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Board Member Bios

Sherri Andrews, President
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.

Peter Ligeti, Vice President
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.

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.

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.

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.