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Close Up: Andrew MacKnight

Chief strategy officer, Coriell Institute for Medical Research, a Camden-based research center dedicated to studying the human genome.


What you do: Support business operations, identify opportunities for market expansion and implement strategic initiatives designed to stimulate operational growth, produce new partnerships and refine best practices.

Old gig: Vice president of clinical operations for inVentiv Health Clinical.

Goals: To raise the profile of Coriell across the life sciences community.

School ties: Master of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Glasgow

Family tree: Wife, Kathy, and son, Matthew.

Hometown: Gladwyne, Pa.


Sopranos, Jersey Shore or Housewives of NJ: Hands down "The Sopranos," one of the best TV shows ever.

Favorite place at the Shore: I enjoy Brielle in Monmouth County.

Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: Sinatra, especially the Reprise recordings he made with Antonio Carlos Jobim.


What you wanted to be when you were 6: Captain of a sailing ship, sailing round the world.

Dream vacation: Scuba diving on the World War I German battleships in Scapa Flow, Scotland, and then a nice single malt Scottish whisky to warm up afterwards.

Your passion: The outdoors. I enjoy messing around in my garden, hiking and diving.



Kearny Federal Savings Bank promoted Eric Kesselman to second vice president and director of marketing. He is charged with increasing market share through product development, retail branch expansion and conducting marketing and advertising strategies through new channels.

Kesselman serves as director for both the American Bankers Association – New Jersey Bank Marketing chapter and the New Jersey Bankers Public Relations and Marketing Committee.

Valley National Bank named Marcia Koch first vice president and team leader of its North Plainfield Commercial Lending Group.

Koch's responsibilities include managing commercial banking professionals who handle a portfolio of clients, as well as developing new business relationships for the bank. Koch joined Valley in 2010 and brings more than 30 years industry experience to her position.

Jody Weinberg was named vice president, commercial loan officer at Two River Community Bank based in Tinton Falls.

Weinberg has more than 25 years experience in financial services. She joins Two River from HSBC where she was vice president and commercial relationship manager. Before that, Weinberg was vice president and senior business relationship manager at Wells Fargo where she developed commercial banking relationships around Union County.

Urban planning

Downtown New Jersey named Peter Primavera executive director of the Spring Lake-based organization, a network and resource designed to help create vibrant downtowns.

Primavera has been a professional consultant in historic preservation and cultural resource management for 29 years. He has served on several nonprofit boards, was one of the founding participants in Main Street Highland Park and founded the consulting firm CRCG in 1984, which grew to conduct studies across the eastern seaboard, with offices in Highland Park, Philadelphia and New York. He served as CEO for 26 years.

Health care

Dr. Donna P. Reger has joined RWJ Family & Internal Medicine in Hamilton.

Reger brings more than 15 years of internal medicine experience to the RWJ practice, most recently with St. Francis Lifecare Physicians where she treated primary and urgent care patients. Reger earned her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


Law firm Day Pitney LP has promoted three attorneys to partner at its Parsippany office.

  • Achilles Kintiroglou counsels publicly and privately held companies on corporate, transactional and securities law matters. He focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, including stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, corporate reorganizations, private placements, and compliance with public reporting responsibilities and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Ellen S. Knarr practices in the areas of public companies, retail companies, employee benefits and executive compensation, as well as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
  • Mark Salah Morgan is experienced in the trial of jury and non-jury cases involving contracts, securities, and intellectual property matters. He has assisted clients with strategies for the resolution of legal crises occurring at the federal and state, criminal and civil and domestic and international levels.

Attorney Tracy A. Siebold has joined Egg Harbor Township law firm Nehmad Perillo & Davis.

Siebold concentrates her practice on real estate development, focusing on zoning, land use, and affordable housing compliance. She has represented Fortune 500 companies, commercial and residential developers, trade organizations, and landowners in New Jersey. Before her legal career, Siebold served in the United States Air Force and United States Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of major.

Stephen Addezio has joined the workers compensation department at Mount Laurel law firm Capehart Scatchard.

Addezio, a Marlton resident, represents insurance carriers and employers in the defense of workers' compensation claims. He received his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Yorktel, an Eatontown-based video conferencing and visual communications provider, has named Jim DeBlasio executive vice president of operations. DeBlasio will oversee delivery of Yorktel services to corporate and government clients. He has more than 30 years experience in mobility, optical, software and Internet technology services. DeBlasio was previously CEO of Internap Network Services Corp.

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