Founding Trustee Bios

Paul Tractenberg | Chairman Emeritus

Paul is a Board of Governors Professor Emeritus at Rutgers Law School in Newark where he taught for 47 years until his retirement in 2016. Early in his Rutgers tenure, Paul founded the Education Law Center which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, to advance educational rights of New Jersey’s neediest students.  He has continued to represent New Jersey students on a pro bono basis since then. While a resident of the West Essex Highlands, Paul organized WE CARE to lead the community fight against the development and rezoning of the 120-acre parcel.  In 2006, the West Orange Planning Board held 11 meetings, then ultimately denied the developer’s proposal 5-2.  Since 2016, Paul has lived in the Woodlands.  Paul serves as Open Space Committee Chair.

Joseph Pannullo | President

Joe is the managing member of Second Echo Capital LLC.  With over thirty years of start-up and exit experience in various sectors, he holds multiple patents and has founded several companies, including The Interactive Telephone Company, PT-1 Communications, and BugTorch Systems.  His family originally moved to Essex Fells in 1980.  He now lives in the 200’ notice area with his wife and four sons.  Joe is former Legislative Chairman and Treasurer of the American Telemarketing Association.  Joe has a B.A. in Philosophy from The American University.
Joe serves as Traffic Committee Chair.

Jennifer Sharret | Secretary

Jennifer is an attorney who works as Counsel in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice of Kramer Levin in NYC.  Jennifer, who lives with her family in the 200’ notice area, started knocking on doors to ensure her neighbors knew what was happening and what they could do collectively.  She holds a B.S. from Cornell University’s College of Industrial and Labor Relations and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Jenn serves as DEP Committee Chair. 

John Haydu | Trustee

John is a realtor with Keller Williams in Montclair and lives in the 200’ notice area.  He is a lifelong resident of Essex Fells, where his parents worked and still reside; his father is a retired Essex Fells Chief of Police, and his mother was an elementary school teacher at the Essex Fells School for over 30 years. John worked as a stock specialist on the NYSE floor for Merrill Lynch /Bank of America for ten years.  He has a B.A. in Finance from Rider University.  John serves as Wildlife Committee Chair. 

Gary Abeles | Treasurer

Gary is a CPA, MBA, and member of the AICPA and NJCPA, and has lived on Howell Drive in  Verona for 37 years.

Barbara White | Board Advisor

Barbara is a CPA (retired), MSOD, and an Executive Coach in private practice.  Barbara has 30 years of diverse corporate experience in organizational development, internal consulting, and finance.  Barbara and her husband have lived in West Orange for 17 years in the 200’ notice area.

Committees & Chairs

OPEN SPACE | Paul Tractenberg, West Orange

DEP | Jennifer Sharret, West Orange

FINANCE | Patrick Laterza, Verona

WILDLIFE | John Haydu, Essex Fells

COMMUNITY OUTREACH | Rachel Klein, West Orange

TRAFFIC | Joe Pannullo, Essex Fells