NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University vice president and a city businessman and volunteer have been appointed to the board of New Brunswick Tomorrow (NBT), the agency that works behind the scenes on city improvement projects. City Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar was also appointed to a seat on the board.
Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, currently the associate vice president for economic development and the Associate Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station for Rutgers University, was appointed to a three-year term on the board of the non-profit agency.
She holds a doctorate degree in Urban Planning and Policy Development from the Rutgers' Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Brennan-Tonetta has demonstrated an ability at Rutgers and across the state in bringing people together to affect change, NBT said in a statement.
Gus Sleiman, a first-generation New Brunswick resident, was also appointed to a three-year seat on the board. A graduate of The City University of New York, Sleiman is a business owner and real estate investor in the Hub City.
He has demonstrated a strong belief in giving back to the community through his service in a variety of volunteer roles, including as chair of the advisory board of the Salvation Army, and through work at the Lebanese Information Center, and at New Brunswick Tomorrows' Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy
Escobar is a long-time New Brunswick resident and advocate. She has served in many roles, including as a family worker at PRAB - formerly the Puerto Rican Action Board - and is currently program director of Youth Advocate Programs. Her community activities include serving on the Middlesex County Council on Children Services, the Town Clock CDC, and the Suydam St. Reformed Church Consistory Board.
She is a graduate of New Brunswick Tomorrow’s Leadership Now and Leadership Tomorrow programs.
"All three of our newest board members bring valuable experience and expertise, as well as a passion for serving the New Brunswick community," said Jaymie Santiago, president and CEO of NBT. "I’m eager to have them bring their unique talents, expertise and perspectives to further our mission of improving the quality of life for everyone in New Brunswick,” Santiago said.
New Brunswick Tomorrow is a social impact organization that has worked for several decades at improving the quality of life in New Brunswick. The agency addresses issues that impact residents, including the vibrancy of neighborhoods, family health and well-being, and advocacy for children’s academically and social success.
The agency works in public and private partnerships across the city. More information about the agency is available by calling (732) 246-0603 or going to the website at www.nbtomorrow.org
Other members of the current board are: Roberto Muñiz, the board chair; Christopher Walsh, vice chair; Superior Court Judge (Ret) Roger Daley, vice chair; Elizabeth Hance, treasurer; Michael Bodadilla; Chris Cimarusti, Ph.D.; C. Roy Epps; Dr. Eric Jahn, Michael Knecht; Carla Haynes Siglam; Marilyn Valentine; and Joan Weisblatt, Esq.