Dr. Marian Glenn Ph.D – President
Professor Glenn is a founding member of the Environmental Program at Seton Hall University. Dr. Glenn and her students carry out biological research at South Mountain Reservation.
She serves on the Board of the Trailside Museum Association and is coordinator of Summit’s community garden. She is also on the ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) Advisory Board. She recently helped found the Summit Area GreenFaith Circle to promote interfaith environmental activities.
As a long-serving Environmental Commissioner she oversaw Summit’s Environmental Resource Inventories and Summit’s initial Sustainable Jersey certification as a Sustainability Champion.
Dr. Emile DeVito Ph.D – Vice President
Emile is Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and has been since 1989. He received a doctorate in Ecology in 1988 for research on bird communities and vegetation landscapes in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Dr. DeVito develops management plans for NJCF’s 20,000+ acres of holdings designed to protect and enhance biological diversity. Emile educates government officials, advocacy groups, land trusts, teachers and students on forest-interior habitat and migratory stopover needs of Neotropical songbirds. He is a trustee of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the NJ Natural Lands Trust. He serves on the Endangered and Non-Game Species Advisory Committee within the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, the New Jersey Invasive Species Council, and the Science Advisory Committee of the NY-NJ Trail Conference. We are proud to have Emile Devito as the Rahway River Watershed Association’s Vice President.
Debbie Partesi – Treasurer
Ann Turalski – Secretary
Ann is an educator in New Jersey and a member of New Jersey Learns, a Sustainable NJ program, which has teamed up with the Cloud Institute and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. New Jersey Learns’ mission is to educate and lead schools and communities toward a sustainable future by infusing school curriculum with Education for Sustainability standards (EfS).
Ann is a recent recipient of an Earthwatch Fellowship having taken part in the Songbirds of the Rocky Mountains Expedition this past July. Most recently, she was the administrator of a federal Learn and Serve Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service which promotes service learning as a teaching methodology. She was also a member of NJ Senator Richard Codey’s Community Service Pilot Program tasked with formulating guidelines to implement a service requirement for high school graduation in New Jersey.
Ann is a member of the Rahway River Watershed Association Board of Trustees and the Maplewood Rahway River Greenway Task Force.
She resides in Maplewood, NJ where she enjoys spending time with her family. Her other interests include tennis, skiing, hiking and reading and most recently birding.
David Schwartzberg – Trustee
David has been a Trustee since 2003. He's a chemical engineer and has a wealth of experience in local and national environmental matters having served as the Chief Environmental Officer of a major corporation before he retired.
Dave is also a commissioner on the Fanwood NJ Environmental Commission and serves on the Waterways/Environmental Committee of his HOA in Tampa Florida.
Katalin Gorden – Trustee
Katalin is a member on both the Orange Public Works Committee
and the Orange Mayor’s Water Quality Roundtable.
Fred Virrazzi - Trustee
Fred is a zoologist with specialties in ornithology, herpetology, entomology, endangered species and ecology. As President of National Biodiversity Parks, Inc. he researches various issues while raising over $ 1.5 million for conservation. He has 25 years of experience in environmental management, regulations, property management and NGO management. He has various NJDEP licenses, publications and scientific report writing experience. He is a former executive at a NASDAQ listed environmental firm and presently a scientist and officer with the US Dept. of Homeland Security. He was lead investigator for permitted studies on turtles, grassland birds and woodpeckers while writing popular articles, taking top honors many times in NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding, contributing to Birds of New Jersey and establishing avian biodiversity records.
Michael Brick – Trustee
Michael is chairman of the West Orange Environmental Commission and a specialist in green infrastructure.
Vic Benes - Trustee
Former Chair of the Millburn Environmental Commission, Former South Mountain Conservancy Trustee, Millburn Historic Preservation Commission Secretary, President of Millburn/Short Hills Historical Society. Vic had a career as a Mathematician at Bell Labs.class="bodycopy">firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Pangallozzi, PhD - Trustee
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College.
Bob McIntosh - Trustee
Robert McIntosh is a long-time resident of Springfield Township. He received an undergraduate degree in geography from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, a post-graduate degree from New York University and pursued resident study at the Faculty of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Reading, England. He was the vice-chairman of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation at Seton Hall University and remains active with Trout Unlimited, Rahway River Chapter, and as an adult leader and instructor with the Boy Scouts of America. Retired from the United States Department of State, his primary regional areas of responsibility included Africa, Central and Southeast Asia.
Andrew Voros is the Director of Government Relations for a New Jersey Project Management and Controls firm. He has degrees in Biology and Psychology from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Department of the Interior’s federal law enforcement academy.
He has served as Director of Marine & Coastal Policy in the New York State Senate’s 4th Legislative District on Long Island, representing that state’s Senate on the Atlantic State’s Marine Fisheries Commission; as an Adjunct Instructor of Environmental Policy at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), and as Executive Director of the New York / New Jersey bistate marine resources legislative commission. He has held visiting research appointments at Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and at Rutgers’ Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He has been a member of the New York Bight Regional Ocean Sciences Council, a committee of the National Sea Grant Program; and a founding member of both the Board of Directors of NOAA’s Mid-Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association and the New York Academy of Sciences’ Harbor Consortium. At the request of IUCN he founded a rainforest conservation organization in West Africa. Andrew is the founder of the Rahway River Association (now RRWA).
Jeff was a longtime board member and President of the Rahway River Watershed Association who grew up along the banks of the river in Rahway. He presently serves as the City Clerk of his hometown of Rahway.
Jeff has hiked and kayaked hundreds of miles in the Rahway River watershed, usually with his son, Patrick. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Rutgers University.
Debbie Mans has been Baykeeper and Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to joining NY/NJ Baykeeper, Debbie was the Environmental and Energy Policy Advisor for Governor Jon S. Corzine. She was also appointed by Governor Corzine to the New Jersey State Planning Commission. Prior to working for the Governor, Debbie was the Policy Director at Baykeeper, a position she held from 2002 through 2006. Debbie is a graduate of The University of Michigan and holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School. Debbie is the Chair of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and on the Board of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.
James McGowan is Chairman of the South Orange Environmental Commission, and a Senior Advisor to the United Nations. As Chairman, James founded River Day, instituted the Sustainable South Orange Business Certification, and brought in several grants that began an environmental education program in the schools. As a Senior UN Advisor, James helped to establish and operate the Global Environment Facility Group within UNDP, which has become the world’s largest environmental grant making organization. He attended graduate school at NYU and holds undergraduate degrees from SUNY Purchase and Florida Institute of Technology.
Steve is a Supervising Program Specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program. Steve manages the Land and Water Conservation Program, and the Pinelands, Planning Incentive, technical assistance and open space tax programs and is responsible for preparing New Jersey’s open space and recreation plan. He is responsible for the evaluation of Green Acres state land acquisition projects and local government and nonprofit land acquisition and park development funding applications. Steve is a member of the New Jersey Trails Council and the New Jersey Scenic Byways Advisory Committee.
Prior to Green Acres, Steve was with the Essex County Department of Parks and Recreation as an Environmental Specialist and worked on a variety of park and recreation and natural resource projects.
Steve has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Montclair State University and is a member of the Cranford Township Environmental Commission.