Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Michael Shannon

President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

Michael Shannon is founding president of the not-for-profit Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) located in Hackensack, NJ. Mr. Shannon holds a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, an M.A. in Adult Education from the department of Organization & Leadership at Columbia Teachers College, and a M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University. His professional background includes corporate management as President, Northwood Corporation; Director, Design & Marketing, at Dunbar Furniture Company; and Director of Design, Formica Corporation. His self-employed experience includes design management consulting, free-lance furniture design, and pre-K-12 educational consulting in the fields of Design & Technology Education, 3-D Design, and Service Learning.

Lynne Harwell Algrant

CEO, Bergen Volunteer Center and Seminar Co-Director, Bergen LEADS

Lynne Harwell Algrant is chief executive office of the Bergen Volunteer Center and seminar co-director of Bergen LEADS. In addition, she is the founder of H 10 A Consulting, a practice focused on issues of leadership and effectiveness. Her clients include: the Association of Black Foundation Executives; DeLaSalle Academy (NYC), a 6th through 8th grade independent school for children from low-income families; the Cleveland (OH) Fire Department and the Brick City Development Corporation in Newark.

Her career began in independent school education when she worked at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in admissions and in the summer school program. She then moved to New York City to work at DeLaSalle Academy as director of high school placement and director of development. Lynne spent seven years at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in admissions and diversity and served as one of the class deans. For five years, she served as Executive Director of The Albert G. Oliver Program, a program dedicated to placing and supporting students of color in independent schools. While at Oliver, Lynne helped to found the Independent School Placement Association, a national consortium of organizations serving students of color in independent schools. As Executive Director of an educational non-profit, she took the organization from bankruptcy to solvency in two years.

Ms. Algrant was awarded the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and is a member of the Englewood Rotary Club.

John Devol

Founder, Arts Horizons

John Devol is a professional musician and licensed educator, with a BA degree from Ohio University and a MA from University of Maryland. While pursuing an active musical career and serving in the pit orchestra for the full run of Broadway’s “A Chorus Line,” Mr. Devol devoted his daytime attention to reaching children through the beauty of the arts. In 1978, he founded Arts Horizons, which has since served over eight million children in ten states. Mr. Devol provided the vision and direction, which has made the organization a key player in the field of arts education. In 2010, he stepped down as Executive Director, but remains involved as a trustee and assists in resource development.

Francis Reiner

PP, LLA, Senior Urban Designer & Landscape Architect, DMR

Mr. Reiner is a professional planner, urban designer and landscape architect with more than 20 years of experience working for both the public and private sector. He is registered in Landscape Architecture and Professional Planning in New Jersey, holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.

He has been involved with the design and development of Mixed Use, Urban Infill, Transit Oriented and Traditional Neighborhood Developments as both a design professional and as a project manager with a development firm. He has extensive experience working with municipalities on the design and implementation of Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Plans. His experience includes: Zoning Analysis, Entitlement Process, Development Feasibility Studies, Parks and Streetscape Design, Fiscal Impact Analysis, Site Planning, Yield Studies, PILOT and Developer Negotiations, and Public Workshops.

Mr. Reiner has also worked with developers in the design and entitlement of Multifamily and Mixed Use projects which include: Site Planning, Conceptual Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Construction Oversight. His recent projects include the Hackensack Downtown Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Plans, Salem Street Development Plan, Kean University 2020 Vision Plan, SkyMark Mixed Use Redevelopment, The Second Ward Neighborhood Master Plan and Morningside Village.