At a critical moment in their long history, with the shared YMCA-YWCA facility on Paul Robeson Place the subject of recent Master Plan discussions brought about by the proposed move of the University Medical Center at Princeton to Route 1, the two “Y” institutions have announced new CEOs.
The Princeton Family YMCA has announced the appointment of Kathleen (Kate) W. Story as its new chief executive officer. Story, who had been a member of the YMCA Board and chair of its program committee, will resign her Board seat to take the new post.
“We’re very excited to have Kate move into the chief executive role at this exciting time in our history,” said David Sandahl, YMCA board chairman. “She brings to the job a passion for the Y mission and program, combined with the business skills we need to move our organization up to the next level.”
As CEO, Story will oversee all of the day-to-day activities and personnel of the facility, including facilities management and maintenance, staffing, programs, and all fiscal and budgetary matters.
She is expected to play an active leadership role in the development of new programs, community outreach, fundraising, and interaction with other non-profit organizations and local governments.
Story is the founder and managing director of Princeton Strategics, a private consultancy focused on strategy, innovation, and market development. She was previously an executive with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. A graduate of Sweet Briar College, she pursued graduate studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
The Princeton Family YMCA shares its facility with the YWCA. Both the YMCA and YWCA have vowed to stay in Princeton at their current location, and to work with the community collaboratively as land use options are reviewed.
Story succeeds outgoing CEO Richard Smith, who is relocating within the YMCA organization, which he has served for nearly 30 years, in Connecticut, where he will be closer to his children and grandchildren.
“We wish Richard every happiness, and thank him for his six years of contributions to our YMCA,” said Sandahl. “Although we will miss Richard, we could not be happier to have the combination of energy, intelligence, and skill that Kate Story brings to lead us into our next century of service to the Princeton community.”
YW Taps Anchor
For New CEO
YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton 08540; 609-497-2100; fax, 609-683-5674. Judy Hutton, CEO. Home page: www.ywcaprinceton.org
Earlier this year Judith Donohoe Hutton moved from Anchor House, where she was the executive director, to be the YWCA Princeton’s new chief executive officer.
During Hutton’s 23 years at Anchor House, the originally tiny organization grew to a nationally known agency for runaway, homeless, abused youth and their families, with a $2 million budget.
Hutton is also an active volunteer, serving as a peer monitor and trainer for the Administration of Youth and Families in the U.S. Department of Health, as president of the Garden State Coalition for Youth and Family Concerns Inc., and as a member of the Mercer County Child Care Coalition and Mercer County Youth Services Commission.
Hutton received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and a master’s in education from the College of New Jersey. She lives in Bordentown with her husband, Craig, and 15-year-old son, Sean.
Anchor House, 482 Centre Street, Trenton 08611; 609-392-6100; fax, 609-392-0651. Brian Rottkamp, executive director. Home page: www.anchorhousenj.org
Anchor House, the Trenton shelter for abused and runaway children and teenagers, has hired Brian Rottkamp as executive director to replace Judy Hutton, who left after 23 years at Anchor House to become the new CEO of the Princeton YWCA.
Previously Rottkamp was an administrator for the state Department of Corrections, where he earlier served as a counselor to youth inmates and manager of a prison substance abuse program. Between 1990 and 1991, Rottkamp was actually a counselor for Anchor House and met his wife, Diane Wright, while he was there. He has also done outreach with runaways for Covenant House in Trenton and New York City.
A Trenton native, Rottkamp has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cabrini College and has done some work toward a master’s degree in the counseling program at the College of New Jersey.
In addition to providing shelters, Anchor House offers a transitional living program for young adults, and both street and school-based counseling.
Stepping Aside at HiTops
After 20 years Bonnie Parker is leaving her executive director’s post at HiTops (Health Interested Teens Own Program for Sexuality), the organization she founded.
“HiTops is in a really strong place right now,” says Parker. “I felt the timing was right, that the change would do me good and also be really good for the organization.” Some of the people with whom she started out are still working here, and the staff has grown. “I am no longer the person who makes this place what it is. The mission is shared by a wonderful staff and board.”
