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Andrew Carey
2017 Trustee
Middlesex County Prosecutor
25 Kirkpatrick Street, 3rd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Andrew Carey is the Middlesex County Prosecutor. As such, he is the chief law enforcement officer of the county. Prosecutor Carey exercises authority over approximately 1900 sworn law enforcement officers in 29 law enforcement agencies in 24 municipalities. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office consists of approximately 200 personnel, consisting of Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives, and support staff. Carey is also responsible for the county-based Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.), which is a highly-trained specialized tactical and emergency response unit.
Prior to his appointment and confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate, Carey was an Assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Carey was promoted to Chief of the Narcotics/Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit and served as the Lead Task Force Attorney.  

Before becoming a federal prosecutor, in 1996, Carey was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, and was assigned to the Office of Special Narcotics. During this appointment, Carey was assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau and was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of a trial bureau.

Carey graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the American University in 1993; and he obtained his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1996.

Risa M. Chalfin
2017 Trustee
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
PO Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Risa is a member of the Commercial Litigation department focusing her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, specifically disputes involving fiduciary duties, shareholder derivative actions, contracts, fraud, and estate/probate litigation.  In addition to her New Jersey state and federal court practice, Risa has experience representing clients specifically in New Jersey Chancery Court in a wide-range of matters, including restrictive covenants, will contests, and shareholder disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Risa was the law clerk for the Hon. Glenn Berman, Chancery Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.  During her term as a law clerk, Judge Berman presided over the State v. Ravi trial.  While in law school, she interned for the Hon. Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the National Football League.

In addition to being a Trustee, Risa also serves on the Association's Young Lawyers Committee. She is also a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

Risa has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star” in 2015.

In addition to her engagement within the legal community, Risa is  actively involved with the University of Pennsylvania, acting as Co-Administrative Vice President of her class and interviewing prospective students.  She is also committed to helping others with her participation with the Anti-Defamation League.

In her free time she enjoys following the New York Yankees and running.

Kim M. Connor
2018 Trustee
196 Riva Avenue
Milltown, NJ 08850
Kim M. Connor is a graduate of New York Law School, and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, and the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.  Until recently, Kim was Of Counsel with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP in Florham Park where she practiced primarily in the areas of professional liability defense and insurance coverage.

Kim is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, and the Middlesex County Bar Association. Kim was Chair of the Insurance Coverage Division of New Jersey Bar Association for the 2011-2012 term, and the District VIII Ethics Committee Chair for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 terms

Marc S. Gaffrey
2018 Trustee

Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas
40 Paterson Street
PO Box 480
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Marc is the Supervising Partner of the Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation Department at Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas in New Brunswick. With a background in biochemistry, Marc has been able to apply his unique knowledge to the scientifically complex world of toxic tort litigation to cases in asbestos litigation, toxic tort, mass tort and environmental matters over his 28-year career.  He is also one of a few attorneys in the nation who is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Marc has been named National Coordinating Counsel to multiple companies encompassing an array of business disciplines. He coordinates the defense of all asbestos-related matters throughout the country, including hiring local counsel and managing the files, retaining experts, and maintaining relationships.

Marc has handled thousands of toxic tort cases in New Jersey, New York, and Eastern Pennsylvania, and has extensive experience in the litigation of toxic tort matters and mass tort litigation. Such matters involve lead, asbestos, silica, talc, benzene, "sick building syndrome," latex allergy, PCB, diazanon, welding fumes, orthodichlorobenzene, trichloroethylene, and many other chemicals and pesticides.

Marc has also litigated numerous environmental matters involving fuel oil discharge, hazardous waste, Superfund site construction and remediation, and landfill clean-up. As a special note, he assisted in the litigation of the landmark case of Ayers v. Township of Jackson and tried NJDEP v. Dimant which is currently the most cited environmental case in New Jersey. 

He has authored various articles in the toxic tort field and has been a frequent lecturer at both national and regional conferences including: Defense Research Institute (DRI), Perrin Conferences, New Jersey Defense Association, HB Litigation Conferences, Harris Martin, Worley, and NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). Marc routinely gives in-house seminars to clients and trade associations discussing the most recent trends and trial techniques in asbestos and toxic tort litigation. Marc is also the Co-Chair of the MCBA’s Environmental Law Committee.

In addition, Marc is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Department of Political Science, and teaches undergraduate Constitutional Law, as well as seminars combining aspects of bio-chemistry and the practice of law.

John F. Gillick
2019 Trustee
Martin Kane & Kuper
180 Tices Lane
Building B, Suite 200
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Jack is a partner in the East Brunswick law firm of Martin, Kane & Kuper and concentrates his practice on the litigation of employment discrimination, civil rights, and personal injury claims. He received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University in 2001 and thereafter served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Jack L. Lintner, former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Division.

The current Immediate Past President for the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, Jack spearheaded several projects including Casino Night, the Project Law essay contest and a holiday toy drive for Catholic Charities. He was recently named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine for the fifth year in a row in the area of employment law. Jack has won appeals before both the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and has been counsel of record on numerous published opinions.

