Management Moves

Mercedes Witowsky

Saul Ewing LLP, 650 College Road East, Suite 4000, Princeton 08540. 609-452-3100. Marc Citron, resident managing partner.

Tara Phelan Carver has joined Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice at its College Road East office.

Carver practices in the area of commercial real estate and commercial loan transactions. She represents both private and institutional clients.

“We expect Tara will play an important role in our real estate practice in New Jersey as well as New York,” said John P. Pierce, chair of the firm’s real estate, environmental and energy department. “Her experience will deepen our bench of attorneys who handle both commercial real estate and loan transactions for our clients.”

Carver earned her law degree from New York Law School and her bachelor’s from Monmouth University.

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, 20 West State Street, Box 700, Trenton 08625. 609-292-3745. Mercedes Witowsky, executive director.

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities has hired Mercedes Witowsky as its new executive director. She has a long career in disability advocacy and was previously chair of the Family Support Planning Council.

“Mercedes has devoted her professional career, in positions of increasing responsibility, to serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, “said NJCDD chair Paul Blaustein. “She has served as a leader in advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities to make informed choices, control their own lives and direct the necessary services they receive. Mercedes has earned the trust and respect of self-advocates and families, service providers, leaders of government agencies and legislators, through her commitment to serving the most vulnerable residents of our state.”

Witowksy has been a driving force in establishing a Family Advisory Council to the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), providing input to DDD as the system transitions to a fee for service payment model. She also led the creation of the NJ Developmental Disabilities Action Network.

Witowsky earned her teaching degree in special education at Kean University. She is also a mother of two children. Her daughter, Tina, has multiple disabilities.

“I am honored to be chosen to serve as the Council’s Executive Director and eager to begin the next chapter of my lifelong commitment to empower individuals with I/DD and their families,” Witowsky said.


CytoSorbents Inc. (CTSO), 7 Deer Park Drive, Suite K, Monmouth Junction 08852. 732-329-8885. Phillip Chan, CEO.

CytoSorbents, a company that makes a blood purification medical device, has opened a new and improved manufacturing plant on Deer Park Drive, where its headquarters is also located.

“The official opening of our new facility marks a major accomplishment by our engineering and production teams that will quadruple our manufacturing capacity and help supply our rapidly growing sales of CytoSorb,” said COO Vincent Capponi. “The new plant has undergone extensive internal and external validation with initial test production runs and has now been added to our current ISO 13485 certification. We expect a smooth transition as we phase out our current manufacturing and begin to ramp volume production in the new facility.”

Capponi said the company expects to see improvements in profit margins because of increased scale and volume of production of its CytoSorb device. It also plans to produce a new product, HemoDefend, which is set to begin a U.S. clinical trial in late 2018 or early 2019.

CytoSorb is approved for use in Europe and is used in hospitals to treat patients in surgery or potentially suffering from shock or sepsis. (U.S. 1, July 17, 2013.) The machine filters and re-circulates blood from the patient’s body, removing cytokines. Cytokines are an immune system response protein, elevated levels of which can cause organ failure and other deadly complications.

HemoDefend removes contaminants from blood meant for transfusion. It is supposed to filter out antibodies, toxins, fats, and other impurities that can cause inflammation and other life-threatening reactions to blood transfusions.


Lee Eric Newton, 54, on May 29. He was a consultant who did work for Henderson Land, one of Hong Kong’s largest business enterprises. He received experimental treatment for bladder cancer in 2015, and was the subject of a U.S. 1 profile on December 9, 2015. During the 2016 presidential election, he could often be seen outside his Alexander Road home or in front of Nassau Hall holding signs supporting Donald Trump.

Carol Ann Bongrazio, 72, on June 7. She worked as an insurance claims supervisor for United Fire Group Insurance Group. Services will be held Wednesday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home.

F. Richard Erni Jr., 76, on June 3. He was the proprietor of Erni’s Hearing Aid Center in Lawrenceville, a business founded by his father in 1946.

Steffan Gable, 75, on June 7. He was director of economic development for Mercer County. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15, at Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, 323 East Washington Avenue, Newtown.

Joseph V. Santaniello, 67, on June 7. He was an executive auditor of quality control with American Home Products of Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories Division, which later became part of Pfizer. He was a chairman of the Princeton sector of the American Society for Quality Control. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home at 17 South Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley.

Pamela S. Gwozdz, 57, on June 4. She owned and operated Signs by Tomorrow for about 10 years.

Memorials Set

A service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the Princeton Friends Meetinghouse for John C. Borden, who died on April 11. He was a philanthropist and professional fundraiser and was involved with Princeton Community Housing, Princeton Friends Meeting, and Princeton Friends School, among other organizations.

James Floyd, the first African-American mayor of Princeton Township and longtime community activist and advocate for affordable housing, died May 14 at the age of 96. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

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