CASA of NJ Board of Trustees

 CASA of New Jersey’s Board of Trustees is comprised of community leaders from New Jersey. The dedicated women and men who direct the work of CASA of New Jersey come from various social and professional backgrounds. They generously volunteer their time and talent to guide the organization’s many facets of service and to ensure its mission is fully realized. We are proud of their many contributions to CASA of New Jersey’s success.

Officers

JOHN MCHUGH

President

John McHugh joined the CASA NJ Board in 2015. He is the Chair of the Program Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee. John previously served on the Morris/Sussex CASA Board and was a CASA Volunteer providing advocacy for several years. John is a Trustee of the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ and is active in the Delbarton School alumni association. John enjoyed a long career as a Partner with Accenture delivering management consulting services to Fortune 200 clients. Today, John enjoys a mix of community service activities, small business consulting, travel and enjoying time with his wife Amy and their 3 young adults. John and Amy live in Mendham, NJ. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Catherine Wilson

Vice President

Catherine serves as the President and CEO of United Way of Greater Newark, a position she has held since May of 2016. She provides executive leadership and vision to the organization. In 2017, she led the board of trustees to adopt a new mission, vision and strategic focus for the organization focusing on financial empowerment and literacy to build healthier communities. Catherine spent 6 years designing, implementing and evaluating programs as the Program Design and Evaluation Specialist and Senior Director of Community Impact. She developed a passion for empowering community residents to take charge of issues specific to their neighborhoods and schools. Prior to joining United Way, Catherine spent 8 years in the child welfare field, first working for what was then the Division of Youth and Family Services and the Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocates. There she advocated for children and youth in the child welfare system, and designed the first CASA mentoring program for youth aging out of foster care. Catherine holds a B.A. in Communications from Rowan University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Catherine lives in Newark where she enjoys reading and playing golf.

David Verderami

Treasurer

David Verderami is an Assurance Partner in the multinational professional services firm EY. David has been with EY since 2000 and is a certified public accountant in New Jersey and New York. David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.

Michael DeLoreto, Esq.

Secretary

Mr. DeLoreto is a Government Affairs Associate with Gibbons Law Firm and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Drew University. Mike graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from Seton Hall School of Law; he also has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University.

Trustees

Jason Carter

Jason Carter is the National Executive Director of the HiSET™ Program for non-profit, Educational Testing Service. The HiSET™ test is the first alternative to the GED® test. Jason has been with ETS since 2011. Prior to ETS, Jason worked at MDM Equity Partners, a Philadelphia based private-equity firm and at JPMorgan Chase in their Internal Consulting Services rotational program. Jason earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Kim Case, Esq.

While holding her positions as Vice President of CN Communications International and Member of the NJ State Bar Association, Kim Case is also involved in numerous educational leadership initiatives, including the Governor’s School Board of Overseers. Kim has her Juris Doctor Degree from Rutgers Law School, her Master of Science from the Pace School of Education, and her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.

Hon. Barbara A. Curran

Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Barbara A. Curran is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge who works pro bono with government and community organizations to provide legal, educational, health, housing and employment services to veterans and their families. Judge Curran was elected to four terms in the New Jersey legislature and served as a member of the Cabinet for two Garden State Governors. In the private sector, she was publisher of two weekly newspapers and specialized in regulated industries corporate legal work. A graduate of Saint Mary-of-the Woods College, she holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University and a JD from Seton Hall School University of Law.

Christina Gordillo Farrell

Christina Gordillo Farrell has served as the Director of Government and Public Affairs for the New Jersey Utilities Association since January 2020. Christina began her Trenton career working as a committee aide in the New Jersey Senate staffing the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.  She then worked for nearly seven years lobbying for the NJ Realtors, serving as the Legislative and PAC Manager. Christina lobbied on local, state, and federal issues for the trade association. Christina’s well-rounded experience landed her a role as an associate director for Monmouth University prior to accepting her position with NJUA. 

Christina has been a member of the Board of Trustees for CASA of New Jersey since 2017. She is a member of the Executive Committee and is Co-chair of the Resource Development Committee. She is also a Governing Member of the Women’s Political Caucus of NJ. 

Greg P. Francfort

Since 1991, Gregory Francfort has been affiliated with Neuberger Berman, a diversified investment firm, as a Portfolio Manager, Director of Global Equity Research, and retired partner of the firm. In 1993, Greg co-founded LIBOR, the Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers. He also advises the Student Managed Fund at the Rutgers Business School. Greg has been designated as a Loyal Son of Rutgers. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Civil Engineering, and he earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Aileen Gardner, Esq.

Aileen Gardner is an attorney with the law firm of Robbins & Robbins LLP where she concentrates in family law and civil litigation. She is a member of the New Jersey and New York State Bars. Aileen graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from CUNY School of Law; she earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Montclair State University. Aileen previously served as a member of the Governance Committee before becoming a member of the Board.

Sharon Hoffman-Manning

Sharon Hoffman-Manning is the Chair of the Middlesex County CASA Board of Trustees which she joined in September 2016. She is a consultant and active Board Member/Chair for multiple non-profit Boards. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University of Maryland.

Zeynep Isik-Ercan, M.A., Ph.D.

Zeynep is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and the Co-director of Early Childhood Leadership Institute, a training and evaluation initiative at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. Her research and training work on cultural diversity, leadership and coaching, and best practices in early childhood education regularly appears in academic journals, national conferences, podcasts, and webinars. Zeynep also volunteers her time for community projects, interfaith activities, and charity works. She is really excited for the opportunity to support CASA of NJ, a cause dear to her heart.

George J. LeBlanc

George LeBlanc is the Vice President of Government and Fiscal Affairs at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he represents and advocates for the university’s interests in a wide array of public policy areas and collaborates with faculty, students, and administration to advance the university’s prominence. Prior to joining Rutgers, Mr. LeBlanc spent more than 25 years in public service to the State of New Jersey, starting in the Office of Legislative Services, moving to the New Jersey Senate Minority Office, and ultimately to the New Jersey Senate Majority Office, where he served for more than a decade as the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Budget and Fiscal Analysis. Mr. LeBlanc holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from Wayne State University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Stephanie Lomurro

Stephanie Lomurro is a Partner with the firm of Brian Schwartz, Attorney at Law, LLC, where she practices in all areas of Family Law. Stephanie earned her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Drew University.

Michael R. Slater

Mr. Slater has been involved for many years with organizations promoting the welfare and education of children. He has been on the board of Essex County CASA for more than a decade during which time he served as its Treasurer and Chairman. He also served as a member of the committee created to establish CASA of NJ, and since 2002, has been on the board of St. Anthony High School in Jersey City. He has had several careers, beginning as policeman, then as an attorney, business executive, entrepreneur and most recently as a non-profit fundraiser. He holds a certificate from the New Haven Police Academy, a BA from Yale University, a JD from the Yale University Law School, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Business School.

Advisory Board

Hon. Michael K. Diamond
Hon. Thomas H. Dilts
Anthony D’Urso, PsyD
John K. Tiene
Cecilia Zalkind, Esq.