Board of Governors
Linda Bowden is New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank, where she is responsible for providing executive leadership and supporting client relationship and business development initiatives, including corporate and institutional banking, commercial banking and wealth management, as well as supporting the firm's community-based activities. Bowden has previously served as portfolio manager, trust and investment officer, and as a manager overseeing private banking officers. She has been named among the "25 Women to Watch" by U.S. Banker magazine and was recognized as one of the "Best 50 Women in Business" and "Power 100" by NJBIZ. Prior to joining PNC in 2009, she was the managing director of Wachovia Wealth Management. Bowden began her career as a teacher in Wyckoff, NJ, and authored two children's math books. Bowden is active in a range of community programs. She serves on the board of the Drumthwacket Foundation, as well as the executive committees of the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, NJ, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Choose New Jersey. In addition, Bowden is a member of the Board of Trustees of Newark Celebration 350, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the William Paterson University Foundation. She is also a Fairleigh Dickinson University PINNACLE recipient, the highest honor awarded to alumni. Bowden earned an M.S.W. from Columbia University, an M.A. in institutional counseling from William Paterson University, an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in education from Rowan University. Additionally, Bowden completed the National Trust School at Northwestern University, earned her Certified Trust Financial Advisor designation and has completed numerous sales management and leadership programs.
Ray Chambers is a philanthropist and humanitarian who has directed most of his efforts towards helping children. He is the founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and co-founder, with Colin Powell, of America’s Promise -- The Alliance for Youth. He also co-founded the National Mentoring Partnership and the Millennium Promise Alliance. Chambers is the co-founder of Malaria No More. He is the Founding Chairman of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is the former Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with William E. Simon.
Dr. Eun-Sook "Lucy" Cho-Lee is a retired clinical professor at Rutgers UMDNJ-NJMS, prior to which she served as a faculty member at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. Dr. Cho had been an attending neuropathologist at UMDNJ-University Hospital for over 35 years, where she served as the director of neuropathology from 1975-2004. Dr. Cho has also served as a consultant neuropathologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1981-89, United Hospital in Newark from 1975-88, and Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange from 1982-96. She received her B.A. and M.D. from Yonsei University Medical School in Seoul, Korea. She has been active in community services especially in the area of family life (Worldwide Marriage Encounter) and of second generation Korean Americans (Se-Jong Korean School). She is also a member of the Board of Regents of Seton Hall University.
Mary Ann Christopher is the chief of clinical operations and transformation at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. She has extensive executive leadership and governance experience with companies with annual revenues up to $2.3 billion. She served as president and CEO of the two largest non-profit community-based health systems in the U.S.: Visiting Nurse Association Health Group in NJ and Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In the course of her 35 years of experience, she has designed and led home care, hospice, community mental health services, federally qualified health centers, national demonstrations and a health plan. Christopher has a distinguished career of visionary leadership, strategic positioning, business development, merger and acquisition expertise, and restructuring experience. A registered nurse, who earned an M.S.N. from Seton Hall in 1982, Christopher received the Margaret C. Haley Award from the College of Nursing in 2011. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents of Seton Hall University.
Recently appointed Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy for NJ Resources (NJR). Before joining NJR, Ms. Cradic served as Chief of Staff in Governor Christie’s administration. In that role, she was the Chief Operating Officer for the State of New Jersey and responsible for managing the Governor’s agenda, providing strategic direction for key priorities, including budgetary matters, policy and planning, communications and legislative and constituent relations, as well as working with the State legislature and members of Congress on government affairs. Prior to being named Chief of Staff, she served in the Governor’s office as Deputy Chief of Staff and senior policy advisor.
A veteran of state government for nearly 25 years, Ms. Cradic has worked in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Before her time in the Governor’s office, she served as an Assistant Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey and worked in the communications departments at the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the NJDEP.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree in mass communication from New York University. Formerly, she served as a delegate for the Center for U. S. Global Leadership, a gubernatorial appointee to the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Regional Planning Body and the Drumthwacket Foundation and as a member of the Natural Areas Council, Garden State Preservation Trust, and Aquaculture Advisory Council.
Francis J. Hager is the co-founder and managing partner of OppCAP Group LLC. Prior to 2011, Hager was a partner at Stone Tower Capital ("STC") responsible for marketing, investor relations and business development from 2008 to 2010. He was also a senior advisor on all CDO related investments for STC funds. Hager was one of five members of the Investment Committee for the Stone Tower Structured Credit Recovery Fund. For the prior eight years, he was co-head of the Credit Suisse cash CLO/CDO group. From 1984-2000, Hager was employed at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Equity and Global High Yield groups. In 1997, Hager was made a managing director at Morgan Stanley where he began his career in leveraged finance. From 1981-1984, Hager was in the corporate finance group at Citibank. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has an MPhil in Economics from Oriel College, University of Oxford. Hager is member of the IESE (Barcelona) Business School US Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents of Seton Hall University.
