2015 LHS Alumni Hall of Fame InducteesThe Livingston Education Foundation's Livingston High School Alumni Hall of Fame Reception to be held Thursday, October 15, 2015, will honor four alumni.
Jodie M. Gunzberg - Class of 1992
Jodie M. Gunzberg is global head of commodities at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Jodie is responsible for the product management of S&P DJI Commodity Indices, which include the S&P GSCI and Dow Jones Commodity Index (DJCI), among the most widely recognized commodity benchmarks in the world. The indices represent the global commodity market and are most commonly used for the historical benefits of inflation protection and diversification to stocks and bonds.Prior to joining S&P Dow Jones Indices in 2010, Jodie worked for more than a decade analyzing commodities in various roles within the investment management and consulting business. Most recently, Jodie was the chief investment strategist for an investment consulting firm. In her role she oversaw more than 350 plans ranging in size from USD 10 million to USD 13 billion and totaling more than USD 85 billion in assets. Jodie has published many industry pieces on hedge funds and commodity investing and is a frequent speaker and moderator. Jodie has given briefings to the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and has participated in national think tanks. She is commonly quoted by the press and has been a guest on BloombergTV, CNBC, Fox Business, Reuters, Sky News, Channel NewsAsia, ETNow and CCTV2.
Jodie is a CFA charterholder, member and curriculum consultant of the CFA Institute and is a Director on the Board of Directors for NYSSA. She is also a former director of the Board of Directors for CFA Chicago. Jodie currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Finance of Hofstra University. She received her MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Emory University.
Ronnie Spring - Class of 1989
Ron serves as the current Vice President of the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) and Vice Principal at South Plainfield High School. Prior to working at SPHS, Ron worked at East Orange Campus High School where he taught history and law and was advisor to the Mock Trial Law Club. In addition to teaching, he served as disciplinarian, Summer School Principal and Drop-Out Prevention Coordinator, assisting some of the most at-risk students reach success in high school and beyond. Since entering education, Ron’s professional and community service experience has been geared to the growth and success of all children. He has served as both LBOE President and Vice President, as a member of the NJSBA School Security Task Force, and the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. Prior to his career in education, Ron was a practicing attorney for approximately 8 years. Ron enjoys volunteering as a dog walker at a local animal shelter and working with his dog as part of a therapy dog team. Most of all, Ron enjoys spending time with his wife, Bonnie, and three beautiful children, Mason, Sara, and Eliana.
Martha E. Vincent, Ph.D., FACCP - Class of 1971
Currently Vice President of Development at Agensys, an affiliate of Astellas Pharma Inc., Dr. Vincent joined Agensys in 2004 and is a Corporate Officer and member of the Senior Management Team. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Vincent was responsible for filing 10 INDs (Investigational New Drug Applications) for naked antibody and antibody drug conjugate molecules. The applications, filed with the FDA and Canadian regulatory authorities in order to initiate FIM (first in man) clinical trials, allowed the conduct of multiple Phase 1 and Phase 2 testing of ADCs to treat solid tumors and hematologic cancers. She was hired within the first 100 employees at the company that has now grown to over 250 at Agensys in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Vincent started the department of Development that included toxicology, pharmacology and clinical employees in order to initiate the studies in prostate, lung, ovarian, breast, bladder pancreatic cancers and lymphoma.
