Newark Public Radio, Inc. Board of Trustees
NOTICE: THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WBGO BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON
Current Board Members
Christopher AllegaertChristopher Allegaert is a founding partner of Allegaert Berger &Vogel LLP, a 16-lawyer firm with offices in New York and Princeton. His practice focuses on commercial disputes and he has extensive experience in trial, arbitration and mediation settings. Mr. Allegaert regularly advises foreign businesses, financial institutions, lawyers and law firms with respect to international and domestic litigations. He has taught, written and lectured on a range of legal subjects. He is active in, and previously served as the Chairman of, IAG International, an organization of over 70 independent law, tax advisory and accounting firms throughout the world.
Ron BlattRon Blatt, currently the president and CEO of Blatt Billiards, an 85-year old company that employs 55 people in the fine art of billiard table restoration and manufacturing, has received many awards as a respected authority, trendsetter and market maker in the billiard industry. Blatt is the producer of the Mayors Cup, an all-borough pool tournament for the Sports Commission of the City of New York; producer of the Billiard Congress of America U.S. Open Pool Tournament; and president of Balkline Press Inc., a publishing company that is currently involved with the third edition of the Billiard Encyclopedia as well as the publishing of Artworks and Memorabilia.
Milvia BurnsMilvia Burns is part owner of Crawford Street Partners LLC, a high-growth real estate company committed to the revitalization of neighborhoods for Newark, NJ residents and surrounding communities through the conversion of properties from abandoned structures to quality residential and commercial space. She is an attorney, business woman and entrepreneur with 25+ years experience in law with a specialization in the area of transactional law. For 10 years Milvia worked in diverse areas of law firm administration for the firms of Sills Cummis and Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso & Zitomer, LLC. Milvia is part owner of Jazz Legacy Productions, a recording company dedicated to documenting the jazz art form and enhancing and preserving the legacy of jazz artists for future generations. She has also worked extensively with numerous not for profits with an emphasis in the areas of development and management
Mindy CohenMindy A. Cohen is co-owner of Evergreen Partners, Inc. – an award-winning public relations and event management company. She has more than 25 years of experience organizing both large and small-scale events at venues throughout New York, New Jersey and around the country. Ms. Cohen’s work benefits Fortune 500 firms as well as prestigious non-profit organizations. Her clients include the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the International Women’s Media Foundation, Montclair State University, NJTV, Paper Mill Playhouse, the State Theatre of New Jersey, TEAM Schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and many others throughout the metropolitan area. In 2013, Ms. Cohen was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in NJ Biz. The NJ Biz Awards Program honors New Jersey’s most outstanding women in business who are influential in their professional fields, local communities, and in the advocacy of women.
Albert De LeonMr. De Leon is a Legal/Compliance and regulatory consultant in the financial services industry. He was previously Head of Compliance Advisory & Monitoring with the Zurich Insurance Group-Americas; General Counsel & Senior Vice President at Dexia Bank's New York Branch, and at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken's NY Branch (he was responsible for US legal, regulatory and compliance matters at each bank). Mr. De Leon holds a BA degree from The City College of New York, where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy, and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law. He is also on the Board of Directors of the NYC Industrial Development Agency where he chairs the Audit Committee.
Brenda FelicianoBrenda Feliciano has an extensive background as an actress, opera singer and arts administrator. She has performed as a vocal soloist with many orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin. In addition to her active performing career, she represented Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill for several years and has managed the artistic endeavors of Paquito D’Rivera for more than 20 years.
Gregory FloydSince joining Teamsters Local 237 over 20 years ago, Gregory Floyd rose through the ranks on the strength of his leadership abilities. Starting as a hospital police officer he was promoted to captain at age 27, and soon after became director of the union’s Citywide Division, trustee, secretary-treasurer, chief negotiator, and was elected Local 237’s fifth president in 2007. As president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters largest local, Floyd represents a diverse group of 24,000 public employees in New York City and on Long Island. He also serves as a trustee to the Board of New York City Employee Retirement System (NYCERS); commissioner on the board of the IBT Human Rights Commission; member of the board of Group Health Insurance (GHI) and Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council.
Ron HartenbaumRon’s background in network and national radio makes him a stand out in the world of talk radio management. Beginning as an account manager with Needham and Grey Advertising, then as a VP of Sales for Westwood One and as a director of new business for the ABC owed radio stations, Ron went on to become a founding partner of MediaAmerica and CEO of Jones Radio Networks. Ron is heralded with creating programming and marketing strategies that helped build MediaAmerica and then Jones into a national radio program distribution powerhouse. He was instrumental in the sales strategies that enabled the Rush Limbaugh Radio Program to gain market acceptance in the network radio-advertising world. He’s also developed network radio sales and marketing programs for NASCAR/Motor Racing Network, The National Football League and NCAA football. In addition, Ron has also worked with Neal Boortz, Dennis Prager, Clark Howard, Mike Gallagher and Ed Schultz. In 2004 Ron founded WYD Media Management LLC that now distributes over 100 hours of programming per week on radio and TV spanning a wide range of political viewpoints. Show hosts include: Stephanie Miler, Thom Hartmann, Michael Smerconish, David Webb, Mike Malloy, Phil Hendrie, Sam Seder, Mike Papantonio, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Zach Sang. Additionally, Ron served as President of the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.
