Robert Balascio (Chair)
Bob Balascio has been associated with Daytop New Jersey since 1991. Currently the Chairman of Board, he previously served the organization in various capacities, including chairing the finance and strategic planning committees. He is a CCAR-trained recovery coach, serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery. Bob is also a member of the board of the Shepherds of Youth, and serves as their treasurer.
He serves on several advisory boards for start-up and early-stage technology companies, and engages as a free-lance consultant in the telecom and wireless industries. Bob recently retired as the executive director of strategy for Verizon Wireless. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Stevens Institute and a master’s degree in business from Pace University. A long-time resident of Madison, NJ, Bob is married, with two sons and four grandchildren.
Board of Directors Member Since 1991
Paul Ressler (Vice Chair)
Paul Ressler is a retired CPA who began advocating for drug treatment reform in 2000 when his son Corey’s life was impacted by the disease of addiction. He testified at both the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committee Hearings as a proponent of the Good Samaritan Bill (911 Law) which evolved into the Overdose Prevention Act (OPA), which was signed into law by NJ Governor Christie on May 2, 2013. Mr. Ressler is the CEO and President of The Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation™ (TOPAC) whose mission is to educate the public about the OPA bill and to provide Naloxone training. His mission is simple and comes from an impassioned heart due to the death of his son, Corey in July 2010; that mission is to save lives from the disease of addiction.
Gary Mazart (Treasurer)
Gary Mazart has almost 35 years of experience practicing law and is a partner at Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s Estate, Gift and Charitable Planning Practice Group where he specializes in estate, gift and charitable tax planning, elder law, and special needs planning. Gary has taken a leadership role in a wide variety of professional, business, and civic organizations, including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the Alzheimer’s Association, and most recently the Market Street Mission, a Gospel rescue mission dedicated to helping people overcome homelessness, addictions and disabilities, and Daytop NJ, a residential and out-patient substance and alcohol abuse treatment program for adolescents and young adults.
Gary’s recent professional honors include his listing among the Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates by The American Lawyer magazine (2004-2016), and being named as both one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers by Inside New Jersey, a publication of the Newark Star-Ledger (2011-2016), Best Attorneys in New Jersey as listed in Best Lawyers ® Magazine, 2014-2015 New Jersey Edition, and in the top 10% of Americas Most Honored Professionals (2011-2015).
In addition to his leadership roles in diverse professional, business, and charitable organizations, he is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey, the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc., and the Special Needs Alliance. Gary is also an honorary trustee and former chairperson for the Community Health Law Project, a not-for-profit legal services corporation serving the indigent, those with disabilities, and the frail elderly.
Company Link: www.spsk.com
George Palmer (Secretary)
George Palmer spent his career in business planning, analysis, acquisitions & divestitures, and corporate finance at Warner-Lambert Company and Pfizer, Inc. Starting at Warner-Lambert’s Schick Division in 1971, George advanced within the Warner-Lambert Finance Organization to senior executive financial positions in corporate planning, international operations, the Adams confectionery sector and the consumer healthcare division.
After Pfizer’s acquisition of Warner-Lambert in 2000, George served as Vice President of global finance and business technology for the Pfizer consumer healthcare division. George retired in 2007 following Pfizer’s divestiture of the consumer healthcare business. George earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Bridgeport.
He has served on the board of trustees of the United Way of Morris County and the College of Saint Elizabeth.
George joined the board of Daytop Village of New Jersey in 2007. He and his wife Laura reside in Warren Township, New Jersey.
Robert A. Bianchi, Esq.
Robert (Bob) Bianchi, Esq., is a founding partner of The Bianchi Law Group, LLC, specializing in criminal defense, municipal court, and domestic violence cases. Bob works closely with drug and mental health professionals. He is a national TV legal analyst and appears regularly on various national TV shows. He writes articles on police practice cases and lectures extensively on trial practice, and joyful living practices. As one of the state’s 21 county prosecutors, Mr. Bianchi served as one of the Vice Presidents of the County Prosecutor’s Association of New Jersey, as well as having served on many of the association’s committees. Bob is the only criminal defense attorney in New Jersey that is a certified criminal trial attorney who has also served as a head county prosecutor.
