Executive Moves is an occasional feature on ROI-NJ.com describing some of the important personnel changes in the New Jersey business community. Reports are based on news releases, edited for content, clarity and style.
David Capodanno, Sobel & Co.
David Capodanno, CPA, recently joined Sobel & Co. as a member of the firm.
“Dave is a seasoned professional who has built his strong reputation in the tri-state area by combining technical expertise and business consulting to add real value for the business community,” said Alan Sobel, managing member of Livingston-based Sobel & Co. “We are thrilled to have him assume an integral role in our leadership group. We look forward to drawing on his expertise serving family-owned businesses in key industries, including manufacturing, distribution, specifically companies in the food sector, in addition to logistics and real estate.”
Prior to joining Sobel, Capodanno’s career has spanned more than two decades as an audit and private business partner at international and regional public accounting firms. His background also includes a unique experience as the controller and principal accounting officer of a publicly traded company.
Dr. Cataldo Doria, Capital Health Cancer Center
Dr. Cataldo Doria, an internationally renowned surgeon who specializes in the treatment of patients with benign conditions and cancer of the liver, pancreas, and bile duct, has been named medical director of the Capital Health Cancer Center, located at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.
As director of the Cancer Center, Dr. Doria will oversee clinical operations including disease specific clinical performance groups, clinical research, and cancer care advancements to ensure widespread access to the best possible patient care and outcomes.
“Many of our area’s surgeons and gastroenterologists have worked with Dr. Doria in the past, and can speak to his academic level of expertise in the area of liver and pancreas cancers,” said Al Maghazehe, CEO and president of Capital Health. “Dr. Doria brings our region the same, unmatched experience in advanced surgical treatment of benign conditions and cancers of the digestive tract without having to travel to cities like Philadelphia and New York. As director of our Cancer Center, his significant contributions to advancing cancer care and research on the national and international stage will continue to guide our center’s continued emergence as a leader in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.”
Benjamin Evans, American Psychiatric Nurses Association New Jersey Chapter
Benjamin Evans, president of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, has been recognized with the Dr. Lucille Joel Award by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association New Jersey Chapter.
“When I was first out of nursing school early in my career, Dr. Joel was president of the American Nurses Association and I used to read her columns,” said Evans. “She was so insightful and forward thinking for the time. I never thought I would be working with Dr. Joel and have the honor of calling her a colleague. This is a high honor. It is one of the highlights of my career.”
The award recognizes distinguished service in leadership, tenacity and dedication to the field of psychiatric and mental health nursing.
Goldberg Segalla added partner John M. Novella and associate Brian J. Gilligan to the law firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group in Princeton. Novella was previously with Emmi & Emmi in Hillsborough, and Gilligan was previously a law clerk to the Hon. Kay Walcott-Henderson in the New Jersey Superior Court in Trenton.
Novella draws on more than two decades of experience in the defense and counsel of private companies and public entities concerning the full range of workplace accident and occupational exposure claims.
Gilligan focuses his practice on counseling and defending insurers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in a wide variety of workers’ compensation matters throughout New Jersey.
Frederick Lopez, M&T Bank
M&T Bank has announced Frederick Lopez was appointed vice president and relationship manager for the bank in Camden County. He joins Cherry Hill-based M&T Bank from OceanFirst, where he served as vice president and relationship manager for small business lending.
He has been highly active in the southern New Jersey business community with organizations including: Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey; Southern New Jersey Development Council; Businesses Committed to South Jersey; and RMA of South Jersey.
In his new role with M&T, Lopez will be responsible for maintaining an existing commercial portfolio while obtaining new commercial lending and deposit relationships. Lopez will also work as a valued partner and ambassador for the bank by helping assess any other banking needs for customers and prospects.
