Board Member Profiles - Updated
December 19, 2016
Holly Blauser - Holly
began her PA career in 1964 in Planning and Development. She moved on to
positions in World Trade as a Lease Negotiator, Personnel, where she
worked on the Trainee, Influx, and Affirmative Action programs and then
on to Public Affairs, the Ferry Initiative and the Speakers Bureau.
Holly was a recipient of two Unit Citations; one as part of World
Trade Recovery and another for Handicapped Affirmative Action. When
Holly retired with other of her colleagues in 1995 she had completed 30
years of service. Holly is a Board member for Parents in Action, a
nonprofit for teen drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
Steve Borrelli – Joined the Port Authority in 1975 as a temporary
Buildings and Grounds Attendant (paper picker) at JFK Airport. In a
span of over 33 years he held positions in Planning & Development,
Comptrollers, Audit, Treasury, Tunnels and Bridges, Management & Budget
and Port Commerce Departments. During his tenure with the Port
Authority he was part of numerous projects including the revitalization
of the Bus Terminal, Net Lease of the WTC, Pan Am Bankruptcy, JetBlue
Terminal 5, Purchase of Stewart Airport, New PATH Rail Car Program and
the restructure of the Port Newark Container Terminal Lease that
included $500 million private investment. He retired in 2012 as an
Assistant Director, Port Business Development. Steve is part of a long
line of Port Authority employees (father and brother) that amassed over
110 years of service.
Elizabeth De Laura - Began her Port Authority Career in 1959.
She held positions in the Tunnels & Bridges Department, Management
Services Department, Purchasing, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
and in 1990 became a Financial Analyst in the Treasury Department, a
position she held until her retirement in August of 1995.
Liz has held the position of Treasurer for Women’s Equity and Holy
Trinity Church in Hillsdale, NJ. Following her retirement she worked as
a Deputy Tax Collector for the Borough of Montvale, NJ.
She is a co-host
for the quarterly luncheon of the South/Central Retirees group which
meets at the Captain's Inn in Forked River, NJ.
Rita DuBrow -
Began her PA career in the World Trade Department in September of 1973
and later held positions in Operating Personnel, Employee Benefits:
where she was so helpful to so many and the Teleport from which she
retired in 2005.
Rita has been active in her Condominium Association
where she has been on their, Architectural, Newsletter, House and Rules
Committees. She has also served as a member of their Board of
- Dave joined the PA in 1963 as a Management Trainee. After
completing his military obligation, he held several
administrative positions before moving to Human Resources
where he served in the Director's office, Management,
Operating and Training Divisions over an eight year period.
Dave then moved to the Engineering Department in 1975 where
he managed the division responsible for all the business,
finance and administration activities of the department. In
1985 he was selected for the Executive Development Program
and was promoted to Assistant Director of the Tunnels,
Bridges and Terminals Department where he was responsible
for all non field activities including properties, customer
relations, engineering and planning, finance and budget and
departmental operations planning.
He also served as
project leader for the final planning and initial implementation
of the PA's E-ZPass program in cooperation with the region's
interagency group (IAG). Dave retired from the PA in 1996 after
33 years of service. He later worked for several years in the
North America marketing and sales office of a large European bus
manufacturer where he was the Director, North American
Operations. He served on the board of a nonprofit organization
( 2004-2009) which provides housing and support services for
several hundred mentally ill and developmentally disabled
individuals in nine counties in New Jersey. Dave joined the
PARA Board in 2008 and served as the board's liaison person with
Joe SanSevero, webmaster of PARA's website. In June 2011 Dave
was elected President of the PARA Board.
– Came to the Port Authority in 1989 and served as an attorney
in the Contracts Division of the Law Department for 23 years,
eventually becoming Assistant Chief of the Division. He holds a
BA degree from Fordham University and a JD degree from Fordham
University School of Law. While in the Law Department, John
dealt with a wide variety of matters including construction
projects, computer hardware and software acquisitions, financial
transactions and technology law issues. He retired in 2012.
Prior to his time at the Port Authority, John was an attorney
with the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation and held
the position of Senior Director of Contracts at the time of his
- Al joined the Port Authority in 1968 directly from a three
year tour with the US Army and spent most of the following 40
years with the Aviation Department at JFK, LGA and HQ. He
continued his association with the US Army Reserves for the next
thirty years retiring in 1994 as a Colonel and from the Port
Authority in Feb 2008 after special assignment on the Stewart
and Delay Reduction task forces.
