Dr. Cheryl L. Rowe-Rendleman, Board President, is a clinical research and development professional and serves as CEO of Omar Consulting Group, an ophthalmology consulting practice that specializes in creating business and clinical development know-how for companies with interests in eye diseases.
Dr. Rowe-Rendleman was a National Achievement Scholar and studied biology and chemical engineering at Princeton University. After teaching science in California and Texas for 3 years, she earned a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study the role of bioactive lipids in diabetic neuropathy and completed her doctorate in biochemical and biophysical sciences at the University of Texas-Houston in 1987. Dr. Rowe-Rendleman was granted fellowships from the National Institutes of Health to study diseases of the eye and completed her training at the University of Texas and the University of San Francisco Medical Schools. A basic understanding of drug and device development for unmet medical needs in eye health are key outcomes of her work.
Outside of ophthalmology, Dr. Rowe-Rendleman serves in an advisory capacity for the Princeton Area Alumni Association, Princeton Alumni Executive Careers Committee, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Association at Princeton, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, and FIRST Robotics. She trains regularly with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. An outdoor enthusiast, golfer, traveler, wife, and mother; Dr. Rowe-Rendleman continues to grow her business and serves on numerous national boards.
Sarina Prior, Secretary, Chair STEM Committee
Ann Strootman, Treasurer, Chair Finance Committee
Parizad Srivastava, 1st Vice President, is the School Administrator for the Waldorf School of Princeton, the largest accredited Waldorf school in New Jersey located on a beautiful 22 acre campus on Cherry Hill road in Princeton.
Previously she was a partner in Blue Lotus Financial, LLC, a family-owned financial and management consulting business, which offers financial services to small and mid size businesses. She has worked for many years in executive management roles at SYDA Foundation, a global not-for-profit educational organization.
She has a passion for the non- profit work and has been volunteering in different non-profit organizations since she was 12 years old. She was first introduced to the YWCA's mission in 2011 when she helped organize the Breast Cancer Resource Center's (BCRC's) annual fund raising event - 'In the Pink' Fashion Show and Auction.
She holds a bachelor's degree in commerce and economics from the University of Mumbai. Pari is currently co-chair of the Mission committee of the YWCA Princeton. She lives with her husband Sanjeev and two daughters Jasmine and Kesari in Princeton NJ.
Kirsten Braley, VP at Large, Co-Chair Development CommitteeCertified Financial Planner at Mercer Wealth Management, LLC. Kirsten earned her B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and has been in the financial services industry since 1996.
Kirsten is very involved in her community. She volunteers at her church, Ascension Lutheran Church in Newtown, PA. She is a current board member of the YWCA of Princeton and the past president of The Ewing Kiwanis Club. Her other memberships include The Penn State Alumni Association. Kirsten is committed to the fight against breast cancer, having participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk seven times.
Born and raised in western New York State, Kirsten now resides in Ewing, NJ with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Pearl. Outside the office Kirsten enjoys visiting family and friends, singing in her church’s choir, reading, and watching football.
Laurel Cameron, VP at Large, is a senior level business executive with 32+ years of food industry sales management and seven years in non-profit board management. Laurel began her career in retail grocery at two leading food brokers and then joined Ore-Ida Foods, concurrently earning her BSBA degree and serving on the board of the Idaho Humane Society. In 2000 Laurel became Senior Vice President, US Sales for Bumble Bee Foods, focused on leadership, team building and strategy; she championed the company’s values, served on the Executive Board, and became a part-owner of the company. Afterwards she served as a consultant with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, educating retailers on seafood sustainability.
In 2008 Laurel redirected her skills into non-profits and earned a Certificate in Non-profit Management. She joined the YWCA Newcomers’ Club, served as VP Special Projects, then President. She chaired the YWCA’s Crafters’ Café for two years and Crafters’ Marketplace for four years. In 2012 she joined the YWCA board and since has served as Board and Executive Committee Chairs, VP @ Large and participated on a variety of committees. Laurel is currently focused on empowering young women as the NEXT GEN Committee Chair and Board Liaison. She is also actively involved in advocacy work and served as a UN delegate for the YWCA USA attending UNCSW60. Laurel and her husband Scott have four grown children between them and live in Tinton Falls.
