William Dalton of Interlaken and Joseph DiBella of Howell Township were sworn in Nov. 21 as the newest members of the college’s board of trustees. While both men bring to the position a wealth of experience in business and community service work, they have something else in common: a love of education.
Dalton, a retired public affairs executive, began his career teaching middle school in Matawan. He has worked as an adjunct college instructor and is currently a member of the Monmouth University’s Admission and Enrollment Committee. His wife, Marguerite, is a retired school nurse and served as president of the Interlaken school board. His son, Christopher, is a graduate of Brookdale’s culinary program and is currently employed as director of kitchen operations for a company in Maui. He also has a grown daughter, Nicole, who lives in Los Angeles.
DiBella, a corporate executive in the insurance industry, is concerned about the tremendous cost area families face when attempting to pay for their children’s college education. DiBella believes that the increasing numbers of area residents will be looking to community colleges like Brookdale to begin their college careers. As a father of two school-aged children, Nicholas and Dana, he is committed to ensuring that Brookdale remains a quality institution that will afford area residents a chance to earn a degree at a cost they can afford. He and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Monmouth County for 13 years.
Dalton combines a background in business, academics and public affairs as he takes on his new role. That background includes more than 20 years working at International Flavors and Fragrances, New York and Shrewsbury, where he was the company’s vice president of global public affairs. He served as a member of the board of directors of Bayshore Hospital. He has served on many boards of trustees and committees, including Riverview Medical Center, the U.S. Congressional Awards Council, ARC, Monmouth County United Way, Monmouth County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the New Jersey Audubon Society. He is the former mayor of Interlaken.
“I would like to expand the opportunities for students who are seeking college degrees whenever possible,” Dalton said.
DiBella will tap into his experience in business and public service. As managing director and executive vice president of Conner Strong & Buckelew, DiBella assists large employers in managing and designing insurance and benefit solutions for their employees. He has also held senior leadership positions at Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey. He has been a member of the board of directors of Kimball Community Medical Center, Lakewood. Formerly mayor of Howell Township, he also served on the township council and board of education in Sayreville.
“My experience as a mayor of what is the largest community in the county (Howell) has given me a tremendous understanding of the public policy issues and what is involved in the governance of a large public entity,” DiBella said. “I am very comfortable in understanding the day-to-day mechanics of the college and the processes.”
When not working or serving, both Dalton and DiBella can be found pursing their passions.
An environmentalist, Dalton is active in many environmental organizations and is a published nature photographer. His photographs have appeared in a number of publications including National Geographic, which recently purchased one of Dalton’s photographs for inclusion in a new book.
“I have always had a love of nature,” Dalton said. “Nature is part of my soul.”
As for DiBella, he keeps busy with his children’s activities and volunteers with the North Howell Little League, where he is a baseball coach. When he is not rooting for his own children, he can be found cheering on his other favorite team–the New York Yankees.