Advisory Board 2022

Peter Keating: Investigative Journalist, Current Chair of Montclair Chapter of United Way, Northern New Jersey, Member of Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation (MNDC).

Carmel Loughman: Retired from a 35 year career in corporate work at a variety of Fortune 100 companies including Prudential, American Smelting and Refining Company, Marsh & McLennan, Schering Plough (Merck), and L’Oreal USA. Her specialty is Risk Management. She currently serves on the Montclair Planning Board where she reviews development applications, zoning ordinances, and land use documents. She is the Treasurer for the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area.

Lou Miele: Lou Miele had a primary career in computer programming and digital technology for several Wall Street firms. His avocation and first love, however, has been teaching European intellectual history from the ancient world to the 19th Century. For over 30 years, he was an adjunct professor at Bloomfield College, at NYU’s General Studies Program, and at the Humanities program of NYU’s Paul McGhee Division. Retired from his “day job”, he currently teaches history at the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Donna Ward:  Retired from35 year managerial career in global marketing for pharmaceutical and consumer package goods companies. Currently, she is   Chair of the Voter Registration Committee for the Women’s League of Voters (Montclair Area), and a founding member of Montclair Senior Housing Action Group (M SHAG). 

Harold Simon: recently retired from a 27 year tenure as executive director of the National Housing Institute and publisher of Shelter Force, an independent publication that serves (and sometimes challenges) community development practitioners across the United States. Over the years he has had the pleasure of meeting community developers and organizers working in urban and rural areas—from small and large organizations—who are building housing, creating jobs, and assuring that equity is the guiding principle for everything they did. He is a current board member of HANDS, Inc., a community development corporation in Orange NJ, board president of ECLT, a trustee of LMI Mortgage Platform LLC, and an advisor to the Center for Community Land Trust Innovation. Mr. Simon is a long term member of the Montclair Housing Commission.

Rose Cofone:  Rose Cofone, MA, MBA, has 20 years of management experience working for telecommunications Fortune 100 companies, and has spent the last 16 years as a healthcare professional helping special populations improve their overall health and fitness.  She has lived in Montclair for 31 years, and is a homeowner and taxpayer for as many years.  At 65 years old, Rose is not only dealing with her own set of challenges that arise with aging, but she is also intimately familiar with the challenges of caregiving.  

Anita Clark: Active member of NAACP Health Committee, Anita has been working on behalf of the underserved in Essex County for thirty years. Ms. Clark was the recipient of the 2019 Fred Handy In-Service Award from the Montclair Branch of the NAACP. She is most proud of the work she did preventing juveniles from turning to lives of crime. Retired from her previous career, she keeps active through work with the Turrell Fund which serves the needs of children. Her experience in fundraising will benefit our Gateway project.