Board Biographies

Photo of Maria Mento Maria Mento '77, Chairperson, Atlantic County

Ms. Mento was appointed to the Board by the County Executive in December 2010. In addition to this appointment as a member of the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees, Ms. Mento serves the community and is a board member on a number of nonprofit and community service-based organizations including: the American Red Cross (Southern New Jersey Chapter), the United Way of Atlantic County, the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the Rowan University Accounting Advisory Board. She is also a member of the NJ Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Environmental Authorities, the NJ Association of County Finance Officers, the Government Finance Officers Association and the Atlantic County Board of Realtors. Ms. Mento holds an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rowan University, and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Atlantic Community College.  In addition, Ms. Mento is a Certified County Finance Officer, a Certified Municipal Finance Officer, a Certified Public Manager, and holds a real estate license.  She is employed with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority as their Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Photo of Ellen Byrne Ellen Nicholson Byrne, Vice Chairperson, Cape May County

Ellen Nicholson Byrne was appointed to the Board by the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners in September of 2014. She is an attorney with a solo law practice in Sea Isle City.  She specializes in contracts, real estate, land use, and non-profit organizations.  Ellen is also a part-time Public Defender for the City of Sea Isle City, and the former solicitor to the Sea Isle City Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Byrne has worked on behalf of a range of non-profit organizations including being an advocate for: autistic children, low-income housing needs, historic lighthouse preservation, feral cat rescue, sea turtle rehabilitation and supporting numerous chapters of the Girl Scouts where she served as a board member, committee chair, policy writer, vice president, National Council delegate, and legal advisor. She has served as a member of the Sea Isle City Board of Education, and as Vice President and President of the Cape May County Bar Association. She resides in Sea Isle City with her husband and daughter.

Photo of Daniel Money Daniel L. Money '72, Treasurer, Cape May County

Daniel L. Money was appointed to the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees by the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners in March 2018. Mr. Money is an alumnus of Atlantic Community College, 1972, with a degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in school administration from Glassboro State College (Rowan University). His professional educational experience includes principal of Cape May County Vocational Technical School (1978-1990), principle of Burlington County Vocational Technical School (1990-2007), and several years as adjunct professor at Atlantic Cape Community College and Glassboro State College. Mr. Money’s professional memberships include New Jersey Principals & Supervisors Association, Past President and member of the Burlington County and Cape May Atlantic Principals & Supervisors Association, and National School Boards Association. He received several awards during his principal tenures: The Golden Lamp Award from Burlington County Administrators Association; New Jersey Visionary Leader of the Year; MetLife Principal of the Year; and ACC Doer Award Graduate Outstanding Achievement. He also enjoyed appearances on the Dave Letterman Show as one of the top ten principals in New Jersey. Mr. Money’s community service includes Middle Township Board of Education, Middle Township Zoning Board, Cape May County Juvenile Conference Committee, Middle Township Kiwanis Club Past President, Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and current member of the Cape Regional Medical Center Physicians Advisory Committee. Following his retirement in 2007, he served as Network Turnaround Officer for Trenton Central High School and Camden High School and as interim principal at Oakcrest High School in 2013-2015. Mr. Money and his wife reside in Rio Grande.

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Robert Bumpus, Interim Executive County Superintendent for Atlantic County

Bob Bumpus is the Assistant Commissioner for Field Services. He has general supervisory responsibilities for the County Administrative Unit, the division of Finance and Facilities and the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance.  He has also served in various New Jersey Department of Education positions including Executive Director of Regional Achievement Center 7 and Executive County Superintendent in Atlantic, Salem and Gloucester Counties. He earned his MA and BA from Rowan University and is certified as a social studies and language arts teacher as well as a principal and school administrator. He has served school districts in varied roles including teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. Prior to beginning his career in education, he served as a police officer in Gloucester County and also served in the U.S. Air Force.

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Christina P. Clemans, State Appointee, Cape May County

Christina P. Clemans of Lower Township was appointed to the Board by Gov. Chris Christie. Clemans is broker-owner of Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty of Cape May and is president of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS Housing Opportunity Foundation. She also serves as a trustee of the Realtors Political Action Committee and sits on the executive and legislative committees and board of directors, is an active member of the Cape May County Association of REALTORS and is a member of the RPAC Hall of Fame. A Realtor for 31 years, Clemans is a member of the RPAC Hall of Fame, a Golden R and President’s Circle member since 2003. She is an active participant in the community and has served as a trustee of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and on the Advisory Board of Historic Cold Spring Village. She also served on the Cape May Mayor’s Advisory Council and the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee. She and her husband, David, own Cucina Rosa Restaurant in Cape May and are founding sponsors of the Cape May Music Festival, Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival and Project Encore for Cape May Stage.

Photo of Dave Coskey Dave Coskey, Cape May County

Mr. Coskey was appointed to the Board by the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners on April 26, 2011. Mr. Coskey brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of marketing and communications. In addition to his service on the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees, he serves the community as a trustee for the Avalon Historical Society, Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the New Jersey Broadcasters Association, where he presently serves as Chairperson. He is also a volunteer with the Community Foodbank of New Jersey. He is a veteran of the Atlantic City hospitality and gaming industry, having served as Vice President of Marketing for the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.  In addition to his time in Atlantic City, Mr. Coskey spent ten years with Comcast-Spectacor where he was Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia 76ers.  While with the 76ers he was a member of the marketing advisory board for the NBA and an alternate on the NBA Board of Governors. In 2001, he was awarded the Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences Medal for outstanding achievement by his alma mater.

