Lori Braunstein is the founder and Chair of Board of Trustees, of Sustainable Cherry Hill. She arrived at this position by using her background in small business, speech pathology, and motherhood. Lori holds an advanced certificate in sustainability education from Â the prestigious Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, is a member of the Sol Ed (Society for Organizational Learning) Partnership, is a 2010 Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Fellow and is credentialed as a LEED Green Associate. She also is an active member of the project team for â€śItâ€™s in our Powerâ€ť, an EPA Climate Showcase Community grant awarded to Cherry Hill Township, Montclair and Highland Park, NJ and is co-chair of Cherry Hill Townshipâ€™s Green Team. Lori, an experienced group facilitator, has mentored dozens of Green Teams throughout the state and region. An honoree by the Board of Camden County Freeholders for Community Service, Loriâ€™s leadership of SCH has helped the group win a Community Service Award from the American Architects Institute- West Jersey Branch and an Environmental Quality Award by EPA Region 2. Â Most recently, Lori received a Martin Luther King Freedom Medal for her dedication to community service. Lori and SCH have helped guide Cherry Hill Township through the Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification process and are currently partnering with the Cherry Hill school district and Camden County on sustainability initiatives.Â Both Lori and her husband have deep roots in Cherry Hill and are the parents of two teens.
Rob Blatt: Rob is a retired Six Sigma Champion, retired from DuPont Capital Management and a self-employed active trader.Â Rob resides in Cherry Hill with his wife and two teens.Â He is our operations director and treasurer.
Ernest Del Duke: Ernest is the principal of the Del Duke Insurance Agency, a third-generation family-owned Independent Insurance Agency & Brokerage serving the New Jersey and Northeast-Atlantic Region.Â Ernest grew up working in the insurance industry.Â He has been involved in every aspect of the agencyâ€™s operations growing it from two employees and increasing revenues over the past 15+ years.Â His family opened the agency doors in North Camden in 1932 and relocated the business to Cherry Hill in 1984. Ernest holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Rutgers, School of Business as well as the AAI accreditation from the Insurance Institute of America. Â He and his wife both grew up in Cherry Hill and attended the township schools. They currently live in Cherry Hill, NJ with their son and Boston Terrier. Â Ernest also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Cherry Hill Township Green Team.Â In his spare time he keeps up with current trends in the insurance marketplace and economy, and tries to enjoy the Jersey Shore as much as possible in between home remodeling projects.
Scott Downie: Scott is a principal with the Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., and LEED accredited architect with nearly 20 years of academic, private, municipal, and commercial design and planning experience. Scott lives in Cherry Hill with his wife and two daughters, is a proud alumni of the University of Michigan and leader of our Green Building/Business task force.
Monica Hennessy: Monica isÂ a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLPÂ and co-chair of the firm’s Sustainable Business Practice Group, providing legal advice to businesses on employment and sustainable practices and policies that promote profitability and productivity.Â Monica has worked in the sustainability movement for many years; she is a founding board memberÂ of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.Â Monica is active in the Regional Urban Partnership task force,Â looking to build regional relationships, expand sustainability efforts, and recognize our community interdependence. Monica lives in Haddonfield.
Brenda Jorett: Brenda is a well-known personality in Philadelphia radio journalism with long stints at WHYY and KYW Newsradio.Â She founded Whatâ€™s Next Productions, LLC in 2009 and is using her journalism background to provide public relations consulting services for businesses and organizations in the region.Â She is also an instructor in business communications at Rutgers-Camden School of Business since 2009. She attended Temple University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Brenda, her husband and son have lived in Cherry Hill since 1992. She is the SCH communications director, serves on the Cherry Hill Township Green Team and the Green Building/Business task force.
Maris Kukainis: Maris is currently a projectÂ administrator at Camden County College. Â He previously served the public as the business administrator for Cherry Hill Township for eight years, having come to local government via experience at Cigna and Citibank.Â He lives in Cherry Hill with his wife and two sons.Â Marisâ€™ early support of this collaborative partnership between residents and the township was key to the development of Sustainable Cherry Hill.