HiTops was the progeny of Familyborn, a midwifery program at 20 Wiggins Street, and though Familyborn has closed, HiTops remains strong. The new director, Lori Heninger, begins work June 19 and Parker leaves on July 1.
Parker leaves behind a 19-year-old nonprofit clinic that aims to address the needs and concerns for adolescent health and well-being. It provides health and peer education, outreach, workshops, physical exams, risk assessment and health counseling, smoking cessation, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy treatment and counseling, and contraception. It also supports survivors of sexual assault and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth, and it offers training and consultation to local, regional, state, and national organizations.
What all that boils down to is the idea, revolutionary 20 years ago, that teens are the best source for sex education for other teens. Last year HiTOPS had just under 10,000 interactions with students, parents and teachers who used its educational services, and it conducted 273 workshops, classes, outreach, and support sessions throughout the state. Its adolescent health center scheduled 1,847 visits.
“My staff is just so strong right now, and my board has been fully engaged for the last few years,” says Parker. HiTops now has the budget to pay a director of operations, who will be hired by the new executive director. “And we have very strong directors of education and health.”
She gave her notice in January. “The board took on the recruitment with a vengeance. After that process I can see the future of HiTOPS and it is good. If I had any doubts I would not be able to tear myself away.”
Her successor, Heninger, has degrees from the Columbia University of Social Work and the City University Graduate Center of New York. She co-directed the Quaker United Nations Office in Manhattan and worked with the Center for Urban Community Services, a non-profit organization that provides housing for those with special needs. In her most recent position, as the director of education in the Emergencies Initiative of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, she worked with children in violent situations and engaged in extensive anti-racism work. She is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University in Long Branch.
Parker, 57, is trying to figure out what to do next. The daughter of a waitress and a corrections officer, she is the second oldest of 11 siblings. She majored in sociology at the University of North Carolina, has a degree in nursing from Mercer County Community College, and is a certified master teacher trainer. She has worked at the New Jersey Department of Human Services and, before founding HiTOPS, was the co-founder and director of nursing for Familyborn.
Recently widowed, Parker notes that she has worked full time since she was 14, and that two weeks has been her longest vacation. “I took some time off and moved, after my husband died, but that wasn’t really a vacation.” She has one daughter graduating from Rutgers who will move to California to be a marine scientist, and another daughter who has a baby and a toddler child and lives in South Carolina.
One thing she is sure of: Raising money will not be among her choices. With a budget of $1 million plus, and more than $1 million in pledges toward the endowment, HiTops is solvent, plus it has a cushion for the new director, but Parker will be glad to abandon that part of the job.
“I don’t want to do the same thing, to be another executive director or to be a fundraiser,” says Parker. “ I want to use the experience I have gained in different ways, whether helping fledgling organization as they begin to make history or doing the ‘quick turnaround’ work that can be satisfying.”
Says Parker: “I am just trusting that my good work over the years, my strong partnership, my excitement for new ventures, and enthusiasm for change will help me find out what I will do next. I spent a recent Sunday installing a light fixture and it was so rewarding.”
HiTOPS Inc., 21 Wiggins Street, Princeton 08540; 609-683-5155; fax, 609-683-9507. Lori Heninger PhD. www.hitops.org
Children’s Futures, 28 West State Street, Suite 305, Trenton 08608; 609-695-1977; fax, 609-695-5392. Floyd Morris. Home page: www.childrensfutures.org
Last month Floyd K. Morris Jr., became the new president of the Children’s Futures initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He replaces Rush L. Russell, who is now senior vice president and chief operating officer of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York.
Children’s Futures works to improve children’s health and development, focusing in particular on strengthening new families with children up to age three. The goal is for every child in Trenton to enter preschool healthy and ready to learn.
Morris was previously at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he had been a senior program officer since 2000, responsible for the Urban Health Initiative and After-School Program, among others. He started there in 1989 as a financial officer and became a program officer in 1996. Earlier he was an assistant administrator for the United Medical Center in Newark.
