2020-2021 Board of Trustees

Eden’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.

MARK A. BERKOWSKY, AIA, LEED AP – Chair

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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 is Treasurer of the Eden Board of Trustees and serves on the Executive, Finance/Facilities, and Governance/Nominating Committees.

MARIBETH EDMUNDS, EdD – Vice Chair

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Dr. Maribeth Edmunds, an educator in New Jersey’s public schools for over 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 works closely with the Regional Family Support Planning 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 Maddalena’s Cheesecake in Ringoes, New Jersey and resides in an Eden supervised apartment. Maribeth is Vice Chair of Eden’s Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the Dreams Committee, and serves on Eden’s Executive, Governance/Nominating, and Program Committees.

WILLIAM JOHNSTON – Vice Chair

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Bill Johnston is Managing Director of Empire Valuation Consultants. His son Danny, attends the Eden School.  Bill has extensive non‐profit board experience in many different board leadership roles.  He has served on the board of Business Valuation Committee of the American Society of Appraisers since 2008.  Most recently he served as Chair until June 2017.  Prior to that, Bill led Finance and Nominating and served as Vice Chair.  Bill brings strong financial and analytical skills as a board candidate. Bill holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business.  Bill and his wife Megan are active supporters and contributors to Eden.   Their 5K team is one of the largest in size and fundraising, and they are also noted capital campaign contributors.  Bill’s son, Danny, is an Eden student, and he currently serves on Eden’s Finance/Facilities and Program Committees.

ANDREW HAUGHWOUT, PhD – Treasurer

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Dr. Andrew Haughwout is Senior Vice President and Leader for Household and Regional Policy at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s 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 Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of Eden’s Executive Committee. Andy previously served as Treasurer for the Board of Trustees and also served on Eden’s Audit/Risk and Capital Campaign Steering Committees.

S. PAUL PRIOR, ESQ. – Secretary

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Paul Prior is a Partner with the firm Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys at Law.  Paul has spent his entire career representing people with disabilities.  As the younger brother of a long-served participant at Eden, he has a life-long commitment to disability law.   His legal work has focused on special education, guardianship, financial entitlements, and access to appropriate services. A substantial part of his practice is devoted to assisting families in estate and trust matters. He has successfully argued leading cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, Third Court of Appeals, as well as other state and federal courts. Paul served as a federal monitor overseeing conditions at state-operated institutions.

Paul holds a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arc of New Jersey, and Autism New Jersey.  Previously he served on the Board of Special Olympics New Jersey.  He is a member of the Family Advisory Committee for the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, on the Professional Advisory Board of ASPEN, and a member of the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association.  Paul writes and lectures frequently on topics concerning the law and disability, as well as issues affecting siblings.  Paul, brother of an Eden participant, serves on Eden’s Program and Governance/Nominating Committees.

JOHN A. AMIRANTE, CIMA®, CAP®, CFP®

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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 an 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 serves on Eden’s Audit/Risk and Finance/Facilities Committees.

CHARLIE BANTA

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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 16-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.

MADELINE CHADEHUMBE, MD

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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 and Development Committees.

MARC A. CITRON, ESQ.

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Marc Citron is the Managing Partner of the Princeton office of the law firm Saul, Ewing, Arnstein and Lehr.  He brings extensive legal experience in real estate, land use, and business transaction that would be an asset to Eden. Marc has served on the board of numerous non‐profits including Greenwood House Home for the Aged, American Jewish Committee, Bayonne Medical Center Foundation, JFK Medical Center Foundation and on capital campaign committees. Marc brings a strong business oversight perspective to his board service. Marc received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He currently serves on Eden’s Finance/Facilities and Audit/Risk Committees.

JEFFREY J. GARY, CPA

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Jeffrey (Jeff) J. Gary, CPA, has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years. Currently he serves on the Board of the National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: NHLD) as Chair of the Audit Committee and he is on the Board of Arca US Treasury Mutual Fund. Mr. Gary also sits on the advisory boards for Monroe Capital and DealBox. In addition, from October 2018 to April 2020, Mr. Gary served on the board of directors of the Axonic Alternative Income Mutual Fund. Before retiring in 2018, Mr. Gary joined Avenue Capital Group as a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the mutual funds and CLO accounts, which included launching a new SEC 40 Act mutual fund. Prior to this, Mr. Gary was a Portfolio Manager at Third Avenue Management, LLC and Co-Head of the High Yield and Distressed investment team at BlackRock, Inc. where he was responsible for managing over $30 billion in mutual fund and hedge fund assets.  His career includes senior management positions with American General/AIG Investment Group, Koch Industries, Inc., Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc., Citigroup, Inc., and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Gary earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Penn State University in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in 1991. Mr. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant.  The father of an adult participant, Jeff serves on Eden’s Finance and Facilities Committee and was a co-chair of Eden’s capital campaign.

