Board of Trustees
Chair, Caldwell University Board of Trustees
Linda Luciano, Ed.D., M.B.A., has had a distinguished career in the industry sectors of higher education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, banking, and insurance. She has served in significant senior leadership positions, including associate dean and chief operating officer, vice president of planning, chief of staff to presidents, and compliance officer. Linda is an experienced operations manager with expertise in leading information technology, administration, marketing/communications, and facilities departments. She joined the Board of Trustees of Caldwell College in 2004, has chaired several committees, and served on the Executive Committee. She has been Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2016.
A highlight among her career achievements is her work providing oversight and project management for the launch of the 2007 Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development program. This $5.1 million federal grant supported a regional partnership comprising New Jersey leaders from the private sector, workforce development, economic development, education, and government. The program’s goal was to provide unemployed and underemployed individuals with the skills necessary for securing gainful employment in the regional economy through coordinated planning, training, and innovation. Linda was successful in building consensus among stakeholders on local, regional, and state levels in the development and implementation of strategic plans that developed 22 training and education products.
In 2017, she founded Career Coaching by Linda, LLC, a consultancy. She offers career coaching to women in academia, providing them with tools to advance in the arena of higher education by showcasing their skills as they learn to become confident, effective communicators.
Linda graduated cum laude with a B.S. in business administration in 1978 from Caldwell College for Women, earned an M.B.A. in marketing from Seton Hall University, and holds an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a Certificate of Completion from the Planning Institute, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and is an alumna of the HERS Summer Institute at Bryn Mawr College, a program for women leaders in Higher Education. She is a member of the Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2010, an honor bestowed upon her by the New York City YWCA.
Brian j. Aloia
Vice Chair, Caldwell University Board of Trustees
Brian J. Aloia is the Principal of ALOIA LAW FIRM LLC. Since 1996 Brian has focused his practice on public sector representation, labor and employment, and criminal matters. Brian also has experience in all aspects of corporate and real estate law, representing buyers and sellers in both commercial and residential real estate transactions, lease negotiations, land use applications, and general and specialized contract issues.
Brian represents public and private sector employers, unions and employees in all types of employment litigation and defense. Brian has vast experience in handling the negotiations, interpretation and other collective bargaining agreement issues; drafting and revising employee handbooks; and the investigation, prosecution and defense of allegations of employee misconduct. Brian has drafted anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination policies and provides training to employees for the prevention of harassment and discrimination claims. Brian represents employers and employees in grievance arbitrations, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination claims, Equal Employment Opportunity issues, Civil Rights matters, and all other employment related litigation, hearings and proceedings.
Brian represents municipalities and independent agencies in all aspects of their operations. Brian has extensive experience serving as general counsel, special counsel, and labor and employment counsel for different public entities throughout New Jersey. For over a decade Brian has been appointed as the Township Attorney and Municipal Prosecutor for different municipalities and currently continues to serve in those capacities.
Brian has appeared in state and federal courts, before the Office of Administrative Law and other state agencies, including the Civil Service Commission, Division on Civil Rights, Public Employment Relations Commission, Election Law Enforcement Commission, Department of Education, Division of Pensions and School Ethics Commission.
Brian is an active participant in his community, and past activities have included over a decade of service with the North Caldwell, New Jersey Fire Department as firefighter, Lieutenant, and President.
Brian received his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law (1996) and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Scranton (1992). Brian is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the New York Bar.