Board Of Trustees

Daniel Cocco, a Nutley native, has strong town connections with family, business, education and local volunteerism. A Penn State and Columbia University graduate, he has professional experience in non-profit fundraising and management, previously working in Big 4 management consulting. He is currently working with his family firm Beacon Wealth Partners. Dan has been a long time NFSB supporter and as a Trustee, he joins the Finance Committee.

Emma Cortese is a life-long Nutley resident. She joined the Board in 2013, where she currently Chairs the Public Relations Committee, is a member of the Community Advisory Committee and served previously as a NFSB Vice President. Emma earned a PhD at NYU in developmental speech/language pathology, and practiced in various clinical capacities for over twenty-five years, including Asst. Professor at MSU. Additionally, she is active in FACT, a local organization involved in providing hot meals to those in need.

Kimberley Donohoe has been a practicing attorney in town for over 20 years specializing in real estate guardianships, special needs, estate planning/administration, municipal court cases, and personal injury. She is a Nutley Parent Advisory Group for Special Education volunteer, and is a Volunteer Legal Guardian. Additionally, she is the Nutley Lawyers Club vice president and liaison to Special Services Director of Nutley Bd of Ed. She was a part time public defender in Nutley Municipal Court as well. Kimberley also provides professional legal services to NFSB operations.

Robert Frannicola has been an ad hoc community contributor to many NFSB efforts before joining the Board in 2020. Currently, he serves on the Development Committee, lending his event-planning and fund-raising expertise to the team work. He is a life long Nutley-ite, graduating from NHS, and currently residing in town with his wife and son. Rob is an NYU graduate and owns the Nutley-based business Ultimate Entertainment.

Marla Hunter joined the Board in 2020. She attended Ramapo College and spent many years living in the DC/VA area before settling in Nutley in 2009 with her husband, Ryan. They are the proud parents of two daughters. She serves as President of the PTO, youth sports coach, and is involved with many volunteer committees through the community. Marla has been a volunteer at NFSB in ad hoc capacity, and now serves on the Public Relations Committee.

Angela Kircher is a lifelong resident of Nutley, where she and her husband Walter Wayne have raised 4 children. Angela has served NFSB in various capacities for over 30 years, including as past President of the (former) NFSB Women’s Auxiliary, and joined the NFSB Board in 2013. She has chaired the Thrift Shop Committee, where she continues to focus her efforts. Additionally, she volunteers at the Food Pantry. Professionally, Angela was as Senior Credit Manager at JVC and is a past president of Reimer Credit Manager’s Association.

Jim Kutcha and his wife, Valerie, have lived in Nutley for over 40 years. He was appointed to the Board in 1986 and, with the exception of a period while he served as a School Board Trustee, has been in service to NFSB in various capacities, including Board President. Currently, he Chairs the Nutley Rent Leveling Board; previously, he served on the Nutley Board of Education, the Health Advisory Board, a Trustee of the Nutley Educational Foundation the Nutley Adult School Board and an officer of the Spring Garden PTO. Jim is a retired Vice President in the financial area of MetLife.

Theresa Loch joined the Board in 2013. She has been a realtor for over 20 years and is an Associate with Keller Williams Realty in Montclair. In the past Theresa has as a member of both the Public Relations/Technology and Finance Committee. Currently she continues on the Executive Committee as a Vice President, a position she has held since 2019. She resides in Nutley with her family and is actively involved in the public schools.

Michael Padilla is a member of the Nutley Police Department, where as Detective Sgt., he was recognized as Administrator of the Year for LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs). He joined the Board in 2015 where he has served as Co-chair of the Development Committee, and is currently Chair of the Governance Committee. Additionally, Mike is a Vice President on the Executive Committee. He resides in Nutley with his wife and two daughters, and is an Assistant Coach for the Nutley High School Football team.

Dave Popkin is the CEO of Hilltop Management, a Nutley-based marketing and event management company. He is also a professional sportscaster, currently serving as a radio announcer for Seton Hall basketball and a TV announcer on CBS Sports Network. As a community contributor, he co-founded the annual Rock Hunger benefit for the NFSB Food Pantry and co-chaired The Garden Party fundraiser. Currently Dave is Chair of the Development Committee. The University of Miami (FL) graduate has lived in Nutley for the last 20 years with his wife Cindy Tirrell.

Martha (Vicki) Ray joined the Board in 2013. She has served on the Governance Committee, including one year as chair, the Finance Committee, and the Redevelopment Committee for 169 and 170 Chestnut NFSB facilities. Vicki is currently serving in her 4th term as Board President. She retired from a 40-year career in scientific research, spanning academia and industry, including research, project management and strategic planning. She has been active for over the last 25 years with the League of Women Voters, locally and at the state level, in several officer positions. She is also involved with and supports AAUW.

Javier Robles joined the Board 2013.He serves as a member of the Governance Committee, particularly in the area of non-profit organizational guidance. Javier is a senior compliance counsel serving Fortune 500 companies. He is a life-long resident of Nutley, where he continues to reside with his family.

Debbie Russo, a former trustee of the Nutley Board of Education, has been an active member of the Nutley community for nearly 30 years, including in various PTOs and civic organizations. She joined the Board in 2018 and serves on the Governance and Community Advisory Committees. Debbie is the mother of three children, two who have graduated from the Nutley School system and one who is in NHS. Professionally, she is employed as a customer service specialist and was previously an office manager and in the banking industry. She attended Rider College and the American Institute of Banking.

Erin Ryan joined the Board in 2019 and participates on the PR and Governance Committees. Erin spent over 15 years in various business development and product innovation roles within the healthcare industry before moving to the not for profit sector in 2011 to focus on patient advocacy work. She has a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A Boston native, she moved to Nutley in 2005 with her husband Stefano and has two children.

Ruth G. Bedford (1918-2019) Lifetime NFSB Trustee
Recognized for her dedicated service of over 50 years.