Board Of Trustees

Rula Abualhuda joined the Board in 2010. She has served as Assistant Treasurer, is a member of the Finance Committee and is currently Board Secretary. Rula is active in the Nutley Chamber of Commerce where she is 2nd Vice President. She is employed as Branch Manager of Spencer Savings Bank in Nutley, and holds an engineering degree from the Damascus University of Syria. Rula resides in West Orange NJ with her son Lieth and her husband Zuhair.

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.

Neil Conlan is a long time resident of Dumont, where he lives with his wife Lisa, and raised his children, Cassie and Patrick. He attended Fairleigh Dickenson University and began his banking career 1979. Neil has called Nutley his work home for the past 21 years. He joined Investors Bank in 2013, where he serves as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, Nutley Branch. He joined the Board in 2018 and currently serves on the Development Committee and along with the Investors team, regularly volunteers at the NFSB Food Pantry.

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.

Mary Graves, past president, joined the NFSB Board in 2011, and has served three years as President. Mary retired from Roche after a 25 year career spanning research, business development, strategic planning and management. Mary’s other interests include building homes for disadvantaged families; AAUW; mentoring girls and women, especially in STEM fields. She earned a PhD in Chemistry from UNC; she and husband Brad have 3 children and resided in Nutley since 1986.

Adam Jernick was born and raised in Nutley, where he resides with his wife and sons. He is a James Madison University graduate where he was a scholarship athlete in football and won a National Championship. He is a Past Exalted Ruler of the Nutley Elks and serves on Nutley’s Mattia Award Committee. He is employed by the Township of Nutley working as the Assistant in Commissioner Petracco’s office. Adam joined the Board in 2014, is a past NFSB Vice President and continues his service on the Development Committee.

Jim Kutcha and his wife, Valerie, have lived in Nutley for over 40 years. He was first 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.

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.

Theresa Loch joined the Board in 2013. She has been a realtor for over 19 years and is currently an Associate with Keller Williams Realty in Montclair. Currently she serves as a Vice President and is a member of both the Public Relations/Technology and Finance Committee. She resides in Nutley with her husband and three children 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 and initially served on the Governance Committee. Currently he is a Vice President and Co-chair of the Development 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 co-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 and her family have lived in Nutley for 30+ years. Vicki earned an MS in Biochemistry from the University of Houston. She has worked in bio-pharmaceutical research in both academia and industry before retiring in 2012. She has been active over the last 25 years with the League of Women Voters, locally and at the state level, in several officer positions. Vicki joined Board of NFSB in 2013, has served on the NFSB Governance Comm and is currently Board President.

Debbie Russo, a three-term trustee of the Nutley Board of Education, has been an active member of the Nutley community for nearly 30 years. Her experiences include a long history of activity in various PTOs and civic organizations providing her with a unique perspective as a parent and a community leader. She is the mother of three children, two of whom have graduated from the Nutley Schools and one who is presently attending Nutley High School. 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 Grant and PR 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.

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.

Ruth G. Bedford – In Memoriam, April 23rd, 1918 – August 19th, 2019 – Lifetime NFSB Trustee
The Board, staff, and volunteers of NFSB celebrate Ruth¹s remarkable and generous life and mourn her passing.Through the years, Ruth’s good will and community spirit was a mainstay at NFSB. Ruth’s steadfast presence will be deeply missed.