Meet Our Board
The Hopewell Valley Education Foundation board is made up entirely of committed volunteers from the communities in Hopewell Valley. Board members come from diverse professional and personal backgrouds; currently serving board members are parents of current or former HVRSD students, former teachers, business and community leaders, and local professionals.
Members of the HVEF board serve on other local boards, acting as liaisons to the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, District Parent Council, and various school PTOs, as well as local business and community organizations. The HVEF is a member of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Sara B. Alyea, PresidentSara joined HVEF in 2016. She has led HVEF’s Scholarship Committee and the Teacher Recognition Program, served on the Grants Committee, and assisted with HVEF fundraising events. Sara and her family have lived in Hopewell Township since 2003, and her three children attended Hopewell Elementary School, Timberlane, and Central High School. Sara graduated from Princeton University (Philosophy 1988) and New York University School of Law (1993). She has practiced law for over 20 years first at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Philadelphia and NY) and currently at Murray & DiBella (NY). Sara and her husband can be found biking and hiking throughout the beautiful trails in Hopewell.
Kevin Kuchinski, Vice President
Kevin Kuchinski is a proven leader in the corporate, governmental and non-profit worlds. He currently leads a consulting practice focused on brand strategy and innovation, with a focus on delivering out-sized revenue and profit growth, serves on the Hopewell Township Committee, and is a partner at Sourland Mountain Spirits, New Jersey’s first farm-based craft distillery since Prohibition. Prior to this, Kevin was Vice President of Marketing at Church & Dwight, working on iconic American brands such as ARM & HAMMER™ and OxiClean™ and leading a $1 Billion division. He has also worked at Procter & Gamble, with assignments in the US and Belgium, including the global launch of the Swiffer. In 2000, he was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the Top 100 Marketers of the Year for his leadership on this launch. Kevin received his B.A. in Economics from Duke University. Kevin lives in Elm Ridge Park with his wife and two children, who are attending Hopewell Valley Central High School and Timberlane Middle School. Two older children are also graduates of Hopewell Valley Public Schools.
Devon Garber, Vice President
Devon graduated with a BS in Health Science from Clemson University. She has been the Director of Marketing & Sales for Hopewell Pharmacy & Compounding Center for the past 18 years. She helped make Hopewell Pharmacy a national presence in the compounding world for both veterinary and human compounds. Devon met her husband Dave while both were students at Clemson and they now reside in Pennington, NJ with their two children, Ethan and Hannah who both attend Hopewell Elementary School. Devon has served on the Philadelphia Clemson Club Board for 4 years, first as Social Media Chair and now as Vice President. She joined the HVEF board in 2018 and brings her marketing, event planning and social media knowledge to the board.
Robert Flanigan, Secretary
Rob joined the HVEF in 2019. He is also a Treasurer for the Stony Brook PTO and sits on the Hopewell Valley District Parent Committee. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to New York City in 2001 with the Limited Brands as Manager of Internal Security & Safety Services. In 2013, Rob and his wife settled in Hopewell Township to raise their two daughters. Rob volunteers with Meals on Wheels of Mercer County and enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team.
Rob grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University and Western Governor’s University. Rob has trained in a Japanese Samurai Marital Art for over 30 years and enjoys teaching the art to adults at his New York City dojo. He has also taught police, military, special needs kids and adults, and women’s self-defense seminars. When not spending time with his family, Rob likes to travel, volunteer and has a love and passion for reading.
Frank McDonnell, Treasurer
Frank moved to Pennington from Long Island, NY in the Summer of 2016. The valley has been a great landing spot for the whole family - wife Gayle, son Gabe (9th grader at Central High) and daughter Kate (1st grader at Hopewell Elementary). His desire to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to his family led him to join the HVEF board in 2018.
Frank is a Managing Director and Head of Global Mutual Funds for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He graduated with a BA in History from Reed College in Portland, OR. Frank is actively involved in youth sports, coaching an HVSA travel team for the past two seasons. In his spare time, Frank enjoys playing soccer, playing and listening to music, and chasing the family’s new puppy - Chloe - around.
Members of the Board
Chrissy grew up in Pennington, and attended Toll Gate, Timberlane Middle School, and graduated in 1994 from Hopewell Valley CHS. She and her family moved back into the area 2 years ago, and her sons attend Toll Gate and Timberlane. She joined HVEF in 2018, and has assisted with the Book Lovers’ Luncheons and Back to School Nights.
Chrissy graduated from Georgetown University (French, 1998) and the University of Virginia (M.Ed, 2002). She has worked in higher education administration at the University of Virginia, Rider University, and currently at Thomas Edison State University.
