Board Of Trustees

Maria Pedalino
Maria is a recently retired teacher of English and Spanish. She worked at Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls for thirty five years. In the course of her career, Maria served as secretary of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association and board member of the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She resides in Nutley with her husband and daughter.

Vicki Ray, MS.
Vicki and her family have lived in Nutley for more than 30 years. Vicki received her MS in Biochemistry from the University of Houston in 1972 and has worked in both academic and bio-pharmaceutical biochemistry and biotechnology research before, retiring in 2012. Vicki been very active over the last 25 years with the League of Women Voters, both with the local Nutley League, serving as President and 1st VP twice, and as a Board Director of the LWVNJ for 8 years.

Ed Tyerman
Ed currently serves on the public relations committee and executive board secretary of the NFSB.   He is employed as a Pharmaceutical Safety, Health and Environmental Professional for 20+ years at Roche. He resides in Nutley with his wife and three children.

Adam Jernick
Adam was born and raised in Nutley. He earned a BA from James Madison University in Virginia where he played Division 1 Football. Past Exalted Ruler of the Nutley Elks 2012-13 and presently serving on Nutley’s Mattia Award Committee and the Nutley Library Centennial Committee. Adam is currently employed by the Township of Nutley working as the Assistant in the Mayor’s Office.

Rula Abualhuda
Rula has served on the board of Trust for the NFSB since 2010 and also serves as a member of the finance committee. Rula is employed as a branch manager of Spencer Savings Bank in Nutley. She currently serves as 2nd vice president of the Nutley chamber of commerce. Rula holds an engineering degree from the Damascus University of Syria. She Resides in West Orange with her husband and son.

Theresa Loch
Theresa is a Realtor Associate with Keller Williams Realty in Montclair. She currently serves on the public relations committee of the NFSB. Graduate of Berkeley College and a working background in Marketing. She resides in Nutley with her husband and three children and actively involved in the public schools.

Emma Cortese
Emma is a life-long Nutley resident and joined the Board of Trustees in 2013. She practiced speech/language pathology for over twenty five years, starting as a teacher of children with language and learning disabilities; was an assistant professor at Montclair State University; founding partner in a pediatric speech/language practice; and chief clinician at Mountainside Hospital. She earned a PhD at NYU. Additionally, she served on the Advisory Board to Toni’s Soup Kitchen at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair.

Javier Robles
Javier began his first term with the board of Trustees for the NFSB in 2013 and also serves as a member of the Governance Committee. Javier serves as Vice President, Global Compliance & Ethics, in the General Counsel’s Office of American Express in New York City. Javier holds a bachelors degree from Rutgers University and a juris doctor from Seton Hall Law School. He is a life-long resident of Nutley, and together with his wife Sorabel, have two children attending Nutley High School, Javier and Katerina.

Karen Rozansky
Karen is a Nutley resident for more than 30 years, a Prudential Securities retiree and is presently employed as a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in New York City. For more than a decade, Karen has been an active volunteer at the NFSB Thrift Shop and has served on the NFSB board of trustees in different capacities. Karen is a graduate of Montclair State University.

Jim Kuchta
Jim and his wife, Valerie, have lived in Nutley for 39 years. Although newly appointed to the Board, Jim previously served as a Trustee of NFSB for 22 years, starting in 1986. Currently, he is also a member of the Nutley Rent Leveling Board and a Trustee of the Nutley Educational Foundation.  Previously, he served on the Nutley Board of Education, Health Advisory Board, the Nutley Adult School Board and Spring Garden PTO. Jim retired from MetLife where he served as a Vice President in the financial area. He also was an officer in the New York National Guard. Jim is a graduate of Le Moyne College.

Linda Grossman
Linda has lived most of her life in Nutley. She graduated from Nutley high school. She and her husband, David, returned here to raise their children. This is her second tenure on the board of trustees of NFSB. She previously served for nine years, the last three as Treasurer. Linda first became active with NFSB with the women’s auxiliary when her children were grown and she had time to donate to a community service organization. She is still an active volunteer at the NFSB Thrift Shop.

Rudy Chen
Rudy and his spouse, Linda, has resided in Nutley for 37 years and is retired from SH&E Inc., an aviation consulting company where he served as a principal in the company’s privatization, strategic planning, operations, and safety and security practices. Prior to joining SH&E, he held senior management positions at Purolator Courier/Emery Worldwide and United Airlines. He also served on the Advisory Board of Toni’s Kitchen and as a cook for, a non-profit in Montclair that provides food, health screening, and computer training for disadvantaged residents of Essex County. He is a graduate of Columbia College in New York with a major in Economics.

Ruth Bedford
Ruth’s association with the NFSB began in the mid 1960’s and continues to this day. She was Board of Trustees president in the 1970’s and was named first Lifetime Trustee in 2013. Ruth has spent decades in dedication to community service. Over the years, she graciously has opened her home for annual Lollipop Fundraising events and hosted September Socials which benefit town service organizations.  Nutley Senior Citizens Housing Corp, Nutley Volunteer Emergency & Rescue Squad, the Republican Club of Nutley and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ are among her local affiliations. Through the years she has been the recipient of honors from local and state non-profit organizations: along with her (late) husband Stanly Bedford, a retired Judge of the Superior Court of NJ, she received the Mattia Distinguished Community Service Award; and for her tireless efforts she received the Nutley Jaycees Annual Distinguished Service Award for Civic Affairs, as well as the Montclair-Glen Ridge Nutley Chapter of the American Red Cross Annual Comradeship Award. Ruth’s impact goes beyond specific acts of volunteerism at the NFSB. She has been a stalwart and consistent source of support, contributing her time, effort, and generous spirit.