Verice M. Mason, 55, of Metuchen, died Sunday at Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYC.
Born in Waynesburg, PA, she resided in Washington, D.C. before moving to Metuchen 30 years ago.
She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Washington, D.C. in 1970.
Verice received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law, Newark.
Verice served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, responsible for all legal and regulatory matters involving MDAdvantage Insurance Company, the second largest writer of medical malpractice insurance in New Jersey.
Prior to joining MDAdvantage, Verice was appointed in November 2004 by Governor Richard J. Cody as Chief of the Authorities Unit in the Governor’s Counsel Office. As Authorities Chief, she represented the Governor’s interests and served as his liaison to over 40 authorities, boards and commissions, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Sports and Exposition Authority, Delaware River Port Authority and New Jersey Transit.
Previously for ten years, Verice was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the MIIX Group, Inc., an insurance holding company consisting of three medical malpractice insurers. Prior to this position, Ms. Mason was a partner in New Jersey’s office of Peterson and Ross, a 150 member insurance defense law firm headquartered in Chicago.
Formerly, Verice was Assistant Commissioner, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, for the New Jersey Department of Insurance for over nine years. She also served as the Insurance Department’s legislative lobbyist and strategist before the New Jersey Legislature.
Previously for six years, Verice was an Assistant Deputy Public Advocate in the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, representing the public’s interests in insurance rate cases and high-impact employment litigation.
In addition to her corporate and government service, Verice was active in her Metuchen Community. She was previously active in the NAACP Metuchen-Edison Area Branch and was the author of the Charter under which it presently operates. In February 2007, she was the recipient of the NAACP Honorable Barbara Jordan Community Activist Award. She served as treasurer of both Metuchen Parent-Teacher Council and the Citizens for Quality Education. She was a Trustee of the Metuchen Education Foundation, which raises money to fund innovative school programs, and was Co-President of the Metuchen High School Parent Teacher Organization. She was also a member of the Second Baptist Church, Metuchen.
She is predeceased by her mother Ruth (Burden) Mason and her brother Matthew T. Mason III.
Surviving are her husband of 19 years Mark A. Holbert, their two sons Matthew and Mark of Metuchen, her step-daughter Michelle of Chicago, her father Matthew T. Mason of Washington, D.C., her aunt and uncle Marion and Paul Ford, and a host of many other family and friends.
Visitation is Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home 568 Middlesex Ave.(Rt27) Metuchen.
Funeral services will take place Thursday 11:00am at the Second Baptist Church, Metuchen.
Interment is Saturday at Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.