Government Strategy Group
Advancing the Business of Government
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Team

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Team

GSG is comprised of government leaders with diverse backgrounds in management, finance, and consulting. Each has extensive experience in a wide variety of government issues, qualifying GSG to offer unique perspectives to every challenge and deliver highly effective solutions.

All of our team members are New Jersey residents, as dedicated to the success of local government as you are.

 
 
 
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Chief Executive Officer

Kenneth DeRoberts

Kenneth DeRoberts has a successful record of achievement as a senior-level government manager and an investment banker. Using strategic planning practices, he is an expert in restructuring government operations that leads to doing more while costing less. 

 

 
 

Executive Managing Director

Joseph Hartnett

Regarded as one of the most progressive and inventive public-sector managers in New Jersey, Joe served as CFO for St Peter’s University and as City Manager for both Rahway and Montclair. As a management consultant, his clients have included financial institutions, public sector entities, NJ Transit, Fortune 500 companies and the US Navy.

Senior Managing Director

Lawrence Caroselli, CMFO, CCFO

Larry has more than 30 years’ experience as a finance and management professional. He recently retired as Director of Finance for Union County, NJ and previously served as President of the County Treasurer’s Association of New Jersey.

Senior Managing Director

Dr. Dale G Caldwell

An expert in advising governments on how to improve operations and maximize revenues. Dale was recently appointed Director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has served as Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Community Affairs and is currently President of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey – the largest ongoing shared service entity in state. As a former Deloitte Consulting senior professional, he is an expert on advising governments how to improve operations and maximize revenues.

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR

Henry DeGeneste

Henry is a nationally renowned expert on policing and police operations. He is the former Vice President of Global Security for Prudential Financial, where he was the senior executive responsible for enterprise-wide security and crisis management. Previously, he spent 23 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey serving as the Director of Public Safety and Superintendent of Police. Henry is a published author and has been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities on topics including crisis and risk management, emergency preparedness, trans-national terrorism, transportation policing, and aviation, rail, and seaport security. He is a member of the board of the National Police Foundation and is the former President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Adelphi University, is a David Rockefeller and Leadership New Jersey Fellow and a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He also served for fifteen years as an Adjunct Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

 
 
 

 

Managing Directors

 

Ronald J Angelo, CMFO

Financial Management
Ronald retired as the CFO of the City of Summit and served as President of the Government Finance Officers Association of NJ. He has nearly 30 years of municipal finance experience and served as a Commissioner of the Suburban Municipal JIF.

Thomas Bell

Public Safety and Security
Thomas is an expert in public safety management and emergency planning. He retired as a Captain from the NJ State Police where he oversaw an extensive statewide reorganization of manpower and resources. After 9/11, he was tapped to create the Homeland Security Branch and oversaw the development of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), a rapid deployment task force consisting of thousands of police professionals from the six North Jersey counties.

Dorothy Blakeslee

Capital Budget Management and Workflow Process
With over 25 years of experience as a financial analyst, financial advisor and investment banker, Dorothy has a proven ability to find creative solutions to financial problems. She is on the boards of Bergen Community College, the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and the NJ Ethnic Advisory Commission.

John D Cassells, RMA, CMFO

School and Municipal Financial Management
John has 40 years of experience in the fields of municipal, school and authority government and government finance. As a Registered Municipal Accountant and Public School Accountant, he has been involved in almost all aspects of New Jersey municipal finance.

Christopher J Cotter

Management and Public Safety
Chris has over 30 years of experience in various local government roles which have included Summit’s City Administrator. Cotter began his career in the Fire Department where he ascended to the rank of Chief and was the Emergency Management Coordinator. He oversaw the reorganization of the police department and was the Director of the Department of Community Services, responsible for public works, engineering and code enforcement. 

Chris was responsible for instituting several shared services programs. He also served as a member of the leadership team that implemented a shared 911 communications center for fire, police and EMS in three municipalities spanning two counties. 

Michael D’Ecclessis, CMCA

Municipal Court Expert
Mike recently retired as Municipal Court Division Manager for the NJ Superior Court, Union County vicinage. With more than 29 years of experience in the municipal court system, he served as Court Administrator for the City of Summit and Court Director for the City of Plainfield. He was assigned by the Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Municipal Court Certification Board, Shared and Merged Courts Study Commission, Bail Reform and many other projects to improve the integrity of the Municipal Court system in NJ. He also worked in Project Management overseeing the implementation of information management/processing systems for municipal courts around the country. In addition to his certification as a Certified Municipal Court Administrator, he certified as a Paralegal in NJ.

