Executive Moves: Control Point, Centenary and more

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.

Morgan Abele, Control Point Associates Inc.

Control Point Associates Inc. has announced that Morgan Abele has joined the firm to expand its Subsurface Utility Locating division.

Abele has worked in the underground utility locating industry for 34 years. Starting out in the industry on a temporary basis, he discovered a passion for the work and the clients he served. Enjoying the challenges and diversity, Morgan has found endless opportunity to apply his knowledge in new and interesting ways. Throughout his career, he has worked with many public and private sector clients, and completed projects for many government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency.

As an expert in Subsurface Utility Locating, Morgan has worked on some unique projects. A few of the most notable was the mapping of a 114-building, 260-acre pharmaceutical site; leak detecting a 375-mile gas distribution system; developing a method to locate plastic propane lines lacking tracer wire, providing the industry a way to locate, permanently mark and map jurisdictional systems; and an islandwide water main replacement project in the Bahamas.

Centenary University

Centenary University presented its Gold Dome Award to Claire Couch Bosee of Manhattan and Stephen M. Somers of Hackettstown at the 22nd annual Scholarship Gala on May 30 at Perona Farms in Andover.

Since its inception, the Scholarship Gala has generated significant financial support to provide tuition assistance to Centenary students. During the annual event, the University presents the prestigious Gold Dome Award to individuals who advance the mission and ideals of Centenary.

“Claire Couch Bosee and Stephen Somers have each demonstrated a strong commitment to Centenary,” said Rosalind Reichard, interim president. “Their dedication and generosity will continue to shape the future of this University, as well as its students, for years to come.”

Eisai Inc.

In its relentless pursuit to develop medications that will address the entire scope of Alzheimer’s disease, Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Eisai Co. Ltd., announced the continued expansion of its AD business with the immediate appointments of two renowned experts in the neuroscience field.

Harald Hampel joins the company as vice president, global medical affairs. Michael Irizarry has been named vice president, clinical research. Both executives will work on advancing the company’s extensive pipeline of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia compounds.

“The additions of Dr. Hampel and Dr. Irizarry are a very important step as Eisai continues to break through in its quest to develop the first disease-modifying therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Lynn Kramer, chief clinical officer and chief medical officer, Neurology Business Group at Eisai. “Every day, the number of patients diagnosed with AD and dementia continues to grow with little hope for them, their caregivers and families. Through the efforts of our talented employees and our commitment to our human health care mission, we are confident that we can someday offer a complete treatment regimen that is preventative, pre-emptive, restorative and regenerative.”

Hanaa A. Hamdi, New Jersey Community Capital

New Jersey Community Capital is pleased to welcome Hanaa A. Hamdi as its new director of health impact investment strategies and partnerships. Hamdi brings more than two decades of experience in public health administration, research and community development practice to NJCC. In this newly created role, Hamdi will lead NJCC’s increasing commitment to advancing health equity across underserved populations.

Hamdi will direct the development and implementation of NJCC’s existing and emerging community health investment and development strategies with national, regional and health-focused partners, supporting the organization’s holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hamdi to NJCC as we continue to build stronger and healthier communities for individuals and families across New Jersey,” says Wayne Meyer, president of New Jersey Community Capital. “Her deep expertise in measuring and addressing health inequities across underserved communities helps to ensure that our strategic vision continues to foster equitable access to healthy homes, services, job creation, and quality education for all.”

Erika Toscani, Levin Management

Levin Management Corp. has announced the addition of Erika Toscani as vice president of property management. The Scotch Plains resident brings more than 20 years of property management and industry leadership experience in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets to her new position at the North Plainfield-based commercial real estate services firm.

Prior to joining LMC, Toscani held key management positions at Transwestern and Newmark Knight Frank. In her current role, she will ensure the delivery of Levin’s best-in-class service standards at each of its managed commercial properties, while establishing and maintaining positive tenant/landlord relationships.

“We are pleased to welcome Erika to the Levin Management team,” said Robert Carson, LMC president. “As we continue to grow our portfolio, her wealth of practical experience in all aspects of third-party management and tenant relations undoubtedly will help strengthen our day-to-day processes and this service line’s value impact for clients.”

Brach Eichler LLC

Brach Eichler LLC announced that Steven M. DiPasquo has joined the firm as counsel, and Mark E. Critchley, Jocelyn E. Ezratty, Erika R. Marshall, Salim Sabbagh and David L. Tsin have joined the firm as associates.

“We are excited to welcome these six new attorneys to the firm,” said John D. Fanburg, Brach Eichler managing member and chair of the Healthcare Law Practice. “Brach Eichler is experiencing meaningful growth in a number of practice areas, including health care, patent and intellectual property, corporate and litigation, and these individuals bring a diverse background and solid experience to our Roseland office. We look forward to their contributions to our clients and our firm.”

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D. Kipp Fagerstrom, Clear Thinking Group LLC

Clear Thinking Group LLC announced that D. Kipp Fagerstrom has joined the firm as a senior managing director.

Fagerstrom is a senior financial executive and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor with more than 20 years of experience assisting financially distressed entities through all phases of the restructuring and bankruptcy process. He has extensive knowledge of operational accounting, financial and strategic planning, performance improvement, treasury management, turnaround management, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been retained by companies in a variety of industries including health care, manufacturing, construction, retail, consumer products and financial services. Prior to joining Clear Thinking Group, Fagerstrom provided transaction and restructuring advisory services at Crowe LLP.

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Margie Ivins, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice recently honored Chief Operating Officer Margie Ivins for 20 years of service to the not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization.

“Margie’s incredible clinical knowledge, paired with her exceptional business acumen, has always been the gold standard of care we provide at Samaritan,” said Mary Ann Boccolini, CEO and president of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice. “Margie is an incredible worker, and a great motivator for her peers. Her enthusiasm and guidance has helped us grow immeasurably over the last 20 years.”

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TD Bank

TD Bank announced two new appointments to its Residential Lending team in New Jersey: William Westdyk as regional sales manager and Robert Nardone as mortgage sales manager. They will be responsible for growing residential loan origination in the state by assembling strong teams of experienced mortgage loan officers.

“As we continue to build our presence in New Jersey, we are identifying and investing in the region’s top talent to lead our sales teams and loan originators, many of whom have specialized areas of expertise,” said Scott Lindner, national sales director for TD Bank Mortgage. “Bill and Rob are deeply embedded in their communities and bring unmatched knowledge of the region to our growing mortgage business. They both share our commitment to providing innovative products and creating opportunities to better serve our residential loan customers.”

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Karen Testa, Mercury

Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, announced the addition of veteran editor and reporter Karen Testa to its best in-class operation. Testa has more than 25 years of experience ranging from local reporting to leading global coverage of breaking news and major events at one of the world’s largest news organizations, the Associated Press. She joins the Mercury public affairs team as a senior vice president.

“We are excited to welcome Karen Testa to Mercury,” said Mercury Partner Mike DuHaime. “Karen’s decades of experience as a journalist are a tremendous asset to our distinguished national media strategy operation. Mercury continues to build the country’s most talented team of public affairs professionals, helping the clients we serve achieve success.”

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