Leadership Team

Jennifer Avers

Over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and 11 years as a Social Impact Advisor working as a consultant, facilitator, and coach. Passionate about supporting people and organizations that contribute to an equitable, peaceful, vibrant world.

Family moved to Morris Township in 2012 from the Chicago-area and continue to enjoy discovering the Garden State

MS in Public Service Management (concentration: nonprofits) from DePaul University

Lisa Barsky-Firkser

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Current position for over ten years as Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Morris and Sussex Counties

Previous 19 year career at Saint Barnabas Health Care System as Director of Pediatric Outpatient Centers

Published numerous articles in The American Academy of Pediatrics Journal and other publications and presented workshops and seminars in the United States and in Canada

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation from New York University

Lee Bashe

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Longtime Morris County resident

Former Systems Engineer at IBM; Former Researcher / Database Manager for United Way of Northern NJ

Served on Randolph Township Board of Education, elected for 3 terms, served 9 years including a year as Board President; also served as a member and president of Morris County School Boards Association; served as member of Morris County Human Services Advisory Committee

Impact 100 Garden State Grant Committee member 6 years, chair 2 years, Recruitment Coordinator 3 years

BA, Mathematics, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Susan Carter

Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, volunteer; member Executive Board

Madison Public Library, volunteer; member technology committee, former member of the Board of Trustees

BA – Kirkland College

Lee Lusardi Connor

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Custom content creator specializing in digital and print solutions for national and regional clients, including Sesame Workshop, Spectrum Business, SAP and more

Currently executive editor for award-winning customer-facing print and digital content for major hospital chain

Former editor at Redbook, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and other national magazines

President, Education Foundation of Morris Plains, 2015 to present; previously President, Board of Education, Morris Plains, 2005-2012; President, Morris County School Boards Association, 2013-14

Active member Notre Dame of Mount Carmel parish

B.A., Lehigh University

France Delle Donne

France May 2018

Career range from Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch in Europe, Director of Development of the Morristown Partnership, to Senior VP Communications-PR-Community Relations-Corp Donations of a NJ regional bank

Former board member of The Peck School, Morris County Tourism Bureau, Junior League of Morristown, Morris Arts and Friends of Morris Museum

Current board member of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Still serving on The Peck School Community Service Award committee. Deacon at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown

27-year Morris County resident after having lived in Belgium, Ridgewood NJ, Washington D.C., France, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Diego

Suzanne Boyle Herrmann

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    Has served professionally for over 40 years in the nonprofit arena

    Former Managing Director of the American Red Cross of New Jersey, Morris County Probation Officer, Social worker at Morristown Memorial Hospital, member of the Board of Social Work Examiners and currently in private practice as a licensed clinical social worker

    Volunteer and Board Member of nonprofit organizations throughout the state

    M.A. University of Virginia, MSW Fordham University

Marcia Hunter

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Extensive community involvement and professional experience in fundraising and business development

Served on various nonprofit boards including the Junior League of Morristown, Morris Museum, Cornerstone Family Programs, and Morris Arts

Former Major Gifts Manager for the Mayo Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit performing arts center in Morristown, NJ

BA from Hollins College

Merle Johnson

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VP of National Retail Accounts / Oriental Weavers

Founder of Executive Women in Home Textiles

Morris County resident over 25 years

Active in Morristown Rotary, volunteer at MMH

Mother of two, grandmother of 3

Martha Lewis

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After a career in corporate computer sales, Martha has volunteered for a wide range of organizations while raising her five children

She held many volunteer leadership positions at Kent Place School and Madison Public Schools

She sat on the board and chaired the development committee at Grace Counseling Center in Madison

She served on the Ohio Wesleyan Alumni Association Board of Directors prior to joining the Board of Trustees of OWU, where she currently serves as chair of the Advancement Committee

Arleen Lipsman

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25 years experience in planning, development, and administration of  information and nonprofit management projects

Former Foundation Center Manager of the Carnegie and Assistant Vice- President of Union National Bank in Pittsburgh, Pa

Past President of the Northland Library Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors

Former elected public official -Marshall Township, PA Board of Supervisors

Founder and President of Marshall Township Land Conservancy in Western Pennsylvania

Marijane Lundt

Twenty-plus years in nonprofit management

Program officer, Prudential Foundation

Extensive nonprofit board membership

Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration

Louise Murray

Louise-Murray

Chair, Social Work Program, Saint Elizabeth University since 2016 after serving as faculty in administrative positions since 1997 employed at faculty /administrator. 20 years’ experience in foster care and adoption involving working directly with children and families as well as research and policy development in New York City and New Jersey

Community service includes 15 years on Morris School District Board of Education where led curriculum, labor negotiations and Superintendent searches; 8 years on Board of CASA of New Jersey, including four years as president; 32-year member of League of Women Voters including several leadership positions at local and state level; 5-year member of Operating Committee of New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Ph.D. Columbia University School of Social Work; MSW Fordham University School of Social Services; BA (Political Science) Manhattanville College. Licensed Social Worker

Mary Jane Robertson

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CPA

28 years as CFO and board member of public and private insurance companies, most recently of Crum & Forster

Chairman of audit committee and board member of Equity Commonwealth, a publicly-traded (NYSE:EQC) Real Estate Investment Trust

Member of board of trustees, treasurer and chair of finance committee of Mayo Performing Arts Center

Graduate of University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada

Pat Rochkind

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Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Sloan School at MIT

Career primarily in operations for Bell of Pennsylvania in positions non-traditional for women. Position prior to retiring was Assistant Vice President – Operations Support

In 2005 she and her husband established the Rochkind-Wagner Foundation which is focused on supporting educational initiatives both locally and abroad

Debby Seme

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BA in English and Education from Dickinson College

Married with two adult children

Resident of Martinsville, NJ for over 20 years

College Publishing Professional for 30 years

Freelance Writer and blogger: https://reimaginingretirement.wordpress.com/

Current Board member for the Center for Faith Justice, Lawrenceville and Somerset County FISH

Cindy Sullivan

Suzanne Thoeni

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Actively engaged with several local non-profits after relocating from the Philadelphia area
to Morris County

Diversified professional background including ethics and compliance, supply chain and
accounting/treasury, in manufacturing, distribution and service organizations, including
Wyndham Worldwide and Motorola. Expertise in developing and implementing large-scale,
global programs including policies, processes, procedures, training and software

BA, Denison University; MBA, Widener University

Susanne von der Linde

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Longtime resident of Madison with extensive community involvement  including committee member and leadership positions at the various schools in the  Madison district, the local travel soccer organization and other sports programs

Volunteer with several local charities

Current Board member of the Madison Area YMCA

Former human resources executive and Director of Benefits for a national retail company

BA from Ohio Wesleyan University