MEET THE BOARD

OUR BOARD MEMBERS SERVE ON THE LEADING EDGE…

Our Board members serve on the leading edge of their respective fields, providing perspective on some of the hot-button topics of the day and wide-ranging perspective on the future of the Gloucester County business community. Their leadership is the guiding force behind the Chamber and its growing membership base.

Executive Committee

Lisa Morina, Board Chair

Lisa Morina, Board ChairLisa is Vice President of Marketing & External Relations for the Kennedy Health, a health services delivery system which meets the community’s healthcare needs at its hospital campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, and at outpatient facilities throughout Camden and Gloucester counties.

In this role, Ms. Morina oversees system-wide marketing, communication, advertising, community wellness and special events. In her dual role, she also works to build and strengthen the integrated healthcare system’s relationships with a wide variety of external leaders – legislative, business, community and advocacy organizations — whose support is vital to its mission.

Prior to her role at Kennedy, Ms. Morina had served since 2004 as the Director of Economic & Business Development for Gloucester County, NJ, where she was responsible for creation, business growth, workforce investment, public/private partnership development, and many other initiatives focused on the growth of the South Jersey and Gloucester County region.

A graduate of Rowan University, she earned a B.A. in Communications, and holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA.

Ms. Morina is an active leader in the South Jersey community, serving as Board Chairperson of the Southern New Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, as a Trustee on the Southern New Jersey Development Council and as a board member of Robin’s Nest, headquartered in Glassboro, NJ. Previously she served as a board member with the South Jersey Tourism Corporation, The United Way of Gloucester County, the Gloucester County Workforce Investment Board and spent six years as a member of the Board of Education of Greenwich Township.

Lisa is a lifelong South Jersey resident, where she resides with her husband Nick and son Adam.

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Michael Pallozzi, 1st Vice Chair

Michael Pallozzi, 1st Vice ChairMichael is the President of HFM Investment Advisors, Inc. through which he has had the pleasure to provide hundreds of executives, families and business owners with financial advice, shaping their futures for over 25 years. From that broad experience, he learned and perfected the art of listening and coaching. Understanding what each client considers important and helping them to define their goals is just the start of how he guide’s them to reach financial success. As President of HFM Investment Advisors, Inc. an independent, fee-based investment management and financial planning firm in Glassboro, NJ, Michael coaches clients to stay disciplined and fully understand how their investment philosophy affects their long-term financial well-being.

HFM provides ongoing, investor education and portfolio management utilizing Nobel prize-winning academic research to empower clients to reach a higher level of investing peace of mind. This academic research is then applied to client’s portfolios to maximize growth while minimizing their risk. HFM also creates a unique strategy, comprehensive plan, personalized website and action plan for clients to serve as their guide throughout life’s transitions including retirement, creating a family legacy, planning for their child’s education or building capital for their business.

Because education is important to Michael and a core value of the company he has helped to build, HFM provides their clients with ongoing monthly investor workshops on various financial topics. In addition, HFM teaches the community about “Separating Investing Myths from Truth” by providing a free educational workshop available for anyone to attend. HFM’s goal is to create a community of educated investors that seek a higher level of investing Peace of Mind.

Michael’s commitment to his clients, family and community is always at the forefront. He serves on the Education and Marketing committees of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and as Trustee for the Washington Township Education Foundation. Michael has been a Volunteer Educator for the JA (Junior Achievement) program for over 10 years. He has previously coached both boys and girls for the Washington Twp. Track and Field, basketball and Soccer programs for 10 years.

In 1989 he graduated from Rutgers: The State University, School of Business with a Bachelor of Science and also earned three financial designations (AEP, CLU, & ChFC) from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Michael is a proud husband to Angella and father to three children, Michael Jr., Gina and Jacqueline. They reside in Washington Twp. NJ. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, wine tasting and cycling the roads of South Jersey.

Favorite Quote: “An investment in education pays the best returns”- Benjamin Franklin

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Elizabeth M. Garcia, Vice Chair

Elizabeth M. Garcia, Vice ChairElizabeth Garcia is a shareholder with the law firm of Parker McCay P.A., where she is chair of the Labor and Employment Department. She has represented New Jersey public and private entities for more than a decade.

