2020 Proposed Slate of Directors to the Board of the YWCA Princeton

Wendy Cohen

Wendy is currently the board chair of the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women, which funds programs that support women and girls. Previously she was with Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abuse Right At Home) at Jewish Family and Children’s Services. This task force went into high schools and other educational facilities to teach children/teens about healthy dating and healthy dating relationships. Wendy has been a paralegal at Hill Wallack’s Princeton office for 23 years and currently works in the department of litigation. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Industrial Relations and Psychology.

Tonia Perry Conley, Ed.D

Tonia is Dean Mercer County Community College, James Kerney Campus. She is an educational administrator, federal-grants writer, and faculty member with more than twenty (20) years of experience in Student Success and Academic Training programs focusing on “at-risk” students. Her prior as Executive Director at Cheyney University for Academic Success and Retention, Campus and Academic Affairs at University of Phoenix, Executive Director of the City of Wilmington, point to how she passionately connects and leads diverse student populations, provides student-centered learning via program development, educational services, assessment/evaluation, and fiscal management.

Her volunteer service has been as a Chaplain Medical Center, Pastoral Center for Excellence Community Education & Christian Education Director, and former Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Tonia holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Delaware State University, a B.A. from Spelman College, and master’s degree from Eastern University.

Tonia is an ardent researcher and writer who brings networking skills in academia, government and public sectors which contributes to building sustainable partnerships.

Cecily Johnson

Cecily is a Manager within Grant Thornton’s Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Advisory Services practice. She brings significant experience in not-for-profit operations, internal audit, risk assessments, internal controls reviews, operational reviews, process improvement, policy reviews, and succession planning. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, she served as the Controller for a national federally funded non-profit. Her skills are in forward /strategic thinking and teamwork. Her volunteer service includes:
NJ Food Pantry, MS Society, NYC Walk Captain, Deliverance Center – Treasurer, Board of Directors, and Women at Grant Thornton – Business Resource Volunteer.

Cecily received her B.S. in Economics from Rutgers University and MS in Accounting from Rutgers Business School. She also has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from The College of New Jersey.

Cecily is passionate about the mission of the organization and she wants to contribute to the elimination of racism and support of social justice issues, as well as the empowerment of women.

Atiya Weiss

Atiya is the first Executive Director of the Burke Foundation for three years plus, a $100 million private grantmaking foundation, focused on improving the health and well-being of children in New Jersey. Before the Burke Foundation, she was Executive Director of the Philanthropy Centre at JP Morgan, advising high net worth individuals and foundations on grantmaking strategy and impact from 2012-2017. Prior to JP Morgan, she led Pfizer’s grantmaking from 2001-2012 focused on global health as a senior manager. Atiya holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Public Health from Brown University.

Her non-profit experiences include serving as a Trustee, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, NJ Funders ACEs Collaboration, NJ Early Years Funders Collaboration, Member, and National Early Childhood Funders Collaboration.
Atiya desires to strengthen equal access to high quality care and learning for children with special focus on infant and toddlers.

Ann C. Zawartkay, CPA (NJ), CGMA

Ann is a CPA with more than 12 years of experience in finance and accounting. She is President and Owner of Non-profit Accounting Solutions, LLC in Robbinsville, which provides CFO and accounting services for tax-exempt organizations and small businesses. In this role she also teaches non-profit board members about their roles and responsibilities. Her previous employment included Chief of Authorities and Auditing with the Division of Local Government Services in NJ, and Manager with Mercadien, P.C. She is committed to working with non-profit organizations.

For six years, Ann was on the Board of Trustees for Volunteer Connect and served as its Treasurer. She graduated with high honors from Lehigh University, is Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Alpha Psi, and a Lehigh University Presidential Scholar.

Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in nonprofit fiscal management and compliance and she has professional connections and relationships.