Our VIP Dancers from Dazzle 2018 – Mad Hot Ballroom 45th Anniversary Celebration
Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Leader
Jeannine Cimino is a Senior Vice President and Regional Leader at Berkshire Bank and is a graduate of Brooklyn College. She is the Chairman of the Board for the Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce as well as the Chairman of the Board for Ryan’s Quest, which is a non-profit that’s mission is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with the purpose of allocating funds for research. Jeannine is also actively involved in various committees of the Hamilton Area YMCA and serves as the Treasurer for the St. Gregory the Great Academy PTA.
Jeannine has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey and she was awarded the Young Professional of the Year by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in 2011. She resides in Hamilton with her husband, John, and their two children AJ & Emma.
Attorney & Community Activist
Carol Golden is an attorney by training and a mother who has made community service her career. While raising her two sons, she has been committed to using her skills and energy to volunteer for several non-profit organizations in the Princeton area and to try to improve the lives of her neighbors. Carol currently serves as the Chair of Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP), an organization that fights homelessness by providing transitional housing and emergency rental assistance to families in the Princeton area. Through her work with the Joint Consolidation Commission and the Affordable Housing Board of Princeton, Carol has learned and understands about the needs of those in our community who may need a helping hand to be able to thrive here.
Carol recently became the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mercer County Community College. For many years, Carol was on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey (PPNCSNJ) and is committed to the mission of ensuring quality healthcare to the women of New Jersey. She served as co-chair of the Board of 101: (formerly the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation), which awards scholarships to graduates of Princeton High School (PHS) who need financial assistance to go to college.
Carol obtained her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Princeton Partners CEO
Tom Sullivan is the owner and CEO of Princeton Partners, a brand marketing and digital advertising agency that helps clients in financial services, healthcare and education to improve lives by advancing financial, physical-emotional well-being and lifelong learning. He is also the founder of the Princeton Innovators Guild and an education company called Activity Works which creates and brings curricula-based, classroom brain break to tens of thousands of elementary kids so they can learn while moving.
Tom has used Princeton Partners to advance the cause of non-profits in New Jersey on a pro bono basis. He has served in leadership roles on the boards of non-profit organizations including The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Susan G. Komen of Central and Southern New Jersey and The College of New Jersey Alumni Association. When serving as chairman of the board of Special Olympics, he helped the organization achieve unanimous board support to build a sports complex that would provide leadership and innovation in service to athletes with mental disabilities. Tom was a founding board member of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and spearheaded the development of its ten-year plan with a focus on ending family homelessness. He served as the marketing chair for the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County which resulted in the new Lawrenceville campus and the expansion of the Trenton facility more than doubling capacity.
Tom and his wife Jan live in Newtown, PA and enjoy traveling and keeping up with their four children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren who span from New York to Seattle.
Princeton Area Community Foundation
President & CEO
In 2015, Jeffrey Vega joined the Princeton Area Community Foundation as its President & CEO. Serving the greater Mercer County region, the Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy to advance the wellbeing of communities forever. Through the Community Foundation, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations can create permanent charitable funds to help communities meet the challenges of changing times. The Community Foundation invests and administers these funds, award grants and scholarships, and provides an array of services to promote philanthropy and support local nonprofits.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Mr. Vega served as President of New Brunswick Tomorrow, a private, non-profit organization established 40 years ago to revitalize the City of New Brunswick. The organization fosters public/private partnerships to improve the quality of life in New Brunswick. Mr. Vega joined the organization in 1993 and served as its President from 2000 to 2014. During his tenure, NBT raised funds and worked to find solutions to issues affecting youth, including gangs, truancy and lack of employment. The organization helped create before- and after-school and summer recreational programs in the city. In addition, NBT also spearheaded health and neighborhood revitalization initiatives.
In 1991, he was awarded a fellowship to study public policy at Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he earned his Master’s Degree. For his undergraduate studies, Mr. Vega went to Cook College. He completed three majors — Urban Studies, Human Ecology, and International Environmental Studies — to earn his Bachelor’s Degrees.
Mr. Vega serves on the Boards of Center for Nonprofits, LeadNJ, and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. He is also a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Council for the New Jersey Health Initiatives.
Mr. Vega has been honored and recognized for his work by various nonprofit and faith-based organizations and government agencies. A resident of Monroe Township, NJ, he is married to Angela Klizos and they have a young son, Nico.
Our VIP Dancers from Dazzle 2017 – Mad Hot Ballroom V Dancing Through the Decades
Owner and Head Baker, The Gingered Peach
Joanne is the owner and head baker of The Gingered Peach. She graduated Rutgers University with a BA in economics and an MBA in marketing in process. She spent 5 years in restaurant management and 3 years in corporate operations before taking the plunge and starting my own business. A self-taught baker, she studied and baked from home, perfecting recipes until she felt they was ready. Joanne started her business is 2012 in Ewing, NJ before moving her successful bakery to Lawrenceville, NJ in 2014. Joanne and her husband Matt and their two children, Zoe and Greyson, are proud residents of Lawrenceville, NJ.
