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RUAA Board of Directors

The Board of the Rutgers University Alumni Association has authority over the affairs of the RUAA. The Board partners with the Department of Alumni Relations in the core functions of the department to further the goals of the mission of the RUAA.

At the RUAA Alumni Leaders Council Annual Meeting on June 6, 2013 the the council ratified the vote for the 2013-2014 slate of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) Board of Directors. The new board members are listed below, and their terms began on July 1, 2013.

Board Officers

Maurice Griffin Maurice A. Griffin NLAW'94
Chair of the Board
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Timothy Farrow CLAW'99
Vice Chair of the Board
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Ken Johnson Kenneth Johnson ENG'66
Treasurer
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Jennifer O'Neill
Jennifer O'Neill DC'95, SCILS'95, '03
Corporate Secretary
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Donna K. Thornton
Vice President for Alumni Relations
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Board Members

Carl Burns RC'64, RBS'73
Robert Eichert RC’78
Glenn Gnirrep RC'82, GSNB'89, SMLR'89
Shawn Golhar RC'01
Joseph Lemkin RC'90
Jeffrey C. Linfante CC'85, NJDS'90
Sean Murphy LC'06
Debra O'Neal LC'87
Salim Patel UCN’04, RBS’04
Kim Sciallo UCNB'97, SMLR'97
Jennifer Sneed RC’03, SCILS’03
Daniel Swartley-McArdle CCAS’09, GSC’12
Suzy Swartz CCAS'85, SBC'85
Jennifer Tennant CC’02

For information about term lengths for the RUAA Board of Directors, click here. For complete information about the RUAA Board structure, powers, and duties, please see the RUAA By-Laws and Constitution.

Biographies

 
Carl Burns RC'64, RBS'73 is a resident of Manalapan, NJ and the vice president of the Rutgers Living History Society. A retired banking executive with an extensive background in management, marketing, community relations, and planning, Carl is a member of the Henry Rutgers Society and is a Loyal Son of Rutgers. A decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Carl also volunteers at the Rutgers Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services and teaches a course, “Vietnam Revisited,” at the Rutgers Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Carl was a campus leader and president of Zeta Psi fraternity, where he still volunteers as an advisor. He is also an active member of the Rutgers Touchdown Club and Rutgers Court Club.
EMAIL: cwburns@alumni.rutgers.edu
Robert Eichert Robert Eichert RC’78, a practicing attorney, is a resident of Edison. A Rutgers University trustee emeritus, Bob has also served as president of the Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA), RUAA Reunion Committee, and President of the Rutgers University Alumni Bands Association. He has received the university’s Meritorious Service Award and the RAA’s Loyal Son of Rutgers award. In addition to his service to Rutgers, Bob has been active in his community and recognized for his service to the Board of Education, as a scout leader, and as a soccer coach.
EMAIL: robert_eichert@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Timothy Farrow Timothy Farrow CLAW'99 resides in Collingswood, NJ, and is currently a Partner/Attorney at Law with Dash Farrow LLP. Among his many Rutgers University alumni activities, he currently serves as vice chair of the RUAA and past chair of the RUAA Alumni Benefits Committee, and is a past Chair of the RUAA Awards and Recognition Committee, and Committee on Nominations. Tim also served as Chancellor of the Rutgers Camden Law Alumni Board.
EMAIL: tfarrow@dashlaw.net

