LIVINGSTON, NJ -The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors, to help set policy and strategic direction as the organization works to carry out its mission of healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. 

The new appointees include Susan DiGiacomo, Vice President at Lehrer Cumming; Nancy Josephs, CEO of Veritext Legal Solutions; and Douglas G. Phelps, CEO of Phelps Construction Group LLC. 

“These three new board members each bring invaluable experience and skill sets to our Metro Y Association. Additionally, they all understand and embrace the Y's mission and are committed to our cause,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. 

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“They will be instrumental in helping our Association serve more people, strengthen organizational capacity, communicate our impact to inspire others to join us, and create a safe place for all,” Gorab said.

New board members include:

Susan DiGiacomo, of Montclair, Vice President of the New Jersey office for Lehrer Cumming, a division of Cumming, an international company that provides project management and consulting on construction projects to clients across many different industries. The New Jersey office in Cranford, which opened in 2015, has provided design and management services to small and large-scale projects in the public and private sectors. Under her leadership, Cumming oversaw the design and construction of the state-of-the-art YMCA of the Piscataway Community Center. She has a B.A. in Communications Journalism from Rider University.

Nancy Josephs, of Livingston, CEO of Veritext Legal Solutions, the largest deposition services company internationally. Before co-founding Veritext, Josephs spent 15 years as a management consultant, providing services to Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries. She also held positions of Vice President with Bronner Slosberg and Humphrey, President and Founder of Brookshire Enterprises, and Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche. She is also involved in the Women in America program, a businesswomen’s mentoring program. She has an MBA and Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. 

Doug Phelps, of Boonton, CEO of Phelps Construction Group, one of the leading general contracting firms in the state which manages a portfolio that includes the Executive and Coaches Offices for the NJ Devils at the Prudential Center, Teachers Village in Newark, and The Peopling of America Center on Ellis Island. His group recently completed construction of the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island. Phelps serves as Chairman of the Boonton Planning board, President of the board of trustees for the Boonton United Methodist Church, and is a board member on the American Heart Association’s Hard Hats with Heart and Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk. He is also a board member at the Institute of Educational Achievement, a school for autistic children in New Milford where he recently led the construction of their new Adult Learning Center. He is an alumnus of Syracuse University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.


Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.