James D. Nesci , President and Chief Executive Officer

James D. Nesci serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Foundry Bank, a position he has held since 2018. In addition, he is a board member of the New Jersey Bankers Association. Mr. Nesci has been instrumental in developing the Blue Foundry Bank brand. Prior to his role at Blue Foundry Bank, he served as Head of National Sales for TD Bank’s $20 billion U.S. wealth management business. Before joining TD Bank, Mr. Nesci served as Executive Vice President and Chief Wealth Management Officer of Provident Bank and was President of Beacon Trust, a wholly owned subsidiary of Provident Bank. Prior to this, Mr. Nesci was Chief Operating Officer with Wilmington Trust Company, National Wealth Management. Mr. Nesci earned two separate MBAs from Columbia Business School and the London Business School, respectively, as well as a BBA in Finance from Hofstra University in New York. He also has received his NACD Fellowship certificate. Mr. Nesci’s positions as President and Chief Executive Officer foster clear accountability, effective decision-making, a clear and direct channel of communication from senior management to the full Board of Directors, and alignment on corporate strategy.

Kenneth Grimbilas, Chairman

Kenneth Grimbilas is the current Chairman of Blue Foundry Bank Board of Directors and has served as a Director for over 22 years. Mr. Grimbilas is the Chief Executive Officer of Tornqvist, Inc., a boutique fabrication and machine shop that has served many clients in the pharmaceuticals, government, transportation, aerospace, entertainment, and consumer goods industries. In addition, Mr. Grimbilas has been a member of the board of the Chilton Memorial Hospital Foundation, now Chilton Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health. Mr. Grimbilas’ experience provides the Board of Directors with extensive knowledge of business and operational matters and the Northeastern New Jersey market area.

J. Christopher Ely, Director

J. Christopher Ely has been a Director of Blue Foundry Bank for over 22 years. Mr. Ely is President of One Madison Management Corp., a real estate management and consulting firm that serves the needs of residential, commercial and industrial property owners in Northern new Jersey. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Accounting from Montclair State College, began his career with Price Waterhouse and Co. and earned a Certified Public Accounting Certification in 1981. He serves as an Assistant Treasurer for the Glen Ridge Congregational Church. Mr. Ely provides the Board of Directors with extensive knowledge of real estate and small business management experience.

Robert T. Goldstein, Investment Advisory Representative

Robert T. Goldstein is an Investment Advisory Representative at Astorino Financial Group, Inc. Previously, he was the President and Owner of R.J. Goldstein & Associates, Inc., an employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm, which he sold to World Insurance, LLC in 2018. Mr. Goldstein received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fairfield University. He also has received his NACD Fellowship certificate. He is a former Trustee and a Committee Member of the Glen Ridge Country Club and was previously a Board Member of Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair. Mr. Goldstein offers a valuable perspective and experience on employee benefits matters and with developing a successful business.

Elizabeth Varki Jobes

Elizabeth Varki Jobes serves as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Compliance Officer of Amryt Pharmaceuticals, a global commercial-stage pharmaceutical company, since 2020. Before joining Amryt, Jobes served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of North America at EMD Serono. Ms. Jobes also served in leadership roles at Spark Therapeutics, Auxilium Pharmaceutical, and Cephalon. Prior to her career in the pharmaceuticals industry, Jobes held various roles within Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s Office from 1991 to 2006. Ms. Jobes’ service on several boards demonstrates her invaluable leadership skills. She currently serves on the board of Ampio Pharmaceuticals, a public company, as well as the board of a private biopharmaceutical company (Eyam Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics), and the board of a not-for-profit organization. Ms. Jobes is a member of the South Asian Bar Association and was a former board member of Women’s Way. She received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law and is licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Patrick H. Kinzler

Patrick H. Kinzler is currently a Managing Principal at HLW International LLP and has previously held positions at PNC Bank, SmithKline Beecham, and KPMG Consulting. Mr. Kinzler received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Shippensburg State University and an MBA in Finance from Temple University. Mr. Kinzler has significant banking and corporate treasury experience, which greatly assists the Board of Directors with its assessment of our risk management efforts and operational needs.

Mirella Lang 

Mirella Lang is Managing Director of AQR’s Business Development team, collaborating with institutional investors throughout the United States. Prior to AQR, Ms. Lang was a Director in the Financial Institutions Group in the investment banking division at UBS, and earlier at Merrill Lynch & Co. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Washington & Lee University and received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Ms. Lang serves on the Board of ASSIST, a non-profit organization focused on high school exchange education for exceptionally gifted international students. Ms. Lang’s experience with investment management, investment banking and the financial institutions industry brings valuable skills to our board.

Margaret Letsche

Margaret Letsche is retired. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Letsche was the Executive Director of 55 Kip Center, a non-profit community center for older adults. Ms. Letsche earned an Associate Degree in Business Management from Morris County Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Felician College. She holds professional certifications from Rutgers in Continued Education and Professional Development and is certified by the American Institute of Fitness Educators and the American Senior Fitness Association. She also has received her NACD Fellowship certificate. Ms. Letsche is a current Board Member on the Rutherford Community Blood Bank and has previously served on the Borough of Rutherford Zoning Board and the Municipal Alliance Committee. She was a founding member of the Lindsey Meyer Pumpkin Run which held an annual 5k event raising money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and supporting local scholarships. Ms. Letsche’s experience in our community provides valuable insight into the economic and business needs of our community, as well as insight into where we can best serve our community in other ways, including charitable donations.

Jonathan M. Shaw

Jonathan M. Shaw is President and Owner of Salon Development Corp, a regional chain of hair salons founded in 1964, and President and Owner of Lemon Tree Development, the national franchisor of Lemon Tree Hair Salons. Mr. Shaw received a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University. He also has received his NACD Fellowship certificate. As a business owner and entrepreneur, Mr. Shaw offers a valuable perspective on developing a successful business as well as the challenges and risks an organization may face as it grows its product offerings and markets into new areas.

Board Diversity Matrix (As of July 18, 2022)

Board Size:
Total Number of Directors 8
  Female Male Non-Binary Did not Disclose Gender
Gender Identity:
Directors 2 6 0 0
Demographic Background:
African American or Black 0 0 0 0
Alaskan Native or American Indian 0 0 0 0
Asian  0 0 0 0
Hispanic or Latinx 0 0 0 0
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0 0 0
White 2 6 0 0
Two or More Races or Ethnicities 0 0 0 0
Did not disclose demographic background 0