 Glen Gnirrep Glenn Gnirrep RC’82, GSNB’89 is a seasoned human resources and change management executive with over twenty years of industry experience, and is also a former president of the Rutgers University Alumni Federation. Glenn was a member of the President’s Task Force on Alumni Relations and on the Implementation Team. He has served on various RUAA committees, including the Awards and Recognition Committee, and has served as a board member for the RAA as well as his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Glenn, a resident of North Brunswick, also volunteers at other organizations within his community; he is the treasurer of the Bayard Street Presbyterian Church and also works with his fraternity’s undergraduate chapter at Rider University.
EMAIL: gtgnirrep@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Shawn Golhar Shawn Golhar RC’01, a director at Barclays in the New York and Washington, DC offices, leads the firm’s global client engagement on public policy issues. Previously, he was a vice president in public finance in Los Angeles. His work in the non-profit sector is focused on economic empowerment, job training, and education. He is the founder and board president of New Jersey Needs You and serves on the boards of America Needs You and Warm Heart Worldwide. He is an advisory board member for Blue Engine, Millennial Action Project, and was elected to both the Rutgers University Alumni Association and as the alumni vice president of Rutgers, Class of 2001. He is a member of the council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Fellow, and served as a Leadership Southern California Fellow. He completed his BA from Rutgers University and the London School of Economics and earned his MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
EMAIL: spmgolhar@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Maurice Griffin Maurice Griffin NLAW'94, is the RUAA board chair, has previously served as the vice chair, corporate secretary, and the first-ever treasurer of the RUAA. He has been a member of the board since 2008 and has served as chair and member of the Alumni Leaders Council Committee. He has also served on the RUAA Nominations Committee, Awards and Recognition Committee, Alumni Benefits Committee, and Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning.
EMAIL:
 maurice.griffin@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Ken Johnson Kenneth Johnson ENG'66 is a retired Aerospace Executive who resides in Cranbury, NJ. Among his many Rutgers University alumni activities, he serves as an officer and current board member of the Rutgers University Alumni Association, as chair of the RUAA Alumni Leaders Council Committee, as the incoming president of the Rutgers Alumni Association, as Past President and board member of the Engineering Society, and as chair of the Advisory Board for Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Ken is a 30-year member of the RU Loyal Society, and in 2007, he was inducted as a Loyal Son of Rutgers.
EMAIL: krjohnson@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Joe Lemkin

Joseph H. Lemkin RC’90, a partner at Duane Morris LLP and a resident of Plainsboro, has been active with Rutgers in various ways since his graduation. In addition to his Rutgers degree, Joe earned his JD from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1994. An executive board member of the Touchdown Club for the last 10 years, Joe has served as Club president for the last four years. He has also been a part of the football Hall of Fame committee and in the athletic department’s annual Knights of Networking event. Joe has also volunteered extensively with his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Joe is the past chair of the RUAA’s Awards and Recognition Committee, and a member of the RUAA Homecoming Committee.
EMAIL:
 jhlemkin@alumni.rutgers.edu

 
Jeffrey C. Linfante CC'85, NJDS'90  is a dentist in private practice in Spring Lake Heights, NJ. He is an assistant professor of clinical dentistry in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at New Jersey Dental School. Jeff is a resident of Oakhurst, NJ, and currently serves on the RUAA. He has assisted the Rutgers University Foundation as a member of the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Regional Campaign Committee. Jeff is a career mentor and has spoken to Rutgers pre-health clubs and organizations to help students interested in the healthcare profession.
EMAIL: Jeffrey.Linfante@alumni.rutgers.edu



 

Sean Murphy LC'06 is a member of the Rutgers Club of Arizona and an at-large member of the RUAA Alumni Leaders Council. His committee work includes a role on the RUAA Awards and Recognition Committee, in which he helped select this year’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni and Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Award honorees. He is a mentor for Rutgers students seeking law enforcement careers. Sean is a former police officer in the City of Phoenix Police Department and is currently enrolled in the full-time MBA program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He remains active in the police department as a reserve police officer.
EMAIL: spmurphy@alumni.rutgers.edu

