Board of Trustees

The Hudson School is governed by a fifteen member self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. It is recognized as a charitable nonprofit educational organization, under Section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of the school: engaging, evaluating and discharging a head, setting tuition, approving an annual budget, assuring the financial affairs of the school are maintained on a solid foundation and achieving its Mission in accordance with its Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Officers of the School are elected by the Board at its Annual Meeting during the fall of the year. Trustees are elected by the Board to serve for a term of three years, on a staggered basis, to assure continuity of governance. Annually, the Board of Trustees receives and reviews an Audited Financial Statement, prepared by an Independent Certified Public Accountant. (Polcari & Co.)

The board provides strategic leadership, while the daily affairs of the School rest upon the Head who reports to the Board at its quarterly meeting.

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Meet The Hudson School's Board Members and Leadership:

Chairman of the Board

Daniel Gans is the co-founder and Chief Executive Office of the Hoboken Brownstone Company.  For over 38 years, he has been developing real estate along New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast.” His firm focuses on the redevelopment of large-scale mixed-use urban industrial sites,

Aside from his professional endeavors, Gans is actively involved in numerous trade groups, community, and educational development activities. As well as his position at the Hudson School, some of his current activities include being President of the Board of the Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation, and President emeritus of the Mile Square Theatre.

His involvement in community activities has helped to build new schools, cultural buildings, parks and recreational facilities. His company sponsors internships for students from high school to graduate school.  Gans has experience presenting to various national audiences and has spoken on various topics related to entrepreneurship, real estate development, finance, and sustainability.  He has presented his family history in many venues including historical societies, libraries, and educational institutions.

Daniel has been on the Hudson School Board since its inception in the mid 80’s.  He is the parent of a Hudson Middle School alumnus and lives in Hoboken.

Minalkumar (Minal) Patel is the Founder and CEO of Abacus Insights, a data management company that harnesses the power of healthcare data to enhance people’s lives. Minal is a physician and entrepreneur with a passion for creating value in our healthcare system and has previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Horizon BCBSNJ, CEO and founder of Care Management International, President and COO of Horizon Healthcare of NY, strategy consultant with McKinsey and Company, and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School.  He has been a member of the Board of Trustees at The Hudson School since 2004, and served as Treasurer from 2007 to 2016.

Arnold joined the Hudson School board in January of 2015.  Arnold’s daughter Kai attended the Hudson School for High School, graduating in 2013.  Currently, Arnold is Head of Co-Brand Relationships at Wells Fargo.  Prior to Wells Fargo, Arnold was a Vice President of Macy’s, responsible for Credit Marketing and Customer Loyalty, Senior Vice President of CitiCards, Rewards Product Management where he was responsible for New Product Development and Strategy Reward Card Products. Prior to Citi, Arnold was President of United Loyalty Services where he led United Airlines’ Mileage Plus frequent flier program and partnerships.  Arnold started his business career at American Express in 1988 and spent 15 years in a variety of roles including  Director of the Membership Rewards program, Vice President of Strategic Alliances Card Acquisition and Vice President of Business Alliances, where he was responsible for managing all Membership Rewards partners and developing new partnerships and co-brand cards with companies like Costco, Lexus, Hilton and Starwood.

Arnold received his degree from Brown in History as a member of the Class of 1983 and a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1988.

  

Flora is a marketing leader responsible for purpose-driven platforms and cultural engagement for diverse consumers leading Target's Black audience marketing strategy. She spearheaded the launch of Target’s first-ever always on Black millennial engagement platform – Black Beyond Measure. She's also the founder of Corage Dolls (co-raj), children's book author of "Don't Give Up, Aaliyah!, 2019-2020 Humphrey Public Policy Fellow, multicultural marketing expert, and #BlackGirlMagic advocate. She has over 10+ years of experience executing innovative consumer-centric campaigns, strategies, community engagement initiatives, and brand partnerships including AFROPUNK, R29 Unbothered, Curlfest, Verzuz, and CultureCon – driving strong brand equity, deepening consumer relevance and engagement, acquiring new audiences, and exceeding sales results.

