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.

 
Greater Bergen Community Action
Sercan Zoklu

(Vice-Chair)

Is currently the Deputy Administrator of the Borough of Cliffside Park.  He is also the Chief Financial Officer of the Borough of Edgewater.  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 eight 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 .

David Ganz

Is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as a Bergen County Freeholder. He is also managing partner and principal litigator in the law firm of Ganz & Sivin, L.L.P. of Fair Lawn, NJ and Ganz & Hollinger, P.C. in New York City, and has a law practice that is focused on litigation, guardianship, real estate, land use, and general corporate work in New York and New Jersey. He introduced “Bergen Wellness”, Bergen County’s drug prescription card program, offering discounts on prescription drugs to seniors, children and all other County Residents.

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. 

Jerome J. Lombardo

Is the President and CEO of C. J. Lombardo Real Estate Company of Hackensack.  Through his leadership as Chairman of the Upper Main Alliance in the City of Hackensack, Mr. Lombardo brings significant real estate expertise and guidance to GBCA’s projects. He also serves on the boards of the New Jersey Apartment Association, and the Wyckoff Zoning Board.

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.

 

 

Greater Bergen Community Action

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.

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

 

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