The Bianchi Law Group, LLC
4 York Avenue, 2ndFloor
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Tom Bryant is chief commercial officer at KoolSpan and has global responsibility for all strategic partnerships and sales operations. Tom has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry where he has successfully managed vendor relations and customer interactions, and held senior leadership positions in Europe and the Americas with Digicel, Verizon and Nextel. Tom additionally serves various board roles for international organizations and charities.
Board of Directors Member Since 2003
Company Link: www.koolspan.com
Thomas R. Calcagni, Esq.
Thomas R. Calcagni, Esq., is a founding partner of Calcagni & Kanefsky, a Newark and New York-based law firm representing individuals and corporations in high-stakes criminal and civil litigation. Before opening his firm, Tom was the first assistant attorney general for New Jersey, the state’s second highest-ranking prosecutor, where he oversaw the New Jersey State Police, the State Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, and New Jersey’s Divisions of Criminal Justice and Consumer Affairs.
He previously served for two years as New Jersey’s director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs and for nine years as a Federal prosecutor. Mr. Calcagni has handled and overseen hundreds of cases involving corruption, bribery, financial fraud, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, and consumer protection violations. He graduated Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in 1994, and is a 1997 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York.
Board of Directors Member Since 2014
Company Link: www.ck-harris.com
Peter Colford is a Senior Enterprise Director with Artemis Health, an innovative health benefits data and analytics solution for large employers. Peter has spent a career listening, understanding and consulting with major organizations as they search for human capital, employee benefit, and logistical solutions in order to better assist their organizations, employees, and customers. Peter brings these same characteristics when working with individuals, where he effectively helps each person understand the many opportunities that lie ahead and moves them forward successfully. It is a philosophy that has served Peter well throughout his career in working with major industry-leading organizations in the human capital consulting and employee benefits field, including RedBrick Health, Lee Hecht Harrison, WebMD, CVS Caremark, Merck-Medco Managed Care, and United States Lines.
Peter is a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey and received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Providence College in Rhode Island. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Peter has two daughters and lives with his wife, Jeanne Paré, MD, in Mendham Township. Peter has been a coach of youth basketball and softball in Mendham. Peter also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mendham Township Library. Additionally, he is a teacher of religious education at his parish, St. Matthew the Apostle in Randolph, and serves on the St. Matthew’s Faith Formation Advisory Committee.
Board of Directors Member Since 2012
Company Link: www.artemishealth.com
Adam Davis joined the board in 2012, but has been associated with Daytop NJ since its inception through his father, Robert Davis, a former senior executive of Daytop. Adam is currently a managing director at Goldman Sachs, overseeing US Technology Trading within its Equity Division. Adam earned a BA from Columbia University in 1995. A long-time resident of NYC, Adam is married, with two sons and one daughter.
Rosina Dixon, MD
Rosina B. Dixon is a retired senior director of global pharmacovigilance and epidemiology at Sanofi where she worked from 2006 to 2012. From 1986 to 2006 and from 2012 to present she was a consultant in pharmaceutical development. In addition she has over 30 years of experience on the boards of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. where she served as chair of the governance committee until her retirement in 2014 and Cambrex Corp. where she chairs the compensation committee. She served on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors from 1994 to 2003. In addition to Daytop NJ she is a trustee of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, whose mission is to preserve land and natural resources throughout New Jersey, The Jointure for Child Enrichment and Adult Education, New York Classical Theatre which provides free performances in New York, and a member of the advisory board for Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickenson University. She holds a BA from Harvard/Radcliffe College and an MD from Columbia P&S. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Roosevelt Hospital in New York and worked in new drug development at CIBA-Geigy and Schering Plough.
Board of Directors Member Since 1991
Joseph Dolan, Esq., is a principal at Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C. where he practices in all areas of taxation with an emphasis on estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate matters, as well as estate and trust litigation.
Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C.
100 Southgate Parkway
Morristown, NJ 07962
Mr. Gelwarg is a financial advisor employed by Morgan Stanley in New York, New York. With over 17 years of experience and 3 exams passed, Mr. Gelwarg maintains the following registrations:
Mr. Gelwarg is registered with FINRA as a Broker (sometimes referred to as a broker-dealer registered rep, or RR). Brokers are the sales personnel who work for larger brokerage firms. These firms (also known as broker-dealers) are in the business of buying and selling securities such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other investment-related products. These firms are also registered with FINRA and can engage in securities transactions on behalf of its customers (as broker) or for its own account (as dealer).
