The Board of Trustees may be contacted through the Office of the President at (201) 684-7609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Member Profiles
Karen Aguirre, Student Trustee
(term effective September 25, 2017- June 30, 2019)
Karen Aguirre is from West New York, New Jersey. She is a junior and Educational Opportunity Fund student majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Studies. Her campus involvement includes service as a Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassador, Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies Dean’s Student Advisory Council, a School of Social Sciences and Human Services Research Assistant, and previously Senator-at-Large for the Student Government Association. Trustee Aguirre completed the College’s Leaders in Service program which allows incoming first-year students the opportunity to become involved with service projects, political engagement, and leadership opportunities at Ramapo before their first semester even begins. Trustee Aguirre is passionate about improving the accessibility of higher education and the equality of the public education system.
Vincent “Vin” Colman
(term expired June 30, 2015*, awaiting reappointment)
Vincent “Vin” Colman is the New York Metro Vice Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has more than 30 years of experience of serving large multi-national companies in the areas of accounting, auditing, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management. He previously served as the Firm’s U.S Assurance Managing Partner, leader of PwC’s National Office, and Vice-Chairman for the East Region. Trustee Colman held various leadership positions within the Firm, including the role of the U.S Advisory Operations Leader overseeing business unit operations, human resources, learning and education, finance, marketing and communications. Trustee Colman has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation since 2009. In 2016, he was named to Irish America magazine’s “Wall Street 50” list which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders of the financial industry. Trustee Colman earned a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Accounting from St. John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. He resides in Mahwah with his wife, Jean, and their four children.
William F. Dator, Chair
(term expired June 30, 2017*, awaiting reappointment)
William “Bill” Dator was born in India but moved to his father’s home in Mahwah at an early age. He is a third generation real estate broker and is currently associated with the Mahwah office of Special Properties-Christie’s International Real Estate and he is also a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. Chair Dator attended Monmouth University and studied real estate appraisal at the University of Indiana, the University of Connecticut, and the University of San Francisco Law School. He was formerly Chairman of the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority, is currently Vice Chairman of the Mahwah Board of Adjustment, and is an active member of the Mahwah Office of Emergency Management. Chair Dator has volunteered his time in several leadership roles including: President of the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce, Battalion Chief with the Mahwah Fire Department, President of the Mahwah Ambulance Corps, and is a Trustee of the Mahwah Museum. Professionally, he has served as a Director of Independence Bank and Commerce Bank North. Chair Dator was the founding President of the Friends of Ramapo and has been actively involved with Ramapo College since 1970.
Gary L. Montroy, Secretary
(term expires June 30, 2020)
Gary L. Montroy has spent the majority of his career as a construction official in Bergen County. His service to the Townships of Mahwah, Rochelle Park, and Allendale has spanned nearly thirty years and has been integral to the municipalities’ respective abilities to engineer and manage their physical and economic growth. Secretary Montroy holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University. He has served as an adjunct professor at Bergen Community College (BCC), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Morris County Community College, and Passaic County Community College. A former firefighter, Secretary Montroy assisted BCC in the establishment of its fire science program. He is the President of Professional Code Consultants and a Deacon for the Community Church in Glen Rock. Secretary Montroy received an honorary discharge for service in the Republic of Vietnam with the United States Army and was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation medals.
George C. Ruotolo, Jr., CFRE, Immediate Past Chair
(term expired June 30, 2018*, awaiting reappointment)
George C. Ruotolo, Jr., counselor to non-profit organizations and institutions, has been a
professional fund raising and public relations executive since 1973. Prior to establishing Ruotolo Associates, he served as vice president of a major public relations fund raising firm and worked in investment banking. Trustee Ruotolo’s expertise encompasses annual development, capital campaigns, planned giving, marketing and public relations programs for dioceses, churches, colleges, school, hospitals and social service organizations on local, regional, and national levels. During his tenure as Chair of the Ramapo College Board, the Board implemented a comprehensive Board Development Program, established policy on presidential evaluation, completed renovations of the science complex and construction of the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence, and advanced the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance. Trustee Ruotolo has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Bergen-Hudson Chapter and is a founding member of the Ridgewood Educational Foundation.
A.J. Sabath ’93
(term expires June 30, 2019)
A.J. Sabath is the owner of the Advocacy Group in Moorestown, NJ. He formerly served as chief of staff to Senate President Richard J. Codey and as the commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Prior to joining the Executive Branch, Trustee Sabath held a number of positions in the New Jersey Legislature. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ramapo College.
