Executive Moves: Windels Marx, Jefferson Health 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.

Isabel D. Chou, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf

Windels Marx is pleased to announce the arrival of Partner Isabel D. Chou, resident in the New Brunswick office. Chou’s practice focuses on affordable housing, redevelopment, municipal and nonprofit law. She is experienced with the complex structuring and financing of affordable housing and redevelopment projects using federal, state and local government subsidy and incentive programs. Chou has worked with a range of public housing authorities, municipalities and private developers in the transformation of outdated publicly- and privately-run multifamily housing projects.

Robert J. Luddy, managing partner, who has led the firm’s expansion in recent years with lawyers focused in intellectual property, real estate, finance, corporate, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, and probate litigation, said of Chou’s arrival: “We are committed to deepening our existing strengths and diversifying our practice mix in areas suited to our clients’ needs. We welcome Isabel and particularly her affordable housing, redevelopment and nonprofit experience.”

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Isabel spent 10 years in nonprofit program management and organizational development, primarily focused on children’s health and education advocacy. She continues to serve as an active committee volunteer for various nonprofit organizations around the country.

Jeffrey A. Dubnow, Jefferson Health – New Jersey

The Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement has announced that Jeffrey A. Dubnow has been named associate vice president of development for Jefferson Health in New Jersey.

In this role, Dubnow will oversee all fundraising efforts for the health care organization’s New Jersey operation, including bolstering its major and planned giving programs, in addition to its annual gala and golf outing, which raise funds to support various patient-centered programs and services.

Prior to joining Jefferson Health, Dubnow served three years as vice president of development and communications for Chimes International, a Baltimore-based not-for-profit that offers a vast array of services to assist people with intellectual and behavioral challenges achieve their fullest potential.

Dennis W. Gilbert, Sturdy Savings Bank

Sturdy Savings Bank has announced that Dennis W. Gilbert has joined the Sturdy Savings team as business development officer.

As business development officer, Gilbert will be meeting and visiting with Cape May Court House-area residents and business owners to discuss their personal or business banking needs.

Gilbert brings 48 years of banking experience in Cape May County to the position, having launched his banking career in 1970 at First National Bank of Cape May Court House. He has served in various capacities, including the department head of customer service; and most recently served as the branch manager for 24 years at OceanFirst Bank, formerly Cape Bank.

Kendal Hand, Levin Management Corp.

Kendal Hand of Howell has joined commercial real estate services firm Levin Management Corp. as a leasing representative. She brings a strong track record in leasing open air shopping centers to her new position.

Hand’s responsibilities include leasing and marketing efforts at several properties within LMC’s New Jersey retail portfolio. This includes Chatham Plaza in Chatham, Eatontown Plaza in Eatontown, Bayshore Plaza in Barnegat, Oak Tree Center in Edison and Hartford Corners in Delran.

“Levin is a well-recognized, established firm known for its quality of service and professionalism,” said Hand. “Its impressive portfolio and team longevity were very attractive to me. I look forward to growing my career here, and for the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge working alongside Stephanie Harris, vice president of leasing, and LMC’s many accomplished industry professionals.”

David W. Phillips, Sills Cummis & Gross

Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce the addition of David W. Phillips as of counsel to the firm’s Litigation Department.

Phillips is an experienced trial lawyer, focusing on complex, sophisticated litigations, including false advertising, trademark, copyright and unfair competition claims, contract claims, fraud and RICO claims, franchise litigations, shareholder disputes and construction litigations.

Phillips has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases, winning substantial verdicts, and successfully defending substantial claims. He primarily practices in the state and federal courts sitting in New Jersey and New York, and has also handled cases in state and federal courts across the country, as well as before the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the National Association of Securities Dealers and private arbitrators. He has also argued appeals before the appellate courts of New Jersey and New York, and the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Arla D. Cahill, DEC V-B

Arla D. Cahill, a partner in Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.’s Litigation Department, has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as vice chair of the District V-B Ethics Committee for Essex County. The appointment was effective Sept. 1.

The District Ethics Committee is coordinated by the Office of Attorney Ethics, which acts as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Supreme Court in discharging the court’s constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys. Cahill has served previously as an investigator on the committee for two, four-year terms, during which she was charged with conducting investigations and hearings in order to determine both the facts and the law surrounding grievances related to possible violations of attorney ethics rules or the law.

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Investors Bank

During the first half of 2019, Investors Bank expanded its business lending team throughout its footprint in New Jersey and New York markets. The effort supports the Bank’s strategy to enhance service to commercial, industrial, middle market, and business customers

Investors has added eight senior members to its business lending team:

  • Laurie Liebers, senior vice president/director of cash management sales;
  • Lou Iacucci, senior vice president/team leader – Long Island;
  • Christopher Warren, senior vice president/team leader – South Jersey;
  • Louis McKinley, senior vice president/relationship manager – Long Island;
  • Dennis Horan, vice president/relationship manager – Long Island;
  • Maryann Lewis, vice president/relationship manager – Central Jersey/NJ Shore;
  • Ernest Gsell, vice president/cash management sales officer – North Jersey;
  • Gary Harkins, vice president/relationship manager – Long Island.

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Marci Kokalas, Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added Partner Marci Kokalas to the firm’s Global Insurances Services in Newark. Kokalas was previously with Lazare Potter Giacovas & Moyle in New York.

Kokalas focuses her practice on complex insurance coverage matters and disputes arising under general liability and property policies, including both first-party and third-party liability actions. She regularly represents insurers through trial and appeal, as well as in arbitration and mediation, and provides coverage opinions, policy analysis, reservation/declaration letters and pre-litigation counseling. She also devotes a significant portion of her practice to complex commercial litigation, liability claims, and employment matters.

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New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls announced that the club’s general counsel and chief talent officer, Djenaba Parker, has been named a Sports Business Journal “2019 Game Changer” and its senior director, content & communications, Jayne Bussman-Wise, was named to the “Cynopsis Top Women in Sports” list.

“We are very proud to have two influential women in leadership positions recognized with prestigious industry honors,” said Marc de Grandpre, general manager, New York Red Bulls. “Their unwavering commitment and dedication to the club has been nothing short of exemplary for the entire organization.”

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