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Board of Trustees


Warren County Community College Board of Trustees


_OS_3465_3_Linfante-8x10-1800px Dr. Phil Linfante, Chair
Dr. Felix “Phil” Linfante is currently the Chair of the Warren County Community College Board of Trustees. He holds a Ph.D. from Seton Hall University in Higher Education Administration and Supervision, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Kean University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History, where he received his teaching certification. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Nutley and has additionally spent many years in administration at Essex County College as the Dean of Educational Services and Executive Dean of Student Success. He is currently a professor of social sciences at Essex County College, teaching psychology, sociology, and education. Dr. Linfante received the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Distinguished College Administrator Award in 2014. Nominated by the student chapter, he was only one of 25 college administrators recognized that year at the International Convention. He was recently elected to a three-year term as the Chair of the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges. The Council provides statewide leadership and advancement of the nineteen community colleges of New Jersey. He is married to Maria DiGiovanni, Mayor of Hackettstown, and is the proud grandfather of Nicholas, Luke, John, and Evangeline.
Frank J. Gilly, M.D., Vice Chair
Dr. Frank Gilly has resided in Warren County for thirty-seven years, living in Washington Borough. Dr. Gilly attended and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor of arts degree, and later graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with an M.D.Dr. Gilly, interned and held residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals. He has successfully practiced medicine in Warren County for thirty-seven years at Warren Hills Health Center, Warren Hospital and Warren Haven. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics.Dr. Gilly has served Warren County as President of the Warren Hospital Medical Staff, 1992-93, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Warren Hospital 1996-Feb. 2010, Director of Geriatric Services at Warren Hospital, 2010-2017, and Co-Chair of the Warren Hospital Bioethics Committee, 1994-2017. He is certified in medical ethics. He has also served the on the Boards of the American Cancer Society (Warren County Unit), Warren County Hospice, and Catholic Charities.Dr. Gilly became a member of the Warren County Community College Board of Trustees in 2009. He chose to serve because of a lifelong interest in continuous learning and education (which is requisite in the medical field) as well as quality educational opportunities for Warren County residents. His interest in WCCC was sparked by working with graduates of the WCCC nursing program at Warren Hills Health Center and Warren Hospital.
Betti Singh, Secretary
Ms. Betti Singh, formerly Betti McCann, has resided in Warren County for just under fifty years. She grew up in Hackettstown, attended Hackettstown High School, and is a graduate of Centenary College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a concentration in communication. Ms. Singh currently resides in the Washington Borough.She currently works as an career coach at the Warren County One Stop Career Center in Phillipsburg. She has been a trustee at the College since 2003 and is dedicated to the success of others. She has a true empathy for returning students as she was a non-traditional student herself.
Peter Schmidt, Treasurer
Peter Schmidt has resided in Warren County for eight years and currently lives in Lopatcong Township. Mr. Schmidt is a graduate of Dickinson College with a bachelor of arts degree; he also holds a Master of Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary and was a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University. A lifelong educator, he recently retired after 39 years at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey, where he served as High School Principal for twenty-three years and most recently as the Director of Studies.Mr. Schmidt is currently active in many civic endeavors. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Craig School, the Governor Wolf Athenaeum, and the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers University. He is an active volunteer with BRIDGES, a community outreach organization which serves the homeless. Like the College President, he is a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. Peter is married to Randell Schmidt, formerly the Head Librarian at Gill St. Bernard’s School. They are the parents of two sons who are both public school teachers. Mr. Schmidt became a Board member at the College in 2007 and believes that community colleges are essential portals for people of all ages into vocational and career opportunities in many different fields.
Jimmy Crouse, Alumni Trustee
Jimmy Crouse graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2017 from Warren County Community College and is currently enrolled in the Psychology program at Centenary University. Jimmy gave the 2017 Student Commencement Speech and received the Trustees Award as well as the American Psychological Association Award for his accomplishments. While attending WCCC, Jimmy was the SGA President, Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa in addition to being involved in other campus clubs. Jimmy has been a Warren County resident for 33 years and currently resides in Phillipsburg with his family. Jimmy is the proud father of three children, Alex, Emma, and Levi.
Craig Dana, Esq.
Craig U. Dana has resided in in Warren County since 1981, having been a resident of Hardwick Township for thirty-one years. A graduate of Blair Academy, he received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. After serving as a Navy JAG Officer, he was a partner at the Newton law firm of Morris, Downing & Sherred and is now semi-retired. His law practice concentrated on education law and real estate law. Mr. Dana is a past Chairman and twenty-three year member of the Newton Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, a former Trustee for the United Way of Sussex County, and a Blair Academy Trustee of more than fifteen years. Mr. Dana has served the WCCC Board of Trustees since 2006. As an education law specialist he believes in the mission of the College, which enables many Warren County residents to obtain a quality education that would otherwise not be attainable.
Nancy Brown
Nancy Brown made her home in Warren County in 1972 in Hackettstown. She and her husband, Harry, raised their two daughters, Heather and Beth, there. Mrs. Brown was a leader in many civic organizations and served on Hackettstown Common Council for four consecutive terms. She also graduated from County College of Morris with highest honors, majoring in Business Administration. After fulfilling her last term on Common Council, she returned to her goal of earning a Bachelor’s Degree graduating from Centenary College in 2010, Magna Cum Laude with an emphasis on Marketing and Business Administration. In 2014, the Browns moved to Belvidere where they currently reside.