Diane Hill, Ph.DDr. Diane Hill is Assistant Chancellor at Rutgers University-Newark. She has been a member of the Rutgers University administration since 1988 and has served in key senior leadership positions during her tenure. Her research interests include advancing community engagement in higher education, with special emphasis on university-community partnerships in urban universities, school-based youth college and career development and engagement demonstration models, and community-based participatory research. Dr. Hill was instrumental in creating the Rutgers Office of University-Community Partnerships, the campus’s first institutionalized office to advance university-community partnerships. She is responsible for creating and promoting partnerships and research collaborations between the university and public, private and community-based organizations. Her education and community engagement repertoire extends from early childhood to senior citizens. Renowned for her expertise in building community relations, Dr. Hill has over 30 years of professional experience in education. A Newark native, Dr. Hill is often invited to professional forums as a speaker and has made presentations at local, statewide, national and international conferences to share her expertise, experience and research.
Alan HoltzAlan Holtz is a Managing Director with AlixPartners, a global consulting firm that specializes, in improving corporate financial and operational performance, executing corporate turnarounds and providing other services in urgent, high-impact situations. He provides restructuring advice to companies and their management, boards of directors, financial institutions and creditors’ groups, across a wide variety of industries. He is a frequent author and speaker on the topic of corporate restructuring and is a licensed CPA.
Stephen IfshinStephen Ifshin has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry and, currently, is Chairman of DLC, which he co-founded in 1991. Mr. Ifshin oversees the operations-side of DLC’s business, including tenant leasing, property, asset, and construction management activities, and the firm’s regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, and Baltimore. DLC is a leasing-driven operator of shopping centers, developing and maintaining strong relationships across national, regional and local tenants. Mr. Ifshin also the Co-Chair on the Board of Advisors for the Business School of the University of Vermont.
Steven KamenSteven R. Kamen, is a partner at the law firm Sills Cummis & Gross and practices from their Newark and New York City offices. He is the co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate Practice Group and provides corporate counseling to public and private companies, including the structuring and negotiating of complex acquisitions, joint ventures/collaborations and other commercial transactions.
Henry A. MauermeyerHenry A. Mauermeyer has been employed by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) for the past 32 years. Currently, he serves as the Senior Vice President for Administration and Treasurer with responsibility for economic development, and coordination of Science Park and NJIT’s Business Incubator Program. Previous positions included stints as the Vice President for Financial Affairs, Treasurer and Assistant Vice President.
D. Nicholas MiceliD. Nicholas Miceli has worked at TD Bank for 15 years. He is currently President of the bank's Central New Jersey market consisting of Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union Counties. He is responsible for Regional Banking and Small Business Banking. During his 25 year banking career, he has been featured in numerous financial articles and has also appeared on PBS/13WNET spotlight "Inside Trenton", “One on One” and “NJ Capitol Report” discussing the State of Banking in New Jersey. He hosts the TD Bank/Star Ledger Road to Personal Wealth Conference focusing on financial literacy, which for the last three years has featured Suze Orman. Active in the community, Miceli is Board Chairman of Family Intervention Services, a Board Member of Rutgers Business School Advisory Board, WBGO Radio, St. Joes School for the Blind, NJ Performing Arts Center Business Partners Committee, and a Trustee of The Newark Museum. He is also a Board Member of the NJ Bankers Association where he serves on their Executive Committee. He is a resident of River Edge, NJ and a graduate of Rutgers University.
Timothy L. PorterTim is a trustee of New School University. He was formerly Senior Counsel and later Chief Client Relationship Counsel at Proskauer Rose, a global law firm. Prior to joining Proskauer, Tim worked at AT&T, where for ten years he was Vice President - Law, Chief Counsel for Labor, Employment and Environmental Matters. He served as a Director of the AT&T Investment Management Company, the company's pension and retirement benefits asset investment arm, and is currently a Director of The Life Insurance Company of Boston and New York, a subsidiary of Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company. Tim is a trustee of Newark Public Radio (WBGO), and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He is a former board director of the YMCA of Greater New York, and a former trustee of Holy Cross College, his alma mater. He received his JD degree from New York University, School of Law. In addition to his many civic involvements, Tim is an accomplished mandolinist, jazz recording producer, and author.
Dorothy RobinsonDorothy K. Robinson is Vice President and General Counsel of Yale University, where she has served as chief legal counsel for over 21 years, and as an officer of the University for almost as long. Previously, she held positions as Deputy General Counsel, Director of Federal Relations and Associate General Counsel at the University. Before going to Yale, she practiced law with the firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City.
Kingsley SosooKingsley Sosoo is a financial management executive with extensive background in strategic business planning and performance analytics. Currently employed as a Vice President in the Corporate Controllers Division at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey, he has over 20 years experience in the financial services and telecommunications industries providing financial management support to senior executives at the corporate and business segment levels. He also serves as a board member and Financial Treasurer of Tri-City People's Corporation -- a not for profit social services organization in East Orange and Newark.