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Members of the Board
John T. Hanson, Chair
John T. Hanson has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since January 2013 and has served as Board Chair since March 2013. Mr. Hanson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware River Port Authority. He first came to the Delaware River Port Authority in 2002 as a commissioner and chair of the board’s finance committee. In November 2004, he became the Authority’s Chief Financial Officer, a position he held until he was appointed acting Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 and Chief Executive Officer in May 2014.
As CEO, Mr. Hanson emphasizes stewardship and public service as the root of the Authority’s mission and purpose, saying, “We are stewards of the important transportation assets and other resources. We hold them in trust for their owners: the public. We protect, maintain and operate them on behalf of the community. The domains of that stewardship includes the Authority’s transportation assets –— bridge and transit infrastructure -— as well as the human and financial resources that are dedicated to serving the community.”
He is a practitioner of the Lean Six Sigma business process improvement methodology, in which he has attained the level of black belt. Beginning in 2009, he initiated a Lean Six Sigma pilot program for more than 100 participants from DRPA and PATCO. A dozen teams completed process improvement projects in areas ranging from procurement and contracting procedures to the budget process to the process for planning capital improvement projects. The recommendations generated by the teams helped reduce time and redundancies and led to increases in productivity at the Authority. “The Lean Government program dramatically demonstrated the talent and skills of our employees as well the power of teamwork and collaborative effort,” Hanson says.
Mr. Hanson brings both public and private sector experience to the job. He was Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Finance for a large healthcare firm in Cherry Hill, New Jersey until he joined the administration of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman in 1998. He served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives with the Department of Commerce, and represented the Secretary of Commerce on the boards of numerous development authorities and task forces. In addition, he served on the New Jersey Sales and Use Tax Commission from 2000 to 2002. He returned to private industry in 2002 as Executive Vice President and General Manager of a large New Jersey-based recycling/manufacturing firm, where he remained until coming to the DRPA in 2004. Mr. Hanson also served as the deputy mayor of the Borough of Audubon, New Jersey from 1997 to 2001.
Mr. Hanson is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of New Jersey and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He graduated magna cum laude from Drexel University in 1990 with a BS in accounting. He earned an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in May 2007, graduating with honors. Additionally, he has earned certificates from Cornell University in Executive Leadership (2008), Change Management (2009), and Leading Management Teams (2009). A lifelong learner, Mr. Hanson began studying improvisational comedy at Philly Improv Theater in January 2014. “I got interested when I heard it was recommended for business leaders,” he says. “Improv demands that you listen, collaborate and react at the top of your intelligence. You learn to trust and support your teammates.” Mr. Hanson and his wife live in Cherry Hill, with their college-age son; they have five other grown children.
Susan R. Croll, Vice Chair
Susan R. Croll has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2005 and has served as Vice Chair since 2014. Ms. Croll is a retired higher education professional. Her career in higher education administration began as a student financial aid officer at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by service in the U.S. Department of Education as a student financial aid program officer and later as a Guaranteed Student Loan branch chief. Returning to Penn as Director of Admissions for the School of Medicine, she subsequently became Executive Director of Educational Administration, overseeing the administrative programs and processes that supported the program of medical education. At the time of her retirement, she served as the Senior Executive Director of Administration for the School of Medicine, with oversight responsibilities in the financial, research administration, human resources, planning and academic review functions of the medical school.
A resident of Gibbsboro, New Jersey, Ms. Croll serves on Gibbsboro’s Planning and Zoning Board, Environmental Commission, and Green Team. She is a member of the Burrison Art Gallery Advisory Committee at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn alumni volunteer.
Ms. Croll received her baccalaureate degree in English literature and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony J. Maressa, Secretary
Anthony J. Maressa has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 1998 and has been the Secretary since 2014. He is also a member of the Camden County College Foundation and a New Jersey Community College Ambassador.
Mr. Maressa is an Insurance Claims Manager for Maressa Patterson Law Firm and a Property Liaison for Lower County Property Management.
A resident of Voorhees since 1990, Mr. Maressa is a member of the Voorhees Cultural and Diversity Board, Camden County Hero Scholarship, Knights of Columbus, and Lions Club International.
Mr. Maressa has an Associate in Arts degree from Camden County College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Glassboro State College, and a Juris Doctor from Delaware Law School/Widener University.
Brett Wiltsey, Treasurer
Brett Wiltsey has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2014 and has served as Treasurer since 2015. Mr. Wiltsey has a diverse and multi-faceted practice throughout the northeast corridor. He regularly counsels clients in litigation strategy, real estate development, tax credits and financial incentives and government relations. His financial services practice includes guidance to regional and national financial institutions in litigation concerning Articles 3, 4 and 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code, Federal Regulation E, consumer fraud, fraudulent endorsements and similar litigation matters, as well as workout, bankruptcy, and the drafting of loan and loan modification documents.