He has just finished his first
semester as an adjunct professor at Vaughn College teaching both
Airport Operations and Planning courses.
Richard Hellenbrecht -
Began his 34 year career with the PA in July, 1966 as a Clerical Aide in
Comptrollers after graduating Cardinal Hayes High School. He held
a number of increasingly responsible positions in Engineering, Public
Affairs, and The Office of Business and Job Opportunity, before being
promoted into the Executive Band within Technology Services. He
served briefly in Procurement before retiring in late 2000. Rich
is currently working with the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors,
Inc. serving as Manager of Community Relations for Delta / JFKIAT
Terminal Redevelopment Program. He holds a BS Degree from St.
Johns University and an MBA from Long Island University.
For the past 25
years, he has been an active member of the Queens Community
Board 13 serving most of that time as Chair of the Land Use
Committee. He served as Chairman of the Community Board
from 2001 to 2009. Rich serves as President of the Queens
Civic Congress, as well as Secretary and Treasurer of the
Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association. He is founding
president and current director of the Flushing Meadows Corona
Park Conservancy. He enjoys sailing and computer
technology and resides in Bellerose, NY.
Rae Ann Hoffmann -
Joined the Port Authority in 1973 as a Management Trainee. She was the
General Manager, Marketing Communications, Public Affairs Dept., where
she established the PA’s first centralized marketing communications
service for the entire agency. Prior to this she held positions in
several departments including World Trade, Real Estate, Government,
Community & Public Affairs, and the Executive Director's Office. She
retired from the Port Authority in November 2010. She has won many
awards in advertising and marketing, received four awards for service
contributions from the Board (Medal Awards), and co-founded the Lower
Manhattan Marketing Association. She graduated from Georgetown
University where she is an active alumna, has done fund raising for
Packer Collegiate Institute, is a mentor for nonprofit entrepreneurs,
and consults for international development projects. She lives with her
family in Brooklyn.
the Port Authority in September 1969, and during his thirty year
career had increasingly more responsible positions in the
Finance Department, the Economic Development Department and
culminating with Assistant Comptroller for Tunnels, Bridges and
He was the
lead financial person on the team that implemented E-ZPass at
the Port Authority and several other New Jersey agencies.
served on the Monroe Township Public Library Board since 1988,
and was the board president for 14 of those years.
He was also
president of the library foundation, and still serves as a
Joined the Port Authority in March 1960 after completing a two year tour
of duty in the US Army Corps of Engineers. His father had previously
been absorbed into the Port Authority family when the Brooklyn Piers
were purchased from his former employer in 1956.
George spent most of
his career in the Aviation Department although he also was a member of
the Engineering and Economic Development Departments.
from the position of Manager, Airport Facilities Division at JFK in
- Enjoyed a thirty year career at the Port Authority. Prior to
retirement at the end of 1999, as Assistant Director of Finance
in the Office of the CFO. He culminated his career as the
lead of the Office of World Trade Center Options, charged with
privatization of the WTC. Formerly, he led the office of
Financial and Real Estate Policy and Analysis, was Manager of
Financial Analysis and Supervising Financial Analyst in the
Arnold began his Port Authority career in
1969 as Staff Economic Analyst in the Tunnels and Bridges
Department and was later promoted to Supervising Economic
Analyst. From 1963 to 2003, Arnold taught graduate and
undergraduate courses at Brooklyn College of the City University
of New York and the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University.
In retirement he has served in a number of volunteer positions: Trustee
for the East Brunswick Community Housing Corporation, assuring
affordable housing in the Township, as a Counselor for SCORE (counselors
to America’s Small Businesses) and is an income tax preparer for AARP.
Richard (Dick) Lee
- Dick was appointed to the Board on March 20,
2009. He started his Port Authority service in July 1966 in the
Accounting Division and spent most of his PA career in
supervisory and management positions in the various divisions
within the Comptroller’s Department. He also worked for a
number of years in the Aviation Department and on special
assignment with the World Trade Department in 1992.
retiring in 1996 Dick went on to become Controller of The New
Jersey Credit Union League and then moved on to work with a
number of other PA retirees on transportation issues with The
National Transit Institute at Rutgers University.
