy S. Zur

Commissioner, Board of Commissioners

WDB Board Liaison
Sector: Government Partner
Term:  Term of Elected Office

Officers and Committee Chairs

David Hollenbeck

David Hollenbeck

Sr. Regional Public Affairs Manager, PSE&G

Chairperson
Sector: Business
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

Jason DeStefano

Jason DeStefano

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Crestron Electronics

Vice-Chairperson
Operations Committee Chair
Sector: Business
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/23

George Charne

George Charne

CPA/Principal, SAX LLP

Secretary-Treasurer
Sector: Business
Term: 12/01/16 – 11/30/19

Brian Fitzgibbons

Brian Fitzgibbons

Director, Heightened Independence & Progress

Abilities Committee Chair
Sector: Community Organization
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

Dr. Christine Gillespie

Dr. Christine Gillespie

Executive Director, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Bergen Community College

Youth Committee Co-Chair
Sector: Education
Term: Alternate for Dr. Tony Ross

Dwight Threepersons

Dwight Threepersons

Apprenticeship Consultant

Youth Committee Co-Chair
Sector: Education
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/22

Appointed Members

John Arthur

John Arthur

Director, Englewood Public Library

Board Member
Sector: Community Organization
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/23

Lynn Bartlett

Lynn Bartlett

Executive Director, Housing Authority of Bergen County

Board Member
Sector: Government Partner
Term: 03/01/17 – 02/28/20

Mark Bocchieri

Mark Bocchieri

Director of External Affairs, Verizon

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 03/01/17 – 02/28/20

Thomas Brizzolara

Thomas Brizzolara

Director-Public Affairs, Orange and Rockland Utilities

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2022

Joanne Cimiluca

Joanne Cimiluca

Director, Bergen County Division of Economic Development

Board Member
Sector: Economic Development
Term: 08/01/18 – 07/31/21

Jay Daly

Jay Daly

General Manager, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Garden State Plaza

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

Dr. Allan DeGiulio

Dr. Allan DeGiulio

Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, Greater Bergen Community Action

Board Member
Sector: Community Organization
Term: 08/01/19- 07/31/23

Louis DeLisio

Louis DeLisio

Interim Executive County Superintendent, Department of Education Bergen County

Board Member
Sector: Education
Term: 12/01/16 – 11/30/19

Etta Denk

Etta Denk

Senior Vice President – NJ Market Manager, Bank of America

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 08/01/18 – 07/31/21

Danielle DeVincenzo

Danielle DeVincenzo

Executive Director, Green Hill Inc.

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/23

Thomas Eastwick

Thomas Eastwick

President, Eastwick Education

Board Member
Sector: Education
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/23

Dr. Eric M.  Friedman

Dr. Eric M. Friedman

President, Bergen Community College

Board Member
Sector: Education
Term: 08/01/16 – 07/31/20

Patrice Goldfarb

Patrice Goldfarb

President, Employee Benefits Advisors Group

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 07/01/16 – 06/30/20

Abbe Greenberg

Abbe Greenberg

Owner and Director, Bright Path Consulting

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

Dan Gumble

Dan Gumble

Business Manager, IBEW Local 164 Int. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Board Member
Sector: Labor
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/23

Nihat Guvercin

Nihat Guvercin

CEO and Founder, iLearn Schools

Board Member
Sector: Education
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/23

Walter Hecht

Walter Hecht

Educational Consultant, WCH7 Consulting

Board Member
Sector: Education
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/22

Jayne Jacobson

Jayne Jacobson

Marketing Chair/Community Outreach Director for Bergen, SCORE Bergen

Board Member
Sector: Community Organization
Term: 03/01/18 – 02/28/21

Lorraine Joewono

Lorraine Joewono

Director, Bergen County Division of Senior Services

Board Member
Sector: Government Partner
Term: 03/01/17 – 02/28/20

Shannon Lazare

Shannon Lazare

Administrative Vice President | Regional Manager, M&T Bank Corporation

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 07/01/16 – 06/30/20

Dr. Howard Lerner

Dr. Howard Lerner

Superintendent, Bergen County Technical Schools and Special Services

Board Member
Sector: Education
Term: 08/01/16 – 07/31/20

Jackie Lue Raia

Jackie Lue Raia

President and Owner, ALEXENA Consulting

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 07/01/18 – 06/30/21

Michael McPartland

Michael McPartland

Deputy Director, Bergen County Division of Economic Development

Board Member Alternate
Sector: Economic Development
Term: Alternate for Joanne Cimiluca

Amanda Missey

Amanda Missey

President/CEO, Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative

Board Member
Sector: Community Based Organization
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

JoAnn Mitchell

JoAnn Mitchell

Partner Marketing Specialist, Sandvik Coromant

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

Nina Nardone

Nina Nardone

Sr. Account Manager, Ajilon Finance

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 08/01/16 – 07/31/20

Sharon Rosario

Sharon Rosario

Program Specialist, Department of Education Bergen County Office

Board Member Alternate
Sector: Education
Term: Alternate for Louis DeLisio

Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider

President, Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council, AWIU Local 32

Board Member
Sector: Labor
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

Shari Stengel

Shari Stengel

Bergen County Job Center Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Board Member
Sector: Government Partner
Term: 08/01/16- 07/31/20

Shane Sudol

Shane Sudol

CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Garfield

Board Member
Sector: Community Organization
Term: 01/01/19 – 12/31/22

John Susino

John Susino

Business Administrator, Bergen County Technical Schools and Special Services

Board Member Alternate
Sector: Education
Term: Alternate for Dr. Howard Lerner

Figen Tabakci

Figen Tabakci

Director of Education and Training, Greater Bergen Community Action

Board Member Alternate
Sector: Community Based Organization
Term: Alternate for Dr. Allan DeGiulio

Michele Talamo

Michele Talamo

Human Resources Consultant, Self-Employed

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 12/01/16 – 11/30/19

Kevin Tarantino

Kevin Tarantino

Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition, LEO Pharma

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 11/01/18 – 10/31/21

Vince Vicari

Vince Vicari

Regional Director, Bergen County Small Business Development Center

Board Member
Sector: Business
Term: 08/01/18 – 07/31/21

Kathy Walsh

Kathy Walsh

President/CEO, The Arc of Bergen & Passaic

Board Member
Sector: Community Organization
Term: 08/01/18 – 07/31/21

Lou Weiss

Lou Weiss

CEO, WFM Project & Construction

Advisory Board Member

Paula Wills

Paula Wills

Employment Services Manager, Bergen County Job Center

Board Member
Sector: Government Partner
Term: 07/01/16 – 06/30/20

Adina Yacoub

Adina Yacoub

Director of Welfare, Bergen County Board of Social Services

Board Member
Sector: Government Partner
Term: 08/01/19 – 07/31/23

Advisory Members

Maryann Cavallo

Maryann Cavallo

Speech-Language Pathologist, Private Practice

Advisory Board Member

Staff

Tammy Molinelli

Tammy Molinelli

Executive Director, Bergen County Workforce Development Board

Carol Polack

Carol Polack

Business Manager, Bergen County Workforce Development Board

Lynda Wolf

Lynda Wolf

Director, Bergen County Job Center