Board of Directors
Courage To Connect NJ Board of Directors
Gina Genovese – Founder and Executive Director of Courage To Connect NJ. She served as mayor of Long Hill Township in 2006 and ran for NJ State Senate in 2007. As a result of her political experiences, she realized that real change needed to come from the people. Gina produced the educational video “Can New Jersey Connect?” and developed a public presentation that teaches people about the redundant structure of our 566 municipalities in NJ. In addition, she has coauthored the “Courage to Connect NJ Guidebook,” a step-by-step citizen’s guide to consolidation. These guidelines help local groups of residents to move the conversation about consolidation forward. Gina has owned and operated Gina’s Tennis World in Berkeley Heights since 1983, developing many nationally ranked junior players. She played tennis professionally in 1980-1981. Gina’s business, political and educational experience has culminated in her leadership position as Executive Director of CtoC-NJ.
Wendy McCahill – Co-founder and Secretary of the Board of CtoC-NJ. Wendy shared Gina’s vision of a simpler municipal structure in New Jersey. They created an educational presentation for the public that shares this vision around the state. She currently manages Gina’s Tennis World. Before becoming the business manager at Gina’s Tennis World, Wendy operated her own businesses in the fields of computer system analysis, documentation and training and as a home renovation and maintenance specialist. Her years of experience running various small businesses and managing Gina’s campaigns for elected office gave her the expertise to facilitate the operation of this campaign for the State of New Jersey. Wendy has a BA and a certificate in adult education from Douglass College, Rutgers University.
Don Parisi – Don has been the General Counsel of Rider Insurance Company in Springfield, New Jersey since 2007. Before then he operated his own consulting firm for 6 years, assisting insurers and health care organizations. From 1994 to 2001 Don was General Counsel of First Option Health Plan and its successor, Physicians Health Services. He also acted as First Option’s President and CEO for one year and General Manager of PHS NJ for two years. Don was in the private practice of law and a Deputy Attorney General for 11 years before becoming General Counsel at First Option. Don was also a member of the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Board of Education for six years and taught business law as an adjunct professor at Monmouth University. He is currently the President of The Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains Fanwood and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Coming Home of Middlesex County and Courage to Connect New Jersey.
Phyllis Truran – Phyllis was a public school teacher in New York State for 33 years, specializing in US History, Politics and Economics. Phyllis served on the executive board of North Tonawanda United Teachers as negotiator and president. At the same time she was an advocate for government consolidation working with County Legislator, Joan Bozer in Erie County, NY. Her years of community service have included work for the homeless, serving on Commissions on the status of women and actively engaging in supporting the campaigns of forward-thinking candidates. Phyllis holds a BA from Syracuse University and a certificate in Labor Studies from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Anthony Del Sordi – Anthony has overseen the finances of six public school systems in New Jersey over the past four decades. He was active in the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials and served as its president 2006-07. He was named “School Business Administrator of the Year” for the 2009-10 school year. DelSordi served on the Scotch Plains/Fanwood Shared Services Committee from 2000-2011 and will bring this experience and his 35 years of business administration experience to help CtoC-NJ assist communities and school districts seeking information and support for municipal consolidation and school regionalization.
Donovan Hall – Donovan brings an education in Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Environments to the Board of CtoC-NJ. His experience with land development projects that span multiple municipalities, has led Donaovan to develop an interest in municipal consolidation. Living in California, he saw the efficiencies and capabilities of communities of 50,000 residents and hopes to facilitate New Jersey’s communities in finding a more efficient and prosperous span of local government.