Today Grounds For Sculpture announced that four new members have been elected to its Board of Directors. Michelle J. Bajwa, Cataldo Doria and Umesh Gaur joined the board in December 2021, and Nick Pahade in June 2022. In addition, longtime administrator Penelope Lattimer assumed the position of vice chair. The cohort joins the leadership of Grounds For Sculpture at a time when the institution remains committed to broadening and deepening its impact by growing as a cultural center, strengthening its engagement with a diverse audience and maximizing its educational reach. throughout the region and beyond.
As community leaders in sectors such as medicine, finance, digital media, education and information technology, the new directors bring to the board a wide range of skills, a diversity of backgrounds and a philanthropic initiative. Together, they will work with current board members and staff leadership to strengthen Grounds For Sculpture’s position as a premier cultural organization in New Jersey that invites a diverse audience to create, learn, and discover. personal meaning in their interactions with art, artists, nature and one another.
“We are thrilled to welcome these four outstanding community leaders to our Board of Directors and to see Dr. Lattimer take on a greater leadership role after his 7 years of service. We look forward to tapping into their knowledge and expertise. expertise as we continue to build on a dynamic foundation of 30 years of success to develop the next chapter in the Grounds For Sculpture story,” said Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director of Grounds For Sculpture. shared goal of creating a truly inclusive, thoughtful, and responsive oasis that serves local communities and provides a culturally and educationally enriching experience at the intersection of art and nature.”
Michelle J. Bajwa
Michelle Bajwa is an IT entrepreneur and currently serves as Vice President of Bizratings.com/360score.me, a software services startup she co-owns with her husband and business partner Rashaad Bajwa. Previously, she co-founded Domain Computer Services, Inc while still a student. Over the next 20 years, Domain established itself as a leader in the field of managed IT services. Bajwa received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Bajwa is an active member of the community and serves as Chair of the Board of Womanspace, Inc. and Trustee of Chapin School in Princeton. She previously partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County to create a computer science internship called “The Domain Future Tech Academy”, which sponsored experiential learning opportunities in basic computer science for high school students.
Cataldo Doria is an internationally renowned surgeon who serves as Medical Director at Capital Health System Cancer Center in Pennington, NJ, where he oversees clinical operations, including disease-specific clinical performance groups, clinical research and progress in cancer care. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Doria has held faculty positions at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Temple University College of Science & Technology, IsMETT – UPMC Italy, Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center (Pittsburgh , PA), at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. , and the University of Perugia (Italy).
Dr. Doria obtained his medical degree at the Medical School of the University of Perugia, where he also completed his internship and residency. He is a member of several professional societies and associations, including the American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association, Association for Academic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, and American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
Umesh Gaur, Ph.D. is the president of Gaur Asset Management and its principal portfolio manager. Gaur holds a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and a doctorate in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed the Financial Planning Institute program to become a Certified Financial Planner at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1998. He is currently a member of the South Asian Art Advisory Committee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and previously served on the board of administering the Peabody Essex. Museum (Salem, MA).
Along with his wife Sunanda, Gaur amassed a significant collection of modern and contemporary Indian art. The Gaur Collection comprises approximately 400 paintings, works on paper, prints, tribal and folk paintings, sculptures and photographs, and has been exhibited at a number of institutions including the Rubin Museum of Art (New York), the Surrey Art Gallery (Surrey, Canada) and the Frost Art Museum (Miami).
Penelope Lattimer is the former director of the Rutgers Institute to Improve Student Achievement (RIISA). Dr. Lattimer is a former New Jersey State Deputy Commissioner of Education and has served as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, high school principal, and teacher.
In addition to her career in education, Dr. Lattimer is a community leader engaged in arts advocacy and philanthropic efforts. She has been a board member of Grounds For Sculpture since 2015 and recently served as chair of the board of George Street Playhouse. Previously, she served on the boards of Crossroads Roads Theater Company and American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School, and was a member of the New Jersey Council on The Arts.
Nick Pahade is a digital marketing pioneer with over two decades of experience leading digital and media agencies, as well as e-commerce and technology platforms. He is currently CEO of CrowdHere, a digital services agency he recently incubated.
Previously, Pahade served as CEO and President of Poptent, leading its merger with Vizy, and led US and Canadian operations as President and CEO of Initiative North America, one of the Interpublic Group’s two global media networks. He has also served as CEO of digital media management platform Traffiq, Chairman of TrueAction, Chairman of Denuo and Managing Director of Mediacom Digital. Pahade holds a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and Marketing from the University of Michigan.
About Carving Patterns
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre non-profit sculpture park, arboretum and museum, founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Showcasing nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in an inviting landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and nature to surprise, inspire and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers rotating special exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs and dynamic family events. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture is easily accessible from the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and is now open year-round. For more information, visit groundforsculpture.org.