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About NJR

Leadership Team

Downes

Laurence M. Downes
Chairman of the Board and                   
Chief Executive Officer
New Jersey Resources



Mr. Downes is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New Jersey Resources (NJR) and its principal subsidiary, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG).

Mr. Downes joined NJR in March 1985 and has served as CEO since July 1995.
 
Mr. Downes is a Director and past Chairman of the American Gas Association and the Natural Gas Council, as well as a Trustee of the American Gas Foundation. He chairs the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, and serves as a member of the Boards of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the Drumthwacket Foundation and Choose New Jersey. Additionally, Mr. Downes is a member of the Board of Questar Corporation.

He received a bachelor's degree in business administration in finance in June 1979 from Iona College and a master's degree in business administration in financial management from Iona in June 1981.

 
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Dugan Mariellen Dugan
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
New Jersey Resources



Ms. Dugan joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in December 2005. As Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, she is responsible for developing and directing the corporate legal function, including litigation management, general corporate and securities matters, corporate governance and compliance. Prior to joining NJR, Ms. Dugan served prominent roles in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, first as Chief of Staff and then as First Assistant Attorney General. A veteran litigator, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and was of counsel to the law firm of Marino & Associates in Newark, New Jersey.

Ms. Dugan has also taught as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, where she is currently a member of the Board of Visitors. She is also a trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice. 

Ms. Dugan attended Montclair State College, where she received her undergraduate degree and graduated summa cum laude. Thereafter, she went on to attend Seton Hall Law School where she received her juris doctor degree and graduated magna cum laude in 1991.

 
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Ellis

Kathleen T. Ellis
Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer
New Jersey Natural Gas



Ms. Ellis joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in 2004 and is responsible for the delivery of energy and customer service to nearly half a million residential and business customers. Additionally, she oversees the development and successful implementation of marketing strategy and new business development, long and short-term communication, regulatory, government relations and environmental policies and strategies, and the development and implementation of all customer and community relations programs. Before joining NJR, Ms. Ellis was Director of Communications for Governor James E. McGreevey. She also has served as Director of Government Relations and Communications for Newark, N.J.-based Public Service Electric and Gas, one of the largest combined electric and gas companies in the United States.

Ms. Ellis is an alumna of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton with a degree in economics.

She serves as President of the Board of Directors for 180 Turning Lives Around and is a board member of Meridian Hospitals Corporation, PAM's List - New Jersey, and New Jersey Future, serving as Secretary and an Executive Committee member. Ms. Ellis is also an advisory board member of Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., in Asbury Park and the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Advisory Committee at Rutgers' Bloustein School.

 
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Figueroa Rhonda M. Figueroa
Corporate Secretary
New Jersey Resources


Ms. Figueroa joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in 1981. Her responsibilities include serving as the secretary to the Board of Directors of NJR and its subsidiaries as well as various internal committees. She also serves as the company's registered agent and keeper of records.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a master's degree in business administration from Monmouth University.

Ms. Figueroa is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and a Board Member of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.

 
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Gardner Richard R. Gardner
Vice President - Business Development
NJR Clean Energy
Ventures



Mr. Gardner joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in 1983. His responsibilities at NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV) include business development, strategy, project implementation and asset optimization. Additionally, he is responsible for natural gas midstream investments. Throughout his more than 29 years at NJR, he has held various positions in information technology, gas supply, energy trading and business development before transferring to NJRCEV in 2010.

Mr. Gardner graduated from Bates College in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Upon graduation, he continued his education in the information systems area.

He currently serves as a Trustee on the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Wall Foundation for Educational Excellence.

 
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Kellner Linda B. Kellner
Chief of Staff
New Jersey Natural Gas


Ms. Kellner joined New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) in 1995. Her responsibilities include state and federal legislative activities, local government and community relations for the company’s environmental remediation projects. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Government Affairs for New Jersey Resources.

From March 2010 through April 2012, Ms. Kellner served the State as a loaned executive, heading up the New Jersey Business Action Center within the New Jersey Department of State. As a member of the Department’s senior leadership team, she was responsible for executing the Center’s creation, which today serves as a “one-stop” shop for business and is responsible for attracting, retaining and growing business in New Jersey.

Ms. Kellner received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and is a graduate of Leadership New Jersey.

