Michael J. Weir, Ed.D., Board Chair
Michael is a recognized business advisor and leads the WeirGroup LLC, a boutique management consulting company focused on leveraging the strategic business application of innovative technologies. Dr. Weir earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University. His research focuses on increasing underrepresented minority student persistence towards earning STEM related undergraduate degrees. His professional experience spans multiple industries such as Telecommunications, Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Biotech and Software Development and has included leadership roles with several Fortune 500 companies. Mike has held senior positions in consulting, strategy, sales, operations, and business development during his extensive career. Prior to creating WeirGroup LLC, Mike held the roles of Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Thrupoint Inc., (now CafeX Communications) a leader in Unified Communications integration platforms and collaboration technologies. While at Cisco Systems, Mike led the US Service Provider consulting practice in the Internet Business Solutions Group. This team was instrumental in the launch of Cisco’s HealthPresence platform designed to increase access to affordable healthcare and dramatically improve service delivery and patient outcomes. Mike is a past member of the Technology Advisory Council for the New York City Board of Education and advisor to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Mike has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey and as a member of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Weir also holds a B.A. in Journalism and Politics with Distinction from the University of Massachusetts, M.Ed. in Management from Cambridge College and completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development.
Yasin is a Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, where he focuses on executive financial services and serves on the firm’s client advocate committee. He was recently crowned the winner of Morgan Stanley’s annual global public speaking competition for 2013.
Yasin has been involved with the Center since graduating from Drew, and he stays active in the alumni association, serving as his class agent. Yasin works with the American Heart Association and chairs the annual Red Ball held in New York City. He is also a sponsoring associate of the Foreign Policy Association.
Josh is a Masters student at Drew University, studying Peace and Conflict Resolution. He has spent extensive time in Israel, studying Arabic and Hebrew and doing research for his thesis on “peacebuilding through business.” Josh interned with several non-profit organizations over the last few years related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has lectured on the topic. He works in venture capital at an investment bank in New York and serves on several other advisory boards.
Barer received his BA from Rutgers University in 2011.
Cara Bradshaw is a fundraising and communications professional who has worked with international non-profits to advocate for children’s and refugee’s rights, as a community reporter covering social justice issues, and in higher education to promote interfaith peace-building and community engagement.
She currently serves as Chief Impact Officer at Family Promise, a national non-profit that empowers families experiencing homelessness into sustainable independence. Family Promise exercises an interfaith model to house families and creates community-based programs in homelessness prevention and stabilization. Cara studied Political Science and Spanish at Drew University and International Affairs at The New School.
Judith E. Campbell, Interim Board Chair, 2017
Judy Campbell is an accomplished business leader who received a doctorate in Irish/ Irish American Studies from Drew in 2016. In the past few years she has become a sought-after author and lecturer in Irish American history. She retired in June 2007 as Chief Information Officer of New York Life Insurance Company, where she was responsible for managing all technology efforts companywide and was a member of the company’s Executive Management Committee. Her previous experience was in retail banking in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania where she managed consumer loan and deposit businesses as well as technology and operations. Campbell has a B.A. degree from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia and a M.Litt. And D.Litt. degrees from Drew University where she is currently a member of the university’s Board of Trustees.
Mohammad Ali Chaudry, Ph.D.
Dr. Chaudry grew up in Pakistan, graduated from the London School of Economics with honors in Economics and Econometrics in 1967 and received a Ph.D. in economics from Tufts University in 1972. He worked for AT&T for thirty years in various departments including Chief Economist, strategic planning and finance where he served as division CFO for the PR Division.
After retiring from AT&T in 1998, he lectured in business at Seton Hall and at Rutgers from 2004 to 2014. Since 2007, he has taught a ten week long non-credit course on Islam and Muslims. He co-authored a book on Islam and Muslims (2010) with Dr. Robert Crane. He teaches economics at Raritan Valley Community College. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew University.
Dr. Chaudry served on the Bernards Township BOE (1990-1995) and on the Bernards Township Committee (2002-2007) and as Mayor in Bernards Township in 2004, becoming the first Pakistani born Muslim to become Mayor in America.
He is a co-founder of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center Boonton. He is also co-founder and President of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR). Under his leadership, the local Muslim community is establishing a mosque in his hometown of Basking Ridge.
Dr. Chaudry is co-founder of the NJ Interfaith Coalition. He serves on the NJ Attorney General’s Muslim Outreach Committee and as a member of the Interfaith Advisory Council of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He is President of the Branchburg Rotary Foundation. Dr. Chaudry is a frequent speaker at interfaith events and initiated the Pledge to Stand Up for the Other, calling on everyone to challenge bigotry in any form.
Emilio G. Egea
Emilio G. Egea is President of E.G.E. Associates, LLC, an organization development consulting firm specializing in the areas of leadership development, building effective teams, and managing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Founded in 2013, the company serves clients in several sectors. Egea is a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of diversity and inclusion with over twenty years of experience. An experienced lecturer, he has spoken at colleges and is a frequent speaker at professional association conferences. He has been featured in the New York Times, Advertising Age, Hispanic Business, DiversityInc, HR Executive as well as domestic and global network news. He was formerly a Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer for Prudential Financial where he was responsible for government compliance, employee opinion surveys, data, work-life initiates as well as the diversity and inclusion function.
