Arts Council Names New Director

Adam Welch has been named executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton.

Adam Welch has been named executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, nearly two years after Taneshia Laird stepped down from the post only 20 months into the job. Past board president Jim Levine has served as interim director throughout the search for a successor.

Welch, a Hightstown resident, teaches at Princeton University and serves on the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission. He has spent the past 17 years at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City and has been its director since 2010.

“It is a profound honor to be appointed executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, an organization of major importance to the Princeton community and within the New Jersey art scene,” Welch said in a statement. “I have a deep appreciation for the ACP’s work in the community and its unwavering commitment to art and artists. I eagerly look forward to working with the ACP’s staff, faculty, and Board of Directors.”

Welch’s appointment is effective September 1.

Rabner to Step Down from Princeton Health

Barry Rabner will step down from Princeton Health after 18 years.

Barry Rabner, who in 18 years oversaw the transformation of Princeton Medical Center from community hospital to regional leader, has announced that he will step down as president and CEO of the healthcare system effective January 1, 2021.

Rabner joined Princeton Healthcare System in 2002 and oversaw the construction of the new University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, which opened in 2012. The new hospital campus, which includes an adult medical daycare, child daycare, a fitness and wellness center, assisted living and memory care, senior independent living, pediatric outpatient care, long-term care, sub-acute care, and a large park for the community, was financed by a $171 million capital campaign, the most successful in New Jersey history.

In 2018 he led PHCS’ merger with the University of Pennsylvania’s healthcare network, at which point PHCS became Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

He also expanded Princeton Health’s offerings in other areas, including doubling the capacity of Princeton House Behavioral Health and overseeing the creation of the Princeton Medicine Physicians, which now has 200 providers in 25 locations.

“Barry’s extraordinary accomplishments over the past 18 years at Penn Medicine Princeton Health have been marked by his leadership attributes, including his integrity and his deep commitment to patients, medical staff, employees, and the community,” said Anthony Kuczinski, chairman of the Princeton Health Board of Trustees, in a statement. “The leadership attributes have guided his vision and his ability to bring about countless positive changes that will impact the organization for decades to come.”

Princeton Health’s board, along with the board of the Princeton Medical Center Foundation, medical staff president Dr. Grace B. Bialy, and leaders of Penn Medicine, are leading the search for a replacement, whom they hope to have in place by the end of the year.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health, 1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro 08536. 888-742-7496. Barry Rabner, president and CEO.

Management Moves

Farai Alleyne is the new senior vice president of technology operations at Billtrust.

Billtrust, 1009 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-235-1010. Flint Lane, founder and CEO.

Billtrust, the business-to-business payment solutions company based on Lenox Drive, has named Farai Alleyne as its senior vice president of technology operations. Alleyne will oversee the technical aspects of the firm’s software as a service (SaaS) business.

“Farai comes to Billtrust with an incredible record of leading digital transformation in a variety of environments,” said Flint Lane, founder and CEO of Billtrust, in a statement. “Farai’s deep experience, leadership, and ability to innovate will enable us to further accelerate our growth.”

Alleyne was previously vice president of technology operations at Travel Click, a software company serving the hotel industry.

Soligenix Reports Promising Results in Vaccine Trial

Soligenix Inc., 29 Emmons Drive, Suite B-10, Princeton 08540. 609-538-8200. Christopher J. Schaber, chairman, president, and CEO.

Soligenix, one of many area pharmaceutical companies that has shifted part of its focus to the race to develop treatments for the novel coronavirus, has reported promising results from a vaccine study performed in partnership with the University of Hawaii at Manoa (U.S. 1, June 24).

The Emmons Drive-based firm, which specializes in treatments for rare diseases, is involved in testing the efficacy of a novel adjuvant, CoVaccine HT in a heat-stable vaccine known as CiVax. An adjuvant’s role is to improve the body’s immune response to a vaccine, and in pre-clinical trials with no adjuvant; Alhydrogel, an existing adjuvant; and CoVaccine HT, the new adjuvant showed a rapid, strong immune response.

The study has been submitted for peer review to the online open-access journal npj Vaccines.

Contract Awarded

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

CytoSorbents, an immunotherapy company specializing in blood purification, announced July 31 that it had been awarded a three-year federal contract worth nearly $4.5 million to complete preclinical development of the HemoDefend-BGA plasma and whole blood adsorber.

The award comes from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, endorsed by the Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and supplements a Defense Health Agency Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 3 contract worth $2,897,172.

The HemoDefend-BGA filter is designed to enable “universal plasma,” which can be administered to anyone regardless of blood type. The filter will also improve the safety of whole blood transfusions through the removal of certain antibodies.

“Hemorrhage from battlefield injuries and civilian trauma is a leading cause of preventable death,” CtyoSorbents CEO Phillip Chan said in a statement. “The broader availability of safe blood products that can help resuscitate patients is a key to survival. Our goal is to leverage this new award to rapidly bring the HemoDefend-BGA anti-A and anti-B adsorber to the markets globally to help save lives.”


Joseph Leo Bolster, Jr., 91, on July 29. A 1952 alumnus of Princeton University, he worked at his alma mater for 39 years, with his final 24 as director of the Annual Giving Office.

He also served with numerous community organizations, including the Princeton YMCA, the Princeton Regional Scholarship Program, the Aquinas Institute, St. Paul’s Church, and the Princeton Blairstown Center.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date at Prince­ton University Chapel.

Gerald Richard Welsh, 84, on July 24. He worked at Atlantic Products Corporation in Trenton and as a mailroom supervisor at Dow Jones.

Joseph E. Kienle Jr., 82, on July 26. He worked for Lawrence Hose Company on Princeton Pike.

Stanley Raymond Haines, 85, on July 2. He worked at the former Nassau Interiors and retired from Gasior’s Furniture in Belle Mead.

Charles Leo Leonard, 88, on July 18. He was the owner of The Mill Flower & Gifts in Pennington until his retirement in 1994.

Louise M. Miller, 61, on July 21. A registered nurse, she worked with Helene Fuld Hospital and Capital Health for 36 years.

Peter Thomas Rago, 91, on July 29. He was head of maintenance for the Trenton Board of Education for 37 years.

Stanley C. Chojnowski, 81, on August 1. He spent 25 years with the Trenton Fire Department.

Marlene Wagner, 72, on July 28. She was a waitress at Pat’s Diner in Trenton for 25 years.

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