New Appointment to the Sister Rose Thering Endowment Board

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ (02/05/2009)(readMedia)-- The Sister Rose Thering Endowment for Jewish-Christian Studies (SRTE) has elected new officers and appointed two new Board members, it was announced by SRTE Executive Director Dr. David Bossman.

Executive officers include Chair Paul Gibbons of New Providence, Vice Chair Marilyn Rosenbaum of Livingston, Treasurer Richard Prince of Short Hills and Secretary Susan Feinstein of Marlboro. The new Board members are Joan Stern of Cedar Grove and Deborah Lerner Duane of Millburn.

Mr. Gibbons joined the SRTE Board in 1992, and recently retired from Pearson Scott Foresman, an educational publishing company. Mrs. Rosenbaum has been a member of the Endowment since its inception, is a Past President of Temple B'nai Abraham, Livingston, and Fundraising Chair for Newark Emergency Services for Families, Newark. Dr. Prince is a life sciences entrepreneur who directs a bio/pharma quality and consulting practice in Short Hills, and serves as President of the Men's Club of Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange. Mrs. Feinstein is President of Cables and Chips, Inc., a Manhattan-based company that provides infra-structure cabling, voice, data and fiber optics, and also serves on the Board of the Jewish Children's Museum, Crown Heights, NY.

New Board member Joan Stern is a management consultant for attorneys in law firms, legal departments and public agencies, a founding member of the Association of Legal Administrators, founder of the New Jersey Legal Management Association and is a past President of the Mental Health Association of Essex County. Deborah Lerner Duane, President of Lerner Duane Communication LLC, is a past President of the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma.

"We are enormously proud of our newly-elected officers and our newly-appointed Board members," said Dr. Bossman. "Each one brings a dedication and commitment to our goals, and we look forward to their forwarding the vision and mission of the late Sister Rose Thering."

The Sister Rose Thering Endowment was created and named in honor of Sister Rose Thering, O.P., Ph.D., in recognition and appreciation of her exemplary dedication throughout her life to improving Jewish-Christian relations through education, especially at the elementary and secondary school levels. The goals of the Endowment's programs are to reduce prejudice born of ignorance and misperception, to promote means for the conveying the richness of the Jewish and Christian traditions accurately and without bias and to foster cooperation among Jews and Christians in areas of common social welfare. More than 350 teachers throughout New Jersey have benefited from Endowment scholarships for their studies at Seton Hall University's Jewish-Christian Studies graduate program during the past fifteen years, and have had an impact on more than 150,000 students in their classes.

For additional information on the Sister Rose Thering Endowment, contact SRTE Administrator Marilyn L. Zirl, 973-761-9006 or