Trustees

Our Trustees

Jennifer Clarke, MSW | President

Jennifer began working with Project U.S.E. in June 1990 as an instructor and worked as the Health Services Program Coordinator from 1993-1995.  Jen moved on from Project U.S.E. in 1995 to earn her Masters of Science in Social Work at Columbia University. She worked as a social worker and intake coordinator for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services AIDS Day Treatment Center and as a crisis counselor for Columbia High School in the Maplewood/South Orange, New Jersey school district.

Currently, Jen lives in Chatham, NJ with her husband Andrew and two children and is a part-time Assistant House Manager for Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.


Eric Henkel | Vice President
Lecturer, James Madison University

Eric got his start with Project U.S.E. in 1995 building challenge courses for Special Projects and became the program’s first Director in 1997.  In 2000 he went to the University of Virginia to become the Director of Poplar Ridge Experiential Learning and Training and the assistant director of Outdoor Recreation.  He currently is a lecturer in the College of Business at James Madison University, a position he has held since 2006.  He teaches a course on interpersonal skills to undergraduate business students and incorporates experiential learning into the classroom.

Eric lives in Ruckersville, Virginia with his wife Jen and three kids.


Donna Strick | Secretary
Finance Governance Analyst, SwissRe

Donna’s passion for outdoor adventures began in 1993 when she worked as an Instructor with the Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center at Project U.S.E. To date, her adventures include: hiking the Salkantay Trail to Macchu Picchu, white water rafting the lower section of the Grand Canyon, hikes on the W and Full Circuits in Patagonia and horseback riding in the high desert of Atacama. She holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and lives in New York City.


Anthony Capone
Co-Owner, Alma Restaurant

Anthony began his association with Project U.S.E. in 1993 as an Instructor with the Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center. Shortly thereafter he took over the reigns of TREK, a 30-day expeditionary program for incarcerated male teens. The TREK program, a partnership between Project U.S.E. and New Jersey’s Juvenile Justice Commission, operated for 11 years and had the lowest recidivism rate of any program in the state. Anthony also helped co-create Project U.S.E.’s 50 Mile Hike fundraiser. In 2002, Anthony left Project U.S.E. to create Alma Restaurant, now widely known as one of the finest Mexican restaurants in New York.


Chase Gray
MBA Candidate, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Chase joined Project U.S.E. through the Wharton School’s Board Fellows Program.  A native Oregonian and outdoor enthusiast, Chase was drawn to Project U.S.E. by its emphasis on outdoor leadership development and its relationship with the Wharton Leadership Program, through which Chase is leading a venture to the Atacama Desert next year.

Prior to attending Wharton, Chase lived in Lusaka, Zambia and worked for World Bicylce Relief, a social enterprise dedicated to mobilizing people through the power of bicycles. Previously, he was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting in New York, working to solve strategic and operational challenges with clients across diverse industries. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and lives in Philadelphia, PA.


Suzanne Horsley
Wellness Teacher

Suzanne Scott Horsley is a wellness teacher in central New Jersey. For many years she worked for a YMCA residential camp in northeastern Pennsylvania that serviced underprivileged youth. As a counselor and unit director from 1987-1993 she was instrumental in creating many new programs that focused on building confidence, creativity, and resilience. Suzanne is a 1987 graduate of The College of William and Mary where she majored in kinesiology and religion. While in college Suzanne was part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, an aide to the College President, a worker for the Appalachian community house building, and a field hockey and lacrosse player who was on the athletic advisory committee. She received her Masters of Science in 1990 in Outdoor Education from The University of Akron. In 1990 she became a physical education teacher, mentor, coach, and director of the Project Adventure program at The University of Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. As a board of trustee with Project USE since 2013, Suzanne recognizes the significant influence she and this wonderful organization can have on many, especially in providing outdoor experiences to today’s young people.

Suzanne and her husband Tom live in Pennington, NJ with their three children.


Brian Kathenes
President, Progressive Business Concepts, Inc.

Brian Kathenes is a consultant, writer, and speaker, specializing in team development and organizational performance.  He previously served as Senior Associate of High Impact Training, the corporate training division of Project U.S.E.

