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Board Member Bios

Kerri Hamm, President
As the board President of the West Windsor Arts Council, Kerri brings her financial and strategic acumen to her leadership role. She has been involved with the West Windsor Arts Center as a volunteer for the past 8 years, including Fundraising Committee Chair. Professionally, Kerri has worked in the (re)insurance industry for 15 years. Currently, she is a Senior Vice President and Client Manager in the Reinsurance Division of Munich Reinsurance in Princeton, managing an $80M portfolio. She holds a BS from Georgia Tech in business management and is a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). In her spare time, Kerri enjoys the solving the NYT Saturday crossword, running at Mercer County Park, and oil painting. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Paul of 10 years, and playing catch with their two wonderful sons.

Jasmine Dadlani, Vice President
Jasmine Dadlani has been a volunteer for WWAC for over four years, serving in various capacities for the Annual Gala Fundraiser each year and consulting on marketing needs for the center. She is currently a Senior Vice President and Director of Brand Planning at Cramer-Krasselt in New York, the country’s second largest independent advertising agency. She also serves as the Student Program Chair for Maurice Hawk Elementary School. Jasmine graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Communication Studies, and has lived in West Windsor for over a decade with her husband and two amazing daughters.

Doreen Garelick, Secretary
Doreen Garelick currently serves on the WWAC Governance Committee and previously held the position of Secretary. Doreen was a health care attorney for 27 years and was recently the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb. She is an amateur mixed media artist, studied graphic design through continuing education at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and performed research to support a publication about the potential hazards to artists from working with art and craft materials. Doreen holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Science from Clark University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

James Puglia, Treasurer
James Puglia is a New Jersey native and graduated from The College of New Jersey with a major in Finance and a minor in Marketing. After school, he began his career at Munich Re as a Reinsurance Accounting Analyst and then joined the Client Management community as a Client Analyst in 2014. In his current role, James analyzes client financials and supports Client Management’s strategy/business development and marketing efforts. In his spare time, James plays softball and volleyball for his company team, focuses on health and fitness, plays the piano, frequents the shore during summer, and just recently bought a drone for the purpose of videography.

Vijay Aluwalia grew up in England and spent 12 years working within the financial services industry in Europe before getting his MBA from Cranfield University and moving to the United States in 2002. He currently works within financial services and his office is located in Princeton Junction. Previously he was a Director within Corporate Finance at Verizon and was also a management consultant for 10 years. He is on the Board of Trustees at The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties and at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market. He is an avid soccer and golf enthusiast and cherishes spending time with his family and friends.

Sherri Andrews is a self-taught artist whose work has been displayed at various juried exhibits, including the prestigious Ellarslie Open 35 at The Trenton Museum, D&R Greenway Museum’s Feather and Flight Exhibit, and West Windsor Art Center’s Abstraction Exhibit. Until 2017, she was portfolio manager at Kellner Capital, a mutual fund/family office with responsibility for special situation investing. From 2002 to 2012, Sherri was a senior portfolio manager at $1 billion hedge fund Quattro Capital and prior to Quattro, she was Head of High Yield/Distressed Research at BNP Paribas and at Oppenheimer & Co. Sherri earned her B.A. from Drew University, graduating summa cum laude, with honors in economics; she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Sherri is a co-founder and Advisory Board Member of Send Hunger Packing West Windsor-Plainsboro and lives in Plainsboro with her husband of 20 years and their 18-year old son Daniel, who is also an artist.

Lovepreet Buttar is a manager at Mercadien, P.C., CPAs and a member of the firm’s Nonprofit Services Group. A Chartered Global Management Accountant, Lovepreet is a member of the American Institute and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and licensed to practice in New Jersey. Lovepreet graduated cum laude from Rutgers University with a BS degree in Accounting and Finance, and was vice president of the Beta Alpha Psi Society – Kappa Gamma Chapter. She earned a MBA degree from Rutgers University Business School. She is also a member of the finance committee of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Mikel Cirkus has spent his 30 year career in creative thinking. As a designer, photographer, illustrator and writer, he has a unique perspective on the rapidly changing world of trends, content creation, and execution. He is currently the Global Director of Strategic Foresight for the Flavors Division of Firmenich, the largest privately owned company in the fragrance and flavor industry – where creativity is both an essence and a guiding principle. He has worked personally with many of the most innovative people in marketing, R&D, technical applications and brand management, for hundreds of products in nearly every category of consumer package goods, worldwide. Mikel is a graduate of The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and makes his home in the Princeton, NJ area.

Krupali Desai is a member of the External Affairs committee and has chaired several past gala events. Krupali currently is a Marketing Strategic Partner at Munich Reinsurance in Princeton. Previously she was the Global Marketing Director at Impact Unlimited and held senior account management positions at several global advertising agencies, such as McCann Worldwide/MRM Princeton and Ferrara & Company. Krupali holds a MA degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and an BA degree in Communication and Public Policy from American University. She has been a resident of West Windsor for the last 10 years and her daughter Aryana has been taking classes at WWAC for the last 3 years.

Elane Gutterman is a founding board member and a former board President. She is delighted to return to the board after a two-year hiatus. A published poet who honed her skills through classes at WWAC, she has served as literary arts committee chair since the opening of WWAC. She is a health researcher with a PhD in public health from Columbia University. For several years, she was president and principal epidemiologist for a small global health company based in West Windsor. She and her husband live in West Windsor. In addition, her two adult daughters grew up in West Windsor and attended West Windsor-Plainsboro schools.

Peter Ligeti is the chair of the WWAC Internal Affairs Committee. Peter has nearly 40 years of combined commercial banking, private equity and management consulting experience. During his years with MHT, Investech, Beuret, KVMH and Syker corporations, Peter managed all phases of financing from commercial lending to multinational enterprises and sourcing, structuring and negotiating investments in private growth companies to managing exit strategies (including sales and IPOs) through several business cycles. Peter has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Wharton. Since childhood, Peter has been an avid consumer of all forms of art (performing, fine and otherwise), plays the piano, and composes.