Board of Trustees

Dr. Tyler Morgus

Dr. Tyler Morgus, Board Chair

Dr. Tyler Morgus is the Strategic Marketing Manager of Thorlabs and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December of 2014 by the Governor of NJ Chris Christie. Prior to Thorlabs, he completed his Ph.D. in experimental atomic and molecular physics at Lehigh University. Following which he spent three and a half years as a Physics Professor at East Stroudsburg University before joining Thorlabs in 2006 as a member of the Technical Marketing Group.

Morgus also represents Thorlabs in the National Photonics Initiative Group and the Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group. When not at work, he is an amateur photographer, hiker and runner.

Governor appointed December 23, 2014

Dr. Paul Crowley

Dr. Paul Crowley, Vice Chair

Dr. Paul Crowley’s career includes a distinguished record of service to his country and the Borough of Franklin. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army with more than 34 years of military service. Crowley’s service to his community includes many years of volunteer work and active community involvement. He has served on the Franklin Borough Planning Board, Franklin Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment, Franklin Board of Education, Sussex County Education Services Commission, Franklin Drug Alliance Program, Franklin Historical Society, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Dr. Crowley also served as Mayor of Franklin from 2008–2015.

Crowley received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from St. Peter’s College and his Doctorate from the New Jersey Dental School – Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and maintained a dental practice in Franklin for many years. He and his wife, Carol, have lived in Franklin for more than 25 years, raising their four children there.

Appointed April 12, 2017

Kurt Gewecke

Kurt Gewecke, Secretary

Mr. Gewecke believes that education is an integral part of every sustainable community. The Community College plays a unique and vital role in the wellbeing and viability of Sussex County. Mr. Gewecke has volunteered his time for the Builders Association Remodeler Council (Chairman), New Jersey Builders Association Remodeler (Council Chairman), Sussex County EDP (Chair one year), the SCCC Foundation Board, and the Lafayette Federated Church Council of Elders (10 years, chair 5 years). His hobbies include boating water sports, hiking, and skiing.

Mr. Gewecke has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, and owns KG Builders LLC and KG Solar & Renewable Energy, LLC, in Sparta NJ. He has been a Culver Lake resident for 28 years, is married for over 25 years, and has 4 children.

Elizabeth Jane Brown

Elizabeth Jane Brown, Treasurer

Elizabeth Jane Brown is the former CFO and Investment Associate of the Drexel Fund. Prior to joining Drexel, Jane spent 18 years as the CFO of a network of K-12 Catholic Schools in northwest New Jersey with assets in excess of $31M.

Jane began her career on Wall Street as an International Banker and in 2006 under the State of NJ Banking Commission and FDIC became a founder and incorporator of a local community bank. Throughout her life, she has served on the boards of both local and national non-profit corporations. In early 2000 she spent six years lobbying in Washington for the American Hospital Association and continues to be an active advocate for health care and education reform.

Jane has an MBA in Finance and was invited to participate in the Intensive Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program as well as in the Governing for Non-Profit Excellence program at Harvard. She resides in Sparta where she has lived for over 40 years.

Gayle Carrick

Dr. Gayle Carrick, Member

Dr. Carrick has a long and distinguished career in education, including serving as superintendent in Mendham Borough, Tewksbury Township, and the Cranford Public Schools. Most recently, she held interim positions as Chief School Administrator in Fredon Township in Sussex County, and as Assistant Superintendent in South Orange-Maplewood. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Special Education as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a doctorate from Seton Hall’s College of Education and Human Services.

David Castner

David Castner, Member

David Castner has been a Vernon resident for 27 years. He is married, has 3 grown children, and one grandson. His hobbies include snowshoe, xc ski, mountain bikes, hiking, dirt and road motorcycles. 

Mr. Castner's work-related history includes being a Union Sheet Metal Worker for the last 31 years, and serving as a Funds Trustee for such. He provides Continuing Education through Rutgers University for New Jersey Construction Code Officials for HVACR systems and Fire Damper inspections. He also holds a New Jersey Master HVACR License, and provides Continuing Education for fellow License holders. Mr. Castner instructs apprentices in fire damper installation and inspection classes, HVACR system design and installation of the complete HVACR system from design to final working and balanced product. Mr. Castner is also the New Jersey State Council of Sheet Metal Workers representative for the New Jersey Board of Master HVACR Contractors.