A former Trustee for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Jack has taught continuing legal education courses on behalf of the Middlesex County Bar Association, is a Volunteer Lawyer for Justice for the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, and is a member of the New Jersey, Middlesex County, New Brunswick and American Bar Associations. He is also a committee member for the Good Scout Award Dinner for the Boy Scouts of America’s Central New Jersey Council and is an Assistant Troop Leader for his daughters’ Girl Scout troop.

Meryl A.G. Gonchar
2019 Trustee
Sills, Cummis & Gross, PC
600 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540

Meryl A.G. Gonchar is a partner at Sills, Cummis & Gross, PC in Princeton and Co-Chair of the firm's Land Use Practice Group. Her practice encompasses all aspects of land use, zoning and related litigation. She represents property owners and developers in appearances before planning and zoning boards throughout the state, in connection with obtaining land use approvals and permits for residential, retail, office, industrial and mixed use projects.  She also represents clients in land use, condemnation and related litigation before the Superior Court of New Jersey, including prerogative writ litigation. Her diversified experience enables her to provide clients with continuity throughout the often long and complicated land development process, assisting clients throughout the entire life cycle of a development project.

Meryl is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and an active member of New Jersey’s commercial real estate and legal communities. She serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Builders Association (Chair, Master Sponsor Program; member, Legislative Affairs Committee; member, Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey).  She is a Trustee of the NAIOP NJ Chapter and a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (past President of the CREW-NJ chapter). She was honored with the 2015 Chairman's Award for her service on the NJBA’s Legislative Affairs Committee, the 2013 NJ Pillar Award in recognition of her involvement in NAIOP, and the 2010 Middlesex County Bar Association Transactional Attorney Practice Award.

Meryl was appointed to the founding Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute, where she also serves on the Program Advisory Committee. As a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, she is a Past Chair and Emeritus member of the Land Use Law Section Board of Trustees, a former Trustee of the Women in the Profession Section, and a member of the Legislative Committee. She serves on the Board of Trustees and is a former President of Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, and is Vice President of the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations.

Meryl resides in East Brunswick with her husband Wayne. They have two children – Daniel, a pilot and flight instructor, and Jillian, a student at Ithaca College.

Patrick Heller
2017 Trustee
Terkowitz & Hermesmann
400 Atrium Drive, PO Box 6745
Somerset, NJ 08875-6745
Pat was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2001 and is an associate with the law firm of Terkowitz and Hermesmann in Somerset. His practice primarily involves insurance defense including automobile liability, PIP arbitrations, worker's compensation defense and coverage matters.

Pat graduated from High Point University in 1997 and from Penn State Law-Dickinson in 2001. Patrick also clerked with the Hon. J. Wesley Oler, Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

Pat is active in the legal community and the bar association. In that regard, he serves on the MCBA Civil Practice Committee, helped put together and present a seminar on the Verbal Threshold and PIP law. He is also a frequent contributor to the MCBA's newsletter. He has also been selected and serves an arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex Vicinage. Patrick has also been published in the New Jersey Law Journal and Rutgers Law Review-Commentaries wherein he has written articles dealing with emerging tort law issues and their impact on the legal community.  Patrick was selected by the New Jersey Board of Law Examiners and has served as a bar grader/reader for New Jersey Bar Exam. Finally, Patrick was selected as a 2015 New Leader of the Bar by the New Jersey Law Journal.

Jay Mascolo
2018 Trustee
Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo, LLP
111 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Jay is a partner at Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo and concentrates his practice on personal injury claims and civil litigation. Jay obtained his B.A. with a major in history from Seton Hall University in 1996 and he obtained his JD from the Catholic University of America in 1999. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and US District Court of NJ Bar in 1999. Jay was certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the NJ Supreme Court in 2007.

Following law school, Jay served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Yolanda Ciccone, Judge of the Superior in Middlesex County. Following his clerkship, Jay was an associate at the Hoagland Longo law firm in New Brunswick for 6 years. In 2007, he helped create the firm of Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo (RAM Law) with his two partners. Jay has obtained dozens of verdicts in jury trials throughout New Jersey from Bergen County to Salem County. He has served as a barrister in the Inns of Court and has presented lectures and served on panels to discuss topics ranging from trial techniques to jury selection.

In 2010, Jay was selected to the New Jersey Law Journal’s "40 Under 40.” From 2006-2010, Jay was listed among the "New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” in New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Jay currently resides in Colonia with his wife Claudia.

Angela F. Pastor
2018 Trustee
Pastor & Pastor, LLC
528 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Angela graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark in 2004 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University. She is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Her professional associations include the Family Law Section of the Middlesex County Bar Association. She also serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in Middlesex County.

Angela was also selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars Edition 2009 and 2010, as published in New Jersey Monthly.

George J. Shamy, Jr.
2017 Trustee
Shamy & Shamy
178 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
George is the managing and senior partner at Shamy and Shamy, LLC, a New Brunswick based general law practice. He practices primarily plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. George obtained his B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1976 and his J.D. from Seton Hall University in 1979. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar and the US District Court of New Jersey bar in 1979. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1992. In 1992 he was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a certified civil trial attorney, and he has maintained that designation through multiple re-certifications.  In 2013 he was honored by the Middlesex County Bar Association as the civil trial lawyer of the year.