Mr. Wiltsey counsels middle market and emerging growth companies as their general counsel. This representation involves providing counsel to clients with regard to in growth strategies, formation documents, shareholder and operating agreements, litigation (commercial disputes, consumer fraud, and employment), real estate and land use needs, employment litigation, non-compete agreements, and merger and acquisitions. Many emerging companies have requested assistance through the Firm’s Exchange to build relationships with venture capital and other alternative financing models.
Further, Mr. Wiltsey represents municipalities and related governmental entities throughout the State of New Jersey as special counsel focusing on litigation, real estate, redevelopment, and associated issues.
- Represented a large financial institution in a multi-million dollar work-out with regard to a large regional developer.
- Counseled national corporations defending them in class action and consumer fraud claims.
- Represented a large financial institution in the sale of a multi-million dollar hotel through a third-party plan filed by the institution in bankruptcy proceeding.
- Represented multiple contractors in defense of preference actions brought by the Bankruptcy Trustee in the Kara Homes, Inc. bankruptcy case.
- Represented a financial institution in prosecuting fraudulent endorsement claims.
- Represented clients in the purchase and sale of real estate and liquor license.
- Represented general contractor in negotiating contract to build an $8 million hotel and, after the owners defaulted, negotiated with the lenders to ensure financing was available to complete project to ensure client’s contract was satisfied in full.
- Acted as development/redevelopment counsel to both private and public entities which has resulted in the development of over a billion dollars of residential, commercial, and mixed used projects.
Professional & Community Activities
- General Counsel and Member of the Board of Trustees, The Southern New Jersey Development Council
- Chair, Lourdes Health Systems Audit and Ethics Committee
- Member, Dilworth Paxson’s Senior Leadership Team and Executive Committee
- Chairman, Collingswood Democratic Committee
- Member, Advisory Committee, Widener University School of Business Administration
- Repeatedly named “Top Attorney” by SJ Magazine News/Events Articles
- 09/11/2017 SJ Magazine: 2017 Top Attorneys Industry Icons
- 08/31/2017 South Jersey Biz Magazine: Executive Q & A Alerts
- 08/29/2017 Dilworth Partner Brett Wiltsey on “Biggest Issue Currently Facing the Industry” in South Jersey Biz Executive Q & A
- 05/04/2016 Three Dilworth Paxson Attorneys Recognized for Their Outstanding Work
Annette Castiglione has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2003. Mrs. Castiglione graduated from Canisius College in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She began her teaching career as a second-grade teacher in New York. After moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she taught Language Arts at a West Philadelphia high school. In 1981, she received her Master’s in Education from Temple University, with her certification as a Reading Specialist.
Ms. Castiglione chose to stay home to raise her three children until 1990. At this time, she returned to her career as an educator first as the Reading Specialist at the Mill Creek School in Philadelphia and then as a reading teacher at Camden High School. In 1999, she joined the fledgling staff of the newly opened Creative Arts High School as the Whole School Reform Facilitator and Reading Specialist. During her tenure there she earned her second Master’s in Education from Rowan University. The Master’s thesis Ms. Castiglione pursued at Rowan explored the Abbot rulings and their effect on education reform in the State of New Jersey. This served her well when she accepted a position at the Department of Education in 2002. She spent the next five years directing more than fifty program and fiscal staff members as they provided technical support to thirty-one Abbot Districts. Ms. Castiglione joined the Bellmawr Learning Community as its superintendent in April of 2007. She is dedicated to helping the community grow and build on its strong foundation of excellence for each student. Ms. Castiglione’s commitment to the families and students of Bellmawr has brought much needed change including the building of a new early childhood center.
Karen S. Halpern
Karen S. Halpern has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2013. She previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Counseling Resource Center, LLC while additionally offering services as an individual and family therapist at the Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern New Jersey. To date, Ms. Halpern remains in private practice as a professional counselor.
Ms. Halpern’s prior civic pursuits include previously serving as both the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the South Jersey Behavioral Health System, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey.
Ms. Halpern obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling from Seton Hall University, a Master of Public Administration in Health Care Administration from New York University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Mathematics from New York University.
Dr. S. Jay Mirmanesh
Dr. S. Jay Mirmanesh was appointed to the Camden County College Board of Trustees in September 2018.
Dr. Mirmanesh is a board-certified pediatrician, pediatric educator and a specialist in newborn intensive care. He completed his pediatric residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and his neonatology fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also received his MBA from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Mirmanesh was instrumental in founding the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. He later established the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Easton Hospital in Easton, PA. He then founded the Center for Pediatric and Adult Medicine which is now Advocare Mirmanesh Pediatric & Adult Medicine with three offices located in Marlton, Voorhees, and Sicklerville.