Amy Milgrim: Amy is the financial operations manager at theÂ Jewish Community Foundation, Inc., a local community foundation based in Cherry Hill. Currently, she is launching the Foundation’s Multi-Generational FamilyÂ PhilanthropyÂ Advising Program. Amy earned a master’s in social work and master’s in business administration Â in accountingÂ launching her into the world of non-profit management including time spent as a grant writer. She lives in Cherry Hill with her husband and has two adult daughters. Â She spends as much time as she can in her garden filled with native plants. Amy is our fundraising and development director and is the leader of the gardening task force.
Stewart Abrams: Stew is an environmental engineer at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services. He has been involved in a number of social service, policy activities and causes, including Habitat for Humanity, Cramer Hill Neighborhood Advisory Council, NJDEP Environmental Equity Advisory Council, Jewish Camden Partnership and Congregation M’kor Shalom.
Barbara Berman: Barbara, a professional organizer, is the owner of BB’s Clutter Solutions.Â She has a degree in Social Work with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world where she managed service delivery and project teams.Â Barbara resides in Cherry Hill and is the leader of our “Way to Go” Alternative Transportation task force.
Mark Doorley: Mark is the Director of the Ethics Program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Villanova University.Â He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College in 1994 and a Masters in Divinity from the Washington Theological Union in 1988.Â He has been at Villanova since 1996.Â He is also the President of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Environmental Transformation, a non-profit which began in 2007 in the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden, NJ, dedicated to educating people of faith on their responsibility to the earth and to sponsoring alternative and sustainable means of living from the bounty of the earth.Â He lives in Cherry Hill, NJ and is an active member of the SCH “Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability” task force.
Susan Manser: Susan is a “career volunteer” who has donated thousands of hours to the Cherry Hill community, particularly in Zone and Cherry Hill East PTA’s.Â Susan resides in Cherry Hill with her husband and has two college-age daughters.
Ari Messinger: Ari is the operations manager and business advocate for Cherry Hill Township.Â He was instrumental in crafting and executing the township’s “Ten Point Green Action Plan” and is the administrator for Cherry Hill’s “It’s in our Power” EPA grant initiative.
Alan Miller: Alan is the brownfields program and outreach manager for the State of New Jersey’s Office of Smart Growth, Department of Community Affairs. He has been chairman of the Cherry Hill Planning Board since 2000, a Planning Board member since 1999 and a Cherry Hill Zoning Board member from 1995-1999.Â Alan has lived in Cherry Hill for the past 24 years.
Anne Simonoff: Anne is a retired lawyer who served as New Jersey deputy attorney general in the environmental protection section and as assistant general counsel for CIGNA/ACE Insurance Companies. She is the chair of the Green Council at Congregation M’kor Shalom, a volunteer at Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey and at the Whittier School both in Camden. Anne is the leader of our Faith and Sustainability task force.
Natalie Shafiroff:Â Natalie is a Planner and Zoning Board Administrator forÂ Cherry HillÂ TownshipÂ in the Department ofÂ Community DevelopmentÂ and a 3 year resident ofÂ Cherry HillÂ Township.Â After growing up on Long Island, Natalie completed her Bachelorâ€™s Degree in History and her Masters Degree in Regional Planning at theÂ UniversityÂ ofÂ MassachusettsÂ inÂ Amherst.Â Natalie is an active member of the Green Business and Building Task Force and co-chairs the township Green Team for Sustainable Jersey.
Jacquelene Silver: Liaison to Cherry Hill Township. Â Jacquelene is a town councilwoman and Â is passionate about sustainability and shrinking the townshipâ€™s carbon footprint, and Â serves as councilâ€™s liaison to Sustainable Cherry Hill, the Cherry Hill Environmental Advisory Committee (CHEAC) Â and the Historical Commission. A nine-year Cherry Hill resident and mother of two girls, Jacquelene lives in the townshipâ€™s Versailles neighborhood and works as a middle-school special education teacher in Pennsauken. Jacquelene is an active volunteer in our community, serving on the Board of Trustees for her synagogue, Congregation Beth El, and as a member of the New Jersey State Education Association. Â She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Boston University and a master’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.