NEXT GEN Board – Executive Committee
Raya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and an Associate’s Degree in Health Science. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with specialization in Healthcare Management and Operations Management. Taking command of an operation or project, then guiding it to new performance levels, is Raya’s utmost strength. Her experience encompasses project and program management, strategic planning, resource utilization, patient/client satisfaction, patient safety, performance improvement, leadership & training, and cost reduction. Her ability to analyze needs and create unique solutions designed to yield an efficient and effective outcome has proven to be one of her greatest assets. Credited with significantly impacting bottom-line viability, Raya excels at streamlining less-than-efficient procedures to boost patient satisfaction and performance improvement. Proactive management of crucial external relationships allowed her to rationalize processes.
Raya is currently working as Program Coordinator at Rutgers University – Division of HIV Prevention Community Planning & Development Initiative. She has more than 12 years of teaching experience, in different capacities, under her belt. Raya’s experiences in the HIV/AIDS field include supervising an HIV Testing & Counseling site, technical assistance, Effective Behavioral Intervention training, and basic skills training.
Michelle M. Aurich
Michelle M. Aurich currently works as the Talent Acquisition Specialist at WithumSmith+Brown in Princeton. After graduating from the Rutgers Business School with a B.S. in Accounting, she has spent her entire professional life working at Withum and has experienced several of its practice areas. She first began her career as a Staff Accountant in the general accounting practice then put those skills to use in the Forensic & Valuation Services group as a Senior Associate. For the last year, Michelle has used all that she has learned about the firm, its culture, and its services to find outstanding accounting professionals interested in building a career at Withum. As a result of her career change, Michelle is back at her alma mater working towards obtaining a Master Degree in Human Resource Management.
Michelle is a mentor to Liquid Church’s Somerset County high school girls group and at the Rutgers University Business School. She served as the treasurer of International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) New Jersey Chapter from 2014 through 2017. Lastly, she is on the programming committee for WithumSmith+Brown’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative (WLDI). As a retired Captain of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and the wife of a Princeton University football coach, in the Fall you can find her cheering on the Tigers on Saturdays and the Eagles on Sundays. Michelle and her husband, Andrew, live in Princeton and enjoy walking around town with their dog, Milo.
Katie Bruce works as a Youth Services Librarian at the Princeton Public Library serving children, teenagers, and the families of Princeton. Although her primary focus at the library is development and management of the children’s and teen print and digital collections, she participates in everything from baby storytime to librarian visits to local schools to management of teen summer volunteering opportunities. Connecting with the local community is one of Katie’s favorite aspects of her job as a librarian and she looks forward to doing that in a new and meaningful way as a member of the Next Gen board! Katie grew up in Central Illinois and has both undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She relocated to New Jersey in 2010, originally living “down the shore” in Wildwood Crest, and moved to the Princeton area in 2014. In her spare time, Katie likes getting back to the beach when she can, baking, reading, and exploring things to do and see in Central Jersey.
Samantha A. McGraw
Since September 2012, Samantha has worked for Sustainable Jersey, a non-profit voluntary certification program for New Jersey municipalities and schools in sustainability, based out of The College of New Jersey. As a Program Manager, she manages the municipal and school certification programs, along with the small grants program. She also serves as the primary point of contact for New Jersey municipalities participating in Sustainable Jersey. She provides program and technical assistance for municipalities and outside organizations about the program and certification process, maintains the Sustainable Jersey websites and contact databases, and supports a variety of task forces. Samantha is also a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. In her spare time she enjoys riding her bike, baking, and playing with her two cats, April and Coda. Samantha serves as the chair of the Communications Committee and Co-Chair of the Nominating Committee. Samantha holds a B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University, and a M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University.
Lauren Peck has worked for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) since December 2013 and is currently the senior manager of corporate development. In this role, she manages all of the organization’s corporate relations leaders in strategic engagement with HBA’s corporate customers to maximize engagement and spending, working cross-functionally with corporate relations staff. Lauren also oversees HBA’s European office and works closely with European leaders on operations, conference planning and more. Lauren’s role also includes finding new opportunities for organizational growth, the design/implementation of organizational structures for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, and leading various organizational initiatives and projects. She also acts as a point of contact for best practices and assistance in all of the organization’s functional areas and to leaders at all levels.
Prior to her current role, Lauren was manager of chapter development and assisted in the design of the organization’s new operating model before supporting and managing the transition into the new model with multiple regions. When Lauren first joined HBA, it was as manager of meetings and events administration, where she managed and supported the former Metro chapter (now the NY/NJ Region), their board and volunteers.
Before joining HBA, Lauren worked in event coordination and office management for a private entertainment company and graduated from Rutgers University with a focus in art history and Italian. Lauren also volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, is a self-proclaimed book worm, loves traveling and spending time with her friends, family, husband and dog.
Corrine E. Cooke
Corrine E. Cooke is a Shareholder in the Family Law Department at Stark & Stark, where she concentrates her practice on all aspects of divorce proceedings, including issues regarding custody, alimony, child support, and equitable distribution. She also handles post-judgment litigation including modification applications, emancipation applications, college contribution issues, and domestic violence matters. Corrine has been trained by the Administrative Offices of the Courts of New Jersey and NJICLE in Mediation. She is also trained in Collaborative Divorce. She is a member of the South Jersey Divorce Professionals Practice Group and the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance. Corrine was born and raised in Ewing, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law. Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Corrine was a law clerk to The Honorable Michael J. Haas, J.S.C. in the Family Part of Burlington County Superior Court. Corrine is also member of the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Central New Jersey, and chairs the Event Committee for Dress for Success. She also chairs the Women’s Initiative at Stark & Stark, and is a former Co-Chair of the Women Lawyers Committee of the Mercer County Bar Association. She has also been selected as a Rising Star by Thompson Reuters for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, which is a designation limited to 2.5% of attorneys 40 years old or younger that have been practicing law less than 10 years. In her spare time, Corrine enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with her husband.
In the fall of 2014, LaKitha Murray was named the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Murray serves as a key member of the department’s leadership team, undertaking the responsibility for management of compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and TCNJ rules and regulations. She is the liaison with admissions, oversees and monitors the scheduling of competitions, serves as event administrator and provides guidance for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Prior to her appointment at TCNJ, Murray was the Assistant Commissioner for Championships/Senior Woman Administrator for the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). She oversaw the scheduling and operation of the championships department, its budget and staff. She also negotiated contracts for Olympic sport championships, oversaw marketing and promotions of championships, reviewed compliance and evaluated student athlete eligibility for competition in championships.
Murray began her tenure at the Southwestern Athletic Conference in April of 2010. She was the Sports Management Administrator before becoming Director of Championships. In that role, Murray planned all championship events, developed conference schedules and oversaw budget and financial reports. In addition, she planned and coordinated the SWAC Hall of Fame reception. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Murray earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication management with a minor in mass communications in 2008. She also was a student-athlete at UAB, playing four seasons for the women’s basketball team. She continued her education at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where she earned a Master of Science in human environmental science – sport management. She is also a graduate of the NCCA Leadership Institute (2015) and has attended the NCAA Division III Institute for Administrative Advancement, National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Leadership Symposium, Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium and NCAA Effective Facilitation Workshop.
Claire Pinciaro graduated from Princeton University in 2013, where she majored in Sociology and was a member of the women’s soccer team. After graduation, Claire traveled throughout South America and while she was in Peru, volunteered for The Sacred Valley Project, which provides housing and educational resources to low-income girls who live in the Andes Mountains and are looking to continue their education. Claire currently works as an Admission Officer at Princeton University. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the NEXT GEN Board!
Amy is a Scientist at Colgate-Palmolive Company Technology Center in Piscataway, NJ. Having gradated with a Molecular Biology degree from Colgate University in 2009, she worked for two years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She subsequently earned her Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Cell and Developmental Biology before moving back to the Princeton area in 2014 to pursue a career in industry. A travel enthusiast, she has lived in 5 different countries and counting. In her free time she enjoys dancing, singing, and tennis.