Egea earned his BAs in Business and Economics as well as Spanish from Moravian College and Executive Education Certificates from Wharton, Cornell and the University of Michigan. He has served on a U.S. Senate Task Force on Education and Employment, as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC), on the Editorial Board of the Diversity Factor and is a member of the Diversity Collegium.
Hailee is a Managing Director of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2018 re-election campaign.
Prior to joining Governor Cuomo’s campaign, she was Director of Ditto Consulting, a boutique political/non-profit consulting firm focusing on strategic development, fundraising, and event planning. In her role, Hailee worked with Ditto’s client portfolio to create and implement long and short term plans to ensure success. While at Ditto, Hailee successfully managed the fundraising for George Latimer’s 2014 and 2016 re-election to the NYS Senate as well as his 2017 Westchester County Executive campaign.
Previously, Hailee worked at Berger Hirschberg Strategies, handling high profile client portfolio’s such as Joe Donnelly’s winning U.S . Senate campaign in Indiana, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and non-profit’s such as Maria Cuomo-Cole’s HELP USA, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, No Labels and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as part of a national fundraising team that planned and executed fundraising trips and events across the country.
She is a graduate of both New York Military Academy and Drew University. In her free time, Hailee enjoys her life-long passion for horseback riding, skiing, and hiking with her Dalmatian.
Moniza is the founder and publisher of the online magazine, Elan: The Voices we love. The Stories we live. She is also president of Wahid Media Ventures, an international media consulting company. Moniza has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Drew University and a graduate degree in Islamic Studies from Columbia University.
Richard R. Marfuggi
Dr. Marfuggi is a Board Certified Member of the American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, Inc. Dr. Marfuggi has served as a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, NJ Society of Plastic Surgeons, NY & NJ State Medical Societies, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Medical Association (AMA). He is also a HealthGrades Recognized Doctor listed in their honor roll.
Dr. Richard Marfuggi is the first medical doctor to hold a doctorate in Medical Humanities. He has a strong interest in medical ethics, medical history and medical education. To that end, Dr. Marfuggi serves as: Academic Director of the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care, Visiting Professor – Centenary College, Adjunct Professor – Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, member of the Committee on Biomedical Ethics – Medical Society of NJ and consultant to the NY State Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Dr. Marfuggi also serves the Board of Lighthouse Guild.
Dr. Marfuggi has been practicing plastic surgery in New York City since 1982 and in New Jersey since 1983.He is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.Dr. Marfuggi received an A.B. honors degree from the College of the Holy Cross and then graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine.
Barbara P. Peda
Barbara Peda serves as president of the consulting services firm The Wells Group. She built considerable experience and expertise during her 24-year career with AT&T, having held executive positions in strategic pricing, public policy and regulatory initiatives, customer service operations, sales, and strategic planning. Peda also led the launch and successful development of AT&T’s wholesale business as president of service provider markets.
Peda is currently a director of Safe Harbor Technology and a past director of Choice One Communications and CompTel/ASCENT. She is a trustee and board chair of The Independent College Fund of NJ.
Peda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Montclair State University, has completed graduate studies at Seton Hall University, and has attended the Executive Management Program at Yale University.
Caroline Sadlowski is Chief of the Civil Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. She supervises twenty-three Assistant U.S. Attorneys who conduct affirmative and defensive civil litigation on behalf of the United States. Caroline joined the office in 2002. She was previously a member of the Appeals Division, where she served as Deputy Chief from 2011-2015. Caroline also helped to start the District’s first Federal Reentry Court in 2013 and is currently a liaison to that court. As such, she works to aid people who have recently been released from federal prison to successfully reintegrate into their communities. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Caroline clerked for the Honorable Harold Ackerman in the District of New Jersey. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was the managing editor of the law review. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.
Phil, DMH is the past Director of the Medical Humanities Program in the Caspersen School of Drew University. He received his Doctorate of Medical Humanities in 2004, his Master of Letters degree in 1995 and has taught in the program since 2004. Dr. Scibilia spent over 35 years in the healthcare industry, including senior executive positions in medical information, education, and publishing. He has been a Partner in Strategic Healthcom, a health policy and pharmacoeconomic consulting group. He was President and CEO of Macmillan Publishing’s Healthcare Group and served as President of Simon & Schuster/Appleton and Lange and also had international operating responsibility for the Healthcare Group of Reed/Elsevier.
Phil also served as Chairman of the Hospital Satellite Network, a national healthcare broadcasting network. Working with the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Scibilia produced several national and international television broadcasts, including: Substance Abuse in the Workplace, Alzheimer’s Disease and Transplants: Who Lives Who Dies. He spent a year in the U.S.S.R during Perestroika, working with the Soviet Ministry of Health. Dr. Scibilia negotiated the first Soviet-USA healthcare Joint Venture, Soyuz-Medinvest, and arranged the first joint USA/USSR Conference on Genome Mapping.
Betsy Bernard, Immediate Past Board Chair
Betsy Bernard is a public company Board director whose experience spans 20 years and includes United Technologies, Principal Financial Group, Serco Group plc, URS, Telular, ZimmerBiometHoldings, and SITO Mobile.
Bernard spent her career in the Telecommunications industry, most recently as President of ATT. For three consecutive years Bernard was recognized as one of the “50 most powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine.
Bernard received a Doctor of Laws(Honorary) from Pepperdine University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford University’s Sloan Fellows Program, a Master’s of Business Administration from Fairleigh University, and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University.