Patricia Foo, Office Manager
Before taking the position as Office Manager with CNJG in the summer of 2013, Pat was the office administrator for the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County for over 8 years.
Prior to working for non-profits, Pat had a banking career spanning two decades, JP Morgan on Wall Street after graduating from college and First Fidelity Bank in Newark NJ where she was a Vice President in the Controller’s Department. Her experience in the de-regulated banking brought her to PSEG where she was an IT Resource Manager. Today Pat will tell you her experience and career in the non-profit sector is the most rewarding. As she likes to say…”I use to work for the sharks but now I work for the dolphins.”
Pat is very involved in her community. She served over 15 years in scout leadership roles; as the Activity Chair for the Cubscout Pack and Committee Chair for the Boy Scout Troop. Pat also served on the board of the West Windsor Library for 8 years. She is an active member of Christ Congregation Church in Princeton and served as Christian Education Committee chair for 10 years and more recently, Hospitality chair.
Pat and her husband Jim, both native New Yorkers, re-located to New Jersey in 1986. They currently reside in West Windsor and have two amazing grown sons, Chris and Alex.
Theresa Jacks, Deputy Director
Theresa Jacks serves as the Deputy Director at CNJG focusing on the Council’s government relations and public policy activities, development, evaluation and strategic planning, as well as special projects.
Before joining CNJG, Theresa was the Executive Director at the Whitesbog Preservation Trust, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the historic village of Whitesbog in the NJ Pinelands and the birthplace of the blueberry. (The state fruit of New Jersey is the blueberry!) Prior to that, she worked in New Jersey State government for nearly twenty years in varying levels of management and leadership.
Jacks received a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Rowan University. Theresa is the extremely overjoyed grandmother of two wonderful grandchildren! She resides in South Jersey with her husband and really loud, shelter-adopted, German Shepherd, Jackie. We hear you Jackie...
Jon Shure, Interim President/CEO
A senior director at Taft Communications in Lawrenceville and Newark, Jon is lending his support to CNJG as Interim President/CEO. No stranger to the nonprofit community, Jon founded and for 12 years served as president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, on whose board he now serves. A Syracuse, NY native turned passionate New Jersey booster, Jon’s career has focused on communicating about policy and public affairs. He has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on how to speak and write more effectively to advance policy debates.
Jon began as a reporter for The Record newspaper in Bergen County, where his assignments included covering politics in the paper’s State House bureau and national affairs from Washington, DC. He left reporting to work for then-Rep. Jim Florio in Washington on the House Committee on Commerce, Competitiveness & Consumer Protection, before serving as communications director for Florio’s term as Governor. Jon’s other nonprofit experience included seven years with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington DC, as well as membership on the board of the Center for Nonprofits in New Jersey and chairing the Maryland Center on Economic Policy’s board. He was seminar director for Leadership New Jersey (now Lead New Jersey) for several years. He taught two courses in the political science department at Rutgers University - New Jersey Politics and Mass Media and US Democracy - and was a visiting associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Janice, live in Ewing Township. He enjoys reading, traveling, watching baseball, and playing a game that closely resembles golf (same rules and equipment, but far more strokes).
Craig Weinrich, Director of Member Services
Craig Weinrich serves as the Director of Member Services at CNJG, where he helps to recruit and retain members. Additionally, he assists the members to organize Affinity Group meetings, monitors the listserves, and helps develop other programs such as funder briefings or skills-based workshops.
Craig discovered the nonprofit sector through an intense desire to avoid working in the dining hall during his sophomore year at Dickinson College. Interning with the Eaken Piano Trio, artists-in-residence at Dickinson, introduced him to the many meaningful positions in the music industry that are not performance-oriented. From there, he served as Development Directors for the Delaware Symphony (promoted from Development Assistant) and Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestras, where he could even be found clad in the costume of their newly-created penguin mascot! Craig then moved to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, a membership association of nonprofits in the New York City area, serving as their Membership, Outreach and IT Director for nine years. While at NPCC, he earned a nonprofit management certificate from Baruch College through the United Way Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Prior to joining CNJG, Craig served as the Membership Director for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. At each organization, Craig has served as the “accidental techie”.
