Hackensack Riverkeeper
231 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-968-0336 (FAX)

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Contact: Captain Bill Sheehan, Riverkeeper and Executive Director


Expands board of trustees, adds new staff position

Hackensack, NJ – Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, recently announced the addition of three new personalities to their crew of environmental advocates. Despite weathering the difficult economic time of recent years, Hackensack Riverkeeper is one local nonprofit organization that continues to grow in both capacity and effectiveness.

“I believe with all my heart that the environment creates both jobs and the opportunity to serve our watershed communities,” said Captain Bill Sheehan, the group’s founder and Executive Director. “If it wasn’t true, we would not have been able to grow our staff and attract civic-minded individuals to our Board of Trustees.”

The individuals are:

• Robert R. Ceberio, Trustee – Mr. Ceberio served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) from 2002 until his retirement in 2010. His leadership led to the agency’s adoption of the 2004 Meadowlands Master Plan which protects the region’s 8,400 acres of wetlands, the acquisition of over 3,000 acres of wetlands for habitat restoration, the creation of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, and the development of trails and parks throughout the Meadowlands District. Ceberio holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Political Science and Public Administration. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and President of RCM Ceberio, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in planning, performance auditing /evaluation, organizational development and staff training.

• Mary Knight, Operations Director – Stepping into what could be labeled as the Most Important Job at Hackensack Riverkeeper; Ms. Knight handles all administrative duties including financial record-keeping, benefits and payroll. She also brings a diverse skill set to Hackensack Riverkeeper – something which is very important in the ever-changing world of an active nonprofit organization. In addition to her previous paid employment, Knight also honed her management skills as an active volunteer with several nonprofit groups, serving in many different capacities over the years including committee chair, vice president and president. Her work in and commitment to those groups fired her passion for causes in which she believes – like Hackensack Riverkeeper.

• Sarah Menchise, Events & Outreach Coordinator – Ms. Menchise rose above a large field of candidates vying for this newly-created position and was hired on January 31. A recent graduate of William Paterson University, she holds a BFA in Sculpture and Art History. Ms. Menchise coordinates the efforts of Hackensack Riverkeeper’s volunteer corps, including its effective River Cleanup program. She is the new point person for special events like the Reservoir Challenge, Lake Tappan Paddle Day and the Meadowlands Festival of Birding. Menchise recently interned at the Riverdale Art Center, a nonprofit facility for the arts located in Riverdale, NJ. There she developed the vital skills of community outreach and promotional programming.

“Each of these talented people brings a wealth of experience, energy and dedication to the work and mission of Hackensack Riverkeeper,” said Sheehan. “I’m confident that with their help, and that of the rest of my staff and our board of Trustees, we will continue to be an effective force for clean water and environmental protection.”

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