Board of Trustees

Meet the team
Lee Kaloidis
President

Lee Kaloidis is the Director of Operations at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  She oversees the maintenance and general operations of the 1300+ Performing Arts Center.  Lee supervises a staff comprised of full time, part time front of house staff, maintenance and cleaning staff, and volunteer staff of 200+.  As Director of Operations, Lee also is the Recycling Coordinator for the organization.  In collaboration with other organizations, including Sustainable Morristown, Lee is developing a structured action plan to reduce waste and increase efficiency throughout the facility.  Mayo Performing Arts Center will be a leading example for other entertainment venues in responsible sustainability by reducing waste and energy usage through the use of green-friendly products, energy efficient lighting, LEED certified cleaning materials, biodegradable products and a comprehensive recycling program.  Prior to coming to MPAC in 2013, Lee was the General Manager of The Dublin Pub in Morristown.  Lee is certified as a food handler (2015), OSHA certification of completion for Hazard Recognition Training in General Industry (2015), Certificate of Completion for three engagement programs for leadership and customer service through the Disney Institute (2015-2017), and First Aid CPR/AED trained (2017). Prior to her work history, Lee lived in NYC, and was a working actor and playwright.  She attended classes with the acclaimed Uta Hagen, Sandy Dennis, Aaron Frankel, and Milton Katselas.  Prior to living in Morristown, Lee was a member of the Prospect Park Track Club and the New York Runners’ Club.

Sean Ryan
Vice-President

Sean is an Insurance & Risk Management professional at E.B. Cohen who lives in Morristown. He has earned his Certified Insurance Counselor & Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designations. Including Sustainable Morristown, he is also an active member of Grow It Green Morristown, Morristown Table of Hope and NYC's City Harvest.

He attended William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ where he was a founding member of the Rugby team as well as Kingston University in London, UK. Earning his B.A in History with a minor in Political Science.

Sean is also an Eagle Scout who has a great appreciation for the outdoors and enjoys hiking & snowboarding in his free time. He joined SusMo to help make an impact on the local level and to educate the community on what steps they can take to be sustainable.

John Hodges
Treasurer

John Hodges is the Manager of Sustainability for Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership, exchange and rental company.  John was born and raised in Morristown, and truly believes that intelligent environmental sustainability programs will help to give back to a community that has so freely given to him.  Focused on analytics, education, and innovation, John promotes a way of living and working based on the Company’s vision and core values, enhancing customers’ lives by improving the environment, supporting global and local communities, and developing sustainable programs that deliver economic benefits.  Trained on GRI Standards and the GhG Protocol, John aims to reduce the carbon footprint of a public company, while assuring responsible travel to all destinations. Through partnerships with the likes of Arbor Day Foundation and the city of Orlando (where the corporate HQ is), planting trees has been a large part of addressing climate change.  Through leadership and guidance of the Sustainability team, Wyndham Destinations has developed a comprehensive Environmental Certification program with our over 250 managed properties. This includes Energy Star recognized and LEED certified locations, as well as TripAdvisor Green Leaders (over 90% of our locations). John has worn many hats in his career at Wyndham, from finance to business intelligence, but ultimately found his home in environmental sustainability.  If there is a place where a difference can be made on a local or global scale, John will gladly be there – and give you a ride if needed!

Lily Marks
Secretary

Prior to moving to Morristown in 2015, Lily grew up in upstate New York. She attended Hamilton College, where she studied Comparative Literature with a minor in Biology. She now works for an investment management company in New Jersey and is dedicated to spending her free time volunteering to help make Morristown a better and more sustainable place to live. .

Cathy Wilson

Cathy is a retired educator – a self-declared “people person” whose passions include lifelong learning, community education and outreach, history, political activism, and writing. Her 26-year career in Michigan and Illinois included teaching experience at all grade levels (K-12) in a broad range of assignments: middle school social studies and reading, special education (learning and behavior challenges), and gifted education.  She also worked  in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as an administrator for 800 (K-8) student summer school program.

Cathy holds a master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University.    She has run for local office in Morris Township and she remains an active member of the Morris Township Democratic Committee and a leader within the community.

Cathy is noted for her tireless work in bringing video coverage of Morris Township’s governing body meetings to Cablevision and YouTube.  She is currently working to improve and expand this initiative by setting up a nonprofit organization – Friends of Televised Access in Morris Township.  Her work on the Sustainable Morristown Board is complemented by her work as co-chair of GEM (Green Earth Ministries) at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.  Cathy is a trained mediator, a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and a member of several local historic organizations.  She also serves on the board of NJEFP (New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership), a statewide organization the supports local school districts in growing and strengthening their own education foundations.

