The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting on November 14 and welcomed two new members.
New to the board are Paul R. Licitra of Flanders, who was appointed by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and CCM graduate Victoria Bronson ’12, AAS Nursing, A.S. Biology, of Budd Lake, who is serving as the alumni representative.
Licitra, office administrator for Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, comes to the board with extensive experience both in the private and public sectors. His professional experience in insurance spans more than 40 years covering all aspects of risk management for large domestic and international clients. In the public sector, he served as Mayor of Mount Olive from 2000-2004 after serving eight years on the Township Council. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s University, where he also taught as an adjunct professor in the College of Insurance.
"I am very excited about being appointed as a trustee to the County College of Morris and will work for the continued success of the college community and all the people who have served honorably in this position before me,” said Licitra. “I am sure that my business, civic and life experiences will be an asset to the board and am anxious to work with the current members to continue to make CCM one of the most respected community colleges in the United States."
Elected as officers by the CCM board were Trustee Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq. of Denville for a second term as chair; Trustee Stanley T. Omland, PE, P.P., of Cedar Knolls for a second term as vice chair; Trustee Thomas A. Pepe of Morris Township for a second term as treasurer; and Trustee Dr. Kathleen C. Serafino of Wyckoff for a second term as secretary.
Advokat was appointed to the board in 2002 and reappointed in 2004 and 2008. He is the senior partner of Advokat & Rosenberg Esqs. in Morristown and a former Morris County assistant prosecutor. Advokat has served on the Executive Board of the Pingry School PSPA in Short Hills and has experience in the classroom having taught business law at Caldwell College. He previously served as vice chair of the CCM board and prior to that appointment served three years as secretary and two years as treasurer. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University, his master’s fellowship in government from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, and his B.A. in political science from Rutgers.
Omland was first appointed to the board in 2008. A leader in the land development and municipal engineering field, he has been involved with the New Jersey Builder’s Association and New Jersey Planning Officials and assisted in the development of many related legislative acts. He has also served as a municipal engineer to communities in Morris, Sussex and Essex counties and serves on many community boards and committees. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Geneva College.
Pepe, a former banking executive, is chief financial officer of Communications Strategies, Inc., a public relations and marketing communications firm based in Madison. He was first appointed to the CCM board in 2009. He is a volunteer with Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as council president, and over the years has assisted his alma mater, Manhattan College, with various fundraising and student mentoring activities. He holds an MBA in finance from Adelphi University and a B.S. in mathematics from Manhattan College.
Serafino is executive county superintendent for Morris County and was appointed to the CCM board in 2007. She previously served as the superintendent of schools in Nutley for seven years, and was the Radcliffe Elementary School principal for 14 years. Her experience also includes teaching mathematics at the both the high school and middle school levels. She also has taught courses in curriculum development, school leadership and teaching mathematics at Fordham University, Seton Hall University and the College of Saint Elizabeth. She holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University in curriculum and teaching, and an M.A. and B.A. from Montclair State University in mathematics education.
Continuing their service on the board are Dr. Barbara L. Hadzima of Morris Township, a retired elementary and middle school teacher and administrator; J. Richard Rajoppi of Brookside, a human resource professional; Dr. Joseph L. Ricca of Morris Township, superintendent of schools for the East Hanover Township Public School District; Cynthia E. Samuel of Parsippany, a tenured school health nurse with the Irvington Board of Education; Michael A. Van Allen of Montville, chair of the science department at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark; and Dr. Joseph S. Weisberg of Parsippany, professor emeritus of geoscience at New Jersey City University, who currently serves as a consultant for curriculum and construction projects at the university.