Enoch Lipson –
Joined the Port Authority in 1966 in the Marine Terminals
Division of the Engineering Department. He remained in the
Engineering Department for his entire career with the Port,
working on projects at most of the facilities. He spent about
15 years with Tunnel Bridges and Rails which morphed into TB&T,
doing toll plazas, tunnel ceilings and other projects. He was
transferred to Aviation for Kennedy 2000 and remained as
Engineer of Projects EWR and later Engineering Program Manager
Aviation. As the workload increased, the division was split into
New York and New Jersey divisions and Enoch retired as
Engineering Program Manager, New York Airports at the end of
2000. Since then he worked briefly for Lockwood Green, and no,
he was not responsible for them going out of business, and since
then with AECOM (formerly Architecture and Engineering Company),
primarily on the design of the Second Avenue Subway
J. Lombardi - Is the former Chief Engineer of The Port Authority of
NY & NJ, the position he held from 1995 until his retirement in 2010.
During his tenure as Chief Engineer, Frank was responsible to oversee
the planning, development and completion of complex, critical
construction projects in the region. Immediately following the
attacks on the WTC on September 11, 2001, Frank Lombardi played a
prominent role as part of the crisis management team of Port Authority
executives that was assembled to ensure the well-being of staff and to
tackle the difficult challenges facing the agency.
Throughout his 39-year Port Authority career, Frank provided sound
guidance and advice to staff at every level. He has spent
countless hours mentoring dozens of students by sharing his enthusiasm
for choosing engineering as a career. Frank is an Industry
Professor at New York University-Polytechnic Institute and Manhattan
College, where he has taught engineering courses since 2005 and 2011
respectively. He joined PARA in 2010 and is Chair of its Membership
Malone-Hodges - Began her 32 year career as an Environmental Analyst
in Risk Management in 1979. She then moved to assignments in Aviation,
Port Commerce and the Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals Department (TB&T).
Spending 25 years in TB&T, she held various positions in both field and
staff business areas including Sr. Executive Assistant, Transcom
Communications Manager, Assistant Manager of Staten Island Bridges,
Manager of TB&T Customer Services Division, Operations Manager of the
Port Authority Bus Terminal and retiring as the Deputy General Manager
of the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station in November 2010. Maria was
awarded several Unit Citations and the Award of Recognition from the NYC
Fashion Center Business Improvement District. Since retirement she
spends her time as a docent at the World Trade Center Tribute Center
where she served on the Docent Council. She gives guided tours of the
WTC Tribute Center and the WTC Memorial and participates in the school
education program. In addition, she sits on the Board of Directors of
her condominium association.
Mike Morrow -
Joined the Port Authority in 1967 as a Marine/Cargo
Representative in Port Newark. Prior to that, he sailed in the
Merchant Marines with American Export Lines out of the PA’s
Hoboken Piers and after coming ashore, worked for Cargocaire, a
Marine Equipment Mfg. Company. After 13 months at Port Newark, a
call from the Personnel Department led to an assignment at 30
Church Street working for Ray Monti and later uptown for Mal
Levy on the original construction of the WTC. Mike later
rejoined Marine Terminals as a Pier Rentals Representative.
Following completion of an Executive Development Program Mike
completed a six month assignment with Maersk Line. Upon
his return he became part of the Consultant Group that worked on
the development of the South East Asian project.
assignments included an eight month stay in London and handling
the Real Estate Sales effort in Pt. Newark/Elizabeth. One week after his
retirement, in August 1995, Mike joined Port Elizabeth Terminals
& Warehouse, as Vice President of Sales, where he continues to
attract cargo to the Port of NY, as he did while at the PA.
Herb Ouida -
Devoted 26 years to the Port Authority in a variety of positions
of increasing responsibility. These ranged from an attorney
handling litigation and employee personnel matters to
international business development management positions. During
his tenure at the Port Authority he accepted a one-year leave of
absence at the request of the Mayor of the City of New York to
manage a city agency responsible for ground transportation
regulation. After retiring in 1995 he began eight years of
service as the Executive Vice president of the World Trade
Centers Association (WCTA). In 2003 he left the WTCA to create a
foundation in memory of his son Todd lost on 9/11, to teach at a
local university and to serve as a consultant on international
projects. Herb holds a BA degree from Brooklyn College and a JD
degree from St. John’s Law School.
Ken Philmus -
Joined the Port Authority in 1971, retiring after 34 years of
service in 2005. He served his last six years as Director
of Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals where he was responsible for
all management activities related to the operations,
maintenance, security, toll collection, administration, and
capital rehabilitation of the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln
Tunnel, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and several other highway
related facilities. Ken has a Bachelor’s degree in
Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at
Buffalo and is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi National
Engineering Honor Society. He also holds a Masters of
Public Administration from New York University. Ken also serves
on the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and ITS
World Congress Boards. Ken is also a former Board
member of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike
Association where he remains very active.