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Dr. Judith DeStefano, Interim Executive County Superintendent for Cape May County

Judith DeStefano-Anen, Ed.D., joined the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees as the Cape May Interim Executive County Superintendent in August of 2018. Dr. DeStefano has spent over thirty-nine years in public education and has held positions as a special education teacher, a reading specialist, a building administrator, a Director of Curriculum, and a Superintendent.

Dr. DeStefano-Anen retired from public education in 2013 and began working for the Department of Education in 2014. She has worked as a County Education Specialist and held the position of Ocean County Interim Executive County Superintendent for over two years, during which time she was also seated as a board trustee for Ocean County Community College.Dr. DeStefano has been employed as an adjunct professor for Ocean County College, Stockton University, and Georgian Court University and hopes to return to teaching one day in order to complete her professional circle by ending her career as it began – in the classroom. >Dr. DeStefano values the importance of education and has dedicated time and effort to ensuring equitable access to success for all students and believes that her work with and for Atlantic Cape Community College can facilitate that goal.

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Harrison Furman '13, Atlantic County

Mr. Furman was appointed to the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees by the Atlantic County Executive in December 2018. During his career as an Atlantic Cape student, Mr. Furman served as the Vice President of Student Government and member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society from 2012-2013. Mr. Furman was the Alumni Representative on the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees from 2013-2014 and was also an Adjunct Professor of Business from 2016-2017. Most recently, Mr. Furman has served on the Atlantic Cape Foundation Board and remains on the Foundation Board as a liaison to the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Furman holds an MBA from American University (2019), a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from George Washington University (2015), and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Atlantic Cape Community College (2013). He is employed with MGM National Harbor as their Senior Financial Analyst and is a member of Linwood Volunteer Fire Department, Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Photo of Donald Parker Donald Parker, Atlantic County

Mr. Parker joined the Board in 2007. Mr. Parker's community involvement includes: President of Gilda's Club of South Jersey, United Way of Atlantic County, Atlantic/Cape May Workforce Investment Board, Atlantic City Mainland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cape Atlantic Big Brothers and Sisters. Mr. Parker has been awarded the Congressional Citation for Community Service, the Senatorial Citation for Contributions to Pre-School Education, the NJ Council on Compulsive Gambling "Hour Glass Award" for Lifetime Contributions to the Field, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service. Mr. Parker holds an MSW from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct professor at Richard Stockton College and serves as the President/CEO of Carrier Clinic.

Photo of Doctor Robert PrevitiDr. Robert A. Previti, Atlantic County

Dr. Previti was appointed to the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees by the Atlantic County Board of County Commissioners in April 2021. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and teaching certifications from Richard Stockton University, and he earned two Master of Arts degrees in Student Personnel Services and Secondary School Administration from Rowan University before earning his Doctorate in Administrative Leadership from Widener University.

Dr. Previti’s career in education spans five decades.  He provided professional educational service over the first 17 years of his career with the Atlantic City Public Schools as a high school teacher, guidance counselor, vice principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Schools.  Dr. Previti served an additional 17 years as both Middle School Principal and Superintendent for the Brigantine Public Schools.  He also held the positions of Interim Superintendent of Linwood, Somers Point Public Schools, and Mainland Regional High School District. 

Dr. Previti was the recipient of the Stockton University Distinguished Psychology Graduate Award Recognizing Achievement in Career and Science and sits as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Poucher Memorial Scholarship Fund for Atlantic City students.  He has received the Brigantine Sons of Italy Man of the Year Award, the Louis J. Rosini Achievement Award, the UNICO Person of the Year Award, the Atlantic County Teachers Association Friends of Education Award, the Marty Wilson Jr. Art & Music Foundation Award as well as the Mainland Regional Educational Foundation’s Community Counts Award.

Beyond the realm of education, Dr. Previti has served for 16 years as Member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Shore Holding Company and Ocean City Home Bank. He presently sits as an Advisory Board Member and Foundation and major grants member of OceanFirst Bank. 

Dr. Previti is presently affiliated with Stockton University through their Southern Regional Institute / Educational Technology Training Center conducting strategic planning and feasibility studies for school districts as well as instructional leadership seminars for school administrators.

Maria Ivette Torres, Atlantic County Photo of Maria Ivette Torres

Maria Ivette Torres was appointed to the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees by the Atlantic County Executive in 2003. During her service, Trustee Torres has chaired several Board committees and served in all three officer positions on the Board: Treasurer, Vice-Chairperson, and Chairperson.  A retired guidance counselor from Oakcrest High School, she has served on the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) Executive Committee, which represents the NJCCC in meetings with the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, implements actions and policies previously adopted by the NJCCC, and reviews and develops annual state and capital budget requests for operating aid to New Jersey’s 18 community colleges. She also served as a public member and vice chairperson for the Board of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), the state authority that oversees all state-sponsored higher education financial aid. Her community involvement includes service as first vice president of the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County and chairperson of its Education Committee.

Shane WinklerShane Winkler ’21, Alumni Representative

Shane Winkler graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College in January 2021 with an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts and was selected by his peers to represent Atlantic Cape’s alumni on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Winkler serves as the Alumni Trustee representative on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Marketing Committee, and the College's Foundation Board. Mr. Winkler is now a student at Stockton University, majoring in political science. His term on the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees will expire on June 30, 2022.