We are thrilled to announce that on November 17, 2014 The Center for Environmental Transformation welcomes its first Executive Director. Teresa Niedda, a resident of Collingswood, NJ will take up the leadership role of CFET. The board of trustees engaged in an extensive search and is so happy that the search resulted in Teresa choosing to join us, and to lead us into the future. We know that CFET is in good hands as it moves into the future.
Teresa comes to us with five years’ experience as the Associate Director of the Vincentian Solidarity Office in Philadelphia, a position which involved writing grants to support the mission work of the Vincentian Order throughout the world. Before that she served for 13 years as the Executive Director of the Farmworker Health and Safety Institute in Glassboro, NJ. Teresa holds an MA in Child Study from Tufts University and a BA in Psychology from Niagara University. She is fluent in Spanish and is trained in the art of conflict resolution, training she has used in her work as well as in a variety of volunteer opportunities. She is involved in the Collingswood Community Garden, having been on the founding committee and now maintaining a plot. She also was a longtime volunteer at the Philly Chile, Co., a small organic farm in Monroeville, NJ.
We hope you will join us in warmly welcoming Teresa to the Center. Her email and phone will not be up and working until November 17th, but we trust that you’ll keep her in your thoughts as she takes the reins of our organization.
At the same time that we are welcoming Teresa Niedda to CFET, we want to announce that Ari Rosenberg will be completing her work as the Urban Farmer/Educator at CFET on December 31, 2014. The board of trustees decided that CFET will move into the future in pursuit of its mission with a different person in the position that Ari now holds. We are grateful for all the good work that Ari has done with the gardens and youth of Camden. She has brought many resources to CFET through her grant writing and her collaborations with partners throughout Camden City and the region. We wish her well in this transition and hope that she has every success in her next endeavor.
We will be starting a search to fill the Urban Farmer/Educator position to start in early 2015. Please keep your eyes open for the job announcement and pass the word about this opportunity.
We welcome two new board members to the board of trustees. Rasheda Weaver, a graduate student at Rutgers University/Camden. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Affairs-Community Development in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Originally from the Bronx, she and her husband recently purchased a house in the Lanning Square neighborhood. She is excited to join the board to insure that the work of CFET continues to positively impact her adopted city. We also welcome Sharine Eliza, a Waterfont South resident and longtime supporter of CFET. Sharine graduated from high school in the Netherlands Antilles and has a degree in Office Administration from Andres College, Netherlands Antilles. She is bilingual. More recently, in the States, she has worked in healthcare, playing an important role in the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. As part of her healthcare career, she received a Medical Assistant Diploma from Anthen Institute in Cherry Hill as well as a Medical Assistant Externship from the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Cardiology Program. While working for the Camden Coalition, she is also presently pursuing a degree in nursing.
The members of the board are excited that these two women are joining us to move CFET forward.