Ewing Elected Officials

2016 Board and Officers

Joseph Mirabella [Chairman]
John Hoegl [Vice Chairman]
Jeff Passe [Secretary]

  • Dan Burke – [Planning Board, Site Review Liaison]
    Dan is a New Jersey state certified landscape architect who joined the EEC in 2013. LLA from Penn State.  He participates in the site review committee and was involved in Ewing Master Plan revisions.
  • Ann Rawlings Farnham  [Author, Tree of the Month/Site review]
    Ann Farnham, LLA, has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois.  She writes the Tree of the Month column and is on the Site Review Committee.
  • Lee Farnham
    An Environmental Commission member since 2003, Lee is a graduate of Middlebury College, Vt., a lifelong birder, member of Feeder Watch, and Trustee of the New Jersey Association of Environmental Commissions (ANJEC).
  • John Hoegl [Vice Chairman]
    A retired businessman who joined the EEC in 2005, John is a graduate of Bucknell University and spent over 43 years in industry. He is a founding member of the Ewing Green Team, and his major concern is to find and implement renewable energy technologies to mitigate global warming, and to save money in so doing.
  • Joseph-Mark Mirabella [Chairman]
    NJDEP 31 yrs., Ewing Redevelopment Agency, BS & MS Environmental Science Rutgers
  • Joanne Mullowney  [Webmaster]
    IT Librarian – Webmaster and Technology Training Supervisor at East Brunswick Public Library (retired) (MLS – Rutgers), a lifelong gardener and current Co-Chair of the Ewing Green Team.  She joined the EEC in 2015.
  • Jo Ann Povia
    Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio (NJ State Legislature District 15), former Director of Research and Special Projects, Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Jo Ann joined the EEC in 2011.
  • Jeff Passe [Water Issues & Secretary]
    Jeff Passe is Dean of the School of education at The College of NJ. He has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. Before coming to NJ, he was a certified Chesapeake Bay Water Steward.  He joined the EEC in 2015.


Members of the Ewing Environmental Commission, with the exception of new appointees, have all completed the course on the Fundamentals for Effective Environmental Commissions given by ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissioners) or Rutgers University’s Environmental Stewards program. Several members have attended presentations on Trees, Water Protection, Air Pollution, and other environmental topics.


goldrunsceneSince arboriculture is constantly changing with fast-paced technological and scientific innovations, Ewing recognizes the need for a broad based and ongoing training program for individuals at all levels of the Shade Tree Management Program. From Public works Employees to Committee Members and Administrators, all need continued technical and managerial information to benefit Ewing’s tree resource.

Current Training

The Ewing Environmental Commission and the Department of Public Works have a portion of their budgets dedicated to ongoing training of its Committee members and Public Works Crews.  The Ewing Environmental Commission encourages and provides for its members to participate in continuing education classes and CORE training as included in the New Jersey Shade Tree & Community Forestry Assistance Act.

  • Environmental Commission members Dan Burke, Joe Mirabella and John Hoegl are CORE trained as are a number of Township employees.  Members of the Environmental Commission also attended continuing education courses at the Shade Tree Federation’s annual meeting in October 2012.
  • Several members of the Commission are Licensed Landscape Architects who go to a variety of environmental tree and plant seminars each year at Bowman’s Hill, The Morton Arboretum and the Philadelphia Flower Show, etc. The Commission is required to generate eight CEUs each year for tree-related educational seminars, but between them our two Landscape Architects usually receive 25-30 CEU credits for their classes.

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