Carol Herring has been president of the Rutgers University Foundation, the university’s fundraising arm, since 2005. At age 70 she is also executive vice president for development and alumni relations for Rutgers.
Herring’s fundraising career includes significant and successful leadership positions with the Asia Society in New York, Barnard College, and Princeton University. At Barnard from 1990 to 2000, Herring managed a capital campaign that exceeded its goal by 60 percent, raising $162 million. At Princeton, where she worked from 1975 to 1990, she served first as assistant to the president for special projects and then as director of leadership gifts.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Class of 1961, Herring lives in Princeton with her husband, a physical oceanographer. They have three grown children.
Pastor David McAlpin celebrated a milestone this year — the 60th anniversary of his graduation from Princeton University.
But at 82, McAlpin isn’t sitting around counting the years. He is too busy running the Trenton chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which he founded in 1986.
Taking a different path from many of his Princeton classmates — not entering the high-roller business and tech fields — McAlpin chose a life in the service of others. But then, that is part of his lineage.
“I was very much aware of my father’s life as a philanthropist,” he says. The elder McAlpin was involved in the founding of the Museum of Modern Art and sat on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera.
David, the son, was influenced by his father’s involvement and by theology courses he took in college. He earned a master of divinity in 1953 from Union Seminary.
Since founding Habitat in Trenton 24 years ago, McAlpin has been involved with the establishment and operations of several city organizations, including the East Trenton Collaborative; Better Community Housing of Trenton, a subsidiary of Martin House Foundation; CityWorks, a nonprofit commercial developer; Isles; the City of Trenton; and HomeFront.
Habitat for Humanity-Trenton has built more than 80 homes in East Trenton. McAlpin says the very first family just completed paying off their 20-year mortgage. McAlpin remains a Habitat for Humanity board member and is in charge of church relations.
Scott McVay, Princeton University Class of 1955, former executive director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, remains one of central New Jersey’s most influential champions of education, animal welfare, and conservation.
McVay has published papers in Scientific American, Science, and Natural History magazines on the subject of whales and led two expeditions to the Alaskan Arctic to study, record, and film the rare Bowhead whale. He has also written chapters for books on biophilia, the humane treatment of all life, and philanthropy.
He has served on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Park Foundation among many others, and has won the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Animal Welfare Institute and the Joseph Wood Krutch medal from the Humane Society of the United States.
“Since 1963 I have had a strong engagement with whales and dolphins which led to papers on the plight of whales (Scientific American), discovery and description of the Songs of Humpback whales (Science with R. Payne), and an initial expedition to study and film the Bowhead whale in the Arctic (American Scientist). The second Arctic expedition led to documentary by National Film board of Canada,” he says A French film crew was recently at McVay’s home filming how the discovery of the song occurred and its impact on conservation and music.
McVay and his wife, Hella, created a poetry initiative of the Dodge Foundation in 1986 that led to four-day biennial Poetry Festivals at Waterloo Village that attracted 18 to 20,000 people and led to 27 hours for PBS, 21 with Bill Moyers, that reached an estimated audience of 80 million.
McVay left Dodge in 1998 and from 2001 to 2003 served as president of the Chautauqua Institution, a not-for-profit educational center in southwestern New York State.
“My wife Hella [a mathematician and teacher, founder of the Whole Earth Center, and longtime volunteer with Planned Parenthood] and I are creating a poetry trail at Green Meadows on the former General Robert Wood Johnson estate adjoining the D&R Greenway Land Trust,” he says. “The poetry was chosen to reflect the beauty, surprise, mystery, seasonality, and timelessness in the natural world from which we arose and which provides daily nurture.”
Hella is a board member at Greenway, and Scott is on the boards of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, the NJN Foundation, and the Earth Policy Institute. He has also served as trustee and president of the New Jersey Association on Correction; the Princeton Blairstown Center, which provides experiential education to inner city youth; and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association.
“If one is fortunate, one has work one enjoys, a good marriage (which has radiated through all endeavors), and family,” McVay says. “I have been blessed all ways, and now that I am retired, my wife Hella and I are able to pursue common interests in travel and concerns about the planet and humanity.”
Sharon Naeole, 71, is the director of development at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, responsible for annual giving, fundraising events, and planned giving. She says, “I’m interested in doing everything I can to help PSRC grow as it faces the greatest surge in the population of seniors ever.” In 1973, at the age of 34, she earned her bachelor’s in politics from Princeton University. She also serves on the Alumni Schools Committee for the Princeton area, interviewing area high school seniors who are applying to Princeton.
Naeole has a 90-something mother and an 11-year-old grandson, who, she says, are “both healthy, active and interesting. I find that volunteering to drive (my grandson) to tennis or trumpet lessons a couple of times a week is a way to help my daughter and son-in-law (Pamela Hughes, senior development officer, Institute for Advanced Study, and husband Brian Hughes, Mercer County Executive) with their busy schedules, but best of all, it’s a wonderful way for me to keep up with my grandson.”
