The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting on November 13 and welcomed two new members.
New to the board are Laurie Bogaard of Chester and William Schievella of Rockaway Township, who were appointed by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
An attorney, Bogaard has a law practice in Mendham and more than 25 years of legal experience. She concentrates in the fields of real estate, land use, trusts and estates, and health care litigation. Bogaard continues to be called upon by various real estate companies to lecture on current issues and legal developments, and also serves as a mentor to young real estate professionals and Drew University students. Bogaard earned her J.D. from Dickinson School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Drew University. She is a strong believer in community service, and has volunteered and served on various municipal boards such as the Environmental Commission, Board of Health, Planning Board, and Chester Area Pool Committee.
Schievella, recently retired chief of detectives of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, is director of the Police Studies Institute, which he created at the College of Saint Elizabeth to provide public safety leaders with a venue for higher learning. He also teaches as an adjunct graduate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He comes to the CCM board with an extensive resume of professional and community service. He is founder and current president of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey, founder and current president of the New Jersey Police Community Affairs Officers Association, a member of the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police, immediate past president of the County Chiefs of Detectives/Investigators Association of New Jersey and a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He formerly served as councilman at large in Rockaway Township and was the Grand Marshal of the Morris County Columbus Day Parade in 2007. He earned his Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College.
Elected as officers by the CCM board were Trustee Stanley T. Omland, PE, P.P., of Cedar Knolls as chair, Trustee Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq. of Denville as vice chair, Trustee Dr. Joseph L. Ricca of Morris Township as treasurer, and Trustee Paul R. Licitra of Flanders as secretary.
Omland was first appointed to the board in 2008. He most recently served as vice chair for two terms. Prior to that, he served two terms as board secretary. A leader in the land development and municipal engineering field, he has been involved with the New Jersey Builders 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.
Advokat was appointed to the board in 2002. He most recently served two terms as chair of the board. He also previously served as vice chair and prior to that appointment served three years as secretary and two years as treasurer. He is the senior partner of Advokat & Rosenberg Esqs. in Morristown and a former Morris County assistant prosecutor. He 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 earned his J.D. from Hofstra University, his master’s fellowship in government from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, and his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers.
Ricca was appointed to the board in 2011. He is superintendent of schools in the Elmsford Union Free School District in Elmsford, NY, and previously served as superintendent 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 a 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.
Licitra was appointed to the board in 2012. He is office administrator for Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space. He also possesses extensive experience in insurance spanning more than 40 years and 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 bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, where he also taught as an adjunct professor in the College of Insurance.
Continuing their service on the board are Nicholas J. Cruz of Towaco, Class of 2013, as the alumni representative; Dr. Barbara L. Hadzima of Morris Township, a retired elementary and middle school teacher and administrator; Dr. Rosalie S. Lamonte, executive county superintendent; J. Richard Rajoppi of Cedar Knolls, a human resource professional; and Dr. Joseph S. Weisberg of Parsippany, professor emeritus of geoscience at New Jersey City University.