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Rob Connor, Ph.D.
Since 2009, Rob has been Head of School of Christina Seix Academy in Trenton. He holds a PhD. in Educational Policy and Management from the University of
Pennsylvania and is a proud graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career working at the Center for the Study of Evaluation and Educational
Policy at Boston College while pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. After completing his master’s degree, Rob worked at Beaver Country Day School (BCDS), an innovative Boston independent school. Over eight years at BCDS, he worked as a history teacher, department chair, interim Upper School Director, and Assistant Head of School.
As a doctoral student he worked on a number of action-oriented projects related to teacher evaluation and retention, instructional technology, urban policy, and early childhood assessment.
Rob, his wife, Sushama and their two boys, Lekh and Rowan live in Trenton.
Kurt graduated from Princeton with BS in Engineering in 1982, and founded Schulte Restorations in 1985- a general contracting company focused on high-quality restorations of historic houses and buildings in the Princeton area. He expanded over the years into more complex projects in Mercer County. His projects have won numerous awards, including a 2009 national Chrysalis remodeling award. His steadfast attention to detail and quality are a hallmark of his work. He is highly ethical, deliberate and methodical in his approach.
Kurt retired and sold his company in December 2019. He is interested in engaging in the community through Board work and volunteering. He is a volunteer for his class reunions at Princeton and is the Annual Appeal chair for the Friends of Hopewell Public Library. He and his wife, Kris live in Lawrenceville.
Dr. Susannah Wise
Susannah grew up in a family where protecting the natural world was second nature. Before it was “trendy”, her father was professionally involved in global warming and environmental research. Her commitment and passion to The Watershed Institute has been evident for three years, serving as the Trail Run Co-Chair twice (2017, 2018) and supporting the event as a donor. Susannah currently serves on the 2019-20 Development Committee.
Dr. Wise is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Medical School and has been an attending general surgeon since 2002. As a leader in the Department of Surgery, she serves as the Associate Director of the surgery residency program, coordinates weekly grand round lectureships, and educates residents and medical students. She graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, MD from New Jersey Medical School, and completed a surgical residency at Brown University.
Susannah is also an accomplished equestrian and has several awards in competitive showjumping. She was until 2017 the owner/operator of Hunter Farms in Princeton, a top international venue for horse sports, and host to several Olympians.
In addition to managing a dual medical and equestrian career, Susannah enjoys the fine arts, has been a supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton, and also holds a yoga teacher’s certificate. She has a minor in Fine Arts also from UPenn and spent a semester studying printmaking and drawing in Italy. She lives in Skillman with her son, Alexander.
Nominees for a Second Term as Watershed Trustee
ANNA HORNER (Secretary) is a landscape architect and volunteer in the Princeton community. Anna received an A.B. magna cum laude in Architecture from Princeton University in 1997 and a Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2002. She practiced as a landscape architect at Hargreaves Associates for six years, where she enjoyed working on large-scale projects such as college campuses and urban riverfront parks. Many of the projects Anna worked on, such as the Chattanooga 21st Century Waterfront Park, focused on reconnecting cities to their waterfronts. Now at home with her two young children, Anna has been the President of the Nassau Nursery School Parent Association for the past five years and is a member of the Princeton Day School Campaign Leadership Gift Committee. Anna lives in Princeton with her two children.
Committees: Property and Advocacy
Board Member since: 2017
BERNADETTE WOODS PLACKY is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist and director of Climate Central’s Climate Matters program. In her role, Bernadette works with fellow meteorologists from across the country, providing resources and data on the connection between climate change and weather. Bernadette is often called upon to discuss and explain extreme weather events and has appeared on a number of national and local television broadcasts. Before joining Climate Central, Bernadette spent 10 years as a TV weather forecaster. Her most recent station was WJZ in Baltimore, where she earned an Emmy for Best Weathercaster. Prior to that, she worked at both WLEX in Lexington, Ky., and KNWA in Fayetteville, Ark. Bernadette began her career at AccuWeather, Inc. Bernadette has a B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in French from Penn State University, where she is a steering committee member for MAPS (Meteorology Alumni of Penn State). She also carries both American Meteorological Society certifications — Television Seal of Approval and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. She is currently a member of the AMS Committee on Applied Climatology and a board member of Penn State’s GEMS (Graduates of Earth and Mineral Science). Bernadette and her family live in Ewing.
Committees: Education, Chair
Board Member since: 2017
SCOTT SILLARS (Chair) worked for twenty-five years in corporate financial management positions, most recently as Vice President and Treasurer of GenTek Inc., a manufacturer of telecommunication and automotive products and specialty chemicals. Scott then joined Isles, Inc. in Trenton to help identify business opportunities that would be responsive to Isles’ mission of promoting self-reliance and fostering opportunity for the citizens of Trenton. At Isles, Scott started, and was President of, Isles E4, a company that weatherizes low-income houses in New Jersey while providing training and employment to the chronically underemployed. Scott resides in Princeton, where he is Chair of the municipality’s Citizen Finance Advisory Committee that advises the Mayor and Council on financial matters affecting the town. Scott has a B.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Committees: Advocacy (Chair)
Board Member since: 2014
PHILIP WEY, MD is a plastic surgeon and partner with Plastic Surgery Arts of NJ, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has been actively involved in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has held various consulting roles domestically and abroad (Ethicon, Mentor, LifeCell, and Biom’Up Advanced Biomaterials). Philip currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Brown Medical Alumni Association, area chair of the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program, and is on the Black and Red Committee of the Lawrenceville School. Previously he served as member of Session and Board of Trustees of Nassau Presbyterian Church, and is an active supporter of the Historical Society of Princeton, Institute for Advanced Studies, McCarter Theater Center, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. He graduated with a BA in Biology and English from Brown University, and also earned his MD from Brown. His residency in plastic surgery was at NYPresbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, with fellowships at Sloan-Kettering and NYU. An avid golfer, gardener, and runner, Philip has been spotted on the Watershed trails and is currently co-chair of the 5/10K Trail Run and Festival. Philip has 2 sons and lives in Princeton.
Committees: Trail Run and Development, Chair
Board Member since: 2017