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.

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James B. Kennedy, Esq., Vice Chairperson, Atlantic County

Mr. Kennedy was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson in 2013.  He has over 30 years of experience working in the public sector, legal sector, higher education and casino gaming.  Most recently, he served as a community development specialist for the Revel Entertainment Group, where he coordinated the planning and financing of a mixed-use neighborhood redevelopment project. In addition, he has served as the Executive Director of the Richard Stockton College Foundation, as general counsel and special assistant to the President of Stockton College, as a special assistant to Governors Kean and Whitman, and in leadership capacities for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the counties of Camden and Ocean, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the New Jersey General Services Administration, and the New Jersey Treasury Department.  Kennedy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, he completed a Master in Business Administration degree, and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University. He was a Rutgers Institute Of Politics Fellow.

Photo of Ellen Byrne Ellen Nicholson Byrne, Treasurer, Cape May County

Ellen Nicholson Byrne was appointed the Board by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders 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.

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Robert Bumpus, Assistant Commissioner/Acting Executive County Superintendent of Schools 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 Chosen Freeholders 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-Anen, 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 Brian Lefke Brian G. Lefke, Atlantic County

Mr. Lefke joined the Atlantic Cape Board in 1995. He is a Trustee Ambassador with the NJ Council of County Colleges. Mr. Lefke’s community involvement includes service on the Executive Committee of the Association of New Jersey Recyclers; New Jersey Pinelands Commission and the Somers Point Planning Board. Mr. Lefke earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College and his Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is employed by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority as Vice President of Solid Waste and Authority Board Secretary. 

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

Daniel L. Money was appointed to the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders 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.

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 Ahmet SahingozAhmet Sahingoz ’19, Alumni Representative

Ahmet Sahingoz graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College in May 2019 with Associate in Science degrees in Engineering and Mathematics and was selected by his peers to represent Atlantic Cape’s alumni on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Sahingoz serves as the Alumni Trustee representative on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Marketing Committee, and the College's Foundation Board. Mr. Sahingoz is now a student at Rutgers University, majoring in Applied and Computational Mathematics. His term on the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees will expire on June 30, 2020.

Maria Ivette Torres, Atlantic County Photo of Maria Ivette Torres

Maria Ivette Torres, a trustee at Atlantic Cape Community College since 2003, recently joined the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) Executive Committee as one of the Trustees-at-Large members. In addition to her new membership on NJCCC’s Executive Committee, Torres is vice chairperson of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, 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. Torres retired as a guidance counselor from Oakcrest High School. NJCCC’s Executive Committee consists of four trustees and three community college presidents. It represents 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 19 community colleges. The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

Photo of Helen Walsh Helen W. Walsh, Atlantic County

Ms. Walsh joined the board in 2005. Her community involvement includes service as Chair, Women’s Leadership Initiative of the United Way of Atlantic County; United Way of Atlantic County, the American Conference on Diversity Atlantic County Chapter and as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Heritage Center. Ms. Walsh earned her Bachelor of Arts from Webster College and her Master of Arts in Political Science form Tufts University. Ms. Walsh is retired from county administration.