MEET THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jennifer Mutch was adopted from the foster system at a young age and has always felt compelled to give back to the adoption, foster and children services community. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Portland State University and a Master’s degree in Management in Science and Technology from Oregon Health Sciences University. Mutch also attended the Universita’ per Stranieri in Italy for some undergraduate coursework. In sales of global telecommunication services more than 15 years, Mutch serves as board vice president for a New York adoption agency where she has worked on various committees and projects. Mutch trained to be a CASA volunteer in 2009 and three years later joined the board of CASA of Union County. The California native travels extensively, including living abroad in Hong Kong, Italy, England and Bermuda.
Dr. Ronald Silver is a retired dentist who practiced in Bloomfield for 35 years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University where he played varsity football and his Doctorate in dental surgery from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. In addition to serving six years as an advocate with CASA of Union County, Dr. Silver’s volunteerism includes running such community events as blood and coat drives, serving on the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, and accepting a medical mission to the Amazon through the Healing the Children organization to provide dental care in remote villages. Dr. Silver believes his life experiences prepared him to serve youth in need. He is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Dental and New Jersey Dental associations. Dr. Silver and his wife have two adult children.
TREASURER AND VOLUNTEER LIAISON
John Caravello was born and raised in Brooklyn and relocated to Westfield more than 30 years ago where he and his wife raised their three children. John graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and from Pace University with a Masters in international tax law. Shortly thereafter he began his career as a licensed certified public accountant in New York, focusing on international tax matters. Caravello later attended New York Law School where he earned his law degree and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984. He spent the next 30 years working in the financial services industry. Caravello retired in 2013 from Lloyds Banking Group as chief financial officer. Since then, he has been a volunteer with CASA of Union County, advocating for several foster children. He also is a member of the Juvenile Conference Committee of Union County.
Nicole Torella is a graduate of Douglass College/Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Seton Hall University with a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications. Torella has been employed at Union County College more than 15 years in its Office of College Relations where she handles media relations, social media, publication production, assists with event planning and serves as writer and editor. Torella began her career working for a small commercial printing company, focused on marketing and print production. She serves as a board member for OCD NJ, the state affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, assisting in marketing and public relations by designing and distributing its quarterly newsletter and handling media relations for meetings and the annual conference, which she coordinates.
Douglas Chapman is a founding partner at Wealth Management Group, with offices in Clark, Parsippany and Martinsville. He entered the financial field in 1991 with Langdon Ford Financial Group and continues an affiliation with the firm. Chapman has hosted the weekly Saturday radio program “Your Financial Future” more than 13 years on WMTR 1250 AM and has appeared on or in CNBC, Bloomberg Radio, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and Smart Money Magazine. The former board president of CASA of Union County and his wife trained to become CASA volunteers in 2006 and share the importance of giving back with their children, who now regularly support animal rescue organizations and CASA from their own piggy banks. Chapman sits on the board of education for South Plainfield and has coached youth football and baseball in his community.
Sara ‘Sally’ H. Hogan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and her Master's degree in Recreation, with a Therapeutic Recreation specialty, from Indiana University. Hogan spent 17 years working at the YMCA, including 11 years as senior program director at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains facility and then executive director of the Rahway YMCA for six years. A resident of Fanwood 39 years, Hogan has worked in business and is currently substitute teaching in special education schools in Union County. She has long been active in the local community, and is currently a court mediator. Hogan, who joined the CASA of Union County Board in 2005, is a former CASA volunteer. Other board work includes PTA, The Scotch Plains Women’s Club and The Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, of which she was president for five years. She and her husband, a retired professor of history at Union County College, have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Christopher M. Kavanagh is a vice president and senior trust officer at Deutsche Bank Trust Company in New York. He has more than 18 years’ experience in fiduciary administration and planning. Kavanagh previously worked with U.S. Trust, Fiduciary Trust Company International and Bank of New York. Kavanagh earned a Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar associations and the Bergen County Estate Planning Council and New York State Bar Trusts and Estates Section.
TRUSTEE AND VOLUNTEER LIAISON
Geraldine Keogh was born and raised in Ireland before moving to the United States in 1985. She joined CASA 10 years ago and was among its first class of new advocate recruits. After taking time off to assume guardianship of a family of four that lived with her five years, Keogh returned to train again with CASA in 2013 and has been very active on her case with a sibling set of two ever since. She is currently a board liaison to other advocates and a member of CASA of Union County’s financial growth and development team. Keogh graduated from Dublin's College of Marketing and Design with a degree in Business and Marketing, and is now managing partner of her firm, The Dessert Ladies, and has appeared in print and television representing her business. Keogh is active with youth in her church and has served as a volunteer religious education teacher for 30 years. Keogh believes everyone can do a little to help someone else and is very passionate about the work CASA does nationwide, but especially here in Union County. She and her husband, whom she dubs “a wonderful fellow Irishman,” have three grown children.
Molly Tucker McCue is a partner at EY in New York City, in its assurance practice. She is currently coordinating partner, serving several public and private media and entertainment companies. McCue has more than 20 years’ experience with the firm and became partner in 2004. A member of the AICPA and New York State Society of CPAs, McCue also sits on the board of St. Paul’s Day School in Westfield. She earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Trinity University in Texas and a Master’s from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She resides in Westfield with her husband and three sons.
Kevin Schackert earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from West Virginia University and completed work toward a Master's degree in Information Technology from Towson State University. Schackert spent six years working for The Success For All Foundation, a Maryland non-profit that supports accounting and technology, and now is a consultant with a focus on process improvement through technology. He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Westfield.
Laura Stuss was first introduced to CASA of Union County while serving on jury duty in Elizabeth. After learning how a CASA volunteer directly impacts a foster child’s life, she was moved to action and became a CASA volunteer. She also became involved with fundraising for the organization and co-chairs its annual “Foster-the-Dream” gala. Stuss holds an Associate’s degree from County College of Morris and is a former manager of a multi-office medical practice. She and her husband have three sons.
Vincent A. Wilt was born in Rahway and has been a Westfield resident more than 30 years, where he resides with his wife and raised three sons. Wilt is a former real estate attorney who now develops real estate throughout New Jersey, including several notable projects in Hoboken and Jersey City. Wilt has been an active volunteer in his community for more than 30 years, from coaching soccer and wrestling to serving as president of the Westfield Jaycees and Westfield Boosters. He has served on the boards of the Westfield Y and Westfield/Mountainside Red Cross and currently chairs the Westfield Planning Board, Wilt served 11 years on the Westfield Board of Adjustment. He earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1980 and graduated from Lehigh University in 1974.