Craig is happy to back in New Jersey for his third tenure. He grew up in Madison, lived in Bloomfield while working at NPCC, and now resides in Hamilton. He is President of the Living Waters Lutheran Church Council in Ringoes; graduated from Lead NJ in 2015 (go Green!); cheers on his favorite baseball teams: Brewers, Cubs, White Sox, and his fantasy team; and is planning his wedding in July 2018 to Kacy O’Brien.
Kari Williams Tyksinski, Finance Manager
Kari Williams Tyksinski, Finance Manager for CNJG since October 2007 oversees the financial activities of our organization. She works with the President, and the Audit and the Finance Committees to administer the accounting, payroll, budgeting and financial reporting of CNJG with the goal of keeping CNJG financially sound and fiscally ready for the future. Kari is a Certified Public Accountant and brings to CNJG over thirty years of public and private accounting experience. Prior to joining CNJG she served as Treasurer for various local nonprofit organizations. In addition to her work with CNJG, Kari also provides dedicated financial and accounting services among a portfolio that includes a vibrant private foundation, a small business foundation and local small businesses. Kari graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Gettysburg College, where she was thrilled to participate on both the women’s basketball and lacrosse teams. No longer eligible for the college team roster, and with her two sons now young adults, she can be seen on weekends cycling throughout Bucks and Hunterdon Counties.
Kevin Callaghan, Newark Philanthropic Liaison
In the role of Newark Philanthropic Liaison, Kevin works directly with the Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisory and in partnership with the Mayor and his cabinet to leverage private and government assets to support the Mayor’s agenda in areas such as public safety, summer youth employment, workforce development, economic development, health and wellness, education and literacy, immigration, and neighborhood and place-based initiatives. The Office of Philanthropic Liaison also convenes and connects Newark and regional funding partners, Newark community based organizations, and other key stakeholders by providing thought leadership, facilitating content and affinity groups, and raising awareness about critical issues facing the city of Newark.
Immediately prior to serving as the Newark Philanthropic Liaison, Kevin was Project Lead on the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program where he worked to implement system and program enhancements to one of the Mayor’s signature programs. Before this short-term appointment, he served for nearly five years as the Program Officer at the Foundation for Newark’s Future (FNF), the local arm of national philanthropic funding donated to the City of Newark to improve education opportunities for youth. At FNF, Kevin spearheaded a series of investments that are directly impacting youth in Newark from pre-school to college in the areas of literacy, teacher training and professional development, high quality schools, college attainment and completion, and youth development.
Previously, Kevin worked for the federal government as a Special Assistant at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Washington D.C. and was a classroom teacher of middle school Social Studies in Philadelphia.
Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City and a Masters’ Degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in New Jersey, Kevin resides with his family in Essex County.
Mary Trimbach, Webmaster
Mary Trimbach joined CNJG as their Webmaster & Communications consultant in 2012, bringing 35 years of experience in the technology field to the position. In addition to managing the website and proving support to their communications work, Mary serves as liaison for CNJG to the Forum’s Knowledge Management Group.
Prior to joining CNJG, Mary worked in multiple sectors including non-profit, business and education providing her with a broad base of organizational knowledge. Her experience in the technology field ranges from programming, p.c. repair and support, and network management to her real love of system implementation and user training. In her career she has led in the start-up and support of several state and nationwide technology groups.
Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Aquinas College. A Michigan native, Mary and her husband recently had the opportunity to spend 2 years living their dream and taking telecommuting to a new level, working from their motorhome as they traveled the United States. Now settled back down in Michigan to be near their daughters and grandson Henry, they continue their travels as often as they can sneak away!