Leadership & Board

Leadership & Board

BGC Mercer Leadership

  • Reginald J. Coleman

    Reginald J. Coleman

  • David E. Anderson

    David E. Anderson

  • Zoubir Yazid

    Zoubir Yazid

ANCHOR. Name: RColeman
  • Reginald J. Coleman, President & CEO

    BA – Upsala College

    TCNJ – Non-Profit Management Program

    Reggie began his career at the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton in 1998 as the Education Director. In 2003 he was promoted to Director of Operations, supervising the Club’s daily operations and program staff. In 2006 Reggie was voted NJ Boys & Girls Professional of the Year and is Past President of the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey Professional Association. Reggie now serves as Executive Director of Operations at our Centre Street location. He has received the Level II Advanced Leadership Program Certificate from the Boys & Girls Club School of Executive Leadership. A Trenton native, Reggie is committed to building a better future for youth.

ANCHOR. Name: DAnderson
  • David E. Anderson, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Development

    BS – East Stroudsburg State College, MS – East Stroudsburg University
    Dave has more than 30 years of experience in non-profit management, 20 of them serving as an Executive Director. Dave joined the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton in 2003. Dave led the Boys & Girls Club to increase its annual fundraising from $600,000 to more than $4.5 million to meet the financial assistance needs of the Club’s growing membership. Dave has earned awards from YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for his leadership skills.

ANCHOR. Name: ZYazid
  • Zoubir Yazid, Chief Learning Officer

    BA- international relations, MA-strategic studies, MBA-organizational behavior and international management

    Ph.D.- in political science.

    In addition to his COO responsibilities, Zoubir oversees all educational and recreational programs at our Spruce Street Clubhouse. Previously, he worked for ETS in a variety of positions, including Managing Director of ETS global subsidiary offices, Director of Learning & Development and Director of Strategic Workforce. Zoubir also taught at the university level and wrote grants for an international program. Zoubir earned several project management certifications.

  • Christine Porta-Heaton, Director of Business & Finance

    BS- Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Christine has over 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant and specializes in Non-Profit accounting. For over 20 years, she has been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs either as an employee, volunteer, or strong supporter. She has vast experience working in all types of accounting firms and departments, and she ran her own firm for several years. After working for the Club previously from 2001-2006, she returned in 2015 to take on the role of controller.

  • Christina Jones, Director of Operations

    Christina brings over 20 years of experience working with youth, and always has a smile on her face. She began working with BGC Mercer as a site coordinator and has worked at our Jefferson, Village Charter, Centre Street and now Spruce Street locations. Her responsibilities include supervising youth programs and writing curriculum. In her spare time, she volunteers with big brother/big sisters and NAMI.

  • Sean Phillips, Director of Operations

    BS - Law & Justice - TCNJ

    MA - Education - TCNJ

    Sean brings over 20 years of management and leadership experience working with youth, in New Jersey and California. In his career, he's been responsible at several YMCA's for operations and budget, plus program design, development and implementation.  His responsibilities at BGCM include supervising the Centre Street Clubhouse and the Trenton After School Programs. 

BGC Mercer Board Officers

  • Bill Straughn - Chair

    Bill Straughn

  • Paul Ashley - Vice Chair

  • Richard Tate - Treasurer

  • Diann Petrino - Secretary


  • Paul Ashley- Vice Chair
    Director Strategic Engagement
    Bristol-Myers Squibb


    Celeste Mariano Eppinger
    Chair, Board Review
    Educational Testing Service


    Richard Gorelick
    General Counsel Strategies


    Andrew Graham
    Senior VP
    Lee Hecht Harrison


    David C. Howe 
    Howe Solutions


    Avery Ince 
    VP-Medical Affairs
    Johnson & Johnson


  • Atul Kumar
    Global CIO


    Damian Malave
    Mercer County Parks


    George Markman
    Wells Fargo

    Nicholas Martin
    Senior VP Corporate Banking
    PNC Bank


    Tifani McCann, Ph.D.
    VP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer


    Heather McIntire
    Managing Director



  • Ambre Brown Morley
    Senior Director
    Novo Nordisk Inc


    Hem Pandya
    Exchange Health, LLC


    David Pennant III  
    DLA Piper


    Diann Petrino - Secretary
    Retired - Managing Director
    US Trust, Bank of America


    Daniel Randall
    Community Investment & Development Officer
    Federal Home Loan Bank of NY


    Jeffrey J. Richardson
    NJM Insurance Group




  • Jarrod Rhen 


    Michael Ruger
    VP Government Relations


    Kyle Smith
    First Bank


    Robert Spina
    President North America
    Wockhardt USA


    Bill Straughn - Chair
    ITD-Business Process & Content Mgmt
    Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

    Richard Tate - Treasurer
    TD Bank


  • Steve Albers

    Novo Nordisk


    Bernadette Connaughton

    Retired BMS


    Felicia Devincenzi

    Retired ETS


  • Stuart Henderson



    Doug Johnson

    Munich Reinsurance America


    Jane Rohlf

    Premier Research

  • Sapan Shah

    PNC Bank


    Dan Sheridan
    Potomac Law


    Brenda Sklar

    LGIM America

  • Ryamond M. WIlliams

    DLA Piper


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