Ms. Garcia focuses her practice on the employer-employee relationship. She counsels employers on a wide variety of employment issues arising under federal and state anti-discrimination laws, “whistleblower” laws, family and medical leave statutes, Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has settled and prosecuted matters such as unfair labor practices, sexual harassment complaints, race discrimination complaints, age discrimination complaints, political affiliation complaints, gender and pregnancy discrimination complaints and whistle blower complaints.

Ms. Garcia assists her small and medium business clients in remaining compliant with the changing federal and state law relating to compensation and benefits, workplace safety, management rights, pension, disability. She counsels clients to avoid litigation, and has a vast amount of experience in drafting employee manuals and performing training programs to help insulate clients from legal exposure.

Ms. Garcia has been a board member of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce since 2012. She is the president-elect of the Burlington County Bar Association and past president of the Burlington County Bar Foundation. She is also a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys and New Jersey State Bar Association.

In 2008, Ms. Garcia was the recipient of the prestigious Robert W. Criscuolo Award, presented annually by the Burlington County Bar Association. She was recognized as one of 50 “New Leaders of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal in 2013. The following year she was named as one of 25 “Women to Watch 2014” in South Jersey Biz Magazine’s annual profile. Ms. Garcia was named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star List, for attorneys under 40 years old, every year from 2006 to 2014.

Ms. Garcia resides with her husband in Gloucester County.

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Mark Schott, Vice Chair

Mark Schott, Vice ChairOn January 31, 2017 Mark retired after 42 years with Columbia Bank from his position as the South Jersey Regional Vice President, Branch Administrator.

Columbia Bank is a 5 billion dollar community bank with 46 offices throughout NJ that services the needs of NJ businesses and individuals.  Over the course of his 42 years with Columbia Bank, he managed the Gloucester, Camden, and Burlington County branch system.  Mark’s duties have included business development, management, lending, and human resources.

In addition, Mark is very involved with board and officership positions with Rotary, Animal Welfare Association, and University and Education Information in the local area.

Benjamin T. Griffith, Treasurer

Benjamin T. Griffith, TreasurerBenjamin Griffith has served as President/CEO of South Jersey Federal Credit Union (SJFCU) since 1974. Headquartered in Deptford, SJFCU serves more than 40,000 members throughout South Jersey. Griffith is Treasurer and past Chairman of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. A former chairman of the New Jersey Credit Union League, he has also served as a director of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Gloucester County and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern New Jersey Development Council.

Lisa Carney, Secretary

Lisa Carney is an insurance professional, having worked primarily as an independent agent for Aflac since 1997, until 2013 when she opened Lisa Carney Retail Agency, LLC – a Farmers Insurance Agency.  She and her associates continue to provide supplemental benefits, as well as customer and claims assistance, while concentrating on teamwork, compassion, and integrity.  Her new team of agency producers now provide personal and commercial lines, as well as life insurance.  Lisa has maintained an office in Woodbury since 2006, creating a “home town” local agency for her clients.

Clients of the Carney Agency include many individuals, governmental and non-profit agencies, as well as private businesses. Prior to becoming an insurance agent in 1992 with John Hancock, she worked with many major utilities on residential and low income energy management programs, both in the field and as Project Manager.

Lisa has resided in Gloucester County with her family since 1989, and has been involved in community service for many years.  Her involvement has included The Kiwanis Club of Woodbury, Santa’s Workshop for Robins’ Nest, The West Deptford Band and Track Parents Associations, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Gloucester County, St. Stephens Lutheran Church Council, and as a board member of 4Epilepsy. In 1992, she was asked to serve on a United Way of Gloucester County allocations panel, and continues to serve on the Community Impact Cabinet. In 2016 she joined the Board of Main Street Woodbury.  Lisa has been recognized by South Jersey Biz in 2014 in the Woman to Watch issue, in 2015 in the Outstanding Entrepreneur, and in 2016 as the Best of Biz for Aflac.

Lisa has served on the Board of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce since 2012, and is currently the Secretary of the Board, a member of the strategic planning group, and has served on the Faces of Business, Marketing, Government Affairs and Golf Committees.

