About Rothman Institute

Rothman Institute Staff

Dr. Dale G. Caldwell, Executive Director

As executive director, Dr. Caldwell is leading the Institute’s efforts to support, promote and research family, veteran and student entrepreneurship. In addition, Dr. Caldwell is presenting his research on the relationship between the “Entrepreneurial Mindset” and innovation in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Rothman, Dr. Caldwell was the CEO of Strategic Influence, LLC. This entrepreneurial organization used the Intelligent Influence framework that he created to provide strategy, operations, coaching, business development and leadership training to clients.

Dr. Caldwell earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Seton Hall University. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and the Rutgers Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program. He is an accomplished athlete who has completed three marathons and received national rankings in the United States in duathlon, tennis, and triathlon.

Susan Slavin, Rothman Programs Director

Ms. Slavin is supporting the Institute’s efforts to support, promote and research family, veteran and student entrepreneurship. She will be responsible for program management for the outreach and recognition programs.

Ms. Slavin comes to the Institute with a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland. Her experience spans over 20 years in the fields of marketing, client relations, and employee training with a Fortune 500 company, a small family-owned business, and the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance.

Maura Pniewski, Assistant to the Executive Director

Graduating with a BA in Fine Arts from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY, Ms. Pniewski’s experience includes twelve years at New York City-based Consolidated Cigar Corporation and Gibbs & Hill Engineering before coming to Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1993. At FDU, her diverse duties at three Silberman College of Business Institutes have included budget analysis and forecasting, design of promotional material, website content management, report editing, and event planning. 

Advisory Board

  • José Amarista, Conagra Food Service
  • Andrew Bluestone, President, Selective Benefits Group
  • Mario Casabona, President, Casabona Ventures, LLC
  • Dennis Klein, President, Rand, Feuer, & Klein LLC
  • Sakti Kunz, Management Executive, Honeywell, (retired)
  • Jan Margolis, CEO, Applied Research Corporation
  • Micheline Nader, Founder and CEO, Jesra Impact, LLC
  • Gina Tedesco, President, Opus International