Board of Advisors

Wayne Browne
Ralph Irons
Bob Ferris
Amiot P. Michel
Stephen R. Heminover
Pat Long
Darlene Perry
Sam Dando
Edward M. Sims
William T. Butler
Charles Klaus
William Winn
Melissa Chou
Delbert Payne
Mark Ciarelli
Mark Robson
Dave Specca
Juana Lewis
Conway B. Jones

James W. Adkins III
President & CEO

Dr. David Kargbo
Executive VP & COO

Denise Jasinski
Executive VP & CFO

Matthew Curtin

Executive VP & CTO
 
Board of Directors

James W. Adkins III -
Chairman


Dr. David Kargbo
Executive VP & COO

Denise Jasinski
Executive VP & CFO

Matthew Curtin
Executive VP & CTO



Conway B. Jones, Jr.
Trustee Calvin Simmons Center for the Performing Arts
Vice President P.A Oakland East Bay Symphony
Board of Directors of Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Vice Chairman of the CTC Foundation

Conway B. Jones, Jr. is a patriot, businessman, and arts patron. His adult life is marked by service to country, community, and the arts. He retired from the United States Air Force Reserve in 1993 with thirty years of combined active and reserve duty. He compiled over sixty-eight hundred flying hours during his Air Force career as a transport and airlift navigator. He is credited with 87 combat missions in Viet Nam. His business career encompasses over thirty years in the communications arena. He founded Communications Products Company, Inc. in 1970. In 1981, he founded Adelphi, Incorporated, later renamed Adelphi Communications, Inc.

The Arts have always been his passion. He served as chairman of the Oakland (California) Arts Council in the mid 1980s, and as vice president for public affairs of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He has served on numerous Music Panels, convened by the National Endowment for the Arts, in Washington, D.C. He is the founding trustee of the Calvin Simmons Center for the Performing Arts and founding trustee of the Friends of the U.S.S. Iowa. He has donated art locally, regionally, nationally, and to foreign governments. He currently serves as a member of the Alameda County (California) Arts Commission.

During his tenure as chairman of the Western Aerospace Museum, Oakland, California, from 1984 until 1988, he established the Museum’s first home at North Field, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, California. He secured an offer of "Affiliate" status from the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the Museum. He is a member of the board of directors of Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a high-tech firm with thirty-five offices throughout the nation. He also serves as vice chairman of the CTC Foundation, an organization that provides grant support in the area of education. He received a BS degree from C.W. Post College and an MBA from Golden Gate College.He is married to the former Leslie Coffman of Red Bluff, California. His son, Eric, was awarded the Medal of Valor by the Department of Defense July 15, 2002, for his heroism and bravery at the Pentagon following the terrorists attack of September 11, 2001.

 

Mei-In Melissa Chou, Ph.D.
Coal Energy and Earth Resources Center - Illinois State Geological Survey
University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

For the past six years, Melissa Chou leading a research team at the Illinois State Geological Survey)/University of Illinois (UIUC) has been working with brick manufacturers to develop high quality and marketable brick and concrete products that use high volumes of Class F fly ash generated from burning Illinois coals. In this fired brick-making process, fly ash is used as a raw material to substitute for a part of the clay and shale that are the two main raw materials of a conventional brick. The test bricks produced so far have met or exceeded ASTM commercial specification. More than six million tons of Class F fly ash are generated from burning about one hundred million short tons of Illinois Basin coal each year. Most of this fly ash has been ponded or landfilled, and is readily available for making fired brick. Through Mellissa'a research it has been proven that what heretofore has been a blight to our ecology can be used not only safely as a primary building material, but one that is also impervipus to heat, fire, and moisture with no adverse health effects.