He is the President and CEO of Progressive Business Concepts, Inc., a firm founded in 1986.  He has designed and delivered advanced management development training programs for a diverse range of clients, including Novartis, the New York City Police Department, MasterCard, Verizon, Internal Revenue Service, and also serves as an adjunct professor for Rutgers University Center for Government Services.

Brian appears frequently on television and radio and has been quoted in the New York Times, Successful Meetings, and USA Today. He is the host of the weekly radio show: “Value This!! with Brian and Leon,” and is a science fiction and technology appraisal expert on The Discovery Channel’s: POP NATION: America’s Coolest Stuff. Brian was honored by the Mayor of Hope New Jersey with Hope Township’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award.


Caroline Wooldridge
Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

Caroline joined the board in 2013 through Wharton Business School’s Board Fellow Program. Prior to attending Wharton, Caroline spent more than five years marketing and leading educational travel, domestic and abroad. As a lifelong Girl Scout, she also has years of experience as a summer camp counselor. Caroline has worked as a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group for the last two years, with experience in brand strategy, org design, and digital strategy. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Thom Radice
Principal, Oceanpoint Consulting, Inc.

Thom Radice is the principal of Oceanpoint Consulting, Inc., a New Jersey-based company created in 1992.  Organizations currently work with Thom to create high-performance teams and create corporate cultures that drive accountability.  He also works as an independent contractor, facilitating leadership development training sessions, skill-building seminars, and team development workshops for all levels of employees in different industries including health services, technology, and consumer products.

He received a BA in History from Maryville College in Tennessee and a BS in education from the College of New Jersey, later working in two private schools for “behaviorally challenged” adolescents. His interests include yoga, model railroading, the American Civil War, poetry, and spending quiet time along the Jersey shore.

Thom was a lead instructor for Project U.S.E., and later became director of High Impact Training, where he helped to design and conduct experiential trainings and interventions for business leaders, their teams, and their organizations.


Gary Thomas
Owner, The Sailing School

Gary Thomas (a USCG licensed Captain) has been involved in sailing for over 45 years and teaching new sailors for the last 30.  Starting out at the Red Dragon Canoe Club on the Delaware River, he introduced new sailors to the sport of dinghy sailing.  That led to involvement with the Eastern Shore Small Craft Institute on the Chesapeake Bays Eastern Shore where for twenty years Gary went from teaching American Red Cross Basic Sailing to Instructor Trainer, to coordinating the entire program.  In 1998 he went to work with the Philadelphia Sailing School as a Basic Keel Boat Instructor teaching American Sailing Association certification programs and in 2013 he was named American Sailing Association Instructor of the Year. He is currently the owner of The Sailing School in Riverside, New Jersey and Worton Creek, Maryland.


Maryanne Mecca
Retired HR Professional, Current Yoga Instructor

Maryanne Mecca is a retired HR Professional, having specialized in HR management, and organizational development. She is a skilled communicator, organizer, and leader adept at policy implementation in the manufacturing environment.

In addition to her professional career in HR, she has a solid history of community involvement and volunteerism.  She is able to teach and direct individuals at all levels of an organization.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University, and has a certification in Professional Human Resources Management (PHR).


Paul Ciesmelewski
President, North Star Business Consulting

Paul Ciesmelewski is the President of North Star Business Consulting, a business advisory firm working with clients to solve difficult business problems and offer strategic operations and financial advice.  In this role, he uses his extensive experience in real estate development operations and finance to help companies solve complex problems.

He received a BA in Accounting and Finance from Rutgers-Newark, and also has volunteer experience working with the New York City Fire Museum and Junior Acheivement of New York.


Snow Li
MBA Candidate, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Snow joined Project U.S.E.’s board through the Wharton School’s Nonprofit Board Fellows Program. Prior to business school, Snow was a Teach For America corps member, teaching elementary special education in Chicago Public Schools and with KIPP:NJ in Newark. After teaching, Snow also worked at Achievement Network, an education nonprofit providing assessment and coaching services to low-income schools across the U.S. She is drawn to Project U.S.E.’s commitment to youth in the Newark community. Snow holds a B.A. from Princeton University.