Stephen (Steve) R. Reynolds, Esq.

President & CEO, ICUNJ

Steve Reynolds has served as the President and CEO of the Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey (ICUNJ) since July 1, 2021.

Prior to joining ICUNJ, Reynolds had a long and successful career serving in prominent roles as a corporate lawyer and general counsel at two Fortune 200 companies (New Jersey-based Alcatel-Lucent and Aramark) and at Bridgewater-based Sanofi-Aventis.

Prior to his in-house career, Reynolds was a partner at one of New Jersey’s largest and most respected law firms, Gibbons, P.C. He brings over 35 years of management, leadership, and negotiation skills to ICUNJ and is also a direct and repeated beneficiary of the value of independent higher education in New Jersey, with a passion for “paying forward” what has been given to him.

Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University, and a
law degree from Fordham University School of Law. He and his wife, Julia, reside in Spring Lake, NJ and are the parents of four sons – three of whom are ICUNJ institution graduates – and a 16-year-old daughter.

R. David (Dave) Rousseau

Vice President, ICUNJ

David Rousseau serves as Vice President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey which represents the thirteen non-profit independent colleges and universities in New Jersey.

David Rousseau served as state treasurer in the administration of Governor Jon Corzine, capping off a nearly 28 year career in New Jersey state government.

David began his career with a five-year stint working for the Election Law Enforcement Commission before becoming the Director of Budget and Fiscal Analysis for the New Jersey Senate in 1987.

After 15 years working in the legislative branch, Rousseau moved to the executive side in 2002, becoming deputy state treasurer under Governor Jim McGreevey and Governor Richard Codey. He returned to the Senate in 2006, spending eight months as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senate President Richard Codey, before once again moving to Treasury to serve as Senior Budget and Fiscal Policy Advisor to Governor Corzine. He became Corzine’s Treasurer a year and a half later and served in that position until the end of the Administration in January, 2010.

Over the course of his state government career, Rousseau closely interacted with seven New Jersey governors and their administrations: Tom Kean, Jim Florio, Christine Todd Whitman, Don DiFrancesco, Jim McGreevey, Richard Codey, and Jon Corzine.

Since leaving state government, David has been a budget and finance consultant for the City of Trenton and a budget and tax analyst for New Jersey Policy Perspective.

David is a life-time Mercer County resident and has resided in Hamilton Twp since 1987.
David received his BA from Temple University in May 1982 and his MBA from Rider University in December 1993.

MaryAlice W. Breuninger

Vice President, ICUNJ

MaryAlice Breuninger brings 30 years of non-profit experience to her position with the Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey. As Vice President, she engages the corporate and foundation communities in funding and support opportunities for New Jersey’s 13 private institutions of higher education. Responsibilities include the oversight of the scholarship program, talent pipeline initiatives and professional development series. Her focus is advancing students through engagement with business and industry leaders.

MaryAlice’s background includes more than 16 years with the Northwest New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross in Morristown, NJ where she was Executive Director during the last eight years of her tenure. With the Red Cross, she oversaw several national level disasters in our local community, participated in the response efforts for 9/11 and traveled to Monticello, Mississippi, to operate a service center for Hurricane Katrina victims. MaryAlice was also ac-tive in the promotion and educational activities that contributed to strong volunteer programs.

After leaving the Red Cross, MaryAlice dedicated her time and talents to the local non-profits offering expertise in volunteer management, financial development, board development and project management. As a member of the Friends of the Morris Museum, she successfully chaired their annual fundraising events in 2008 and 2009. She later worked as Treasurer for the 2009 and 2010 annual holiday fundraiser. Working for the Arts Council of Morris Area, MaryAlice assisted with the introduction of Great Conversations as its signature fund raising event. For an evening, this event brings together a variety of leaders in arts and culture, society and community, business and economics, for “great conversation” over cocktails and during dinner.

As a Friend of Historic Speedwell, she co-hosted multiple fund and friend raising events including portraying Dickens’ characters during a weekend long holiday publicity event. MaryAlice served 2 years as President of Historic Speedwell Friends Association and now helps through role as Vice President. MaryAlice is currently working with a group at Jersey Battered Women’s Service to bring the Old Bags Luncheon fund raising event to support its efforts to create a community-wide culture that refuses to tolerate the presence of any form of family or partner violence.

Yvette M. Panella

Scholarship Coordinator Administrative Assistant


Linda Uhrig

Administrative Assistant Data Manager

Linda has worked for the Independent Colleges and Universities since 1993. Her responsibilities include office financial matters: scholarship and grant tracking and distribution as well as administering payroll, accounts payable and receivable. Linda is also the office Data Manager, compiling, analyzing, and maintaining various data and statistics pertaining to member institutions. Her duties also include general administrative support, including coordination of special events and Board of Trustee meeting materials.