Board of Trustees

Elaine Beckerhas been a volunteer and leader in various organizations and elected position in Millburn Township for some 40 years. She and her husband, Karl, received the Millburn Township Community Service Award in 2004. She served on the Board of Trustees of Winchester Gardens (a CCRC in Maplewood) for 24 years. Elaine served on the Millburn Township Committee for 12 years, including five years as Mayor. Currently, she is a member of the Millburn Township Planning Board and is Chair of the Community Service Award Committee. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Greenwood Gardens since 2005.

Peter P. Blanchard III A native of New Jersey, Peter actually grew up at Greenwood when it was a private estate. Here and in the surrounding woodland, he developed his love of nature, landscape painting and life science. Following a career in science teaching at the secondary level, Peter increasingly immersed himself in land conservation. He is a currently a board member of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and serves as a lifetime steward of Maine coastal islands in Blue Hill Bay. He prepared three long-range land conservation studies published by the Trust for Public Land and New York City Audubon. Peter is also the author of We Were an Island, the Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam. Residents of the Upper West Side (NYC), Peter and his wife Sofia are founders of Greenwood Gardens as a non-profit organization.”

Sofia Blanchard grew up in Dallas, Texas and received a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. Before she became involved with Greenwood Gardens, she worked in social services, as the Executive Director of the Children’s Hope Foundation, a pediatric AIDS service organization
and as the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of New York City.

Tim Hartman returned to Greenwood’s Board after two years as Greenwood’s Director of Special Projects. He was part of a team tasked with creating a seven year strategic plan which was completed in November of 2016. Tim’s previous work experience includes fifteen years as a Senior Associate at a New Jersey “Family Office” firm and thirty years as the Director of Finance and Administration at two New Jersey independent schools. Tim grew up on a Pennsylvania farm, founded and operated a natural foods wholesale business in the 70’s and has pursued a lifelong interest in stewardship and sustainability.

Henry P. Johnson is President, Wealth Management – East Region at Northern Trust. Henry is also member of the board of trustees at Vassar College, where he oversees the college’s endowment and is the board’s liaison to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Additionally, he serves on the boards of The New York Botanical Garden, American Ballet Theatre, The Garden Conservancy, and The Josiah H. Macy, Jr. Foundation. He is a member of the Business Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library’s Business Leadership Council Advisory Committee.

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.

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.

Arthur T. Vanderbilt II earned a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. Arthur’s professional service includes the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, and the New Jersey State Bar Association Task Force on Attorney Disciplinary System. Arthur is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He is an accomplished 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. Arthur 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. Throughout his career he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Scribes Award, election as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and induction into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame.

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, criminal law, and litigation in State and federal courts. In 1971, Carl was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division. Carl is a trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, has lectured on various topics in municipal law, and has taught at Seton Hall Law School. Outside of his practice, Mr. Woodward has been actively involved in the community, including as President of the Rutgers Alumni Association, a Trustee of Rutgers University, President of the board of a chamber music organization and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.