Members of the Board

Members of the Board

Members of the Board

Isabelita Marcelo Abele
Brenda Bacon
Chad Bruner, Chair
Michael Carbone
Dr. Barbara Chamberlain
Jean Edelman
Dr. Thomas J. Gallia
Frank Giordano
George S. Loesch
Robert C. Poznek, Vice Chair
Linda Rohrer
Larry Salva, Secretary
Virginia Rowan Smith
Samantha Bollendorf, Student Trustee
Michael Harrington, Alternate Student Trustee
Dr. Ali Houshmand, ex officio

Ms. Isabelita Marcelo Abele – installed on the Board in February, 2012. Ms. Abele’s term will expire June 30, 2021.

Ms. Abele is president and CEO of U.S. Lumber, Inc. of Woodbury Heights, NJ. She has served as a member of the N.J. Asian-American Commission and N.J. Development Authority for Small Business, Minorities & Women Enterprises, and is very active in community-based organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from San Pablo College, Philippines.

Lita resides in Mullica Hill.

Ms. Brenda Bacon – installed on the Board in September, 2013. Ms. Bacon’s term will expire June 30, 2027.

Ms. Bacon is President and CEO of Brandywine Senior Living, a company she co-founded in 1996. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Assisted Living Federation of America and a member of the Executive Board of the American Senior Housing Association. Ms. Bacon received her bachelor's degree from Hampton University in Hampton, VA and her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Brenda resides in Voorhees.

Mr. Chad Bruner – installed on the Board in September, 2012. Mr. Bruner’s term will expire June 30, 2023.

Mr. Bruner is currently in his 25th year at the County of Gloucester and has held many management positions such as Deputy Human Resources Director, Director of Health and Senior Services, Deputy County Administrator, and County Administrator – a position he has currently held since 2007.

In addition, he has been appointed and re-appointed by multiple Governors to serve on State Boards.  His first appointment was in 2002, with subsequent re-appointments, to the South Jersey Port Corporation which oversees Port related operations in Camden County, Salem County and now Gloucester County with its Port of Paulsboro which is the first new port built on the Delaware in over 50 years.

Mr. Bruner earned his BBA from Emory University and MBA from Rowan University.

Chad resides in Sewell.

Mr. Michael Carbone – installed on the Board in September, 2017.  Mr. Carbone’s term will expire June 30, 2023.

Mr. Carbone serves as Regional President, Metro Philadelphia for TD Bank. Michael has been recognized for his community involvement with the Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award (2013), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Breath of Life Award (2010) and was named the “Man of the Year” by the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County (2010). In 2014, he received Rowan University’s Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Award, and was recognized by Rowan University as a “Distinguished Alumni” at their commencement ceremony.

Mike resides in Mullica Hill.

Dr. Barbara Chamberlain – installed on the Board in August, 2015.  Dr. Chamberlain’s term will expire June 30, 2026.

Dr. Chamberlain serves as and education specialist with the New jersey State Nurses Association. She received an associate's degree in applied science from Gloucester County College, bachelor's degrees in school nursing and nursing from Glassboro State College and Stockton State College respectively, a master's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Wilmington University. Dr. Chamberlain holds a PhD in Nursing from Widener University.

Barbara resides in Williamstown.

Ms. Jean Edelman – installed on the Board in January 2014. Ms. Edelman’s term will expire June 30, 2025.

Ms. Edelman is co-founder of Edelman Financial Services. She is also a published author and speaks frequently about entrepreneurship and leadership. She is active in a variety of charitable activities including the Edelman Nursing Career Development Center at Inova Health System and Rowan's Edelman Planetarium. Ms. Edelman received her bachelor's degree in consumer business from Rowan University and was named Alumnus of the Year in 1994.

Jean resides in Great Falls, VA.

Dr. Thomas J. Gallia – installed on the Board in August, 2015. Dr. Gallia’s term will expire June 30, 2027.

Dr. Gallia is Vice President Emeritus of Rowan University. In his long career with the University, Dr. Gallia held past positions of Vice President for University Relations, Senior Advisor to the President, and Chief of Staff. Dr. Gallia received his bachelor's degree in biological and physical sciences as well as master's degrees in science teaching and school supervision and curriculum develop from Rowan University. He received his Ed.D. in science education from Rutgers University.

Tom resides in Glassboro, NJ.

Mr. Frank Giordano – installed on the Board in August, 2015. Mr. Giordano’s term will expire June 30, 2026.

Mr. Giordano is President of Atlantic Trailer Leasing and President and CEO of The Philly POPS. He is also a member of the Boards of Coriell Institute for Medical Research, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the National Italian American Foundation.

Frank resides in Moorestown, NJ.

Mr. George S. Loesch – installed on the Board in February, 2012.  Mr. Loesch’s term will expire June 30, 2022.

Mr. Loesch is employed with Connor Strong & Buckelew.  He serves on the New Jersey Board of the United States Tennis Association and is a member of the board for Deborah Hospital.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Iona College and a master’s degree from Iona’s Hagan School of Business Administration.

George resides in Mt. Laurel.


Mr. Robert C. Poznek – installed on the Board in 2009.  Mr. Poznek’s term will expire June 30, 2019.

Mr. Poznek is the Chief Financial Officer for Nest International in Gloucester City and is also a member of their Board of Directors. He attended Rutgers University, LaSalle University, and the American Institute of Banking. He also served with the United States Marine Corps.

Robert resides in Williamstown.

Ms. Linda Rohrer - installed on the Board in January 2009. Ms. Rohrer's term will expire June 30, 2019.

Ms. Rohrer is president of Rohrer Real Estate. She serves on the Rowan University Foundation Board and is also a trustee of the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation. Ms. Rohrer received her B.A. degree from Upsala College.

Linda resides in Haddon Township.

Mr. Larry Salva - installed on the Board in September 2013. Mr. Salva's term will expire June 30, 2025.

Mr. Salva recently retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Comcast Corporation. Larry is a CPA in Pennsylvania and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International. Mr. Salva received a B.A. degree in Accounting/Administrative Studies from Rowan University.

Larry resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Virginia Rowan Smith – installed on the Board in February, 2011.  Ms. Smith’s term will expire June, 2022.

Ms. Smith is Chair of Inductotherm Corporation and Group Vice President of the Inductotherm Group, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Indel, Inc. A graduate of Cornell University, she earned her MBA in marketing management from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Smith serves on the Advisory Council for Doane Academy in Burlington, NJ and on the advisory board of the Lake George Land Conservancy – an arm of the Nature Conservancy.

Virginia resides in Upper Makefield, PA.

Ms. Samantha Bollendorf - installed on the Board in September, 2020. Ms. Bollendorf's term will expire in 2022. She currently serves as the voting student trustee.

Mr. Michael Harrington - installed on the Board in September, 2021. Mr. Harrington's term will expire in 2023. He currently serves as the alternate voting student trustee.