Getting Involved in a Non-Profit Organization and Being Invited to Join the Non-Profit Board

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
6:00pm— 8:00pm
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Please note that this event will take place virtually on Zoom, 6 pm - 8 pm (instead of Hanover Manor)

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 6 pm - 8 pm on Zoom

Logistics: Upon receiving your registration we will email you the Zoom meeting access information 24 - 48 hours prior to the event. Please plan to arrive on Zoom at 5:45 pm to allow admission time. Registration will close at 12 noon on September 30th.

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Join us on September 30th for an insightful and engaging discussion on how to get involved in the non-profit industry. We have put together a distinguished group of panelists who will share their experiences from the non-profit industry and answer your questions.

The focus of this event is on participating in Non-Profit Boards.

Our discussion topics will include:

1. What one should know before joining a non-profit Board?
2. How does one get to be invited to be a Board member?
3. What opportunities are there for full time engagement with a non-profit organization following a career transition.

Our panelists are: Lorna Aaron, CEO and President of A&L Management Group, Ellen Dotto, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors of Union County College, Jane Hanson, Co-founder of Partners for Women and Justice, Dennis Miller, President of Dennis C. Miller Associates, and Rebecca Perkins, President and CEO, The Perkins Partnership.

The session will be moderated by Paul Boudreau, a private banker in the Office of the President at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.

About Our Moderator: Paul A. Boudreau

Paul BoudreauPaul A. Boudreau is a private banker in the Office of the President at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Paul, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Maine. After two legislative terms in the Maine House of Representatives in 1976 and 1978, Paul worked for Scott Paper Company as the Manager of Public Affairs, New England Region.

Paul was the manager of government and public affairs at Allied Corporation (Honeywell) Detroit, Michigan, before returning to Morristown as the Director of State Government Relations. He served as the Executive Director of the Honeywell Foundation and was also a member of the company’s Political Action Committee Board. He retired as Vice President State & Corporate Relations after twenty-five years with the company.

Paul joined the Morris County Chamber as the President, and has served in leadership roles with a number of state and local organizations including the New Jersey Business & Industry Association; Tri-County Scholarship Fund; the Chemical Industry Council of New Jersey; United Way of Morris County; the Community Soup Kitchen; the Morris County Airport Advisory Committee; the Somerset Hills YMCA and other organizations.

Paul was nominated by Governor Chris Christie and confirmed by the NJ State Senate to serve on the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) in NJ, and to the Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force. Paul and his wife Lucie have four children and six grandchildren. 

About Our Panelist: Lorna Aaron

Lorna Aaron is the CEO & President of A&L Management Group. She brings over 20 years of finance and consulting experiences in M&A from the investment banking, Corporate and non-profit arenas. Lorna has worked with Wall Street firms such as JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Lazard. Her corporate experiences include Regional Head of M&A for M&M Mars, Director of M& A for PepsiCo, Assistant Treasurer for Amoco Oil and Assistant Treasurer for JP Morgan. Her non-profit experiences include CFO of Babyland, Consultant to The Thurgood Marshall Foundation and over a decade of volunteer work with The Jackie Robinson Foundation. She is the Founder and Executive Director of her non-profit, Aspen Children’s Corner.

Lorna has an MBA from the Wharton School in Finance and Policy and a BA from Adelphi University in Business and Computer Science.

About Our Panelist: Ellen Dotto

Ellen Dotto recently retired as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors of Union County College. Ellen held that position after a thirty-seven year career with Verizon. During her career with Verizon, Ellen served on the Board of Trustees of the College for over ten years.

Ellen, a graduate of Trinity College, Washington, DC earned her Masters of Business Administration from Seton Hall University. She was the Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs for Verizon for ten years. Prior to that she served as External Affairs Director for Verizon New Jersey.