David Kargbo, PHD
Associate Professor Environmental Engineering Temple University

An associate professor of environmental engineering at Temple since 2001, Kargbo has worked on numerous issues related to soil contamination and acid mine drainage. He was one of the first to advance the concept of using municipal waste ash to treat acid mine drainage, which is a $1 million-a-day problem in the United States, and even more so around the world. Kargbo's research is funded by the EPA, with collaborative assistance from Columbia University and SUNY-Stony Brook.

The EPA medal was presented to Kargbo at a recent ceremony in Raleigh, N.C., "in appreciation for outstanding contributions to the research, technology transfer, and management of the hazardous substance research centers." He previously served as a senior soil scientist for the EPA from 1990-2001. Kargbo was previously honored by the EPA as "Instructor of the Year" in 1998-99, "Distinguished Instructor" in 1991-92, and the Special Act Award for teaching and research in 1992-93.

Kargbo earned his master's and doctoral degrees in soil physics and soil chemistry from the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Geochemical Society, National Ground Water Association, and the Soil Science Society of America.


Edward Mann Sims
Clinical Administrator UMDNJ Department Of Behavioral Health
 

Wayne Browne
President - Browne & Browne Communications
Wayne Browne is a media and public relations consultant and former newspaper reporter. Browne is also the founder and president of Browne & Browne Communications, a public relations, marketing and media consulting company that specializes in meeting the needs of public, private and non-profit sector clients, and president of Vision Marketing Associates, Inc. 

A 23-year resident of Palmyra, Wayne Browne formerly served as Director of Public Information for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, as the Executive Director of OPEN, Inc., a Philadelphia-based non-profit community development agency, National Director of Media and Public Relations for the American Friends Service Committee, and as Vice-President of Communications for Isles, Inc. – a Trenton-based community development and environmental organization.

Browne’s professional experience base and civic involvement also includes working as a reporter/columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune and the Burlington County Times, an advisor to WPVI-TV6 in Philadelphia for nine years, as Director of Special Events for Palmyra Township, President of the Concerned Citizen’s of Buckingham Park, and as Vice-President of the Church of the Good Shepherd Community Development Corporation. He has been the recipient of a range of citations, proclamations and honors throughout the Greater Delaware Valley area.
 

Matthew Curtin
Project Manager Rhom & Haas, Bristol PA
Business Owner Curtins Wharf and Curtins Marina, Burlington NJ
 

Delbert Payne
Chairman of the Board of Trustees University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Trustee Arcadia University Presidential Search Committee
Trustee Palmyra Library Board of Trustees
Chairman, Philadelphia Education Fund
Board: Opportunities Industrialization Center of Philadelphia
Former Director Rohm & Haas Community Investment Board
Advisory Board and Affiliations Boys & Girls Club of Burlington County
Advisory Board Southwest Enrichment Center, Philadelphia


Juana Reina Lewis
Dean of Student Development Middlesex County College
Juana Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters of Education Degree in Student Personnel Services: Guidance and Counseling from the College of New Jersey. While working as the Dean of Students at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Ms. Lewis pursued graduate work in Political Science at Temple University. Prior to her appointment as the founding dean for the Division of Student Development at Middlesex County College, Ms. Lewis served the University of Pennsylvania as Associate Vice Provost for University Life. Since 1986, Ms. Lewis has served the Middle State Commission on Higher Education as an Evaluator with a specialty in student affairs.

Ms. Lewis is enjoying her return to the community college. Early in her career, Ms. Lewis served Burlington County College as the EOF director and director of Services for Students with Disabilities. As dean for the Division of Student Development at Middlesex County College, Ms. Lewis is enjoying her work with the College's vibrant and diverse student population.


Dave Specca
Director & Program Manager EcoComplex
Dave started at the EcoComplex as the Director of Developmental Programs in 1995. He has focused his research and business development efforts in areas including; hydroponics, aquaponics, landfill gas cleanup and utilization, solid waste management and renewable energy technologies including fuel grade ethanol from corn. He is currently serving as the Acting Director of the EcoComplex.

