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Administration Personnel Directory

Executive Director

Photo: Robert M. Goodman.
Robert M. Goodman
Executive Director, NJAES

Executive Dean Goodman provides leadership and oversight for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He works closely with university leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives that reflect and advance the university's research, education, and outreach missions.

Cooperative Extension

Photo: Brian Schilling.
Brian Schilling
Senior Associate Director, NJAES
Director, Cooperative Extension

Brian Schilling leads all Cooperative Extension programs. Rutgers Cooperative Extension helps New Jersey's diverse population to adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge.

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Richard Alomar
Associate Director of Urban Extension and Engagement, Cooperative Extension
Photo: Sherri M. Cirignano, MS, RD, LDN.
Sherri M. Cirignano, MS, RD, LDN
Associate Director, Cooperative Extension
Chair, Dept. of Family and Community Health Sciences
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Lauren Errickson
Sr. Program Coordinator, New Brunswick Community Farmers Market and Rutgers Against Hunger, Cooperative Extension
Photo: Kathleen Howell.
Kathleen Howell
Associate Director of Administration and Personnel, Cooperative Extension
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Kenneth Karamichael
Director, Office of Continuing Professional Education

Ken Karamichael develops and directs the T.E.E.M. Gateway (Transitional Education and Employment Management) youth development and drop-out prevention programs in conjunction with the Juvenile Justice Commission and the office of the Attorney General. He is responsible for all grant writing, program management and implementation needs within our expanded local, state, and national youth collaborations. He also serves as the Director of the Youth Success Center of Newark (YE2S Center) and as the program's liaison with the philanthropic community.

Photo: Rachel Lyons.
Rachel Lyons
Associate Director/Program Leader, Cooperative Extension
Chair, Dept. of 4-H Youth Development
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Debra Palmer-Keenan
State Coordinator, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
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Karen Plumley-Luepke
Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, Cooperative Extension
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Nicholas Polanin
Associate Director/Program Leader, Cooperative Extension
Chair, Dept. of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Photo: Michael L. Westendorf.
Michael L. Westendorf
Representative, Extension Specialists, Cooperative Extension


Photo: Bradley Hillman.
Bradley Hillman
Senior Associate Director, NJAES
Director, Research

Brad Hillman is responsible for research programs and resources associated with NJAES. His office ensures effective use of federal formula funding through Hatch, multistate, and McIntire-Stennis programs and of state resources directed to NJAES. He also oversees intellectual property associated with NJAES scientists, such as plant variety patents and royalties. Various NJAES centers and research farms are also coordinated through his office.

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Margaret Brennan-Tonetta
Associate Director, NJAES
Executive Director of Economic Development and Innovation, Office of Economic Development and Innovation

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic development initiatives at NJAES such as the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, as well as administrative oversight of existing programs such as the Rutgers EcoComplex, Center for Advanced Food Technology, the Multispecies Aquaculture Demonstration Facility and the NJAES Technology Transfer program. She also provides economic assessments and operational recommendations for NJAES programs.

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Jerry Baron
Executive Director, IR-4 Project: Center for Minor Crop Pest Management
732-932-9575, ext. 4605

Jerry Baron oversees the research of 125 full time scientists at 31 field research farms and seven analytical laboratories nationwide with an operational budget of approximately $30 million US dollars. The goal of the IR-4 Project is to support the registration of safe and effective biological and chemical pesticides for fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other specialty crops.

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Dave Bushek
Director, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
856-785-0074, ext. 4327
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Michael Christian
Budget Manager, NJAES
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Bruce B. Clarke
Director, Center for Turfgrass Science
Photo: Dina Fonseca.
Dina Fonseca
Director, Center for Vector Biology
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Diane French
Senior Program Coordinator, NJAES
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Karyn Malinowski
Director, Equine Science Center
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Thomas Molnar
Director, Hort Farm III
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Director, Farm Programs, NJAES
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Christopher C. Obropta
Director, New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute