Board of Trustees

William F. Conger

CHAIR

Bill has been a Trustee of the institution for over thirty years. His interest in raptors began in the 1970’s when he began seeing hawks on his commute from his home in Bethesda to his job in Baltimore. Upon moving to Millington in 1978, he met Len Soucy and has been hooked on birds of prey ever since. Bill has spent 45 years in the financial services industry and is presently a Principal in Red Hook Management, a Registered Investment Advisor in Morristown, NJ. Bill is married to Nancy Conger and the father of three grown children. He formerly served on the Board of Gill St Bernard’s School, and is presently on the Board of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. Bill graduated from the University of Maryland and is a veteran of Vietnam.

James F. Diverio

VICE CHAIR

Jim Currently works at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ where he has served as Director of Development for the past 15 years. Prior to that time he worked at Blair Academy (Blairstown) and for Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Jim has been involved with The Raptor Trust since 1982. He was among – if not the first – to do a college internship at TRT. He continued to volunteer for years. Among other activities initiated by his involvement with The Raptor Trust, he became a licensed bird bander in 1987 and has been involved with various raptor banding projects. He continues to be active with the Kittatinny Mountain Raptor Banding Station, an operation begun nearly 50 years ago by (the late) Len Soucy.

Jim lives in Andover, NJ in Sussex County with his wife Regina. They have two grown children. All are huge fans of the work and the people of The Raptor Trust.

Gregory A. Tusar

Treasurer

Greg Tusar was most recently Head of Global Execution Services and Platforms at KCG Holdings. Mr. Tusar joined KCG in August 2013 from Goldman Sachs, where he spent 13 years, most recently as a partner and global head of the firm’s equities electronic trading business. Mr. Tusar helped Goldman Sachs expand its electronic trading franchise.

Mr. Tusar was previously a limited partner at Spear, Leeds and Kellogg (“SLK”), when Goldman Sachs acquired the firm in 2000. He also worked for seven years at TLW Securities, most recently as its Chief Executive Officer, before it was acquired by SLK in 1999. He began his career at Mentor Graphics, an electronic design automation firm.

Mr. Tusar served as a member of the board of directors of Per Scholas, a national nonprofit organization providing technology education and job placement in low-income communities.

Sean Deviln

R. Sean Devlin

SECRETARY

Sean Devlin is a partner with Engel & Devlin, PC, Attorneys at Law and maintains a practice in estate planning, probate administration and private foundation law. He also serves as a Trustee for several private foundations, including the E.J. Grassmann Trust, N.R. Leavitt Foundation and Union Foundation, is the Executive Director of a New Jersey based family foundation, and is counsel to an additional family foundation. Previously, he served as a member of the board and board president of George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. He presently serves as a member of the board of The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ and is a member of the finance and investment committees. Sean graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with honors, from Rutgers University in 1991 and from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998. He is married with two children and enjoys golf and long-distance hiking.

James Florentino

James Fiorentino

Artist James Fiorentino was the youngest artist ever inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators. Known for his realistic images of sports icons, presidents, Nobel Prize winners and other notables, his award-winning art is showcased in museums, galleries and private collections across the globe.

James’ trademark wildlife work has been shown by the San Diego Natural History Museum; The Nature and Art Museum in Gloucester, England; The Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition; Artists for Conservation and The Conserve Wildlife Foundation. James is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation in addition to the American and New Jersey Watercolor Societies and the Salmagundi Club. He also serves as a trustee for The D & R Greenway Land Trust.

Nancy Miller-Rich

Nancy Miller-Rich

Nancy Miller Rich joined The Raptor Trust Board of Directors in 2010, after getting to know the organization while serving on the Board of The Great Swamp Watershed Association. Nancy recently retired from Merck where she was Senior Vice President, Business Development, Strategy and Commercial Support for Global Human Health. Perhaps it was her constant international flying that got her interested in our avian friends. Nancy took the lead in obtaining donated medicines for TRT from Schering Plough and Merck animal products divisions. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of Deirdre’s House, the Morris County Center for Child Victims of Abuse and Neglect, and UDG HealthCare, a publicly listed company. She is a leadership and management consultant with GLG in New York City and is heavily focused on the biotech industry. Nancy is a high-energy person who works out daily, and lives in NJ and New York City.

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Barbara Franko

Barbara has “known” and loved The Raptor Trust for almost 30 years. When she got to know Len and Diane Soucy personally and saw what was done behind the scenes she knew that was what she wanted to do. After retiring in 2009 from a career in finance, Barbara started as a volunteer and was hooked. In 2011, she trained as a summer intern to become part of the Medical Staff. She feels honored to be able to assist the amazing Senior Rehabilitation Technicians and to help the birds that come in for care. Barbara has always had a passion for nature and especially birds, so her position is a dream come true. Currently she is a part-time volunteer Rehabilitation Staff member and has had the privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees since 2011. When not working at The Raptor Trust, she enjoys time with her family, cooking, gardening and travel.

Patti E. Russell

Patti is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer; Associate General Counsel, of Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), a global medical technology company, having served in this position from September 2009 to March 2017. Prior to that role, she served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Employment Counsel. Before joining BD as Counsel in 1990, Patti was an associate at McCarter & English in Newark, New Jersey.

In addition to The Raptor Trust, Patti serves on the Board of Act Now Foundation – Alzheimer’s Resource Center of New Jersey, the Advisory Board of the Rutgers Law School Center for Corporate Law and Governance, and the Bioethics Committee of Overlook Medical Center, Atlantic Health Systems.

Emeritus Trustees

Diane Soucy

Lynne Combs

Andrew Major

Honorary Trustees

Hon. Thomas H. Kean, Sr.