Steven K. Szmutko – President
Steven K. Szmutko has been a Ewing resident since 1997. He is employed with Drexel University LeBow College of Business as Employer Relations Manager in the Office of MBA/MS Career Services. Steve retired from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in 2005 after 25 years of commercial lending, and economic and community development. He was responsible for project development, underwriting, and portfolio management at the Authority with experience in the funding and administration of not-for-profit, educational and religious organizations. Born in Trenton, he is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (BA, Economics, 1976) and Rider University (MBA, 1983). Steve has had extensive experience in stewardship, finance and development activities for the Catholic Diocese of Trenton and his church. He is an ordained Permanent Deacon, serving in education, liturgical, and other ministries. Steve, his wife, and their family, are members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, West Trenton, where they are active in many ministries. He has two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren. His youngest child is a graduate of Ewing High School and received his BA Degree from Rider University in 2015.
Karl Clark – Vice President
Born in Trenton NJ, Karl Clark graduated from the Trenton school system in 1981. He and his wife became Ewing residence in 2001 after serving 20 years in the United States Navy. He served in Yokosuka Japan; Pearl Harbor, HI; San Diego, CA; Pensacola, FL, and visited countries to include Hong Kong, Australia, Dubai and others. Karl’s presently employed with Educational Testing Service (ETS) as a Test Security Analyst. His son is a recent graduate of Ewing High School and attends TCNJ. His daughter attends Fisher Middle School. Karl volunteered numerous years with the Ewing Township Talent Show. Karl is a member of American Legion Post 182, and provides mentor-ship to young naval sailors. Karl gives charitable support to fight against Alzheimer Association, Cancer, and Sickle Cell.
Laura Canavera – Treasurer
An EPEF trustee since 2009, Laura has served as the EPEF Treasurer since 2013. Laura and her husband have resided in Ewing since 2002. She was an active member of the Parkway PTA (2010-2015) where she served as their Treasurer, Vice-President and Secretary. Currently her son attends Fisher Middle School where Laura is a member of the Fisher Parents Association.
Laura graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with her degree in American Studies and Criminal Justice. She is a Senior Tax Examiner working for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development since 1994.
Laura and her family are active members at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church where Laura is on the Fellowship Committee. In her spare time she enjoys watching her son play for the Fisher basketball team.
Barbara Puca – Secretary
Barb Puca has been a member of the EPEF Board for three years and is currently serving her second year as board Secretary. A member of the Ewing community for 34 years, she raised her family here and was very active on the Parkway PTA for eight plus years. Both her son and daughter attended Ewing Public Schools K through 12.
She is and RN with a BS in Healthcare Administration and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. In 2013, Barb received the prestigious “Excellence in Nursing” award at Capital Health where she works as the Director of Patient Experience.
Passionate about education and community Barb shares, “I want to see all children have the educational opportunities they deserve and need to pursue any path they choose”.
Barb and her husband enjoy spending time with their five children and three grandchildren.
Lisa Stewart Albright, Esq. – Trustee
Lisa and her family have lived in Ewing since 2000. Her three daughters attend Parkway Elementary and Fisher Middle Schools. She is a current member of Parkway’s PTA and has served both as Secretary and President for that organization. Additionally, she is a member of the Fisher PTO.
Lisa is a graduate of the University of Miami (1993, Psychology) and Villanova University School of Law (2001), where she graduated magna cum laude and was invited to join the “Order of the Coif”. In 2013 and 2014 consecutively, she was named one of South Jersey Magazine’s “Awesome Attorney’s” in the field of Health/Administrative Law. Currently, she practices healthcare corporate, transactional and regulatory work as a partner with the law firm of Archer & Grenier PC located in its Princeton office.
One of the board’s newest members, Lisa joined in 2015 and serves on the fundraising committee as well as assists with special projects. Lisa and her husband enjoy spending time watching their daughters play soccer with the Ewing United Soccer Association and walking the family’s French bulldog, “George”.
Marc Celentana, PhD – Trustee
Marc Celentana is Founder & Principal of Propel + Excel, LLC, a best-in-class, human capital services firm. Propel + Excel, LLC provides leadership coaching, training, and other consultative services to high performing individuals and work teams in the non-profit, educational, banking/finance, and healthcare sectors. Prior to forming Propel + Excel, LLC, Dr. Celentana served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at The College of New Jersey. As Deputy Director/Mental Health Administrator for the Mercer County Department of Human Services from 2004 to 2008, he worked closely with area non-profits on personnel, fiscal, and administrative initiatives. Marc holds an undergraduate degree in economics and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with specialization in organizational development and group dynamics. Licensed in New Jersey as a Practicing Psychologist, Marc provides psychotherapy through Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Pennington. Previously, he served as the Vice Chair of the Mercer County Family Support Organization and as a board member with the New Jersey Psychological Association’s Committee on Legislative Affairs. He joined the Ewing Public Education Foundation in 2014. Since 2006, Marc has resided in Ewing Township with his wife and two children.