Dr. Mirmanesh is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine and served on their Medical Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Medical Executive Committee of Virtua Hospital and Vice President of the Medical Staff. He has been “Top Doc” South Jersey Magazine for the past six years, Physician of the year New Jersey Magazine, and “Top Doc” Adolescent Medicine in South Jersey Magazine. He has been elected as the Physician for the Philadelphia Flyers family for the past twenty years. His practice also has been the site for teaching medical students, nurse practitioner students, and nurse practitioner doctorate degree students. He resides in Voorhees with his wife, Lisa, who is also the practice administrator. He is proud to have their son, Dr. John Mirmanesh in practice with them and looking forward to having their younger son, Dr. Michael Mirmanesh, joining the practice as a plastic surgeon and his wife Dr. Devon Ganter, a pediatrician, in 2020.
Dr. Jay, as he is called by his patients, loves taking care of his patients, teaching and he and his wife mostly love spending time with their grandchildren.
Carmen G. Rodriguez
Born in Puerto Rico, Carmen Rodriguez moved to Philadelphia with her mother and brother when she was four before moving to Camden City at the age of 12. Education was a core value instilled by her mother which characterizes every aspect of her life.
After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School with honors, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science with a minor in Spanish from Rutgers University. She went on to earn two Master’s degrees: A Master of Education degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Chemistry Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also earned an Ed.S. degree in Education Leadership.
Carmen views public services as the most important responsibility she has. As she earned her advanced degrees in her quest to enhance her craft, Carmen taught science in both Camden City and Audubon school districts. She has teaching certificates in Physical Science, Biological Science, Bilingual Science and K-8 education. As a high school science teacher, she taught students of all skill levels with the goals of encouraging students to be curious, inquisitive, and comprehensive, before becoming a teacher of teacher as a principal, supervisor, and finally a Lead Educator.
Her education and experience as a teacher and a parent motivated her to expand her role as a public servant, becoming the first Hispanic member of the Camden County Board of Commissioners. As an educator and the mother of four children, Commissioner Rodriguez knows the value of strong families and the power that education brings to young people. She also led the Camden City Department of Human Services in her continued quest to improve the lives of others through public service.
Carmen Rodriguez has received many honors including the Good Neighbor Award by the Camden County Branch of the American Red Cross, the Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was named one of the Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinas in 2014.
Jessica R. Stewart
Jessica R. Stewart has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2017. She is also a member of the Camden County College Foundation.
Ms. Stewart is a Senior Associate at RP Consulting, LLC, a political consulting firm specializing in fundraising, event planning, and compliance.
A resident of Merchantville, Ms. Stewart is a member of several women’s and activist organizations, and she serves on various executive and advisory boards and committees including the Merchantville Planning Board, Maria’s Women United, and the NJ Migrant Worker Outreach Organization. She is also an alumna member of the sorority Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Zeta Chapter.
Ms. Stewart received her Associate’s Degree in English from Camden County College in 2009 and her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Rutgers University, Camden in 2012.
Helen Albright Troxell
Helen Albright Troxell has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2006. Ms. Troxell is married to Dr. Joseph Troxell, a retired professor of LaSalle University, and resides in Gloucester Township. Ms. Troxell retired from Camden County College after thirty years of service as an administrator, teacher, advisor, and mentor. She further served as a Gloucester Township Councilwoman, a Camden County Commissioner, and the New Jersey representative for the Association of Community College Trustees.
Ms. Troxell is a board member of Symphony in C, a teaching orchestra, Co-Chair of the Union Organization for Social Services, and a Kiwanian.
Ms. Troxell’s motivation to serve is focused on helping others and giving back to society especially in the area of quality education at an affordable price for community college students. Education is the key to success.
Judith J. Ward
Judith J. Ward has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2015. Ms. Ward is president and CEO of Advanced Enviro Systems, a Chester, PA based company she co-founded in 1996. Following nine years at the helm of the largest privately owned waste hauling, transfer and recycling firm in the Greater Philadelphia region, Ms. Ward decided to build a company with the purpose of creating waste reduction and recycling programs that yield environmental, social, and fiscal returns. Among her many client partners are Wawa, Marriott, Caesar’s Entertainment, Waste Management, and Glaxo Smith Kline.
Ms. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University, and is formerly a part time lecturer at the Rutgers School of Business. Ms. Ward also serves on the Advisory Board to Saint Joseph’s University’s Arrupe Center for Business Ethics. She has served previously on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sunshine Foundation.
Denise Diaz, Alumna Trustee
Denise Diaz graduated from Camden County College in May of 2022. She earned her degree in Elementary/Secondary Education and was on the Dean’s List, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is a wife and mother of four who had been working toward earning her degree since 1996. There were breaks along her educational pathway as she got married, raised a family, and established a successful career. But through it all, she never lost sight of her goals. When her daughter graduated from college in 2020, it gave Denise the motivation to finish what she had started. She serves as an inspiration to us all to never give up until we have achieved our dreams.