Officers and Board

OFFICERS

Susan GoldsmithPresident
Susan Goldsmith W'81

About me: Partner, McCarter & English, LLP | Trademark, copyright, e-commerce lawyer with special interest in start-ups and emerging growth companies | Wharton marketing degree | two grown kids in tech fields | endlessly curious with deep interests in both history and science fiction.


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Joseph Gaj, W’04

About me: Regional Vice President, Ash Brokerage / Life Insurance specialist / Help advisors and clients with protection planning needs / Married high school sweetheart, 3 beautiful young children / enjoy outdoor activities, golf, gardening & carpentry.


Kristina KohlExecutive Vice President
Kristina Kohl, WG'88

About me: Managing Principal HRComputes and Becoming Sustainable/ Human capital management technology optimization, selection, and implementation/ Corporate social responsibility strategy and stakeholder engagement/ live in Moorestown with husband/ 2 grown children/ Wharton MBA/ Bard MBA professor/interests include travel, gardening, and good novels.

Karthik SriramVice President - Membership
Karthik Sriram, WG’19

About me: Strategy and Finance for Amicus Therapeutics, a biotechnology firm focused on helping patients with rare and ultra rare diseases. Financial modeling | Corporate Valuation | Operating Models & Strategy | I enjoy hiking, sports (playing and watching), and spending time with my family.

 

John PossumatoVice President - Events
John Possumato, W'82

About me: Founder & CEO, DriveItAway Inc. (the risk free in-app way to drive a used car before you buy it, from your local car dealer). An incurable entrepreneur from my time at Wharton and Penn Law School, I enjoy using technology for problem solving in unexplored areas of business and building sustainable teams in start-ups...and anything that has chocolate. Blessed with a great family, great friends and a great Wharton Club.

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Treasurer
Charlie Mangano, W'75

About me: Retired Commercial banker | Experience includes: Government and Education | Middle Market Lending | Bank Administration | Interest include photography & golfing | live with wife & mother-in-law in Short Hills, NJ | Twin sons & three granddaughters | Board member & past President of Penn Club of Metro NJ | Metro NJ SCORE Mentor


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Jane Hindes Miller WG'84

About me: COO at Gold Mobile, which specializes in in-the-moment engagement for healthcare, food service & retail | enjoy baking and spending time with family at our vacation home in Vermont | increasingly involved with WCNJ because of the warmth and sense of community I feel.

 

 

DIRECTORS

Director
Renie Carniol
About me: Director of the Grotta Fund and the Mack Ness Fund, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ/Oversee grantmaking of two active philanthropic funds; one that supports efforts to improve the lives of older adults and help them age in place in our region; and, a second that funds strategic economic and demographic development grants targeting the Negev region of Israel /Passionate about impactful community and systems change, collaboration and partnership development, capacity building and learning among non-profit organizations/ Married, 3 beautiful and married adult children / Enjoy bicycling, swimming, paddle boarding, travel & photography/past President of Penn Club of Metro NJ
  

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Samuel M. Guss, W'81
About me: President and Principal of Red Oak Capital Advisors, LLC, a commercial Real Estate investment banking firm founded in 2002.  Red Oak provides advice and arranges capital for clients in the commercial real estate business – often guiding its clients through a multiple transaction strategy to help them reach their goals| Resident of Morristown, NJ | Enjoys outdoor activities including golf, hiking, biking and softball as well as travel.


Director
Neeta Mukerjee, WEV'10
About me: Life Sciences Business Consultant, helping to bring innovative biopharma research to market. Market opportunity assessment | Value proposition analysis | Customer discovery for commercialization | Partnership development. Enjoy music, cooking, gardening, traveling, nature and the four seasons. 


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Dushyant Pandit, WG'77
About me: Founded DorchesterAdvisors – Investment advisory firm | Investor & Entrepreneur | Champion of simplification | Rock guitarist | Single Malt Scotch and Craft Beers | Flaneur when travelling | Married with two independent daughters | Summit, NJ resident.


Alix RubinDirector
Alix Rubin, JD'96
About me: Founded Rubin Employment Law/Employment Attorney and Entrepreneur/Works with small to mid-sized businesses and high-level executives and professionals to prevent and resolve disputes/Hiker, biker, writer/Married with adult journalist son/West Caldwell, NJ resident.

Director
Roger Saks, W'92
About Me: Managing Director of Investments at Stifel | I provide comprehensive wealth management services to High Net Worth familes, with a focus on long term planning and investment strategies | Family Businesses and Financial Professionals make up a majority of clients | Married with 4 "almost grown" children | Avid downhill skier and enjoy outdoor activities, especially in the mountains.

Judith SheftDirector
Judith Sheft, WG'83
About me: Executive Director New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology | Technology Commercialization and university licensing expert | Advisor to start up technology & life sciences companies | Advocate for growth and economic development in NJ urban centers | Enjoy international travel, murder mysteries and chocolate.


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Mark Ukrainskyj, W'88
About me: Senior Portfolio Manager & Principal at Covenant Asset Management | Trusted Advisor to busy professionals and small business owners | Married with two college age boys | Enjoy wine, sailing, golf and travel.

 

 

 

Updated July 2021