Director of Special Projects
Foundation for Educational Administration 12 Centre Drive
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Dr. Mary Reece is the Director of Special Projects at the Foundation for Educational Administration. Prior to joining FEA, Mary served as a principal, assistant principal and supervisor in Edison Township. She began her teaching career in Irvington, and later worked at the NJ Department of Education. Mary has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Rutgers University from which she received her graduate degrees, and she has served as a mentor for many administrative interns. She has presented at state, national and international conferences on such diverse topics as teacher/administrative tenure, special education issues, mentoring/induction, arts education, and afterschool/extended learning. She has been an active member of local, state, and national education associations, completing a term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Currently, Mary is the chairperson of the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission and of Sustainable Montgomery. She serves on the Board of Trustees of C.A.R.E. (Community Action Reaches Everyone), an Edison-based organization. In addition, Mary is a founder and leadership team member of Creative NJ.
Director of Advocacy & Public Policy
ArtPride New Jersey
432 High Street Burlington, NJ 08016
Ann Marie Miller is Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for the ArtPride NJ Foundation and served as its Executive Director for 20 years. Prior to joining ArtPride, Ann Marie was Director of Development at McCarter Theatre, a Tony-award winning regional theatre and performing arts center, and Grants Coordinator at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Ann Marie is Vice Chair of Arts Ed New Jersey and Chair of the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission in her hometown. A recipient of the 2015 Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, Ann Marie is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Art Education.
Special Assistant for the Arts
Newark Public Schools
765 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102
Dan Fatton serves as New Jersey State Director in a consultancy for the Energy Foundation, responsible for coalition and relationship management in the state. Dan is currently working with more than 30 organizations to draft a state strategic plan that will guide the Energy Foundation’s giving in New Jersey.
Previously, Dan was executive director for the Work Environment Council (WEC) from 2015-2018, managing a staff of six for the statewide coalition of 70 labor, environment and community organizations. In this role, Dan served as project director for several federal grants, launched new training initiatives, and co-founded Jersey Renews, securing the participation of 40+ organizations, including more than a dozen unions, all committed to making NJ a leader for state-based action on climate. Dan overhauled WEC’s communications efforts, launching WEConnect, the monthly email newsletter, and upgrading the organizational website. During his tenure, Dan grew the WEC budget by $200k.
Dan has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years, including as Director of Development and Membership Services for The Electrochemical Society, an international scientific non-profit. In that role, Dan created new partnerships with both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Toyota North America, establishing fellowships and grant competitions to support research in sanitation and green energy. Previously, as Outreach & Development Director for New Jersey Future, Dan worked on issues of equity, economy and the environment, authoring several policy pieces with a focus on the intersection of transportation and health.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts & Design from James Madison University and a master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He has also completed fellowships with Lead New Jersey and the Environmental Leadership Program.
Dan is a Trenton resident, experienced in community organizing; he served on the I Am Trenton Community Foundation Board of Trustees from 2009- 2015, including as President from 2013-14. Dan served on Governor Murphy’s Energy and Environment Transition Committee in 2017, and as co-lead of Mayor Gusciora’s Trenton Sustainability, Natural Resources and Recreation Transition Committee in 2018. Dan is the current Chair of the City of Trenton’s Planning Board, Vice-Chair for the City’s Green Team, Treasurer for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and serves on the Board for several other organizations, including New Jersey Policy Perspective and ArtsEd NJ.
Jeremy Grunin has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the private sector where he managed teams of 1000+ employees responsible for over half a billion dollars in revenue. Since 2013, Jeremy has been actively engaged throughout the community as President of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, a proactive grantmaker focused on economic growth at the Central Jersey Shore. Jeremy is a Partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey Partnership specializing in the development and management of commercial real estate, as well as investing in third party commercial ventures. In addition, Jeremy is the host of Topic A talk radio show every Sunday morning on 92.7 WOBM from 7AM to 11AM. Jeremy resides in Toms River with his wife, Laura, and three children, Joshua, Rebecca and Emma.
Jeremy’s Foundation, Advisory and Board Directorships include:
- Chairman of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Foundation;
- First Vice Chair of Count Basie Center;
- First Vice Chair of Fulfill (formerly The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean);
- Immediate Past Chairman of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties;
- Advisory Board Member of the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law;
- Executive Board Member of Ocean County College Foundation;
- Executive Board Member and Former Chair of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce;
- Trustee of Community Medical Center;
- Board Member of Community Medical Center Foundation;
- Board Member of Ocean County Vocational Technical School/ Performing Arts Academy;
- Board Member of Ocean County Military Support Committee;
- Appointed Member to Ocean County Tourism and Business Development Advisory Council;
- Board Member of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers;
- Board Member Emeritus of Arts and Education Center;
- Advisory Board Member of Toms River Regional Schools High School Career Academy;
- Co-Chairman of mindALIGNED Steering Committee; and
- Committee Member of Ocean County Culture and Heritage Commission.
Former Executive Director
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Penelope Lattimer is currently Director of the New Jersey School Development Council, which is a collaboration of New Jersey School Administrators. In September 2007, Penelope E. Lattimer joined the leadership team of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and became the Director of RIISA in 2012. From 2003-2007 Dr. Lattimer held a number of positions at the NJ State Department of Education which included: Special Assistant to Commissioner William Librera and Assistant Commissioner for the Central Region; Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner for the Division of District and School Improvement working with Commissioner Lucille Davy.
Prior to joining the senior staff at NJDOE, Penelope Lattimer was employed by the New Brunswick City Board of Education as a high school principal, director of secondary education and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Dr. Lattimer’s early career began in higher education working first at Georgian Court College (Lakewood, NJ) as an academic advisor and assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Fund program; Montclair State University as Director of the Urban Institute’s Graduate Program for aspiring school counselors and Bloomfield College as Associate Dean of Students.
Penelope Lattimer’s teaching specialty is French and Spanish language and culture. She holds a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services with a focus on school counseling. Her doctoral studies were done at Rutgers University and completed at Union Graduate School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1972 Dr. Lattimer designed and served as the first principal for the demonstration high school, The Gibbons School, which was located on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.
She received awards such as the United States Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to study Chinese language and culture in the People’s Republic of China, scholarship to study at Yad Vashem the worldwide center for Holocaust Education in Jerusalem, Israel; study of Japanese language and culture in Fukui and Tsuruoka, Japan. In addition, Johnson and Johnson Corporation asked Penelope Lattimer to visit South Africa for the purpose of reviewing BANTU educational sites that J&J supports.
Dr. Lattimer is also co-author of the newly released book, Beloved Educators: Women of Color Who Inspire Us. The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
Dr. Lattimer serves on the following Boards: Children’s Specialized Hospital, George Street Playhouse (Board President), Grounds for Sculpture and Crossroads Theatre Company (former Board Chair, currently Board Member Emeritus), Vestry at Christ Church-New Brunswick.