  Debra O’Neal LC’87 currently lives in Delaware, but is a native of Bergen County, NJ. As the Class of 1987 vice president, she was actively involved with reunion and campaign planning for her 25th reunion last year. Debra is the first vice president of the Livingston Alumni Association, and chair of the RUAA Regional Clubs Committee, and past president of the National Association of Social Workers, Delaware Chapter. She is the training/education administrator for the State of Delaware Children’s Department.
EMAIL: DAHOneal@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Jennifer O'Neill Jennifer O’Neill DC’95, SCILS’95,‘03, over the past 18 years, Jennifer has held a variety of leadership positions with the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, including class secretary, class president, and board member. A former treasurer of the SC&I Alumni Association and former president of the Rutgers Club of San Francisco, Jen now serves on the chair of the Alumni Leaders Council Committee and is a member on the RUAA Alumni Centers Committee and Committee on Chartered Organization Relations.
EMAIL: jenoneill@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Salim Patel Salim Patel UCN’04, RBS’04 is a senior financial analyst for Aeropostale, and serves as the Commissioner for the Passaic Board of Education. He is a founding board member of the Rutgers University Muslim Association and chair of that group’s undergraduate committee, as well as a mentor for undergraduates and a frequent speaker at student events. An active member of his community, he is the chair of the board of the Smile Organization, a social service organization aimed at uplifting downtrodden communities, and the founder of the Islamic Center of Passaic County Emergency Food Pantry.
EMAIL: salimpatel@alumni.rutgers.edu
  Kim Sciallo UCNB’97, SMLR’97 is a resident of Somerset, NJ and is currently credit risk manager for the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She is the chair of the University College–Rutgers New Brunswick Alumni Association (UCRNBAA) and is active on numerous RUAA committees, including Events, Homecoming, Reunion, Communications, Donations, and Finance. Kim is a member of the Beta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. She also serves on the Gifts & Grants and Community Service Committees of the Rutgers Alumni Association. Kim works on various community service activities such as Rutgers Against Hunger, the United Way Gifts of the Season program, and UCRNBAA’s Day of Service project to provide hygiene bags for Elijah’s Promise.
EMAIL: Kim.Sciallo@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Jennifer Sneed Jennifer Sneed RC’03, SCILS’03 resides in Newark and is currently the deputy state director in the Office of United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. She is the past president of the SC&I Alumni Association and during her tenure worked with the Rutgers University Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship at SC&I on behalf of the SC&IAA. For the last two years, Jennifer has served as the chair of the RUAA’s Communications Committee and was previously a member of the Awards and Recognition Committee.
EMAIL: jsneed@alumni.rutgers.edu
 Daniel Swartley-McArdle Daniel Swartley-McArdle CCAS’09, GSC’12 is a vocational aide for a national non-profit that works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at The Devereux Foundation, New Jersey. He was very active as both an undergraduate and graduate student holding numerous leadership roles within the university including founding the Rutgers Bioethics Society, a university senate executive committee member and committee chair, and the graduate representative to the Board of Trustees. Active in his community, he volunteers with the Camden school system as a science fair judge, as an assistant coach at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School and as a USRowing referee. Daniel serves on the RUAA Reunions Committee, the Honors College Alumni Association, and Rutgers Alumni Crew at Camden.
EMAIL: dmcardle@alumni.rutgers.edu
Suzy Swartz
Suzy Swartz CCAS’85, a resident of Cherry Hill, is business support representative at XPN in Philadelphia, PA. She previously served as regional account executive with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, working in Business Development. She has enjoyed a successful and varied career in sales and marketing, including serving as a senior account executive with WMMR-FM/Greater Media Radio Group. Suzy has been a member of the RUCAA board and currently serves as a member of the RUAA’s Reunion Committee.
EMAIL:
 sswartz@alumni.rutgers.edu
Jennifer McClain Tennant
Jennifer Tennant CC’02 is the former president of the Rutgers Club of Southern California, a member of the RUAA Regional Clubs Committee and an at large council member. As club president, she actively plans a number of events each year, participated in the inaugural RUAA Alumni Day of Service, and launched her club’s website and social media pages. She also volunteers at college fairs in Southern California to encourage her state’s residents to attend Rutgers. Jennifer lives in Aliso Viejo, CA and is the Compliance Counsel for Altegrity.
EMAIL:
 jennifermcclain@alumni.rutgers.edu
 


Term Lengths


THREE-YEAR TERM
Expiring June 30, 2014


Glenn Gnirrep RC’82, GSNB’89, SMLR’89
Shawn Golhar RC’01

Joseph Lemkin RC’90

Jennifer O’Neill DC’95, SCILS’95, ’03
Suzy Swartz CCAS’85, SBC’85

THREE-YEAR TERM
Expiring June 30, 2015


Robert Eichert RC’78

Salim Patel UCN’04, RBS’04
Jennifer Sneed RC’03, SCILS’03
Daniel Swartley-McArdle CCAS’09
Jennifer McClain Tennant CC’02

THREE-YEAR TERM
Expiring June 30, 2016


Carl Burns RC'64, RBS'73
Jeff C. Linfante CC'85, NJDS'90
Sean Murphy LC'06
Debra O'Neal LC'87
Kim Sciallo UCNB'97, SMLR'97

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