Heather Kisilywicz, Representative to Joint Trustees, has turned a hobby into a passion. She chaired the 2009 Nassau Nursery School Annual Fundraiser and was immediately hooked on volunteerism. She gained life-long friendships, as well as exceeded the fundraising goal, despite it being the year the market crashed! Heather called upon the skills she honed at Merck for almost a decade before leaving full-time employ to volunteer within her community and make her family her priority. By the time her third son entered full-day elementary school, she started referring to herself as a Professional Volunteer. Her positions expanded from President of Nassau Nursery School PTO to Board of Trustees; various positions on Johnson Park Elementary School PTO; Development Committee Chair for the YWCA of Princeton Board of Directors, as well as past Board of Directors of VolunteerConnect. Now she minds "the resume gap" of paid positions, as virtual marketing volunteer through her wisdom collaboration website Kleverness. She pairs her professional development experience with her geeky love of technology by providing simple, easy-to-understand tips for marketing, fundraising and volunteer management. She is looking forward to launching the AuctionsAutomator website, which will provide volunteers free fundraising event management tools. Finally, she hopes to be a solid 3.0 in tennis by summer 2013.
Anita M. Thomas, VP at Large, has extensive experience working with both domestic and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) specifically in the areas of advocacy, project management, development and membership affairs. She currently works with the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation as its Project Manager for a major international initiative for treatment and cure for spinal cord injury/paralysis. Prior to that she was a senior management professional at the Conference of Non-Governmental Organization is Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO) which strengthens the nexus between civil society and the United Nations.
She currently serves as the Representative of Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) to the Economic and Social Council of the UN focusing on Financing for Development issues. She also serves as a member of VGIF’s Project Grants Committee. Prior to that for over ten years, she served as the NGO Representative to the United Nations for the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and was the team leader for its New York UN team. In this role, she advocated on issues pertaining to women and girls specifically, HIV/AIDS and Child Rights.
She is a Fellow of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and Politics from the Bloustein School of Public Policy, Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Economics from Madras Christian College, India. She was introduced to the YWCA at an early age through her grandmother’s and mother’s involvement with YWCAs in Kerala, India. She became aware of the amazing resources offered by the Princeton YWCA when her children started taking classes at the Y. She is a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband Abe and their dog Blitz. Their two children Aaron and Arielle are both college students.
Megan Adams is the Director of Risk Management, Princeton University.
Megan has been the Assistant Treasurer and Director of Risk Management for Princeton University since 2002, having worked in the field of Risk Management for over 35 years. Prior to Princeton, Megan worked for Temple University and prior to Temple for various health system and academic medical centers in the Philadelphia area. Megan has served on a variety of boards over the course of her career, having connections to both the field of risk management and to local community base organizations. In addition to the YWCA, Megan is currently a member of the Board of the New Jersey Self Insurers Guaranty Association . She also recently served for many years on the Board of University Now Daycare Nursery and the Princeton Federal Credit Union. Megan has a BS in Business Administration and JD from Widener University . Megan resides in Pennington with her wife, Noreen Kemether and daughter, Katee Kemether.
Jayne Cande is the General Counsel of Watermark Management Corporation. Jayne also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Mercer County.
Diane Ciccone holds a BA in political science from Colgate University and a JD from Hofstra School of Law.
She is a practicing attorney in New York City, an Administrative Law Judge, arbitrator and certified mediator.
Diane has always been active in her community: Her current involvement include being a board member of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and the West Windsor Farmers Market. She is also member of the Council of Governing Boards of New York and Council of Independent Colleges and Universities in New York. Some of her prior board affiliations include, Princeton Community TV, West Windsor Arts Council, Colgate University Board of Trustees, Environmental Commission of West Windsor, the African American Parent Support Group of West Windsor, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Trenton and NJ Orators.
In New York City she was a board member of Bed-Sty Legal Services, the Urban League and Marcus Garvey Nursing Home. She was an elected official on the West Windsor Township Council from 2009-2011. She is a documentary filmmaker, author and TV producer. Her documentary film “Act of Faith” has won numerous awards.
Her Alma Mater Colgate University recently dedicated and named three residential commons in her name.
Leticia Fraga, Chair of Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF); Vice Chair of Princeton Human Services Commission; Chair of the Princeton Civil Rights Committee; member of the Joint Board of Trustees, Princeton Community Housing, and of the Send Hunger Packing Princeton Board.