Senior Vice President
The MayerGelwarg Group at Morgan Stanley
1290 Avenue of the America, 12th Floor
New York, NY, 10104
Reverend Joseph H. Hennen (Emeritus)
Founder Daytop Village of New Jersey Inc.
Father Joe Hennen opened Daytop New Jersey in 1991. Prior to his work here, Father Hennen was psychologist and facility director at Daytop – Millbrook and Rhinebeck, New York for more than eight years. A graduate of Catholic University of America (BA and STB), St. Francis College (MS) and the College of New Rochelle, Father Hennen has more than 30 years of experience with adolescents battling drug and alcohol issues. He is an ordained Roman Catholic Priest and holds a School Psychologist Permanent Certificate, a Licensed Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Wendy Wolff Herbert
Wendy Wolff Herbert is a partner in the Princeton office of Fox Rothschild LLP where she serves as administrative partner for the Taxation and Wealth Planning practice. She focuses her practice on strategic planning for the transition of wealth from one generation to the next and on business succession planning. Wendy advises individuals and businesses in a wide range of estate planning and tax matters, and represents individuals and businesses before the IRS and state tax authorities. She is a frequent lecturer on various tax, estate and probate topics, presenting seminars for community organizations and professional education programs for attorneys and accountants. Wendy is also active in her community—she currently serves on the advisory committee of Crawford House, provides pro bono legal services to Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey, and serves as a deacon of Blawenburg Reformed Church.
Nick graduated from Bard College in 1970. After college, he entered the Linden-based family business of manufacturing and retailing men’s tailored clothing, working at first in Italy, and subsequently in various positions in the New York offices, becoming chief stylist of the Norman Hilton line of suits and jackets and eventually president of the company in 1981. In the 1990s, in response to international style changes in men’s clothing, Nick developed a complete collection under his own name, bringing shirts, neckwear, knitwear and sportswear under the Hilton umbrella.
With the closing of the family-owned factory in the mid-90s Nick began importing Italian-made apparel under his label, and by 2001 had opened a small store in Princeton. Nick has, for years, volunteered to give the residents monthly talks on the Twelve-Step recovery program, and has led many fund-raising initiatives for the women in early recovery at Crawford House. Nick Hilton has been involved in the recovery movement in New Jersey for nearly four decades. His attraction to the mission and the credo of Daytop Village of New Jersey, Inc. is the result of this involvement, and of his belief that the addictive disorder is a curable disease, given the right conditions, instructions, and support.
Michael A. LaBruna is a senior loan officer in commercial lending at TD Bank in Parsippany. He joined TD Bank in 2007. Michael is responsible for developing commercial banking relationships, including corporate financing, serving customers in Morris County and western Essex County. He has 14 years of experience in banking, commercial lending and finance. Before joining TD Bank, Michael served as a commercial relationship manager at JPMorgan Chase and HSBC. A resident of Flanders, New Jersey, Michael is a graduate of Centenary College.
Vice President/Sr. Loan Officer, Commercial Lending
300 Interpace Parkway, 3rdFloor, Building A
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Shikha Lamichhane-Mayer was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shikha possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religions from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Work experience includes the British Voluntary Services in Kathmandu and Sotheby’s in NYC. Shikha lives with her husband Kenneth A. Mayer and two sons Grant and Daniel in Bernardsville, NJ. In addition to being a Daytop NJ board member Shikha is a member of the Bernardsville Friends of the Library board.
Mr. Mayer is a founder and co-managing partner of The MayerGelwarg Group at Morgan Stanley. The MayerGelwarg Group works with wealthy families, privately-held businesses, retirement plans, endowments and foundations to establish family office and multigenerational programs, estate planning, insurance and investment management strategies, pension design and retirement solutions, and charitable giving.
Prior to founding The MayerGelwarg Group, Mr. Mayer was a principal with Bernstein Global Wealth Management and its predecessor firm, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, LLC which he joined in 1992. Before that, Mr. Mayer was executive vice president and chief financial officer for a NYC-based $100 million privately-held company where he directed the controllership functions of the business as well as the personal investments of its principals.
