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Mathieu Nelessen, 36 American Red Cross, Regional CEO

Mathieu Nelessen - NJBIZ 2013 40 Under 40
Mathieu Nelessen - NJBIZ 2013 40 Under 40
Michael Avaltroni, 36, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dean, School of Pharmacy Dr. Josh Bershad, 39, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer Joshua Blumenthal, 39, Rothstein Kass, Principal Daryl H. Bryant, 36, Hudson Horizons, Inc., President and CEO Kevin Bush, 38, Source4Teachers / MissionOne, President Wendy Cai-Lee, 39, East West Bank, Senior Managing Director, Head of Eastern Region Blake Chroman, 37, Jones Lang LaSalle, Senior Vice President John Cimino, 38, CHA, Inc., Vice President of Project Development Jennifer Critchley, 38, Connell Foley LLP, Partner Armando DErrico, 31, Pinnacle Development Group & N.J. Community Development Group, LLC, President and CEO Karyllan Dodson Mack, 35, K&L Gates LLP, Partner Alex Forester, 32, Rising Tide Capital, COO Tricia Gasparine, 39, Wolff & Samson PC, Member Joseph Genovesi, 34, RD Legal Funding, LLC, President Mark Giamo, 39, BDO USA, LLP, NJ Audit Managing Partner Kiran Gill, 33, PARS Environmental, Inc., President Ilya Girlya, 37, Sahara Sams Oasis, President and CEO Bryan Harkins, 37, Direct Edge, COO Bridget Hartnet, 38, Sobel & Co., LLC, Member Nichole LoPresti, 32, Tonio Burgos & Associates of New Jersey, Vice President Adam Lowy, 27, Move For Hunger, Founder and Executive Director Darren Magarro, 36, The DSM Group, President M. Courtney McCormick, 38, PSEG, General Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary Chad Melton, 37, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, CEO Steven Meyer, 39, Advisors Mortgage Group, LLC, President Denis Naughter, 38, PwC, Partner, NY Metro Health Industries Leader Mathieu Nelessen, 36, American Red Cross, Regional CEO Brian M. Nelson, 35, Archer & Greiner PC, Partner Mary ODowd, 36, New Jersey Department of Health, Commissioner Kelcy Pelger Jr., 31, Roof Diagnostics Solar, CEO Anthony Perno, 37, Coopers Ferry Partnership, CEO Kathryn Richardson, 38, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Vice President and Administrator, Long Term Care Christine Rufolo, 39, Jingoli-DCO, Project Manager Don Siglin Jr., 36, SOSH Architect, Project Architect Darren Slosberg, 39, Legacy Converting, CEO Kristi Telschow, 30, Jersey Staffing Solutions LLC, President and CEO Helen Tuttle, 39, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Partner, Labor and Employment Group Eli Winkler, 39, Cooper University Health Care, Senior Vice President of Growth and Development Ira Zlotowitz, 38, Eastern Union Funding, Founder and President


Accomplishments: Managing the agency’s response to Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey six months after taking over leadership of the organization; helping launch a charter school in Brooklyn.

Super Power: Mindreading.

Most Influential Role Models: “My parents have been role models on a number of different levels, from morals and ethics, to vision and passion. Professionally, I have spent years keenly observing managers and leaders to identify positive and negative behaviors and techniques to help me hone my skills and abilities.”

Steps to Balance Life and Work: “Balance has been difficult in light of our response and recovery work after superstorm Sandy. It takes discipline. And lucky for me, I have a massively supportive wife, friends and family to assist me when the balance shifts one way or the other.”

People Would Be Surprised to Know: “I speak French fluently. Half of my family lives in the south of France, where they make award-winning goat cheese.”

With $1 Million to Donate, You Would Support: The American Red Cross, Mercer Street Friends and the Princeton Waldorf School.

Mathieu Nelessen

Regional CEO
American Red Cross
Princeton, Mercer County

Superhero Name: Freud
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