Diane Glover – Trustee
Diane Glover is a lifelong resident of Ewing. She, her husband and their daughter are all Ewing High alumni. In 1979 Diane graduated from TCNJ and received additional certification in Project ACTIVE from Monmouth College. She is also a graduate of the esteemed Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College in Venice, FL (1984). Diane taught Adaptive Physical Education at Mercer County Special Services for over 30 years. Passionate about serving the special needs population, Diane has volunteered for Special Olympics for 25 plus years, currently mentoring as a coach for cycling and track and field. She has extensive training with two national Adaptive PE certifications, was named New Jersey Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 2012 Adaptive Physical Educator Teacher of the Year and currently serves on their Board. Diane is committed to helping others provide quality innovative Physical Education programming for all students and is a sought after consultant and presenter. A Trustee of EPEF since 2005, Diane served as Treasurer from 2007 to 2012 and now lends her talents to the Communications Committee and the Grants Committee.
Roomana Khan – Trustee
Lynn Lowe – Trustee
Amy Otey – Trustee
Amy joined the board in 2014 and currently serves as the Communications Chair. A resident of Ewing for twenty plus years, Amy and her husband have two boys who are/have attended Ewing Public Schools (Class of 2014 and 2018). Additionally, she is a parent representative on the Ewing District Wellness Committee. Amy is the musical/fitness performer known as “Miss Amy”, earning a Grammy Nomination in 2012 for her children’s album, Fitness Rock & Roll. She was a contributing artist for the Grammy win of the same year for her involvement on the album All about Bullies Big & Small. Amy has cooperated on special projects with March of Dimes, Special Olympics of New Jersey, and United Way and performed at events throughout the region including the 2012 White House Egg Roll.
A graduate of University of North Texas with a BA in Strategic Management, Amy has also completed specific fitness training in a myriad of disciplines and continues to teach yoga at PEAC (1998). She is a frequent presenter on the topic of “Building the Healthy Classroom” using her book Keep Kids Fit! Classroom Activity Breaks, most recently for NJAPHERD at NJEA and as a keynote speaker for Virginia Head Start.
Wayne Staub – Trustee
Wayne Staub was appointed as the Vice President of Member Services for New Jersey Business and Industry Association in June 2015. His responsibilities include leading efforts to attract new members and for the development of relevant, timely and attractive member benefit programs. He also is responsible for leading retention activities to help maintain a positive member experience for the approximately 20,000 membership.
Prior to joining the NJBIA team Wayne was with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. During his time with NDEP he served as a Director of Operations and Coordination in Water Resources and prior to that served as the Director for the Office of Economic Growth and Green Energy. Before joining NJDEP Wayne worked for Mercer County Government in various roles. His last 10 working for Mercer County he served as the Business Representative for the Office of Economic Growth and Sustainability.
Wayne is a community volunteer and serves on various boards. He is a Trustee for the Ewing Public Education Foundation, where he served as President for 8 years, The Ewing Township Economic Development Advisory Committee and The Internal Review Board at TCNJ. Wayne Lives in Ewing Township with his school board member wife and their 2 children.
Joan Zuckerman – Trustee
Heather Kearns-Latini – Executive Director
Heather Kearns-Latini has been a resident of Ewing Township since 1988. Ms. Kearns-Latini is the President & CEO of LegWork Incorporated, an event planning & public relations company. Prior to being her own boss, Heather worked as an executive assistant for Mercer County Executive, Robert D. Prunetti for over 11 years. In November 2002, Ms. Kearns-Latini received an award from the Mercer County Veterans Organization for her work during President Bush’s visit to the County. The Commanders award is usually given to a veteran or a veteran group and Ms. Kearns-Latini was the first civilian to receive this accolade. Mrs. Kearns-Latini has a B.A. in Business Administration from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Heather resides with her husband, a lifelong Ewing Township resident, and has two daughters, one of which attends Lore Elementary school. In addition to serving on the foundation board, Heather is actively involved in charitable organizations, such as, the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce and the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. In January, 2011, Heather was appointed to the Ewing Township Redevelopment Agency.
Scott D. Franks Sr. – Ewing Board of Education Member (Liaison to EPEF)
Scott D. Franks Sr. was born and raised in Ewing Township. He is proud to be a graduate of Ewing High School & the Mercer County Vocational/ Technical School, Assunpink Center class of 1990. Scott attended Ewing Township public schools from Elementary through High School. Married to his high school sweetheart, they have two young boys, one attending Fisher Middle School and the other attending Antheil Elementary School. He has been employed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections for over 19 years as an Assistant Fleet Manager. Scott is a member of the New Jersey State Police, Racing Control Unit, Civilian Advisory Board and is a SFI Certified Technical Inspector for the National Hot Rod Association, as well as being a member of the State of New Jersey, Accident Review Board. Scott is involved with coaching Ewing Boys Soccer (WESA), assisting with the Ewing Little Devils Wrestling program and any thing else his boys are interested in. He is a very big supporter of the Odyssey of the Mind program.