Lisa resides in West Deptford with her husband Mike, and she has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Immediate Past ChairDr. DiFabio is a Gloucester County President and the Chief Executive Officer of Robins’ Nest Inc. a non -profit corporation headquartered in Gloucester County. Dr. DiFabio joined the staff of Robins’ Nest in 2005 and became the Chief Executive Office in 2007. Since his tenure as CEO, Dr. DiFabio has grown the organization into one of South Jersey’s largest and most well respected human service organizations. The result of this growth is that in 2011 Robin’s Nest provided over 42 programs and services to approximately 9,000 clients throughout Southern New Jersey. Recognized by South Jersey Magazine as one of their 2011 Men of the Year, Dr. DiFabio is also a recipient of Philadelphia Business Journal’s“40 under 40” and South Jersey Business Magazine “20 Under 40” awards. His success in leadership has also identified him as a leader at the state and county levels, serving on a number of boards including the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, and South Jersey Federal Credit Union. In addition to numerous state and national committees, Dr. DiFabio currently sits on the Gloucester County Human Services Advisory Council which he chairs, the Gloucester County Workforce Investment Board, and the Gloucester United Way Campaign Committee. Dr. DiFabio received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College of Maryland, a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

He is married to Dr. Alicia DiFabio and is the father of four beautiful daughters.

Board Members

Les Vail, President & CEO

Les Vail, President & CEOLes Vail is very passionate about giving back to the community at large and has only accepted positions in which he believes in the organization’s mission and feels he can be an asset.

His journey of giving back to his home town of Glassboro and Gloucester County communities started over 20 years ago when his children were young.

As an active member of the Glassboro community, he was a youth soccer coach; he served as President of the Bullock/Rodgers PTA and then served on the Glassboro School Board for six years. During that time he was also an active member of the Unity Day Committee and eventually became President of the Main Street Glassboro Board, heading up such activities as Unity Day and Glassboro’s Annual Cruise Nite event.

In 2001, while involved in the corporate business world he joined the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, which was just getting off the ground. He quickly became active in the organization, chairing the Ambassador & Donations Committee and within a year he was appointed to the board of directors.

While on the board, he helped change the focus of the organization to one of not only giving back to its members but also giving back to the community and has worked with fellow Board members over the past 14 years to support not only the for profit community but to give back and assist non-profit organizations.

Les served on the Gloucester Chamber Board for 8 years and in 2007 he was elected as the Chairman of the Board. His involvement in the County and region grew and the position became such a huge part of his life that when the opportunity arose, he stepped out of his corporate shoes and into the position of President/CEO of the Chamber where he still serves today.

Through the many relationships Les built while being involved in the Chamber and in his hometown, he also became extremely active within the Gloucester County community.

Today he serves as the Vice Chair of the March of Dimes South Jersey Division Board of Directors and was also the Chair for the 2013 & 2014 Gloucester County March for Babies. Les serves as a member of the Entrepreneur’s Forum of Southern New Jersey Board of Directors, People for People Board of Directors, Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity, and was currently elected as the Co-Chair of the Gloucester County Workforce Investment Board. For the past two years, Les has served as the Master of Ceremony for the Boy Scouts Annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year Dinner.

Les continues to be involved in his hometown as he currently serves as member of the Glassboro Rotary and is the current Chairman of the Glassboro Planning Board and Glassboro Partners Group.

In 2013 Les’s accomplishments to the community and business were recognized by his peers when he received

  • Boy Scouts of America – Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Nonprofit Development Council – Chairman’s Award
  • South Jersey Biz – Top 25 Executives of the Year

Les’s proudest accomplishment is the life he shares with his Family. He has been married to his wife Susan for 32 years. They have two grown daughters Dana and Lauren and two years ago were blessed with two grandsons.

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Randi Woerner

Randi WoernerRandi Woerner is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Woodbury, securing the position in 2012 after spending 11 years as the Director of Economic Development for the Borough of Glassboro.

In addition to bringing new businesses to Woodbury, Randi coordinates the media relations for the City and the local businesses. She works with Main Street Woodbury and the Merchant’s Association on special events and is a member of Greater Woodbury Chamber.

Randi has always been very involved in her community. Starting in 1998 she became a Cub Scout leader and Den Master to Pack 289. She continued with the Cub Scouts until 2003. Randi was also a member of the Glassboro PTA serving four years as the Corresponding Secretary. She was a member of the Glassboro School Board from 1999 to 2002. She served as the Chair of the Glassboro Municipal Alliance from 2009 to 2012, co-chaired the Glassboro Unity Day Committee from 2001 to 2012, helped to coordinate the Glassboro Memorial Day Parade for 11 years and was also a member of the Glassboro Rotary Sunrise Club since its inception.

