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Ellen F. Schwartz

Ellen is a partner in the East Brunswick law firm of Ramatowski Spilka & Schwartz and has concentrated her law practice in the area of family law and related matters since 1985. She graduated from Seton Hall University Law School in 1985, having previously received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Dickinson College.

Ellen has served as an Early Settlement Panelist in Middlesex County for the past 20 years, and currently serves as a Trustee on the Middlesex County Bar Foundation. She serves as a volunteer for both Women Aware and Women Helping Women, as well as the Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey, for which she was honored as Middlesex County's Volunteer of the Year at the Legislative Awards in Trenton in May of 2003. She also served as the President of the Board of Directors of the YM-YWHA of Raritan Valley from 1996-1999.

Ellen is an active member of the Association’s Family Law Section and has served on both the Supreme Court District VIII Fee Arbitration Committee and the District VIII Ethics Committee.

Ramatowski, Spilka & Schwartz
758 Highway 18
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Craig M. Aronow

Craig Aronow is a partner in the New Brunswick law firm of Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, LLP. He is licensed in both NJ and NY. He graduated in 1995 from Pennsylvania State University and earned his JD with honors, Cum Laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1998. Following law school, Craig served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan A. Rockoff, Judge of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey in Middlesex County (1998-99).Craig is actively involved in professional organizations at the local, state and national levels.

Craig is the Middlesex County Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, past chair of the NJSBA Solo and Small Firm Section. He previously served as a NJ Delegate to the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and is a barrister in the Joseph Halpern Civil Inn of Court. Craig received the NJSBA Young Lawyer Division’s Award for Service to the Bar in 2008.

Craig serves as Chair of the Association’s Civil Practice Committee and Lawyers Referral Service Committee, and as Attorney-Coach for the Rutgers University Mock Trial Team. He is also past chair of the Association’s Young Lawyers Committee.

Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo
111 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Andrea J. Sullivan
1st Vice President

Andrea is a partner with Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP. Andrea received her AB, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College and received her JD, with high honors, from Rutgers Law School, Newark, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she served as Law Secretary to the Hon. Erminie Lane Conley, sitting in the Chancery Division, General Equity part, Middlesex County. Following her clerkship, she immediately joined Greenbaum, Rowe where she has practiced throughout her career.

Andrea is named to Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and to NJ Super Lawyers, and holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Andrea has served as a panelist for many continuing legal education programs, speaking at a number of NJSBA programs and as a panelist for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Andrea received the Robert J. Cirafesi Chancery Practice Award and was named as one of New Jersey's Best 50 Women in Business in 2010.

Since 1991, Andrea has served on the Board of Central Jersey Legal Services Inc. and she is the Immediate Past President of the Board. She is also a past president (2007-08) of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, where she continues to serve on that Board. She also served for six years as a Trustee of our Bar Association. She has served as both a member and a Chair of the Women Lawyers Section of the MCBA and as a Chair of the Chancery Practice Committee.

Since 2001, she has served as the Chair of the Early Settlement Program for the Chancery Practice Committee. Andrea is also a member of the Women in the Profession Section and a past Vice Chair of the Equity Jurisprudence Committee of the State Bar Association.

Andrea is married to Thomas Salomone and has three children: Briana, Thomas and Alexandra.

Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP
Metro Corporate Campus I
PO Box 5600
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

William Isele
2nd Vice President

Admitted to the bar of New Jersey in 1976, Bill’s practice is focused on Healthcare Law, Elder Law, and Government Agency Appeals.  He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (B.A. and M.A.) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), and holds a Certificate in Gerontology from Rutgers University.  He served as New Jersey’s Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly from October 1999 to October 2007 under five governors (Whitman, DiFrancesco, McGreevey, Codey and Corzine) and has served as an officer of the National Association of State Ombudsman Programs. 

Bill is a member of the American Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association, is an Officer of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation and has served as the Secretary of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s District VIII Fee Arbitration Committee since 1994.  He is the 2012-2013 Chair of the NJSBA Elder & Disability Law Section, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the NJSBA Health Law Section, which he chaired from 1989-1991.  He is a recipient of the 2009 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award.

Archer & Greiner, PC
101 Carnegie Center
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540

Brenda Vallecilla

Brenda is a sole practitioner in South Plainfield. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University, where she attended as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. After a brief career in sales and marketing she attended Rutgers University School of Law-Camden and upon graduation became an associate of the now defunct Tomar, Simonoff, Adourian, O’Brien, Graziano et al. in Haddonfield, focusing primarily on plaintiffs’ personal injury, and later becoming an associate with the criminal defense firm of Baker and Kahn in Voorhees and prior to opening her own practice was a Regional Vice President at Live Nation, Inc. in New York City.

Brenda opened her own office to be closer to home while her daughter, Maricela Gonzalez, attended high school. Her daughter is now a graduate from Columbia University. In her general practice, Brenda primarily counsels in the areas of family law/domestic violence, immigration law, real estate transactions -- residential and commercial, and personal injury.

She is on the board of Central Jersey Legal Services, and the Executive Board of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation where she has spearheaded the Middlesex County Mock Trial Program for the past three years and has been a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association since 2011. She was awarded the Pro-Bono of the Year Award by the Middlesex County Bar Association in 2010. She regularly volunteers as a pro-bono attorney for various organizations. She is married to Robert A. Billhardt, III.

300 Maple Street
Suite 201
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Joanne Vos

Joanne graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1998. She clerked for the Hon. Stephen E. Mochary in Essex County before she went on to become a top litigator in the insurance defense industry. She has a distinguished history with the New Jersey Defense Association, having served as President from 2009 to 2010.


Joanne is a partner at Maraziti Falcon, LLP and focuses her practice in environmental law. She represents property owners, public entities and private companies in complex environmental litigation, compliance, and transactional matters. Previously, Joanne practiced at two of the largest law firms in Middlesex County: Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP and Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP.


She is an avid speaker and writer on the topics of environmental law, litigation, and women in the law.

Maraziti Falcon LLP
150 JFK Parkway
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Tara Auciello
Past President

Tara Auciello is a solo practitioner in New Brunswick. She is admitted to practice in NJ and NY. Before opening her solo practice in July 2003, Tara was an associate in the Commercial Litigation department at Bryan Cave LLP in New York, NY.

Tara graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School in 2001. She graduated with majors in Political Science and Religion cum laude from Duke University in 1998. Tara graduated from Rutgers Preparatory School in 1995 after having attended that school since 1982.

Tara is a Past-President of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation and previously served a three year term as Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association. She is a Municipal Prosecutor for the Township of Edison and previously served as a Municipal Prosecutor for the City of New Brunswick.  Tara formerly taught as an adjunct instructor in the Paralegal Studies program at Middlesex County College and currently serves as a Trustee for Rutgers Preparatory School.

Tara is the daughter of MCBA & MCBF Past-President Dennis Auciello.

5 Spring Street
PO Box 407
New Brunswick 08903

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