Board of Trustees
CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties
 
President
Roseann Vanella 
President, Advanced Mediation Solutions

Vice President 
Jane  Massi
Vice President - Senior Relationship Manager
M&T Bank

Treasurer
Digesh Patel
Director, Mercadien PC 
 
Secretary 
Jerry Dropcho
Principal, Dropcho HR Management LLC

TRUSTEES
 Deena Betze, Esq.
Borger Matez Attorneys at Law

Julie LaVan, Esq.
LaVan Law

Abraham Silverman
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs
NRG Energy, Inc.
 
Robin Sheldrick
Sr. Vice President and Director, Human Resources
Mathematica Policy Research

 Marge Smith
Nonprofit Consultant and Former CEO, Princeton YWCA
 
Patrizia Zita
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Kaufman Zita Group
 

Advisory Board

Greg Grimaldi
Conner Strong and Buckelew
Andrea Stine
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
 


 Roseann Vanella
Roseann Vanella
President
Roseann Vanella has spent a lifetime witnessing many families in transition on both a professional and personal level. She is a Professional Family/Divorce Mediator and Founder of Advanced Mediation Solutions who clearly understands the impact on families going through life changes. Roseann is a recognized expert on divorce and family matters and her words of wisdom have appeared in the Huffington Post. She is also the Founder of  FamilyAffaires.com, an online community providing resources, tools and education for families going through life changes. Roseann is truly passionate about helping families, especially children and is honored to have been appointed the President, Board of Trustees.  
 

 
Jane Massi
Vice President
Jane Massi is a Vice President of M&T Bank in Princeton.  In her current role, she is responsible for developing and managing relationships with small to mid-sized businesses and non-profits throughout the region.  Prior to joining M&T, Jane held leadership positions at several banks, including a local community bank and two large regional institutions.  In addition, she has served in senior roles in both the public and non-profit sectors.  As a proud mother of two college-aged boys who have always been front and center in her life, she is pleased to support CASA in helping those children who may be less fortunate.  A resident of Robbinsville, Jane graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and is an active member of its alumni association, serving as a Class Ambassador as well as a member of its Alumni Admissions Program.  
 
 
Digesh Patel
 Treasurer
Digesh Patel is a director of Mercadien, P.C, CPA’s and is involved in performing and overseeing audits of state, local and municipal government organizations. In 2012, Digesh was awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Association of Government Accountants’ Trenton Chapter for his contribution to government accounting and auditing. He is a graduate of Rider University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration. As an undergraduate, he was treasurer for the Asian Students at Rider organization. He resides with his wife and two sons in Bordentown Township, NJ.

 
 
Jerry Dropcho
Secretary
Jerry has over 10 years managing consulting projects for private companies and municipal government and his background includes over 20 years in manufacturing, training, and human resources. He has also held extensive leadership roles in the HR Industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tri-State HR Management Association for over ten years in various capacities, including President for two years. In January 2011, he was elected as Executive Director of the Garden State Council–SHRM, the state level HR organization representing 7,000 members in New Jersey. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the School of Business at Rutgers-Camden since 2010, teaching Strategic HR Management, Legal Issues in HR Management, and Organization Behavior. Jerry holds three degrees, an MS, Training and Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University in PA; and from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, he earned an MBA, Operations, and a BS, Chemical Engineering.  Jerry has been married (to the same person) for 42 years, and is the proud father of two daughters and grandfather of three.
 
 

 Deena L. Betze
Deena L. Betze is a family law attorney at Borger Matez, PA, in Cherry Hill, focusing on the needs of her clients and making positive changes in their lives. For over 25 years, she has represented men and women in divorce, mediation, custody, adoption (including agency, private placement, domestic, re-finalization of foreign adoptions and contested placements), domestic violence, pre-marital agreements, civil union mediation, and other family law related matters. Deena is collaboratively trained, trained in mediation and practices Collaborative Divorce. She is also a member of the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, where she previously served on the Family Law Executive Committee. She currently serves on the Family Law Committees of the Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties Bar Association.  She previously served as the president of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court, one of only 20 Inns nationwide to achieve the platinum level of excellence.  American Inns of Court are "designed to improve the skills, civility, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar."
A graduate of S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook (B.A. 1987), Deena received her law degree in 1990 from Rutgers University School of Law Camden.   She is a lifelong resident of southern New Jersey, mother of two children and resides in Marlton, New Jersey.

 
Julie LaVan, Esq.
Julie LaVan is founder and partner at LaVan Law, specializing in corporate law with trial law expertise.  Julie also serves as General Counsel for Impact Environmental Consulting, Inc. of Long Island, New York.  Julie is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, Burlington County Bar Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Business and Industry Association and Moorestown Rotary.  She received her Juris Doctorate Law Degree at Widener University Common Wealth Law School and her Juris Doctorate Degree at Widener University School of Law.  
 
 
Robin Sheldrick
Robin Sheldrick is Sr. Vice President and Director, Human Resources for Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, NJ.  Mathematica is a nationally-recognized public policy research firm and a long-time supporter of CASA.  As head of the human resources function, she oversees talent management, compensation, benefits, and employee engagement and development.  Prior to joining Mathematica,  She worked in similar roles for pharmaceutical development businesses headquartered in Mercer County.  A Princeton resident, she also served for many years as a Trustee for the American Boychoir School.
 

 Marge Smith
Marge Smith
Marge Smith is committed to enabling non-profits and communities to succeed.  She founded Community Works so individuals would have the opportunity to get skills that would enable them to be even more successful in tackling challenging issues. For over 30 years she has been active in multiple capacities with a variety of organizations.  She has been recognized for her leadership by the following awards and honors: Cherish the Children Foundation, Trailblazer- UIH-Family Partnerships, Toastmaster District 6 Leadership Award, Susie Waxwood Award, and Rotary-Princeton Citizen of the Year, and is a recipient of the NBJAWBO-Community Leadership award. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s from Columbia University.
 
 
 Abraham Silverman
Abraham Silverman
Abraham Silverman is Counsel at NRG Energy, Inc. specializing in regulatory and litigation matters. Abraham joined the CASA Board of Trustees in 2017.

 

Patrizia Zita

Patrizia "Trish” Zita co-founded Kaufman Zita Group, a lobbying and public affairs firm in 2007 and serves today as the firm’s managing business partner. Trish has been featured in Forbes magazine, and was also ranked among the 100 most powerful political players in New Jersey in PolitickerNJ’s "2013 Power List,” which annually ranks the most powerful and politically influential non-elected officials in New Jersey.  As a wife and mother of two, Trish believes deeply in CASA's mission and is proud to serve on the board.