Morris grew up in Pittsburgh, the son of a nursing assistant; he graduated in 1985 from Salem College in West Virginia and earned a master’s in health administration from Pitt. He and his wife, Roberta, have one son.
“Initially we looked at Trenton as a place to improve child health outcomes. We called it a ‘place based strategy.’ We planned to try a range of approaches for helping children and families — and combine them in one city.” The strategy is working, but not enough intervention programs are in place. For instance, substance abuse affects child health outcomes.
“Where parents need access to counseling and treatment, we need to work to be sure that those services are available to them,” says Morris. “Currently they are not, certainly not ‘at scale,’ meaning that not enough treatment programs are available. We need to expand each intervention to as many children as possible.
Among its many activities, Children’s Futures has four parent/child Centers, where mothers, fathers, pregnant women, infants and toddlers receive services and support. These centers serve as hubs for programs ensuring access to prenatal care, for conducting home visits, and for workshops on parenting and child development. Other goals include enhancing the quality of child care; reducing the impact of substance abuse on pregnant women; improving literacy; and engaging fathers in their children’s lives.
The eight-person nonprofit has had funding for $4 million a year for the past five years.
Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Suite 113, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-844-1006; fax, 609-895-1245. Alison Badgett, executive director. Home page: www.merceralliance.org
The Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness has a new executive director, Alison Badgett, and she is actively seeking the help of area businesses to end homelessness and to keep those at risk of homelessness from teetering over the edge. “What is unique about the alliance is that it is a coalition of leaders from different sectors of Mercer County — business, nonprofits, and government — who have recognized that homelessness and lack of affordable housing means that a workforce development problem is brewing,” says Badgett.
According to data from the organizatioin, there is not enough affordable housing in the area to support a stable, low-wage work force. Yet 20 percent of the county’s labor force earns less than $25,000, and over half of these households are outside of Trenton in the suburbs. As of January, 1,800 people were homeless, but many more are at risk, including those at the backbone of the region’s economy, like preschool teachers, school bus drivers, and retail workers.
The alliance has already had a lot of help from the business community. Last year a partnership between the alliance, the city of Trenton, several nonprofits, and half a dozen banks worked with the homeless and at risk communities to help them apply for the earned income tax credits, both current and back credits, that they are due. Then the banks helped develop financial literacy and asset building seminars so that people would know how to invest the credits.
Another example of the corporate community sharing its expertise was when Princeton Partners, an advertising agency, helped the alliance at its inception in 2004 to brand itself. “If you can’t express yourself clearly, you can’t move forward,” says Badgett. Then they developed a campaign to raise public awareness of homeless and at-risk populations. And finally Princeton Partners helped the alliance obtain a Bruno Ridgeway study that found the campaign had been effective in raising awareness.
“We are looking to involve business professionals in new and innovative ways,” says Badgett. “Business techniques are the ones that make any effort at achieving a mission effective.”
Tyco International has provided 80 percent of the alliance’s operating budget since its inception. “It is a corporation that has recognized that long-term investing in new strategies to prevent homelessness and create affordable housing will be more effective than putting money into existing services,” says Badgett. She knows that other corporations are sensitive to these issues and urges the business community to join the alliance’s business advisory council, both to share their perspectives on workforce development issues and to be part of the solutions.
Princeton native Badgett graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in politics, focusing on civil rights. In an effort to get “real world experience” she took a job as a family service worker in a preschool in Trenton for the Trenton Education Development Corporation (TEDCO).
When the agency realized she had prior experience in fundraising and development, they quickly moved her to the administrative side. Her next position was as director of program planning and advocacy for the Children’s Home Society, where she focused on generating alternative revenue for existing and new programs. Most recently, she was director of government affairs for the Metropolitan College of New York, which serves low income minority adults and offered the first degree in human services degree.
Telelingua USA LLC, 14 Washington Road, Suite 623, Princeton Junction 08550; 609-799-8822; fax, 609-799-8865. Lionel Mellet, CEO. www.telelingua.com
Telelingua has expanded from 46 Sayre Drive and expects to grow to a total of six employees this year. Based in Brussels, the firm offers translation, localization, and globalization services in all major languages for multinational companies in technology, medical/pharma, and banking sectors.
