Board of Trustees Biographies
Maria Ivette Torres, Chairperson, Atlantic County
Ms. Torres joined the board in 2003. She is a Trustee Ambassador with the NJ Council of County Colleges. Ms. Torres was recently elected Chairperson of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. Her community involvement includes service as First Vice President of the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County and Chairperson of the HAAC Education Committee. Ms. Torres retired as a Guidance Counselor from Oakcrest High School.
Dave Coskey, Vice-Chairperson, Cape May County
Mr. Coskey was appointed to the Board by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on April 26, 2011. Mr. Coskey brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of marketing and communications. In addition to his service on the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees, he serves the community as a trustee for the Avalon Historical Society, Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the New Jersey Broadcasters Association, where he presently serves a Chairperson. He is also a volunteer with the Community Foodbank of New Jersey . Mr. Coskey is President of Longport Media LLC. (WOND, WMGM, WTKU, WILD, and WBSS) which is based in Linwood, NJ. He is a veteran of the Atlantic City hospitality and gaming industry, having served as Vice President of Marketing for the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. In addition to his time in Atlantic City, Mr. Coskey spent ten years with Comcast-Spectacor where he was Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia 76ers. While with the 76ers he was a member of the marketing advisory board for the NBA and an alternate on the NBA Board of Governors. In 2001, he was awarded the Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences Medal for outstanding achievement by his alma mater.
Maria Mento, Treasurer, Atlantic County
Ms. Mento was appointed to the Board by the County Executive in December 2010. In addition to this appointment as a member of the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees, Ms. Mento serves the community and is a board member on a number of nonprofit and community service-based organizations including: the American Red Cross (Southern New Jersey Chapter), the United Way of Atlantic County, the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the Rowan University Accounting Advisory Board. She is also a member of the NJ Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Environmental Authorities, the NJ Association of County Finance Officers, the Government Finance Officers Association and the Atlantic County Board of Realtors. Ms. Mento holds an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rowan University, and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Atlantic Community College. In addition, Ms. Mento is a Certified County Finance Officer, a Certified Municipal Finance Officer, a Certified Public Manager, and holds a real estate license. She is employed with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority as their Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Ellen Nicholson Byrne, Cape May County
Ellen Nicholson Byrne was appointed the Board by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders in September of 2014. She is an attorney with a solo law practice in Sea Isle City. She specializes in contracts, real estate, land use, and non-profit organizations. Ellen is also a part-time Public Defender for the City of Sea Isle City, and the former solicitor to the Sea Isle City Zoning Board of Adjustment. Byrne has worked on behalf of a range of non-profit organizations including being an advocate for: for autistic children, low-income housing needs, historic lighthouse preservation, feral cat rescue, sea turtle rehabilitation and supporting numerous chapters of the Girl Scouts where she served as a board member, committee chair, policy writer, vice president, National Council delegate, and legal advisor. She has served as a member of the Sea Isle City Board of Education, and as Vice President and President of the Cape May County Bar Association. She resides in Sea Isle City with her husband and son.
David A. Evans, State Appointee, Atlantic County
Mr. Evans was appointed to the Board in 2005. He is a member of Atlantic Cape’s Community Affairs Advisory Committee and is also active state-wide with the NJ Council of County Colleges as a Trustee Ambassador. Mr. Evans’ community involvement includes service as a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Galloway FSA and the American Legion. He formerly served as Deputy Mayor of Galloway Township. Mr. Evans was recently awarded the Atlantic County Veterans Service Medal. Mr. Evans retired as an educator from Galloway Public Schools and, in that role, was recognized as the New Jersey Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Galloway Township Teacher of the Year, and Galloway Township Government Advocate for Education.
Briar Gibbons, Alumni Representative
Briar Gibbons graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College in May of 2013. She completed her studies at Atlantic Cape obtaining her A.A. degree in Communication. As a student Ms. Gibbons was active both in an out of the classroom, serving as the editor of the Atlantic Cape Review and as the chair of the Communication Awards Committee. She was instrumental in the development of a peer mentor program in the Communication Department and received the Communication Major of the Year award in 2013.
