Ed Farmer CEO & PRESIDENT
Ed served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-8) for seven years. As the highest-ranking member of the team, Ed was responsible for oversight of all facets of the Congressman’s offices in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey. Congressman Pascrell’s assignments on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security have given Ed the institutional knowledge and access needed to fully serve municipal and county governments, private sector entities, as well as non-profit agencies and hospitals. In addition, Ed served as Chairman of the Board at Passaic County Community College.
At Millennium, Ed specializes in shepherding critical projects to completion with state and federal transportation departments. Through his vast wealth of experience, Ed has forged strong and lasting contacts with leaders throughout the State of New Jersey and beyond.
Susan M. Scavone Principal
Sue has more than 20 years of experience in public outreach, grant writing and governmental affairs. She has served in the administration of Governor James J. Florio, on the staff of several members of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly and in Essex County government. Prior to joining Millennium Strategies, Sue served as President of SMS Consulting Services, Inc. for ten years, where she provided governmental relations, grant procurement and consulting services to both private and public sector clients.
Through her time with Millennium, she has become the firm’s leader on disaster recovery projects and funding procurement, securing her position as a regional expert in FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs. Since inception, Millennium has secured over $105 million in hazard mitigation and disaster recovery funds under Susan’s direction. Susan’s knowledge of the field and existing relationships enable her to communicate effectively with multiple levels of stakeholders on complex projects, ensuring that all stages of a project are followed through and communicated in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Lisa Martinez Director of Operations
Lisa manages the day-to-day operations of Millennium. She served as Field Director and Scheduler for Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-8) for nine years. In this critical position, Lisa was responsible for maintaining the Congressman’s New Jersey schedule and managing all community outreach activities for the congressional office. She strategically coordinated field activities with the Congressman’s legislative agenda and administered government relations issues with all state and local entities. Lisa has an extensive knowledge of the federal government and enjoys an excellent reputation and track record for her work on projects in the public and private sector. Her organizational skills have helped Millennium become an industry leader and one of the fastest growing government affairs firms in the region.
Tony Ardis Chief Financial Officer
Before joining Millennium in 2017, Tony served for nine years as the District Director for Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. In this role, he supported the district’s 21 municipalities by supervising casework, field activities and representing the Congressman. Tony has over 30 years of experience serving in administrative positions for various local, state, and federal government agencies. In his new position as CFO, he is responsible for overseeing a number of the company’s administrative and financial operations. Tony graduated from William Paterson University in 1977 with a major in Political Science.
Dave Jenkins Director of Business Development & Client Services
Since joining Millennium in 2012, Dave has assisted his clients by procuring almost $50 million in grant funding. He has successfully written and managed grants to enable the development of transportation, open space, education, security, fire, law enforcement, human services, hazard mitigation and economic development related initiatives. Dave has developed a unique expertise in relation to New York State Grant Programs, and currently leads service delivery for our New York-Based Consulting Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Dave served as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Joseph Cryan during his tenure as Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University.
Bernadette P. McPherson, Esq. Director of Outreach
Bernadette is instrumental in marketing Millennium Strategies to prospective clients. Additionally, she adds invaluable counsel with her expertise and experience in local and county government. As a member of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2003 to 2011, Bernadette served as Chairwoman in 2004 and 2005. She also served as Mayor of Rutherford from 2000 to 2007. She remains active in politics and currently serves as the Legislative District 36 Chairwoman for the Democratic Committee of Bergen County. Bernadette was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Magna Cum Laude from La Salle University in 1983. She received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law in 1986. Since August 2011, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Law and Police Science Department.
Chris Sprague Director of Client Services
Since joining Millennium in 2010, Chris has secured over $30 million in grant funding for municipal and non-profit clients, helping to support a wide range of critical projects in the communities we serve, including transportation, open space, education, sustainability, security, law enforcement, health, and literacy projects. As Director of Client Services, Chris is part of the leadership team overseeing Millennium staff in the delivery of services to clients. Additionally, Chris works with non-profit clients in support of their organizational development strategies, including the preparation of community assessments, strategic plans, press releases and program development. Chris holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Seton Hall University.