Through her work with other non-profit organizations, Leticia has come to know many of the families served by the YWCA, and knows just how much their lives have been enriched by the various programs. Her personal vision has been to make a significant and positive impact in her community and supports the YWCA’s mission by continuing to advocate for justice and equal rights for all.
Nell Talman Haughton is a Princeton resident best known professionally for her work in Communications and Marketing. A graduate of Dennison University, and a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, she is the former Director of Global Relations for Indus Interface, LLC. She also worked for Merrill Lynch as a Marketing Specialist. Nell’s v service to the community includes volunteer positions with Women’s Space, the Red Cross, the Woman’s Fund and Corner House. She also enjoys fund raising and event planning.
Cheryl Howard has an extensive background in the field of Accounting. She currently works at the New Jersey Department of Corrections in the Office of Financial Management. She has a BS in Business Administration; and also earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University.
Over a corporate career that spanned over 15 years, Cheryl held numerous positions of increased responsibility in Accounting within the Petrochemicals Division of Mobil Chemical Company. She began her career as an Auditor in the natural gas industry.
Cheryl currently serves as the NEXT GEN Mentor Liaison and is on the Board of the Trenton Children’s Chorus. Cheryl is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Lisa S. Krueger is currently working as a senior consultant at ITHAKA, which is a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. She has also worked with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the OECD on assessment development, as an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Rider University and as an advisor to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to develop financial literacy lessons aligned to the Math Common Core.
For twelve years Lisa taught a wide range of mathematics courses at Princeton High School in Princeton, NJ. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton University, and Assistant VP for Strategic Planning at Merrill Lynch. She earned a BA in Economics with honors from Cornell University in 1983, and a Master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT in 1985. She is certified to teach both elementary education (K-8) and high school mathematics. Lisa and her family have lived in Princeton for 29 years.
Geniva Martin currently serves as the President Elect for the Junior League of Greater Princeton. She has been active in Junior League since 2005 and has served in numerous leadership roles, including as Community Vice President for two years. She received the Cherish the Children Award in Mercer County in 2009 and the Junior League Presidents Bowl award in 2010, both for outstanding community work.
She has also served on the board of the Corner House Foundation since 2009, where she chaired their 2009 and 2010 Spring Benefits. She first became involved in Corner House as a part-time employee. In 2011, Geniva joined the YWCA board, after successfully chairing the Bates Benefit in 2010. She has been a dedicated YWCA volunteer in the Bi-Lingual Nursery program for many years.
She and her husband Bill live in Skillman, NJ with their three children.
Julie F. Nachamkin is the owner and operator of J Marlin Interior Painting, (www.jmarlinpainting.com) providing painting services to residential and commercial customers throughout Central New Jersey.
She is also a principal of Metrix Real Estate Services, a Licensed Real Estate Broker providing commercial real estate services throughout New Jersey. Julie has over 20 years of experience representing corporate tenants, landlords and investors, offering a broad range of real estate expertise in marketing, strategic planning, financial analysis, negotiation and lease transaction management.
Ms. Nachamkin brings a wide range of community service experience to the Princeton YWCA Board. She previously served as Vice Chairman of the Princeton Planning Board, as well as Chair of the Zoning Amendment Review Committee (ZARC).
Julie and her husband Michael raised their two children in Princeton where they have been active members of the community for the last 30 years.
Kathleen Nash has spent most of her adult life writing and editing in places such as Pittsburgh, Virginia, Texas, and Colorado. Since settling in Pennington with her high-school sweetheart and their three children in 2005, Kathleen has provided fundraising and marketing for the Pennington Public Library and organizations within the Hopewell Valley School District. She currently serves on the Library’s Board of Trustees and on the committee working to upgrade its website.
A proud member of Newcomers & Friends, Kathleen is a past President, a former Newsletter Editor and a current Marketing co-Chair of that Club. She spearheaded Newcomer’s 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration in March 2010 and later that year chaired the Bates Scholarship Benefit for the YWCA Princeton.
A member of the YWCA Board, Kathleen is on the STEM Committee and Newcomers Connection. She has served on the Board’s Nominating Committee and is currently on the YWCA Friends Steering Committee. Kathleen is a native of Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication.
