Jeffrey I. Baron, Esquire is the Managing Partner of Baron & Brennan, P.A., a law firm in Voorhees, New Jersey. Mr. Baron graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers-Camden in 1969 with honors in Political Science and from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey in 1973. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Baron served as a Law Clerk at the New Jersey Supreme Court. Since his admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1973, Mr. Baron has represented 14 various municipal entities. Having served as State Chairman, Part Chairman and a Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness and as Part Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee, Mr. Baron currently serves as a Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for Camden and Gloucester Counties. Mr. Baron emphasizes his practice in real estate, land use, land development, zoning and planning and has been elected as a top rated or outstanding attorney by SJ Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Inside New Jersey Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer on various occasions. Mr. Baron has lectured and participated in seminars on real estate, zoning, planning and land use for a number of New Jersey and national educational organizations. Mr. Baron was the 2014 Commencement Speaker for the Rutgers Camden College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Baron has mentored numerous law clerks and young associates utilizing a leadership philosophy that the best way to teach is to participate and interact in the learning process with the person being mentored and to provide positive support and consistent guidance.
Martin A. Bieber enjoyed a career spanning over forty years, most of it was as a healthcare executive. He retired as President and CEO of the Kennedy Health System in Southern New Jersey in 2013. During his eight years at Kennedy he lead the repositioning of this 800 bed health system to be recognized as one of the better quality providers in its market, while substantially improving its financial performance at a time of historic challenge. Key accomplishments at Kennedy include: substantially improving patient care quality as measured by the Joint Commission, developing Orthopedics as a center of excellence with the Rothman Institute, developing Kennedy as South Jersey’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center in partnership with the Jefferson Neurosciences Program and substantially improving the institution’s financial performance from 2% to greater than 12%.
Previously, he served as Sr. VP and COO of St. Francis Hospital, the Heart Center, Roslyn, New York for 14 years, and 12 years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Mr. Bieber is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Bancroft, a leading nonprofit provider of specialized services for individuals with autism, brain injuries and other intellectual or developmental disabilities serving the Delaware Valley region. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Patient Access Network Foundation, which provides grants to patients who cannot afford their medication therapy. Mr. Bieber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with an accounting major, from Bernard Baruch College in New York City and a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies, majoring in healthcare administration, from the New School for Social Research in New York City. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
It is Mr. Bieber’s experience that Leadership Skills/Competencies can be learned. He believes that a College student can acquire sufficient Leadership Competencies to enable him/her to be sufficiently equipped to: obtain the necessary academic credentials for their chosen career path, develop an effective position search strategy and successfully implement said strategy to secure an appropriate business opportunity in the student’s chosen career path. Furthermore, good leadership skills will enable an individual to distinguish themselves from their colleagues, to provide a better probability of career success.
For more than 3 decades, Anthony J. DePetris has served as a public management professional and leader in the government, non-profit and higher education sectors. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1984 from Rutgers University-Camden in Political Science with minors in History and Public Policy & Administration. In 1986, he received his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Delaware with a specialization in Financial Management.
Selected as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI) in 1986, he began his public management career with the U.S. General Services Administration. He was appointed Deputy County Administrator with the County of Camden, NJ in 1988. In 1993, he was appointed Deputy Comptroller of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. In 1998, he was appointed as Director of Operations & Programs with the Campus Boulevard Corporation, a non-profit economic and community development collaborative in Philadelphia, Pa. From 2004-2016, he served first as Director of Administrative & Personnel Services and then as Chief of Staff/Human Resources Administration at the LEAP Academy University Charter School, Inc. in Camden, NJ.
In 2014, he was selected as a Fellow with Lead NJ, a year-long program which brings together a highly select group of leaders to learn about the cutting edge issues facing the State of New Jersey. In addition, he is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Further, he has served on the adjunct faculties of the College of Urban Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Delaware; Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers University-Camden, the Department of Business & High Technology at Camden County College and Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington, Delaware.
Moreover, he has been active with various boards including service as Chair and Member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees (1998-2010); Member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors (2009-2015), Vice Chair and Member of the Rutgers University-Camden Board of Directors (2014-2015), Chair and Member of the CCAS Dean’s Advisory Council (1996-present). Also, he served as Vice Chair of the Paul VI High School Board of Trustees in Haddonfield, NJ (2003-2006). Finally, he is a Past President of the Rutgers University-Camden Alumni Association and Past Treasurer, University of Delaware Alumni Association.
