KENNETH E. PRINGLE, ESQ., Chair
Pringle Quinn Anzano, P.C.
Mr. Pringle graduated summa cum laude in 1979 from Mount St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Md. He graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982, where he was the Criminal Procedure Project Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. From 1982 until 1983, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Senior Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He subsequently worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firms of Hogan & Hartson and Ross, Dixon & Masback, returning to Belmar in 1987 to open a solo law practice. He is the managing partner of Pringle Quinn Anzano, P.C.
He served on the Board of Directors of New Jersey Transit Corp. from 2005 until 2010, where he was the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board of ARH III Corp., NJ Transit’s South Carolina-based captive insurance subsidiary. He also served as the Mayor of the Borough of Belmar from June 20, 1990, until December 31, 2010, and was the longest-serving mayor in Belmar’s history.
DAVID C. APY, ESQ.
Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, State of New Jersey
Mr. Apy has extensive trial and appellate experience in the federal and state courts of New Jersey, defending oil companies, chemical companies, major aircraft and engine manufacturers and other manufacturing companies in a wide range of sophisticated legal actions. Mr. Apy has argued many cases before New Jersey appellate courts, including several cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court involving Constitutional, commercial, and land use issues.
CHRISTOPHER BENOSKY, PE, CFM
Vice President, AECOM
Mr. Benosky is AECOM’s New York Metro Area Water Resource Market Sector Lead, the North America Stormwater Resilience Lead, and one of the firm’s global Technical Practice Leaders for the firms Coastal and Ecosystem Restoration Services. He has over 30 years of experience in flood protection and risk management, coastal engineering, ecosystem restoration design, dam and levee engineering, hydrologic, hydraulic, and hydrodynamic modeling and analyses, stormwater management system design, geotechnical engineering, construction cost estimation, and construction management. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey and a nationally Certified Floodplain Manager. Currently, Mr. Benosky is the AECOM Project Director and Executive for the Rebuild by Design Meadowlands and Hudson River projects and the U.S. Corps of Engineers South Shore of Staten Island Flood Control project and is responsible for the design, permitting, mitigation and/or construction of nearly $2.5 billion dollars of flood control infrastructure in the New York/New Jersey area for AECOM.
LAURA BRINKERHOFF, LSRP, CPG
President, Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Inc.
Ms. Brinkerhoff is a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) and a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with more than 25 years of management experience in the field of subsurface investigation, ecological evaluation and environmental remediation. For the past 20 years, Ms. Brinkerhoff has been the President and CEO of Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Inc., a highly respected New Jersey based environmental consulting firm that specializes in regulatory compliance and site remediation. The firm has completed hundreds of environmental cleanup projects involving landfills, public properties, redevelopment sites and contaminated properties. Her experience includes the oversight of urban remediation projects, also known as “brownfield sites”, which require the evaluation and design of technologies for removing environmental contaminants from buildings, soil and groundwater. She has strong relationships with the state and federal agencies which govern the environmental process, and a team of dedicated professionals which have extensive knowledge of the regulations. Ms. Brinkerhoff is networked with many professional organizations, and participates in many trade associations and women’s advocacy groups.
NANCY BYRNE REINHART
Nancy Byrne Reinhart served seven years as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism. Her career has primarily focused on Marketing via Special Events and Public Relations activities. She worked in the Clinton administration serving as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. In that role she coordinated many legs of the Natural Heritage Tour. The Tour sought to emphasize the necessity to keep America’s waterways clean and that environmental measures to make that happen were not in conflict with a healthy business environment. Prior to that her career focused on Sports Marketing serving as the Public Relations Director on the Virginia Slims Women’s Tennis tour as well as Senior and College tours. She is a graduate of Clemson University.
BRADLEY M. CAMPBELL, ESQ.
President, Conservation Law Foundation
Bradley Campbell is the president of the Conservation Law Foundation. A former White House senior appointee during the Clinton administration, Mr. Campbell was the regional administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region, and served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). In 2006 he launched a law firm with a focus on issues involving the environment, energy, entrepreneurship and science. A year later, he co-founded Swan Creek Energy, which went on to develop several of the largest net-metered commercial solar projects in the U.S. As commissioner of the NJDEP, Campbell set the toughest standards in the nation to protect coastal areas, streams and rivers from stormwater pollution; initiated and negotiated the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to control greenhouse gas emissions from power plants; and developed and secured permanent protection for more than 800,000 acres of watershed lands under threat of development in New Jersey’s Highlands region.
Mr. Cosgrove is a 4th generation, great-grandson of the founders of Bahrs Landing Seafood Restaurant and Marina. Bahrs Landing is considered one of New Jersey’s famous landmarks as well as one of the country’s oldest family run restaurants. Mr. Cosgrove is also an avid sports fisherman, local fishing columnist, and Jersey Shore Partnership honoree.
