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Ramapo College Foundation Board Welcomes New Members

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 4, 2002

(Mahwah) – The Ramapo College of New Jersey Foundation Board of Governors recently welcomed the following new members.

David H. Berntsen of Highland Mills, NY is the first vice president -investments for UBS Paine Webber, Inc. in Hackensack. Berntsen has been in the investment field since his graduation from Ramapo College in 1985. He received his Ramapo College BA degree in political science, cum laude. Berntsen has stayed involved with his alma mater, serving on alumni committees, and through his involvement with the Career Network and the Cahill Center for Experiential Education and Career Services. In addition, he is the president of the Ramapo College Alumni Association and serves as chair of the Alumni Golf Outing.

Katherine DeNova of Hewitt serves as the first Ramapo College student on the Foundation Board of Governors. She is a junior at Ramapo College with a dual major in theater performance and communications (TV/video production). She also serves as a senator in the student government and is a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority.

Robert B. Hiden, Jr. of Larchmont, NY is senior counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. He has extensive experience in securities, transactional, mergers and acquisitions. and regulatory matters and established the firm’s Commodities, Futures and Derivatives Group in the early 1980s. Hiden is a former member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar’s Committee on Futures Regulation. He has been a lecturer at securities, commodities and derivatives seminars and has written about derivative products and the regulation of derivatives and off-exchange transactions. Hiden earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, and an LL.B. from the University of Virginia.

Kevin O’Toole of West Orange, a practicing attorney, was elected in November 2001 to the New Jersey Assembly representing District 40 which includes Ramapo College. Prior to this he served as a member of the state legislature both as a Senator and as an Assemblyman and Assistant Majority Leader (1996-2001). Assemblyman O’Toole earned his BA in Political Science/Public Administration from Seton Hall University and earned his JD from Seton Hall Law School.

Robert Ravener of Ridgefield, Connecticut, the senior vice president of Footstar Retailing Services and New Business Ventures in Mahwah, leads a $300 million organization of 3000 people in more than 2300 locations. He is responsible for the performance in 15 licensed businesses throughout the U.S. He was previously vice president, chief personnel officer of Footstar, overseeing all corporate and divisional human resource initiatives for more than 23,000 associates in over 4200 locations. Prior to joining Footstar he spent 11 years at the Pepsi-Cola Company. Ravener earned a B.S. degree in resources management from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA degree in general management from New York University. He holds key community posts as a member of the board of directors for the local Boys and Girls Club, president of his Naval Academy class, and director of the community youth girls softball league.

Robert E. Striano of Upper Saddle River, president and CEO of Konica Photo Imaging in Mahwah, leads the company in the distribution of dynamic products for optical technologies, and photo imaging and processing. Striano was formerly president of the Recording Media Group of Sony Electronics and the executive vice president of Reckitt & Colman. He is a member of the board of directors of the Youth Consultation Service, the Ellis Island Commission, Exceptional Parent Magazine, the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the New York Law Enforcement Foundation. Striano earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham and did graduate work at Harvard and Columbia.

Gary Temple, vice president of customer care for Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America in Mahwah, is responsible for customer satisfaction, consumer affairs, and parts and services operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for this new organization. He joined Jaguar in 1983 and has held several key management positions with the corporation, including previous appointment as vice president of customer care for Jaguar North America. Temple also held the position of national service manager where he was responsible for dealer technical support including warranty, product investigation, national service training, literature, special tools and equipment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and education from San Jose University in San Jose, CA.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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