Lay Leadership

Anne Nemetz - President
Anne lives in Basking Ridge with her two sons, Paul and Jonathan. Paul will be a sophomore at George Washington University this year (2016) and Jonathan will be a freshman at Ridge High School.They have been members of Congregation B'nai Israel for more than15 years, where the boys have gone from Tot Shabbat through Bar Mitzvah. Anne works for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in their Personal Lines division.
Robert F. Simon - First Vice President
Rob and his wife, Jane, moved to Gladstone in 1997 and reside there with their children, Alex, Lily and Oliver. Rob is a Director at Herold Law, P.A., a full-service law firm located in Warren. He focuses his practice on a broad range of real estate matters, including commercial and residential transactions and litigation, land use regulation, leasing, financing, property tax appeals, title disputes, and condemnation matters. He also represents clients in a variety of associated business transactions, including asset and stock transfers. Prior to joining Herold Law, P.A., he was a partner with Marcus, Dubrow and Simon, PC, in Maplewood, New Jersey. He has served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable R. Benjamin Cohen, former Presiding Judge, Chancery Division, Essex County, New Jersey; as Chairman of the Zoning/Planning Boards of the Borough of Peapack and Gladstone; and through the Office of Attorney Ethics as a Panel Chair on the District V-B Fee Arbitration Committee. Rob has been appointed on numerous occasions by the Superior Court to serve in Guardianship and Special Medical Guardianship proceedings; as an attorney trustee for disbarment matters; and as a Condemnation Commissioner. He has been qualified by the New Jersey State and Federal Courts as an expert witness in real estate matters. He is also a member of the rock band Not Enough Jeffs.
Nancy Frank Cook - Vice President
Nancy Cook and her husband Rich moved to Basking Ridge in 1991. They have two daughters: Stephanie, a 2014 graduate of Northeastern University, and Jenny, who is entering her junior year at Vanderbilt University. Jenny also served as the 2013-14 president of our local BBYO chapter with Nancy serving as the parent liaison. The Cooks joined CBI in 1999. Nancy served as president of CBI's Sisterhood for seven years, and served on the Membership and Fundraising Committees. She currently co-chairs our Membership Committee and serves, with Ellen Marks, as the liaison to our clergy. She has served on CBI's Board of Trustees and been an officer for more than three years. She is also a recipient of CBI's Hillel Award for volunteering. Nancy received her BS in Management from Syracuse University, and she and Rich own and manage Laser Solutions, Inc. In her spare time, Nancy can be found on the tennis court, or enjoying her family and their dog Lily. Nancy enjoys working hard and playing hard!
Ellen Halper Marks - Vice President
Ellen and her husband, Bill, joined CBI in 1999 upon moving to Basking Ridge from Potomac, Maryland.  They have two children, Daniel and Ilana.  A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Ellen has been actively involved in both the Membership and Fundraising Committees and is "known" for greeting new members with Shabbat Welcome Bags!  She considers CBI her "home away from home." Ellen, along with Nancy Cook, will be co-chairing the Membership Committee and the Clergy Liaison Committee.
 David Braunstein - Treasurer
David and his wife Nancy have been members of CBi since its founding in 1990. They first moved to Basking Ridge in 1986, and then to Warren in 1994. They have two sons, Andrew, 25, and Seth, 22, who many congregants have seen blowing the Shofar with David at High Holy Day services. David previously served on the CBI Board during its first 15 years in various positions, including Trustee-at-Large, Assistant Treasurer, and Vice President. David returned to the Board in 2013 as a Trustee-at-Large and became Treasurer in July 2015. CBI is very pleased to have David back as an officer of the congregation!
Howard Stolzer - Secretary
Howard, his wife Donna, and their son Ean moved to Basking Ridge in 2007 and joined CBI later that year. Howard has worked as an investment adviser for 18 years and is currently president of Stolzer Rothschild Levy LLC where he manages assets for high net worth individuals, pensions, and the portfolio of a private fund. His professional background is diverse and includes working in entertainment and real estate development. A graduate of Berkley College of Music, where he studied Audio Engineering, Howard has worked with a number of jazz and studio artists. He also has an MBA from Rollins College and is active in several financial industry professional groups.
Gale Braunstein - Assistant Secretary
Gale lives in Basking Ridge, is a sister of Board Members Michael and David Braunstein, and has been an active and involved member of CBI since 2012. She is the Vice President of Management Services for Taylor Management Company, a group that manages housing developments, and also serves as President of the Board of Trustees at the Cedars at Basking Ridge Condominium Association. This is Gale's first term on CBI's Board of Trustees. She also chairs the Building Committee, overseeing the maintenance and repairs of CBI's physical plant.
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