Trustees

Roomana Khan — President

A member of EPEF since 2014 and has served as Grant Chair since 2015. In 2020 Roomana served as Board Vice President and currently serves as Board President.

Roomana and her family moved to Ewing in 1976. She has two sons.  Her older son graduated from Ewing High School (EHS) and New Jersey Institute of Technology; her younger son with Autism is currently at EHS in the Life Skills Program. She is a Realtor with over 17 years of experience at Berkshire Hathaway Home-Services Fox & Roach Realtors. She also works at the Ewing Board of Education. 

She has been involved in the school community since 2000 in many different volunteer positions including Kindergarten/Grade Room Parent, Antheil Elementary School (AES) Parent Teacher Organization President, AES Flower Sale, EHS/Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf Robotics Team Mom and other roles.  She is also heavily involved with Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC) as a Team Captain for its annual Fundraising event: the Mercer County Autism Walk.  Roomana is a strong advocate for her son and all the children with special needs. 

Roomana believes the key to good education is for all students to have a solid foundation.  Students should be provided with the resources that they need regardless of their abilities, in order to succeed in school and beyond.  She further believes that good communication, transparency and accountability in the education process are key factors to success.

 

Steven K. Szmutko – Vice President/ President Emeritus

A member of EPEF since 2005, Steven K. Szmutko served as Board President from 2013 to 2017 and Vice-President from 2008 to 2013. He has lived in Ewing since 1997 and works at Drexel University LeBow College of Business as Employer Relations Manager/Career Advisor in the Graduate Career Services Office. Steve retired from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in 2005 after 25 years of high-risk commercial lending, and economic and community development. Born in Trenton, he holds a BA Degree in Economics from Saint Joseph’s University and an MBA Degree from Rider University. Steve has had extensive experience in stewardship, finance, and development activities for the Catholic Diocese of Trenton. He is an ordained Permanent Deacon serving in education, liturgical, and other ministries at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in West Trenton. Steve and his wife Mary live in Ewing and have two daughters, one son and three grandchildren.

Karl Clark- Treasurer /President Emeritus

Karl served as EPEF President from 2017 to 2021 and Vice-President from 2013 to 2017. For years he served as EPEF’s Scholarship chair and has helped to grow the program, increasing scholarship awards each year. Born in Trenton NJ, Karl Clark was graduated from the Trenton school system in 1981.

He and his wife, Masaé, became Ewing residents in 2001. Karl served 20 years in the United States Navy stationed in Yokosuka Japan; Pearl Harbor, HI; San Diego, CA; and Pensacola, FL. During his service he visited many places including Hong Kong, Australia, Dubai and Kenya. His son and daughter are both graduates of Ewing High School.

Karl’s formally a Test Security Supervisor of College Board program at Educational Testing Service, but presently serves as a professional photographer for KJCImages and Photography. Karl volunteered numerous years with the Ewing Township Talent Show, a member of American Legion Post 182, and a volunteer instructor for Veterans with traumatic brain injuries. He an advocate for education and youths learning foreign languages.

 

Lisa Stewart Albright, Esq. –Secretary

Lisa joined EPEF in 2015 and has served as Secretary and Vice President. She and her family have lived in Ewing since 2000, and her three daughters all attend/attended the Ewing schools. One daughter is now at Fisher, another is at Ewing High and her third graduated from EHS and attends Montclair State University. Lisa has been an active member of the parent- teacher associations of the Ewing schools, including serving as President of the Parkway Elementary School PTA.

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 .” Since 2013, she has annually been named one of South Jersey Magazine’s “Awesome Attorneys” in the field of Health/Administrative Law.

In 2016, she was named a “Best Attorney in Business” for Health Care by Philly Biz Magazine (2016) and in 2020, a “Top attorney” in Healthcare by SJ Magazine. Currently, she performs corporate, transactional and regulatory work for healthcare and other clients as a partner with Archer Law, in the firm’s Princeton office.

Wayne Staub — President Emeritus

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.

Maria Benedetti — Trustee

Maria is a lifelong resident of Ewing Township and a proud alumni of the Ewing Public Schools.  Maria also attended Mercer County Community College and holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration. Before retiring Maria worked for the State of New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, in both the Procurement and Facilities Management Bureaus for 28 years.  

Maria has an extensive history of volunteering in the community.  In the past she has coached girls softball.  She served as Treasurer for the Ewing Girl’s Softball Association.  She has also served as a Division Commissioner for the Ewing Girl’s Soccer Association.  She served on the Ewing Township Talent Show Committee. Maria also served in various capacities on the Antheil PTO, as well as the 5th grade parent group, Treasurer of TEKPRO (The Ewing Katzenbach Robotics Organization) as well as volunteering assisting with the EHS Robotics Team.  She served on both Ewing Township’s Condemnation Board and Environmental Commission.   She was also elected to the Ewing Board of Education from 2003 through 2018, where she served as a board member and spent a year as each, the Vice President and President. 

Maria is the proud Mother of two children who are also alumni of the Ewing Public Schools.

Whitney Lewis — Trustee

Whitney is a lifelong Ewing resident and a 2008 graduate of the Ewing Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with double minors in Business Management and Deaf Studies from The College of New Jersey 2012.. Whitney also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration of Marketing from Thomas Edison State University 2015.. Whitney’s mother, Camila King-Lewis also served on the EPEF board in the 90’s.

She is currently employed as a Marketing Coordinator for the New Jersey Business and Industry Association in Trenton. Whitney is also an active soccer coach and trainer. She has coached teams for Ewing United Soccer Association, Hopewell Valley Soccer Association, Next Level Soccer Association and The Pennington School. 

 

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.

 

 

Christopher Ingram – Trustee

Lynn Lowe — Trustee

Joan Zuckerman — Trustee

Every EPEF trustee contributes monetarily to the Foundation