Tezeta “Tez” Roro is a West Orange resident, mom, PTA leader & an engaged community builder. Tez entered the real estate profession striving to give a full-service experience to her clients. She is intentional about supporting local businesses and solving local issues. She has been featured on Huffington Post, Buzz Feed and Elevate Network. She is a recipient of the MLK Jr. Distinguished Service Award by the West Orange Human Relations Commission/West Orange Township.
AMANDA FLEISSNERVice President
Amanda is a NJ licensed and Board Certified Occupational Therapist who specializes in treating chronic pain and tension conditions in children and adults. She is New Jersey’s only Occupational Therapist trained in PUSH Therapy, a specialized muscular therapy. Amanda is the owner of Find Relief Therapy.
Brynne Tillman is the LinkedIn Whisperer and CEO of Social Sales Link. For over a decade she has been teaching Entrepreneurs, sales teams and business leaders how to leverage LinkedIn for social selling. She guides professionals to establish a thought leader and subject matter expert brand, find and engage the right targeted market, and leverage clients and networking partners for warm introductions into qualified buyers. Brynne is the Co-host of the Making Sales Social podcast and author of The LinkedIn Sales Playbook, a Tactical Guide to Social Selling.
Mark Yecies is a founding member of SunQuest Funding. LLC, a mortgage banker licensed in New Jersey, Florida and New York. He has over 30 years of experience in residential real estate and mortgage banking. He has served on the board of directors of The Executives Association of New Jersey and Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA. Mark, a lifelong resident of West Orange, enjoys the history of the community and its evolution through the years.
ADAM WOLFBoard Member
As Founder and Principal Consultant of CellCon Consulting Adam has been assisting clients to use Social Media as a business tool since 2007. Adam has presented to Various business groups and chambers of commerce. He has taught the Social Media for Business Continuing Education program at Bergen CC and teaches Marketing at The Jewish Educational Center High School.
KEN BARISBoard Member
Ken Baris, CEO-Jordan Baris Realtors Real Living in New Jersey, is among real estate’s most dynamic leaders. A founding member of Zillow’s Advisory Board, he frequently presents at industry events. Ken is a recognized innovator. His creativity & contagious enthusiasm have made him a well-liked national figure in real estate.
BILL JOHNSONBoard Member
William Johnson is the manager of Regal Bank. William was born and raised in West Orange and comes from a family owned a W.O. small business. He is active in Freemasons, West Orange Scholarship Committee and the Rotary Clubs. With 25 years banking experience, he brings his extensive knowledge of Small Business lending.
ARNON AMIRBoard Member
Arnon Amir is Founder & President of GrowthPoint Business Consulting. His mission is to leverage his 30+ years of experience to assist businesses in overcoming challenges and enabling them to plan, execute and achieve the vision they have. Arnie launched Biz 2.0 Workshops for Growing Businesses, a West Orange Speaker Series. www.growthpointbc.com
EVAN NASSBoard Member
Evan Nass is an attorney and the managing partner at Nass Roper & Levin, PC in New York City. He, along with four others, recently began the AIVEC Fund which is an angel investment group focusing on B2B startups.
JOY REYES-MOTONBoard Member
Joy is the owner of the Kids Palace II Daycare in West Orange, an Educational Daycare center for children 2 & up. We also offer Pre-K 3 & Pre-K 4. All teachers are certified in Early childhood education & CPR/First Aid.
SUSAN MCCARTNEYBoard Member
Susan McCartney is the founder and owner of First Mountain Preschool. Her commitment to the community secured the Town Council election in 2002, 2006, 2010 & 2015. Susan serves as the liaison to the Planning Board. She & her childhood sweetheart Joe McCartney have been married for over 35 years and they have three children.
RICK BRILLBoard Member
Rick Brill is the owner of Advantage Pest Control located on Main Street since 1988. His mission is to help local people solve their pest problems. Other Organizations: Board of Directors NJ Pest Management Association, Trustee of WO Community House, Member of The Life Christian Church
MARK BRINNBoard Member
Mark Brinn, physical therapist is the Regional Director of Outpatient Services at Kessler Institute. He oversees therapy programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, wheelchair services, cognitive rehabilitation & neuropsychology at the Kessler Saddle Brook & West Orange campuses.
