Leadership

Board of Trustees

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.

Richard Herburger - Treasurer
Richard is a retired financial executive of Citibank, N.A., having spent 25 years in Citi’s consumer businesses, both domestic and international.His last position was CFO of the credit card business in North America and Europe. Rich has a bachelor degree from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY and a masters from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Trustee of Wagner College for 24 years. Rich and his wife, Peggy, a former ICU nurse, live in Morristown, NJ. They were residents of Savannah, GA for many years. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Michelle Beatty, Esq. - Secretary
Michelle Beatty is an associate with Morris, Downing & Sherred, LLP in Newton, New Jersey. She graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2007, magna cum laude. Michelle joined the Board in 2012. Michelle lives in Sussex County with her husband and 2 children.

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.

Jeanne Bratsafolis - Trustee
Jeanne Bratsafolis was a high school teacher before graduating from Rutgers University School of Law. She has been a corporate attorney for the last 29 years and most recently held the position of Group Vice President - Legal for Wyndham Exchange & Rentals. Jeanne lives in Morristown with her husband, Todd Poland, and between them they have five grown children and six grandchildren. Jeanne joined the Board in July 2011.

John M. Codd - Trustee
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.

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.

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.

Marian Levinsohn - Trustee
Marian Levinsohn is a Psycho-Therapist 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.

Diana Manning, Esq. - Trustee
Diana Manning is a principal of the law firm Bressler, Amery, & Ross, P.C. For over 25 years, she has represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters. Diana is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, and is an accomplished litigator who handles a broad range of matters. Diana is also a skilled appellate practitioner, with experience appearing before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Diana lectures and writes on topical issues, including ethics. She has been appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Chair of the District XA Ethics Committee. She is also a Past President of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, the Morris County Bar Association, and the Morris County Bar Foundation. Diana lives in Bergen County with her husband Frank Viscomi.

Lisa Pennella - Trustee
After graduating from Douglass College with a BA in English and Early Childhood Education, Lisa taught kindergarten in New Jersey and Texas. Upon her return to NJ, she pursued a Master's Degree in Education and followed that up with an additional certification in Special Education. Lisa recently retired from teaching in Chester, NJ, where she taught kindergarten, Spanish, and first, fourth, and fifth grade. She wrote and initiated new curriculum, and was an active member of the I&RS team, often making referrals for children in need of special assistance. Lisa and her husband David have been active participants in Mendham Township where they have lived for 34 years. They have 4 children and 2 grandsons.