"From the first day of training I knew that Imagine was a unique organization."
Stu Arnold was Executive Director of the DiversityInc Foundation which primarily funds scholarships for financially disadvantaged students. In his ten years at DiversityInc, he also served as head of sales and COO.
Prior to joining DiversityInc, Stu had a 30 year career in the publishing business in New York. He was Publisher of American Banker, Managing Director – The Americas of the Financial Times and Publisher of FORTUNE magazine.
He also served on the national board of Directors for Junior Achievement and on the New York chapter of the MS Foundation.
Stuart Arnold and Wendy Lauer have been residents of Westfield for 19 years. They have three children, Ben Arnold (deceased), Ingrid Arnold MD and Gordon Arnold. The Arnold family lost Ben in an accident in August of 1992. At that time, there was minimal support for children and families in the area. The family was devastated and struggled for many years. Stu joined the Imagine Board to help make sure that no family in our area would ever struggle alone after a tragic loss.
Suzanne has been Director of Development at Far Brook School, in Short Hills, NJ, since 2011. Prior to that she served as the Donor Relations Officer at NJ SEEDS, from 2008-2011. From 1986-1994 she was a professional events planner and fund-raising consultant for George Trescher Associates in New York City, a firm specializing in New York City-based non-profits. She has served on the boards of the Summit Child Care Center, the Overlook Hospital Foundation, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Far Brook School, which her two children attended for 10 years each before attending and graduating from Newark Academy. Suzanne graduated from George Washington University in 1984 with a degree in English.
“I am honored to be serving on the Board of Imagine,” said Glatt. “Over the years, living in Summit and working in a school, I have seen over and over again the need to provide appropriate grief support to children and their families. Imagine does this in the most nurturing, loving, and non-judgmental way.
Suzanne is passionate about cooking and entertaining, loves to walk, and enjoys country music.
Steve Guberer is a Director at CBRE Capital Advisors, Inc., the real estate investment banking business of CBRE Group. Mr. Guberer has successfully executed over 40 capital raising and M&A advisory transactions that represents $20+ billion of total capital for clients within the real estate, gaming, lodging and leisure sectors. He has extensive experience in corporate finance, capital markets, strategy, financial statement consolidation and accounting gained through his career with a top-tier global financial institution and Big Four accounting firm.
Steve advises on mergers and acquisitions, institutional capital raising and “Secondary” real estate opportunities. He is focused on building and maintaining relationships with the Real Estate Consultants to provide better access to capital for our clients.
Prior to joining CBRE Capital Advisors, Steve spent seven years at Deutsche Bank Securities where he was a Vice President in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Investment Banking Group. During his tenure at Deutsche Bank, Steve was involved in many prominent transactions such as the restructuring and subsequent re-IPO of General Growth Properties out of bankruptcy, Equity Residential and AvalonBay’s joint acquisition of Archstone and Retail Properties of America’s IPO (formerly Inland Western Retail REIT).
Prior to his work in corporate finance and investment banking, Steve worked in the Assurance and Advisory Practice of Deloitte and Touche’s Real Estate practice.
Steve earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Steve holds a CPA, Series 7 & 63 license.
Steve lives in Westfield with his wife, Lauren and their four boys, Samuel, Jacob, Benjamin and Levi.
Bob Koppel is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Reform Pension Board. He served as the RPB’s first Executive Director for 20 years beginning in March 1995.
Prior to his appointment as RPB Executive Director, Bob was the Chief Financial Officer of the Union for Reform Judaism for ten years. Bob represented the URJ on the Reform Pension Board, was a member of the Executive Committee, and chaired the RPB Management Committee during his ten years as a board member.
He represented the RPB as a member of the Church Alliance Steering Committee and was the Chairman of the Church Benefits Association Planning Committee, leading its annual conference in 2014.
Bob is a former president of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, New Jersey, where he and his wife Barbara continue as active members. Bob and Barbara’s daughter, Rabbi Elisa Koppel, is the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington, Delaware.
Mr. Newnham has over 25 years experience as Chairman, President and CEO of branded consumer product companies in fragrances, toiletries, personal care, food and condiments, snacks, and beverages. Mr. Newnham has held senior executive positions at leading small and mid-cap consumer firms including Mitsui Foods Inc., B. Manischewitz Co., Tsumura International, Lea & Perrins, Wilkinson Sword, and Adirondack Beverages, and served as Vice-Chairman of The Steak-Umm Co. Inc. He has been a Director on the Boards of several NYSE and NASDAQ companies.
Mr. Newnham was most recently the President/CEO of Mitsui Foods Inc., In this capacity he grew the business in two years from $150 million to $800 million through acquisitions and corporate roll-ups.
Mr. Newnham was previously the President and CEO of B. Manischewitz Co., a $70 million branded food manufacturer with over 600 products, and the largest dedicated kosher food company in North America. He led the transformation of this company from niche to mainstream positioning, increased sales by 40%, and acquired two branded food businesses, Season Products and Guiltless Gourmet.
At Lea & Perrins Inc., Mr. Newnham served as Chairman and President, and led the company through 11 years of uninterrupted growth and profitability, launched several successful new products and line extensions, launched innovative and award winning television advertising to support the brand, and increased market share for Worcestershire Sauce from 33% to 40%.
Mr. Newnham holds a BA from Binghamton University (where he served on the Foundation Board of Directors), is married, has two grown sons, and lives in Westfield, NJ. He now serves on the boards of Imagine, the I have A Dream Foundation, and SCORE, where he serves as a Co-Chair and mentor to small business ventures.