John C Fry

Municipal Management
John an expert in local government with a successful track record of providing management and consulting services to municipalities.  A graduate of Dartmouth with a Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers, John’s career has included service as a Municipal Administrator in addition to providing municipal client services for Edmund’s, Revelstone, and Munidex. John is a member of the NJ Municipal Management Association and in 2007 was the recipient of its Outstanding New Professional award. He is the Founding Director of the Shared Services Institute at Rutgers-Newark and has authored numerous analytical reports on performance management, shared services, and other government related topics, including for the Division of Local Government Services, the Governor’s Office, and the Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization, and Consolidation Commission.

Priscilla Gandel

Marketing, Communications and Branding
Priscilla is a senior executive with many years of experience driving marketing and communications strategy and building brands. She has expertise in all areas of marketing and her clients have included American Express, Prudential, MassMutual and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Stuart Koperweis

Economic Development
Stuart brings an especially valuable combination of public and private sector experiences in community development and economic growth. He has been instrumental in forging alliances and partnerships with numerous statewide organizations—assisting both municipal governments and private corporations over the past thirty years. Stuart also serves as Vice President of the Center for Creative Placemaking, teaches a Certification Course at NJIT and conducts training seminars.

Frank Padusniak

Financial Management
Frank has more than thirty years of experience in New Jersey public sector finance. He recently retired from the Union County Finance Department, where he was responsible for financial management and accounting and is an Edmunds system expert. 

Ed Remsen

Strategic Planning, Board Development, Marketing & Community Relations
Ed has many years of leadership experience in local government and non-profit management in New York and New Jersey. He has expertise in the areas of strategic planning, board development, working with community-based organizations, and fundraising, and has held senior positions in groups focused on economic development, senior and youth services, arts, open housing and job training/placement. While Mayor of Montclair from 2004-2008 he authored and managed the Council's Strategic Plan and was the primary catalyst for the revitalization of Montclair's Town Center. He has assisted several non-profits in rebuilding their Board of Directors and creating a long-term plan for sustainability and served as an Interim Executive Director. He has a Masters in Public Administration. 

David P Sabagh

Public Safety
Following a distinguished career through the ranks in municipal law enforcement, David currently serves as Manager of Security for the Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, a $7.1 billion operation with 17,600 employees.

While Chief of the Montclair, NJ, Police Department from 2004-2016, Sabagh implemented numerous forward-thinking initiatives and progressive law enforcement innovations – including a successful candidate selection and retention program, a mobile community service program, and enhanced use of data and technology – with a resulting forty-year low crime rate in a metropolitan-area department of 100 officers.

 Chief Sabagh holds an M.A. in Human Resources and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University. In addition, he is a NJ Certified Public Manager, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and a Level III Certified Homeland Security professional.

Joseph Salemme

Operations Management, Labor Relations and Organizational Leadership
Joe has over 30 years of experience as a versatile public sector executive with a record of accomplishment in a wide range of highly responsible assignments. His achievements are in the areas of operations management, labor relations, contract negotiations, and organizational leadership.

Roger K Staib

Shared Services
Roger is a former elected official with an extensive track record in building successful inter-local service arrangements. He led the GSG team as the Shared Services Coordinator for Monmouth and Passaic counties which produced impressive results with new programs and initiatives – several of which have become best practices around the state.

Michael Valenti

Public Safety
Mr. Valenti is the Executive Director of Business Strategy for the National Police Foundation. He has thirty years of experience in the public safety and security business both in the public and private sectors. Before retiring from active duty in 2008, Mike rose through the ranks of the Police Department of the Port Authority of NY/NJ to become Commander of its Detective Bureau, Deputy Chief/Chief of Staff, Chief of Counter Terrorism, and a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Management Team in NY. 

During his career in law enforcement management with PANY/NJ, Mike conducted a complete review of the department’s $400 million budget with all its Commanding Officers, to ensure operational efficiency. He also actively negotiated several labor contracts in conjunction with the agency’s legal department. Mike recently co-authored a pilot program for a major urban police department to assist and train their officers to more effectively deal with the public and support their community policing program.

 
 
 

 
 
New Providence still benefits today from DeRoberts’ financial, business and management acumen.
— Al Morgan, Mayor, Borough of New Providence