Board of Directors
Christopher Bukosky, President
Maryann Chibbaro, Treasurer
Maryann Chibbaro has been a board member for over 20 years. During this time, Maryann has worked alongside staff members to ensure that the mission of Womanspace is achieved.
Kristin M. Keller, Immediate Past President
Kristin Keller has been a Womanspace board member since 2004. Kristin most recently served as Board President; she also serves on the Finance, Governance and Leadership and Communities of Light committees. Professionally, Kristin is the Executive Vice President of Client Engagement at Discovery USA, a specialty healthcare marketing company. Kristin has spent her career working in the field of healthcare and pharmaceutical marketing, patient advocacy and access. She is a graduate of Mills College.
Linda Cooper is a Development Officer at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She joined the Womanspace board in 2007, where she served as President and Secretary, chaired Communities of Light and twice chaired the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Committee. Linda is also on the Executive Committee of The Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Rider University.
Maeve E. Cannon, Esq.
Attorney Maeve Cannon practices law with the firm of Stevens & Lee, PC at their Lawrenceville New Jersey office. Maeve concentrates her practice in government contracting, regulatory and administrative law, and local government law. She is currently the township attorney for Ewing Township, New Jersey. Maeve has been on the board at Womanspace for over twenty years, where she has served as past president and currently chairs the Personnel, Policy and Procedures Committee. With her sister, Meaghan, Maeve was inspired to join Womanspace by her mother, the late Mary Ann Cannon, who while Director of Research for the Mercer County Freeholders, befriended Barbara Sigmund, and as a result, was one of the original incorporators of Womanspace. Maeve is a graduate of Colorado College and Fordham Law School.
Rose C. Nini
Rose “Dede” Nini joined the Womanspace board of directors in 2012 and serves on The Barbara Boggs Sigmund Committee. Dede received her education at Princeton University and Central Michigan University. After a career at Mercer County Community College, where she acted as Dean, Division of Corporate and Community Programs, Dede launched a consulting firm, Sage Works Consulting. Today, Dede serves on the board of Kidsbridge and the Commission on Abused, Neglected and Missing Children. Both organizations are committed to the health, protection and empowerment of women and children.
Denise Taylor is the CEO/President of CDT Enterprises and has been the guiding force behind starting the state’s only multicultural hair salon, Great Looks. She has been a master stylist, beauty consultant and educator for the past 25 years. Denise is passionate about contributing to her community and has been awarded various accolades based on her community involvement. She received the 2013 Business Service Award in Lawrence Township as well as the 2013 Women of Achievement Award of the inaugural class through the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business Alliance. She was named Honoree of the 2012 Princeton YWCA Tribute to Women. Denise currently serves as an advisory board member on the NJ Salon Owner’s Forum and Homefront’s Women’s Initiative.
Fran Zeitler has lived in Princeton since 1958 and was a teacher at the Slackwood School for two years. For the next 20 years, she worked at the telephone answering service. At that time, she began volunteering at Womanspace and joined the board of directors. She helped to establish the children’s library in honor of her mother, Ruth Turim. She is the proud mother of two children and grandmother of nine grandchildren.
Ruby is a Contract Liaison managing the end to end contracting process as the single point of contact for contracts in the NS TA.
Ruby holds a certificate issued by the Board Leadership Institute through a program conducted by Janssen.
Ruby is involved in several community service activities that include being on the board of directors of WomanSpace and Center for Non Profits, NJ and Executive Advisory council of Hindu American Seva Communities in addition to being their co-lead in NJ.
As a volunteer with the Overseas Volunteer for Better India, Ruby is involved in involved in 2 projects related to Woman and Child Empowerment –
(i) Project Udaan – rehabilitation of 50 children of sex workers in Kolkata, India
(ii) Woman Empowerment project – indigenously designed sanitary napkin project to empower women by creating entrepreunerial opportunities while providing young girls the opportunities to pursue their goals
Ruby has been a volunteer with the Art of Living Foundation since 1998. She is a certified instructor of the Happiness and the Sahaj Samadhi Meditation programs.
Ruby has led the Art of Living Princeton group since 2001 and has taught their Happiness program to several hundred individuals in the Princeton area. She has also held workshops on the Happiness program in Lansdale, PA, Atlantic City, NJ and in Long Island NY.
Ruby has led several seminars in stress management at Corporations, schools, non-profit organizations and public libraries.
Ruby has also been involved in several Community service projects in New Jersey.
Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq.
Attorney Edwin W. Schmierer practices the law firm of Mason, Griffin and Pierson in Princeton. His practice areas encompass local government, real estate and land use law. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University and holds both a Master’s and law degree from Boston College. Edwin has been a Womanspace board member since 1986 and chairs the Governance and Leadership Committee.
Danielle Coppola, MD, Vice President
Dr. Danielle Coppola is a pharmaceutical physician with 17 years of experience in the industry and a strong background in clinical medicine and preventive health. She currently serves as Compound Development Team and Clinical Leader at Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson. There, she chaired several committees, launched numerous initiatives, and has been recognized with four leadership awards. She is a graduate of the Rutger’s Executive Leadership Program for Women and Volunteer Leadership Training Program through Janssen’s Department of Community Affairs. She earned a Certificate of Non-Profit Governance from Seton Hall University’s Business Leadership Institute. Previously, Danielle was Attending Physician and Instructor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Dana Fraytak Troiano, Esq., Secretary
Attorney Dana Fraytak Troiano began her education at The College of New Jersey and continued at Villanova University School of Law. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Dana worked for The Office of Legislative Services for 11 years. In addition to her professional work, she has been a Womanspace board member for the past four years and, formerly, an advisory council member. Dana became involved with Womanspace because of her grandmother, who was a secretary to Barbara Boggs Sigmund while Barbara was a freeholder.
Anita J. Moore, CMP
Anita Moore is Director, Head of Americas Event Management, for BlackRock, Inc. She is responsible for the production and execution of BlackRock’s conferences and events in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Primarily based in Princeton, Anita manages a team of event planners across offices in New York, Princeton and San Francisco. She is responsible for ensuring BlackRock’s messaging, content and brand elements are properly executed. Anita also manages relationships with vendor partners and is a member of the Ritz-Carlton Financial Advisory Board and Destination Hotels Group Financial Advisory Board. Her tenure with BlackRock dates back to 2003, which includes her time with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. She is a Certified Meeting Professional, designated by the Convention Industry Council. Anita currently serves on the board of the Pennington Montessori School and resides in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, with her husband and children.
Joan Bartl has been a Womanspace member and advocate for the past 20 years. Currently, she is employed as a partner with Payment Management, a national credit card processing company, where she works as Divisional Manager for the Northeast Division. Joan served as a member of the League of Women Voters from 1969-1973 and was a member of the Coalition for Peace Action, ACLU, NAACP and Sierra Club. She participated in early work on abortion law reform with the YWCA in Princeton as well as NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Joan attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
Jigna Rao moved to the U.S. in 2000 from Mumbai, India. Shortly after, she served in New Jersey Governor Corzine’s administration as director of the governor’s residence. Her interest in Womanspace began while managing the organization’s events hosted there. Jigna joined the Womanspace board and, in 2010 and 2011, co-chaired the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Awards. Due to her personal experience with tuberculosis (TB), Jigna became active in efforts focused on improving access to healthcare and social justice for those affected by TB, particularly women. She speaks on the psychosocial effects of TB and shares her expertise as an invited faculty at national medical conferences and academic institutions. In 2013, she was invited to speak at the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease World Conference Symposium in Paris. That same year, she received the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award and NTCA’s Charles DeGraw Advocacy Award for her philanthropic efforts and TB-related activism. Jigna graduated with honors from The College of New Jersey. She is a founding member of SATHI (South Asian Total Healthcare Initiative) and SKN Foundation (Shri Krishna Nidhi) and currently serves on numerous boards and committees.
Ingrid W. Reed
Ingrid W. Reed was director of the New Jersey Project at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics until she retired in 2010. She currently chairs the board of www.NJSpotlight.com, a civic journalism website focused on New Jersey policy and issues.
Chief William Spain
William W. Spain is the Chief of Police of the East Windsor Township Police Department. Chief Spain currently represents the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police on the New Jersey State Supreme Court Domestic Violence Working Group, Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and Violence against Woman Advisory Board. In addition to serving on the Mercer County Domestic Violence Working Group, Chief Spain is member of the Board of Directors of Womanspace, Inc., the Mercer County Domestic Violence providers. He is currently involved in the New Jersey Department of Human Services review of services provided to families victimized by domestic violence. He also served on the Executive Board of Mercer County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the past 10 years. Chief Spain is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Law and Justice and Master of Science in Administration. He has lectured at The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Community College and Delaware Law School and served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University.