Advisory Board

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Sustainability Studies External Advisory Board Members

Rob Behnke
Rob Behnke is a Rider University alum ('06, MBA '07) who is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Brooklyn Salsa Company (, which uses ingredients from direct trade, locally sourced, and sustainably farmed ingredients. View Rob's Success Story

Aaron Datesman
Aaron Datesman earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy ( in positions promoting science education and developing smart electrical grids. He is currently designing sensors as a contractor to NASA Goddard.

Mary Leck
Mary Leck is an Emeritus Professor at Rider University after having taught botany and natural history courses.  Dr. Leck continues to study ecological restoration in the tidal freshwater wetlands at the Abbott Marsh ( which has led her toward broader issues regarding local stewardship and education.  Dr. Leck also serves on the board of trustees for D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton ( and has recently been appointed to the D&R Canal Commission (

Pam Mount
Pam Mount is a former councilwomen and mayor of Lawrence Township who owns and operates Terhune's Orchards (, a local organic farm, with her husband Gary.  She is also active as a leader with both Sustainable Lawrence ( and Sustainable Jersey (

Tom Perrino
Tom Perrino is a LEED certified architect and a Principal of Spiezle Architectural Group (, which has successfully completed LEED certified buildings for Rider University as well as for other institutions.

Frank Sherman
Frank Sherman is also a LEED certified architect who recently joined Spiezle Architectural Group as its Director of Sustainable Design ( He has extensive experience in LEED design and construction having served as a past Director of the U.S. Green Building Council (