Mercer Street Friends, the nonprofit addressing poverty in the greater Trenton area with a focus on food, families, and education, has announced a new slate of officers on its board of trustees.
Ken Blackwell is the new chair, and Glenda Gracia-Rivera is vice chair. They join Wendy B. Kane, secretary, and Jaap Ketting, treasurer, who have both served on the board since 2014.
Blackwell, who learned of Mercer Street Friends’ work through his involvement in the Yardley Friends Meeting, first joined the board in 2017. He is the CEO of InKlaritas, a Carnegie Center-based team and leadership development practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
“I look forward to helping our staff and volunteers expand awareness within our communities about the power of Mercer Street Friends’ programs and the resources we offer to those seeking life of independence and self-sufficiency,” Blackwell said in a statement
Gracia-Rivera, a Trenton native, discovered Mercer Street Friends as a high school intern during her time at Princeton Day School. She is now director of professional development and training at the Rutgers Center for Women and Work.
Her professional works lends her to a particular interest in Mercer Street Friends’ education efforts. “As an educator and trainer that focuses on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Mercer Street Friends Trenton Community School initiative resonates with me as a unique model. It offers a powerful framework for addressing inequities and provides opportunities to help students navigate barriers so they can thrive not just academically, but mentally, socially, and emotionally.”
Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton 08611. 609-396-1506. Bernie Flynn, CEO. www.mercerstreetfriends.org.
Bioclinica, a Carnegie Center-based firm that provides technological and clinical science expertise for the development and management of clinical trials, has combined its medical and scientific affairs units with an expansion of its chief medical officer position.
The new organizational structure will be overseen by Dr. Michael O’Neal, who has been head of oncology for the firm since 2006. Working under O’Neal will be leaders in specific therapeutic areas. O’Neal, a board certified radiologist, has been with Bioclinica since 2004.
“Transitioning to this new operating design would not be possible without the collective capabilities of our medical and scientific affairs teams,” Bioclinica chairman and CEO Euan Menzies said in a statement. “This will allow us to continue to provide superior support and service for all clients, while also looking to drive improved utilization of technology across all aspects of our work.”
Bioclinica, 211 Carnegie Center Drive, Princeton 08540. 877-632-9432. Euan Menzies, chairman and CEO. www.bioclinica.com.
Marvin Reed, 89, on October 12. The Rutgers graduate and longtime Princeton resident worked for the New Jersey Education Association in Trenton and served as mayor of Princeton Borough for 13 years.
Thomas C. Pinto, 76, on October 11. He was a court officer for Mercer County for 44 years.
Charles M. Giambelluca, 77, on October 9. He was the head of photo engraving at the Times of Trenton before opening the Mercer Locker Room sporting goods store.
Penelope Brouwer, 67, on October 15. She retired as a vice president at Thomas Edison State College.
Mario DiFiore, 70, on October 40. After a long career at the state Department of Transportation he worked at Princeton Country Club.