Mrs. Brown had a varied business career in Property Management in Morristown, Marketing and Development at Hackettstown Community Hospital and managed the Valley National Bank in Hackettstown. Her career path changed to work with two New Jersey legislators, Assemblywoman Connie Myers and Assemblyman John DiMaio.

She has a long history of commitment to Warren County Community College, serving in several leadership positions including two terms as Chair of the Warren County Community College Foundation. During her tenure spanning over a decade, she raised valuable funds for college projects and for scholarships for students.

Nancy Brown plans to work so that students can earn degrees or certificates at an affordable price, continue to offer new programs, and improve the physical plant of the college. Her aim is to continue good relationships with Warren County Freeholders and state officials, while maintaining the Board of Trustee’s policy of fiscal responsibility for the taxpayers of Warren County.

 Chuck-Haytaian  Hon. Garabed “Chuck” Haytaian
 The Hon. Garabed “Chuck” Haytaian is an American Republic party politician who was Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly during the “tax revolt” of the James Florio-Christine Todd Whitman era. He served in the General Assembly from 1982-1996 and was Chairman of the Republican State Committee from 1995-2001.Mr. Haytaian is of Armenian decent. He was born in the Bronx and resides in Mansfield Township.
Maria Maier
Maria Maier has resided in Warren County for 16 years. She attended and graduated from University of Economics Bratislava (Slovakia) with an M.B.A. and later was awarded a second M.B.A. degree from Centenary University in Hackettstown. Mrs. Maier is involved in managing the Land of Make Believe, an amusement park located in Hope, NJ. She also serves as a member of President’s Advisory Council at Centenary University, is one of the WCCC Foundation Directors and a member of Hope Area Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Maier became a member of the Warren County Community College Board of Trustees in 2016. She believes in supporting her community and dedicates her time to help the Community College to provide quality and affordable education for Warren County residents.
Yvonne-Reitemeyer Yvonne Reitemeyer
Yvonne Reitemeyer has resided in Lopatcong Township, Warren County for 17 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate Arts degree from Warren County Community College and received her ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designation from The American College. She is a financial adviser working with Frailey Insurance and Financial Services in Stroudsburg PA and holds her Life and Health Licenses as well as her Series 7 and 66 Financial licenses. Certified in Long Term Care she assists her clients in planning for their futures. She is a member of MDRT (Million Dollar RoundTable), currently serves on the Phillipsburg High School Soccer Booster Board, NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) Lehigh Valley Board member, and a member of the Warren County Republican Committee (Vice Chair Lopatcong). She is a former councilwoman for Lopatcong Township . She is married to Mark and has two children Veronica and Douglas. She is looking forward to working with her fellow board members to enhance the lives of the students of WCCC and the residents of Warren County.


Warren County Community College
475 Route 57 West
Washington NJ 07882
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