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Board Member Bios

Jyotika Bahree, President
Jyotika Bahree is a former West Windsor councilwoman and Zoning Board member. As such, she worked tirelessly on issues that are important to the community and is passionate about bringing the community together. She believes that the Arts can serve as a vital instrument to tie the diverse threads of our community together. Jyotika has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Her professional experience has been in the areas of Sales and Marketing. Jyotika grew up in New Delhi and moved to the US close to twenty years ago. She has been a resident of West Windsor since 2007. She has three lovely boys and loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Elane Gutterman, Vice President
Elane Gutterman is a founding board member and a previous 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.

Gina Holland, Treasurer
Gina Holland is a lifelong resident of New Jersey with over 10 years of experience in community banking and financial institution services. She graduated from Berkeley College with a degree in Accounting and earned a master’s degree in Financial Fraud and Forensics from Carlow University. She currently works at Mercadien P.C., in public accounting, where she has been for over 7 years. Areas of focus include forensic accounting and litigation support as well as internal audit and compliance for financial institutions. Gina is also part of the WWAC Internal Affairs Committee and part of the committee of the Friends of the Linden Public Library. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, exercising, and volunteering her time to different non-profit organizations.

Doreen Garelick, Secretary
Doreen Garelick also serves on the WWAC Governance Committee. 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.

Shefali Shah Chong is a leader in the biopharmaceutical industry with over 15 years of experience. She is currently a Principal at Evidera, where she is responsible for guiding projects and delivering strategic recommendations to her clients in the biotech industry. Shefali is best known to be an integrator of data, market research, and deep understanding of the broader life sciences landscape. She has also held leadership positions at Wyeth, Novo Nordisk and InVentiv Health where she helped launched several blockbuster products. Shefali grew up in India where she developed her passion for classical dance, yoga and science. She completed her “Arangetram” in Bharat Natyam, a classical form of dance in India at a young age of fifteen. When she moved to the New York City for her undergraduate degree in engineering, dance and yoga grounded her. Much later in life, Shefali completed her Yoga Teacher Certification and is currently teaching in Princeton and West Windsor. Shefali is delighted to be a part of WWAC, where she is focused on delivering value to the community through arts. Shefali has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Stern School of Business at NYU.

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.

Maureen Connolly-Hersh is the Chair of the WWAC External Affairs Committee. Maureen currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary education at The College of New Jersey and is a consultant with CBK Associates, an organization committed to service learning and engaging educational experiences. Before moving from New York to New Jersey, Maureen was a high school English teacher and grant coordinator for the New York Metropolitan Area. In these roles, Maureen has developed many standards-based initiatives that link community outreach, character education, and literacy. Her work has enabled her to collaborate with teachers across the United States and around the globe, including an international fellowship in Morocco, volunteering to teach in India, Ghana, and Peru, and teaching graduate courses in Spain. Maureen believes that at the core of her work is a commitment to developing purposeful learning that opens people’s eyes to the potential for positive change in themselves and in their local, national, and global communities.

Andrew Morris was born in Birmingham, England, but raised in the United States.He  has been in the financial services industry for 29 years and is currently a financial advisor with Prudential. Andrew has held mainly two positions throughout his career as a financial advisor and a V.P. Regional Sales Director (external wholesaler) for major financial services firms like John Hancock, Delaware Investments and Prudential. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree from Iona College and his MBA from Sacred Heart University. He also maintains various industry licenses and designations within his field. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Princeton Blairstown Center, a speaker and advocate for the National Downs Syndrome Society and volunteers for the American Alzheimer’s Association. He is a published author, loves to travel and is a true adventure seeker since he loves to scuba dive, skydive, fly planes, and has climbed Machu Picchu.   He is happily married to his beautiful wife Michelle and has 5 wonderful children. Andrew is also a self-taught artist who loves to paint and draw for his family and friends and has recently sold a few pieces of his artwork at popup art shows in NYC.

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.