Peter Blanos Director of Client Services
Peter has been a member of the firm since December 2011. Peter has secured over $7 million in funding on behalf of his clients for transportation, open space, law enforcement, fire prevention, pedestrian safety, education, infrastructure, sustainability and recreation related projects. Peter has also assisted with the administration and recovery of over $1.5 million in previously awarded grants to help clear bureaucratic red tape and allow for his clients to take full advantage of their grant awards. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Scranton.
Andrea Ramalho Senior Grants Manager
Since joining the firm in 2014, Andrea has secured over $27 million in grant funding for Millennium’s county and municipal clients. Awards have addressed a variety of key client priorities, including homeland security, prisoner reintegration, lead hazard remediation, land acquisition, natural disaster resiliency, transportation infrastructure improvements, and recreational and economic development. Andrea currently holds a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, as well as a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Security from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. Andrea also holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory with a minor in Anthropology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Catherine Kapura Senior Grants Manager
Catherine Kapura joined Millennium in 2015 and works with clients that range from county government, cities and suburban municipalities, as well as not for profit entities. She has successfully written and managed grants for clients relating to law enforcement, open space, fire prevention, human services, prisoner reintegration, land acquisition, transportation, sustainability and recreational projects. Catherine holds a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and a Master of Public Policy in Environmental Policy and International Development from the University of Maryland.
Laura Wintroub Senior Grants Manager
Laura Wintroub joined Millennium in 2015 as a Grants Manager and is currently assisting a variety of municipal and education clients. Prior to joining the firm, Laura spent 13 years working with several community development non-profit entities, focusing on economic development and entrepreneurship training. She has led program development, managed community investment pooled loan funds and overseen grant writing activities. Laura holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College and currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit entrepreneurship training organization located in Jersey City, N.J.
Norah Hatch Senior Grants Manager
Norah Hatch joined Millennium Strategies in 2017 as a Grants Manager. Norah received a B.A. and M.A. in Literature and previously taught writing courses at Seton Hall University. As a part of her experience in higher education, Norah worked in the editorial department of an academic publishing house. At Millennium, Norah is responsible for managing a grant portfolio for a number of municipal and county clients, working to secure grant funding for their strategic initiatives.
Nealon Isaacs Grants Manager
A graduate of Rutgers University, Nealon Isaacs joined Millennium Strategies in 2017 as a Grants Manager and currently works with a number of municipal clients across New Jersey and New York. Prior to joining Millennium, Nealon served as the Legislative Director for the Office of State Senator Raymond Lesniak, where he played a key role in the advancement of crucial social and economic legislation. His experiences have caused him to develop a passion for advocating on behalf of the “little guy”, which he incorporates into his everyday work. Nealon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University, where he studied Political Science and English. At Rutgers, Nealon also volunteered as a coach to the Elizabeth High School Speech and Debate team where he helped students reach local, state, and national recognition in Public Forum Debate. He is also a Commissioner on the Planning Board for the City of Elizabeth.
Oliver Starnes Grants Manager
Oliver Starnes joined Millennium Strategies as a Grants Manager in 2018. Oliver is responsible for managing a grant portfolio that includes several municipal clients within the State of New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm, Oliver served as a Staff Assistant in the district office of United States Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, where he played a critical role in providing constituent services and assisting Senior Aides with casework management. Since returning to Morris County in 2013, Oliver has successfully led organizing efforts including youth-based community groups, grassroots political campaigns and social justice advocacy. Oliver earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Masters of Public Policy degree in Public Policy from Trinity College.