Realtor, David J. Ennis & Associates
David J. Ennis is a fourth-generation realtor. The Long Branch native was one of the first to use a business-like approach to conservation. By innovatively combining traditional real estate techniques, public funding initiatives, and tax benefits, he created transactions that could be duplicated by others, successfully protecting more than 80,000 acres in New Jersey alone.
He received a B.S. in Business from Monmouth University. Mr. Ennis was instrumental in devising the Comprehensive Pinelands Management Plan that created the 1.5 million acre Pinelands National Reserve and helped create New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. In addition, he was an original trustee of the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, a group that was successful in obtaining Federal designations that included the Delaware River as a Wild and Scenic River from the Delaware Water Gap to Burlington, NJ/Bristol, PA.
ALFRED L. FERGUSON, ESQ.
Of Counsel, McCarter & English
Mr. Ferguson’s practice focuses on general litigation involving business, real estate, zoning and planning and other areas not involving personal injury or product liability. He has extensive experience in exclusionary zoning and Mt. Laurel litigation, real estate development, and family law matters involving complex issues of marital estate distribution. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1958 and a J.D. from Yale University Law School in 1963.
JIM FERRIS, P.E., CEM, LEED-AP
President, JPF Consulting
Mr. Ferris has been providing professional consulting and engineering services for over 40 years. For the past 20 years, Mr. Ferris has provided energy and sustainability consulting services to public and private clients in New Jersey and New York, assisting in the development of energy reduction, carbon emission reduction, and sustainability goals, and providing short and long-term planning towards achieving those goals. For the past decade, Mr. Ferris has been assisting Monmouth University in developing and achieving its energy conservation and sustainability goals. Mr. Ferris is a registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey, a Certified Energy Manager, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Mr. Ferris serves as a member of the Sustainable Jersey Energy Task Force, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of the New Jersey chapter of the Association for Energy Engineers.
RUSSELL J. FURNARI
Environmental Policy Manager, PSEG Services Corporation
Mr. Furnari is primarily responsible for water issues facing PSEG’s operating subsidiaries. He has been with PSEG for more than 29 years, working in a variety of operating and technical support positions, before taking his current position. Key water issues Russ confronts include; land use regulations such as stormwater management, flood hazard control and freshwater wetlands that can impact water quality and quantity, water quality issues related to Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementations, Spill Planning and water resource conservation/beneficial reuse.
Mr. Furnari is a member of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey (CWC), representing the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as the chair. The CWC is an advisory group to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) whose members are appointed by the governor to assist NJDEP on monitoring current water issues and developing policy to address them. PSEG is a leading member of the Coastal America Program’s Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership a public private initiative to promote the restoration of critical coastal habitat. Mr. Furnari represents PSEG on CA/CWRP activities and serves as Chair of the NJ CWRP Chapter. He has also been a member of the Delaware Estuary PCB TMDL Implementation Advisory Committee and the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Consortium, two stakeholder groups working to identify innovative solutions to reducing impacts from toxic pollutants in local watersheds. He has a B.S. in Industrial Administration (NJIT) and an M.A. in Environmental Management (Montclair State University). He is active with several environmental organizations working to promote watershed protection and habitat restoration throughout the state and the region.
DR. NICKITAS GEORGAS
Associate Director for Operational Oceanography, Jupiter
Dr. Georgas is an award-winning ocean engineer with a background in hydrodynamics and numerical modeling and a regional focus on the inland and coastal waters of the Eastern Seaboard. Dr. Georgas has participated in a variety of coastal engineering studies involving feasibility, impact evaluation, use-attainability and dredging assessments, by designing and coupling hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality models. He also led the development of the world’s most precise medium-term probabilistic coastal flood forecast system. This tool was used by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as NJ TRANSIT for calculating risk to their critical assets. Dr. Georgas also helped develop the New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System.
Prior to joining Jupiter, Dr. Georgas worked as an environmental consultant at Hydroqual. He was also co-PI of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems and a contributor to the New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report. Dr. Georgas has a Ph.D. in ocean engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in marine environmental sciences from Stony Brook University and a B.S. in physics from the University of Crete.
Vice President, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Bill Hanson is a Vice President at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, the largest dredging company in the US and also with international operations. In addition to his current Government Relations and Business Development role for GLDD out of their DC office, Hanson also serves on several academic boards including the Texas A&M Ocean Engineering Department Industry Advisory Board in addition to lecturing at Universities with coastal and ocean engineering programs around the country. Hanson has served on several Federal Advisory Committees as well, including USACE Coastal Engineering Board, NOAA Hydrographic Survey Review Panel, Dept of Commerce Supply Chain Competitiveness, USDOT MTSNAC, and a USTR Trade Advisory Committee. He also is heavily involved with efforts to expand beneficial use of dredged material working with the Corps NNBF program as well as the Caterpillar Natural Infrastructure Initiative.
