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Eden’s Board of Trustees

First day of schoolEden’s Board of Trustees plays a crucial role in determining the strategic course of Eden Autism, ensuring that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past, present and future members.

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CHARLIE BANTA
Charlie Banta, General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Princeton, is an executive with Davidson Hotels and Resorts. Previously with Wyndham International, Charlie’s expertise in the hospitality industry includes catering sales, marketing, food and beverage, and hotel management. Charlie received his formal training at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. He is an active member of the greater-Princeton community and participates in several organizations including the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club and the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce. The father of a 13-year old son with autism, Charlie has served as a youth baseball coach, Cub Scout Den Leader, and is currently an Assistant Scout Master at Boy Scout Troop 1776 in Titusville. Charlie has been instrumental in developing job opportunities at the Hyatt for Eden’s adult participants. He and his staff also continue to host Eden’s annual gala Eden Dreams and other meetings and events. Charlie serves on Eden’s Audit/Risk Management and Governance/Nominating Committees.


MARK A. BERKOWSKY, AIA, LEED AP
Mark A. Berkowsky is the Principal and Owner of Berkowsky and Associates with 40+ years of experience in architecture and construction. He is a registered architect, licensed professional planner and LEED accredited professional. He serves as president of Cranbury Housing Associates, Inc. a non-profit organization that develops and manages affordable housing and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society. Mark received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a member of  the American Institute of Architects, and the US Green Building Council. Mark has been a member of the Eden Dreams steering committee for more than a decade and co-chaired the event several times. He serves on Eden’s Finance/Facilities and Governance/Nominating Committees.


MARIBETH EDMUNDS, Ed.D.
Maribeth Edmunds is Director of Secondary Education (6-12) with the South Brunswick School District where she has served first as a teacher, and then as a principal before assuming this new role. She has worked closely with the Regional Family Support Council as a family advocate in Mercer, Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties. Maribeth earned her doctorate in Leadership Management and Policy from Seton Hall University where she now teaches graduate courses as an adjunct.  Her son, Carl Ross, is a graduate of The Eden School. He is currently employed by Wawa and resides in an Eden supervised apartment. Maribeth serves on Eden’s Program Committee.


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CURT M. EMMICH
Curt Emmich, Senior Vice President of Picus, oversees the real estate asset management of Princeton Forrestal Center for Princeton University. His experience includes land development, project negotiations, and planning and design. He received his B.S. in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University. Curt is Vice Chair of the Eden’s Board of Trustees as well as a member of the Executive and Finance/Facilities Committees. He has served on the Eden Autism 5K benefit and was Race Director from 2003 until July, 2015.


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BONNIE J. GALLOWAY, Ph.D.
Dr. Bonnie Galloway is an expert in analytical management, accounting, and applied sociology with domestic and international experience in developing multi-disciplinary solutions to address organizational problems. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology of Organizations at Western Michigan University, M.B.A. in Accounting from Wayne State University and B.A. in Economics from Hillsdale College. Bonnie is the Chair of Eden’s Development Committee and serves on the Strategic Planning Work Group and Finance/Facilities Committee. She served on Eden’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee, chaired Eden by Moonlight, and has been on the committee for Eden Dreams.


NORMAN GREENBERG
Norm Greenberg is a retired sales professional with expertise in high tech sales/sales management. He has served as a board member and president of Autism New Jersey (formerly COSAC). Norm’s son, Steven, is a graduate of The Eden School, and has been at Eden since 1978. He is currently an employee at  Wawa and resides in an Eden apartment. Norm serves on Eden’s Development and Governance/Nominating Committees.


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ANDREW HAUGHWOUT, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrew Haughwout is Senior Vice President and head of Microeconomic Studies at Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Research and Statistics Group. His research areas include consumer finance, housing, urban and regional economics and governmental finance issues. Andy received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College. Andy’s son, Joseph, is a student at The Eden School. He is a member of Eden’s Finance/Facilities and Audit/Risk Committees. Andy served on Eden’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee.


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HELEN E. HOENS, ESQ.
The Honorable Helen E. Hoens recently concluded her service as a Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Prior to being elevated to the Supreme Court, she served as a Superior Court judge, assigned to the trial bench for eight years and to the Appellate Division for four years. Justice Hoens holds a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. with High Honors from College of William and Mary. She is an Eden parent whose son, Charlie, is a graduate of The Eden School and currently an Eden adult resident. Justice Hoens serves on Eden’s Governance and Development Committees and Strategic Planning Work Group.


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DAVID W. HOWELL
David Howell is a Program Manager with the Office of Design and Construction at Princeton University where he coordinates staff implementation of campus construction and renovation projects in the Athletic, Housing and Dining portfolios. He received his M.B.A from Syracuse University’s School of Management and his B.A. from its School of Architecture. David is a member of Eden’s Finance/Facilities Committee and the Eden Autism 5K Committee.