Megan O’Brien Grants Manager
Megan joined Millennium Strategies as a Grants Manager in 2018. In this role, Megan is responsible for managing a grant portfolio that includes municipal clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Prior to joining Millennium, Megan worked in the non-profit sector in both Florida and New York State. Megan spent the last three years working with medically fragile children in New York, advocating for their needs at the local, county, and state level. Megan holds Bachelor of Arts in American Politics with a minor in Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Aly Trowbridge Grants Manager
Alyson joined Millennium Strategies as a Grants Manager in 2018. In this role, Alyson is responsible for servicing Millennium’s municipal and county clients within New York state. Prior to joining the firm, Alyson worked as a Project and Grant Coordinator for a complex municipality in Southeast Virginia. During this time, she played an integral role in designing and developing policies and procedures while leveraging sound industry and business practices to advance the City’s strategic goals. Alyson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University.
Nicholas Petruncio Grant Manager
Nicholas joined Millennium Strategies as a Grant Manager in 2019. In this role, Nick is responsible for working with Millennium’s governmental clients to secure funding for key projects in the areas of environmental protection, historic preservation, transportation, open space preservation, recreation and public safety. Prior to Millennium, Nick was a reporter and editor for the Asbury Park Press and has over 15 years of experience in the field of journalism. He has also lived in Madrid, Spain, where he taught English. Nick holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture.
Katie Kocher Grant Manager
Katie joined Millennium Strategies as a Grant Manager in 2019. In her current role, Katie is responsible for working with Millennium’s municipal and county clients to help them secure funding for key projects. One of her biggest passions is education. Katie was previously an assistant editor at a not-for-profit publisher, and taught English at Seton Hall and in Baltimore City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Seton Hall University.
Melani Filosa Grant Writer
Melani joined Millennium Strategies as a Grant Writer in 2018, working with several municipal clients throughout New Jersey. She works alongside her clients to find and pursue grant opportunities that will make their vision a reality. Before joining Millennium, Melani worked with several non-profit organizations. She applies this experience and passion into her everyday work by identifying the best ways to explain project goals in an application, seeking the right grant opportunities for those projects and executing that process meticulously. Melani graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and English, receiving the departmental Citation in Literature & Writing.
Ian Eichen Grant Writer
Ian Eichen joined Millennium Strategies as a Grant Writer in 2018. In his role, Ian is responsible for managing a grant portfolio that includes several municipal clients within the State of New Jersey. Prior to joining Millennium, Ian worked served as a Campus Organizer at Rutgers University’s Camden Campus where he was responsible for registering over 1,500 new voters in 2017 and led a group of student volunteers as a part of several grassroots campaigns to address the needs of the community. Ian holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut, where he studied Political Science and History.
Evan Covello Grant Writer
Evan Covello joined Millennium Strategies as a Grant Writer in 2018. At Millennium, Evan is responsible for collaborating with municipalities to identify and secure grant funding for their priority projects. Prior to joining the firm, Evan served as the Student Body President of Rutgers University – New Brunswick, representing over 35,000 undergraduate students. He also served as an intern for the Phil Murphy for Governor Campaign, and the Passaic County Department of Human Resources. Evan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University, with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Planning and Public Policy as well as Human Resource Management.
Kamari Moore Research Associate
Kamari Moore joined the Millennium Strategies staff in 2018 as a Research Associate. In this position she identifies possible grant opportunities matching the funding needs of Millennium clients. Prior to starting at Millennium, Kamari completed her B.A. in both English Literature and Philosophy at Seton Hall University. During her time as a student Kamari was a member of the Service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, which assisted with several community outreach programs aimed at servicing the disadvantaged. She has always been passionate about making positive change in her community, she finds the most rewarding avenue toward change to be within service.
Jamel Holley Business Development Manager
In 2015, Jamel Holley was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 20th Legislative District. He serves on the Assembly Higher Education Committee, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and the Assembly Women and Children Committee. Jamel has been regarded as one of the most engaged young elected officials in the State of New Jersey. In 2001, Jamel became the youngest elected official in Union County when he was elected as Councilman At-Large of the Borough of Roselle, New Jersey. Holley served as the Mayor for the Borough. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from New Jersey City University and holds a Master of Public Administration from Kean University.