George is an active arbitrator in both the Middlesex County and Somerset County Auto Arbitration programs, and a volunteer mediator for the Middlesex County Civil Court, Special Civil Part.  He is one of few selected by the Middlesex County Civil Presiding Judge to serve on her voluntary Civil Bar Panel, and he is a long standing member of the Middlesex County Assignment Judge’s civil practice committee.

George is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the New Jersey Association for Justice, the Middlesex County Bar Association , the Middlesex County Bar Foundation (currently serving as treasurer) and the New Brunswick Bar Association.

Elliot S. Solop
2019 Trustee
Dwyer, Bachman & Newman, LLC
14 Woodward Drive
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Elliot is an associate at Dwyer, Bachman & Newman, LLC in Old Bridge. He was previously associated with Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C. in Ocean. His practice is devoted to matrimonial and family law. He earned his B.S., cum laude, in Finance from Montclair State University in 2009 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 2012. He is admitted to practice in both NJ and NY.

After the completion of his law school studies, Elliot served as a law clerk to the Hon. John A. Jorgensen, JSC of the New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part, Middlesex County. During his clerkship, he handled a variety of matrimonial matters including issues such as child custody, child and spousal support, domestic violence, emancipation, equitable distribution, and visitation.

Elliot was the Middlesex County Bar Association 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year. He is an active member of the Middlesex County Bar Association (Trustee and Chair of the Sports & Entertainment Law Committee), Middlesex County Bar Foundation (Secretary), Ocean Chamber of Commerce (board member), and Monmouth Bar Association. Additionally, he co-authored a chapter on Intellectual Property Rights and Endorsement Agreements for the New York State Bar Association’s publication In the Arena: A Sports Law Handbook (2013).

Megha R. Thakkar
2018 Trustee
Hill Wallack, LLP
21 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Megha was admitted to the state bar of New Jersey in 2008 and the state bar of New York in 2009. She is Counsel at Hill Wallack, LLP in the firm’s Family Law practice group. She represents clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, contested custody matters, alimony and child support disputes, post-judgment applications, prenuptial agreements, and domestic violence litigation. In January 2016, Megha received the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award from the Middlesex County Bar Association.

To complement to her family law practice, Megha has served as a Trustee for the Middlesex County Bar Association since 2011.  She is also the Chairperson of the Middlesex County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.  Megha is a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist for Middlesex and Somerset Counties.  She was previously an investigator appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to the District XIII Ethics Committee. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Megha was selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.  Prior to entering private practice, Megha served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Andrea G. Carter, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, Middlesex County.

Megha graduated from New York University in 2005 and from St. John's University School of Law in 2008.  In law school, Ms. Thakkar was a recipient of the St. Thomas More Academic Scholarship, was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, served as President of the South Asian Law Students Association, and was named to the Dean's List.

Charles Whelan III
2019 Trustee
114 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

After graduating from Rutgers Newark School of Law in 1981, Chuck clerked for the Hon. Samuel Allcorn, P.J.A.D.  He has been a sole practitioner since 1987, specializing in commercial and real estate litigation and bankruptcy, with an emphasis on title litigation.  Chuck is admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bars.  He has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Law, and has been rated preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.  He has been accepted as an expert witness in the fields of real estate law and professional negligence by the New Jersey courts.

Chuck served as a volunteer mediator in the Superior Court of New Jersey for five years, and was pro bono general counsel for Plainfield Habitat for Humanity for 22 years.  He served for two years as chairman of the board of the Central Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and was a youth sports coach for eleven years. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Commercial Law League of America.  In his free time, Chuck enjoys mountain hiking.

Kimberly Yonta
2017 Trustee
111 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Since establishing YONTA LAW, LLC in New Brunswick in 2012, Kimberly concentrates her practice on criminal and municipal defense cases.  A former Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor in Jersey City, she served as both appellate unit and trial team supervisors, serving the people of Hudson County for over ten years.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Connecticut, Kimberly is Treasurer of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).  She serves as Chair-Elect of the Criminal Law Section, Chair of the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, Past Chair of the Women in the Profession Section, and Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division.  In the NJSBA, she is a member of the Amicus Committee, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee, and the NJSBA representative to the Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Jury Charges.  With the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, Kimberly is a member of the "Legal Eagle" editorial advisory board. Past appointments include: New Jersey Commission on Professionalism and the Law, Membership and Public Relations Committee, Judicial Administration Committee, Legal Education Committee and Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.  Serving her local community, Kimberly is an assistant coach of the Rutgers University Mock Trial Association, the National Runner-Up Champion in 2011-12.  She also volunteers some of her time to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Bartholomew Church in East Brunswick, ministering to those in need through the client services program.  Past achievements include Certification by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney and Middlesex County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year.  Kimberly served as the law clerk to the Hon. N. Peter Conforti in Morris County in 1999-00. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Providence College, attended
Washington College of Law at American University, and received her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.


Kimberly lives in East Brunswick with her husband Craig Aronow, Esq., and their beautiful daughters, Abigail (10) and Madeline (7).

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