Mazars USA LLP, a leading accounting, tax, and consulting firm with a strong presence in New Jersey, announced that, effective Sept. 1, Stacey Barbaro, Michael LaMantia, Christopher Lieto, Jeremy Rice and Jennifer Safran had been named partners and Chris Moore and Laura Peth had been named principals. All seven were previously senior managers or directors at the firm.
“It is my pleasure, on behalf of the entire partnership, to welcome our new colleagues,” said Mazars USA Chairman and CEO Victor Wahba. “This year’s candidates for the partnership were some of the strongest we’ve seen. As we continue to pursue our growth strategy across all markets that we serve, being able to promote such extraordinary individuals is critical for best serving our clients and ensuring our organizational vitality.”
Lieto is in the New Jersey Private Client Services Group. In that role, he serves as a trusted adviser to financial executives, individuals, entrepreneurs and family groups.
Travis Spencer, Centenary University
Travis Spencer, an administrator with 18 years of collegiate athletic experience, has been named the director of athletics at Centenary University.
“I’m very excited to welcome Travis Spencer to the Cyclone family and I look forward to working with him,” said Kerry Mullins, vice president of student life. “Travis is a very talented professional who comes to us with a wealth of athletic-related experience that will be invaluable to our community and the future of our Cyclone athletics program.”
A native of Phillipsburg, Spencer comes to Hackettstown after spending 13 years at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he currently resides. He most recently served as the director of business development, working with the sales and marketing teams to plan, budget, and execute marketing plans while playing a significant role in the event management team that scheduled over 100 events per year.
Rebecca Berger, Burlington County Bar Association
Charny Karpousis Altieri & Donoian P.A., a boutique South Jersey firm concentrating in divorce and family law, announced that senior associate Rebecca Berger has been appointed co-chair of the Burlington County Bar Association – Family Part Section.
An active member of the organization, she looks forward to expanding her role within the group. Berger will work closely with her peers to further the association’s mission, which, according to the organization, is to provide members with the tools necessary to enhance their ability to practice law ethically and effectively, while fostering a relationship between the bench and bar in Burlington County.
Padraic F.X. Dugan, Wilentz
Padraic F. X. Dugan has joined Wilentz as an associate in the firm’s Family Law team. Dugan’s practice focuses in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, alimony, as well as equitable distribution matters with a background in complex financial and high asset family law matters.
Dugan is a 2009 graduate of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and earned his B.A. from Providence College in 2005. He clerked for the Honorable Robert A. Coogan in the Division of Equity and Chancery, Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part from 2009 to 2010.
Don Kidd, Achieve3000
Achieve3000, a leader in differentiated literacy instruction, announced that Don Kidd has joined the organization as vice president of strategic sales. Kidd brings broad experience managing relationships with school faculty, district leaders and strategic partners that will be instrumental in helping Achieve3000 meet its growth goals for accelerating student literacy.
“Don is a veteran in the education industry. His wealth of knowledge and resources will have an immediate impact on educators, helping to identify and build solutions that meet their students’ needs while simultaneously helping Achieve3000 grow,” said Stuart Udell, CEO of Achieve3000.
Michael Buczynski has been promoted to private banker with the Professional Services Group at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Based in the bank’s headquarters in Bedminster, he is responsible for business development, portfolio management and general administration of client accounts. Previously, as client service officer, Buczynski was part of an experienced team specializing in providing Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s private banking experience through white-glove client service.
Huma E. McGhee has joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank as a vice president, retail private banker at the bank’s Bridgewater location. She is responsible for overall branch sales development, including growth and management of consumer business account relationships. She brings to the bank 18 years of financial services experience, previously serving as operations manager, HAB Bank.
Carlos A. Pacheco joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank as a vice president, operations manager responsible for the management of the Deposit Operations and Electronic Banking staff, overseeing accuracy and timely completion of all job functions and ensuring strong regulatory compliance and audit standards. Carlos brings to the bank 20 years of experience in various financial arenas, previously serving as vice president of operations, information technology and branch banking at New Jersey Community Bank in Freehold.