Four Trustees Named to PACF Board

Four new members have been appointed to the board of Princeton Area Community Foundation, the Lawrence-based organization that helps people and companies make effective charitable gifts and awards grants to nonprofits.

The new trustees are Steve Downs, the co-founder of Building H; Kathryn A. Foster, president of The College of New Jersey, Scot D. Pannepacker, a partner at accounting firm Lear & Pannepacker; and Atiya Weiss, the executive director of the Burke Foundation. Each was appointed to a three-year term on the board of the foundation that has awarded more than $173 million in grants since its founding in 1991.

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New members of the Princeton Area Community Foundation board of trustees include Steve Downs of Building H, left, Kathryn Foster of The College of New Jersey, Scot Pannapcker of Lear & Pannepacker, and Atiya Weiss of the Burke Foundation.

“The governance committee is honored to have recruited four individuals who will add great value and perspective to our board work. Each is a respected leader in their various fields, and each brings a deep commitment to advancing the mission of the Community Foundation,” said PACF trustee and governance committee chair Jamie Kyte Sapoch.

Steve Downs, of Princeton, is the co-founder of Building H, a community of entrepreneurs, investors, designers, engineers, and researchers working to build health into everyday life — by design. He is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Downs previously served as chief Technology and strategy officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During his tenure there, he also held the roles of chief technology and information officer, assistant vice president of the health group, and founding leader of the foundation’s innovation portfolio. He also previously served as director of the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP), a U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration initiative, and as a research fellow of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kathryn A. Foster, of Pennington, has been the president of TCNJ since 2018. She also is a board member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, serves on the President’s Leadership Council for the national All In Campus Democracy Challenge, and is a member of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council.

She previously served as the President of University of Maine at Farmington, and as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University. From 1993 until 2012, Foster worked at the University at Buffalo, where her roles included chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and director of the University at Buffalo Regional Institute. She was previously a lecturer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).

Scot D. Pannepacker, of Hopewell Borough, joined Lear & Pannepacker in 1988. He is a certified public accountant who is accredited in business valuations and certified in financial forensics. He has extensive experience in areas including gifts, trusts, and personal financial planning, including charitable strategies for estate planning.

He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Mercer County Estate Planning Council. He serves as a member of the boards of trustees and treasurer of the Friends of Hopewell Quarry, Mary G. Roebling Foundation, and the Mary G. Roebling Music Foundation.

Pannepacker is the former board president and treasurer of Preservation New Jersey, a former trustee and treasurer of The Watershed Institute, and former trustee of the Historical Society of Princeton.

Atiya Weiss, of Princeton, is the executive director of the Burke Foundation, which invests in promising programs and policies that focus on healthy pregnancies and births, healthy parent-child relationships, and high-quality early learning and care. The Burke Foundation has also partnered with the Community Foundation to award Community Impact Grants/The Burke Foundation Legacy Grants. Weiss also serves on the Community Foundation’s Committee on Impact, and its COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund grants evaluation team.

Before joining the Burke Foundation, she served as executive director of JP Morgan’s Philanthropy Center, where she advised charitable trusts and family foundations, and worked with the Gates Foundation to create the Global Health Investment Fund. She previously managed a global health grantmaking portfolio at the Pfizer Foundation, where she also led flagship programs, including Pfizer Global Health Fellows and Mobilize Against Malaria. She is also a trustee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and an ascend fellow at the Aspen Institute.

The new trustees repleace William Harla, Andrew Lieu, and Calvin Thomas, who completed their terms of service on the board, and William P. Burks, who retired from the board after nearly 30 years.

“They are outstanding members who each served their terms with distinction and integrity,” said Skip Cimino, who recently completed his term as board chair. “I’m proud of the fact that they’ve been associated with our organization.”

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Rhoda Kassof Isaac, 93, on January 26. A resident of Princeton and Skillman since 1988, she was trained in analytical psychology and worked as a therapist and psychoanalyst specializing in picture interpretation. She was also a professional artist who worked in painting, ceramics, and photography and was a founding member of Gallery 14 in Hopewell.

Paula Jean Rogers, 70, on January 25. She worked for the state Division of Motor Vehicles for 41 years.

Emil “Buddy” Nami, 77, on January 24. He worked as a real estate developer and later as a property manager for R. Berman Development.

Robert William Allen, 44, on January 18. He worked as an actuarial analyst for MedPro Group and served as president of the Hamilton Township Recreational Baseball Association from 2017 to 2020.

Louis Joseph Cook, 86, on January 22. He spent most of his career as the groundskeeper at AT&T in Hopewell.

Marie A. Jantos,73, on January 21. After teaching English in the Ewing school district, she worked for the state Department of Education, from which she retired as national origin coordinator.

Michael J. Welykoridko, 57, on January 22. He worked as a procurement specialist at Church and Dwight in Princeton for more than 20 years.

Joseph Michael Walker, 68, on January 22. A Presbyterian minister, he also spent 21 years with the state Department of Consumer Affairs, retiring in 2018 as the executive director of the Boards of Psychological Examiners and Social Workers.

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