A yoga enthusiast and fair-weather hiker, Chrissy and her family are often outside in their yard in Pennington, at one of various Hopewell Recreation sports events, or checking out one of the local trails through and around town.
Terri Genova has lived in Pennington with her husband Joe for 25 years. They moved to the area knowing their children would receive an excellent education. They have four children, all Hopewell Valley graduates.
In another lifetime, Terri graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson with a business degree and worked for a legal supply company managing a telemarketing department. However, raising four children has been her greatest accomplishments. Her love for children has led her to her current position as a Paraprofessional in our district.
Terri has been a board member for the HVEF for five years, and has served on the annual Book Lovers Luncheon and the Above and Beyond Gala. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, gardening and being at the beach.
Jon joined the HVEF in 2017. Jon leads the Power of 100 Committee and supports HVEF fundraising event. Jon, his wife, and three children have lived in Hopewell Township since 1999, and his children attended Stony Brook Elementary School, Timberlane Middle School, and Central High School. Jon has been an active leader in the Hopewell YMCA Indian Guide program, Cub Scouts and youth sports (baseball and soccer).
Jon graduated from Albright College (Finance/Marketing 1987) and New York University Stern School of Business (MBA 1993). He is a 30+ year Treasury/Corporate Finance/Capital Markets professional, spending his first 21 years with Prudential Financial and the last 10 years with Fidelity Investments.
Jon and his wife can be found at soccer fields around Hopewell watching their son compete or at dance competitions rooting-on their college age daughters. Jon also enjoys mountain biking, snowmobiling, and spending time at the Jersey shore.
Carol has been involved in the Hopewell Valley School District ever since she moved to New Jersey in 1972, after receiving her Masters Degree at Ohio State University in Mathematics Education. She was a mathematics teacher at Central High School for six years before retiring to raise a family. Her three children attended Toll Gate Elementary School and graduated from Central High school. While her children were in the district schools, Carol served as a room mother, ran several Family Math nights, and was involved in planning assemblies at Toll Gate. Once her last child moved on to Timberlane, Carol founded a District-wide Assembly Committee that is still in existence today.
Carol joined the HVEF Board in 1998 and served as the Board’s president for five years from 2001- 2006. As a board member, she created and chaired the Book Lover’s Luncheon which began in 2006 and has been an annual event ever since. She also created and chaired a High School Trivia Night for four years, which the board sponsored with Central High School.
In 2002, Carol founded the Central New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, and in 2009 was involved in extending this organization to cover the entire state. She served as the first president of the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership until 2011. In 2006, Carol received the HVEF E-Squared Award that was given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Hopewell Valley Regional School District.
Carol has been an assessment specialist at Educational Testing Service since 1979, where she worked on the SAT and other College Board tests. In 2010, Carol received ETS’ highest Assessment Development Award for her work on the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT tests. For the past five years at ETS, Carol has been the coordinator for the SSAT testing program.
Frank has been a member of HVEF for 9 years. He has participated on the Scholarship and Grants Committees and heads the Take a Seat effort. Frank and his wife have two daughters who attended the Hopewell Valley schools starting at Tollgate. Back in the day Frank was a member of the PTO at TGG.
Frank holds Chemical Engineering and Economics degrees from Rutgers University and is owner of an environmental, health and safety consulting firm providing services to chemical and pharmaceutical businesses.
He has been a long time trustee for the Penn Brook Swim Club in Pennington
Frank is an avid runner and hiker. He has back packed all over the West with his favorite spots being the Tetons and the Wind River Range in Wyoming.
Jonathon Lamond has lived in Hopewell since 2004, and his children have attended Toll Gate, Timberlane, and Central High School. He and his wife are passionate about education, own a preschool, and have been involved in the Hopewell schools as rooms parents and on various PTOs. He graduated from Trenton State College (now TCNJ) with degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He currently serves on the Mercer County Board of Realtors, New Jersey Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. As a local business owner, he has little spare time, but spends it with his family enjoying the Hopewell Valley community and travelling.
Kathy joined HVEF in 2018. Prior to joining she worked on the foundation's Book Lover's Luncheon since 2012 and also helped out with the Above and Beyond Gala starting in 2017, As a current board member she continues to take an active role on both of these committees.
Kathy Mikalsen has lived in Hopewell Township since 2002 with her husband Ed and two children. Both children attended the Hopewell Valley Schools starting at Stony Brook Elementary and then moving on to Timberlane Middle School and HVCHS. Her son Eddie is now a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Ohio University and her daughter Melissa is a freshman studying Astrophysics at The Ohio State University.
