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.
Mikel Cirkus, Vice President
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.
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 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 also leads the Internal Affairs Committee and is 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.
Maureen Connolly-Hersh, Secretary
Maureen Connolly-Hersh 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.
Alisa Algava strives to understand how child- and community-centered schooling contests structural inequity and creates moments and spaces of radical possibility. A former student, teacher, principal and board member in progressive elementary schools, Alisa connects a developmental approach with a social and educational justice stance in her work with both children and adults. She graduated from and teaches in Bank Street’s leadership programs and is currently a doctoral student in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Alisa’s greatest accomplishment and joy, though, is being the eldest daughter of artist and art teacher Priscilla Snow Algava, or as Priscilla used to call Alisa and her younger sister Carin: “My two greatest works of art.” Alisa learned from her mama to see beauty everywhere. Priscilla was a beloved teacher at West Windsor Arts until she was tragically diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and then died in 2019. WWA created a scholarship fund in her honor. Priscilla is deeply missed and her creative joyful spirit lives on right here with her daughters, family and friends, the regional arts community and all of us, every day.
Elane Gutterman is a founding board member, a previous board President, and currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. A published poet who honed her skills through classes at West Windsor Arts, she has served as literary arts committee chair since the opening of the art center. 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.
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.
Shefali Shah Chong is the Chair of the WWAC External Affairs Committee. Shefali 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.
Sashi Sreekanth moved to Princeton Junction from Greenwich, CT in 2017. As a Talent Acquisition professional for the past 15 years, she has a passion for people, with a primary focus on women’s empowerment. Sashi runs the Social Women of Greater Princeton group (established in 2018) that is successful in empowering women to form interest based clubs, and giving back to the community through fun and exciting events. She is also the editor of the “What Matters To You?” series of children’s books written by her son, Chakra Sreekanth. One of the books, All Shapes Matter, topped the Amazon Bestseller list under New Releases. It has since been incorporated into the state of Washington’s Elementary school curriculum for its emphasis on the power of kindness and inclusion. The books are also available at all West Windsor-Plainsboro Elementary school libraries. Sashi has a keen interest in all forms of art and sees it as a great binder in connecting people from different walks of life. She is an avid supporter of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Sashi has a Bachelor’s degree in e-commerce from Brunel University in London where she was raised, and a Double Masters from the University of Westminster and Hochschule Bremen in Germany respectively.