Leslie Hitchner of Rumson, New Jersey, is a member of the Monmouth University Board of Trustees. Ms. Hitchner served as a trustee for CPC Behavioral Health Care, the Chinese-American Planning Council, and the Women’s Council of the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center. She has three children and is a past member of the Bucknell University Parents Association Board of Directors and is a founding member of the University of Denver Parents Association Council.
FREDERICK J. KAELI JR. ‘61
President, Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation
Frederick J. Kaeli, Jr. is the retired senior vice president of investments at Smith Barney in New York and Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Currently, he serves as president of the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Foundation located in Delray Beach, Florida. The Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Foundation was one of the first donors to the Urban Coast Institute. Mr. Kaeli was elected to the University’s Board of Trustees in 2010. Mr. Kaeli and his wife, Jean, contributed a lead gift to Monmouth University’s Multipurpose Activity Center.
Mr. Kaeli was born in Newark, New Jersey. He received a degree in Business Administration from Monmouth College in 1961. Mr. and Mrs. Kaeli reside in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and have three grown children.
DR. JOSH KOHUT
Dr. Kohut graduated cum laude in 1997 with a B.S. in physics from the College of Charleston and earned his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Rutgers University in 2002. Since then, he has been a central player in the Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, serving in several capacities including Technical Director and now as a member of the Faculty Leadership. Using networks of ocean observing technologies, his research and extension programs focus on the physical ocean processes that structure marine ecosystems. His projects range from coastal processes impacting storm intensity, beach water quality, and fisheries habitat off the coast of New Jersey to regional scale questions centered on marine ecosystem dynamics within the coastal seas around Antarctica.
Regionally, he is part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), a partnership focused on delivering ocean based products and services to communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Within New Jersey, he works with private sector partners and state agencies, serving on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Science Advisory Board as a member of the standing committee on water quality and quantity.
SUSAN DOCTORIAN KYRILLOS
Susan Doctorian Kyrillos is the principal of SK Partners, a business development and public affairs consulting firm, and is affiliated with Migdon Allen Associates, a boutique employee benefits firm. After beginning her career with the Missouri State Auditor, Ms. Kyrillos moved to New Jersey in 1992 with roles with President George H.W. Bush’s campaign, the state government, and with Princeton Public Affairs Group, Trenton’s largest public affairs firm. In 1998, she began the public affairs program for Monmouth University, becoming Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and then, Counselor to the President. She is widely credited as a driving force behind the establishment of the University’s state-of-the-art Multi Activities Center, the award winning pedestrian overpass linking together key campus parcels, and the beginning of the highly regarded Monmouth University Poll.
Ms. Kyrillos currently serves on the board of directors of American Property Insurance company, and is or has been affiliated with numerous nonprofit boards of trustees, including: 180, a leading resource for victims of domestic violence, Prevention First, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation and chair of its Women’s Council, Pascale Sykes Foundation, the Middletown Public Library, and the Rumson Country Day School. She holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a M.A. from Seton Hall University. She and her husband, Joe Kyrillos, live with their two children in Middletown, NJ.
RADM RICHARD LARRABEE
Richard M. Larrabee is the former Director of the Port Commerce Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He oversaw the management and operation of the major marine terminal facilities within the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast of North America. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Larrabee managed a multi-billion dollar port redevelopment program that included reinvestment in marine terminal facilities, deepening harbor channels and berths, improving intermodal connections and protecting sensitive marine environments.
Prior to joining the Port Authority, Richard Larrabee held the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served as Commander of the First Coast Guard District in Boston, where he oversaw all operations in the Northeast United States. He is a member of the Secretary of Transportation’s Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Coast Guard Academy Advisory Committee. Mr. Larrabee holds a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
GORDON LITWIN, ESQ.
Litwin & Provence, LLC
Gordon N. Litwin is a Partner with Litwin & Provence, LLC. Mr. Litwin is presently the Borough Attorney for the Borough of Keyport, a municipality he has represented in various official capacities for over 40 years. He has previously served as Redevelopment Counsel to the City of Hoboken and the Borough of Keyport, and as the attorney for the Borough of Sea Bright Zoning Board and Borough of Keyport Planning Board. He has appeared in over 40 appellate proceedings and is responsible for significant precedents in the areas of land use and environmental law.