Kathy received a BS in Education from The Ohio State University in 1991 and her Masters in Education from the College of New Jersey in 1999. Kathy is currently a kindergarten teacher at Barley Sheaf Elementary in Flemington, NJ where she was honored as Teacher of the Year for 2018-19. Kathy is also a Vice President of the Flemington Raritan Education Foundation. She served on PTO boards at Stony Brook and Timberlane and as committee chairs at CHS. Kathy teaches religious education classes at St James in Pennington and served as a girl scout leader for many years.
Teresa Rinaldi Moriello
Teresa Rinaldi Moriello is a former Tax & Estates Paralegal where she worked for top law firms in New York City and Princeton. She is currently a Princeton, NJ Area Consultant where she assists newly transferred families and helps them become familiar with the area. Teresa and her husband also own La Mezzaluna Ristorante in downtown Princeton. She speaks fluent Italian. Teresa received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Marshall University. Teresa, her husband and their two children moved to Pennington a few years ago. Her children attend Hopewell Valley Central High School and Toll Gate. Teresa also volunteers her time and is actively involved with the PTOs for the schools.
Teresa Marrin Nakra
Dr. Teresa Marrin Nakra serves as Associate Professor of Music & Interactive Multimedia(IMM)at The College of New Jersey, where she chairs the IMM Department. Recognized internationally as an expert in music technology, Teresa has made important research contributions in the study of musical emotions, conducting gestures, and real-time music systems. She has presented her work twice in concert with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, and undertook an experiment with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its audience in 2006. With her music technology production company, Immersion Music, she has created interactive conducting exhibits that have been experienced by thousands of visitors in museums and concert halls. Teresa’s work has been profiled in the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, CNN Headline News, BBC World Service, and the Associated Press. She and her husband live in Titusville with their two children, who attend Hopewell Valley schools.
Susan Promislo is Director, Branding & Communications, with Blue Meridian Partners. Blue Meridian is a pioneering philanthropic model for finding and funding scalable solutions to the problems that limit economic mobility and trap America’s young people and families in poverty. Previously, she was the Director of Communications Strategy at Princeton University for four years. Prior to that, she held various communications roles at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Aspen Institute. Susan holds an MA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and a BA from Colgate University. She lives in Pennington with her husband and two daughters, who attend Timberlane Middle School and Toll Gate Grammar School.
Lucia Sanin joined HVEF in 2017. She coordinates the author visit program for Timberlane Middle School and Central High School. She is also involved with the Take a Seat and grants committees. Lucia has lived in Hopewell since 2008. She has two children who attended Stony Brook Elementary School and now attend Timberlane Middle School and Central High School.
She has served in PTO boards as PTO president, Chair or Co-Chair of several committees including Assemblies, Box Tops, Enrichment, Fifth Grade Committee, and Year Book at Stony Brook Elementary School. At Timberlane Middle School, she has been Chair or Co-Chair of Hospitality, Fun Nights, and Eight Grade Activities committees. At CHS she has been the Class Liaison representative for class 2019, VP of Fundraising, and VP orchestra at MTPA. In addition, she has been part of Municipal Alliance, Principal Advisory committee at Timberlane and CHS, the Wellness/Food Service Advisory Committee, Parenting Conference committee, Capital Health Auxiliary and a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra committee.
Lucia holds a degree in Masters in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan. She enjoys sharing time with her family, taking pictures and reading. She lives in Pennington with her husband and two sons who attend CHS and TMS.
Arvinder Singh is currently the Founder and CEO of ZAS Management Systems LLC (est.2002), a privately held Medical Billing, Transcription, and Electronic Health Record company. Mr. Singh also serves as President of APS Consulting LLC. APS Consulting (est. 2009) is dedicated to the pharmaceutical and health care industry, specializing in patient medication adherence, digital marketing, REMS, oncology therapy, product launches, supply chain optimization especially specialty pharmaceutical distribution, commercial analysis and insight, and competitive intelligence and monitoring. His key areas of interest are the evolving Rare Diseases, Patient Medication Adherence, Drug Device, Specialty Pharmaceuticals Distribution Spaces, and Oncology Drug Development and Commercialization. Previously, Mr. Singh served in several executive capacities at GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to GSK, he was Group Director for CNS Marketing with Forest Laboratories, Inc. (now Allergan). Mr. Singh is also a Partner at Zyanya Designs and Founding Investor at The Bank of Princeton.