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Kislak Real Estate Institute

Administration and Faculty

Administration

DONALD M. MOLIVER, Ph.D., CRE, MAI, CTA, is Dean of the Leon Hess Business School and the Pozycki Professor of Real Estate at Monmouth University. Dr. Moliver received his B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. The Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University was founded by Dr. Moliver, who, with the assistance of the Advisory Council, formulates executive education programs that are paramount to the development of the industry. Dr. Moliver has been the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a New Jersey Department of Higher Education grant. He recently finished a three-year term as one of five board members on the Appraisal Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation. A New Jersey State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, Dr. Moliver provides valuation and consulting services to a variety of real estate clients.

PETER S. REINHART, ESQ., is the Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute.  He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Rutgers Camden Law School with Honors. Mr. Reinhart was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. for thirty-three years. Mr. Reinhart served on the Council on Affordable Housing for ten years and was a member of the Real Estate Task Force of Governor Whitman’s Economic Master Plan Commission. He is a past president of the New Jersey Builders Association and the current Chairman of New Jersey Future. Mr. Reinhart has authored articles for Housing New Jersey, Tri-State Real Estate Journal, and New Jersey Lawyer.

THERESA LOWY is Associate Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University. She provides executive administrative support and manages all office communications. Her responsibilities include class curriculum/registration, seminars, marketing, database management, fund-raising, and office finances. She plans and coordinates all meetings, special events, and the Leadership Excellence Award Dinner. Prior to joining Monmouth University, Theresa was an administrator for a law firm specializing in real estate and municipal law. She attended Seton Hall University.


Faculty

GARY S. FORSHNER, ESQ., concentrates his commercial real estate practice in the areas of land use, zoning, real estate development and redevelopment. He represents local, national and international developers, property owners and other business clients engaged in mixed use, residential, industrial, office, retail and affordable housing development projects.

Mr. Forshner provides sophisticated counsel and guidance across all phases of the project life cycle, including land use planning and approvals, permits and variances, appearances before municipal, county and state boards and agencies, and appeals of unfavorable land use decisions. Mr. Forshner’s representation of clients encompasses a broad array of industries and includes significant expertise within the telecommunications and alternative energy (solar) industries. He has served as special land use counsel to various New Jersey municipalities and to the New Jersey Builders Association.

Mr. Forshner regularly speaks on topics within the scope of his practice to a wide range of real estate, business and legal industry organizations. He has lectured on issues including those related to zoning and planning, redevelopment, affordable housing, sustainable energy, land use, eminent domain, transactional real estate, project financing and incentives, leasing, post-storm rebuilding, and attorney and governmental ethics.

MERYL A.G. GONCHAR, ESQ., is Co-Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Land Use Practice Group. Her practice encompasses all aspects of land use, redevelopment, zoning and related litigation.  She represents property owners and developers in appearances before planning and zoning boards throughout the state, in connection with obtaining land use approvals and permits for residential, retail, office, industrial and mixed-use projects.  She also represents clients in land use and related litigation before the Superior Court of New Jersey.  Ms. Gonchar’s diversified experience enables her to provide clients with continuity throughout the often long and complicated land development process.

Ms. Gonchar is an instructor at Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute where she teaches real estate development.  She also guest lectures at Rutgers Graduate School of Business and Rutgers Business School on the topic of land use.

C. JUSTIN McCARTHY, ESQ., a shareholder in the Land Use & Development Practice Group, focuses his practice on matters associated with residential and commercial real estate including, but not limited to development, property purchase, sales, leasing, 1031 exchanges, Pilot Agreements and abatements, real property taxation, valuation, tax exemption and farmland assessment. Mr. McCarthy has experience with property taxation appeals including issues involving property valuation, classification, exemption and municipal law issues before County Boards, the Tax Court of New Jersey, the Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey and has appeared in Tax Court and before County Boards in contested tax and municipal litigation matters for trials, hearings, oral arguments, direct examination and cross examination.

IRENE McFARLAND, M.B.A., is Specialist Professor of the Kislak Real Estate Institute and the Department of Economics, Finance, and Real Estate. She teaches Principles of Finance, Real Estate Finance, and Real Estate Development.

