Elizabeth Hampton, Esq., Co-President
Elizabeth J. Hampton is a Partner in the Princeton, NJ office of Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm. Her practice spans a wide range of business-related litigation as well as health care matters, commercial tax appeals and probate litigation. Elizabeth also advises clients on developing best practices in their organizations to maximize successful outcomes and prevent litigation. She works extensively with health care providers to address insurance audits and practice issues. Elizabeth is a certified arbitrator, the co-chair of the Equity Committee for the Burlington County Bar Association, and a former chair of the Commercial Litigation section of the Camden County Bar Association. In addition, she has lectured on a wide variety of topics, including civil trial preparation, chancery practice, probate litigation, guardianships, and HIPAA compliance in litigation. Active in the community, Elizabeth serves on the boards of the Woodlands Community Association, Inc. and the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a past chair of the Chamber’s Women in Business Alliance. She also served as a coach for the Marlton Recreation Council’s youth soccer and track teams.
David Wittenburg, Co-President
David Wittenburg is a disability researcher from Mathematica Policy Research and a proud adoptive parent. His professional experience at Mathematica is in evaluating strategies for improving outcomes for youth transitioning into adulthood. He has over 20 years of experience in leading research projects that evaluate service delivery and program strategies to promote independent living outcomes, especially employment. As an adoptive parent, he is passionate about supporting CASA’s missions to find permanent placements for children. David resides in South Brunswick Township with his wife and three children. David received his PhD in Economics from Syracuse University and BA from Hobart and William Smith College. David was elected to the Board of Trustees of CASA for Children for Mercer and Burlington Counties in August 2018.
Greg Grimaldi, Vice President
Greg Grimaldi recently retired from his position as Vice President with Conner Strong & Buckelew, where he was responsible for new business development for the Employee Benefits Consulting Division. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Finance. Additionally, Greg holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant and Registered Health Underwriter. Greg is also an active member of the Tri-State Society for Human Resource Management, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials.
Digesh Patel, Treasurer
Digesh Patel is a director of Mercadien, P.C., CPA’s and is involved in performing and overseeing audits of state, local and municipal government organizations. In 2012, Digesh was awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Association of Government Accountants’ Trenton Chapter for his contribution to government accounting and auditing. He is a graduate of Rider University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration. As an undergraduate, he was treasurer for the Asian Students at Rider organization. He resides with his wife and two sons in Bordentown Township, NJ.
Jerry Dropcho, Secretary
Jerry has over 10 years experience managing consulting projects for private companies and municipal government and his background includes over 20 years in manufacturing, training, and human resources. He has also held extensive leadership roles in the HR Industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tri-State HR Management Association for over ten years in various capacities, including President for two years. In January 2011, he was elected as Executive Director of the Garden State Council–SHRM, the state level HR organization representing 7,000 members in New Jersey. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the School of Business at Rutgers-Camden since 2010, teaching Strategic HR Management, Legal Issues in HR Management, and Organization Behavior. Jerry holds three degrees, an MS, Training and Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University in PA; and from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, he earned an MBA, Operations, and a BS, Chemical Engineering. Jerry has been married (to the same person) for 42 years, and is the proud father of two daughters and grandfather of three.
Deena L. Betze
Deena L. Betze is a family law attorney at Borger Matez, PA, in Cherry Hill, focusing on the needs of her clients and making positive changes in their lives. For over 25 years, she has represented men and women in divorce, mediation, custody, adoption (including agency, private placement, domestic, re-finalization of foreign adoptions and contested placements), domestic violence, pre-marital agreements, civil union mediation, and other family law related matters. Deena is collaboratively trained, trained in mediation and practices Collaborative Divorce. She is also a member of the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, where she previously served on the Family Law Executive Committee. She currently serves on the Family Law Committees of the Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties Bar Association. She previously served as President of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court, one of only 20 Inns nationwide to achieve the platinum level of excellence. American Inns of Court are “designed to improve the skills, civility, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.”
A graduate of S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook (B.A. 1987), Deena received her law degree in 1990 from Rutgers University School of Law Camden. She is a lifelong resident of southern New Jersey, mother of two children and resides in Marlton, New Jersey.