Mr. Mayer began his career in financial services at Chase Manhattan Bank where he was vice president and financial controller of the Domestic Private Banking Group. This group included the bank’s Personal Trust and Investment Services arm and its subsidiaries, The Chase Manhattan Trust Company of Florida and The Chase Manhattan Trust Company of California.
Mr. Mayer received his B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from The W. Paul Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University where he studied finance and international business.
Mr. Mayer grew up in Edison, New Jersey, and now resides in Bernardsville, New Jersey. He and his wife, Shikha have two sons, Grant and Daniel.
Jim Pellecchia has been associated with Daytop New Jersey since 2005. Jim served the organization in the capacity of secretary for the executive committee. His expertise is in the field of construction. Since 2005, he has continued to assist the organization with their construction projects and most recently with improvements at the Pittsgrove Facility. Jim is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a former board member for Hunterdon County DARE. Jim was elected to two terms on his local board of education – serving as Vice President.
Jim has worked for Turner Construction Company since 2000. He manages Project Safety in NY City on major building projects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Fairleigh Dickenson University. A long-time resident of Hunterdon County, NJ, Jim is married, with two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren.
Miles Powell II is the director of business development and a senior associate for the Alaimo Group, where he has worked since 1996. Prior to joining the Alaimo Group, Powell worked for General Electric Plastics as a district manager. He currently serves as the primary client contact for Alaimo, and assists in project management, personnel, and operations of the company.
Powell sits on the board of trustees at the College of New Jersey and chairs the Strategic Planning Committee. Additionally, he is active as a coach and commissioner for the Medford Youth Athletic Association. He is a former trustee of the Medford Educational Foundation, serving as chair of their largest annual fundraiser. Powell is also a member of the Burlington County 200 Club.
Powell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware, and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers University.
Director of Business Development
Alaimo Group, Consulting Engineers
200 High Street
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Sister Barbara Jean Packer
The Rev. Sister Barbara Jean Packer is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. She serves on the Daytop NJ board as a liaison with the Community of St. John Baptist.
Sister Barbara Jean holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey and a Bachelor’s of Education degree from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has been a member of the community of St. John Baptist, a religious order in the Episcopal Church, since 1964, and has served churches as assistant to the rector in Mendham, Bernardsville and Elizabeth. She also has been a teacher and houseparent at the former St. John Baptist School, a girls’ college preparatory school for grades 7-12, which occupied the Daytop campus until 1983. She also was superior of the community of St. John Baptist for 12 years and presently is a development officer and spiritual director. As a former high school teacher and houseparent, she enjoys her opportunity to interact with the Daytop NJ residents.
Board of Directors Member Since 1991
John R. Sette joined the Daytop NJ board in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He worked in the plastic industry forming Hanover Plastics Corporation in 1974 and purchasing Premium Plastics Corporation with three partners before selling the business in 1988. John was a Morris County Freeholder from 1989 to 1991.
John volunteers for many organizations including being a founding member and chair of the Morris County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program, chair of the Morris County Republician Committee and chair of the NJ sheriff’s political action committee. John and his wife Kathleen have been married since 1975, reside in Morristown and have a son, John II.
Board of Directors Member Since 1991
Lee D. Vartan
Lee Vartan joined the Daytop New Jersey board in June 2015. Mr. Vartan is currently a partner at the international law firm, Holland & Knight LLP, in New York City, where he is a member of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Practice. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Vartan had a substantial career in both federal and state government service. From 2007-2011, Mr. Vartan served as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, where he prosecuted white collar criminal offenses and computer intrusion.
In 2011, Mr. Vartan left the U.S. Attorney’s office to serve as assistant counsel to Governor Chris Christie, and later as the chief of staff to two attorneys general of New Jersey. Mr. Vartan ended his government career as the executive assistant attorney general, the state’s second highest-ranking prosecutor. Mr. Vartan lives in Chester, New Jersey with his wife, Kim, and their two boys, Luke and Aiden.
Board of Directors Member Since 2015
Company Link: www.hklaw.com/lee-vartan/