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Technical director of Research and Development and director of Cancer CytoGenomics


New position: Technical director of Research and Development and director of Cancer CytoGenomics

What you do: In charge of developing new approaches and technologies, which result in new test offerings that provide clinical value to clinicians and patients. Also in charge of the cancer cytogenomics laboratory, which utilizes a variety of molecular and genomic approaches to better understand the genomic architecture of a patient’s tumor.

Old gig: Technical director of Clinical Genomics at the University of Pennsylvania health system. Helped build the diagnostic laboratory in the newly created center for personalized diagnostics.

Goals: To provide clinicians with the knowledge they need to best treat and manage their patients’ diseases. To meet this mission, we need to develop assays with high analytic and clinical sensitivity that are also cost effective.

School ties: High school: Point Pleasant Boro; College: University of Maryland; Grad school: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Family tree: Wife, Danielle, and two daughters, Arianna and Mikayla.

Hometown: Point Pleasant


Favorite place at the Shore: Island Beach State Park (best beach on the East Coast).

When you brag about Jersey to people from out of state, you say: Best beaches and peaches (shout out to Duffield’s Farm in South Jersey).

Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: Bruce

Favorite place to chow down: My Dad’s BBQ — by far better than any restaurant.


What you wanted to be when you were 6: Play football.

Historical figure you’d want to meet: Jesus (a man with a 2,000 year impact — quite impressive).

Something about you that your co-workers don’t know: I was hit by a car on my first day of kindergarten, broke both legs and was in a full body cast for months!


Higher Education

Dr. John R. Woznicki was named Dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton.

Previously, Woznicki was provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at Union County College in Cranford. He also previously served as the division head for Arts, Communications and Humanities at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, and held a variety of academic positions with Georgian Court University in Lakewood Township, Community College of Philadelphia and Fairmont State University in West Virginia.


Rob Coon joined Fifth Room Creative, a branding and interactive agency in Denville, as director of client engagement. He will be integral in identifying potential client partnerships and forging new relationships.

Coon brings more than a decade of experience providing e-commerce and online marketing expertise, and online and offline solutions for today’s fast growing brands and merchants.

Public Relations

Cindy Romano was appointed senior vice president at MCS Healthcare Public Relations, an independent global health care communications agency in Bedminster.

Romano brings more than 20 years of pharmaceutical experience and professional education initiatives to her new role.

Prior to joining MCS, Romano served with three agencies in New York City: she was an executive vice president at Zeno Group; a group director and senior communications counselor with Twist Marketing; and tenure at Chandler Chicco Agency.

Real Estate

Ibis Plaza office suites hired Ellen Dollard as director of leasing in Hamilton Township.

Dollard started her career marketing consumer package goods and moved on to consumer and business services marketing with PSE&G to learn about human resources, finance, IT and management training. She also performed leasing and property management for her personal residential real estate portfolio.

Retail Sites, a retail development and brokerage firm in Maple Shade, hired Ron Cappello as vice president of acquisitions for its Mid-Atlantic region.

Cappello brings more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience in acquisitions, investment sales, leasing and asset management to the role, having previously worked with firms such as Colliers, Fameco and Federal Reality.

FirstService Residential, a leading property management company in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, promoted James P. Magid to vice president of its lifestyle division.

Magid has held several executive management positions with the company for the past 16 years, and currently serves as the chair of the Legislative Action Committee of the Community Associations Institute.

Previously, Magid held a senior management position in a community management firm, and acted as New Jersey Chapter president of the Community Associates Institute.


Raemon Mallin has been promoted to manager of emergency preparedness at Jersey Central Power and Light in Morristown. He will be the main liaison with federal, state and local emergency preparedness organizations, and will oversee several new preparedness initiatives in the state.

Mallin joined JCP&L in 2003, working in project planning and contractor management. Over the years, he transitioned from utility operations, including line work and substations, to becoming a project manager in JCP&L’s engineering group.

Prior to joining the company, Mallin was an officer in the U.S. Navy and a commander of a transportation company with the New Jersey Army National Guard.

PSEG promoted Tamara Linde to executive vice president and general counsel, and Courtney McCormick to vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary.

Linde will leave her current role as vice president, regulatory, to begin her new role in the third quarter of 2014. She joined the PSEG legal department in 1990.

Since joining PSEG in 2008, McCormick has served as corporate secretary and general corporate counsel, overseeing shareholder services, corporate records management and legal administration functions. Prior to joining PSEG, McCormick worked at the law firms of King & Spalding and Pillsbury Winthrop.

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