Advisory Committee

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Bernard “Bernie” Flynn (Chair) – Bernard “Bernie” Flynn has served as President and CEO of NJM Insurance Company since April 2008. Flynn retired on April 27, 2018, after a career at the Company that spanned 25 years, including the past 10 as its leader. From 2009 to 2013, he was Chairman of the Board of NJM Bank FSB, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of NJM. Since joining NJM in 1993 as a staff attorney, Mr. Flynn subsequently was named Vice President and General Counsel in 2001 and Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 2004. He was elected to the NJM Board of Directors in 2003 and served on the Board of NJM Bank from 2004 to 2014. Before he joined NJM, Mr. Flynn was a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General from 1987 to 1993, serving as Counsel for the Commissioner of Insurance from 1991 to 1993. In October of 2015, Mr. Flynn was named co-chair of Greater Trenton, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance economic development and revitalization projects of importance to New Jersey’s capital city. He graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in 1986 after obtaining his B.S. from Fordham University in 1982. In 2001, Mr. Flynn earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Designation.

Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong – The Rev. Darrell LaRue Armstrong is only the third Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in the last one hundred years. He is married to Melanie L. Pinkney, Esq., who serves as the Executive Director of the Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP). They are the parents of Amaris Kayla and Daniel LaRue. In addition to being a father, husband, and pastor, the Rev. Armstrong is a civic leader, a grassroots community organizer, and a child welfare/family strengthening advocate. A native of (South Central) Los Angeles, CA, the Rev. Armstrong believes that learning is a life-long endeavor and a mutual process. His policy training at Stanford University (BA in Public Policy), theological training at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at The College of New Jersey (Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy) have uniquely prepared him to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family strengthening communities. He sees his “global ministry” as working to make families stronger by equipping them with lessons of hope & resilience.

Anthony “Skip” Cimino – A lifelong Hamilton resident, Skip has unfailingly committed himself to improving the lives of others, from his early work as a township school board member to his current position as Executive Director of the Assembly Majority Office. After serving on the Hamilton school board, Skip was elected to represent the people of Mercer County as a freeholder, where his leadership qualities helped him rise to the position of board president. After six years as a freeholder, voters in the 14th District elected him to the New Jersey State Assembly. Later, he was appointed Commissioner of Personnel by Gov. Jim Florio. In addition to his government service, Skip’s career path included ownership of the Cimino’s Lawrence Carpet Shop, a successful home furnishing store located on Route One in Lawrence Township, for more than 18 years. He also served as president and CEO of CMX (formerly Schoor DePalma), a firm with more than 1,000 employees based in Manahawkin, NJ. Appointed President and CEO in 2009, Skip already had more than 20 years of leadership experience with the organization. During those years, he served as a member of the board of directors, including a stint as chairman of the board. Skip retired as CEO of RWJ Hamilton in 2014. Skip joined Kaufman Zita Group, a lobbying firm, in 2015 as a Partner. Skip was selected as the Executive Director of the Assembly Majority Office, where he began his tenure in January 2018.

Jack Huston – Jack Huston is currently Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff – Office of the Chairman of Colgate-Palmolive, providing counsel and support to the CEO and senior executives and serving as executive liaison to the Board of Directors.  He also directs the Corporate Communications and Global Security departments, leading multi-functional teams in all parts of the Colgate world. A graduate of Yale University, Jack received a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and subsequently worked on economic development issues for the New Jersey Governor’s Office and the New York City Planning Department. Jack joined Colgate in 1986 to oversee planning and redevelopment of Colgate’s Jersey City waterfront manufacturing site.  He subsequently took on global corporate real estate responsibilities helping attain maximum value from surplus asset sales, facilitate business expansion through new site purchases, and reduce costs with more efficient lease transactions. In 1997, he joined the Office of the Chairman, and was elected a corporate officer in 2002.