Former Executive Director, Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers University
In 2012, Lew Gantwerk retired from his position as Executive Director of the Center for Applied Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He and his wife, Barbara, have lived in Princeton Jucntion for over 40 years. They have two married daughters and 5 grandchildren – (each of Lew’s daughters has twins)! Lew is currently a member of OnStage Seniors at McCarter Theater – a group of people over 55 who do Documentary Theater and perform at senior residences, community centers, libraries, prisons and other institutions throughout the central New Jersey area. He recently performed as part of the Community Ensemble in McCarter Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol. Lew has been a long time participant in and supporter of the performing arts.
Vice President, Global Integrity Leader at Nielsen Company
Dr. D. A. Graham formerly the Director of Human Resources at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, is the Vice President, Global Integrity Leader at Nielsen Company. He is responsible for overseeing, coordinating and facilitating the identification, documentation, reporting, investigation and resolution of employee concerns.
D.A. has more than 15 years of experience as a facilitator in the resolution of complaints, appeals and internal grievance processes for employee/employer issues. He has worked to resolve issues between parties through various types of mediation processes. He has designed and taught numerous courses and workshops on communication, conflict engagement skills, diversity and accountability at multiple universities and for/non-profit organizations.
D.A. is founder of DNA Consulting an organization whose focus is on human performance improvement in the world. He is Founder, Master Facilitator and Mediator of the New Jersey Intergroup Dialogue Coalition in Trenton, NJ. D. A. served as the Ombuds Officer at Princeton University and Ombudsman at California State University, San Diego. He was a Navy Chaplain serving in the Far East and deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. D. A. has developed a number of innovative outreach programs for community relations in over six different countries.
D.A. is a member of the Trenton School District Board of Education and Vice President of the Board for The Trenton Children’s Chorus.
President, Lead New Jersey
After working in Washington on the staff of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and in New York for the Ford Foundation and National Coalition for Haitian Refugees, Mark Murphy arrived in New Jersey in 1985 as a Roothbert Fellow in Peace Studies at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Obtaining his Masters degree and teaching Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy there, Mark has served the Wilson School on its Advisory Council and as Chair of alumni giving.
Mark’s service to New Jersey includes helping shape Governor Tom Kean’s welfare reform program at the Department of Human Services, chief of staff to the 1990 State Legislative Redistricting Commission. Chair of the State Office of Dispute Resolution, and founding Chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. Over the course of twenty years as Executive Director and President of the The Fund for New Jersey, Mark helped found over twenty organizations working to enhance life in New Jersey. He is editor of Agenda New Jersey, a compendium of expert policy reports covering Campaign Reform, Fiscal Responsibility, Better Schools, Strengthening Families, Saving Our Land and Water, and Building Our Cities.
Mark is a senior policy fellow at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation national Fellow, and a proud member of Lead New Jersey’s Class of 1991.
President, New Jersey Business and Industry Association
Michele Serves as the top executive for The New Jersey Business and Industry Association, New Jersey’s largest member association comprised of approximately 20,000 member companies. She defines strategies and implements goals to ensure New Jersey’s business climate is competitive by way of taxes, costs of doing business and cutting red tape. Michele Provides business resources and programs that support business sustainability. She works with administration and legislature on policy issues to advance a positive business climate.
Prior to her time at the NJBIA Michele served as the “number two” agency representative to support the Governor and Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection and was the President and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce. Michele graduated from Rutgers with a BA in Political Science and German and received her Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. She serves on many advisory boards and including Investors Bancorp, Inc. AAA Mid-Atlantic, and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Traffic Safety. Michele is involved in many civic activities and volunteers her time serving on numerous boards including Mercer County Community College, YWCA Trenton, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ, Trenton Public Education Foundation and American Conference on Diversity, to name only a few.
Our VIP Dancers from Dazzle 2016 – Mad Hot Ballroom IV Anything Goes
Stacy began her 25 year banking career at CoreStates NJ National Bank, predecessor to Wachovia Bank, spent 8 years with Chase Bank and now is a Senior Vice President at OceanFirst Bank. Over her career, Stacy has volunteered with Eden Autism Services, American Heart Association, and Thomas Edison State College, among others. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce. Stacy is an avid photographer and loves attending her children’s sporting events. She lives in West Windsor with her husband, Mike, and their children, David and Kaity.
Michele is the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Princeton University. Prior to that she worked in development at the College Board and Princeton University. She graduated with a BA from Yale and received an MFA in Theater from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Michele is a passionate community volunteer who serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Isles, Inc., in addition to past and current service on boards including the Princeton Library Foundation and The Princeton Area Community Foundation. She lives in Plainsboro with her husband, Jeffrey Yuan, and their children, Brian and Mira.
