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County College of Morris Board of Trustees Elects Officers

Three New Members also Welcomed to the Board

The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting on November 16 and welcomed three new members. The new members appointed by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders are:

Dr. Joseph L. Ricca of Morris Township, superintendent of schools for the East Hanover Township Public School District. Ricca has an extensive background in education having previously served as a principal, vice principal for student affairs and social studies instructor. He is member of numerous professional associations including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Walden University, his M.Ed. in administration from Harvard University, M.A. in educational leadership and administration from Caldwell College, and B.S. in history and education from Seton Hall University.

Cynthia E. Samuel of Parsippany, a tenured school health nurse with the Irvington Board of Education. Samuel possesses more than 25 years of experience in the field of nursing and has worked as a hospital staff nurse, home care coordinator and school health nurse. Additionally, she mentors students and facilitates two national institutes that promote interest and leadership in nursing. She also has published and presented widely on the topics of rendering health care to the underserved, student health issues and school nurse practice. Samuel is working on her doctorate in health sciences at Seton Hall University and holds a M.S. in health administration from Jersey City State College (New Jersey City University) and B.S. in nursing from Rutgers University.

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. Weisberg comes to the board with more than 45 years of experience in education, including two previous terms as a CCM trustee. His experience on the state, county and local levels of government includes having served as founding chair of the Morris County Open Space Committee, mayor and councilman of Parsippany, chair of the New Jersey Historical Commission and as Budget Advisory Committee chair for the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He earned his Ed.D. from Columbia University, his M.A. in science education from Montclair State University and his B.A. in science education from Jersey City State College (New Jersey City University).  He is the author of several college texts in the natural sciences including Meteorology: The Earth and Its Weather, Earth Science and Introductory Oceanography as well as numerous articles and encyclopedia references.

Appointed to another term by the freeholders was Trustee Stanley T. Omland, PE, P.P., of Cedar Knolls. Omland was first appointed to the board in 2008. He is president and founder of Omland Engineering Associates and 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 has 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.

Elected as officers by the CCM board were Trustee Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq. of Denville as chair; Trustee Omland as vice chair; Trustee Thomas A. Pepe of Morris Township as treasurer; and Trustee Dr. Kathleen C. Serafino of Wyckoff as secretary.

Advokat was appointed to the board in 2002 and reappointed in 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 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.

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 St. 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.