Rhoda Schermer, Chairperson
Rhoda is a former vice president at several area hospitals in charge of strategic planning and marketing functions. She is a retired principal of Strategic Innovation Management providing consultant services to hospitals and healthcare 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 as Chairperson of the United Passaic Organization.
Gene co-founded Cornell-Mayo Associates, a company doing retail software development in 1981, but Gene has been developing software since he first learned how to program in the New York City schools at age 16. He served as President of the company and retired in 2015 after 34 years. During that time CMA’s software was consistently ranked highest in the annual Retail Information Systems Software Leaderboard, a survey of software quality. A graduate of Columbia with a degree in history, Gene has always been interested in public policy and is usually upset about how it is actually implemented. Gene currently lives in Ridgewood, NJ.
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.
Michele Hickey, CFRE is owner/principal of Silver Lining Communications, LLC, a boutique writing services firm that assists nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and small businesses with projects ranging from white papers and case statements to web content and book manuscript development. She has more than twenty-five years of experience writing and editing for a wide variety of organizations including higher education institutions, K-12 schools, visual and performing arts organizations, humanities projects, social services and health care agencies, and corporate social responsibility programs. In addition, Michele is an adjunct instructor for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Master’s in Administrative Science program and has led workshops for the University’s Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance, and Philanthropy.
Michele has an MS in Professional and Technical Communication from NJIT, an MA in Nonprofit Management from the New School University, a BA in Business from Rutgers University, and has been an AFP Certified Fund Raising Executive since 1998.
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. 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 NFRPP position papers on the Wall Street 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 Senior Legal Assistant in the Estates and Personal Group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She previously held the position of Vice President and Trust Officer at two major private banks. She is Past President and a Trustee of the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council. She has volunteered in the Walk to Defeat ALS for many years, which benefits the ALS Association of Greater New York.
Ruth has a bachelor's degree in business economics from Rutgers University.