PATERSON – Mayor-Elect Andre Sayegh today announced his latest appointments to his Transition Team. These individuals will serve on the team’s 11 committees assigned to examine the city’s government and agencies, and make recommendations for the improvement of the delivery and effectiveness of public services. The Transition Team’s efforts are directed toward a successful launch of the new municipal administration on July 1.

“So many outstanding people have stepped forward and offered their skills and experiences for the benefit of the future of our city,” said Mayor-Elect Sayegh. “The people on our Transition Team committees are all great examples of what it means to be One Paterson, many people with different perspectives joining together to create a brighter future for Paterson.”  

Today’s announcement follows Mayor-Elect Sayegh’s May 22 appointments of Transition Team leaders. In addition to the Transition Team members listed below, Mayor-Elect Sayegh appointed Russell “Mr. G.” Graddy, owner of Mr. G’s Restaurant in Paterson as a Transition Team co-chair, Vincent Giblin, Esq. of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP as co-chair of the Labor & Workforce Development Committee, and Greg Lalevee, Business Manager for the International Union of Operation Engineers (IUOE) Local 825 as co-chair of the Environment, Infrastructure & Public Works Committee.  

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The newly appointed members of the Transition Team’s 11 committees are:

Arts, Culture & Tourism

  • Martin Vergara, Board of Trustees Chair, Hamilton Partnership
  • Nicholas Rodriguez, Board of Directors Member, Inner City Ensemble
  • David Garsia, Owner, The Art Factory 
  • Wendy Liscow, Program Director, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Elizabeth Valverde, Adjunct Professor, Passaic County Community College
  • Manny Martinez, Director of Community Schools, Community Charter School of Paterson
  • Judith P. Fenelus, Chief of Staff to N.J. Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter


Administration, Budget & Finance:

  • Gerald Reiner, Director of Purchasing, County of Bergen
  • Bibi Taylor, Director of Finance and Treasurer, County of Union
  • Ken De Roberts, CEO, Government Strategy Group/CFO, Township of Edison
  • Steven D. Wielkotz, CPA & RMA, Ferriaioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva
  • Alan Weinberg, Business Administrator, Monroe Township
  • Anthony J. DeNova III, Administrator, County of Passaic 
  • Robert Mondelli, VP for Information Technology, Passaic County Community College 
  • Lourdes Courtez, President, North Jersey Federal Credit Union      


Community & Economic Development:

  • Jeffrey Crum, Chief Investment Officer, New Jersey Community Capital
  • Deborah Hoffman, Department of Economic Development Director, County of Passaic 
  • Christopher Paladino, President, New Brunswick Development Corporation
  • Jamie Dykes, President, Paterson Chamber of Commerce
  • Edgar Santana, Director of Political and Governmental Affairs, Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund
  • John Fressie, Owner, Bascom Food Products International
  • Frank Blesso, former Paterson Redevelopment Authority Director
  • Abed Awad, Esq., Awad and Khoury, Attorneys At Law    
  • Abdul Hamdan, Broker of Record, Hamden Realty Group               
  • Alfonso D’Aloisio Jr., President & CEO, Railroad Construction Corporation
  • Brendan Gill, President, BGill Group
  • Lilisa Mimms, City Council Member, City of Paterson
  • Luis De La Hoz, Vice Chair, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey/Vice President, BCB Community Bank
  • Valeria Aloe, Latina Business and Entrepreneurship Consultant
  • Francisco Cortes, Realtor & Owner, The Diamond Group
  • Darius T. Sollohub, Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, College of Architecture and Infrastructure           


Environment, Infrastructure & Public Works

  • Miguel Diaz, Purchasing Department   Supervisor, County of Passaic
  • Steven Kehayes, Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment Consultant, Greener by Design, LLC
  • Todd Pipkin, Executive Board Member, Paterson Education Association    
  • Jennifer Papa, Executive Director, City Green           
  • Al Abdelaziz, Supervisor of Athletics, Passaic Public Schools
  • Kate Slevin, Senior Vice President for State Programs & Advocacy, Regional Plan Association


Health & Human Services:

