Board of Directors
Rob Mooney, Chairman
Rob is Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Snowden Lane Partners, a national independent wealth advisory boutique. Rob spent 22 years at Merrill Lynch, in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and London. He was General Counsel and Chief Business Risk Officer of Global Wealth Management and a member of the GWM Executive and Operating Committees. He previously held senior executive positions in International Private Client and the Asia Pacific Region. Rob started at Merrill Lynch in London (Europe, Middle East and Africa Region) and before that worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has a BA from Franklin and Marshall College and a JD from George Washington University. Rob is passionate about preserving the integrity of our criminal justice system. He has been a long time supporter of Centurion. Rob is a former Board Chair and Board member of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey and a founding Board member of the Christina Seix Academy, a residential school for underprivileged inner city children. Rob and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Princeton, NJ and have four children.
Kate Germond, President
I grew up in Storrs Connecticut, the daughter of two scientists and went to college very briefly before heading west to Mendocino California where I lived happily for 20 years. During those 20 years I started a business in the village of Mendocino in the mid-60’s, worked for a gourmet coffee company, helped my best friend open a shoe store, was a bookkeeper for a number of businesses, and managed to marry four husbands before leaving in late 1986. However, my passion was volunteer work. I started Mendocino’s first soup kitchen with another woman. I helped efforts to stop clear cut logging and small net fishing. I was able to change the way people (hippies) were able to register to vote so that it was much more egalitarian. My home was a safe house for women who left their abusers. I grew up in Mendocino and count it my ‘heart’ home. My husband and I headed east when he was offered interesting work with old friends in Manhattan. It was there in November 1986 I opened up the NY Times to an article about Jim McCloskey’s work on behalf of the wrongly convicted and I thought he needed my help. I called him up, we met, and thought we could get along and we worked together for the next 28 years. I had my own cases I worked as an investigator all over the US and I helped grow Centurion with Jim. I am an incredibly lucky woman to have found this work I have two basically neglected sons, a grandson, and a very patient husband.
Charles Crow, Esq.
Charlie is a founding partner at Crow & Cushing, a law firm representing individuals and entities concerned with physical commodity products for consumption or investment. He provides legal representation to multi-national firms including those in metals, softs, and energy. Charlie specializes in regulatory, transactional and corporate matters involving the SEC, CFTC, PERC, and IRS as well as experience with State Securities boards and Boards of Public Utilities. His clients include public and private firms and individuals in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, and the United States. Charlie holds a seat on the Boards of Arden Capital Management LLC; Blenheim Capital Management LLC; Investor Analytics LLC; Quality Capital Management (UK); and Tenor Capital Management, LP Funds. He is currently Chairman of the Board for 1st Constitution Bank, (FCCY). In addition to his longstanding commitment to Centurion since 1995, Charlie’s charitable work includes member of the Board of Starfish Foundation for Children with Aids, Inc from 1995 – 2000; Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey from 1991 – 1995 when he served a year long term as President. Charlie is currently on the Board of the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY. Initially Charlie was drawn to Centurion because of his sense that while we have the fairest legal system in the world, it is run by human beings, and as such it is less than perfect. Where our system has made mistakes, he firmly believes it is incumbent on everyone but particularly those connected with the judicial system whether, lawyer, judge, prosecutor or law student to see that those mistakes are not allowed to go uncorrected and without remedy. Charlie has a BA from Hartwick College and a JD from Seton Hall University. He and his wife Lynn live in Princeton, NJ, have two grown children and #? grandchildren.
Virginia Long, Esq.
Virginia Long, retired NJ Supreme Court Justice, served 15 years on the Appellate Division and 12 years as a pivotal player on the Supreme Court. In 2012, she joined Fox, Rothschild where she devotes her efforts to assisting clients with ethics and appellate matters, corporate governance and governmental integrity investigations, and also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in civil and matrimonial cases. Virginia spearheads the firm’s pro bono efforts in New Jersey and was recently appointed to the Supreme Court special committee on attorney ethics to study the new ABA rules on professional conduct. Virginia received a BA from Dunbarton college of Holy Cross and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law. She began her career as a Deputy Attorney General and later served as Director of the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and as Commissioner of the former NJ Department of Banking. A respected member of the New Jersey bar for more than 40 years, Virginia was appointed to the state’s high court by Governor Christine Todd Whitman in 1999. In that capacity, she authored many opinions, challenging the imposition of the death penalty, which she believed was impossible to apply rationally and consistently. Included among her many honors and awards, Virginia received the Roger N. Baldwin Award, American Civil Liberties Union of NJ in 2014 and the NJ Psychiatric Association Citizen of the Year Award in 2012 for establishing the DSM-IV standard in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder cases. Virginia has served on Centurion’s Board since 2012. Additionally, she is on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Services of New Jersey and the Deborah Heart and Lung Center.
James McCloskey, Founder
Subsequent to graduating from Bucknell University in 1964, Jim spent three years as a U.S. Naval Officer, including a year in Vietnam patrolling the rivers in the Mekong Delta serving as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Naval Junk Fleet. For such service he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with the Combat “V”. He then spent the next 12 years working for two different management consulting companies specializing in Japanese business affairs, the first in Tokyo and the second with the Hay group in his hometown of Philadelphia. In 1979, Jim felt a call to leave the business world and enter the ministry. In 1983, upon graduating with a Master of Divinity degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary and freeing an innocent man he met as a student chaplain at Trenton State Prison, Jim founded Centurion Ministries. Although still a member of Centurion’s Board of Trustees and still managing several cases he has been working on for years, Jim retired from the active management of Centurion’s organization in 2015. In 1993 Jim was the recipient of Princeton Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Currently Jim is a member of Princeton’s Nassau Presbyterian Church’s Session, the ruling body of the church. He is also in the process of writing a book about his and Centurion’s 36 year experience with our nation’s criminal justice system.
Edwin Pisani, CPA
Edwin(Ed) is a retired partner of Ernst & Young with 40 years experience serving top-tier financial services institutions in both the assurance and advisory areas. Ed currently serves on the boards of a publicly traded bank in New Jersey and 2 asset management companies located in the New York Metropolitan area. Ed holds a BS in electrical engineering from Clarkson University, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in accounting from Northwestern University. For the past 20 years Ed has led a mentoring program with Adlai Stevenson High School in the Bronx. Ed was introduced to Centurion by retired Chairman, Jay Regan and current Director, Charles Crow, who spoke in glowing terms about the mission of Centurion and the tremendous passion and commitment of its leaders, Jim McCloskey and Kate Germond. Ed has served on the Board of Centurion for nearly 20 years and remains very enthusiastic about its strategic mission and contribution to society. Ed and his wife Margy have two daughters, Genny and Emilia.