Contact/Learn About The Pinelands Commission
The New Jersey Pinelands Commission is an independent state agency overseen by a 15-member board of unpaid Commissioners. Seven members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor of New Jersey, and confirmed by the state Senate; one member is appointed by each of the seven Pinelands counties; and one member is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
The Pinelands Commission creates and implements the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The Comprehensive Management Plan is the body of rules which carries out the mandates of the 1979 New Jersey Pinelands Protection Act and the Federal National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 to promote orderly development in the Pinelands so as to preserve and protect the significant and unique natural, ecological, agricultural, archaeological, historical, scenic, cultural and recreational resources of the Pinelands.
The Commission has the power to override all local land use and development regulations, and municipalities are required by law to conform their local master plans and zoning ordinances to the regional plan.
Members of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission can be contacted by writing to:
[Name of the Commissioner]
New Jersey Pinelands Commission
P.O. Box 359
15 Springfield Road
New Lisbon, New Jersey 08064
Phone: (609) 894-7300
Appointee by U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Joseph DiBello -- Mr. DiBello was appointed to the Commission in November 2012. Currently he serves as Superintendent of the National Parks Service’s Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail and is based out of Philadelphia. DiBello began his career in the U.S. Department of the Interior as a planner in 1974. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from Drexel University and a master of business administration in 2006 from Temple University.
Candace McKee Ashmun - Ms. Ashmun has served as a member of the Pinelands Commission since its creation in 1979. She has also served on the State Planning Commission and as Executive Director and three‑term President of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. A private consultant to nonprofit organizations, Ms. Ashmun has received numerous awards, including the American Planning Association Distinguished Leadership Award.
Edward Lloyd - Mr. Lloyd joined the Commission as a gubernatorial appointee in 2002. Mr. Lloyd is Clinical Professor of Environmental Law at Columbia Law School. He previously served for 15 years as Director of the Rutgers University Environmental Law Clinic. Mr. Lloyd is General Counsel and past Executive Director of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Environmental Litigation, and has testified before Congressional and legislative committees on issues including energy conservation, clean water standards and regulations, water supply planning and conservation. A graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Lloyd holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin.
Robert Jackson - A resident of Middle Township in Cape May County, Robert Jackson joined the Commission as a gubernatorial appointee in June 2008. Mr. Jackson served as the Mayor of West Cape May from 2001-2005. He is currently the Legal Redress Chairman of the Cape May County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and is the President of the Board of Cape Human Resources.
Mark S. Lohbauer (Chair) - A resident of Pennsauken, Mr. Lohbauer joined the Pinelands Commission in July 2011. Since 2004, Lohbauer has been a principal of JGSC Group, a retail market-making firm that focuses on revitalizing downtown commercial corridors. Mr. Lohbauer has also served on the Pennsauken Township Committee and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He has been active in environmental issues and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University.
Gary Quinn - Mr. Quinn joined the Commission on July 2011. Currently the Mayor of Lacey, Mr. Quinn has served on the Township Committee since 2003. He is the President and Owner of Eastport Builders, a real estate development company that specializes in developing single-family residential developments, multi-family senior housing and commercial site plans throughout southern Ocean County.
D'Arcy Rohan Green - Ms. Rohan Green joined the Commission in July 2011. A resident of Bay Head, Rohan Green currently serves on the Bay Head Borough Council and is a former member of the Borough's Environmental Commission and Planning Board. Rohan Green serves on the Board of Directors for Save Barnegat Bay and is an advisory member of Clean Ocean Action and the New Jersey Environmental Federation.
Richard H. Prickett -- Mr. Prickett joined the Commission in January 2012. Prickett retired in 2006 after teaching high school science in the Lakewood School District in Ocean County for 26 years. There, he taught advanced placement biology, environmental science, physical science and chemistry. Mr. Prickett has been a member of the Pemberton Township Council since 2002. He served as Council President in 2002 and 2006 and was a member of the township's Planning Board from 2003-2005. Prickett was named an outstanding educator by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance in 2005.
Paul E. Galletta - A lifelong resident of Hammonton, Mr. Galletta began serving as Atlantic County's representative on the Pinelands Commission in April 2007. Mr. Galletta is the owner and director of the Atlantic Blueberry Company, the largest cultivated blueberry farm in the United States.
Sean W. Earlen - Mr. Earlen has served as Burlington County's representative on the Commission since August 2011. A resident of Lumberton, Mr. Earlen is the Director of Real Estate & Acquisitions for Constructural Dynamics, Inc. of Fairless Hills, PA. He is involved in overseeing the companys land-use functions as well as its manufacturing and industrial locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Edward McGlinchey - Mr. McGlinchey has served as Camden County's representative on the Commission since August 2010. Mr. McGlinchey has served as Winslow Township's Public Works Manager since 1979 and as the township's Zoning Officer since 1982.
Cape May County
William J. Brown - Mr. Brown has represented Cape May County on the Commission since 1981. A licensed insurance agent, real estate broker and certified real estate appraiser, Mr. Brown is the president of the William J. Brown Agency, Inc., a real estate and insurance firm in Marmora.
Leslie M. Ficcaglia - Representing Cumberland County since 1996, Ms. Ficcaglia served as a member of the Maurice River Township Planning Board for almost twenty years, including seven as Chair. She was Vice Chair of the Cumberland County Planning Board until 2007, and is currently a member of the County Tourism Council, trustee of the Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and its Tributaries, and sits on the Delaware Bayshores Advisory Council of The Nature Conservancy.
Francis A. Witt - Francis Witt began serving as Gloucester County's representative on the Commission in February 2004. He is a Partner in the firm of Joseph F. McKernan Architects and Associates in Cherry Hill, where he also serves as Treasurer and Marketing Principal.
Alan W. Avery, Jr, -- Mr. Avery served as the Ocean County representative on the Commission from 1983 to 2005 and was reappointed as the county representative in December of 2013. He served as the Commission’s Vice chairman from 1995 to 2005. Avery retired as the Ocean County Administrator, after many years of service as the county’s Planning Director and Director of Solid Waste Management. Mr. Avery holds an undergraduate degree from Colgate University, as well as a master’s degree of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.
The Executive Director
Nancy Wittenberg -- A resident of Toms River, Wittenberg began serving as the Commission's Executive Director in January 2011. She previously served as the Assistant Commissioner of Climate and Environmental Compliance for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). There, she oversaw statewide programs covering air quality permitting and planning, climate change, energy, solid and hazardous waste planning and regulation, pollution prevention, radiation prevention, nuclear safety, and pollution and release prevention. She also served as the Director of Environmental Affairs for the New Jersey Builders Association. Wittenberg holds a master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Vermont.
(Commissioners' biographies adapted from the Pinelands Commission website. For more information please visit their website at http://www.state.nj.us/pinelands/about/memb/)