Annual Meeting 2023

Join us for the Annual Meeting on April 24

2023 Annual Meeting

Join us at The Watershed Institute for the 2023 Annual Meeting of Members on Monday, April 24, 2023. This year we will celebrate the opening of our newly completed Hickory Loop Boardwalk with a ribbon cutting ceremony immediately following the program. 

The meeting will be held indoors at the Watershed Center, beginning with light refreshments at 5 p.m. followed by a formal program at 6 p.m. New members of the Board of Trustees will be elected and Trustees who are nominated for their second terms will be up for re-election. 

The Annual Meeting is a chance to find out how your support is making an impact in our communities and statewide and to learn how our science and policy experts are helping municipalities manage polluted stormwater runoff to improve water quality. 

This year’s nominees are Marc Brahaney of Princeton, NJ, Anne Catena Ed.D. of Lawrence Township, NJ, Paula Figueroa-Vega of Lawrence Township, NJ and Carolyn Powell Sanderson of Pennington, NJ. Read more about the new trustees below. Trustees who are standing for election to a second term are Rob Connor, Ph.D. of Trenton, NJ, Kurt Schulte of Lawrenceville, NJ and Susannah Wise, M.D. of Princeton, NJ. 

We will also celebrate the achievements of volunteer community leaders. The Edmund W. Stiles Award for Environmental Leadership will be presented to Daniel J. VanAbs, Ph.D., FAICP/PP, Professor of Professional Practice for Water, Society, and the Environment at Rutgers University. The Richard Rotter Award for Excellence in Environmental Education will be presented to Tina Overman, STEM Facilitator, Bear Tavern Elementary School. 

After the formal meeting, we invite guests to walk out to a section of the newly completed ADA-compliant Hickory Loop Boardwalk trail, where we will have a ribbon cutting marking the official opening of this trail. At .7 miles, this loop will enable more visitors to enjoy the forest and meadows on the Reserve.  

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jenny-Ann Kershner, Development Director: [email protected], 609-737-3735 Ext. 36. 
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New Board of Trustee nominee bios:


Brahaney is a licensed architect and general contractor. He started Brahaney Architectural Associates in 1987. He co-founded Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction with his late wife, Janet Lasley, in the mid 90’s. He has served as President of Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction since 1997. The firm specializes in custom residential additions and renovations and custom new homes in the Princeton area. Marc divides his time at the office between working with clients and heading the company’s design and construction operations. He is licensed to practice architecture in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. 

Marc graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University as an undergraduate and then continued at Princeton to earn his Masters in Architecture. He was a University Fellowship recipient and Merit Prize winner. In the years since graduation Marc has served as a Princeton Annual Giving volunteer, performed alumni admissions interviews, served as a Class Trustee and supported Princeton Internships in Civic Service. 

Marc recently completed a 17-year tenure on the Board of Trustees of Princeton Day School. During that time his roles included chairing the Buildings & Grounds Committee, chairing the Capital Projects Core Committee, serving on the Audit Committee, serving on the Head of School Search Committee and serving a term as the Chair of the Board. He also co-chaired the Princeton Day School Annual Fund in 2006 and 2007. Marc is on the board of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey. 

Marc and his wife Sue live in Lawrence Township with 2 dogs, 6 chickens, and a large, organic vegetable and flower garden run by Sue and supported by Marc. 



Catena retired from Princeton University in 2021, where she worked for 22 years within the Program in Teacher Preparation and the Princeton Environmental Institute.  At Princeton, Anne prepared students to become science and math teachers, supported public education outreach with STEM faculty, and directed professional learning for educator leaders.  She remains active consulting with multiple universities and school districts on STEM professional development for teachers, curriculum and instruction, and mentoring.  Anne has been a member of the Watershed Education Committee for over 15 years.  She earned a  Doctoral degree in Education Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master in Business Administration from Rider University and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. A New Jersey native, Anne lives in Lawrence NJ with husband Richard.  They enjoy sailing and visiting their two daughters and granddaughter. 


Figueroa-Vega develops organizations, cultivates collaborative partnerships for systemic change, and helps individuals tap into and increase their capabilities. Currently, Paula co-leads New Jersey Future’s Collective Impact program area with primary responsibility for managing the Jersey Water Works (JWW) collaborative, including new programs and projects, while also advancing the organizational development goals of the organization. Paula facilitates JWW’s diverse statewide network of people shifting the culture and thinking around one of the state’s leading policy issues: water. Paula has directed various nonprofit and higher education programs and dedicated close to 10 years to working on community engagement initiatives at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She was instrumental in co-creating the TCNJ Campus Garden and was a founding member of El Centro de Recursos para Familias, a Catholic Charities program in Trenton, NJ. Paula is a member of the Womanspace, Inc. advisory council. In 2019, Paula cofounded MAPA Collaborative, a management consulting firm. Paula received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. She lives in Lawrenceville with her family.  


Sanderson is  an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, and co-founder of the Copper Beech Group.  As a CFP, Portfolio Manager Director and Family Wealth Advisor with 30 years of experience, she helps families address their complex family and business issues with a goal to ensure that the management of her clients’ wealth enables them to enjoy the quality of life they desire for themselves, their families and the causes about which they care most.  

Giving back to the community is a core value of Carolyn’s and she has served as a trustee of many local not-for-profits, including the Princeton Area Community Foundation, McCarter Theatre, The Princeton Medical Center Foundation, The Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study, and Trinity Counseling Service. She is currently a trustee of Millhill Child and Family Development and also the chair of the Fund for Women and Girls, a field of interest fund at the Princeton  Area Community Foundation that strives to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged women and children.  

She lives in Pennington with her husband, three (young) adult children, and 2 Scottish Terriers.   

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