Rhoda Schermer, Chairperson
Rhoda is a former Vice President at several area hospitals in charge of the strategic planning and marketing functions and is now a principle with Strategic Innovation Management providing consultant services to hospitals and health care organizations.
Rhoda has a BA degree from Hunter College in history and political science and an MUP degree from Hunter College in Urban Planning. She served on the Ridgewood Planning Board, Hospital Planning & Marketing Society, American Heart Association, North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and served as Chairperson of the United Passaic Organization.
John worked for thirty-four years in the healthcare industry as a consultant and hospital Vice President.
John has an industrial engineering degree from NJIT and an MBA from Seton Hall University. He has served on Boards of Habitat for Humanity of Hudson County, Woodcliff Lake Board of Health, Hospital Planning and Marketing Society, Bergen Community Health Care, Northern New Jersey Maternal/Child Health Consortium, President of a local Chapter of UNICO, and is a member of his Parish Council.
Robin Ratliff completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, and obtained an MBA with a concentration in health and hospital administration from Cornell University. After five years of work with a regional health planning agency in northern New Jersey, she joined Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). During her 27 years as Vice President for Planning at HUMC, the hospital evolved from a 490-bed minor teaching facility to a 770-bed major teaching hospital that achieved national recognition for high quality care. Currently retired, she resides in Montclair, NJ. Her interests include politics, economics, health care policy, literature, and travel.
Gil has run his own securities and financial advisory firm Realvest Capital Corporation, since 1990 (www.realvestcapital.com). After graduating from Rutgers College and Columbia Law School, he was Law Clerk Secretary to the US Court of Appeals (2nd Cir.-NY) and practiced law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a large NY firm, representing financial institutions, securities firms and public companies. After a few years as counsel to a private engineering and construction company, he returned to Wall St. with Ehrlich Bober, a national bond firm, and Bear Stearns, specializing in Project and Structured Finance.
Gil has been a regular contributor to various professional publications, such as Real Estate Finance, The Real Estate Finance Journal, Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Mortgage Developments Annual Review. He was a member of the Task Force that prepared previous NJPPN position papers on the Wall St. Bailout and Financial Reform.
Gil lives at the Bears Nest, a private community in Park Ridge, where he is Board Treasurer. He is on the Park Ridge Zoning Board and had served on the Planning Board.
Ruth Kramer Schoenrock
Ruth is a Vice President, Senior Trust and Fiduciary Specialist in the wealth management group of a major financial institution. She has worked in the private bank of two major banks for the past 18 years. She is a member of the board of the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council.
Ruth has a bachelor's degree in business economics from Rutgers University.
Ruth has done fundraising or volunteer service for several organizations including the ALS Association of Greater New York and the Pajama Program.
Advisory Resource Board
NFRPP is fortunate to have the following distinguished experts willing to serve as resources to assist the Network's effort to obtain credible information from trusted sources on diverse public policy issues.
Neil Barsky, Executive Director Marshall Project
Neil Barofsky, author of "Bailout", former Inspector General of TARP
Prof.Robert Becklen, Ramapo College
Prof. Roger Berkowitz, Bard College, Hannah Arendt Center
Joel Cantor, Director, Center for State Health Policy and Professor, Department of Public Policy, Rutgers University
Jeff Clements, Chair Free Speech for People
William D. Cohan, author/journalist
Jeffrey Clements, President of American Promise and co-founder of Free Speech for People
Jonathan Cloud, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Peter Coy, Economics Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek
Geoff Feinberg, Research Director, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Eric Fuhrman, Portfolio Manager HGK Assset Management
Leo Goff, program manager for CNA’s Military Advisory Board
Linda Greenhouse, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow at Yale Law School
Prof. Jonathan Haidt, Professor, New York University's Stern School of Business
Prof. Mark Jacobson, Stanford University
Prof.Krista Jenkins, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Exec. Director PublicMind
David Cay Johnston, author/journalist
Jonathan Kay, journalist. He is the editor-in-chief of The Walrus
Timothy K. Kuhner, Associate Professor at Georgia State University College of Law
Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University
Prof. Lisa Miller, Rutgers University
Prof. Bruce Mizrach, Rutgers University
John Nichols author/journalist
Cathy O'Neill, author of the blog mathbabe.org
Matt Polsky, senior fellow for sustainability innovation and multidisciplinary thought at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise.
Prof. Jay Rosen, NYU
Shauna Shames, Professor, Rutgers University, Camden NJ
Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director, Climate Mama
Prof. Kevin Trenberth, University of Colorado
Prof. David Troutt Rutgers Law School