On the County and State level, Randi served as the President of the Neighborhood Revitalization Network from 2003-2005 and continues to serve on the Gloucester County Tourism and the United We Ride Committees.

Currently, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, Randi is a member of the EFSNJ Entrepreneurs Forum of Southern New Jersey Board.

Randi is a 1986 Rowan University graduate where she earned a BA in Art for Commerce and Industry. She received a Master’s in Public Relations from Rowan University in 1997 and she is the proud mother of two sons, Shaun and Austin.

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Thomas A. Bellia

Thomas A. BelliaThomas A. Bellia is President of Bellia, Print and Copy Centers, a New Jersey based business services company diversified into areas that include business products, office furniture, printing and copy reproduction and design. He is also co-owner and director of Tri-Fund, a real estate management company looking to expand its commercial holdings in the South Jersey marketplace. Tom has been active in industry organizations such as the Office Furniture Advisory Board and the Haworth manufacturer’s industry council. Tom has worked on various subcommittees addressing technology improvements and implementation in the office furniture industry.

Tom has a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.

Alberto Bert Lopez

Alberto Bert LopezAlberto “Bert” Lopez is a Public Affairs Manager for Atlantic City Electric, where he has worked for 30 years. Bert is a former President and a founder of the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County. He has served as President of the Atlantic City Board of Education and is Past Chair of the Atlantic/Cumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross. Bert volunteers on the boards of Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health, Cumberland Economic Development Board, Salem Vocational/Technical Advisory Committee and Cumberland/Salem Workforce Investment Board. He has earned the Hometown Hero Award from the United Way, a volunteer service award from Atlanticare Behavioral Health and the Citizen of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers, among other honors.

Bert received his associate degree from then Atlantic County College and his bachelor’s degree from the Thomas Edison State College. He also holds a Certification in Corporate Community Relations from Boston College.

Paul M. Blackstock

Paul M. BlackstockPaul M. Blackstock has worked in the insurance business for 31 years, currently working as a broker of life, health, supplemental health and long-term care insurance. He is active in a number of community organizations, serving as a board member of the Gloucester County 4H Fair Association, a charter board member of the People for People Foundation of Gloucester County, Chairman of Membership and Extension for Rotary District 7640, current President of the Rotary Club of Glassboro Sunrise. He also serves on the advisory board of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore project and the advisory board of the Gloucester County Senior Corp organization. Additionally he is founder of the Veteran’s Picnic of Gloucester County.

Michelle D. Shirey

Michelle Shirey has worked for the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development for the last ten, most recently as Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board (WDB). Michelle is responsible for the planning, organization, development and supervision of the Gloucester County Workforce Development Board and works with a wide range of government agencies, private organizations, and business leaders to develop programs and services responsive to the local labor market needs in Gloucester County.    The mission of the WDB is to provide quality educational and technical training to job seekers and assist businesses in job creation and industry development.

Michelle spent most of her career as the Division Head for Business Development & Tourism for Gloucester County .In that capacity she was responsible for business attraction, retention and expansion programs as well tourism development. Since 2006 she has assisted in the attraction of over 60 new companies and facilitated over 700 million dollars in new investment for the county.

Prior to joining Gloucester County Michelle worked as an Associate Consultant an Economic Development consulting firm in located in Haddonfield,  New Jersey that specialized in public private partnerships and bringing new economic investment into South Jersey.

 

Michelle is active in a number of many local and regional business organizations.  She is a member of the following: Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chair, of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Nominations Committee,  Gloucester County Chamber Legislative Committee, Gloucester County Workforce Development Board Marketing Committee, the Northeastern Economic Development Association (NEDA), Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ Economic Development Committee, The Southern New Jersey Development Council, South Jersey Tourism Corporation and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Michelle has a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and lives in Mickleton, NJ with her husband and two young daughters.

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Dr. Jose (Joe) Cardona

Dr. Jose (Joe) Cardona

Rowan University.
Genevieve Witt

Genevieve Witt

BWM Construction.
Dan Ruotolo

Dan Ruotolo

Ruotolo, Spewak & Co.
Sharon Gordon

Sharon Gordon

South Jersey Transportation Authority