Dave obtained his BS in Horticulture from Cook College , Rutgers University in 1982 and is working towards a PhD in Plant Science. His background is in research and production agriculture. From growing up on his family's 250 acre vegetable farm in New Jersey to being the East Coast Production manager for DNA Plant Technology, an ag biotech firm developing value added produce, Dave has had broad exposure agricultural and environmental issues


Mark Robson, PHD
School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Mark Robson received his Ph.D. in horticulture from Rutgers University in 1988 after having received his M.S. in Horticulture and his B.S. in Agricultural Science (with high honors) from Cook College. His primary area of expertise lies in the field of pesticides and agricultural practices that impact occupational health and the environment.

He is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) where he initiated, developed and implemented all administrative matters related to the institute. He also facilitated the effective integration of independent graduate programs in Toxicology, Public Health, Occupational Medicine Residency and Exposure Assessment at the EOHSI.

In addition to his diverse roles, he also teaches, researches and acts as advisor to Ph.D. students. He is also a member on numerous committees, has many professional affiliations and has published a vast number of articles, papers and abstracts.


William Winn Ph.D.
Professor - College of Education University of Washington
Director - Learning Center, Human Interface Technology Laboratory
Dr. Winn's areas of teaching and research include instructional theory, design of computer-based instruction, instructional effects of illustrations, theories of visual perception applied to instructional materials design, computer interfaces, virtual environments in education and training, and the roles and effectiveness of virtual environments in education and training.

Cognitive Studies in Education is a new graduate concentration (M.Ed./Ph.D.) at the University of Washington that focuses on the nature of learning, knowing, and understanding in a variety of settings from schools to workplaces, museums to computer-based environments as well as other informal and non-traditional educational settings. We do innovative research, supported by federal, state and private funding sources, around these issues
 

Darlene Perry
President/CEO M.D. Perry & Associates
Darlene Perry founded M.D. Perry & Associates in 1997, a consulting firm dedicated toinformal education development and interactive technology. Darlene Perry has over twenty years of project development and management experience and spent nine years in curriculum, exhibit, simulation and activities development with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of two of the foremost motivational education programs in the world: Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. Using the excitement of aviation and space exploration, Perry has been challenged to create unique and exciting programs and projects that would stimulate youth interest in math and science as well as motivate educators, corporate groups and other adults.

Perry has: developed 7 space-themed exhibit collections, 7 camp program concepts, 24 educational program (camp) curricula, 4 flight simulations, over 50 hands-on experiments, and over 30 activities; co-authored, edited and published 44 educational publications; co-produced and wrote 4 Distance Learning programs; co-developed and taught 14 space technology courses; designed many unique hands-on exhibits and consulted on several museum exhibits and galleries with such diverse themes as space, aviation, water, health and theatre. Perry has also successfully fundraised over a million dollars.


William T. Butler
President/CEO CSB America Inc.
President, Blair Clark, Inc. Advertising & Consulting
President, Columbia School Broadcasting
Ex-Director National Defense Programs, Advanced Technology Systems
Bill Butler is President/Owner Columbia School of Broadcasting, Inc. Corporate management, Instructional Broadcasting and presentation techniques, voice modulation, Internet audio techniques, digital editing and presentation. He holds a BS, Systems Analysis, 1973, Miami Univ. Minor: Computer Science & Math, MS, Computer Systems Management, 1978, Naval Postgraduate School Certificate Software Engineering, 1979, Naval Postgraduate School Certificate Government Contract Law, 1997, George Washington University. He excels in Corporate Management, Contracting, Corporate Acquisition, Proposal Development, Software Engineering, Systems Administration, Program Management, System Integration, Advanced Telecommunication, Manpower Analysis, Integrated logistics, and Corporate Expansion.

Bill Butler was Naval Reserve Science advisor Office Naval Research, Navy Research Labs, Navy Center for Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence, for ten years as a Naval reserve officer, from 1985 to 1995 and provided scientific research support in advanced software development, artificial intelligence, virtual reality scenarios, unmanned vehicle data, and cognitive science research using computer environments.


