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Karen Tellefsen Robbins: CEO and President

Ms. Robbins left a successful career on Wall Street to establish Woolman Community Development which was created to take what she learned from real estate projects throughout the US and UK to maximize the value of distressed assets and benefit the economy and environment of distressed neighborhoods. Prior positions include First Vice President of Ambac Indemnity, Vice President of Bond Investors Guarantee, Vice President of Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, Rating Officer of Standard and Poor’s, and Senior Planner of the NY Metropolitan Transportation /Tri-State Regional Planning Commission. Each of these organizations profited from Ms. Robbins leadership executing municipal and housing finance programs and business products, many of which she created. In addition while at Ambac, Ms. Robbins has been credited with underwriting and structuring bond insurance policies for multiple billions of dollars of debt with not a single default, a relevant fact, given the economic conditions that have impacted the real estate and capital markets. Ms. Robbins has published numerous reports in the areas of environmental improvement, municipal finance, displacement and urban revitalization. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University, a Bachelors in Urban Studies and Sociology from the New York State University College at Buffalo, and was awarded the Series 7 Certificate.

William Guthlein: Senior Vice President and CFO

Mr. Guthlein brings to Woolman a solid background in finance and business development. Prior to establishing a successful financial consulting business, Mr. Guthlein was the Director of Strategic Planning and Internal Audit for Plymouth Rock Assurance; a Vice President of DQE Financial Corporation where he was responsible for sourcing, screening, valuing and presenting investment opportunities and closed in excess of $200 million in investment and guarantee transactions; Chief Financial Officer and Vice President - Treasurer for Chancellor Corporation where he was responsible for finance, MIS, credit, taxes, and reporting to investors for more than $1 billion of partnership and trust syndications; Director of Customer Finance and Contracts, RDS; Investment Manager; and Senior Treasury Analyst for Raytheon Company. Mr. Guthlein’s consulting clients include DQE Financial, Moody’s Investors, National Equity Fund, Hewlett Packard, Plymouth Rock Assurance, Commerce Insurance, Yale Material Handling Corporation, and Net-U-Net where he specialized in long-term planning, valuation modeling, risk assessment, and portfolio management. Mr. Guthlein holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School, a JD from Suffolk Law School, and a BS in accounting from Penn State University.

Lynnette Freidin: Director of Site Planning and Design

Ms. Freidin brings a history of successful sustainable commercial and residential design projects to the Woolman Community Development Corporation where she oversees the integration of natural site features with built forms, hardscapes, and landscapes. Focus on the environment and respect for the earth’s ecosystems is a tenet in Ms. Freidin’s work. At Poore and Company, Ms. Freidin is a project manager sharing her expertise on several residential and commercial projects on the North Shore of Boston. At her own firm, OpenDoor Design, she provides design consultation and project management services for community-based, sustainable projects. The combination of both architectural and project management skills provides a complementary understanding of the design, permitting, and construction process, and the ability to solicit and manage the planning and predevelopment contractors to ensure the greatest achievable level of sustainability and environmental benefits. Ms. Freidin holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center where she was also honored with the Charrette Award for Academic Excellence and the Robert B. Newman Award for Merit in Architecture.

Judy Liebeck-Gauntt: Historian

Ms. Gauntt brings 30 years of historic preservation expertise to the team. While living in California, she served as the City of Irvine historian for 25 years, and an Orange County Commissioner for 10 years. Through her leadership, many historic sites on the old Irvine Ranch were saved from destruction, including the last remaining shipping center for dry crops in California. This project, known as Old Town Irvine, has the distinction of being the largest redevelopment project in Orange County’s history. Ms. Gauntt worked with the developers to transform the original town into an economically viable area charmed by National Register listed historic buildings. Ms. Gauntt was also instrumental in the establishment of the Irvine Historical Museum. She managed the successful application to the NJ Dept. of State’s Historical Commission, which funded important renovations to the Arney’s Mount Friends’ 1775 Meeting House. Currently Ms. Gauntt serves on the Mount Holly Historical Commission and is Clerk of the committees responsible for the maintenance of both the Arney’s Mount and Mount Holly historic meeting houses. She has written two history books, historic tours, and more than 100 articles related to history for newspapers and magazines. Ms. Gauntt was a professional proposal writer for 25 years, including more than 10 years as a consultant to Fluor Corporation, Hughes Space & Communications, Motorola and others. She holds a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of California, Irvine and a Certificate in Business Development from the American Women’s Economic Development Corporation. She studied Journalism at Irvine Valley College and Engineering and Computer Science at Highline College.