John Hanson has served as CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and President of the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) since January 2014. He was the CFO of both organizations for ten years prior to becoming CEO/President. John emphasizes stewardship and public service as the root of DRPA/PATCO’s mission and purpose, saying, “We are stewards of the important transportation assets and other resources. We hold them in trust for their owners: the public. We protect, maintain and operate them on behalf of the community.”
Mr. Hanson brings both public and private sector experience to the job. He was employed by RCA/GE in Camden, NJ and later served as Financial Officer and Vice-President of Finance for a large healthcare firm in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He joined the administration of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman in 1998, where he served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives until 2002. He returned to private industry in 2002 as Executive Vice President and General Manager of a large New Jersey-based recycling/manufacturing firm, where he remained until coming to the DRPA in 2004.
Mr. Hanson currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey. He served as the deputy mayor of the Borough of Audubon, New Jersey from 1997 to 2001.
Mr. Hanson is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of New Jersey and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He graduated magna cum laude from Drexel University in 1990 with a BS in accounting. He earned an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in May 2007, earning the President’s medal. He is a practitioner of the Lean Six Sigma business process improvement methodology, in which he has attained the level of black belt.
A lifelong learner, Mr. Hanson began studying improvisational comedy at Philly Improv Theater in January 2014. “I got interested when I heard it was recommended for business leaders,” he says. “Improv demands that you listen, collaborate and react at the top of your intelligence. You learn to trust and support your teammates.” He performs with the Indie improv team Warm Town.
Walt MacDonald is the President and CEO of Educational Testing Service, the world’s largest nonprofit educational research and assessment organization.
MacDonald began his ETS career in 1984 and led nearly every major area of the organization before being appointed President and CEO in 2014. His highest priority is achieving ETS’s mission to advance quality and equity in education for all learners regardless of their circumstances. In the United States, ETS collaborates with such organizations as the College Board and the US DoE. Its global priorities include working with students, teachers and ministries of education to improve education and English language learning.
A believer in the transformational power of learning, MacDonald credits education with giving direction to his life and career. After earning an associate degree in science at Camden County Community College, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Rutgers–Camden and a doctorate in ecology at Rutgers University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
George Mamo has over 40 years’ experience in the non-profit field. He joined The Fellowship in 1999 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; currently, he holds the position of Executive Vice President and Global Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining The Fellowship, George was Senior Assistant to the President of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, where he also headed the human resources function in 40 countries. While with Winrock, he was seconded to the World Bank for a project with the Forestry Department in Uttar Pradesh, India.
As Vice President of Administration for Oklahoma City-based Feed The Children, George was the organization’s principal spokesman following the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. He worked with a coalition of charities and foundations to coordinate relief efforts for bombing victims. During his 12-year tenure, Feed The Children grew from $12 to over $100 million in donor support.
George was Executive Director of Atlanta-based Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity and its related TEP Foundation before joining the Central Atlanta Churches coalition: first as director of the City’s only day shelter for the homeless and then as Executive Director. Central Atlanta Churches was a coalition of 5 black and 5 white churches that served the homeless, unemployed, and under-employed of Midtown. While there, George was cited for management excellence by the Atlanta Community Foundation.
George serves on the Boards of Fellowship affiliates in Brazil, Canada, and South Korea; in addition, he sits on Bank Leumi’s Business Advisory Council; he was previously a member of the community advisory board of Advocate Bethany Hospital in Chicago, the Midwest board of Magen David Adom (Israel’s “Red Cross”) and the business advisory committee of Petit Jean College in Arkansas. He was ordained as a deacon by First Baptist Church of Atlanta, and licensed to the ministry by Putnam City Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. In 2000, Rutgers University named him one of the “Fifty Finest” graduates from the Camden Campus; in 2004, he was inducted into Rutgers’ “Hall of Distinguished Alumni.”
George and his wife, Kay, have been married since 1981; they make their home in the Chicagoland area and have one son and twin granddaughters.
Chris Minster is the General Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Product Development Center (APDC) in Camden, NJ. The APDC is part of the Lockheed Martin, Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors (IWSS) line of business, with over 300 people supporting two major program areas. The APDC is engaged in developing a new solid state, Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) for the US Missile Defense Agency, and in the total integration of the Aegis Combat System and Aegis Ships for the US Navy, PEO for Integrated Warfare Systems.