Bob Ferris
President - VirTra Systems
Bob Ferris, age 33, had been president of the former Ferris Productions since he founded that company in 1993. He attended the US Air Force Academy with a major in management and was selected for neutron beam research as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Mr. Ferris received a degree in systems engineering from the University of Arizona and was awarded a research grant from the Honors College to study data visualization in virtual reality. Mr. Ferris has lectured at various trade shows, published articles, developed advanced, high-tech products, and has been referenced as one of the 'grandfathers' of virtual reality. He currently acts as VirTra Systems' president.

Founded in 1993, VirTra Systems is a publicly-traded company (OTCBB-VTSI) and is the world leader in virtual reality development. VirTra Systems markets combat, marksmanship, and situational awareness/judgmental firearms training systems to domestic military agencies such as the U.S. Air Force, and to national and international law enforcement agencies. The company also produces custom advertising/ promotional virtual reality systems utilizing the sensations of motion, touch, sound, and smell for clients such as Buick, Pennzoil, Red Baron Pizza, and the U.S. Army.



Dr. Amiot P. Michel
Principal Garfield East Elementary School


James W. Adkins III
Independent Business Development Consultant
Former Systems Administrator Weichert Title Cherry Hill, NJ
Former Director Of Technical Planning Highbeam Business Systems


Denise Jasinski
Long & Foster Development Coordinator
Former Regional Director Of Training Weichert Realtors Cherry Hill, NJ
Independent Business Development Consultant


Charles Klaus
Regional Vice President Weichert Financial Services


Deirdre Webster Cobb,  Esq.

Pat Long
Conservatory Specialist - Conservatories, Botanical Gardens, Arboretums,Conservatory Restoration


Sam Dando
Director of Business Development Namco Cybertainment Inc. (USA)
Namco Cybertainment owns over 25,000 games and operates in more than 1,200 entertainment sites in North America, including such prestigious locations as XS/Pac-Man Cafe in Orlando, Mirage/TI Resorts in Las Vegas, Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, and Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Current projections call for continued aggressive expansion of the company, particularly in the areas of partnership "revenue share" facilities and equipment leasing. Namco Cybertainment is also a pioneer in the development of new entertainment concepts with "cutting edge" projects such as
Pac-Man Café, WonderPark, Timeout and SpacePort.

 Namco Cybertainment Inc. is one of several wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries of game industry giant Namco Limited. Established 50 years ago in 1955, Namco Limited is the world's foremost designer of electronic entertainment, creating, producing, and marketing both commercial and consumer game equipment and software. Namco operates some 85,000 games in over 2,500 entertainment centers, amusement parks, and other sites worldwide. Namco, which also has business related interests in films, toys, health equipment, consumer video software, and restaurants, is publicly traded on the, and owns a number of other subsidiary entertainment companies around the globe.


Stephen R. Heminover, President
Aura Technologies, Inc.
Member ILDA Board of Directors

Stephen R. Heminover is founder and president of Aura Technologies, Inc., a leading company in the laser display field and has been a major contributor to the growth and development of the industry for more than a decade. He is a founding member of the International Laser Display Association (ILDA) and has served as chair of its Technical Standards Committee for it’s first six years. He now serves as its’ liaison to the board of directors. In 1992 he organized ILDA's first Advanced Technology Workshop. He served as president of ILDA from 1992 through 1995, and again in 2003. He is currently a member of the ILDA Board of Directors, a position he has held since 1990.

Heminover has been delighted to see his vision of laser displays being more closely coupled with science, engineering and education, as well as entertainment applications unfolding. Lasers offering animation capabilities, brilliant pure colors and large format displays are a unique and sometimes necessary communications medium. He foresees better acceptance of the technology with industry standardization; hence, his ongoing efforts within ILDA.