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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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snyderJohn A. Amirante, CIMA®, CAP®, CFP®
John Amirante is an institutional Financial Advisor and Sr. Portfolio Advisor with the Beacon Group of Merrill Lynch / Bank of America. His professional experience includes 18+ years of advising and consulting to Boards and Fiduciaries around governance and asset management issues pertaining to endowments, defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and foundations with Lincoln Financial, Wells Fargo Private Bank, JPMorgan Chase and American Express. John holds a MBA, Global from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business and a B.A., History, from the State University of New York at Albany. He holds a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation through IMCA and The Wharton School of Business, as well as Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designations. He is a member of the NYSS of CPAs – Estate, Not for Profit, and Employee Benefits Committees and previously sat on the Board of CentraState Medical Center Foundation. John services on Eden’s Development and Finance/Facilities Committees.


CHARLIE BANTA
Charlie Banta, General Manager for the Warwick Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, is an executive with Aimbridge Hospitality. Previously with Davidson Hotels and Resorts and 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. The father of a 15-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 was instrumental in developing job opportunities at the Hyatt Regency Princeton for Eden’s adult participants. 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.


snyderMadeline Chadehumbe, M.D.
Dr. Madeline Chadehumbe is the Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her current leadership and service positions include Medical Director at Princeton/Plainsboro Specialty Care Center with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Migraine QI at CHOP/ED Headache Center. Dr. Chadehumbe is Board Certified with the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds memberships with the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, American Epilepsy Society, and American Headache Society. She currently serves as an advisor to Eden’s Lecture Series Program, is a member of the Human Rights Committee and serves on Eden’s Program Committee.


MARIBETH EDMUNDS, Ed.D.
Dr. Maribeth Edmunds, an educator in New Jersey’s public schools for 35 years, is Director of Secondary Education (6-12) with the South Brunswick School District. She has served as a teacher and then as a principal before assuming the role of director. 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 the Peacock Inn, Princeton, New Jersey and resides in an Eden supervised apartment. Maribeth serves on Eden’s Governance/Nominating and Program Committees.


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CURT EMMICH
Curt Emmich, 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 Eden’s Board of Trustees and is 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 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 is a member of the Executive and Finance/Facilities Committees. She has served on the Strategic Planning Work Group, 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.

 

 


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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 graduate of The Eden School and participates in Eden’s Adult Day Program. He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and is Chair of Eden’s Finance/Facilities Committee. Andy previously served on Eden’s Audit/Risk and Capital Campaign Steering Committees.


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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/Nominating and Development Committees, and served as a member of the Strategic Planning Work Group.


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DAVID 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. From Syracuse University, he received his M.B.A from the School of Management, and B.A. from School of Architecture. David is a member of Eden’s Finance/Facilities Committee and the Eden Autism 5K Committee.


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MICHAEL MARDY
Mike Mardy is past 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. He currently serves as the Audit Committee Chair at Davids Tea (Nasdaq: D TEA); a retailer of fine teas in Canada and the United States.
Mike has served as past Treasurer for Eden’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance/ Facilities Committee, and is currently a member of the Audit/Risk and Finance/Facilities Committees.


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KATHLEEN MOORE
Kathy Moore is retired as 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 as Secretary of the Board of Trustees, is Chair of the Governance/Nominating Committee, and is a member of Eden’s Executive Committee.


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DANIEL 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 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 and Finance/Facilities Committees, is 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, Compound Development Team Leader for Janssen Research and Development, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. His research includes development of tools and technologies to enable novel medication development for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as novel approaches for disease interception and intervention in Mood Disorders. 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 is also 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. Her past professional experience includes both technical writing and training. She received her M.B.A. from Hofstra University with concentrations in Management and Training and her B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany. Linda is an Eden parent whose son Matthew is a participant in Eden’s day and residential programs. She serves on Program Committee, and was a member the Capital Campaign, and Eden Dreams committees, and has chaired Eden’s Human Rights Committee for several years.


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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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Stacie Sherman
Stacie Sherman is the Trenton Bureau Chief at Bloomberg News. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Trenton State College. Stacie is an Eden parent with a daughter, Brielle, attending The Eden School. She is Co-Chair of Eden’s Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk and serves on Eden’s Development and Program Committees.

 


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PATRICK TADIE
Patrick Tadie is Division Manager at Wilmington Trust’s Capital Markets Structured Finance Group 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 currently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees, is member of the Executive Committee, and has been past Chair of Eden’s Investment and Finance Committees.


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MICHELLE WATTS
Michelle Watts is Corporate Director of Human Resources for Verizon Communications where she leads Talent Management and Succession Planning, Executive Staffing, Campus Strategy and 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 Audit/Risk 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 is Vice Chair of Eden’s Board, Chair of the Program Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee.