The Princeton Area Community Foundation has appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees.
Jeanne Besser of Princeton is an author, a former syndicated newspaper columnist, and previously served as a Second Vice Chair, Chair of the Nominating Committee and a Grants Committee Member of the Board of the Partners for Health Foundation.
Michelle Everman, of Lawrence is a Managing Director at the Mercadien Group and Principal at Mercadien P.C.
Besser and Everman were appointed to three-year terms on the Board of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, a nonprofit that awards grants to charitable organizations and helps individuals, families and businesses connect with the causes that matter most to them.
“Our Board of Trustees is replete with extraordinary individuals and I’m so pleased that Michelle and Jeanne have decided to join us,” said Anthony “Skip” Cimino, Community Foundation Board Chair.
Michelle Everman, CPA, CGMA, PFS, provides tax, estate, financial and strategic planning to high net-worth families and individuals through her role at Mercadien in Hamilton.
She is a previous Princeton YWCA Tribute to Women Award winner, and she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. Everman is a Committee Member and former Chair of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Alliance. She is also a member of the Community Foundation’s Professional Advisors Committee, and Treasurer of the Board of Dress for Success Central New Jersey.
She holds a degree in accounting from North Carolina State University, and she is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Everman previously worked a Big Four accounting firm and ran a successful catering business. She and her husband have two high school-age children.
Jeanne Besser, a food and health writer for 25 years, is the author of four award-winning books for The American Cancer Society. She co-authored “Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions” with her husband, Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She wrote two nationally syndicated weekly food columns for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Besser served as a Trustee for Partners for Health, a grant-making, health-based foundation in Essex County, and also serves in many other volunteer roles. She is a Board Member of Prindie, the Princeton Independent Film Festival and a judge for the James Beard Journalism Awards. A graduate of Brown University, she and her husband have two adult children.
Departing Board Members
Two Board Members, Meredith C. Moore and Thomas Weidner, completed their terms of service at the Board Meeting. Moore was a Board Vice Chair and the Chair of the Communications Committee; Weidner was Chair of the Committee on Trustees.
“I want to thank Meredith and Tom for their invaluable contributions to the Board,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. “As a communications expert, Meredith helped raise the visibility of the work we do for our community, and Tom’s sharp legal mind and attention to detail was an incredible asset to our Committee on Trustees.”
New Officer, Committee Chairs
Bernard “Bernie” Flynn will replace Moore as a Vice Chair of the Board, and Nicole Bronzan was appointed as Chair of the Communication Committee; Jamie Kyte Sapoch was appointed Chair of the Committee on Trustees.