Our Leadership Team
We are happy to announce the 2020leadership of STAND CNJ. We have been meeting and planning for many exciting activities in this important year. We welcome people with ideas and energy! Please contact us with your interests or suggestions for initiatives.
Karen Haskin, who has been with STAND CNJ from the start, is honored to serve as STAND’s President. Karen has been involved in activism for many years, including anti-apartheid protests, defending abortion clinics, and joining the “stroller parade” with her family at the Million Mom March for common sense gun legislation in 2000. In her early career, she worked as a program evaluator on school reform and community capacity-building projects in Philadelphia and Chicago. Karen has a full-time job as a university administrator. She and her husband have two adult children and a friendly cat. In addition to her activist experience and knowledge, Karen brings to us her management expertise to keep our team on mission and on track – no easy feat with such a motley, at times over-enthusiastic, and busy crew!
Diane Carlino has found it difficult to remain in the background these last few years. With this being is her first venture into grassroots involvement, she is excited to support a group whose goal is to create better informed community. STAND’s talented leaders and impressive programming drew her in and she now holds the role of Treasurer. With her interests ranging from the environment to reproductive rights to social justice, STAND has offered a space to learn more about the political drivers impacting these issues. With many years of finance and administrative experience, Diane brings her operational know-how and cautious reason to the group, ensuring that we handle our finances strategically and on-mission. She lives in Griggstown and was quietly content until this bunch of rabble-rousers got all her digital devices beeping and dinging all day long in the service of democracy!
Neena Singh, our Director of Public Relations, is a community activist who has been passionate volunteer in Somerset county for 20 years. She founded a service oriented non-profit, served on the multicultural Outreach committee and co-chaired the Grants and Publicity Committee at Montgomery PTA. She ran for Montgomery Township Committee in 2010. Montgomery Township commended her volunteer efforts over the years, with a proclamation ceremony at the township municipal offices. Neena is the recipient of Wynona M. Lipman Synergy award from the State of New Jersey; the Governor awards this honor to a NJ citizen for generating positive community change within the State. She works as a senior partner with Keller Williams Cornerstone. STAND’s leadership team is lucky to have Neena as our marketing mastermind and networking pro!
Nadine Stern made the mistake of asking how to get more involved. A long time political wannabe, since the 2016 election she has been actively seeking ways to be more politically active and STAND is providing that opportunity. In addition to her role as STAND’s Secretary, she now serves on the Pennington Democratic Committee and is a Trustee on the Hopewell Valley Democratic Club. Nadine also participates in activities with Moms Demand Action, Mercer County and Hope Rises Up. Nadine is now retired. She and her husband have two daughters and sons-in-law and two darling granddaughters who are all proud feminists and political progressives. Nadine’s special passions are around social justice, women’s rights, and environmental action.