She currently serves on the Boards of the Jersey Shore Partnership and the Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Kellner also serves on the Executive Board of the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts and on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Education Foundation.

 
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Kerr

Kathleen F. Kerr
Vice President - Customer Services
New Jersey Natural Gas



Ms. Kerr joined New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) in January 2005. She is responsible for the utility's customer services. Before joining NJNG, Ms. Kerr was Director of Customer Service for N.J.-based Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), one of the largest combined gas companies in the United States. During her 19 years at PSE&G, she held various positions in customer services and other areas of the utility.

Ms. Kerr holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Villanova University and attended the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Affordable Housing Alliance and chairs the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) Customer Service Committee.


 
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Kosierowski

Stan Kosierowski
President
NJR Home Services

NJR Plumbing Services
NJR Clean Energy Ventures



Mr. Kosierowski joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in September 2008. He is responsible for all activities and operations at NJR Home Services (NJRHS), the unregulated subsidiary of NJR that provides home appliance service, sales and installations, as well as NJR Plumbing Services. Additionally, Mr. Kosierowski is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities focused on clean and renewable energy technologies for NJR Clean Energy Ventures.

Mr. Kosierowski previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). As COO, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations, ensuring the availability of resources to carry out strategic goals, and implementing policies, practices and procedures that allowed for maximum utilization of the authority's assets. Prior to joining the EDA in 2004, Mr. Kosierowski worked for nearly 30 years at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) in Newark, NJ. He held various positions of increasing responsibility in his career with the company, ultimately serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of PSEG Energy Technologies.

Mr. Kosierowski holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Newark College of Engineering. Additionally, he completed the Executive Development Program at The Pennsylvania State University, as well as the Program for Management Development at The Harvard Business School.

He has previously served on various volunteer boards, including the Independent College Fund of NJ, Kessler Rehabilitation Institute, NJIT Board of Overseers, and the Plainfield Country Club.

 
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Lockwood

Glenn C. Lockwood
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
New Jersey Resources



Mr. Lockwood joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in May 1988 and is responsible for the company's overall financial management. Areas that report to him include: financial, tax, treasury, investor relations and shareholder services. He also serves as Chief Financial Officer of NJR Capital, the subsidiary responsible for real estate holdings and energy-related investments.

Before being promoted to CFO, he held the positions of Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at NJR. Mr. Lockwood worked for Deloitte & Touche, LLP, before joining NJR.

He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Peters College in 1983.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of both the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, Mr. Lockwood serves on the Board of Trustees for the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.


 
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Lynch Craig Lynch
Senior Vice President - Energy Delivery
New Jersey Natural Gas


Mr. Lynch joined New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) in 1984 and is responsible for the maintenance and expansion of NJNG's distribution system, engineering, transmission system maintenance, regular design and maintenance, the operation of two liquefied natural gas facilities and the storeroom, meter shop and transportation pool.

He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University.

Mr. Lynch currently serves on the Operating Section Managing Committee and the Integrity Management Steering Group for the American Gas Association. He is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


 
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Massaro Thomas J. Massaro
Vice President - Marketing and Business Intelligence
New Jersey Natural Gas


Mr. Massaro has held the position of Vice President of Marketing and Business Intelligence since July 2007. He previously served as Treasurer of New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG). He is currently responsible for the marketing function at NJNG. Since joining the company in June 1989 as a Management Engineer, Mr. Massaro has also held several positions in marketing, operations and customer service including Vice President of Corporate Strategy from June 2005 to September 2007 and President of NJR Home Services (NJRHS) from November 2004 to June 2005.

Mr. Massaro attended Drexel University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in June 1989.

He serves on the Board of Directors of PlanSmartNJ and is a member of the American Gas Association (AGA) Communications and Marketing committees. Along with his participation in AGA Strategic and Visionary sessions, he is past chair of the AGA Growth Task Force. He also serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Energy Solutions Center.

 
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Marazzo

Joseph J. Marazzo
Vice President
NJR Home Services



Mr. Marazzo joined NJR Home Services, the company’s unregulated appliance service business, in September 2010. In this capacity, Mr. Marazzo oversees all of NJRHS’ operations and service activities and continues to build its business.

