Board of Trustees Biographies

Ms. Chelsye Carrion  (Appointed 2016)

Chelsye Carrion is currently a junior majoring in Legal Studies with a double minor in Sociology and Professional Sales. She is the president of The Law Society and president of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Club. She is also a senator of the Student Government Association serving on the Judicial Review Board. In addition to her campus leadership roles, Chelsye is a student advocate for Wynona’s House for Children, as well as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Ms. Lourdes Cortez (Appointed 2014)

Ms. Cortez has served as President and CEO of North Jersey Federal Credit Union since 2005.  Under her leadership, membership has significantly increased and currently exceeds 32,000 with the institution holding assets of 214 million dollars.  Ms. Cortez is a recipient of numerous awards, including the NJ Biz “Top Fifty Business Women of New Jersey”, “Women of Vision Award” and the “Women Changing Paterson” award.  She is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Treasurer of the Executive Women of New Jersey and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic.      

Ms. Cortez resides in Bergen County.  

John Galandak

Mr. John Galandak  (Appointed 2015)

Mr. Galandak is President of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ).  He is also publisher/CEO of Commerce Magazine/Commerce Enterprises, Inc., the Association’s media arm.  Prior to his appointment at CIANJ, Mr. Galandak served 17 years as president of its educational affiliate, the Foundation for Free Enterprise, which shares the Association’s philosophy and works to develop future leaders who look at the world through the eye of the entrepreneur.  Mr. Galandak earned a B.A. and M.S. in Zoology from Rutgers University.

Mr. Galandak resides in Sussex County.


Mr. Frederick L. Gruel (Appointed 1992)

Mr. Gruel recently retired as the President and CEO of AAA New Jersey Auto Club and has been with the company for over twenty-six years. Prior to that Mr. Gruel held several positions in higher education including Vice President of Administration and Finance at Thomas A. Edison State College, Trenton, NJ and Assistant Director, Office of Community College Programs for the State of New Jersey, Department of Higher Education. He earned a B.S. from Fordham University and an MBA from Florida State University.

Mr. Gruel resides in Somerset County.



Mr. Robert Guarasci (Appointed 2009)

Mr. Guarasci is President and CEO of New Jersey Community Development Corporation, a private, non-profit community development and social service agency founded in 1994 and based in Paterson. The mission of NJCDC is to create opportunities to transform lives through initiatives in the areas of housing, education, youth development and community building. In addition to his service on the WPU Board, Mr. Guarasci also holds gubernatorial appointments to the NJ Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission. Mr. Guarasci is the Founder of the Community Charter School of Paterson and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Paterson Alliance, a network of non-profit agencies serving Paterson residents. Mr. Guarasci earned a B.A. from George Washington University.

Mr. Guarasci resides in Passaic County.

Kevin Lenahan

Mr. Kevin Lenahan (Appointed 2016)

Mr. Lenahan is the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Atlantic Health System, Inc.  He began his career at Atlantic Health in 1995 and has served the organization in numerous capacities over the past 20 years.  He is also President and Chair of Atlantic Health Management Corporation, President of Atlantic Insurance Company, Ltd., and President of Atlantic Ambulance, as well as Treasurer of the Atlantic Health System Board.  He was named “CFO of the Year” by NJBIZ in 2013 within the large, not-for-profit category.  Mr. Lenahan received his B.A. in Accounting from William Paterson University. 

Mr. Lenahan resides in Morris County.      

Ms. Anna Marie Mascolo (Appointed 2009)

Ms. Mascolo is recently retired from Nassau County Community College (NCC) as Executive Assistant to the President and Counsel to the NCC Board of Trustees.  For 12 years, she served as Vice President for Legal and External Affairs and Counsel to the NCC board.  She has over 32 years' experience in labor and employee relations and human resources.  Ms. Mascolo has served in the higher education field for over 30 years.  She has been admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the New York Bar and is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Association for College and University Attorneys,  and the Bergen County Bar Association.  Ms. Mascolo earned a B.S. and an M.A. from Seton Hall University and a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.  Ms. Mascolo was a participant in the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

Ms. Mascolo resides in Bergen County

Mr. Brad Neilley

Mr. Brad Neilley  (Appointed 2014)

Mr. Neilley is the Chief Human Resources Officer at AvalonBay Communities, Inc., located in Arlington, Virginia.  Prior to AvalonBay, Mr. Neilley has provided global HR strategies and leadership skills for Pentax Medical, Johnson & Johnson and ABM Industries and led management and organizational projects for The New York Times.  Mr. Neilley has professional and community affiliations with numerous human resource management groups and previously served on the William Paterson University Foundation Board.  He earned a B.A. from William Paterson and a M.B.A. in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 Mr. Neilley resides in Mercer County.                                                               

Ms. Linda Niro (Appointed 2009)

Ms. Niro serves as Chief Accounting Officer at the 1st Constitution Bank in Cranbury, New Jersey and has almost forty years of experience in the banking industry.  Ms. Niro’s background encompasses finance, accounting, asset/liability management, and treasury management.  She has professional affiliations with Executive Women of New Jersey, and the Dress for Success program in Jersey City and is a member of the William Paterson University Foundation Board.  Ms. Niro earned a B.A. from William Paterson University and is a graduate of the National School of Finance and Management and the Executive Development Program, both at Fairfield University in Connecticut. 