Thomas Digby

Dr. Thomas Digby, Member

Thomas Digby is a retired pediatrician residing in Fredon Township.

Following two years of service in the US Army Medical Corps Dr. Digby opened the first pediatric medical practice in Sussex County in June of 1971. At that time he joined the medical staff of Newton Memorial Hospital and served in several leadership positions including Chief of the Medical Staff and Chief of Pediatrics. Dr. Digby also served for several years on The Board of Trustees of Newton Memorial Hospital including one term as Board Chair.

Thomas Digby’s education includes BA from Johns Hopkins University and MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and three years of pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Maryanne Fox

Maryanne Fox, Member

Maryanne Fox, a retired hospital administrator, was appointed to the Board of Trustees on July 9, 2014. She was a hospital administrator for 25 years. Most recently, Fox was the Director of Quality at Newton Medical Center. She serves on the Policy and Audit Committee of the Board and is the liaison for Sussex to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

Fox also serves on the Board of Trustees of SEQUAL (Senior Quality of Life Foundation), a Sussex County organization. She attended Sussex County Community College and holds a BS from Kean University. She currently lives in Hopatcong with her husband and enjoys traveling in her free time.

Appointed July 9, 2014

James Hofmann

James Hofmann, Member

James Hofmann is a longtime teacher at Newton’s Halsted Middle School and renowned for his work with the school’s STEM program and as the coach of both the FLL and the FRC school’s robotics teams.

Hofmann is a very active community volunteer. He is a life member and past officer of the Newton Fire Department, Founder and Administrator of the Newton Hockey Program, and was an Assistant Boy Scout leader for troop 184 in Green for many years.

Under Hofmann’s leadership, his first varsity tri-district robotics team earned the Team Underwriter Laboratory Industrial Safety Award in St. Louis and the Engineering Inspiration Award at Lehigh University.

A resident of Newton since 1986, he lives with his wife Amanda, a science teacher in Vernon schools. Hofmann has two grown children, both of whom graduated from Newton High School.

 

Governor appointed November 14, 2017

John Santillo

John Santillo, Member

John Santillo is a retired Engineering Manager that worked in the defense industry for 45 years.  He has degrees from New Jersey Institute of Technology and Steven’s Institute in the RF/Microwave Field.  John’s objective is simple, to spread the word about the benefits of SCCC and ensure the continued success of the college.  John has been married for 35 years has two grown children.  In his spare time he enjoys Amateur Radio, camping with his college buddies and riding his Harley.    

Candice Smith

Candice Smith, Member

Candice Smith has been working in the field of Education since 1993. Whether teaching high school history courses in Salem, VA, Dover, NJ or Sparta, NJ, she was a highly motivated teacher who had excellent professional relationships with her administration, co-workers, parents of her students, and her students. Currently Mrs. Smith works as a paraprofessional in a Sussex County school district.

Volunteerism has been a constant in Mrs. Smith’s life just as education has been. She has served as President of the local chapter of a Mom’s Club, a Cub Scout leader, a Girl Scout leader, and was elected and served two full terms on the Hopatcong Board of Education. There she was appointed all six years as the Chair of the Student Achievement Committee.

In addition to working in education and the volunteer work, Mrs. Smith is a three-time published book author, a writer with thousands of articles to her credit, an internationally popular blogger, a former radio host and creator of a Motorsports program called Drafting the Circuits, and a former media representative with her own rights to cover races from the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar) to the U.S. Grand Prix (Formula 1), and NASCAR events across the country.

When not writing daily, working at her beloved school, and raising her family, Mrs. Smith can be found on and around Lake Hopatcong and Sussex County. She’s been married for 29 years to her high school sweetheart and together they have three children.

Mrs. Smith is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve her community working with Sussex County Community College as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Iliana Mendoza Cobos

Iliana Mendoza Cobos, Student Alumna Representative

Iliana Mendoza Cobos graduated from SCCC in Spring 2021. She is passionate about helping others, and is attending Montclair State University to earn a master’s in Special Education with certification in disabilities, and a minor in American Sign Language. 

She states, “My time at SCCC was exceptional. I was involved in pretty much everything! I served as a SOAR Leader, Student Ambassador, SGA President, President of the American Sign Language Club, Vice-President of PTK, President of Psi-Beta, Tutor, Scribe, and Writing Coach. As a non-traditional student, I was afraid to attend college, but everyone at SCCC made my college experience one I will never forget!”