Board of Directors

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Hans J. Solmssen joined Greater Newark Conservancy’s Board in 2000, and has served as Co-Chair of the Board since 2006.  Hans has had an extensive career in International Banking and Corporate Finance, having served as CEO/ President of two banks and one company. After living in Summit for 40 years, he and his wife Sally have downsized to a townhome in New Providence, New Jersey. They have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren living in California and New York City. He is passionate about education for children, particularly nutrition and the environment, as well as the Conservancy’s Re-entry programs for adults. He holds a B.A. degree from Hamilton College.

 

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Neal Zimmermann began his involvement with the Conservancy in 1999, as a volunteer pro bono attorney for the organization. He later joined the board in March 2007, and has served as Co-Chair of the Board since September 2011.  He is an attorney with the law firm of Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C., in Secaucus, NJ, where he practices land use and redevelopment law. Neal has undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife, Cecilia.

 

 

 

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Mark W. Gordon joined the Board of Greater Newark Conservancy in 1994 and serves as Vice Chair.  Mark is currently Principal of Urbana Consulting, LLC, with prior experience heading Real Estate & Economic Development at NJ Transit and working at OMB and the U.S. Senate in Washington.  Mark lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife.  He has spearheaded the renovation and adaptive reuse of the Conservancy’s historic house of worship.  Mark holds a B.A. from Reed College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

 

 

 

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Sam Crane joined Greater Newark Conservancy’s Board in 2008, and has served as Treasurer since September 2009. He is an adviser for two foundations founded by the Maher Family. He has spent most of his career in government service and governmental affairs and is a graduate of Montclair State University. Sam lives in Neptune, New Jersey where favorite pastimes include enjoying his cars and boat. 

 

 

 

 

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Frank Adamo joined the Conservancy’s Board in July 2010 and serves as Board Secretary.  Frank is retired from Prudential Financial where he was Vice President, Securities Trade Monitoring and Regulatory Filings.  He is passionate for the Conservancy’s mission, and its many accomplishments in the local community.  Frank lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey with his wife Judy and they periodically travel to European and Latin American destinations.  Frank holds a B.S in Business Administration from Ricker College.

 

 

 

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Marilyn M. Pfaltz joined Greater Newark Conservancy Board in 1998, and has served as Co-Chair of the Development Committee since 1997, when it was still the Capital Campaign Committee. A founding partner of P & R Associates, she received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, PA and D.H.L from Bloomfield College, NJ. Marilyn lives in Summit with her husband, Hugo, whose great grandparents arrived in Newark before the Civil War. “Hugo’s family history has fueled my interest and dedication to New Jersey’s grand historic City.”

 

 

 

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Marion A Bolden joined the Greater Newark Conservancy Board in 2016. Marion is the former superintendent of Newark Public Schools and for 40 years was an educator within the district. She resides in West Orange, has two daughters and twin grandchildren. In addition to her long-time advocacy for children, she is an active historic preservationist. Marion holds a B.A. and M.A. from Montclair State University and a D.H.L. from Bank Street College.

 

 

 

 

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Samuel M. Convissor is a Master Gardner who joined the Greater Newark Conservancy Board in 2006. A Newark native, he graduated from Central High School and received degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Communications with emphasis in Public Policy and Municipal Public Relations.  Sam has worked with several major corporations including, Vice President Corporate Affairs at RCA and VP Government Relations, Mutual Benefit Life in Newark. Sam was a Technical Consultant with the US Community Relations Service, after the racial disturbances in the early sixties. Prior to joining the Federal Service, Sam was an Administrative Assistant to Newark’s Mayor in 1961-1962.

 

 

Janette Filbert

Janette Filbert Spiezio joined Greater Newark Conservancy’s Board in 2015. She is retired from Prudential Financial after 30 years, primarily serving as Vice President, Compliance. She lives in Westfield, New Jersey with her husband and daughters. As a first generation American, she values diverse perspectives and is passionate about the environment and social justice issues.  Janette holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

 

 

 

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Shelden Ogilvy Pisani joined Greater Newark Conservancy’s Board in July, 2007, and serves on the Governance and Advancement & Communications committees. An Essex County resident for 33 years, she and her husband moved to Bay Head New Jersey in 2013. She is a psychotherapist and addiction counselor in private practice. Shelden attended Wellesley College and holds a Ph.D from the New School for Social Research and a New Jersey State License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.  She also serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood and the Ambassador’s Circle of Family Connections. Since the focus of her volunteer work is on promoting wellness and the common good, her work with Greater Newark Conservancy is a perfect fit.

 

 

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David Rosenberg joined Greater Newark Conservancy’s Board in 2015.  He is currently Vice President of Finance at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and lives in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey with his wife and sons. David cares deeply about healthcare and the environment.  He holds a B.B.A from Emory University, and an M.B.A from Northeastern University.

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Schwarz joined the Board of Greater Newark Conservancy in 2008. She works at UBS Financial Services as Vice President of Investments. Rachel lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Her passions include front yard gardening and a strong belief in the mission of the Conservancy to improve lives in Newark through community greening and education. Rachel holds a B.A. from George Washington University.

 

 

 

 

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