SCUDDER FALLS (I-295) BRIDGE 9/17 to 9/20: Construction activities at the I-295/NJ Route 29 interchange (Exit 76) will require overnight detours of Route 29 SB traffic 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next morning) Monday, Sept. 17, through Thursday, Sept. 20. Posted detours will direct affected Route 29 SB motorists to nearby Route 175/River Road. More info at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.
Commissioner Lavery is a partner in the North Jersey law firm Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C. Lavery’s practice is concentrated in local government law, litigation and land-use law. He represents a wide variety of municipalities and government bodies. Lavery served as mayor of Hackettstown from 2005 to 2011. He served on the executive board of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and as a board member for the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. He is currently a member of the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Centenary College Board of Trustees. He received his B.A. from the University of New Haven and his law degree from Rutgers University. He resides in Hackettstown.
Commissioner Laurenti is Associate Director of Donor Relations at Princeton University. Previously, Ms. Laurenti was Director of Development at Isles, Inc., a nonprofit community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, N.J. She also is a former Senior Vice President in private banking at U.S. Trust Company of New York. She has an A.B. in economics from Harvard University. She has served as president of the Harvard Alumni Association and chairs the Harvard Schools Committee for the southern half of New Jersey. A long-time Trenton resident, she has served on the city’s school board, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and the Princeton Chapter of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Commissioner Ciesla brings private- and public-sector experience to the Commission. Her professional background is in finance/accounting and information technology. She currently works as an Information Technology Business Analyst for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. She previously worked for Morris Medical Associates and the Howard Savings Bank, both in New Jersey. She served three years on the Lopatcong Township Council, pursuing improved recreational opportunities, economic development, and website and social media enhancements. She attended Montclair State University with academic concentrations in history and business administration. She and her husband have two children and live in Lopatcong, Warren County.
Commissioner Stanley is a counselor to men and couples at the Friendship Center, a women’s crisis center in Flemington. He currently serves on Frenchtown’s Shade Tree Commission and Green Team and the Salvation Army Board in Flemington. He taught high school history, English, and economics; coached basketball and soccer; and worked in ministry as a youth pastor and associate pastor. Stanley served 11 years as a U.S. Navy Reserve Chaplain to Seabees and Marines. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary and bachelor’s degrees in history and interpersonal communication from Central Michigan University. He resides in Frenchtown with his wife and son.
Commissioner Van Vliet amassed 38 years of experience in supervising road and bridge construction before retiring from the New Jersey Department of Transportation in 2002. He remains actively involved in public service as chairman of the Lopatcong Sewer Appeal Panel. He previously served as chairman of Lopatcong’s Planning Board and as a member and secretary of the township’s Industrial Commission. Van Vliet also is a member of multiple civic and fraternal organizations, currently serving as secretary/ treasurer of the Lincoln Engine Company in Phillipsburg and secretary of the 200 Club of Warren County. He is a Past Master of Phillipsburg Lodge No. 52 F&AM. He resides with his wife, Elaine, in Lopatcong Township, Warren County.
Five members are appointed by the Pennsylvania Governor and serve at his pleasure.
Commissioner Ahmad is a founding partner in the Philadelphia law firm Ahmad Zaffarese LLC, where his practice areas include municipal/corporate finance and commercial litigation. He previously worked as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. The recipient of an Outstanding Young Lawyer’s Award from the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Ahmad sits on the Philadelphia Defenders Association Board and previously served on the Philadelphia Tobacco Settlement Investment Board and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. Ahmad is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law and Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia.
Commissioner Janvey is a former accounting department supervisor at the Bridge Commission, with previous experience in the real estate industry and in service delivery for at-risk families and residents in Bucks County, Pa. Her real estate expertise was as an acquisition specialist and property manager. Janvey also has long filled an important community advocacy role for individuals in need of addiction recovery and persons in abusive and unstable environments. Since 2013, she has served as a board member of the Livengrin Foundation for Addictive Recovery, a Bensalem-based organization that was one of Pennsylvania’s first non-profit treatment centers for drug and alcohol dependency. A Bensalem, Pa. resident, Janvey attended Bucks County Community College.
Commissioner Christy has more than three decades of experience in construction and has served as a Monroe County, PA. commissioner since 2016. He owns OM Christy, Inc. – a Pennsylvania firm that specializes in construction management and consulting on major construction, renovation and maintenance projects with an emphasis on budgeting, contracts and scheduling. Mr. Christy serves as a director and assistant chief for the Shawnee Fire Company and is a member of the Stroud Township Planning Board. He is a certified EMT and outdoor emergency care instructor involved with the Bushkill Emergency Corps and Shawnee Mountain Ski Patrol. A graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pa, he and his wife have two children and reside in Stroud Township, PA.
Commissioner Grace is a 36-year member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 830 of Pennsylvania. He has served as the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer/Business Manager since 2001 and as an executive board director of the 95,000-member Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters since 2005. Grace also serves as: vice president, Philadelphia Chapter AFL-CIO; trustee, Joint Council 53 Health, Welfare, and Pension Fund; trustee, Maritime Port Council; vice president, Brewery & Soft Drink Workers Conference for the IBT; and trustee Joint Council 53 Executive Board. The Philadelphia Irish Society honored Grace as Labor’s Man of the Year in 2004. He and his wife live in Feasterville, Pa.
Commissioner Huertas lends a business and community-advocacy perspective to the Commission’s policy-setting process. She is the Senior Vice President of the Allentown unit of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, where she engages in fundraising and the organization of seminars and workshops in support of Allentown’s business community. She also directs the Hamilton District Main Street Program in that city. Ms. Huertas is a member of the board of directors for the Sacred Heart HealthCare System and the Allentown Economic Development Corporation. She also sits on the respective board of associates for the Lehigh Valley Health Network and Muhlenberg College. She is a married to composer Mike Krisukas and they reside in the Old Allentown section of Allentown, PA.