Mr. Marazzo began his career in 1980 as a management trainee at the Brooklyn Union Gas Company and went on to hold various management positions in gas distribution, engineering and research and development before becoming director of operations in 1991. In this capacity, he was responsible for maintenance and construction of the company’s gas distribution system. In 1998, Mr. Marazzo became vice president, operations at KeySpan Home Energy Services, where he transformed the company from an appliance service contract business into a full HVAC and plumbing company. He was promoted to president and COO of KeySpan Home Energy Services in 2002. In 2009, he joined Clean Energy USA, a solar installation company, as Chief Executive Officer.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA in marketing from St. Johns University. Mr. Marazzo serves on The Salvation Army's New Jersey State Advisory Board.

 
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Migliaccio Patrick Migliaccio
Treasurer
New Jersey Resources



Mr. Migliaccio joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in 2009. He is responsible for leadership and management of the corporate finance and accounting functions, including treasury and investor relations. An accomplished manager and accounting expert in the energy industry, he worked for Public Service Enterprise Group and NRG Energy, as well as other leading energy companies in New Jersey, before joining NJR.

Mr. Migliaccio holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
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Richman Ginger P. Richman
Vice President
NJR Energy Services



Ms. Richman joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in 2003. She is responsible for business development, strategy and expanding NJR Energy Services’ (NJRES) presence into new market areas in the West Region. Prior to this, she served as Vice President of NJNG Energy Services for approximately two years, where she was responsible for all gas supply purchases for New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and optimization of the NJNG's storage and transportation portfolio. In addition, her prior experience with NJR includes Vice President of NJRES where she oversaw the Transportation and Exchange group, business development, strategy and the company's expanding presence in new market areas. Before joining NJR, Ms. Richman served as Vice President of Transportation at El Paso Corporation in Houston. Her career at El Paso included a broad spectrum of responsibilities including valuation and analysis, and the creation and oversight of a mid-marketing group.

Ms. Richman received a BBA finance degree from University of Houston - Downtown.

 
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Smith George C. Smith Jr.
Vice President - Internal Audit
NJR Service


Mr. Smith joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in 1984 as an Associate Auditor. In his prior role as Director of Internal Audit, he systematically redefined the internal audit function at NJR.

Mr. Smith has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Monmouth University.

Certified as an internal auditor, fraud examiner, and holding a certification in risk management assurance, Mr. Smith is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Institute of Internal Auditors.


 
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Sperduto Mark R. Sperduto
Senior Vice President - Regulatory and External Affairs
New Jersey Natural Gas


Mr. Sperduto joined New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) in March 2005 and is responsible for regulatory and external affairs and supports initiatives on key issues such as price stability and energy efficiency programs. Prior to joining NJNG, Mr. Sperduto was Director - Corporate Issues for Newark, N.J.-based Public Service Electric and Gas, one of the largest combined electric and gas companies in the United States.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Mr. Sperduto currently serves as a Director of the New Jersey Utilities Association.


 
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Westhoven Stephen D. Westhoven
Senior Vice President
NJR Energy Services


Mr. Westhoven joined New Jersey Natural Gas in November 1990. In his role as Senior Vice President of NJR Energy Services (NJRES), he is responsible for natural gas supply acquisitions, negotiating transportation agreements and the continued growth and development of NJRES. Prior to his current position, he worked in the engineering and gas supply departments, before becoming a Director, and eventually Vice President of Energy Trading at NJRES. 

Mr. Westhoven earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Catholic University and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. 


 
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Zilai Deborah G. Zilai
Vice President - Corporate Services
NJR Service


Ms. Zilai is the vice president of corporate services for New Jersey Resources. She joined New Jersey Resources in June 1996 after a 20-year career with IBM. Her current responsibilities include technology, human resources, quality and office services.

Her education and training include earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cedar Crest College and completing over 2,000 hours of business and technical training at IBM.

Ms. Zilai is a member of the Board of Directors of Family and Children's Services where she serves on the Strategic Planning and Policy Committees. She is also a member of the American Gas Association Technology Advisory Council and Human Resources Policy Committee. In addition, she participates on the Executive Council of the Center for Energy Workforce Development and volunteers her time on the Publicity Committee of Coastal Habitat for Humanity. 


 
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