James B. Kennedy, Atlantic County
Mr. Kennedy was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson in 2013. He has over 30 years of experience working in the public sector, legal sector, higher education and casino gaming. Most recently, he served as a community development specialist for the Revel Entertainment Group, where he coordinated the planning and financing of a mixed-use neighborhood redevelopment project. In addition, he has served as the Executive Director of the Richard Stockton College Foundation, as general counsel and special assistant to the President of Stockton College, as a special assistant to Governors Kean and Whitman, and in leadership capacities for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the counties of Camden and Ocean, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the New Jersey General Services Administration, and the New Jersey Treasury Department. Kennedy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Richard Stockton College of New jersey, he completed a Master in Business Administration degree, and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University. He was a Rutgers Institute Of Politics Fellow.
Brian G. Lefke, Atlantic County
Mr. Lefke joined the Atlantic Cape Board in 1995. He is a Trustee Ambassador with the NJ Council of County Colleges. Mr. Lefke’s community involvement includes service on the Executive Committee of the Association of New Jersey Recyclers; New Jersey Pinelands Commission and the Somers Point Planning Board. Mr. Lefke earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College and his Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is employed by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority as Vice President of Solid Waste and Authority Board Secretary.
Mary B. Long, Cape May County
Ms. Long joined the board in 1998. Ms. Long also serves as a Trustee Ambassador with the NJ Council of County Colleges. Her community involvement includes service as a board officer of C.A.R.A., membership on the Cape May Mental Health Board, Cape May Drug and Alcohol Board, Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, Cape May Human Services Council, United for Peace, Stone Harbor Garden Club, Wetlands Institute, and Cape May University Women. She is a retired educator (M.I. & O.H.) also having served as a Project Budget Analyst (M.I.); Administrator, School Special Needs Students (T.R.I.S.); State of N.J. Human Services Representative; Director, Family Court Team (N.J.); Coordinator, Habilitation Plans (Special Needs- N.J.). She advocated for the college's Cape May County campus, and notes it's construction and implementation as one of the Board's greatest achievements in recent years.
Thomas E. Milhous, Atlantic County
Mr. Milhous was appointed to the Board by Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson in September of 2013. Milhous presently serves as consultant for naval aviation systems, and prior to his civil service retirement served in a range of positions, culminating as Pilot Systems Director for the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania, where he oversaw a staff of over 400 scientists, engineers, and technicians with a budget of over $100 million. In addition to his career in the United States Navy, Milhous served as Vice President of Information Network Systems, which is now a part of Lockheed Martin, and as an adjunct professor of calculus and physics at Holy Family College and Bucks County Community College. Mr. Milhous received his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Widener University, his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland – College Park, and a National Security Management Certificate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He has been recognized for his contributions to aviation systems by elected leaders in Pennsylvania, the House of Representatives, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In addition to the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Mr. Milhous also serves as a member of the Atlantic County Economic Development Advisory Committee, Vice President of Brigantine Lions Club, Vice President of Brigantine Republican Club and as Vice Chairman of the BrigStrong (Brigantine Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery) Group.
Don Parker, Atlantic County
Mr. Parker joined the board in 2007. Mr. Parker's community involvement includes: President of Gilda's Club of South Jersey, United Way of Atlantic County, Atlantic/Cape May Workforce Investment Board, Atlantic City Mainland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cape Atlantic Big Brothers and Sisters. Mr. Parker has been awarded the Congressional Citation for Community Service, the Senatorial Citation for Contributions to Pre-School Education, the NJ Council on Compulsive Gambling "Hour Glass Award" for Lifetime Contributions to the Field, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service. Mr. Parker holds an MSW from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct professor at Richard Stockton College and serves as the President/CEO of Carrier Clinic.
Helen W. Walsh, Atlantic County
Ms. Walsh joined the board in 2005. Her community involvement includes service as Chair, Women’s Leadership Initiative of the United Way of Atlantic County; United Way of Atlantic County, the American Conference on Diversity Atlantic County Chapter and as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Heritage Center. Ms. Walsh earned her Bachelor of Arts from Webster College and her Master of Arts in Political Science form Tufts University. Ms. Walsh is retired from county administration.