Stephen Weinstein, Esq. - President
Stephen S. ("Skippy") Weinstein has devoted his law practice for the past 50 years to pursuing the claims of the injured, their families, and the criminally accused. In recognition of his achievements Skippy has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005-present and appeared on the magazine’s cover in 2006. Skippy has lectured in numerous venues and is the author of a wide array of articles on personal injury and criminal law. In addition to his family and the law, Skippy’s love is for horses and he rides extensively. He lives in New Vernon with his wife Nancy (a retired hospice nurse) and he has four married children and eight grandchildren.
Deborah Puskas - Vice President
A graduate of Seton Hall University in Elementary and Special Education, Deborah began her career working with severely emotionally disturbed and/or neurologically impaired students at Mount Carmel Guild in Newark and Bergen Center for Child Development. She recently retired after teaching 39 years from the Sussex Wantage school system. While there, Deborah completed her master’s degree in Teaching, developed an all day kindergarten program, served on the I&RS committee, mentored student teachers, and was awarded teacher of the year. Deborah currently resides in Wantage with her husband Michael, a retired federal special agent who currently works at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a detective in major crimes. Both of their adult children and grandchild also reside in Sussex County.
Michael Gilbert - Treasurer
Michael Gilbert is a CPA working in Public Accounting for the past 40 years. He has served on several Boards including President of Morris/Sussex Chapter of NJ Society of CPAs, as well as, NJ CPA Association, Treasurer and President of the Newton Lions Club, and, more recently, Michael was Commodore and Board member of the Garden State Yacht Club at Lake Hopatcong.
Michael likes to hike, canoe, bike; and pontoon boat on Lake Hopatcong. He lives with his wife Karen in Andover, Sussex County. His son Jack is also an accountant working in Boston.
John M. Codd - Secretary
John M. Codd has been an in-house lawyer for the past 30 years working in the financial, real estate, medical care, and higher education industries. John has been engaged in a wide variety of volunteer endeavors – political, religious & civic – throughout his adult life. The father of two daughters and brother to seven siblings, originally from Staten Island, John has called Morristown home for over 20 years.
Mindy Beck - Trustee
Mindy Beck joined the Board of Trustees in 2014; however, she has been involved with our organization since its inception. It was in Mindy’s home that the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) voted to start a CASA chapter in Morris County back in 1986. Mindy was a CASA volunteer serving 10 children. She is a long time member of Adath Shalom Synagogue where she has served as past Vice President of Membership, and past Sisterhood President. Mindy is a Senior Vice President-Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors in Florham Park. She was our organization’s honoree at our 2014 Gala.
Adam Cossman - Trustee
Adam Cossman is a native to Morris County, New Jersey and is a serial internet and digital marketing entrepreneur who has held executive leadership positions at several successful digital advertising agencies. Ten years ago, Adam founded Sentient, a digital advertising agency with a specific focus in healthcare. In 2016, Adam led Sentient through a successful acquisition by W2O Group. To this day, Adam continues as President of W2Osentient and Chief Digital Officer of W2O Group. With a passion for anything having to do with children, in particular ensuring their safety, well-being, and opportunity to experience all that life has to offer, Adam and his wife Lindsey have been dedicated to CASA’s mission for many years. Adam and Lindsey reside in Chester, New Jersey, with their two young boys.
Regina Farlekas - Trustee
Regina Farlekas began her corporate career in finance for AT&T, after graduating with an MBA from Jacksonville University. She embarked on a commercial career within AT&T ultimately managed 35% of ATT’s service with medical insurance companies. After focusing on her daughters’ early years, Regina began a second career, pursuing her love of the arts, outdoors and working with families, as a photographer, founding and operating a professional photography company. Regina’s desire to help children in need is evident with her volunteer work in the Pediatric Emergency room at Morristown Center and as a CASA volunteer. Regina is married for nearly 30 years and has two daughters, currently in college.
Sandra Fava, Esq. - Trustee
Sandra joined the Board in 2019. She is an attorney who focuses on family law issues. Sandra is proud to have built a solid reputation as a law partner. When she is not working on the behalf of her clients, she is spending time with the ones she loves the most, her family. Sandra has three children and is passionate about making a difference for vulnerable children and families.
Noreen M. Fierro, Esq. - Trustee
Jane Kurek - Trustee
Jane Kurek has an extensive background in the banking industry spanning over 25 years. Most recently, Jane held the position as The Provident Bank Foundation’s Executive Director where she was responsible for the implementation of the Foundation’s vision and strategies.
Throughout her career, Jane focused on providing leadership to nonprofits in order to help them achieve their missions and meet the needs of those they serve. In retirement she continues to be deeply involved as a volunteer leader in the nonprofit sector, establishing and building strategic relationships and partnerships with key community stakeholders.
Jane and her husband, Mike, have made Morristown their home for over 35 years. With their three precious grandchildren close by, both are enjoying retirement and special time with family.
Marian Levinsohn - Trustee
Marian Levinsohn is a Psychotherapist in Manhattan with a private practice working with Families, Children and Individual Adults. She received a B.A. Degree from Hobart and William Smith College, Phi Beta Kappa, and a M.A. Degree in Psychology from New York University. She has been involved with both the profit and non-profit sectors for the past forty years. Marian has served on the board of Kids Corporation in Newark, has had numerous volunteer positions in the Newark School System, and was a former volunteer for Casa. She is currently living in Morristown with her husband Ronald.
Nadia Moses - Trustee
Nadia has worked in the healthcare industry for over 19 years, gaining a qualified experience in program and event coordination, strategic planning, and internal & external new program development. For the past five years, she has also served as a Legislative Aide to a New Jersey State Assemblyman, providing constituent support and resources in neighboring cities around the state. Nadia also serves as a Zoning Board of Adjustment Commissioner for the City of East Orange, as well as a Board member for the College of Saint Elizabeth Alumnae/I Association.
Nadia is widely known as a self-described people person. Also, she has discovered numerous ways to contribute her skills and resources motivated by her desire to give back to her community. Nadia currently serves as a representative with the International Human Rights Commission Trust Fund Relief at the United Nations. Nadia holds a Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
Heidi Oshima - Trustee
Heidi emigrated with her parents from Germany when she was 14 years old. Her family settled in Minneapolis and she graduated from the University of Minnesota having majored in world languages: Spanish, French and German. She has taught all age groups starting at the US Army Education Center in Germany where her husband was stationed. After teaching all languages at a junior high school, ESL in night school, her husband was transferred to New Jersey. Heidi taught at the Parsippany Community School and 28 years at Parsippany High School, 19 years as Department Head. She enjoyed taking students to Spain, France and Mexico. She was recognized as Outstanding Teacher for Morris County.
Working full time, she received her Masters degree from Rutgers University. In addition, she served six years on the Board of the German Language School, a Saturday School, three as board member and three as its president. After retiring from teaching, she became a national consultant for an educational publishing house for eight years and then four years as School Improvement Consultant for the NJ Department of Education. Heidi’s children Michèle and Marc are grown living in Boston and New York City and her grandson Ty is her pride and joy. Her life was dedicated to working with and for children to help them reach their potential. After fully retiring, she has enjoyed working with children from CASA for over seven years.