Carol is first and foremost a proud New Jerseyan. A graduate of Princeton University and Rutgers, she has spent the majority of her career working in Trenton on behalf of the state’s vibrant arts and history community. Most recently she served as New Jersey’s Assistant Secretary of State where she helped guide the work of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her non-profit and volunteer work has included service on the New Jersey Cultural Trust, ArtPride New Jersey, Leadership New Jersey, the Friends of the State House and the Princeton Charter Club. A resident of Lambertville and a Princeton Day School parent, she is married to a great dancer, has two sons, and is delighted to be slipping on her dancing shoes for Young Audiences!
Dan is the Executive Director of the Work Environment Council of New Jersey. He received a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University. Dan is Vice Chair of the Trenton Green Team, serves on the board of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, is the Immediate Past Chair of the Trenton Cycling Revolution, and served as a trustee and president of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation. Dan lives with his partner, Alex, in the 1865 Trenton home that they restored together.
Our VIP Dancers from Dazzle 2015 – Mad Hot Ballroom III Strictly Swing
Tamera started her career in Manhattan as an advertising executive in Ralph Lauren’s Home Furnishings Division. After moving to Princeton with her husband Joe, she opened Matteo & Co., a home furnishings store that she ran for 10 years. Tamera is an active community volunteer at her children’s schools and a member of various boards in Princeton, including McCarter Theater and the Princeton Adult School. Tamera is looking forward to being part of a great event to further an even greater cause – helping to raise support and awareness for Young Audiences!
Katie Hughes Redmond
Katie grew up in Princeton and is a graduate of Stuart Country Day School. After attending college in Ohio and living in San Francisco for 5 years, Katie moved back to Princeton with her husband, Aiden. When not busy caring for her 4 children, she enjoys spending time with friends, practicing yoga and running. Katie has served on the parent boards of the Princeton Academy and Stuart Country Day School. She currently serves on the boards of Bedens Brook Club and The Family Guidance Center of Central Jersey. She loves dancing and is excited to be competing at Dazzle and raising money for Young Audiences!
Bryce, a graduate of the University of Colorado, has been in the real estate business for over 30 years. He is the President of Lanwin Development Company and Great Locations, and a broker at Thompson Land Company. He served for three years on the board of the American Red Cross and is an avid sportsman who loves golf, tennis, skiing and racing sleds in Switzerland. Most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kristen, his son William, and his daughter Finley. Bryce LOVES to dance!
Jeff is Founder and Managing Director of Borden Perlman and is a graduate of Princeton Day School, Bucknell University and St John’s University. He is on the board of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and is the past president of Greenwood House, Home for the Jewish Aged. Jeff is immediate past chairperson of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of The College of New Jersey and the Ewing Lawrence Sewerage Authority. He resides in Princeton with his wife, Sharon, and their two children.
Our VIP Dancers from Dazzle 2014 – Mad Hot Ballroom II Strictly Latin
Barbara, a former Senior VP at Young & Rubicam, most recently co-chaired the first-ever capital campaign for Isles, Inc., and served as Vice Chair on the board of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. She is a trustee of The Friends of Ely Park and volunteers for Planned Parenthood. Barbara was recently honored by the Princeton YWCA for her community activism.
Jill is a Princeton resident and now a semi-retired employment lawyer and most recently a former partner with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. Jill served on the Princeton YWCA board for nine years and founded and still runs the Princeton YWCA St. Nicholas Project. In 2011, Jill ran for Mayor of Princeton.
Chris is an owner/principal with Long Motor Company, comprised of Volvo of Princeton, Volvo of Bridgewater, Volvo of Edison and Mercedes Benz/Porsche of Atlantic City. Chris has worked from the Volvo of Princeton facility for the past 20 years.
Bobby, a New Jersey native grew up in Somerset County and attended Lehigh University. He is a Business and Estate Planner, working with start-ups to mature business owners throughout the country to help protect, grow and retire out of their businesses and maximize their wealth potential. He currently resides in Basking Ridge with his wife, Brooke, and his two boys, Aidan & Danny.
Our VIP Dancers from Dazzle 2013 – Mad Hot Ballroom
Denise Wood Darder
Trustee of Princeton Healthcare System’s Foundation and former owner/operator of Princeton BMW/MINI and Princeton Porsche.
President & CEO of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which supports arts, education, environment and media initiatives that work toward a better New Jersey.
Founder, co-owner and general manager of Double Brook Farm in Hopewell. The farm is a sustainable, all-natural livestock and vegetable operation.
Managing Director in Foreign Exchange Sales at BNP Paribas in New York City and co-owner of Tuscan Hills, which offers a collection of exclusive Italian home furnishings and accessories, in Kingston.