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 Frey

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

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 Sandler

Gil has run his own securities and financial advisory firm Realvest Capital Corporation, since 1990 ( 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

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