Leadership & Board

BGC Mercer Leadership

  • Reginald J. Coleman

    Reginald J. Coleman

  • David E. Anderson

    David E. Anderson

  • Christina Jones

    Chistina Jones

  • 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. Read more about Reggie, click here.

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: Cjones
  • Christina Jones, Director of Operations

    BS - Management- University of Phoenix  

    Christina brings over 20 years of experience as an organizational  leader in non-profit sectors, specifically supporting youth, families, and communities. She’s been the project director for the 21 Century Community Learning Center grant for many years. Christina is an advocate for Equity and Inclusivity who prioritizes cultivating positive relationships in the workplace and among people. She’s skilled in non-profit leadership, program development, community outreach, and grant management. 


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.

  • 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

  • Paul Ashley - Chair

  • Michael Ruger - Vice Chair

  • Richard Tate - Treasurer

  • Diann Petrino - Secretary


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


    Richard Gorelick
    General Counsel Strategies


    Avery Ince 
    VP-Medical Affairs
    Johnson & Johnson


    Atul Kumar
    Global CIO


    Damian Malave
    Mercer County Parks

  • George Markman
    Sr. Vice President
    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
    Vice President, Media & Digital
    Novo Nordisk Inc


    Hem Pandya
    Head of Generics Product Division
    Mayne Pharmaceuticals 


  • David Pennant III  
    DLA Piper


    Diann Petrino - Secretary
    Retired - Bank of America


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


    Jarrod Rhen 


    Jeffrey J. Richardson
    NJM Insurance Group




  • Michael Ruger - Vice Chair
    VP Government Relations


    Robert Spina
    CEO, US
    Xiromed LLC


    Bill Straughn
    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



    David Howe

    Howe Solutions


    Doug Johnson

    Munich Reinsurance America

  • Jane Rohlf

    Premier Research


    Sapan Shah

    PNC Bank


    Dan Sheridan
    Potomac Law

  • Brenda Sklar

    LGIM America


    Mike Van Wagner

    Retired NJM


    Ryamond M. WIlliams

    DLA Piper


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