  • Mahmoud B. Aqel, MD, St. Joseph’s Health, N.J. Board of Medical Examiners member  
  • Mannan Razzak, MD, Woodland Park Pediatrics 
  • Carlos A. Rueda, MD, Psychiatry Department Chair, St. Joseph’s Health 
  • Mary Garner, CEO, Paterson Community Health Center     
  • Ilise Zimmerman, President & CEO, Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey
  • Donna Marie Fico, Executive Vice President Supportive Services, Eva’s Village      
  • Dr. Sam Pirozzi, Executive Director, Straight & Narrow, Inc.           
  • Carmen DePadua Perez, Constituent Services Representative, Office of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.
  • Sami Merhi, former Board of Managers President, Preakness Healthcare Center
  • Kathleen Long, Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Oasis – A Haven for Women & Children          
  • Charlene Gungil, Health Department Director, County of Passaic
  • Theresa McDermott, Executive Director, Concerned Parents For A Better Start Preschool
  • Beverly Brevard, Healthcare Professional
  • Hanaa Hamdi, Ph.D, former Health and Human Services Director, City of Newark/National Public Health Director, The Trust for Public Land.             



  • Angelo Genova, Esq., Chairman & Managing Partner, LLC
  • Joe Wenzel, Esq., Friend & Wenzel, LLC
  • Aymen Aboushi, Esq., The Aboushi Law Firm
  • Luke Breslin, Esq., Jackson Lewis     
  • Nate Davis, Esq., Law Offices of Nate Davis
  • Karen Brown, Esq., Law Offices of Karen Brown     


Recreation, Education & Youth:

  • Al Moody, Youth Services Bureau Director, City of Paterson (Retired) 
  • Della Fischer, Deputy Director of Constituent Services, Office of N.J. Governor Phil Murphy
  • Melissa Litwin, Program Director, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation
  • Fred Ardis, Teacher, Paterson Public Schools (Retired)        
  • John McEntee, Jr., President, Paterson Education Association
  • Christina Scano, Principal, John P. Holland Charter School
  • Eddie Gonzalez, Director of Community Outreach, New Jersey Community Development Corporation
  • Gilman Choudhury, Coordinator for Family and Community Engagement, Paterson Public Schools
  • Wendy McGuire, Deputy Executive Director, Paterson Boys and Girls Clubs
  • KC Melvin, Business Owner and Community Leader
  • Regana Bracey, President and Founder, Mr. G’s Kids
  • Gerald Glisson, Principal, Paterson Public Schools
  • Jeanette Lyde, Assistant Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools (Retired)


Public Safety & Prevention:

  • Rick Prince, Project Manager, Safe City Initiative 
  • Robert Reid, Ph.D, Montclair State University, Substance Abuse Prevention Center          
  • Lawrence Spagnola, Chief of Police, City of Paterson (Retired)        
  • Lester Taylor, Esq., former Mayor, City of East Orange/Partner, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt and Cappelli, LLC


Public Authorities:

  • Anthony Salters, Managing General Partner, Media Allies, LLC. Media Allies
  • Patrick Kavanagh, President, CWA Local 1032
  • Wayne Witherspoon, Educator, Paterson Public Schools
  • Pete Rendina, Teacher, Paterson Public Schools (Retired)/Commissioner, Paterson Housing Authority


Public Integrity:

  • Lawrence F. “Pat” Kramer, former Mayor of Paterson         
  • Anna-Lisa Dopirak, former Mayor of Paterson/Business Administrator, City of Paterson (Retired)


Labor & Workforce Development:

  • Lauren Murphy, Executive Director, Passaic County One Stop/American Job Center
  • Harvey J. Nutter, Executive Director, Greater Paterson OIC
  • Mark Roche, President, Passaic County Building Trades 
  • Kathleen Muldoon, Executive Director, William Paterson University, Small Business Development Center
  • Duwan Bogart, Executive Director, Passaic County Workforce Development Board
  • Monique Baptist, Director, CareerWorks/Vice President of Programs, The Newark Alliance
  • Orlando Cruz, Chair, Tri-County Chamber of Commerce     
  • Arcelio Aponte, President, N.J. State Board of Education
  • Hashim Shomari, Acting Executive Director, Service Employees International Union, New Jersey State Council
  • Charles Featherson, Director of Community Outreach and Family Services, County of Passaic
  • Bennie Cook, Labor Leader, County of Passaic