Hudson County Community College Foundation Board Welcomes New Members

Posted: 11/15/2019
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061, jchristopher@hccc.edu

November 15, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation Board of Directors Chair Richard Mackiewicz, Jr. announced the addition of four new Board members. Steven A. Garibell, Joanne E. Kosakowski, Seth J. Kramer, and Arlene R. Rodgers were recently appointed to the Board.

Steven A. Garibell has been a Vice President at TD Bank since 2012. He is presently overseeing the development of the Bank’s Customer-Segmented Diverse Business Development Program. The Wood-Ridge resident studied Business Management at Montclair State University. His 23 years of experience in banking and retail management include positions at Wells Fargo/Wachovia Bank, The Gap, Anne Taylor LOFT, Banana Republic, and Aeropostale, Inc. Mr. Garibell is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, NGLLC National Certification Committee, and the Union County Economic Development Council-Diversity Council. He is also a Ready Commitment Ambassador for TD Bank.

Joanne Kosakowski was recently named HCCC Trustee Emerita. The Bayonne resident is a retired Vice President of The Bank of New York Mellon who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from St. Peter’s College. She served as President of the Concerned Citizens of Bayonne; Treasurer of Friends of the First Ward Councilman Ted Connolly; and Assistant Secretary of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Parish Council. In addition, she was a member of the U.S. Selective Service System-Local Board 33; the Holy Family Academy Board of Advisors; Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks-Lodge # 434; General Casimir Pulaski Parade Committee; Bayonne Historical Society; September 11th… Bayonne Remembers; Mt. Carmel Guild, Rosary Society; and 110th anniversary at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. She is the recipient of the 1998 President’s Leadership Award by the Bayonne Chapter of the NAACP; the 1998 Holy Family Academy Community Involvement Award; and the 2002 Brotherhood Award from the National Conference for Christians and Jews.

Seth J. Kramer has served as Vice President of Corporate Services & Real Estate at Goldman Sachs & Co. since 2011. An Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Real Estate professional, Mr. Kramer’s responsibilities include leading global, social sustainability and growth efforts; advising on land-use processes; master planning; and urban design and development. He also held administrative and management positions at Perkins Eastman Architects, SL Green Realty Corporation, and Ian Schrager Company. The New York City resident holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Pennsylvania. He completed coursework at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and earned a Certificate of Business Management from New York University School of Continuing Professional Studies. Mr. Kramer is a member of the INCLUDEnyc Board of Directors, NYC Outward Bound Schools, Association of Better New York, Regional Plan Association, and Real Estate Board of New York.

Arlene R. Rodgers is the Vice President of Team Leader Business Banking & Professional Services for M&T Bank, where she oversees a combined loan portfolio of $50 million. She has held senior management positions at M&T Bank since 2013. Prior to that time, she spent ten years as a Senior Retail Mortgage Banker for HSBC Bank. The Valley Cottage, New York resident studied at Bethany College in West Virginia, and earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting from Borough of Manhattan Community College. Ms. Rodgers is a member of the Boards of Table to Table and United Hospice of Rockland County; the Events Committee of the March of Dimes of Westchester and Rockland; and the Rockland County Bar Association. She is the past Treasurer of the Rockland County Mental Health Association Board of Directors. In 2006, Ms. Rodgers was recognized as one of Rockland County’s Ten Outstanding Hispanic Women.

The HCCC Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation providing tax-exempt status to contributors. Established in 1997, the Foundation plays an integral role in the development of HCCC students, the College, and the community. The Foundation generates financial support for the College and its students, developing and awarding needs-based and merit scholarships, providing seed money for faculty programs, assisting incoming students in achieving academic success, providing for the College’s physical growth, and the cultural enrichment of Hudson County residents.

Since its founding, the HCCC Foundation has raised more than $6 million and awarded more than 1,625 scholarships totaling over $2,650,000. The Foundation Art Collection, which was established in 2006, includes over 1,200 works of art – most by nationally and internationally renowned artists.