Brian J. Kelly – Brian Kelly is a veteran pharmaceutical industry government affairs leader with diverse experience, having managed state government affairs departments at Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert, Aventis, Daiichi-Sankyo and Novartis’ northeast region.  He currently serves as the leader of Novo Nordisk’s State Government Affairs team and as a member of the Public Affairs Leadership Team.  Brian has led state and federal government relations and policy functions at several global pharmaceutical companies during his tenure in the industry. Prior to entering the private sector, his career comprised a variety of positions in government and not-for-profit leadership.   These roles included service on the staff of a NJ Member of Congress, professional staff of a Congressional Committee, in-house counsel and chief lobbyist for the New Jersey State Bar Association and as counsel in the Office of Governor’s Counsel during NJ Governor Florio’s administration.

John L. McGoldrick – John L. McGoldrick is the retired Chairman of Zimmer Holdings, a world leader in orthopedic reconstructive products. He is Chairman of the Governor’s Higher Education Council (NJ), and is Special Adviser to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a global non-profit seeking a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where he was Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, President of the Medical Devices Group, head of Corporate Strategy, and General Counsel. For 26 years he was a Director and Vice-Chair of the Board of NJTransit Corporation. He chaired AIA, the international consortium of UN agencies, private companies, and The World Bank to increase access to HIV treatments in the developing world, and was a leader in international efforts to reduce AIDS drug prices to accessible levels in Africa. Earlier in his career he was a Senior Partner and an Executive Committee Member at the law firm McCarter & English, and is a Member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Association of General Counsel. He serves as director or trustee of various public and private boards, maintaining his interests in public health, education, transportation, law and Africa. He is a graduate of Harvard and the Harvard Law School, and has taught and written on various subjects.

Dr. George A. Pruitt Ph.D. – George A. Pruitt Ph.D. served as the president of Thomas Edison State College from 1982 until 2017.  He has been active in the formulation of national and state higher-education and economic development policy, and has pioneered higher education investment in Trenton. Deeply committed to the revitalization of New Jersey’s capital city, Dr. Pruitt led Thomas Edison State College’s effort to restore several historic buildings in its downtown, preserving the essence of the city’s storied past and stimulating economic development. Dr. Pruitt established The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at the college, working closely with leaders from foundations and the public sector, who would become the institute’s long-term funders, partners and clients. Prior to coming to Thomas Edison State College, Dr. Pruitt served in executive leadership positions at Illinois State University; at Towson State University and Morgan State University, both in Maryland; at Tennessee State University; and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Chicago. He continues to be active in the formulation of educational policy nationally and within New Jersey.

Brenda Ross Dulan – Brenda Ross-Dulan is an award-winning business executive, thought leader and board director. During her twenty-five year career in the ever-changing financial services industry, she has successfully led through mergers, acquisitions, turnaround and start-up situations by building collaborative cultures that position teams for strong, immediate and sustained results. With experience in corporate banking, commercial real estate and most recently in leading a $12 billion retail banking group for a Fortune 100 company, she has amassed expertise in P&L management, strategic decision making, leader development, community investment and non-profit board governance. She was ranked as one of the nation’s most powerful women in corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine for three consecutive years and has received half a dozen accolades as a leading female in the past five years alone. Ross-Dulan was recruited to serve on the board of directors at NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network; Cooper’s Ferry, an economic development association serving the city of Camden; the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce; the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey; the Greater Trenton Initiative; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Ross-Dulan is a transformational business executive, priding herself on leading with authenticity and introducing unique solutions to common and complex challenges. As principal of The Ross-Dulan Group, she is frequently consulted on a variety of business and leadership matters.

Nelida Valentin – Nelida, Vice-President of Grants and Programs for Princeton Area Community Foundation, has significant knowledge of the Greater Trenton area and extensive experience in grant making, working with nonprofit organizations, and implementing social and economic development initiatives. She was the co-chair of the Greater Trenton Initiative during its formative stages. She also previously served as a trustee on the I AM Trenton Community Foundation, where she also served on their Community Grants Committee. She has served as a trustee of Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare, past Chair of Isles Inc., on the board of the local chapter of Planned Parenthood, and as a Commissioner for the Trenton Parking Authority. While Director of the Center for Leadership Development at Thomas Edison State College, she secured funding to launch Leadership Trenton. She has held memberships with the National Association of Workforce Boards, Newark Regional Business Partnership, Workforce Development Council, Garden State Employment and Training Association, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, and the Funders Group for Career Works, previously known as the Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative.