Board & Advisory Council

Credit: Kristina Necovska

Officers

Nicolas Platt

Chairman

Nic’s family ties to the region date back to the 1800s with a long-term visionary focus and commitment to conservation and open space advocacy. Nic brings over 30 years of experience in the securities industry, public relations, and business consulting. He was recently appointed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as co shared services czar alongside GSWA board member, Jordan Glatt. Nic is the former mayor and current Township Committee Person of the Township of Harding. He is a well-known speaker on the grassroots battle to protect the 7768-acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge from becoming a massive jetport. Nic currently sits on the public board of GAMCO Advisors, is President of the Hartley Dodge Foundation, and was recently named to the Board of the Eisenhower Foundation based in Abilene, Kansas.

Michael Dee

Vice Chairman

Michael is a local environmental advocate with extensive business experience. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Ce De Candy, Inc. He received his B.A. from Yale and his M.L. and D.L. from Drew University.

Guy Piserchia

Treasurer

Guy is an international banking professional with extensive trading and management experience, currently working for the New Jersey Division of Investments.  He also serves as the Deputy Mayor of Long Hill Township. Guy was recently appointed to the New Jersey League of Municipalities Executive Board and is also on the Morris County League of Municipalities Executive Board, the Morris County Republican Committee, the New Jersey League of Municipalities Legislative Committee, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Legislative Committee, and the Morris County Open Space Trust fund.

Trustees

Debra Apruzzese

Debra is President of Axia11G Consulting Group, LLC. Her work focuses on improving business outcomes for both domestic and global companies in the Healthcare, Life Sciences, and Environmental sectors. Debra has held executive positions with both Merck & Co, Inc. and Lonza Group. Along with her work as a GSWA trustee, she is an advisor to Springboard Enterprises, a network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women. Debra mentors young professionals to prepare them for professional life and most recently provided this service as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickenson University. Her philanthropy includes supporting the success of STEM students both by serving on advisory boards and creating a scholarship to enable engineering students to have a global experience as part of their traditional engineering program.

Reed Auerbach

Reed has been a GSWA member since 2000 and has served on the GSWA Advisory Council for the last six months. He recently completed his tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees at Franklin & Marshall College and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the Board of the Structured Finance Industry Group. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading structured finance lawyers, Reed currently serves as the global leader of the structured transactions group at Morgan Lewis in New York City. Reed and his wife reside in Bernardsville.

Caitlin (Kate) Barry

Born in Morristown and raised in New Vernon, Kate graduated from The College of Charleston then attended graduate school at University College London where she pursued a degree in Environment and Sustainable Development. Passionate about her home state, she moved back to New Jersey and worked in environmental policy in New York and New Jersey. She earned her real estate license in order to work in her hometown with her father, Jim Barry. Kate currently lives in Harding with her husband and family, which includes a cat, donkey, and two goats.

Gerry-Jo Cranmer

Gerry-Jo was the #1 producer at Turpin Real Estate in 2016 and consistently ranks among the top agent’s in the market area. She has a New Jersey Real Estate Broker’s license and has achieved membership in Turpin’s Million-Dollar Club/President’s Club every year since joining
the company in 1987. Gerry-Jo has been a resident of Bernardsville since 1978, moving there from Summit, and has lived in New Jersey throughout her life. Currently she is serving on the Bernardsville Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.

Jay DeLaney, Jr.

Jay DeLaney, Jr. is an attorney and shareholder at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook, & Cooper. Jay concentrates his practice on land use, litigation and business advisory groups, as well as employment law, real estate, commercial law, condominium law, and environmental law. Jay has served as Mayor of Morristown as well as having served on Morristown’s town council and planning board.

Anthony DellaPelle

Anthony is a partner with McKirdy, Riskin, Olson & DellaPelle, Attorneys at law, in Morristown. He has practiced eminent domain, condemnation, redevelopment and real estate tax appeal law for over 25 years. Tony has been a trustee at his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, and a past president of the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association. He was also a member of the board of the NJ Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as a long-time trustee and officer of the NJ Association of the Deaf-Blind.

Jordan Glatt

As Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) Jordan works with corporations, entrepreneurs, and families to design charitable vehicles that deliver impact in New Jersey communities. Previous to the Community Foundation he was President of Magla Products, a $90 million consumer products company. A graduate of Drew University where he later served as a trustee, Jordan is a former two-term Mayor of Summit and served as an at-large councilman in the town. He was recently appointed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as co shared services czar alongside GSWA’s Chair, Nicolas Platt. He resides in Springfield with his wife.

Eric Inglis

An attorney at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, Eric is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He co-chairs Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s Litigation Department and its Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Additionally, he is the past president and current board member of the Morristown and Morris Township Library Foundation, and past president and current member of the West Morris Soccer Club. Eric resides in Mendham with his wife and children.

Matthew Krauser

Matt is the Senior Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank Valuation & Advisory, and is engaged in a wide range of commercial, industrial and vacant land assignments.  He specializes in open space and land preservation as well as tax appeal, condemnation, and litigation oriented appraisals.

Teresa Lane

Teresa recently joined The Wilderness Society (TWS) as the Vice President of Philanthropy. She is responsible for setting the TWS fundraising vision and strategy and advancing a culture of philanthropy across the organization. Prior to that, Teresa was Senior Philanthropy Officer, Global Priorities Team, for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) responsible for cultivating and stewarding meaningful relationships between donors and TNC toward the realization of transformational gifts. She brings a wealth of environmental nonprofit experience to the GSWA board.

Cathy Lee

Cathy Lee, PhD, lives in Mendham and is a Researcher-in-Residence and former Associate Professor and Chemistry Chair at the College of St. Elizabeth. Dr. Lee has taught numerous courses in Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science and Science Education. She also tutors middle and high school students. Dr. Lee has been a volunteer member of our Stream Team for several years and her students participate in our SWaMP (School Water Monitoring on the Passaic).

Chris Obropta

Chris Obropta, PhD, P.E., is the Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and an Associate Professor at Rutgers. Dr. Obropta and his staff identify and address community water resource issues using sustainable and practical science-based solutions throughout New Jersey. He and his staff have been working with communities to implement green infrastructure practices throughout the urban centers of New Jersey.

Alan Pfeil

Alan is the Chairman of the Long Hill Township Planning Board. He worked as the Director of Sales and Sales Manager for divisions of international corporations serving the medical and pharmaceutical industries. He has also held positions in Chatham Borough’s Land Use and Planning Committee, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Planning Board.

Kathy Pfeil

Kathy is an outstanding community organizer and leader in event planning in the region. She is the Treasurer for the Long Hill Township Historical Society, a Friend of the Committee of the Long Hill Township Library, is a coordinator for Family Promise Homeless Shelter, and a volunteer for New Jersey Food Bank.

Anthony Sblendorio

Anthony Sblendorio lives in Bernards Township and is one of the pioneers of sustainable and regenerative design in New Jersey. In 1994, he founded the landscape architecture and land development firm Back To Nature Home and Garden. The firm developed some of the first ecological/agricultural residential developments in New Jersey. Additionally, Anthony and Back To Nature were the lead master planners for the first LEED Gold certified building in the northeast and the first LEED Platinum building in the state.

Lisa Stevens

Trustee

Lisa began volunteering with GSWA in 2003 due to her strong commitment to the environment and her appreciation of the organization. When she and her husband, Wes, married in 2007 they requested that in lieu of gifts, guests make a donation to GSWA. Over the years Lisa’s passion for the organization grew so did her involvement, and she joined the board in 2010. Taking a year off in 2017, she is once again an active GSWA board member. In addition to all her volunteer work, Lisa is a Public Safety Product Support Lead at Verint Systems Inc.

Dorothea (Dot) Stillinger

Dot is a returning GSWA board member who has served several terms on the board in the past, most recently from 2012-2017. A member and active volunteer since 1995, Dot offers her institutional history of the area and the organization. In addition, Dot serves as Chatham Township Environmental Commission Chair. During the summer she works in the nature program of the Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George in New York. With a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in mathematics from Yale, and additional computer science coursework at NYU, Dot enjoyed a 40-year career as a computer systems consultant at Bell Labs before retiring in 2000. Dot resides in Chatham Township with her husband, Frank, who is also an active GSWA volunteer.

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan is the former mayor and current committeeman in Chatham Township as well as a former Captain in the Marine Corps. He has 25 years of financial market experience and joined Private Advisory Group as Compliance Director in 2015. Kevin was instrumental in the recent preservation of 136 acres of open space at Giralda Farms.

Nadine Vitro

Nadine has an extensive banking background and is currently the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Investors Bank in Madison

Advisory Council

Giorgios Vlamis

Giorgios is a Partner of Normandy Real Estate Partners and is responsible for co-directing the firm’s real estate investment activities, and serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. He lives in Morris Township with his wife and three young children and is a graduate of Cornell University.  He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Open Space Institute.

The Advisory Council’s mission is to help GSWA increase its visibility in the community, to offer advice on issues as they may arise, and to help provide support for the organization as needed.

Kathy Abbott (Chatham)

Chris Allyn (Harding Township)

Astri Baillie (Madison)

Marshall Bartlett (Harding Township)

Len Berkowitz (Berkeley Heights)

Peter Birnbaum (Bernardsville)

David Budd (Morristown)

Brenda Curnin (Far Hills)

Susan Deeks (Harding Township)

William Diehl, MD (Morristown)

John Donofrio (Short Hills)

Phyllis Fast (Long Hill)

Russ Furnari (West Caldwell)

Jay Graham III (Morristown)

Claire Griffin Miller (Bernardsville)

Pam Harding (Basking Ridge)

Mary Horn (Whitehouse Station)

Jane Kendall (Harding Township)

Drew Maldonado (Summit)

John Neale (Madison)

Lois Olmstead (Basking Ridge)

Adam Psichos (Summit)

Jon Rafalowski (Hopatcong)

Gerry Scully (Harding Township)

Alden Siegel (Morris Township)

Julia Somers (Green Village)

Frank Stillinger (Chatham)

Katherine Stinson (Long Hill Township)

Alex Vitro (Succasunna)

Jeffrey Webb (Madison)

Ben Wolkowitz (Madison)