Institute Staff

Judy Young, Executive Director

Judy has over twenty-five years experience focused in Leadership Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management, Learning & Development, Consulting and Human Resources.  Judy has extensive experience in the business sector at Johnson & Johnson, in Management Consulting firms and within the nonprofit sector for Hospital systems.

As a business management and organization development consultant, Judy has lead domestic and international projects that focused on the following: Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Performance Improvement, Reengineering/Redesign of business processes, Operational planning and implementation, Team Development, Total Quality Management/Process Excellence, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational assessment, alignment, structure and design.

Judy served as an Adjunct Professor on the graduate level and as a program creator for Seton Hall University’s Virtual Program in Corporate Communication. Judy also served as an Adjunct Professor at Brookdale Community College in the undergraduate Communications program.

Judy holds a Masters degree in Corporate Communication (MBA concentration), from Seton Hall University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (English minor) from Montclair State University. Judy earned a certificate from Rutgers University in the Mini MBA Business Essentials Program and completed the Executive Organizational Effectiveness Program at Columbia University.

Judy volunteers at Common Ground Grief Center and Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Children’s Bereavement Day.


Victoria Fernandez, Program Manager

Vicki Fernandez is an experienced non-profit manager, particularly focused in the arts, youth, and program development. Prior to joining the Institute for Ethical Leadership, she worked at WBGO Jazz 88.3fm where she expanded and formalized community and education initiatives for the Newark based public radio station. Initially coming to Newark for study at the Rutgers - Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), she completed her MPA in 2012 with a concentration in non-profit administration and a capstone thesis on marketing in the public sector. Vicki continues to  be a SPAA community member through office in the SPAA Alumni Network and Part Time Lecturer teaching a course to undergraduate students on arts and culture in public service. She holds a BA in Communications and Fine Arts from Ramapo College of NJ. As a lifetime Girl Scout, Vicki volunteers as manager of the Newark Girl Scout leadership team.  Born and raised in neighboring Elizabeth, she studied various artistic mediums from a young age and continues to dabble as a hobby.