Board of Trustees

Elaine Becker has been a volunteer and leader in the Millburn and Short Hills communities for many years. Elaine was the mayor of Millburn Township from 1996 to 2000 and was an active member of the Township Committee from 1991 to 2003. Elaine and her husband Karl were the recipients of the township’s Community Service Award in 2004 for their volunteer service to the community. Elaine has volunteered as a driver for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. She has also served as a member and president of various township PTAs and has served on various township commissions and boards, including 7 years on the Environmental Commission. Elaine is a member of the Millburn League of Women Voters, the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Rose of Lima Church and the Rosemont College Alumnae Association. She is the President of Communities on Cable, Inc. (TV 36) and is a Board Member of Winchester Gardens at Ward Homestead.

Peter P. Blanchard III A graduate of Princeton University (1974) and Yale School of Forestry (1986), Peter has long been involved in environmental education and land conservation. He is a founder of Greenwood Gardens, a 1920s-era public garden in Short Hills, New Jersey and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of that organization. A native of New Jersey, Peter began his love affair with the Maine coast through an Outward Bound program in 1972. He continues his commitment to conservation as a board member of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and as a lifetime steward of islands in Blue Hill Bay. He is the author of three long-range land conservation studies published by the Trust for Public Land and New York City Audubon: Buffer the Bay Revisited (a review of unprotected open space fringing Jamaica Bay, 1992), The Century Plan (presenting 100 conservation sites on Barnegat Bay (1994) and An Islanded Nature, (a study of remaining natural areas in Western Staten Island (2001). Peter is also the author of We Were an Island; the Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam (University Press of New England, 2010). He resides in New York City with his wife, son Theo, and two Welsh corgis.

Sofia Blanchard grew up in Dallas, Texas and received a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1986 and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in 1990. From 1990 to 1993 she was the Executive Director of the Children’s Hope Foundation, a pediatric AIDS service organization. From 1994 to 2000 she was the Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of New York City, a social service and advocacy organization that empowers girls to be strong, smart and bold. In 2003, she co-founded Greenwood Gardens with her husband, Peter Blanchard III.

Henry P. Johnson is President, Wealth Management, East Region at Northern Trust Corporation. Henry is also a trustee of Vassar College and of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. He is a Bryant Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a member of the New York Public Library’s Financial Services Leadership Forum and a member of the advisory board of the New York Botanical Garden, where he serves on the horticulture committee. Mr. Johnson is the Garden Conservancy’s appointee to the board of Greenwood Gardens.

Cynthia (Cynnie) Kellogg is a lifelong resident of Short Hills and has been a member of the Short Hills Garden Club for 30 years. She served for 20 years on the board of the NJ Conservation Foundation. Cynnie and her husband Peter are longtime supporters of Greenwood Gardens, and have a long history of supporting land conservation efforts.

Susan Lowry has returned to Greenwood’s board after formerly representing the Garden Conservancy on Greenwood’s board for two years. Susan was a television journalist before switching fields and earning a diploma in landscape architecture. She is the co-author, with Nancy Berner, of Garden Guide: New York City, Gardens of the Hudson Valley, and Garden State Gardens. Susan has lectured widely on public gardens and written for publications such as Garden Design magazine.

Louise Moos has lived in Short Hills for 30 years. Raised in England and educated at the Teachers Training College of London University, Louise taught preschool in London and New York for several years. After raising a family she went back to school and then for 17 years, along with two partners, ran a small landscape design company. Mrs. Moos has sat on several boards including those of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, the Short Hills Club, and the Short Hills Garden Club.

Andrew Permison is a long time resident of Short Hills with a life-long dedication to conservation and historic preservation. He began his professional career as an art dealer in New York City where he was a founding member of the Guggenheim Museum’s Young Associates Committee. Subsequently, he moved into sales and marketing of luxury brands, including Wedgwood and Mont Blanc North America. Active in his community, Andrew was a founding member of the Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee and served as a trustee and past president of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society.

Lezette G. Proud has been a resident of Short Hills, New Jersey for more than 35 years and is a leader in environmental and community causes. She was a founder of the Township Beautification League and the former President of CLEAN—Citizens League for Environmental Action Now. She is a board member of the Short Hills Home Garden Club and has received the Garden Club of America Service Award and the Millburn Township Community Service Award. Lezette attended Michigan State University.

Alexa Scordato Alexa is a digital marketer who is passionate about connecting people and ideas through new technologies. She has over 9 years of experience helping companies leverage social media for business objectives. Alexa is currently Director of Marketing at Stack Overflow, the largest website for software developers in the world. Prior to her post at Stack Overflow, Alexa was Senior Director of Marketing for 2U, an education technology company that helps top-tier colleges and universities deliver quality online degree programs. In 2014 2U went public and is currently valued at 1.5B. Prior to working at 2U, Alexa was at Porter Novelli, a global PR agency where she designed digital campaigns on behalf of Fortune 500 brands. Alexa has a B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College.

Marco Polo Stufano graduated from Brown University with a degree in Art History and later studied at the New York Botanical Garden School of Horticulture. In 1967, he became the first Director of Horticulture for Wave Hill in the Bronx, New York. Marco’s keen plantsmanship and aesthetic eye led the development of Wave Hill’s gardens until his retirement in 2002, transforming them into a preeminent horticultural attraction. He now lectures extensively around the country and has been the recipient of awards given by the Garden Club of America, the American Horticultural Society, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. Marco is also the Chairman of the Garden Conservancy’s Projects Department Screening Committee, helping to identify and preserve gardens throughout the country.

Arthur T. Vanderbilt II is an attorney and was a partner in a Roseland-based law firm. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. Arthur was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics from 1996 to 2003 and was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee from 1989 to 1992. He was a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Task Force on Attorney Disciplinary System from 1992 to 1993. Arthur is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Arthur is also an experienced writer, and has had works published in the Journal of the American Judicature Society, New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer, the Reporter and other legal periodicals. He is a member of the Author’s Guild and the National Writer’s Union and is listed in Contemporary Authors, Writer’s Who’s Who and International Authors. During his career he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors—he received the Scribes Award in 1976; he was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2000; and, he was inducted into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame in 2001. Arthur is also involved in several civic activities and has served on the Board of Trustees for several organizations, including the New Jersey Public Library, the Elizabeth (New Jersey) Presbytery, the Manley-Wisner Foundation and the Land of PureGold Foundation.

Carl R. Woodward III has been practicing law for over 40 years and has been with Carella Byrne since 1990. He has a broad integrated practice with specializations in environmental, municipal, zoning and planning, real estate, insurance and criminal law, and litigation in State and federal courts. In 1971, Mr. Woodward was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division. Mr. Woodward is a trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, has lectured on various topics in municipal law, and has taught zoning and planning at Seton Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. He has also served for three years as a member of the District VB Ethics Committee for New Jersey. Outside of his practice, Mr. Woodward has been actively involved in the community, including as President of the Rutgers Alumni Association, Trustee of Rutgers University, President of the board of a chamber music organization and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.