Ms. Niro resides in Somerset County.   


Mr. William J. Pesce (Appointed 2002)

Mr. Pesce retired as the President & CEO of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in April 2011. He was a member of Wiley’s leadership team for 22 years, serving as President & CEO for 13 years. He has extensive experience leading a global company; recruiting and developing collaborative leadership teams; building and sustaining a high performance organizational culture; creating and executing strategic plans; and consummating acquisitions and partnerships. While at Wiley, Mr. Pesce was actively engaged in the development of technology-enabled products and services for the academic and professional communities.  He is on the Board of Overseers of the Stern School of Business at NYU and the Board of Directors of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  Mr. Pesce was inducted in the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame in 2012.  He earned a B.A. from William Paterson University and an MBA from New York University.

Mr. Pesce resides in Somerset County. 

Dr. Henry J. Pruitt, Jr., Trustee Emeritus (Appointed 1983)

Dr. Pruitt has been an educator for over 30 years serving in many capacities including as teacher, college department chairperson and principal. He retired as Principal of the Janis E. Dismus Middle School, Englewood, NJ in 1994. Dr. Pruitt is an educational consultant and serves on many community boards, including the Teaneck Public School Board, of which he is the current president. He has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Pruitt has received numerous community awards for his educational leadership and promotion of diversity. He earned a B.A. from Hunter College, an M.A. from New York University and an M.Ed., and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Pruitt resides in Bergen County.

Mr. Michael Seeve   (Appointed 2015)

Mr. Seeve is the President and a principal of regional developer Mountain Development Corporation which manages a diverse collection of commercial, retail and industrial assets totaling almost six million square feet and spanning five states.  Mr. Seeve is a past Chairman of the Barnert Hospital Foundation and former Chairman of the William Paterson University Foundation. He currently is Chairman of the Paterson Special Improvement District and is a Trustee and President Elect of NJ NAIOP, the real estate development and advocacy organization. Mr. Seeve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Seeve resides in Essex County.

Mr. Robert H. Taylor,Trustee Emeritus (Appointed 1990)

Mr. Taylor is a retired Vice President for Engineering, Design and Construction for AT&T.  Mr. Taylor worked as a development engineer and then in various management positions during a 40-year career in the Bell System, including 32 years at Bell Telephone  Laboratories  He is a former trustee of  Thomas A. Edison State College.  He represented WPU on the board of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities for eight years, including a term as chair.  Mr. Taylor has served the community on various boards and associations, and he is an Elder at The Presbyterian Church in his community.  Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.

Mr. Taylor resides in Somerset County.

Mr. Joseph Velli   (Appointed 2017)

Mr. Velli is recently retired from The Bank of New York as senior executive vice president and as a member of the Bank's Senior Policy Committee. He has an extensive background in financial services and technology with extensive leadership, strategic planning, business development and board experience. Mr. Velli currently serves on several public boards and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University. Mr. Velli is an alumnus of William Paterson University and earned a B.A. in Accounting. He also holds an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Mr. Velli resides in Bergen County.

Dr. Deborah Zastocki  (Appointed 2012)       

Dr. Deborah Zastocki is a retired President and CEO of Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pequannock, New Jersey.  Dr. Zastocki served on the Veterans Health Administration East Coast Board of Directors, secretary of the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Directors, member of the American Heart Association Regional Health Policy Board of Directors (Region 2), and was a member of the Board of Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ). Dr. Zastocki earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Arts in Nursing and Master of Education in Community Health from Columbia University, and in 2008, was among the first to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from UMDNJ.

Dr. Zastocki resides in Naples, Florida.

Dr. Waldron

Dr. Kathleen Waldron (Appointed 2010) Ex Officio

Dr. Kathleen Waldron was appointed the seventh President of William Paterson University as of August 2, 2010.  She previously served for five years as president of Bernard M. Baruch College of City University of New York and for six years as Dean of the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Prior to her transition to higher education administration, Dr. Waldron held numerous senior management positions at Citibank over a 14-year period, including President of Citibank International in Miami from 1991 through 1995. Dr. Waldron has served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Committee on the Fulbright Program, a member of the Board of Directors of Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, a member of the Florida International Bankers Association and a director of the Fulbright Association. She is a member of the Latin American Studies Association, the Financial Women’s Association, the Academy of Management, the Economics Club, the Association for a Better New York, and currently serves on the board of The Tinker Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Women’s City Club of New York. Dr. Waldron earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History from Indiana University.

President Waldron resides in Passaic County.