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NJBIA has added two top business executives to its Board of Trustees who bring their extensive expertise in business, law, strategic planning, and stakeholder and government negotiations to the board, NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka announced Friday.

Connell Foley Managing Partner Timothy J. Corriston, Esq., and AT&T Regional Vice President for External Affairs-NJ Jaclyn Kator, M.P.A. joined the NJBIA Board of Trustees on Feb. 6 and will serve three-year terms.NJBIA’s expanding board now features executives from a wide array of backgrounds with expertise in business, manufacturing, accounting, banking, energy, technology, telecom, healthcare, law, logistics, academia, and nonprofit work.

“We are fortunate and grateful to have Tim and Jaci bring their informed voices and deep understanding of pressing New Jersey business issues to NJBIA’s board,” Siekerka said. “Their valuable input and experience complement a highly engaged board, providing more support for our mission to advance the competitive excellence and success of New Jersey businesses.”

Corriston is an accomplished environmental attorney and highly regarded in the legal community. Named managing partner at Connell Foley in 2022, he leads the firm’s strategic growth efforts while continuing to represent clients in a broad array of complex matters.He has a strong record of accomplishment handling commercial, environmental, product liability and land use disputes in state and federal courts nationwide.

Additionally, Corriston advises businesses as an outside general counsel for contracts, leases, and other day-to-day legal issues affecting their bottom line. He earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law.

Kator began her career at AT&T in 1998 in Illinois and has served in a variety of roles at the global information technology giant. In her current position as regional vice president for External Affairs in New Jersey, she works with government entities, elected officials, and community stakeholders on AT&T’s policy, strategic and community outreach initiatives as the state and local level.

A former small business owner who is passionate about helping businesses thrive, Kator also serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the advisory board of Jobs for America’s Graduates New Jersey (JAG), a state-based national nonprofit dedicated to supporting young people of great promise (ages 12-24) since 1980.Kator earned a bachelor’s degree in integrated communications from Roosevelt University Chicago and a Master of Public Administration degree in local government from Northern Illinois University.

The complete list of members of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association Board of Trustees is below.

  • Clifford F. Lindholm, III, (Chair), President & CEO, Falstrom Company
  • Lori Roth, CPA/ABV, CFF, (Vice Chair), Co-Managing Partner, Prager Metis
  • Rashaad Bajwa, CEO, Integris
  • Denise Beckson, VP of Human Resources & Government Relations, Morey’s Piers
  • Marcy Bliss, CEO, Wedgewood Pharmacy
  • Domenick Cama, President, NYC Metro & New Jersey Markets of Citizens Bank
  • Tim Corriston, Managing Partner, Connell Foley
  • James W. Horne Jr., President & CEO, Junior Achievement of New Jersey
  • Anthony Iacono, Ph.D., President, County College of Morris
  • Jaclyn Kator, Regional Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T
  • Celestina S. Quintana, Owner/Operator McDonald’s restaurants
  • Michael Reagan, Senior Vice President of Consulting Services, CGI
  • Michael Renna, President & CEO, South Jersey Industries
  • Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich, CEO & Co-Founder, ZAGO Manufacturing
  • Deanna Sperling, MAS, RN, NE-BC, President & CEO, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
  • Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President-Corporate Citizenship, PSEG
  • Dave Vitali, Manager, Public Policy DE/NJ/PA, Amazon