Board Of Trustees

Kenneth Cibelli joined the Board in 2021, and was very involved with various NFSB activities for years prior. He has working familiarity with its day-to-day operations, especially with respect to The Pantry, where he continues to volunteer his services in many capacities, and joins the Development Comm. He is a business applications programmer with concentrations in warehousing and in systems monitoring. Ken and his wife, Diane, are longtime residents of Nutley; their two grown daughters are NHS graduates.

Daniel Cocco joined the Board in 2018. A Nutley native, he 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, has served on the Finance and Development Comms, and joins the Executive Comm as a Vice President.

Emma Cortese is a life-long Nutley resident. She joined the Board in 2013, where she currently Co-chairs the Public Relations Comm, is a member of the Community Advisory Comm, 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 being a founding partner in Community Speech & Language Associates and Assistant Professor at MSU. Additionally, she is active in FACT, a local organization involved in providing hot meals to those in need.

Kimberley A. Donohoe, joined the Board in 2016. She has been a practicing attorney with her own firm in town for over 20 years specializing in real estate, guardianships, special needs, estate planning/administration, municipal court cases and related matters. She is a Nutley Board of Education Parent Advisory Group for Special Education volunteer, and is a Volunteer Legal Guardian. She is the Nutley Lawyers Club vice president and liaison to Special Services Director of Nutley Bd of Ed. She has also served for as a part-time public defender in Nutley Municipal Court on an as-needed basis. Kimberley provides professional legal services to NFSB operations.

Michael Evangelista joined the Board in 2021. He serves NFSB on the Finance and Governance Comms. Mike’s a long time Nutley resident and graduate of Nutley High School. He is retired from an officer-level career in the operations sector of major Wall Street brokerage firms and annuity area of large insurance firms. He attended Pennsylvania State University, and is a fifteen-year member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Alumni Control Board of the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Mike is involved in multiple volunteer efforts, including FACT, a local organization feeding those in need.

Robert Frannicola was an ad hoc community contributor to many NFSB efforts before joining the Board in 2020. He has served on the Development Comm, which he currently Co-chairs, lending his event-planning and fund-raising expertise to the team work. Additionally, he provides video graphic technology to support NFSB operations and projects. Rob 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 served in ad hoc capacities prior joined the Board in 2020. She serves on the Executive Comm as Secretary, is an administrator on Board Effect, and Co-chairs the Public Relations Comm. She lends her time and energy to many fundraising efforts and Pantry operations. 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. Marla is an enthusiastic volunteer in many community activities and functions, and serves as President of the PTO and is a youth sports coach.

Taji S. Karim-Reisch, joined the Board in 2021. She is a longtime township resident, committed to building community through volunteerism. Her passion for holistic wellness inspired her to pursuit a Master’s degree in Social Work. Taji is licensed in both clinical social work and massage therapy. She has directed/developed programming in end-of-life care while addressing issues of substance misuse in urban underserved communities. Taji is the Director of Bereavement at St. Mary’s Church (Nutley) and is a psychotherapist in a semi-private practice, assisting people to navigate challenges of loss and mental health concerns. She serves on the Development Comm.

Angela Kircher 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, as well as volunteering at the Food Pantry. Angela is a past Executive Comm Secretary, and currently serves on the Finance Comm. Professionally, Angela was as Senior Credit Manager at JVC and is a past president of Reimer Credit Manager’s Association. is a lifelong resident of Nutley, where she and her husband Walter Wayne have raised 4 children.

Jim Kutcha and his wife, Valerie, have lived in Nutley for over 40 years. He was appointed to the Board in 1986 and has been in service to NFSB in various capacities, including Board President. Currently, he Chairs the Finance Comte and serves as Treasurer on the Executive Comte. Jim has 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 and continues to Chair the Nutley Rent Leveling Board. Jim is a retired Vice President in the financial area of MetLife.

Michael Padilla joined the Board in 2015 where he has served as Co-chair of the Development Committee, Chair of the Governance Committee and currently as Board President on the Executive Comm. Mike 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 resides in Nutley with his wife and two daughters, and is an Assistant Coach for the Nutley High School Football team.

Dave Popkin joined the Board in 2017. He is the 1st Vice President of NFSB, Co-Chair of the Development Comm, and member of the PR Comm. Dave annually organizes and performs in NFSB fundraisers Rock Hunger, The Garden Party, and A Night at the Races. He is a former adjunct professor at Seton Hall University. Dave has lived in Nutley for over 20 years with his wife Cindy Tirrell, is the CEO of Hilltop Management, a Nutley-based marketing and event management company. He also is a professional sportscaster, currently serving as a radio announcer for Seton Hall basketball and on various TV networks.

Martha (Vicki) Ray joined the Board in 2013. She has served on the Governance and Finance Comms, the Redevelopment Comm for the Chestnut Street facilities, and on the committees to hire both the former and current Executive Director. Vicki is currently serving as Past President on the Board of Trustees, after serving as Board President from 2017-2020. She retired from a 40-year career in scientific research, including project management and strategic planning. Vicki 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, joined the Board in 2018. A former Nutley Board of Education Trustee, she has been an active member of the Nutley community for nearly 30 years, including in various PTOs and civic organizations. Debbie Co-chairs the Governance Comm and is a member of the Community Advisory Comte. 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. Debbie is the mother of three children, and is a long-time resident of Nutley.

Erin Ryan (ex officio) joined the Board in 2019 and serves 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 non-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. Although recently relocated to the Netherlands Erin continues to participate on the Board in an ex-officio capacity.

Kelly Ziek joined the Board in 2021. She is a professional non-profit consultant and has extensive experience in fundraising/communications, with a recent focus on grant writing. Through the years, Kelly has worked for and with institutions such as the Essex County Parks Department, Human Needs Food Pantry, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Public Library, Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, and the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School. Kelly holds B.A. degrees in Economics and Psychology from Rutgers University. She moved to Nutley in 2004 with her husband Paul where they are raising their three children. Kelly serves on the Public Relations and Development Committees.