Mellet chose the space for its proximity to the train station. “We want to recruit from the IT faculty at Rutgers,” says Mellet, who had good experience hiring Rutgers students when he worked at Berlitz. “Most of what we do here is data file management and project management, so we need embryonic project managers with IT skills. And I’m always traveling.”
Born in Morocco, where his father was the naval attache for France, Mellet went to the State University of New York and has also been a professional horseman, riding hunters and jumpers. From 1987 to 1995 he directed Unisys’ international translation center in Europe. He moved to Princeton to be vice president of technology for Berlitz International on Alexander Road, where he designed and implemented the technology for 400 global learning centers. He shares ownership of Telelingua US with the parent holding company, founded in 1985 under the name Translate International (U.S. 1, January 7, 2004).
Mellet says his firm is the exclusive vendor in French for Peregrine Systems, based in San Diego and owned by Hewlett Packard. It is also doing “a tremendous amount of work” in the area of voice over IP. Other clients include Tyco, Microsoft, Kodak, and Opinion Research.
Last month one of the world’s largest software companies, SAP, named Telelingua International Best Translation Partner of the year. Telelingua has offices in Paris, Manila, and Berkeley.
“We translate in 26 languages, and we have a database with 500 translators that we use on a regular basis,” says Mellet. “But few of the translators live here. One cardinal rule of translation is that the translator must live ‘in country.’ Two years ‘out of country’ and you start becoming Americanized, because the culture is constantly evolving with the language. You can’t write marketing copy if you are not living in the country.”
Stifel, Nicolaus (SF), 100 Overlook, Second Floor, Princeton 08540; 609-375-2271; fax, 609-375-2656. Stephen Jusick. Home page: www.stifel.com
Although Stifel, Nicolaus opened an office in Princeton in April the principals have been in the area for much longer. The branch manager, Stephen Jusick, had been on Nassau Street for 38 years with an investment firm that changed its name, in 2002, from Tucker Anthony to RBC Dain Rauscher.
Four months ago he got a call from a former Tucker Anthony colleague, who told him that the 115-year-old firm Stifel, Nicolaus had begun to expand in the eastern United States and wanted to open an office in Princeton. As part of this expansion Stifel, Nicolaus had acquired the capital markets division of Legg Mason from Citigroup, which meant an addition of about 450 people to its payroll.
The firm invited Jusick to visit St. Louis headquarters to “kick the tires,” and after doing due diligence, he says he liked the culture of the firm, its technology, and its resources.
Still in temporary space at Regus, but hoping to sign a lease for permanent quarters within the next month, the Princeton office has taken on a significant number of clients and, according to Jusick, is looking forward to expanding eventually from three financial consultants and two registered sales assistants to 10 financial consultants and a total of 20 employees.
Jusick grew up in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, where his parents ran a family-style restaurant. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, Class of 1964, and his master’s degree in social sciences from Westchester University. He started teaching at Rider University in 1965.
Jusick came to investment through political science. He moved to the area to teach at Rider University and then had a bit of money to invest. He went to Leighton Laughlin, who with Arthur Morgan had founded the Princeton office of Clark Dodge, which later became Tucker Anthony. Laughlin and Morgan were responsible for his entry into the financial community, he says. He began working for them in 1967.
Stifel, Nicolaus is a full-service investment firm with 120 offices in 26 states. A recent Wall Street Journal survey, says Jusick, rated the company’s research department as 12th among 76 Wall Street firms.
— Michele Alperin
MarLou Business Services LLC, 812 State Road, Suite 106, Princeton 08540; 609-279-1360; fax, 609-279-1325. Larry Adamo, director of business services.
Larry Adamo closed the 2,400-foot Renaissance Computer Associates office on Princeton-Hightstown Road and, with his partners, opened MarLou Business Services at 812 State Road.
It is a family business with two women owners: Arlene Adamo and Susan Weitz. The other partner is Louis Weitz, who does the accounting, while Larry Adamo does IT and business management. All four had been working at Renaissance. They have six employees and work with a dozen partners, including Bill Uhl (see story below).