Ellen was a Leadership New Jersey Fellow. In addition, she served in leadership roles with a number of state and local organizations including the New Jersey Public Library Construction Advisory Board, the Union County Economic Development Corporation, New Brunswick Tomorrow, the Middlesex County and the Union County Employer Legislative Committees, the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, the Edison Chamber of Commerce and the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Ellen has received numerous awards including New Jersey’s Best Fifty Women in Business, the Richard J. Hughes Foundation Award, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey Women of Influence, the City News 100 Most Influential and the Woman of Excellence Award from the Middlesex County Commission on the Status of Women.

About Our Panelist: Jane M. Hanson, Esq.

Jane HansonJane M. Hanson is the co-founder of Partners for Women and Justice, an organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals dealing with domestic violence and family law matters. Partners was founded in 2002; Jane served as Executive Director beginning in 2003; she recently retired after 17 years of leading the organization. Jane has been recognized for her work at Partners by New Jersey’s former First Lady, Mary Pat Christie; the YWCA Union County; the Russ Berrie Foundation; New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association; and Jane’s alma maters, St. Louis University and Rutgers Law School.

In addition to her professional work, Jane has been involved in her local community. She was a member of the United Way’s Housing Coalition in Montclair, and Chair of the Affordable Senior Housing Advisory Committee. While her two children were in school, she served in various capacities in parent groups that support the Montclair Public Schools. Jane was a trustee of Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy and currently serves as a trustee of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

About Our Panelist: Dennis C. Miller

Dennis MillerDennis C. Miller is the President of Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc., is a nationally recognized expert in nonprofit leadership executive search, strategic planning and board and leadership performance coaching with more than thirty-five years of experience working with nonprofit board leadership and chief executives across the country. Dennis is also an expert in board governance, leadership development, philanthropy and succession planning. In addition, he is a sought-after motivational speaker, retreat facilitator and leadership performance coach. Dennis’ experience working with hundreds of nonprofit organizations has provided him with the knowledge and insights to understand the competencies required of today’s nonprofit leadership.

Dennis is the former president and chief executive officer of Somerset Medical Center and Foundation in New Jersey, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, Chaired the Board of Trustees for the Center for Health Affairs, Inc. in Princeton and received his Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dennis obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Public Health Administration from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dennis has served in a leadership role on numerous national, state and regional nonprofit boards and business and trade associations.

Dennis is the Founder of the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University and served as their Executive Director from 2012-2016. Dennis was the Chair of the highly successful “Profiles in Excellence” capital campaign for St. Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, was the board chair of their Board of Trustees and was recently elected into the Green Knights Hall of Fame. Dennis is the author of several books on nonprofit organization success, and an autobiography.

About Our Panelist: Rebecca Perkins

Rebecca PerkinsRebecca Perkins is a public policy and communications strategist with more than twenty years of progressively responsible leadership in the public, private, and academic sectors. In April 2004 she formed the Perkins Partnership, a public policy consulting firm that focuses on advocacy, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and nonprofit organizations, with special expertise in healthcare and life sciences.

Prior to establishing the firm, Rebecca served as Senior Vice President at the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, where she led communications, legislative, and philanthropic initiatives focused on healthcare. She also served as Special Assistant to the President of the University of Medicine & Dentistry for External Affairs, where she promoted private/academic research relationships and represented the University to the life sciences community. Rebecca served in the administration of New Jersey Governor James McGreevey as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Prosperity New Jersey, where she led policy and mission initiatives. She also served as Vice President, Government Affairs for BioNJ, the biotechnology trade association.

Professional acknowledgements include CMS recognition from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for her work to promote enrollment in New Jersey “KidCare,” the state’s healthcare program for low income children and families; “NJBiz 50 Best Women in New Jersey Business;” “Outstanding Woman in the Pharmaceutical Industry;” and “Outstanding Woman in Business.” She has been recognized for her community service as well and has served on numerous local and state boards, committees, and task forces for public health and policy issues. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Drew University and a Bachelor of Science in Education (with honors) from Emporia State University.


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