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President and CEO, University Hospital, Newark.

Key role: Manage, direct, and lead northern New Jersey's only level 1 trauma center, a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and a regional center for tertiary and quaternary medical services.

Goals: To assure quality care and patient satisfaction; to navigate the transition to an independent, standalone, sustainable hospital; to position the hospital as a valuable resource for specialized services for community physicians; to explore new clinical and patient care opportunities to enhance services provided to the community; to be a leader in health promotion and illness prevention; to encourage employees to take pride in their work and accomplishments; to continue our mission to care for those with limited or no resources.

Previous jobs: Executive vice president and chief operating officer of East Orange General Hospital.

Key strengths: Managing complex and resource-constrained health care organizations, and building partnerships with employees and physicians to meet key objectives.

Career high: Being named CEO of University Hospital after working at UMDNJ for 14 years.

Next: Leading the hospital through this transition and maximizing the opportunity to promote its outstanding clinical and patient care services.

Challenges: To implement operational efficiencies that will increase patient volume, maintain the highest level of care, and ensure the hospital's future.

After hours: Enjoying the Shore with family and friends, boating, and vacationing in the Bahamas.



Friedman LLP, an accounting firm with offices in New Jersey and New York, has added partners Dominic A. Caglioti and Mark Nicastro to its Marlton office.

Caglioti has more than 30 years' public accounting experience, including with clients in the medical, legal and real estate industries. He also provides services to manufacturing, distribution and retail clients, as well as professional athletes. His expertise includes tax, financial, estate and business planning, contract negation and litigation support. He is a graduate of Villanova University.

Nicastro has more than 25 years of experience with clients, including the medical, hospital, mobile and technology companies. He also spent three years as Internal Revenue Service agent, where he conducted tax examinations of individuals and closely held companies. Nicastro earned his accounting degree from St. Joseph's University and a master's degree in taxation from Widener University.


Florence Watt was named vice president/ branch sales manager of Sussex Bank's Franklin office on Route 23. She managed Sussex Bank's Sparta, Augusta and Newton branches prior to this promotion. Watt joined the company in 1997.

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Katherine Schleider was named vice president for clinical integration at Kennedy Health System, which has locations throughout South Jersey.

Schleider will oversee efforts to expand the community presence of KHA as well as Kennedy's strategic alignment with primary-care medical staff. She had served as corporate director of clinical integration for Kennedy since 2010, assisting with creation and expansion of many KHA practices.

Schleider, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1990, earned her degree in technical management from Wayland Baptist College, in Texas, in 1990. Her clinical career has included positions as a surgical nurse and change nurse. She graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2012 with a master's degree in health administration.


Joseph DeMeo has joined Hub International Northeast region as vice president. He will be responsible for development and management of the New Jersey Commercial Lines Group. DeMeo will work in the insurance brokerage firm's Berkeley Heights office.

DeMeo previously was a vice president with Wells Fargo Insurance Services Northeast, based in Madison. He has 17 years' experience in the insurance industry. DeMeo holds an economics degree from William Patterson University and an associate's degree in risk management.


William J. Stack has joined Archer & Greiner P.C. as a partner in the firm's litigation department, where he will concentrate primarily on environmental litigation. The Haddonfield-based firm has six locations in New Jersey.

Stack previously served as senior counsel for ExxonMobil Corp., where he worked in the legal department more than 35 years. For more than 20 years, Stack has focused on litigating environmental, product liability and toxic tort cases, including complex mass tort claims.

Stack began his career as a staff attorney in the Office of Counsel to the governor of New Jersey, where he handled matters involving the departments handling labor issues, environmental protection and utilities regulation. He earned his law degree at Seton Hall University School of Law, in Newark.

Bridgewater Township law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. has named associate Jessica L. Palmer to its litigation group. Palmer will focus primarily on commercial and employment litigation. Before joining Norris McLaughlin, Palmer was a commercial litigation associate with Connell Foley LLP.

Palmer, of Randolph, has experience in managing and executing all phases of civil litigation before federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York. She has represented clients in shareholder buyouts, breach of contract cases, restrictive covenant matters, and defending against racketeering and consumer fraud claims.

Palmer earned her law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey state bar associations.

Mount Laurel law firm Capehart Scatchard has named Gina M. Zippilli to its litigation department as an associate. Zippilli represents large- and small-business owners and manufacturers in all aspects of tort defense and products and premises liability. Zippilli earned her degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden.

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