David G. Schlussel, Treasurer
(term expired June 30, 2017*, awaiting reappointment)
David G. Schlussel is one of the founding members of Key Properties LLC, a full service commercial real estate development company dealing with all aspects of industrial, office, hi-tech, retail and residential properties based in Teaneck. Treasurer Schlussel has experience in acquisition, development, construction, financing, leasing and management of office, industrial, residential and retail properties. He has served on the Board of Education for Yavneh Academy and is former Chairman of Adult Education for the Jewish Center of Teaneck. He is the founder and Chairman of the Yale Alumni Real Estate Association. He is Chairman Emeritus of NORPAC and has lectured at New York University on real estate development. Treasurer Schlussel holds a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Charles H. Shotmeyer
(term expires June 30, 2021)
Charles H. Shotmeyer’s professional career spans three industries- energy, healthcare and banking. He is President of Shotmeyer Brothers, Inc. a New Jersey-based energy company. His areas of expertise include financial management, commercial lending, feasibility analysis, budgeting, transaction structuring, and analytical review. He is integrally involved in the development and structural phases of capital projects, asset review, and financing options.Trustee Shotmeyer is also involved in civic and non-profit organizations including but not limited to service with the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He holds a B.S. from Babson College and resides in Bergen County with his family.
Bartholomew J. Talamini
(term expires June 30, 2022)
Bartholomew J. Talamini enjoyed a robust career as a public education professional in New Jersey spending much of his career as a member of the Cliffside Park School District. He maintains the following state certifications: Chief School Administrator, Superintendent of Schools (Finance), Administration / Principal Pre K -12, Supervisor Pre K-12, Reading Specialist K-12, and Teacher of Social Studies and English. Trustee Talamini attended New Jersey City University, Montclair State University, and Seton Hall University.
Susan A. Vallario, Vice Chair
(term expires June 30, 2020)
Susan A. Vallario began her professional life as a Land Use Specialist for the State of New Jersey at the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission. After attending law school, she practiced land use, corporate, and commercial real estate law at Beattie Padovano in Montvale. Subsequently, as Vice President and co-owner of Kurt Versen Company, a family held manufacturing firm in Westwood, New Jersey, she was responsible for human resource management, financial management, and regulatory compliance. In addition to her full-time career, Vice Chair Vallario has managed the affairs of several family partnerships and trusts. She earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Pace University School of Law, an M.A. in Social Relations and a B.A. in Government from Lehigh University, and taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Legal Studies Department at Montclair State University. While on the Board of Directors of the Employers Association of New Jersey (EANJ), Vice Chair Vallario served as the EANJ’s Chair and as a member of its Executive Committee. She has been a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and the Editorial Board of its magazine, “New Jersey Lawyer,” as well as the Bergen County Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and Valley Hospital’s Women For Health.
Sharlene S. Vichness, EOF Liaison
(term expired June 30, 2016*, awaiting reappointment)
Sharlene S. Vichness is Founder and President of Language Directions, LLC. since 2005. Trustee Vichness is certified by the State of New Jersey, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and Small Business Association as a 100% women owned business and listed as an Eligible Training Provider in the State of New Jersey. She attended William Smith College in Geneva New York, receiving her Bachelor of Arts with majors in French and Spanish. A strong advocate of the liberal arts, Trustee Vichness is an experienced teacher, coach, and mentor. She is married to the Honorable Paul J. Vichness, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Thomas A. Zelante, Esq.
(term expired June 30, 2016*)
Thomas Zelante, an attorney, received his B.A. from LaSalle College and his J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law. After law school he served as a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division. He is admitted to the Bar of New Jersey, the United States District Court for New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was a Commissioner for the Morris County Board of Taxation. Trustee Zelante served as president of Head Start of Morris County and also as a trustee of the organization. He has also served as a trustee of the Morris County Bar Association, a trustee of the Legal Aid Society of Morris County, and a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court District X Ethics Committee. He has received the Morris County Bar Association’s Pro Bono/Community Service Award, a lifetime achievement award. He was a member and assistant treasurer of the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority. He was also a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee and the Morris County Infrastructure Advisory Group, dealing with security issues. Trustee Zelante was a member of the Morris Township Board of Adjustment and a former little league coach. He is currently listed in Who’s Who in America.
Mariella Zijdel, Alternate Student Trustee
(term December 17, 2018 – June 30, 2020)
Mariella Zijdel is from Gillette, NJ. She is a social work major with a double minor in women’s and gender studies and substance use disorders. Her campus involvement includes Leaders in Service, Sophomores Advancing in Leadership, and she is a Resident Assistant at the College Park Apartments. Trustee Zijdel is also a Diversity Peer Educator and volunteers with the Women’s Center. She has also served as a teacher and camp counselor at ‘t Klokhuis, an afterschool Dutch language learning program and is a volunteer at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. Trustee Zijdel is passionate about improving educational opportunities for faculty in areas such as diversity and LGBTQ+ issues.
*NJSA18A:64-3. The terms of office of appointed members shall be for six years beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. Each member shall serve until his successor shall have been appointed and qualified and vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments for the remainders of the unexpired terms.