“We are trying to rejuvenate our business by expanding our services,” says Adamo. “Most of our people telecommute, and we downsized the office; we are practicing what we are preaching.” Marlou offers any kind of business service that a small business could need. “We are like a general contractor,” says Adamo. “We can outsource anything — health insurance, finance, accounting, IT, web hosting, web design, financial benefits, and tax consulting.
The name “Marlou” came from a previous Weitz family business.
GreenLight Networks LLC, 260 Carter Road, Princeton 08540-2109; 609-651-5049; fax, 609-497-7547. Bill Uhl, president. Home page: www.GreenLightNet.com
GreenLight Networks opened its doors last November and then re-formed as an LLC in February. The firm does computer networking, sales, installation, and support for small businesses. “Companies that don’t have the resources to hire an IT staff outsource to me,” says owner Bill Uhl. He says he troubleshoots hardware and software problems or finds an economical way to get around them. He also installs and configures cable and equipment, sometimes purchasing equipment for customers who want turnkey installation and configuration.
Uhl also does some Internet E-mail hosting. Partnering with Marlou Business Services, a startup on State Road, he manages some of Marlou’s servers in return for hosting some of his own clients, using Marlou’s high-speed Internet connection.
Uhl has lived in Princeton all his life. After graduating from Princeton Day School, he went to Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a bachelor of architecture degree in 1988. Starting out in architecture, he used computer-aided design and drafting, and gradually moved from architecture to the computer world. For a few years he was the architecture department’s computer manager at CUH2A.
“I ended up doing more with computers and less with architecture and finally decided I was more suited to computer support,” says Uhl. In 1996 he and his brother, Harrison, founded Web Services, a firm now located on the Forrestal campus that does high-end Internet hosting.
Uhl’s architectural connections have led to several architectural clients whose networks he supports. He also works with several lawyers and other people with Internet businesses.
Because 95 percent of his work is either on site with clients or remote control over the Internet, Uhl currently works out of his home, but is hoping soon to expand into an office.
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Boulevard, Forrestal Village, Princeton 08540; 609-452-7900; fax, 609-452-1223. Marc Fournier, general manager. www.westin.com
Marc Fournier has replaced Thomas Healy as general manager for the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. The 294-guest room hotel and conference facility has been bought by Highland Hospitality (HIH). a Virginia-based real estate investment trust that appointed Crestline Hotels & Resorts as the management company.
Fournier studied food service management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and lives with his wife and daughter in Yardley. He used to be the acting general manager for the Harrison Conference Center and Hotel on Scudders Mill Road.
New in Town
Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso & Kessler LLP, 2277 Route 33, Suite 408, Hamilton Square 08690; 609-890-4364; fax, 609-631-7797. Hope Blackburn, attorney. www.sseck.com
Hope Blackburn and Gregory Johnson opened a Route 33 office of their Florham Park-based law firm in March. Both of them live in Lawrenceville and will be in this office on an as-needed basis for their clients from South Jersey.
Sydor Instruments Inc., 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 105-E, Monmouth Junction 08852-; 732-274-0218; fax, 732-274-0219. Paul W. Roehrenbeck, director, marketing and sales. Home page: www.sydorinstruments.com
Sydor Instruments Inc., which sells high-speed cameras to hi-tech and national laboratories and universities, has opened a sales and marketing office at Princeton Corporate Plaza.
Headquartered in Rochester, New York, the company was founded in 2004 to commercialize measurement technology that supports high-energy research, molecular imaging, optical communications, and microlithography.
Peter Michael Simpson 50, on May 20. He worked at Rhodia in Cranbury.
Robert W. Hansbury Sr., 59, on May 30. He was a design engineer for the state department of transportation in Ewing.
Leonard J. Shiarappa Jr., 52, on June 2 of lymphoma. He worked at Princeton and Rutgers Neurology and owned Vasculab Inc.
John A. Druger MD, 65, on June 3. He was a gastoroenterologist at Capital Health system at Mercer.