Prior to Agensys, Dr. Vincent was Vice President of Global Development at Amgen where she served in a number of capacities over a period of 17 years. Dr. Vincent joined Amgen in 1987 and was a Corporate Officer and member of the Senior Management Team of Amgen. Over the 17 years she was at Amgen, she was responsible for filing 6 BLAs (biologic licensing applications) and the approvals of Epogen, Neupogen, Infergen, Stemgen, Cinecalcet, Denosamab and Infergen. Epogen, Neupogen and Denosamab have become blockbuster products that achieved multi-billion dollars in sales. Dr. Vincent represented Amgen at FDA and EMEA Advisory panel presentations to present the development data to these regulatory authorities that ultimately lead to the product approvals. Martha was one of the first 100 employees that grew to over 20,000 employees worldwide during her tenure. Under her leadership, she started the department of Development from a single person that grew to 800 people worldwide. As Vice President of Global Development, her responsibilities included leading the design and execution of all registrational clinical programs and generating the registrational data from Phase 1 – 3 clinical studies that lead to the filing of the BLAs. While still at Amgen, Dr. Vincent later became the Vice President of Global Medical Affairs where she lead the design and execution of all non-registrational clinical programs for marketed products in multiple therapeutic areas including, nephrology, oncology, and inflammation. Her Medical Affairs department encompassed Medical Operations, Pharmacoeconomics, Biostatistics and Data Warehousing, Safety, Medical Writing, Outsourcing, Contract Management, and Medical Communication.
Prior to Amgen, Dr. Vincent held senior level positions at Schering Plough Corporation and at Ayerst (affiliate of American Home Products).
Dr. Vincent serves on several non-profit boards and is a member of numerous professional groups. She is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and has received several awards including, most recently in 2012, the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. She also has received the Woman of the Year Award, the Iowa State University Citation of Merit, the Anti-Defamation League, Deborah Award, the Israel Cancer Research Fund Award – Women of Achievement and Leadership America, Woman of Action. Dr. Vincent received a BSc in Biology and Education from Iowa State University, and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now part of Rutgers University). She did her post-doctoral work at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She has authored more than 40 scientific publications in major journals.
Danny Zuker - Class of 1982
A BRIEF HISTORY OF DANNY ZUKER
- Born in 1964 with thick luxurious hair that I believed would never go away.
- Grew up in Livingston, New Jersey (with daddy issues) and attended Collins Elementary School, Mt. Pleasant Junior High, and Livingston High where I was described by my classmates and faculty as “a student.”
- Was vice president of my class during the Todd Christie administration. I think his older brother may have gone into politics.
- I began performing stand-up comedy, poorly, my senior year of high school. However after a six-year career I eventually became quite mediocre.
- Attended Syracuse University, I’m told.
- First job in showbiz: PA on Howard Stern’s late night talk show for Fox. Shot five episodes that never aired. Became life-long friends with Baba Booey. And also became a name dropper.
- Moved to LA at the end of 1987 just in time for a writers’ strike.
- First writing job: Arsenio Hall show. Spent the next few years of my career writing jokes/variety. Wrote the 43rd annual Emmy Awards, widely considered the best Emmy awards show amongst my mother’s friends.
- First Sitcom Job: Final season of “Evening Shade” with the very crazy Burt Reynolds.
- Moved on to “Roseanne” with the slightly crazier Roseanne.
- From there went on to write for “Grace Under Fire” with the absolutely-straight-jacket-danger-to-herself-and-others-crazy Brett Butler.
- Enjoyed three years with no crazies on “Just Shoot Me.” Great writers, terrific cast.\
- Wrote, produced, many unsuccessful pilots.
- Eventually co-created the show “Off Centre” which aired on the WB for two seasons. Okay a season and a half. An utterly enjoyable experience and show that I wish more people watched because my house would be much bigger.
- Spent the next few years bouncing from show to show, writing pilots. Created a show called “The Men’s Room” that was picked up by NBC. Shot six episodes that they never aired. I thought they were pretty good but I’m sure NBC knew what it was doing. This is sarcasm.
- Worked in NYC on my first drama. The little watched but excellent “The Unusuals” on ABC starring future Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner. I was sorry they cancelled this show but if they hadn’t I wouldn’t have been hired on…
- “Modern Family” The show that saved my house, and gave me a bunch of Emmys. God, I love those Emmys.
- I now spend most of my time working on the show’s 7th season, writing pilots to shoot in the spring, and writing dirty jokes and insulting Donald Trump on Twitter. Also I’m a husband and a father of three living in Manhattan Beach.