Eleanor Peris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She and her husband currently reside in Scotch Plains.
Eleanor spent her career as a School Psychologist and then Director of Special Services in the Rahway Public Schools. Upon retirement, she became involved in non-profit organizations. In addition to Imagine, she serves on the board of I Have a Dream Foundation-Plainfield. She is also a trained CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in foster care and is currently working with two children. She also serves on the Social Action Committee of Temple Emanu-El and Co-Chair the Mitzvah Garden where they grow food for the Westfield Food Pantry. In addition, she is part of the Master Gardeners of Union County where she volunteers her services to the community
Eleanor spends her free time outside walking, biking and swimming. Last summer, she participated in Team Imagine, swimming over a mile, to raise almost $2,500 dollars for Imagine programming.
Eleanor and her husband Jeffrey have been married for 49 years. They have three married children, Marshal, Jonathan and Rachel and eight grandchildren, Sophia, Jonah, Olivia, Drew, Halle, Eli, Liam and Rylan with whom they love to spend time.
Eleanor was drawn to Imagine for several reasons. As a school psychologist and Director of Special Services in the schools, she often encountered children who lost a parent or sibling to death. She saw firsthand the impact of these deaths, especially when there was no place like Imagine to help them build resilience and to not feel alone. She also was drawn to Imagine because of her uncle, Rabbi Earl Grollman, who is a renowned death educator and author. She often used his books on Explaining Death for children and Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers while working in the schools. Rabbi Grollman is often quoted by Imagine’s Executive Director, Mary Robinson.
Jennifer K. Simpson
Dr. Jennifer Simpson has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Imagine since March, 2012. In January 2015, Dr. Simpson became Treasurer at Imagine.
Early in her career, Dr. Simpson worked as a nurse practitioner in Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant. Currently, Dr. Jennifer Simpson is President and CEO of Delcath since May of 2015. Dr. Simpson has served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Delcath since September 2014 and as Interim Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer from September 2013 to September 2014. She joined Delcath in 2012 as Executive Vice President, Global Marketing.
Prior to joining Delcath, Dr. Simpson served as the Vice President, Global Marketing, Oncology Brand Lead at ImClone Systems, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company), where she was responsible for all product commercialization activities and launch preparation for one of the late stage assets.
From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Simpson served as the Vice President, Product Champion and from 2008 to 2009 as the Associate Vice President, Product Champion for a late stage asset at ImClone. From 2006 to 2008 Dr. Simpson served as Product Director, Oncology Therapeutics Marketing at Ortho Biotech (now Janssen Biotech), a Pennsylvania-based biotech company that focuses on innovative solutions in immunology, oncology and nephrology. Earlier in her career Dr. Simpson spent over a decade as a hematology/oncology-nurse practitioner and educator.
Dr. Simpson earned a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Nursing from the University of Rochester, and a B.S. in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Ken Soriero serves as Counsel at Fields Development Group, a real estate development company and construction firm headquartered in Hoboken that specializes in acquiring, designing, building and managing residential properties in the New Jersey and New York area.
Prior to joining Fields Development Group, Ken spent over 10 years in private practice with Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper. While at Lindabury, Ken specialized in construction law representing contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry in all aspects of their businesses. Ken also served as the Planning Board attorney for the Town of Westfield from 2011-2015 representing the Planning Board in all aspects of land use law.
In 2014, Ken was selected by NJBIZ magazine as one of its most accomplished young business leaders under the age of 40 (“40 Under 40” Award). Ken was also selected in 2012 by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the 50 “New Leaders of the Bar” in New Jersey and was named a New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2011-2015.
Ken graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a B.S. in Accounting and graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University Law School.
In addition to being a Founding Board Member of Imagine, Ken serves as a Board member of the Westfield YMCA and the Westfield Baseball League and lives in Westfield with his wife, Elizabeth, and their 3 children - Jack, Sadie and Ella.
John M. Toriello is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Holland & Knight’s New York City office and co-chairs the firm’s Insurance Industry Team. Mr. Toriello has extensive experience in jury and nonjury trials, appeals to both federal and state appellate courts and international arbitrations of contract disputes. He represents clients in a wide range of insurance disputes, including prosecution of fiduciary duty claims, fraud claims, coverage claims and broker/intermediary errors-and- omissions claims. He acts in marine, aviation, CGL, satellite, environmental, reinsurance, business interruption and other litigations and arbitrations.
Mr. Toriello has led the representation of aircraft lessors, equipment lessors and other aviation clients in international repossession, bankruptcy, purchase, sale, redelivery and general contract disputes related to, among other things, nonpayment, aircraft and equipment condition, compliance with (FAR)s, escalation clauses and valuation.
Mr. Toriello has led the representation of financial institutions and obligors in connection with the enforcement of loan and other obligations, the pursuit of fraud and fraudulent conveyance claims, the defense of lender-liability claims, judgment enforcement and insurance-coverage disputes. In his general practice, he represents clients on contract and product liability matters involving heavy industrial equipment, manufacturing plants, aircraft, vessels and satellites, as well as counsels sellers and manufacturers of sporting equipment, appliances and food products. Mr. Toriello has also directed judgment-enforcement litigations and been appointed an arbitrator in ICC and private arbitrations. A substantial amount of his practice relates to international transactions.
In addition, Mr. Toriello has delivered papers at meetings for various professional organizations on topics including Asbestos Litigation, Piercing the Corporate Veil, Environmental Risks Faced by Lenders Under United States Law and Resolution of International Insurance Disputes. He has written several articles for the New York Law Journal and Reactions.
While in law school, he served as articles editor for the St. John’s Law Review.