Who’s News

Who’s News


Kenneth Croarldn has been promoted from senior manager to officer in the insurance services group at Amper, Politziner &Mattia in Edison. He is responsible for managing the external audit engagements for a number of property and casualty insurance companies. Croatian, who has more than 16 years of accounting experience, has an extensive background with property and casualty life and health insurance and insurance brokerage clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Dundee, Scodand.

Hayes MacArthur has been promoted from director to officer-in-charge/human resources at Amper, Politziner & Mattia in Edison. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources for the company. MacArthur has more than 17 years of human resources and consulting experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in bom business management and organizational behavior from Rider University and a master’s degree inhuman resources management from Rutgers Graduate School of Management and Labor Relations.


Patricia Arnold has joined Greater Community Bank (GCB) inTotowa as executive vice president, chief lending officer. Arnold brings more than 20 years of experience in commercial lending and banking to her new position. Before joining GCB, she served as chief lending officer at Interchange bank. Arnold is a graduate of William Paterson College and holds an M.B.A in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

J. Robert Heron has joined TD Banknorth Leasing Corp. in Mahwah as a vice president. He is responsible for sales and marketing of equipment financing products in the region that includes northern New Jersey and New York City. Heron, who has 30 years of financial sales experience, most recently served for six years as a senior vice president at Diamond Lease (USA) Inc., a division of the Bank of Tokyo He is a graduate of St. John’s University.

Mara Johnson has joined The Provident Bank as senior branch manager of the Madison branch. She is responsible for business development, community relations, internal and external sales, staff development, operations and compliance. She had been branch manager for First Morris Bank and Trust and moved to Provident when it acquired First Morris in April. She is the longest-serving employee in the branch and played a major role during the transition process.

Anthony Manerchia has been promoted from vice president and business banking relationship manager at Sun National Bank in Vineland to regional manager of wholesale lending in the Delaware market. In his new position, Manerchia is responsible for managing a team of business banking relationship managers and will continue to develop and manage customer portfolios and serve customers’ credit needs. Manerchia, who has more than 10 years of banking experience, joined Sun in 2005. Before joining the bank, he served at Wilmington Trust, where he held a number of positions including financial sales consultant/personal finance adviser and relationship manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Wilmington College in New Castle, Del.

Roger Tully has been promoted from executive vice president at Greater Community Bank inTotowa, to executive vice president, risk and operations, at Greater Community Bancorp. Tully’s previous experience includes having served as executive vice president and chief risk officer for Bank Leumi; U.SA. senior vice president-divisional director at Summit Bancorp; and as a corporate director of two Summit subsidiaries. He holds an M.BA. from The Roth Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University.

Credit Unions

Craig Hamilton has joined Paragon Federal Credit Union in Montvale as vice president of lending. He brings an extensive background in finance, real estate and portfolio analysis to his new position. Before joining Paragon, Hamilton served as senior vice president of commercial lending at Chinatrust Bank USA. Other positions he held include vice president of commercial mortgage at The Trust Company/North Fork Bank; first vice president of real estate mortgage at Taipei Bank in New York; and vice president/head of national real estate valuation practice at Marshall & Stevens Inc. Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Newark College of Engineering, a master’s degree in urban economics and policy analysis and a law degree from Rutgers University.


Agnes Laville, a professor of biochemistry and chair of the academic promotions committee at Ross University in Edison, has been named associate dean of education. She will also continue to teach courses. In her new role, Laville will focus on the review of student academic progress and academic policy and will coordinate enrollment management initiatives. She will also oversee student examinations, grades and registration, prepare examinations and work with the student promotions committee. Before joining the Ross faculty Laville served as a research and development scientist and biochemist at the University of Barcelona. She attended St. Thomas Hospital Medical School, University of London, where she studied clinical chemistry and completed her graduate student research in chemical pathology.

