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MAHWAH – The Ramapo College Foundation chairman, Robert Tillsley, recently announced the appointment of Patricia Davino, a banking executive, Wayne E. Orchowski, an automotive industry professional and Carol D. Schaefer, A.C.S.W., a retired psychotherapist, to its Board of Governors.  The appointees will help fulfill the Foundation’s mission to “provide the resources that make the difference in Ramapo College’s quest for educational excellence.”  All three were appointed to three-year terms.

Patricia Davino is vice president/branch sales manager for Valley National Bank, managing the corporate office.  She’s also held positions with Interchange Bank and Midland Bank.  Her philanthropic interests include serving as vice chair of St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital Foundation and leadership positions with Rotary International and the Tri- County Chamber of Commerce.  She lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Wayne E. Orchowski is vice president of the eastern region of BMW of North America, LLC where he is responsible for leadership of all sales, marketing, post sales and dealer development in the region.  He has been with BMW for 24 years serving in various locations and managerial positions.  Orchowski has served as a company liaison with Spelman College’s Corporate Partners Program and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  He lives in Cornwall, New York.

Until her retirement in 2006, Carol D. Schaefer maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey specializing in individual, couples, adolescents and family counseling.  She is a clinical supervisor and instructor at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hackensack University Medical Center, as secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Skin Association, chairman of the New York Philharmonic Patron’s Tour and co-president of the Board of Directors of The Little Orchestra Society, among other philanthropic activities.  In 1998, Schaefer received Ramapo College’s President’s Award of Merit.  She resides in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

“We are most fortunate to have the leadership and commitment of Carol, Patricia and Wayne on our Board of Governors,” said Cathleen Davey, executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation.  “They will certainly advance our strategic goals and enhance our partnerships with members and businesses in the community.”

Members of the Board of Governors act as ambassadors for the College and the Foundation, actively participate on committees and ensure the Foundation’s legal, financial and ethical integrity.  They also support Foundation events including the Distinguished Citizens Dinner, Annual Golf Outing and the Performing Arts Dinner Series.  Proceeds from these events help to fund student scholarships, faculty research and College projects.


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 College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

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, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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