Deborah Zilai named Chair of the FCS Board of Directors

Retired New Jersey Resources (NJR) executive Deborah Zilai has been named chair of the Family & Children’s Service (FCS) board of directors. She succeeds Paul Stach whose two-year term expired in December 2017.  Ms. Zilai is the 33rd person to serve as chair of FCS since the agency’s founding more than a century ago.

“It is an honor to be chosen as chair of the FCS board of directors,” Ms. Zilai explains. “I am grateful to our outgoing chair, Paul Stach, my board colleagues and our CEO, Delly Beekman for providing a solid foundation and positioning FCS to address the needs of our community today and in the future. Together, with our dedicated staff, we will continue the agency’s 109-year tradition of supporting people at challenging times in their lives.”

FCS is Monmouth County’s oldest, private, non-profit social service agency providing at-risk populations with fourteen diverse programs and services, including Adult Protective Services, Home Care Services, Community Support Services and Representative Payee Services.  Its board of directors works in partnership with staff to provide organizational oversight and advance the agency’s mission and vision.

Since joining the FCS board in 2004, Ms. Zilai has served in a number of leadership capacities, including vice-chair of the board and co-chair of the programs and strategic planning committee. Previously, she served as vice president of Corporate Services at NJR where she oversaw technology, human resources, office services, facilities and security. Prior to joining NJR, Ms. Zilai spent two decades with IBM. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cedar Crest College and holds multiple professional certificates. Ms. Zilai and her husband Rob, reside in Brielle where she serves on the governing board of The Church in Brielle and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher.

Along with Ms. Zilai’s appointment, the FCS board also named Patricia Keating, RN, of Eatontown as vice-chair, Richard J. Angelo, Esq. of Long Branch as secretary, Eric Jaeger of Fair Haven as treasurer and Carrie VanSyckel Page of Fair Haven as assistant treasurer.

The Board also welcomed three new members in 2017; Anna Burian, FACHE, Lisa Brodeth Carrick and Clay Kingsbery. Ms. Burian serves as vice president of Ambulatory Services at Monmouth Medical Center where she provides executive leadership and strategic development of the Medical Center’s ambulatory services on main campus and satellite facilities throughout Monmouth County. A resident of Tinton Falls, Ms Burian holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University and an undergraduate degree from Florida International University.

Ms. Brodeth Carrick is the manager for the Employment & Empowerment Team program (EET) for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, connecting teams of professionals with unemployed or underemployed volunteers, assisting them with resume writing, life coaching and other skills. A resident of Middletown, Ms. Brodeth Carrick holds an MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University and an undergraduate degree from City University of New York-Hunter College.

Mr. Kingsbery is a retired Wall Street executive who served as managing director of Lazard Freres & Co., managing director & chief financial officer of Wasserstein Perella & Co. Inc., and senior manager at Price Waterhouse.  A resident of Rumson, Mr. Kingsbery graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and earned his undergraduate degree at Washington & Lee University.

Other members of the 2018 FCS Board of Directors include: Tony Frigoletto, Daphne Halpern, FAHP, CFRE, Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline, Arlene Lospinso, Debbie O’Donoghue, Dena Walter Reger, Esq., Donna Goss Robinson, Tiffany Senft, Paul Stach, Mark Stoll, Jack Weakley and board president emeritae BJ Thompson and Lee Weber.

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