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Board of Directors

  • Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D, President and Director
  • Harriet Kass, Secretary
  • Charles N. Garber, CFA, Treasurer
  • Padma Thiruvengadam, Director
  • Kevin T. Bryan, Director
  • Jeana Wirtenberg is the Founder, President and Director of the Transitioning To Green Foundation. Previously she co-founded the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) in the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University Her work at the Institute focuses on bringing people together to learn how to develop and lead thriving, sustainable enterprises that are "in and for the world."

    Jeana is lead editor of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together,published in summer 2008 by Greenleaf Publishing and AMACOM She is a designer and lead author on the worldwide study Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends and Possibilities 2007–2017sponsored by the American Management Association (AMA, 2007). She is editor of "Transitioning to the Green Economy" Special Issue of People & Strategy Journal published by the Human Resource Planning Society (HRPS) 1Q 2010. She also writes a weekly newsletter on Sustainability for the Wall St. Journal.

    Jeana focuses on building sustainable enterprises through leadership, culture change, collaboration, and learning. Formerly, she was HR director at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), where she headed Leadership and Management Development, Quality and Organization Effectiveness for nine years. Previously Jeana held positions in marketing and human resources at AT&T for 13 years, including leading the HR Professional Development function, as well as leading Management Recruiting and College Relations. Prior to that, Jeana led programs for the U.S. federal government at the National Institute of Education and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights where she focused on fostering greater equity in education for women and minorities.

    Jeana received her Masters and Ph.D. with honors in Psychology at The University of California at Los Angeles.  Her dissertation "Expanding Girl’s Occupational Potential" won the Social Issues Dissertation Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), a Division of the American Psychological Association.

    Harriet Kass serves as Secretary and member Board of Directors for Transitioning to Green Foundation. She has demonstrated leadership in managing projects, is a professional in human resources public policy development and advocacy, and has extensive experience in directing corporate involvement in nonprofit organizations and public-private sector initiatives.  In her career, Harriet has worked in the nonprofit sector in many capacities; she was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Talent Alliance, worked in Public Sector Development and Implementation for Careerplace-On-Line, was Senior Practitioner in Residence for Rutgers University and Senior Consultant for Harding Resources.  Most recently, Harriet worked as Research Working Group Director for The Conference Board and now works as On-Boarding Director for the same organization.

    Charles N. Garber, CFA serves as Treasurer and member of Board of Directors for Transitioning to Green Foundation. Charles is a unique blend of Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Controller, and has strategic and operational leadership experience with start-up to Fortune 500 companies across the energy, telecom and information technology sectors that will greatly benefit our organization.  Charles’ expertise includes but is not limited to corporate and business unit leadership, corporate governance and board matters, financial reporting, controls and compliance and financial planning and analysis.  Charles received his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.  He has also obtained professional certificates as a Chartered Financial Analyst as well as a Professional Engineer.  During his career, Charles eliminated a five (5) year backlog of open invoices totaling over thirty (30) billion dollars for the New York wholesale electric system, thereby significantly reducing bad debt exposure.  In addition, he restructured the financial infrastructure and re-engineered business processes of five (5) companies to improve effectiveness and efficiency, save millions of dollars, enhance financial analysis, strengthen treasury operations, improve controls and documentation and achieve Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.  Currently, Charles is Founding Director, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Curisk, Inc, a privately held start-up database auditing and security firm formed to acquire strategic information technology assets.

    Padma Thiruvengadam serves as a Director of the Transitioning to Green Foundation.  Padma is Vice President of Integration for the Oncology Business Unit at Pfizer Inc., where she recently led a team of global leaders through the process of integrating an acquired international company.  Previously at Pfizer, she provided overall HR strategic counsel to the Oncology Business Unit and was instrumental in the implementation of a blue print project plan for the creation of the new “Business Unit” organizational structure.  Padma has eighteen (18) years of HR leadership experience with best practice companies, including Bank of America and Loral Space and Communications.  In those role as well as others, she led large global teams and helped companies build platforms for organic growth and expansion through global mergers and acquisitions.  In addition, Padma helped companies increase market share and profitability through innovative people initiatives, strategic streamlining, process efficiencies and a focus on execution.

    Kevin T. Bryan serves as a Director of the Transitioning to Green Foundation.  Kevin is a Mediator at the Meridian Institute, where he has spent the last several years working with other professionals to design, convene, and facilitate multi-party problem solving interactions to resolve public policy problems of mutual interest.  His project expertise spans several areas of interest, particularly climate change and energy policy.  Kevin serves on the mediation team that is currently guiding policy discussions and analysis for the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a coalition of thirty (30) major corporations and environmental organizations that has produced principles and policy recommendations that provide a framework for federal legislation on climate change.  He has led negotiations among work groups developing consensus policy documents on international issues, economic impacts of climate policy, renewable energy and nuclear issues, and technology transformation.  Previously, Kevin worked as a Facilitator and Senior Coordinator for the National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC) at RESOLVE, Inc.   In this position he identified opportunities for the NWCC to work with individuals and stakeholder groups on wind energy issues.  He also provided facilitation services for a number of other projects, including government and local agency strategic planning and state transportation projects.  Kevin has worked with federal agencies to help establish guidelines for stakeholder involvement in environmental decision making and with local governments to address issues and develop solutions for small businesses and residents to implement energy efficiency improvements in their facilities and homes.  Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Howard University and received the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship while undertaking graduate work there in public administration.  Kevin was selected as a fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) and currently serves on that organization’s Board of Trustees.