Johannes C. van der Lugt, Vice President International Relations and CMO

Mr. Van der Lugt brings 33 years of marketing experience and a hands-on knowledge of European businesses and universities to the Traders’ Island project. His experience includes the development and implementation of programs for pharmaceutical personnel across all aspects of sales, marketing, human resources and management. As Director of Business Development, North America for a Paris based Customer Relations Management company, he built a network with over 120 people in various pharmaceutical companies and related businesses; developed and implemented a Marketing and Sales Plan, Strategic Plan, set-up partnerships with consultancy firms and 3rd parties and received recognition from a number of large pharmaceutical companies regarding a unique socio-demographic database concept. As the principal business consultant for CTG in Buffalo, Mr. Van der Lugt was the developer and leader of a European team of consultants who supported pharmaceutical companies in eCRM, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Mr. Van der Lugt also had a successful career with Bristol-Myers Squibb where he began as a sales rep and worked his way up to senior managerial positions at the Paris and Netherlands offices of Bristol-Myers Squibb. In Paris he served as Director, Sales Force Effectiveness with European responsibilities, where he managed the development, implementation and deployment of Sales Force Automation (SFA) in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and United Kingdom. This resulted in the creation of a common architecture, infrastructure, and system that fostered efficiencies and global communications and an average 115% increase in sales rep performance. Reporting into BMS headquarters, he was Manager, Sales Force Automation, Worldwide Medicines Group where he was responsible for the development, implementation and deployment of Sales Force Automation (SFA) in the European markets and in The Netherlands he served as Manager, Systems Development & Market Research. Mr. Van der Lugt organized several symposia, and worked with various universities on scientific studies. These accomplishments have all culminated in industry recognized awards. Mr. Van der Lugt edited a book on Hypertension and was chairman of several international workshops. He is fluent in Dutch (mother tongue) and proficient in English; he has a solid working knowledge of French and German. Mr. Van der Lugt completed his doctoral in Medical Biology, holds a M.Sc. in Information Science, and a B.Sc. in Biology from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Robert Shram: Manager of Operations

Mr. Shram brings to Woolman a solid background in management and mechanical systems. His areas of expertise include hydraulic, heavy electrical, electrical control and pneumatic equipment repair, maintenance and service. Previous management positions have been with Griffin Pipe Products Company and SLD Pumps Ltd. In addition, he has served as consultant for Waldeck Technical Services to Peter Pan Bus Lines, Pirate Ship Division and Western Oil Field Supply Company (WOFSC). For PPB he set up and ran training workshops, maintained amphibious vehicles based on old military equipment, designed and modified old gas mechanical vehicles to diesel hydraulic units to allow better reliability and cost control over extended periods. For WOFSC he set up regional workshops for industrial pumping and containment equipment, including welding and machine shops, service and repair shops and a heavy electrical pump and control panel repair shop. He also designed environmental related pump control and tank level systems and adviced and trained management sales, office staff and maintenance personnel on pumping equipment, caculation of system duties and of large or difficult project requirements. Mr. Shram has the equivalent to a four year degree from the British Army of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Andy Giles: Consultant

Mr. Giles has experience, knowledge and skills exceptionally well suited to lead the recreational and conservational component of the Burlington Island project, with more than 20 years of experience both in the UK/US developing and implementing recreational and environmental stewardship programs. He is currently serving as the Aquatics Director of Burlington County College. Andy has a passion for the outdoors and can often be found teaching everything from kayaking to Wilderness First Aid. He holds an HND in Business and Finance, and a BA in Sports Management. He is a professional member of the Institute of Sports and Recreation Management - ISRM (Dip) and is a certified Aquatics Facilities Operator (AFO), and (CPRP) certified Parks and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association.