Ms. McFarland began her career in finance and business management in the technology sector after receiving her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, and then began specializing in real estate after receiving her M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has held executive positions at prominent financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley, Chemical Bank, and Prudential (PGIM Real Estate). Her experience includes real estate investment banking and advisory, asset management, capital markets, investment management, risk management and workouts. She has executed several billion dollars in transactions in both domestic and foreign markets. Later in her career Ms. McFarland founded McFarland Properties Inc, which was recently merged with RS Development, a combined, family-run, entrepreneurial real estate development and investment firm. Ms. McFarland has been consultant to financial service firms and has served as trustee or advisory board member for New Jersey-based organizations, including a start-up bank.

Ms. McFarland was previously a Part-time Lecturer at The Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University, where she taught a course in Real Estate Finance & Investment Analysis.

JAMES MEEHAN, MAI, AI-GRS graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated from Monmouth University in 2009 with an M.B.A. in Real Estate. James has over a decade of real estate valuation experience in residential, commercial, industrial and special purpose properties throughout NJ, NY, & PA. Mr. Meehan’s experience covers the performance and consulting of property tax appeals, eminent domain, fair market valuations, discounted cash flow analysis & highest and best use studies. Appraisals have been prepared for various clients including government agencies, attorneys, property owners, as well as community, regional, and national banks. Additionally, he has extensive experience in appraisal review for various lenders.

CHRISTOPHER J. OTTEAU, MAI, has been employed by Otteau Group, Inc. since 2001 and holds the State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license with broad based experience in all property types including residential, commercial, industrial, land, subdivision development analysis, hospitality and special purpose properties.  He also has extensive experience in urban redevelopment, abstraction analysis, feasibility study and stigma analysis.

Christopher is a Rutgers University graduate, holds the State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license, the MAI and AI-GRS Designation from the Appraisal Institute and has obtained a Graduate Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University. Christopher was recently appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the Office of Attorneys Ethics District VIII Committee and is an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University in Real Estate & Analysis. Christopher has been quoted and featured in publications such as the New York Times and BBC World News. Lastly, Christopher is currently completing his MBA and is expected to graduate in early 2018. Christopher also serves as the principal reviewer for work completed by firm’s staff-level appraisers.

LAURENCE I. ROTHSTEIN ESQ., is co-chair of the Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Leasing Practice Group, and focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate leasing and land use and development. He handles a variety of matters including the acquisition and sale of real property; the procurement of municipal, county, and state development approvals and permits; and the guidance and management of the real estate development process from the initial purchase to the issuance of a final certificate of occupancy.

Mr. Rothstein counsels individual and corporate landlords and tenants regarding the legal principles and practical consequences of commercial lease provisions. Following an analysis of the client’s unique needs, Mr. Rothstein tailors the preparation, review and negotiation of the lease to achieve the client’s goals. He has represented landlords and tenants in connection with leases for office buildings, shopping centers and warehouses.

Mr. Rothstein is well versed in the intricacies of New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law and counsels clients in connection with the purchase and sale of real property and its suitability for development. He prepares, negotiates, and reviews documents for the acquisition and purchase of land and advises clients regarding diverse land use and development topics such as title and survey issues, environmental factors, off-tract improvements, sewer and water issues, purchaser due diligence concerns, and municipal design standards and zoning district development regulations. Mr. Rothstein also appears before municipal agencies such as planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment.

THOMAS C. STACKHOUSE is First Vice President at Provident Bank where he heads up the commercial real estate underwriting team. He is the point person for appraisal and environmental concerns.  Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Stackhouse was Senior Vice President at Investors Bank from 2009-2017.  He also managed sales and risk management duties at CCW Insurance. Earlier, he was a Vice President in Commercial Construction Lending group at Commerce Bank. And, he began his banking career, which spans 18 years, at Summit Bank (formerly United Jersey Bank), where he became Vice President in Credit Risk Management. He is a regular panelist at distressed real estate asset conferences in the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Stackhouse is also an active member of not-for-profit organizations and serves as a board member for Collier Services Foundation and Norkus Charitable Foundation. In addition, he completed the certification program at the Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute and now serves as an advisor to the program. His professional affiliations include membership in the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Villanova University and earned a graduate degree from Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He resides in Wall, New Jersey with his family.

ARNAUD VANDERBEKEN heads the North American operations of Search 4 Alpha. In his capacity as Managing Director he oversees the acquisition, financing and disposition of the group’s assets in the region.  Prior to joining Search 4 Alpha, Arnaud gained experience at SL Green Realty Corp. and the Capital Markets team of Newmark Knight Frank.

While living in Europe, Arnaud obtained a master degree in Financial Management from the Vlerick Business School and a master in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School.  He currently teaches the Real Estate Technology course to undergraduate students.