CLAUDE P. GEORGE, MD, MSc

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Dr. George is President of Global Development Associates, Inc., a network of European and American pharmaceutical consultants/experts that provides consulting services in all aspects of drug development. Prior to founding Global Development Associates, Dr. George was Vice President of Global Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) where he led the global development of a new oral targeted agent in colorectal and liver cancer. His career at BMS included the development of treatments for bladder, breast and gastric cancers. His career in drug development, teaching, and bedside care—in the US and France—spans four decades. Dr. George’s volunteer work includes Member of the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation and Chair of the Finance Committee and member of Eden’s Development Committee. Dr. George is the grandfather of Orin, an Eden student.

NORMAN GREENBERG

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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 the Audit/Risk and Finance/Facilities Committees.

SCOTT KENT

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Scott Kent is an executive with Wawa, Inc., serving as a multi-unit operations leader who oversees 22 general managers and over 600 associates in the Central/Northern New Jersey market. Kent has a long history of community involvement, having worked with numerous organizations to better the lives of individuals with disabilities, including Special Olympics, Eden Autism, IGA Nephrophathy Foundation, and KidsBridge. In addition, he has been involved with Eden for more than 30 years. Kent holds an undergraduate degree in Organizational Dynamics from Immaculata College and a master’s degree in Food Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University.

KATHLEEN MOORE

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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.

JAYNE O’CONNOR

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Jayne O’Connor is Vice President of Communications for Taft Communications.   Jayne has advised CEOs and political leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and served as press secretary to New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman. Jayne was director of corporate affairs for Bristol-Myers Squibb and then led Capital Health’s successful rebranding and reputational transformation to become a regional healthcare leader. A recognized community leader with a history of service on nonprofit boards, Jayne helped to found the Mercer County affiliate of Dress for Success and served on its board. Jayne also was on the board and executive committee of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of the Trenton YWCA and Hopewell YMCA and now serves on the board of NJ Spotlight, the online news organization. Jayne received her BA in Political Science and MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. She serves on Eden’s Development and Governance/Nominating Committees.

TARA PALAMARIK MURPHY

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A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, Tara Palamarik Murphy was the Lead Mission Analyst for the Mars Observer and NASA’s ACTS. She was lead author and presenter of Mission Design for an Areosynchronous Orbiter at the GSFC/AAS International Symposium for Mission Design and Orbit Mechanics. As the mother of child with autism, Tara has spent much of the last several years volunteering for Eden Autism Services, Autism New Jersey, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT), Parents of Edison’s Awesome Children (PEACH), and several other advocacy and outreach organizations. She is a graduate of The Boggs Center’s New Jersey Partners in Policymaking, a training program for advocacy in support of the disability community.  ASAT recently published an article she co-authored about the importance of families seeking sound scientific research when using social media platforms for advice. Tara’s son, Patrick Murphy, graduated from the Eden School in June 2020 and entered Eden’s Adult Day program.

GAHAN J. PANDINA, PhD

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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), novel approaches for disease interception and intervention in Mood Disorders, and treatment of depression and suicide. Gahan received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (and is licensed in NJ) and his B.A. from the University of Vermont. Gahan is also a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Gahan serves as Chair of Eden’s Program Committee and also serves on Eden’s Executive and Development Committees.

FRANK PIAZZA

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Frank Piazza, the founder and President of Piazza & Associates, has been dedicated to the administration and compliance of affordable housing for municipalities, nonprofits and for-profit developers for more than 25 years.  Mr. Piazza entered the affordable housing arena in 1991 by directing a successful effort to develop 126 low- and moderate- income apartments in Plainsboro for a local non-profit corporation.  In 1994, he established Piazza & Associates, Inc., which has since become one of the largest and most experienced firms in New Jersey, specializing in the independent monitoring of affordable housing. Mr. Piazza is an Instructor for Rutgers University Center for Government Services, he holds a C9P Certification for Low Income Tax Credit Compliance and is approved by the Council on Affordable Housing to provide compliance monitoring services.  He currently serves on Eden’s Finance and Facilities Committee.

STACIE SHERMAN

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Stacie Sherman is New Jersey Bureau Chief at Bloomberg News. She has been with the company for 23 years, and her current role includes managing the Trenton and Princeton news bureaus, assigning and editing stories about politics, government, business and finance, and running the Top News pages. Stacie holds a B.A. in Journalism from Trenton State College and is pursuing her M.S. in Business Journalism from Arizona State University’s Walker Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  She is the parent of two special-needs children and is an advocate, fundraiser and blogger for the autism community. Her 18-year-old daughter, Brielle, attends The Eden School. Stacie and her husband David have served on Eden’s Annual 5K Organizing Committee since 2008. They served as co-directors of the event for four years. Stacie is currently chairman of Eden’s Development Committee.

JEFFREY VAMOS, DMin

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The Reverend Doctor Jeffrey A. Vamos is Pastor and Head of Staff of The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, a position he’s held since 2005. He is leading the church through a capital campaign and new innovative forms of ministry, including a community center and job training program for formerly incarcerated persons. Dr. Vamos is active in the community and currently serves as board chair of Every Child Valued, an afterschool program in Eggert’s Crossing Village in Lawrenceville. He holds a D.Min., from Wesley Theological Seminary and M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. He received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Political Science and Public Policy Studies.

MICHELLE WATTS

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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.