At the present time,
Ken is a part-time Senior Vice President with Xerox within the
Transportation Solutions Group where he facilitates
transportation revenue solutions with a primary focus on tolling
and user fees. Ken’s goal is to assist these agencies in
minimizing traffic congestion while maximizing revenue, mobility
and environmental quality. Ken lives in Matawan, NJ with his
wife, Irma. He has 2 children and is the proud grandparent of 5.
Raczynski’s - Career spanned 40 years of PA service
beginning with the Engineering Department and the Office of the
Secretary. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from St.
Peter’s College, she moved on to various positions in the
Aviation Department in transportation planning, administration
and supervisory capacities before joining the EWR Leasing
Division in which she negotiated leases and operating agreements
with ground transportation providers, cargo operators, rental
car operators and master airline lessees.
In 2000, Jerri
became the Leasing Manager for the Port Commerce Department
negotiating and managing leases for Ports Newark and Elizabeth,
the Auto Marine Terminal, the Brooklyn, PA Marine Terminal and
the Howland Hook Marine Terminal. Jerri retired from the PA in
Peter Rinaldi - Peter
joined the Port Authority as an Engineering Trainee in 1973. During his
38 year PA career, he served as the Engineering Department's manager
providing services to TB&T and PATH, where he was responsible for
implementing over a billion dollars in capital improvement projects. In
September of 2001, Peter was assigned to the on site WTC emergency
response team and spent nine intensive months supporting the recovery
and cleanup efforts. He later served as the General Manager of the WTC
site and was part of the PA's downtown rebuilding program. At the time
of his retirement in 2010, Peter held the position of Assistant Director
in the Engineering department. During
retirement, he has been spending time with his seven grandchildren,
enjoying international travel, and stocking his wine cellar. He also
volunteers as a docent at the 9/11 Tribute Center where he leads groups
through the 9/11 Memorial.
John E. (Jack) Savage
- Jack began his PA career in June 1962 as a Management Trainee and in
September of that year was assigned to the World Trade Department.
During his 33 year career he held positions in World Trade, Planning and
Development, Personnel, Public Affairs, Marine Terminals, the Port
Department and at his retirement in August 1995, was Assistant Director
(Acting) of Port Sales and Marketing. Jack is a retired US Navy Reserve
Captain having served from 1961 to 1990. A resident of
Maywood New Jersey he has been a Councilman since 2004 and has held
office and been active in civic, fraternal and business organizations in
Jack is also on the Board of
Directors of St. Josephs Home for the Blind and St. Peters Prep
Alumni Association. From 1995 to 2002 he served as Assistant to
the President, Government and Community Affairs at St. Peters
College where he also served as an Adjunct Professor in their
Management and Marketing Department. Jack is married, has three
children and seven grandchildren.
During his tenure with the
Port Authority, he was part of the TAG group, the Management Trainee
Recruitment Program and the Executive Development Program. Chuck is
Secretary of his community’s Homeowners’ Association Board, working with
Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties in a fund-raising capacity and
worked with PARA on a part-time basis with Jerry Doherty dealing with a
group of outside retirees focusing on pension protection and benefits.
- Joined the Port Authority in September,
1970 as an attorney in the Contracts Division of the Law
Department and served as Chief of the Division from 1992 until
his retirement in 2008. He initially practiced in the area
of construction law and subsequently concentrated in the areas
of procurement, intellectual property and technology law.
Principal projects included the bus terminal expansion,
procurement and installation of electronic tolls, and the
present PATH fare collection system.
holds a BA degree from New York University and LL.B and LL.M
degrees from NYU Law School. Before his career with the Port
Authority, Herb served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lima, Peru
and served as an associate attorney with a private sector law
(Joe) SanSevero - He worked for thirty-six years at the Port Authority as an
electrician, engineering technician, research analyst and, most
recently, as a Network Administrator. His knowledge and
responsibilities spanned all technology, computer and video related
projects for two major line departments. In 1993 he received
the Distinguished Public Service Medal for his advanced work in
the field of Technology. Especially in Traffic Control,
Toll Automation and the development of slow scan video
transmission over standard telephone lines.
Since his retirement, Joe started his own technology consultant company
and has designed, published and manages Websites, including
the Port Authority Retirees Association, Inc. website. Joe is an
Executive Board Member (Emeritus) and Technical Consultant for both SeniorNet, an
organization committed to guiding seniors into the technology age and
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). He is not a Board
member but is the Webmaster for the Port Authority Retirees Association,