Mr. Minster also serves as the senior manager for the Ship Integration & Test organization and programs in Lockheed Martin’s, Mission Systems & Training (MST) business area. Ship Integration & Test directly manages three contracts and employs 275 people in 11 domestic and international locations, including operations in Camden NJ, Washington DC, Bath ME, Pascagoula MS, San Diego CA, Norfolk VA, Port Hueneme CA, Syracuse NY, Chinhae, Republic of Korea, Adelaide Australia and Deveselu Romania. He and his team are responsible for the development of Aegis and surface combatant, combat system to ship interface designs, waterfront installation, integration and testing on all Aegis ships and related platforms.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Minster held various Ship Integration & Test, organization and program positions including both domestic and international areas of Ship Integration & Test. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1999, Mr. Minster served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. His ship tours include USS John L Hall (FFG 32), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Doyle (FFG 39) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). He also served in the Office of Naval Intelligence as an air-defense intelligence analyst with SPEAR. Mr. Minster received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, with studies in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management.
James H. Rhodes is a deputy county administrator for Camden County government. His areas of responsibility include the Department of Public Safety, the Office of Information Technology & Telecommunications, The One Stop Career Center, Internal Audit, Employee Benefits & Insurance, the Office of Archives & Records Management, and the Office of Sustainability & Shared Services. Jim is also the Chair of the Camden County Board of Social Services, a position he has held since 2004.
Prior to his current role with the County, Jim served as Director of Legislative Policy and Communications for Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia. He represented the organization’s AmeriHealth subsidiaries in New Jersey and Delaware. His responsibilities included government relations and policy initiatives in multiple jurisdictions, including the development and promotion of an effective public policy agenda. Jim completed the Independence Blue Cross Business Strategy & Leadership Program through the Warton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He represented the organization and the managed care industry through various placements on government commissions and industry-related boards and committees, including the New Jersey Mandated Health Benefits Review Commission and as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.
In addition to his duties with the County, Jim serves in several volunteer roles, including as a member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees, a member of the board of directors of the Larc School of Bellmawr, NJ, which serves disabled children and young adults from throughout southern New Jersey, and as a board member for the Friends of the Camden County Child Advocacy Center.
Jim is a 1994 graduate of Rutgers University-Camden, where he majored in Political Science. He resides in Westmont, NJ.
Christine Collins Shubert, Esquire, is a 1976 graduate of Rutgers University, CCAS, holding a degree in Political Science, with High Honors and is a member of Athenaum. Ms. Shubert obtained her Juris Doctor from The Delaware Law School of Widener College (now Widener University) in 1979. She is licenced to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is admitted to the U.S. District Courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms Shubert has been engaged in the practice of law since 1980, with a concentration in Bankruptcy and has served as a Chapter 7 panel and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy trustee in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1986. During the early years of her practice, Ms. Shubert was active in the representation of consumer debtors in Bankruptcy. In recent years, her practice has primarily focused on her duties as a Bankruptcy trustee. During the course of her career as Bankruptcy Trustee, she has administered over 30,000 cases, with notable success in the matter of Winstar Communications, in which she collected and distributed over $300 million dollars to creditors. Ms. Shubert has been a frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has participated in Bankruptcy Trustee training throughout her career. She is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and has also frequently served as a mentor for newly appointed Bankruptcy Trustees in Pennsylvania.
As a life long resident of New Jersey, Ms. Shubert takes pride in her Rutgers University education. She is an advocate of the importance of student participation and leadership as critical tools for professional success.
Rob Simmons, Dr.PH, MPH, MCHES, CPH
Rob Simmons has been a public health educator and health promotion leader for 44 years working with government, community health organizations, private health foundations, healthcare organizations and academic public health programs in California, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Latin America. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health. Dr. Simmons’ professional background and research interests are in chronic disease health promotion and disease prevention, public health policy and advocacy, health literacy, and global health. Dr. Simmons is engaged in a multi-year hospital and community-based health literacy initiative funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Rob is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Public and Global Health. Rob’s has served in public health and community leadership roles throughout his long career. Rob’s leadership style involves active engagement to develop and sustain collaborative initiatives.
Joanne Tanhauser is Director, Strategic HR Business Partner and Total Rewards of ERT in Philadelphia, PA. ERT is a global data and technology company, with over 50 years of combined clinical, therapeutic and regulatory experience as well as technology and process‑related insights that minimizes risk and uncertainty in clinical trials.
Ms. Tanhauser serves as a Strategic HR Business Partner for Sales, Marketing and Finance and head of Total Rewards where she and her team work with Senior Leadership to develop the strategy for all health & welfare, retirement benefit programs and compensation. She leads the Total Rewards program through analysis, development, evaluation and implementation of the plans to attract, motivate and retain top talent. She is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of HR for Sales, Marketing and Finance functions by partnering with key business leaders on opportunities to leverage people to meet corporate strategic plans.
Ms. Tanhauser received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Widener University.