The Rose House Board of Trustees


Edward Abelew - President

Mr. Abelew is a parent, businessman, and community leader. He founded IMPAC, a marketing consulting firm, in 1984 and has served recognizable clients including Ciby Geigy, Lucent Technologies, Nabisco Foods, Kraft Foods North America and Celgene, a leading bio tech pharmaceutical, as well as small B2B companies. He also is Chair of the Cultural Arts Committee of Hanover Township and has held previous Board positions in the Hanover Wind Symphony, Chatham Community Band and Temple Adath Shalom. He has also been a member of numerous corporate steering committees. He is an active participant as Committee Chair for several Rose House organizational and functional initiatives. His business and marketing acumen has proved invaluable to the Board of Trustees and to The Rose House organization.


Andrew Botwin - Trustee


Maryann Ford - Secretary / Trustee


Tracy A. Higgins - Trustee

Tracy A. Higgins is an EMDR trained Licensed Professional Counselor and Behavior Analyst specializing in sexual trauma and abuse prevention with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Ms. Higgins has worked as a therapist at Morris CARES for the past 9 years and is responsible for the development of specialized services for survivors of sexual violence and at risk adolescents and adults with ID/DD. Ms. Higgins is also in private practice in Morristown, NJ. She serves as a consultant to agencies, organizations and schools, providing workshops and training on sexual violence, behavior management, positive communication, relationship and social skills development.


Mark Kramer - Trustee

Mark is the founder, along with his wife Pearl, of The Rose House, and served as its Executive Director from 1999 through 2014.


Elizabeth Lehmann - Trustee

Ms. Lehmann served as Director of Social Services for Morris County, where she was responsible for the administration of all state, federal, and local public assistance and social service programs as well as the administration of a 429-bed nursing home and two adult day care centers.  She has also served as Northern Regional Supervisor for the NJ Department of Human Services, and has had significant experience in the development of creative solutions and helping contentious factions reach consensus. In addition, she was Executive Director of The New Philharmonic of New Jersey, a professional symphony orchestra.

Ms. Lehmann holds a Master of Public Administration degree, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was honored with the Rutgers Graduate Student Government Award for Academic Excellence.  She has served as a member of the Boards of Directors for The Morris County Urban League, The Dover Community Clinic, Creative Heartwork, North Jersey Counseling Centers, DAWN Center for Independent Living, Child and Family Resources, and The United Way of Morris County.


Dr. Edward Yaw - Trustee


Tom Mitchell - Executive Director*

Tom Mitchell started with The Rose House in 2014, bringing 22 years experience in the social services/healthcare field and has both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in health care administration.  Tom’s experience encompasses residential, day and educational services as well as the care of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tom is married to his wife Robyn of 14 years and proud parents of their three sons, Aiden, Austin, and Ashton. He is very active in his community, coaching baseball, football, wrestling and basketball and is a member of the High Point Midget Football Board. 

* Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.


Board of Advisors

  • Senator Anthony Bucco
  • Allen Bloom
  • Bill Byrne
  • Rev. Jack Korbman
  • Kem Mackey
  • Nathan Reich
  • Aaron Singer
  • Jonas Singer
  • Rosemary Wall
  • Dr. Stephen Winters

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