Eden welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees

Eden Autism is pleased to announce four new members to its Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2021. These individuals were nominated and elected based on their outstanding commitment to advancing Eden’s mission.

Katerina Bubnovsky, Manasa Gopal, Charlette Gray, and Helen E. Hoens join seventeen other board members to provide Eden with guidance, leadership, and strategic counsel.

“We are honored to have these accomplished individuals join our Board of Trustees,” said Eden Autism President & CEO Michael Decker. “Their combination of expertise and passion for philanthropy will help further our mission to improve the lives of individuals with autism.”

Dr. Katerina Bubnovsky practices optometry and has broad experience in treating patients with corneal disease, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. She has specialized experience in dry eye disease and utilizes the latest technology and pharmacological interventions.

Dr. Bubnovsky is an avid runner and serves as a member of Princeton Special Sports’ board of directors. Her son attends the Eden School. Dr. Bubnovsky received her undergrad and doctorate degrees at Indiana University.


Manasa Gopal is Associate General Counsel for Columbia University. She has specialized experience in health law, previously working as a Director of Legal Management at the nation’s largest free-standing public health sciences university.

Manasa represents Columbia University on various matters, providing counsel primarily to the Columbia University Irving Medical Center on health care, business matters, risk management, and regulatory and compliance issues. She lectures on a variety of health law topics including managed care. Manasa is an active member of the American Health Law Association. She received her B.A. in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from the University of Houston.

Charlette Gray is a Senior Director at Oracle Corporation. Her responsibilities include leading the North America Technology Consulting Project Management Center of Excellence, which is responsible for project management enablement as well as providing tools and initiatives that improve the organization’s project management capabilities.

Charlette previously provided support for large and strategic bids, including review and editing of proposals and coordination with risk management, contracts, and legal. She has been responsible for project and program management of implementation projects across a variety of industries both domestically and internationally. These projects included client relationship management, staff management, and development and execution of implementation strategies.

Prior to Oracle, Charlette was a management consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers. She earned her BA at Dillard University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Her adult son is a resident at an Eden group home.

The Honorable Helen E. Hoens served as a Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, capping off nearly twenty years as a trial and appellate court jurist, and following a lengthy career as a lawyer specializing in complex litigation in state and federal courts.

The mother of an adult son who resides in an Eden group home, Justice Hoens has served as the General Counsel (pro bono) of the Autism Society and as a member of Eden’s Board of Trustees. Helen holds a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

In addition to welcoming the new members, Eden would also like to thank Andrew Haughwout, Kathleen Moore, Gahan Pandina, and Michelle Watts for their service on Eden’s board as their terms have ended.