SALLY MALECHBoard Member
Sally Malech, MPH, RD, is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology & Public Health, and is a Registered Dietitian. She has extensive experience in media, financial management and strategic planning.
TEDROS NEGASIBoard Member
Tedros is a Sales Associate office manager with Cass Inc. Realtors West Orange helping home buyers, investors and property management. He believes and demonstrates that West Orange is the best place to live, work and rise kids. And he is an active member supportive of Eritrean & Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
DR. RON SILIKOVITZBoard Member
Ronald G. Silikovitz, Ph.D. is a NJ Licensed Psychologist with over 35 years of experience providing both psychotherapy and forensic psychology consulting services. He also consultants to the Public Defender’s office, the Department of Child Permanency and Protection, the Division of Disability Services, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
ROGER SCHNEIDERBoard Member
Roger is co-owner with his brother Gerald of Schneider Hardware. Run by their father Leon Schneider for 60 years, and founded by Isadore Schneider in 1923, it is the oldest family retail business in West Orange. He has also served with the Lion’s Club, Downtown Alliance and a variety of other civic and community groups.
PAUL M. PETIGROWBoard Member
Paul M. Petigrow is an attorney at law concentrating on corporate law, commercial transactions, commercial real estate law and tax law. He has his J.D. and LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. He served as a member of the Board of Education for thirteen years, including three terms as Board President.
ANDREW ATALLABoard Member
Andrew Atalla, PT, DPT is the Clinical Director of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy in West Orange. He completed his BS from Rutgers University, and Doctorate in PT from Mercy College. He works rehabbing joint replacements, disc herniation, work related injuries and conditioning/strengthening. Andrew enjoys teaching Sunday school and participating in various nonprofit charitable organizations.
CHERRY HERNANDEZBoard Member
Cherry recently joined Provident Bank as the new Banking Center Manager of the west Orange location. She has roughly 10 years of experience in the banking world and offer a verity of both, commercial as well as consumer products. Provident Bank specializes in assisting clients with any Home lending needs. Cherry is also an active member in other nonprofit organizations in town.
DAVID WORRALLBoard Member
David is a publisher at Worrall newspapers. Worrall Community Newspapers is an Online news and 11 weekly newspapers covering 24 towns in Essex and Union counties, NJ.
John MitranoBoard Member
John Mitrano is the President and Founder of Techdesigno, a digital design studio, where he and his Team enjoy helping business owners learn how to best promote their business online, update their own website, and enhance their online presence. Mitrano is an Adjunct Professor at Essex County College and teaches courses in Computer Sciences & Humanity Arts. He attended The College of New Jersey and studied marketing and communication arts and then he went on to achieve a masters degree in Marketing, Digital Imaging Technologies and Computer Graphics from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). While at NYIT, he taught as an Assistant Professor of Art and founded NYIT’s first Graduate-Level Computer Graphics Association group.
Kelly SaundersBoard Member
Kelly is a Sr. Vice President at Allegiance Insurance Brokers, licensed in NJ/NY/CT. Originally from Connecticut, she has lived in multiple states throughout the country, including NJ for the past 14 years. She comes to Allegiance Insurance Brokers with over 20 years of experience in various business capacities, such as customer service, marketing, public relations, government relations, and sales. Kelly has worked on Capitol Hill, educating law makers about numerous constituent programs and issues, and has worked with many nonprofit and community service programs. As a resident of West Orange, she has been active in the West Orange school district, where her son currently is enrolled. Her hobbies and interests include travel, cooking and interior design.
GEORGIA VARIDAKIS SIMOESExecutive Director
Georgia is a business consultant with over 10 years of experience in helping businesses grow through events and networking. She is also a self taught jewelry artist with past stores in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. She has travelled throughout the US displaying her collection and has had her work featured in numerous publications, including VOGUE and The New York Times.