Issue of Feb. 21, 2006

By: Sara Carpenter
   Princeton resident Jan Kubik has been appointed the planned-giving director at The College of New Jersey. A Princeton University graduate, Mr. Kubik has been a professional fundraiser for 15 years, working at Princeton to raise money for student scholarships and varied academic departments. He said he hopes to increase support of The College of New Jersey by helping donors "make effective use of the tax savings available to them to benefit their financial objectives and to enable them to increase their gift to the college."
   The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently honored Princeton’s KSS Architects with the Firm of the Year Award.
   Additionally, the firm received an AIA Merit Award for the design and functionality of the Cranbury K-8 School, making it the first public school project to earn the award in more than 10 years.
   Additionally, Ingrid Caballero Aboujaoude was honored with the Intern Architect of the Year Award, given to the individual that has made major accomplishments in the intern architect program.
   Gary E. Bannett of Lawrence has been appointed chief operating officer of The Bannett Group. He will be responsible for all aspects of corporate operations, as well as strategic expansion in both existing and new markets. The Bannett Group specializes in design and build services for retail, medical and religious facilities, as well as project and construction management.
   James S. Farrin has been named interim chief executive officer of WorldWater & Power Corp. as the firm has begun a nationwide search for a permanent CEO and president. With its growing backlog and increasing demand in the market place, the addition of a separate, dedicated CEO will allow for improved operational execution.
   Quentin T. Kelly, chairman and previous CEO, will continue in the role of chairman, with a focus on corporate strategy, business development and capital-markets activity.
   WorldWater & Power Corp. is a full-service, international solar electric engineering and water management company with unique, high-powered and patented solar technology that provides solutions to a broad spectrum of the world’s electricity and water supply problems. The company is headquartered in Pennington.
   American Re-Insurance Company, located in Plainsboro, has donated $2,000 to the Greater Trenton Area YMCA to help fund children’s programs for poor and low-income families, as it builds its new full-service facility. The Y’s new facility will provide increased programming for children of families in need, health/nutrition and recreational activities, serving 5,000 to 7,000 members coming from Trenton and the suburbs of Ewing and Lawrenceville. This project will create 250 full-and part-time jobs, as well as provide health and wellness activities and social/recreational infrastructure to the community.
   For more information or involvement in the capital campaign, please contact Melvin O. Hill, CEO and executive director at (609) 989-9622.
   Janssen of Titusville has given $25,000 to sponsor NAMI Mercer’s annual fundraising concert and dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the organization’s work to educate and support the mentally ill of Mercer County and their families. Janssen is focused exclusively on mental health and markets prescription medications for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania.
   NAMI Mercer is the county affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, a nonprofit organization providing education, support and advocacy for the mentally ill and their families. Courses for families and parents of mentally ill people, support groups, a social group for people effected by mental illness and speaker meetings are offered free of charge at The NAMI Center of Mercer County, Lawrence, (609) 799-8994,
   Amper, Politziner & Mattia, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, have announced that Patricia M. O’Donnell has joined the firm as a senior manager in the firm’s tax department. Ms. O’Donnell has more than 20 years of accounting and tax consulting experience. She is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a resident of Princeton.
   Timothy T. Fischer has joined as a senior manager in the firm’s accounting and auditing department. He has more than 10 years of experience with an international accounting and consulting firm working with a wide range of companies in the banking, financial services and public utility industries. Mr. Fischer is a resident of Bridgewater.
   Additionally, Diane M. Wasser has been appointed to the executive committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center for the 2005-2006 volunteer service year. The center is available only to those firms with established employee benefit plan audit practices and meeting specific quality control standards.
   Amper, Politziner & Mattia, a member of the AICPA’s Major Firms Group, is a regional Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm serving the greater New Jersey/New York business community for 40 years.