Lori Rabon is the Vice President of Palmer Square, a mixed use lifestyle center located in the heart of downtown Princeton, NJ and general manager of the historic Nassau Inn, a full service hotel and conference facility, serving downtown Princeton and the greater Princeton area.
Ms. Rabon has been at the Inn for over thirty years and has been the General Manager for the last twenty years. Prior to joining the Nassau Inn Lori worked for Omni Hotels. Lori has worked in many different capacities during her career in the hospitality industry ranging from shuttle driver to the controller and then in 1996 taking over as General Manager, her duties include managing a staff of 165 people, maintaining high occupancy and rates, catering to the diverse needs of the Inn’s overnight guests, diners, event and conference customers.
The Nassau Inn & Palmer Square Properties are self-managed, therefore in addition to her many duties as the vice president and general manager, Lori also acts as the asset manager reporting on a regular basis to the investment group that owns Palmer Square and the Nassau Inn.
In addition to her many work responsibilities Lori is very active in the Princeton Community. She sits on the board of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Princeton Merchants Association, YWCA of Princeton and the steering committee for the Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Lori is married and the mother of 5 children.
Jigna Rao's career has spanned fields of government, healthcare, business, and non profit - diverse industries where she used her leadership, organizational and communication skills to influence growth, affect change and engage audiences.
Jigna is the Associate Director of Youth Services at Millhill Child and Family Development located in the City of Trenton. In her role, Jigna leads programs designed to empower Trenton’s most vulnerable youth. Prior to that she was the Director of Drumthwacket, New Jersey Governor’s Official Residence where she oversaw all operations and worked with the Governor’s senior staff to strengthen relationship with the South Asian community and other special groups.
In 2007, Jigna was diagnosed with Pelvic Tuberculosis. Following her recovery she began advocating for health and social equality for others affected by TB, particularly for disadvantaged women. Jigna became a recognized national and international speaker invited by institutions including Me?decins Sans Frontie?res, Harvard Medical School, Ohio State University, Rutgers University and Columbia University. She has received multiple recognitions for her philanthropy and advocacy work including YWCA Princeton’s Tribute to Women Award.
Jigna’s commitment to human rights extends beyond TB. She continues to dedicate her efforts to other social issues including domestic violence and sexual abuse and serves on many non-profit boards and committees.
Jigna lives in Hopewell with her husband.
Cindy Ricker Before joining Investors, Cindy spent 25 years with PNC Bank, where she held the position of Vice President and Branch Manager. She was charged with supporting non-profits, retail, and commercial clients in the bank's Princeton market. Cindy began her career in banking as a Training Coordinator with Princeton Bank and Trust in 1981.
Originally from Massachusetts, Cindy earned a bachelor's degree in education from Lesley University. Active in numerous organizations, Cindy currently is on the board of the YWCA Princeton. A nine-year breast cancer survivor, she is a volunteer for the Breast Cancer Resource Center at the YWCA Princeton, and a past grants committee member for the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate for the Cure. She also is a past co-chair for Komen's "Spirit of Jane Rodney" annual event.
Cindy also serves on the board of VolunteerConnect, an organization promoting service in central New Jersey with skills-based volunteers and educational programs. She is a past Board President of Womanspace, a leading non-profit agency providing services to individuals impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Ricker has been a member of the Rotary Club of Princeton and served on the board of trustees of the Pennington Public Library and the Pennington Day Grants Committee.
Alice K. Small, following 15 years in private procurement, Alice served as a Law Clerk of the Superior Court of New Jersey, an Associate in several law firms from 1990-1999, a Law Clerk of the US Bankruptcy Court and finally as Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Law from 2003-2006. In 2003 she moved into Public Procurement as Associate Deputy Director, State of NJ Division of Purchase and Property 2003-2006, and Acting Director of the same department 2006-2009. She then moved into the private sector as a consultant and has since worked on the Princeton Joint Commission to Study the Feasibility of Municipal Consolidation and Shared Services and the Consolidation Commission Liaison to Transition Task Force Personnel Subcommittee.
Additionally, she became a member of the board of Princeton Community Housing over the past year and serves as the YWCA Princeton representative to this organization as well.
Leslie Straut Ward