She's a winner of the 2021 Brand Innovators "40 under 40" awards Midwest and recipient of two Adweek 2021 Experiential Awards: R29 Unbothered x Target "The Black Woman Is Essential" for Best Virtual Event for Professional Development and Best Virtual Event in Support of Diversity and Inclusion.

Bill Georges is Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer at Horizon BCBSNJ, the state’s largest health insurer covering 3.8 million members.  In this role, Mr. Georges is responsible for overseeing corporate strategy, business development and the Strategic Initiatives Group which develops and implements key business programs.  Prior to this role, Mr. Georges was Vice President, Business Development, responsible for developing and structuring new business opportunities that drive income growth and diversification. He also manages the company’s private equity fund investments.

Mr. Georges has also served as Vice President, Marketing & Product Development, where he was responsible for the company’s product development, sales forecasting, marketing & market research, competitive intelligence and public relations efforts. Mr. Georges joined Horizon BCBSNJ in 2008 and initially served as Vice President, Investor Relations, during the company’s effort to convert to a for-profit, publicly traded entity.

Prior to joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Mr. Georges was Vice President and Senior Analyst at JPMorgan Securities, where as a sell-side analyst, he covered the Managed Care industry. Mr. Georges holds an AB, magna cum laude, in Economics from Brown University, a JD from Villanova University, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul is a partner at CPP Associates. CPP is a technology consulting and services firm located in Clinton NJ and supporting organizations through the tri state area. At CPP, Paul is responsible for sales, marketing, and technology/business strategy. Prior to joining CPP as a partner in 2017 he was responsible for the mid-market equities group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.   As Partner, he has helped steer CPP into new markets such as Automation, Security, Cloud and Managed Services.  

He is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business with BS in Marketing and Management. 

Paul is a proud member of the Hoboken Community, husband to wife Maria, and the father of 2 current Hudson School Children.

  

Atif Z. Qadir started Amanat Properties in 2017 to focus on the renovation of historic real estate in New Jersey. He also works with other developers and investors, for whom he provides financial, design & construction and marketing consulting services. Previously, he was at Extell Development, where he was on the acquisitions and development teams for deals across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he was at Turner Construction and at Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Atif serves as a city planning commissioner in Hoboken, where he also lives. He is on the boards of The Hudson School, Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center and En Garde Arts. He has previously spoken on real estate entrepreneurship at Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, MIT and Yale. Atif received his bachelor's degrees in architecture and in urban planning from MIT and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Clifford Sonkin (Cliff) is Corporate Counsel for the Americas division of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), a Fortune 100 company and the fourth largest telecommunications company in the world. Cliff regularly advises on matters related to data privacy, technology transactions, real estate, managed network services, and public sector contracts. Cliff previously worked at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP as an associate in the Business Finance and Restructuring practice. Cliff consulted on bankruptcy matters in industries such as retail, mortgage, energy, and insurance, including the restructurings of J. Crew, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Ditech Holding Corporation, The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), and the various instrumentalities of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. After graduating from The Hudson School, Cliff attended Clark University, where he earned an MS in professional communications and a BA in both psychology and sociology. He earned his JD from Boston University School of Law, where he also advised researchers, entrepreneurs, and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on various technology matters relating to data privacy and blockchain technologies through the Technology and Cyberlaw Clinic.

Zemin services as the Executive Director of Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, and as a trustee or an activist in various non-profit organizations, such as Essex County Arts and History Council, Newark Water Group, and PLANewark. He has been planting flowers around his neighborhood for 25 years. He holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. His two children, Myles (HS’15) and Maia (HS’17), have taken the Hudson School in their hearts to college.

*The Hudson School Alumnus/Alumna
 

Emeriti

Suellen F. Newman, Founder
Samuel Reckford, President Emeritus