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 is the Chair of the WWAC External Affairs Committee. Vijay 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.