Dan Haughton retired in 2020 after a career working in financial services, internet startups and the nonprofit sector. He was head of Advertising and Marketing Services at Merrill Lynch and Marketing at Kidder Peabody, and helped launch two internet software companies before ending his career with Opportunity International, which provides microfinance in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. During his career he served on many nonprofit boards including the Trinity Church Vestry in Princeton, YMCA of Princeton, HiTops, Opera Festival of NJ, Trinity Counseling Service, Crisis Ministry (now Arm in Arm) and was elected to the Princeton School Board for 7 years. He also currently serves on the board of Center for Supportive Schools. Dan received his BA in English from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he has co-chaired his last three class reunions.
Tammy L Hersh is a Principal in the Princeton, NJ office of Asterion. As a Certified Public Accountant, Tammy combines the use of her accounting and auditing expertise with her forensic skills and other financial experience to solve complex problems in litigation matters. With over 25 years of accounting experience, she has extensive experience consulting and providing expert services in matters including complex commercial litigations, shareholder disputes, business valuation matters, and matrimonial proceedings. Tammy holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. As a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), she has assisted numerous companies and attorneys with matters involving employee theft, financial statement fraud, accounting malpractice, and securities fraud. Tammy has presented to both business and civic organizations on topics such as commercial damages, business valuations, forensic accounting, and fraud.
Denyse Leslie currently serves as Board Vice President and Managing Director of the Paul Robeson ouHouseHouse of Princeton. This labor of love keeps her active in racial and social justice enterprises and of course in promoting the legacy of Princeton native son, Paul Robeson. Denyse started her 30-year career in general management consulting at Towers Perrin in New York advising educational, publishing, and K12 clients. She’s served previously as Senior Vice President, Consulting for DiversityInc, a Princeton-based diversity metrics firm and as a member of the Development staff for Petey Greene, a private nonprofit active in helping incarcerated people gain educational credentialling while still in prison. With great pleasure she has served on the CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties Advisory Committee and contributed to helping project work, including leading a mask sewing effort during COVID-19 that benefited our CASA community. Denyse is active in her church – the 180-year-old Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church located in the Historic Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood. Denyse grew up in Brooklyn, NY and raised her son Chris in Hopewell, NJ, where she currently resides with Cali, her aging yet feisty chocolate lab. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Middlebury College and the Yale School of Management, respectively.
Jasmine Little is a health research analyst at Mathematica Policy Research and
an admissions clinician at PennMedicine Princeton Behavioral Health. Her current work focuses on enhancing behavioral health services through evaluating strategies that promote “whole person care” and providing quality services for individuals with acute behavioral health needs. Jasmine’s passion is to develop systematic approaches to care for individuals with complex needs and their families. Jasmine was elected to the Board of Trustees of CASA for Children for Mercer and Burlington Counties in June 2019.
Jane Massi is a Director in the Commercial Real Estate Department at SMBC Group in New York City. In her current role, she is responsible for developing and managing relationships with institutional real estate clients throughout the country. Prior to joining SMBC, Jane held leadership positions at several banks, including both a local community bank and large regional institutions. In addition, she has served in senior roles in both the public and non-profit sectors. A resident of Robbinsville and mother of two, Jane graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and is an active member of its alumni association, serving as a Class Ambassador as well as a member of its Alumni Admissions Program
Roseann Vanella, Immediate Past President
Roseann Vanella has spent a lifetime witnessing many families in transition on both a professional and personal level. She is a Professional Family/Divorce Mediator and Founder of Advanced Mediation Solutions who clearly understands the impact on families going through life changes. Roseann is a recognized expert on divorce and family matters and her words of wisdom have appeared in the Huffington Post. She is also the Founder of FamilyAffaires.com, an online community providing resources, tools and education for families going through life changes. Roseann is truly passionate about helping families, especially children, and is honored to remain as a Board Trustee after 7 years as Board President.
Patrizia “Trish” Zita co-founded Kaufman Zita Group, a lobbying and public affairs firm, in 2007 and serves today as the firm’s managing business partner. Trish has been featured in Forbes magazine, and was also ranked among the 100 most powerful political players in New Jersey in PolitickerNJ’s 2013 and 2017 “Power List,” which annually ranks the most powerful and politically influential non-elected officials in New Jersey. As a wife and mother of two, Trish believes deeply in CASA’s mission and is proud to serve on the board.