With over 30 years’ experience in the real estate business, Robert Hekemian, Jr. is responsible for identifying real estate investment opportunities for Hekemian & Co. and its affiliates, as well as evaluating the performance and leasing strategies of its currently managed real estate entities. Mr. Hekemian’s memberships and affiliations include: Member, Board of Trustees for First Real Estate Investment Trust of New Jersey- a publicly traded REIT; Member, Board of Directors, Oritani Bank; Chairman, Loan Committee, Oritani Bank; Appointed Condemnation Commissioner, State of NJ; Member, New York Philharmonic Board of Directors; Former Vice Chair, Bergen Community College Foundation Board; Member, Bergen Community College Foundation Board; Member, Board of Trustees, Saddle River Day School; and, Member, Board of Governors & Foundation Board, Hackensack University Medical Center. Mr. Hekemian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the American University and his Master of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Business. In 1994, Mr. Hekemian was also an MIT Sloan Fellow.
Gordon N. Litwin, Esq. serves as co-chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees. As co-chair of the board, Litwin is a key member on all Hackensack Meridian Health boards and committees. Outside affiliations include: trustee of the Scherman Foundation; trustee of the Mary Owen Borden Foundation; member of Advisory Boards for Community Foundation of NJ, and Urban Coast Institute of Monmouth University. He is an attorney and partner at Litwin & Provence, LLC, a general practice of law including public interest environmental litigation and urban redevelopment as well as administrative law, including related to EPA and NJ DEP representation of municipalities, planning boards and boards of adjustment. Litwin is admitted to the Bars of State of New Jersey, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and United States Supreme Court.
Robert O'Hara is retired from his position as a partner at Goldman Sachs and has founded G & O Advisors, a land management company serving the east coast. A member of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors for many years, O'Hara is also a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, currently serving on the Finance Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Adaptive Sports Foundation. He is a founding member of the Hudson Farm Foundation and a member of its Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he is currently the president of Career Guidance, a nonprofit company serving the New York metropolitan area. O'Hara has received Honoree of the Year awards from the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Adaptive Sports Foundation.
Monsignor Joseph Reilly, a Mountainside, New Jersey native and 1987 graduate of Seton Hall University, was ordained a priest for service to the Archdiocese of Newark in 1991. His first assignments were as a parochial vicar at St. Paul in Ramsey and St. Andrew in Bayonne, both in New Jersey. In 1994, he served as priest-secretary to then Archbishop McCarrick, and in 1995 joined the staff of Seton Hall Prep, where he served as a faculty member and chaplain. In 2002, he was named rector of St. Andrew's Hall, and then was appointed rector/dean of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, effective June 20, 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, a licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from Pontificio Istituto Teresianum, Rome, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Fordham University. He has served as a member of the Archdiocesan Priest Personnel Board, the Advisory Committee on Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests, the Archdiocesan Vocations Board, and the Board of Trustees of Seton Hall University. Pope John Paul II named him a Chaplain to His Holiness in 2005, with the title of Reverend Monsignor.
Joseph Simunovich currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Suez North America, a subsidiary of Paris-based Suez Environment, and as vice chairman, Board of Directors, United Water New Jersey-New York. He also currently serves as the co-chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees. Simunovich previously served as president and chief of staff of United Water Management and Services. He also served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hackensack University Health Network as well as chairman of the Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center Joint Venture Board. He previously served as chairman of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors from 2004 through 2007 and was also chairman of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation for six years. Active in governmental and civic associations, Simunovich has served in leadership positions for seven New Jersey Governors: Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, James Florio, Christine Whitman, James McGreevey, Richard Codey and Jon Corzine. He received his bachelor's degree from Colgate University and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University Graduate School for a master's in Business Management. He has also completed post-graduate coursework at the Carnegie Institute.
John F. Swift '60 is the retired CEO of Omnicom Health and Medical Communications, a leading global advertising and marketing company. He rose through the ranks of the health care communications industry after beginning his advertising career in the 1960s. Swift was a new product manager at Chesebrough-Ponds before joining L.W. Frohlich as a vice president in 1968. He started his own agency, Lavey/Wolff/Swift in 1972. It merged with BBDO, a leading consumer agency, in 1977 with Swift serving as chairman/CEO of the new health care marketing group BBDO/HMC. He earned his Bachelor of Science in marketing from Seton Hall University. Swift is the co-founder of the Biomedical Marketing Association and is the former president of the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council. In retirement, Swift remains active with volunteer work, including serving as a member of the Seton Hall University Board of Regents and the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology's Board of Overseers.
John F. Williams is the 16th president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, a position he has held since 2012. He is also a professor of anesthesiology, critical care medicine and public health at Downstate. As president, Williams has promoted collaboration and a multidisciplinary focus across the academic and clinical disciplines as he has guided SUNY through a period of significant financial challenges; developed an innovative health care delivery system model for Brooklyn; transformed the clinical operation to align with population health management and federal and state reform initiatives; advanced its role as Brooklyn's hub of health education, biomedical research and clinical care; engaged Downstate in long-term planning to develop new models of integrated, value-based and patient-centered care; established programs and policies to improve infrastructure and drive sustainability; and launched forward-looking initiatives to ensure responsible stewardship of resources. Previously, Williams served as provost and vice president for health affairs at George Washington University. He also served as dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for Graduate Medical Education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and associate and assistant dean for admissions for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He was a member of the faculty there for 28 years and is professor emeritus at George Washington University. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1970, a Master of Science from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1973, a Masters of Public Health from Yale University in 1975, and Doctorates of Medicine (1970) and Education (1996) from George Washington University. Williams is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Greater New York Hospital Association. President George W. Bush, and three subsequent Secretaries of Homeland Security, appointed Williams to the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the United States. He is also a member of the Board of Regents of Seton Hall University.