Naeole is a Nordic walker (and says she is the only one in town that she knows of) and walks around town every morning at 5 a.m. She walked the entire D&R Canal a few years ago and plans to tackle the New Jersey shoreline this summer. Self-described as “a bit of a geek, I love computer software and spend a lot of time designing websites, databases, and publications for PSRC. I just started a blog which I expect to go public sometime in July. I garden, sew, knit and generally love all kinds of handwork.”
When the Princeton Medical Center weighed Plainsboro as a potential site for its relocation, it didn’t have to spend much time figuring out who to contact. This year marks Peter Cantu’s 30th year as mayor of Plainsboro Township (non-consecutive) and his 36th as a member of the Township Committee.
Since 1977, his first year as mayor, Cantu, 70, above right, has overseen most of the evolution of Plainsboro from rural farmland to a blend of fast-growing Princeton suburb and high-tech business stronghold (and soon to be the new home of the Princeton hospital). Cantu also has overseen a major effort to preserve township land. To date the township has more than half of its land in preservation.
Retired from IBM, where he worked more than 30 years, Cantu has served as chairman of the Middlesex County’s Agricultural Development Board, as president of the NJ State League of Municipalities, and as executive director of KMM Inc., Middlesex County’s Transportation Management Association.
Marvin Gardner, 74, is best known in the area as chairman of the West Windsor Township Planning Board, but that is only one of his roles.
Gardner last year was named to the state Commission on Higher Education by Governor Jon Corzine, for a term that expires in 2014. He also is a member of the board of trustees at Mercer County Community College, where he serves on the operations committeeto develop policy for the college. He also serves on MCCC’s finance committee and the government, law, and public affairs committee.
Gardner is a former attorney and teacherwho earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the City University of New York. He also earned his law degree and his master’s of law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He was one of the first non-elected officials to serve on the Planning Board in New York City.
Though Shirley Satterfield is young by the standards of this section (she does not turn 70 until August 18), she stands up to any oldtimer in terms of knowing the town and its history.
Six generations of her family have lived in Princeton. She is a board member of the Historical Society of Princeton and created and leads the walking tour of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood that traces the African-American community’s rich history in Princeton. The tour’s sites include Paul Robeson’s birthplace (her grandmother taught Robeson) and the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, where his father, William Drew Robeson, was a minister.
She hatched the idea of naming the plaza adjacent to Princeton Public Library after Albert Hinds, who lived to the age of 104 and was revered as a member of the town’s black community. Her successful efforts were the subject of a December 17, 2006, article in the New York Times. According to the article Hinds often accompanied Satterfield on her talks and slide shows and on her tours, even after he needed a walker.
Satterfield started the W.E.B. DuBois Cultural Awareness Forum at Hightstown High School and is a loyal supporter of the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University.
In a statement issued when she was honored with the annual Vivian Award for Community Service, given by the Vivian Memorial Fund, an endowment fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, in 2009, she says:
“As I look back, my mission in Princeton has been to promote the educational advancement of and instill a sense of purpose, self worth, and respect in the youth of our town; to preserve the rich history of my church and community; and to remember and uplift those in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood who came before us, who cleared the path for us to grow, advance, and prosper.”
In 1984, when some of her colleagues might have been thinking of retiring, Ann Yasuhara, a mathematical logician, started going to Princeton Friends (Quaker) Meeting where, she says, “I found the place I needed to be.”
Yasuhara, 78, continues to be involved in peace and social justice issues. She participates in the Peace & Social Concerns Committees of Princeton Monthly Meeting and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In January, 2010, she started a two-year term as clerk of Princeton Meeting. (Since Quakers have no official, paid clergy, members share the work, and “clerk” means being “in charge” — to the extent that anyone is in charge.)
She earned her BA, MA, and PhD (all in math) at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In the 1960s she taught math at Mills College, Oakland, CA, and was interested in the great Free Speech Movement at UC-Berkeley. She is married to Mitsuru Yasuhara, a fellow mathematical logician.
From the 1970s through ’90s, she taught theoretical computer science at Rutgers. In the 1990s she started taking training in non-violent conflict resolution (Alternatives to Violence Program and Help Increase the Peace Program) and soon after started facilitating workshops in non-violence, mostly for inner-city Philadelphia and Trenton teenagers. She also began teaching and tutoring minority Princeton kids.
Through tutoring she has become involved in the life of a local immigrant Guatemalan family and has been helping the family, especially the three children, in various ways. She says her experience with this family has led her to care about immigration matters and to become involved in the founding of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is a member of the Advisory Council for LALDEF.
Since the late 1990s Yasuhara has been involved in the interfaith, interracial social justice group, Not In Our Town.
She and her husband love classical music, museums, travel, and hiking.