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CAROL L. HUNTER
Carol Hunter is a professor of Speech Communication at Brookdale Community College. She received her M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Michigan. Carol’s daughter, Shari, has been an Eden participant since 1987. She serves as a member of Eden’s Governance/Nominating Committee. Carol served on Eden’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee.


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MICHAEL MARDY
Mike Mardy is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Board Director of Tumi holdings (NYSE:TUMI), a retailer of prestige luggage and travel accessories. He received his M.B.A. from Rutgers University, B.A. from Princeton University, and is a New Jersey C.P.A. Mike is Treasurer for Eden’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance/ Facilities Committee and a member of the Audit/Risk Committee.


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SARAH W. MITCHELL, ESQ.
Sarah Mitchell is an independent consultant providing executive, management and program review services in the private, non-profit sector. She served as the CEO of Disability Rights New Jersey (formerly New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc.) and Division Director in the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, as well as Assistant Dean at the Rutgers University School of Law. Sarah also clerked on the Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and was an associate with the Philadelphia law firm Dechert, LLP. She received her M.S.W from the University of Michigan and her B.S.N. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is the Secretary of Eden’s Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of the Governance/Nominating Committee.


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KATHLEEN MOORE
Kathy Moore is the Director of IT for the Diocese of Trenton. She has served as a Board Trustee for Autism New Jersey and COSAC. Kathy holds an M.P.A. from Seton Hall and a B.S. from Rider University. She is an Eden parent whose son, Kevin, is a participant in Eden Residential Services. Kathy serves on Eden’s Audit/Risk and Governance/Nominating Committees.


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DANIEL F. O’CONNELL, ESQ.
Dan O’Connell was a partner and former Managing Partner with the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath and specialized in institutional, corporate and medical staff health care matters. He has represented medical staffs and societies with relation to credentialing, physician discipline, and corporate relations. Dan holds received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and his B.S. from Villanova University. Dan’s grandson, Daniel, is a student at The Eden School. He is a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Audit/Risk Committee and has chaired the Development Committee.


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GAHAN J. PANDINA, Ph.D.
Dr. Gahan Pandina is a Senior Director, Venture Leader for Janssen Research and Development, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. He is the leader of a team whose mission is to develop a system of tools and technologies to optimize novel medication development for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Gahan received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University and his B.A. from the University of Vermont. Gahan serves on Eden’s Development and Program Committees. Gahan also serves as a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


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LINDA SCHARFMAN
Linda Scharfman is employed part time with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care on the Mom2Mom helpline providing peer support, case management and referrals to parents and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities. She received her M.B.A. from Hofstra University and her B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany. Linda is an Eden parent whose son Matthew attends The Eden School and resides in an Eden group home. She serves on Eden’s Development and Program Committees and was a member the Capital Campaign, Human Rights, and Eden Dreams committees.


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VINCENT J. SCOZZARI, JR.
Vince Scozzari is Executive Vice President of V.J. Scozzari and Sons, Inc, a 3rd generation general construction, management, and design/build company where he is responsible for all phases of project services as well as marketing and business development. He received his B.S. from Northeastern University. Vince serves on Eden’s Finance/Facilities Committee.


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CURT SNYDER, CPA, CFA 
Curt Snyder is a managing and founding member of Towercrest Capital with over 23 years of industry experience. He provides investment advice while constructing and managing portfolios for individuals and institutions. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University and a B.S. in Accounting from Bloomsburg University. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant. Curt is a member of Eden’s Audit/Risk and Finance/Facilities Committees.


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PATRICK TADIE
Patrick Tadie is Group Vice President at Wilmington Trust with extensive experience in the financial industry including sales and marketing, strategic initiatives, running major business lines, and product development. He received his M.B.A. from George Washington University, B.S. B.A. from Georgetown University, and is a C.P.A. Patrick is an Eden parent whose son, Guy, is an Eden day participant. He is past Chair of Eden’s Investment and Finance Committees currently serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Executive and Audit/Risk Committees.


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MICHELLE WATTS
Michelle Watts is Corporate Director for Workforce Performance with Verizon Communications where she leads the cross business unit initiatives for Verizon’s University Relations and Campus Leadership Development Programs. She received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. Michelle is an Eden parent with a son, Robbie, attending The Eden School. She serves on Eden’s Development and Governance/Nominating Committees.


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PADMAJA YALAMANCHILI, Ph.D.
Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili is the Senior Director of Preclinical Development with Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Her past experience includes research investigation and science with Shire, Bristol Myers Squibb and DuPont Pharmaceuticals. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Paddy has published 20 papers in scientific journals and has received multiple awards and honors for leadership. She is an Eden parent whose son, Vijay is a student at The Eden School. Paddy serves on the Board’s Executive and Program Committees.