Michael Robinson, a professor of microbiology and director of the progressive academic education program at Ross University in Edison, has been named assistant dean for curriculum. He will also continue to teach courses. In his new role, Robinson will work with the dean to attain greater integration of the medical school teaching curriculum and will assist in the management and evaluation of the curriculum. Before joining Ross, Robinson was a professor and Harry B. Forester chair of biology at North Georgia College and State University. He also spent 12 years as an associate professor in the department of veterinary and microbiology sciences at North Dakota State University. Robinson received a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, England, where he researched the immune response to parasite helminthes, and worked for three years in the department of Immunology at the Mayo Clinic.

Financial Services

Tim. Foster has joined Edison Venture Fund in Lawrenceville as business development manager. He collaborates with accountants, attorneys, bankers, investors and other professional service providers serving emerging growth companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Before joining Edison, he served as manager of industry development at 1SYNC. Earlier, he held various business development and account management roles for information technology companies. Foster is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Health Care

Dr. Manny Alvarez and his associates have joined the medical staff at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, where mey will provide perinatal services. Since 1996, Alvarez has served as chairman of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center. He is also on the faculty of New York University Medical Center, where he is an adjunct professor of obstetrics and gynecology. In addition, he serves with various organizations including the Society of Prenatal Care, American Institute of Ultrasound and Medicine and the American Society for Blood and MarrowTransplantation. Alvarez serves as a medical expert for Fox News and authored “The Checklist,” a book about disease prevention and healthier living.


Francine Esposito has been named a partner in the labor and employment department at Day Pitney in Florham Park. She will be a member of the labor employment department and will focus her practice primarily on traditional labor law, client training and employment counseling. Esposito has more than 20 years of experience as a labor and employmentpractitioner. Before joining Day Pitney, she was a partner at Fox Rothschild and at the labor law boutique of Grotta Glassman & Hoffman preceding its merger with Fox Rothschild Before becoming a lawyer, Esposito worked as a human resources/labor relations professional for companies that included PSE&G and Nabisco She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.

Dara Aquila Govan, an associate in the litigation group at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP in Morristown, has been elected vice president of the National Bar Association’s (NBA) region that encompasses New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She has also been named chairwoman of the NBAs Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Company. At Riker Danzig, she practices in a wide range of commercial, litigation and financial service matters and business disputes. Govan earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark and a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University.


Kevin Janosz has joined Ritta & Associates in Englewood as an account executive for Samsung Electronics. He will be responsible for coordinating product launches, point-of-sale displays, brochures and strategic planning for Samsung’s product line, which includes HDTV’s, MP3 players, kitchen and laundry products. He is a graduate of Montclair State University.

Nancy 0′ Donnell has joined the digital media department at Creative MarketingAlliance (CMA) in Princeton Junction. She will oversee all interactive media activities and apply her extensive knowledge of innovative Web technologies to help CMA and its clients improve their competitive position in the marketplace. As the company expands its Web capabilities, 0’Donnell will also be responsible for revising, designing and programming Web sites, as well as optimizing all Web-based emarketing communications materials. She brings more than 15 years of experience as a multimedia graphic designer in a diverse collection of industries to her new position O’Donnell holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and an associate’s degree in marketing from the University of Delaware. She also has an associate’s degree in computer- aided design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Koryn Schermer has joined Ritta & Associates in Englewood as an account executive. She will work on BMW direct marketing, product brochures, advertising and certified pre-owned Schermer brings both business and creative experience to her newposition, having been a studio manager andproducer for photo studios in New York and Portland, Maine, where she produced photo shoots for brands including Apple and Bulgari. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Schermer is also a photographer.


ShariMooneyhas been promoted from director of research to account executive at Career Management, an executive search firm in East Brunswick that specializes in the retail industry. In her new role, Mooney will be involved in the recruitment of candidates, primarily focusing on the apparel and home-furnishings segments. She will also be involved in new business development. Mooney joined Career Management’s research team in March 2006 after spending more than 20 years as a merchant in the specialty retail and direct-response industries. She began her career as a merchant with New York & Co., where she worked for 15 years. She subsequently held merchandising positions at Popular Club Catalog in Garfield and at Foot Locker Inc. in New York. Mooney earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rutgers University and an associate’s degree in applied science from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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