Angela Echeverri

Angela was born in Armenia, Colombia and moved to Morristown in 1999. She graduated from Morristown High School and later from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) with a Bachelors of Arts with Honors. She is a member of the National History Honor Society. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching at FDU. Angela is employed by the Town of Morristown as the Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics. She has volunteered extensively for non-profit organizations in Morristown and Colombia that work to provide equal education opportunities to disadvantaged children, as well as programs that provide tools to eradicate animal abuse and abandonment.

Tilly Jo Emerson

Tilly Jo Emerson, a founding partner and principal of Marshall, Towell & Emerson, Inc., is a well-known consultant in religious, corporate and not-for-profit sectors focusing on organizational growth and development, group process and systems theory. For many years prior, Ms. Emerson was a consultant referred the Alban Institute, an organization for Applied Behavioral Sciences within religious institutions. She has served on an number of Boards. Ms. Emerson is recognized as a founding member of the Community Foundation of New Jersey and co-founder of the Episcopal Church Foundation's “Partners with God” and the Trinity Foundation's “Nourishing Spirituality” programs. Ms. Emerson is recipient of the Executive Women of New Jersey Policy Makers Award. Ms. Emerson received her B.A. degree in English Literature from Wellesley College. She also attended Rutgers School of Social Work   She has one son and two daughters and six grandchildren. She resides in Morris Township, NJ.

Susan Sparks

Susan has worked for over two decades as VP and Director of Business Development with Fortune 500 clients in renewable energy/ environmental technologies, biotech / pharma, software, and business commodities. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of the Americas in Cholula, Mexico with years of additional study in health, nutrition, public policy, economics, environment, renewable energy, and sustainability fields. Susan worked for a European renewable energy company to start up the US market, working with utilities, research and government organizations, non-profits, environmentally proactive individuals, and Fortune 500 companies. Susan worked for a Fortune 500 company doing research, planning, and educational presentations for their Green Initiative and Earth Week displays for environmental sustainability, climate change, renewable energy, reducing toxins, and an interactive calculator for personal carbon footprints. She created a mass marketing strategy to greatly increase public awareness of economic, health and environmental sustainability in the US. Susan has worked as a volunteer for:  First Book (literacy for underprivileged children); Essex Horse Trials; NJ Philharmonic/Discovery Orchestra; Jacobus Vanderveer Historical Society, and Sustainable Morristown. Certification to be Advocate for the Citizen Climate Lobby is in progress. 

Leslie Hyans-DePalma

Leslie Hyans-DePalma, and her firm, Oakleigh Interiors, LLC, have been providing outstanding personal design services since 1996. Oakleigh's style and taste, all reflect a client's personality and needs, and success is achieved through outstanding customer service and attention to detail. 

 

To provide even greater value, Oakleigh brings to bear not only considerable project management skills, but a full team of some of the areas top craftsmen and contractors.

 

Leslie is an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers, the nation’s largest and longest-established organization for design professionals. She is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, and also holds a marketing and management degree from Boston University.

 

She is passionate about sustainability in all aspects of community life.

Chris is a seasoned corporate communications and marketing professional who left the corporate world to join New Jersey Audubon, one of the oldest and largest independent Audubon's in the US, as head of communications.  Chris is a passionate electric vehicle advocate influencing the adoption of those cars and infrastructure since 2007.  

 

There is a good chance you may spot Chris in his bright blue electric car at EV events demonstrating the benefits of driving electric. Or around New Jersey documenting the natural areas and wildlife New Jersey has to offer. 

 

Current and previous Board experience

Board member Electric Auto Association

Committee member transportation council – American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

MarCom Chair – ZigBee Alliance

Board member CEA Wireless division

Committee member – Mobile Healthcare Association

Board member – Content Syndication Institute

Chris Neff
Liz Reisman

Liz is a librarian who spent her early years in Brooklyn but has been a NJ and Morristown resident for many years.  She has a B.A. from Vassar in Psychology and a Master of Library Science from Rutgers, and has worked in both public and government libraries.  New to volunteering, Liz is excited to put her skills and energy toward making the world, or just Morristown, a greener and more sustainable place.

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