Governance Through Diversity

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Donald Conway

(Chairman)

Mr. Conway’s career includes service as a practicing attorney; he also operates a successful real estate business. Don has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Retarded Children (ARC) and is an active member with the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, an organization for which he seeks sponsorships for children. Don and his wife are frequent travelers to Central and South America and serve as a regular host family for visitors from Costa Rica. Prior to accepting the GBCA chair, he served as Vice Chair for six years.

 
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Sercan Zoklu

(Vice-Chair)

Is currently the Borough Clerk of Cliffside Park.  He has significant experience in residential, multi-family and commercial real estate properties in Bergen and Hudson Counties. His areas of interest and expertise include Political Science, Finance, Real Estate, and Banking.  He is a graduate of Rutgers University, Rutgers Business School, where he was the president of the Class of 2009.  He is the Cliffside Park organizer for the Diabetes Foundation. Sercan was appointed to the Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. Board of Directors in September of 2012.

Soraya Gonzalez

(Secretary)

Is a long-time resident of Hackensack, New Jersey, and a high school Spanish teacher.  Soraya has been an active member of the 1st Bergen Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. She is also active in community organizations such as ALCA (American Latino Civic Association) in Hackensack, NJ and a variety of faith-based organizations.

Joseph Rutch

(Treasurer)

Is the Borough Administrator for the Borough of Cliffside Park. He has significant community development experience and has been involved in community revitalization efforts throughout his career. He also serves on Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative’s advisory board. He was the Bergen County Community Development Director for eighteen years.

Mary Amoroso

In her first term as a Bergen County Freeholder, Mary had  a long career as a reporter for The Record, where she covered local, county, state and federal politics. Her long-running show on the Comcast Cable network CN8 won both a CableAce Award and an Emmy. She began her career in public service when she was elected to the Mahwah Town council in 2015. In her work, she merges the passions she developed during her time as a reporter with being an effective advocate for women, children and family issues across Bergen County.

Sean Connors

Serves as the board’s Head Start policy council representative. Born and raised in Jersey City, he is currently a Detective with the Jersey City Police Department where he has served for 23 years. Once part of the Consumer Affairs Law Committee and the Public Safety Committee of the New Jersey General Assembly, Connors also served on the Board of Education of the Jersey City Public Schools .

Ramon M. Hache Sr.

Ramon M. Hache Sr. was elected to the Bergen County Board of Commissioners in November 2020. He previously served on the Ridgewood Village Council beginning in 2016 and became Mayor in 2018. Ramon served on the Planning Board, Parks  Recreation, Fields Committee, and the Central Business District Advisory Committee. He was Village liaison to the Board of Education and is a former Board member of the Bergen County Open Space Advisory Trust Fund.

Mitchell Kahn

Was formerly Professor and Director of the Social Work Program at Ramapo College and served as the Executive Director of the Greater Bergen Housing Coalition from 1980-2013. He also served as Vice-President and Director of Organizing for the New Jersey Tenants Organization from 1977-2013.  He is a founder of New Jersey Citizen Action and has been on its Board since 1982. 

Carmine Meluccio

Senior Commercial Account Executive and Vice President with Columbia Bank in Fair Lawn. Specializes in developing commercial Banking relationships for the bank with a focus on commercial real estate and commercial and industrial lending.  

He currently belongs to the following non- profit Organizations;

President of the Fort Lee Rotary, Board Member of the Gold Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Secretary for the Italian American Family Association in Clifton, Clifton Moose Lodge Member.

 

 

Amanda Missey

Amanda Missey has more than 30 years of program development, fundraising and administrative experience in the not-for-profit sector. In May, 2014, she became the President and CEO of Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative.

Previously, Amanda spent 18 years at the Bergen Volunteer Center, where she founded Bergen LEADS, a civic leadership program for adults. She is an experienced speaker and trainer on a number of topics including fundraising, corporate volunteering, leadership and board service.

Ryan Peene

Mr. Ryan J. Peene serves as Senior Vice President of Government Banking and Corporate Development at SB One Bank.

 

In his role, he is chiefly responsible for devising and implementing growth strategies for all commercial business lines throughout the SB One Bank’s regional footprint, overseeing SB One Bank’s government deposit portfolio, and leading the charge for the institution’s community development efforts.  

 

In 2019, he received the 40 Under 40 award from NJBIZ magazine for his work at SB One Bank.

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Greater Bergen Community Action is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America.

Contact Us

GBCA Headquarters
392 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-968-0200

 

Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 22-1818014