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Perry Rosenstein
In Memoriam: Founder & President
Perry Rosenstein, the founder and president of the Puffin Foundation, passed away on 4/3/20 from the COVID-19 virus. Our hearts go out to people all over the world who are struggling with this terrible pandemic. At this time, the physical doors of the Puffin Foundation, the Puffin Cultural Forum, and the Teaneck Creek Conservancy are closed, but our work will absolutely continue. And while Perry's death is a personal loss to the many people who loved him, his progressive values and the projects he supported will most certainly live on. When we are on the other side of this, we will gather together to celebrate Perry’s life and legacy. In the meantime, we invite you to share your memories, stories, and reflections on this Facebook page, and to enjoy those shared by others.  Perry Rosenstein: A Life and Times Memorial (see Facebook link below). Perry was born in the Bronx to Polish émigrés who instilled in him a tremendous work ethic and a passion for social justice. In World War Two, Perry served in the South Pacific, and with the help of the GI Bill he earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University and subsequently a Masters degree in education from Long Island University. Perry decided to apply his talents to industry and developed a system of manufacture and distribution that revolutionized the field of fasteners. His success enabled him to create the Puffin Foundation, launched in 1983, and fund the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, founded in 2001. Perry is married to Puffin’s Executive Director Gladys Miller-Rosenstein. Perry and Gladys have a deep commitment to the town of Teaneck, New Jersey, Puffin’s headquarters and where they reside. They created the Puffin Cultural Forum that each week brings to the citizens of Teaneck classical music, jazz concerts, films with social content, and a variety of cultural activities including dance, theater, book reviews, and lectures. Perry and Gladys each have three grown children and between them ten beloved grandchildren.
Perry Rosenstein: A Life and Times Memorial
Gladys Miller-Rosenstein
Executive Director, Board of Directors
Gladys earned her Masters in education from New York University and spent twenty-five years teaching in the public schools of New York City and Rockland County. As Executive Director, Gladys oversees the day-to-day activities of the Puffin Foundation, as well as those of the Puffin Cultural Forum. She also plays a key role in Puffin’s grant making. She helped to start the grant program, giving 18 grants the very first year. Along with her husband, Puffin President Perry Rosenstein, Gladys serves on the board of the Teaneck Conservancy, which turned a 46-acre dumpsite into a vital wetlands park featuring artwork created from organic and inorganic waste material from the site. She and Perry also enrich the cultural life of Teaneck through other venues. They helped establish the Teaneck Film Festival, an afterschool program called, “Puffin Super Strides,” and a summer three-week “Nature in the Park” program for elementary school children in conjunction with the Teaneck Community Education. Perry and Gladys each have three grown children and between them ten beloved grandchildren.
Neal Rosenstein
Vice President, Board of Directors
Neal Rosenstein, son of Puffin President Perry Rosenstein, has been involved with the Puffin Foundation since its inception. As Vice President of the Board, he helps oversee the Foundation’s grant program and assists in the implementation of Puffin’s many special projects. A Brooklyn native and the father of two absolutely perfect children, he also consults for the New York Public Interest Research Group on its electoral reform advocacy. Neal has served on the Board of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy (currently as its Treasurer) since its beginning in 2001.
Andrew Lee
Director, The Puffin Cultural Forum
Andrew originally joined the Puffin Foundation as an intern, and was then hired as a Grant Manager. His talent for curation was recognized when he was chosen to direct the activities of the Puffin Cultural Forum, including art exhibitions, performances, and community engagement events.
Melissa Lynam
Assistant Director, The Puffin Cultural Forum
Melissa holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Design & Interactive Media from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She has worked at The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. since 2010, assisting during concerts and designing calendars and promotional materials.
Patti Maciejunes
Office Administrator
If you call Puffin’s Teaneck office, the first person you’ll speak with will probably be Patti. She has been with Puffin since 1994. Patti is responsible for all aspects of administrative work at Puffin, including entering the multitude of grant proposals received each year into the foundation’s database. When something in the office needs to be located, Patti is bound to know where it is.
Ilene Richman, MSW
Special Advisor to the Board of Directors
Ilene started working with Puffin in 2017. She is involved in a variety of projects such as proposal cultivation and reviewing, and also shares her expertise regarding organizational issues. Ilene holds a Masters of Social Work with a specialty in organizational leadership and is also an educator and in the field of fertility management and sexuality. She serves on the board of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals. Ilene lives in Brooklyn where she is a community organizer and spends inordinate amounts of time rescuing cats.
Jeremy Lentz
Teaneck International Film Festival, Executive Director
Jeremy Lentz serves as Executive Director of the Teaneck International Film Festival, a project of The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Under Jeremy’s leadership, TIFF has been committed to the theme of Activism: Making Change. In recognition of this mission, The Star Ledger, New Jersey’s leading newspaper, dubbed TIFF, the "film festival with a social conscience." TIFF is considered one of the most prominent social justice film festivals in the nation, and Lentz has received numerous accolades for promoting racial equality and other social justice-related causes. In addition to his leadership position at TIFF, Lentz also serves as Director of Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep, with college prep classes throughout the Northeastern United States, and is a proud investor in several Broadway productions.
TIFF website
Peter N. Carroll, PhD
Special Consultant to the Puffin Foundation and the Advisory Committee of the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. Facilitator of the Puffin Advisory Board
Peter is an author, historian, and poet. Since 1994, he has collaborated on various Puffin-funded projects, including the Puffin-Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship and the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. He is Chair Emeritus of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), an educational non-profit, and teaches history and film at Stanford University as well as professional development courses related to social studies, human rights, and social justice. He lives in northern California with the writer/photographer Jeannette Ferrary.
Moshe Banai, Phd
Creator of the Puffin Educational Forum and a member of the Puffin Advisory Board
Moshe is an expert in the field of Global Management. He has taught at universities in a dozen different countries and consulted for major organizations throughout the world. He has also conducted extensive research, the results of which have appeared in 80 academic book chapters and journals, and currently serves as the associate editor of the academic journal International Studies of Management and Organization.
Rachel Banai
Staff Educator and Photographer
Rachel is an award-winning artist whose works have been displayed in over 50 group and solo shows in the USA, Israel, Russia, China, and Germany. Rachel has trained generations of students in her classes and teaches a very popular Nature Art class at Puffin. She has also served as a resident artist at the Art Center of Peter’s Valley in New Jersey. Rachel was trained at the prestigious International Center of Photography in New York City where she worked for seven years.
Peter Kukle
Consruction Coordinator
Peter has been working with the Puffin Foundation from the very beginning. He was responsible for the.remodeling of the interior of the Puffin Cultural Forum space as well as art installations in the environs of the Teaneck office. Peter holds a degree in Botany from UC Davis and is a certified Wetlands Delineator; he’s also NJ board certified as a Tree Expert. Peter is a licensed contractor and specializes in historically-sensitive renovations. He encourages everyone to go green by acting locally and thinking globally.

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