He has served for more than eight years as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Meridian Health System and Meridian Hospital Corporation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Brookdale Community College. Mr. Litwin is a member of the American, New Jersey State, Essex County, and Monmouth Bar Associations. Mr. Litwin is a graduate of Harvard University Law School and Syracuse University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Mr. Litwin specializes in Environmental Law, General Civil Practice, Commercial Law, and Commercial Real Estate
RITA MANGAN ’77
After spending over 30 years as a senior executive in the retail and cosmetics industries, Rita Mangan, a magna cum laude graduate of Monmouth University (Education ’77), has turned her attention to a personal passion: the environment. In 2015, Ms. Mangan received the Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW) Achiever Award for her outstanding leadership, mentoring and other contributions to the cosmetics industry. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President for Sales, Education & Retail Strategies at Shiseido Cosmetics America. Prior to joining Shiseido Cosmetics America, Ms. Mangan was Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Before joining Bobbi Brown, she was the Senior Vice President of Cosmetics for Macy’s, where she led the cosmetics business across the U.S. Ms. Mangan has served as a Vice Chairwoman on the Board of Governors for CEW. In addition, she was Chairman of the Dream Ball for the American Cancer Society 1992-2002.
A lifetime ocean enthusiast, she has spent every summer in Manasquan and is currently a volunteer for the Manasquan Beach Committee. Ms. Mangan and her husband, Joe, reside in both New York City and Manasquan.
DR. TAVIT NAJARIAN
President, Najarian Associates
Dr. Najarian is an expert in the field of water resources. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Najarian has been involved with the development, adaptation and application of mathematical models for hydrodynamic and water quality simulations of aquatic systems. Dr. Najarian has particular expertise in applying such models in studies of: (1) wasteload allocation & regional planning of stormwater runoff; and (2) estuarine eutrophication dynamics. Dr. Najarian also serves as a consultant on hydraulic and environmental issues related to large-scale planned residential, commercial, industrial and waterfront projects.
DR. PHILIP ORTON
Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. Philip Orton is a research assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and he holds a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Columbia University. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles on coastal physical oceanography, storm surges, flood risk assessment, air-sea interaction, sediment transport, and coastal and urban meteorology. He is a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change, the Executive Council of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, and was appointed by the governor to serve on the New Jersey Wetlands Mitigation Council. He has been contributing to New Jersey and New York flood adaptation planning post-Hurricane Sandy, and working with the Jersey City Department of City Planning, New York City on the Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resilience, and as a member of the winning Living Breakwaters team for the Federal Rebuild By Design competition. His website is philiporton.com.
DR. BETH PHELAN
Laboratory Director, J.J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab; Chief, Fishery Ecology Branch, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Dr. Phelan provides scientific leadership to staff at the Howard Lab, conducting research into the impacts of environmental change on living marine resources and their habitats. Her personal research experience has been primarily in habitat suitability and fish behavior and ecology. Climate and ocean acidification have been primary research topics for the past 10 years. She is a co-director of the Sandy Hook Summer Internship Program.
DR. STEPHEN J. SOUZA
President, Princeton Hydro, LLC
Dr. Souza has studied and managed over 300 ponds, lakes, and reservoirs throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic region. His lake restoration experience includes dredging, aeration, weed and algae control, biomanipulation and nutrient inactivation using alum. Dr. Souza is also proficient in the modeling of non-point source pollutant loading and the design and implementation of stormwater quality best management practices. Dr. Souza is an instructor with Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education. Dr. Souza serves as an alternate on the NJ Lakes Task Force.
DR. AMY R. TUININGA
Director, Montclair State University PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies (PSEG ISS)
In her role as director of the PSEG ISS, Dr. Tuininga grows academic-corporate-community partnerships that advance sustainability science and engender resilient communities. Prior to Montclair State, Dr. Tuininga served as the Interim Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fordham University, where she also worked as Co-Director of the Bronx Science Consortium. Dr. Tuininga’s research has focused on environmental responses to human perturbations such as climate change, pollution, invasive species and urbanization. Dr. Tuininga received her Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Washington, Master of Science in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University, and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, where she is a Rutgers 250 Fellow.
NANCY A. WASHINGTON
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, New Jersey Resources Corporation
Nancy Washington is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of New Jersey Resources Corporation. She joined NJR in 2017 and is responsible for developing and directing the corporate legal function and overseeing corporate compliance. Prior to joining NJR, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for CIT Group Inc. An accomplished litigator, she was a partner at Saiber, LLC, served as counsel in the commercial litigation practice at McCarter & English, LLP and was an associate at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP. She began her law career with a clerkship for the Hon. Vincent J. Commisa, former Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.
Ms. Washington is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and Seton Hall University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. She is a member of the American, Federal and New Jersey State Bar Associations, and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.