2021-2022 Junior League of Greater Princeton Board of Directors
President, Uta Steinhauser
Uta Steinhauser joined the Junior League of Greater Princeton (JLGP) as a Provisional member in the fall of 2009. Ms. Steinhauser has served the League in a number of positions including Admissions Co-Chair, Membership Manager, Director of Operations and President-Elect. She is a career public health professional with over 20 years of experience in the field and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Rutgers University, School of Public Health with a dual concentration in epidemiology and health education.
Ms. Steinhauser works for the New Jersey Department of Health as the lead evaluator for the Department’s chronic disease prevention program. In this capacity, Ms. Steinhauser is responsible for developing and operationalizing the evaluations for the tobacco, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity prevention programs. She is also responsible for monitoring statewide surveillance data for chronic conditions and their risk factors, as well as grant writing, reporting and strategic planning. Ms. Steinhauser resides in Princeton Junction with her husband, Ben, and two children, Kurt and Eva.
President-Elect, Alaina DeWitt
Alaina joined the JLGP in 2016 and has served the league as a member of the Children’s Committee, the Grants and Scholarships Committee, and as Admissions Chair. In 2019, she began a two-year term as Membership Manager. In this position, Alaina worked to amend active member requirements, helped implement the Service-Learning Events initiative, and facilitated a redesign of the new member class.
With more than fifteen years of experience in Human Resources and Career Coaching, Alaina brings a diverse background to her role managing the HR and Accounting functions at FastTrack Return to Work Services where she has been employed since 2015.
Alaina received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey and her Employment Specialist Certification from Rutgers University. In addition to her work with the Junior League, Alaina sits on the Internal Affairs Committee for Alternatives Community Support Services and is active with the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs “Girls Career Institute”.
Alaina lives in Peapack with her husband, Matthew, and her sons Jack and Benjamin.
Secretary, Lizzie Salita
Lizzie Salita joined the Junior League of Greater Princeton in 2017 and has since served as Social Media Chair, Web Coordinator, and Communications Manager. She was named the League’s 2018 “Woman to Watch”. Lizzie has six years of professional experience as a software engineer, specializing in frontend web development for federal government clients. She is currently a Senior Lead Engineer for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she received a 2019 Values in Practice Award (the firm’s highest individual honor). Lizzie grew up in Richmond, Virginia and studied computer science at William & Mary, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in Lawrenceville with her husband Michael, and they welcomed their first child in 2020.
Treasurer, Hitomi Margadonna
Hitomi has been a JLGP member since 2013. She served in several leadership positions including co-chair for Women & Children for 2 years, co-chair for Event Committee for 3 years. She also received JLGP’s Individual Leadership Award in 2016.
Hitomi grew up in Japan and came to the US to study business after working for Hitachi, a consumer electronics company in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from the College of New Jersey with BS in Marketing. She has 30 years of working experience in the financial industry, starting with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in Jersey City. Since 1997, Hitomi has been with Bloomberg LP as a Fixed Income Senior Data Analyst where she oversees data validation and integrity, and leads a team to develop new products and analytical tools for convertible bonds and other fixed income securities.
Through Bloomberg, she also has served many communities as a volunteer. She enjoys walking to the New Hope/Lambertville area with her husband, twin sons and Daisy (dog).
Director of Operations, Kristen Prentice
Kristen Prentice joined the Junior League of Greater Princeton (JLGP) as a provisional member in the fall of 2011. Ms. Prentice is currently the Director of Operations for the JLGP. Prior to her presidency she served in various board, management and chair positions such as Development Manager, Special Events Chair, and Provisional Co-Chair. Prior to her involvement in the JLGP, Kristen has always been an active volunteer. Kristen was a Girl Scout for 13 years, earning her Gold Award in 2006, and as a captain of her high school and college swim team, she was actively involved in volunteering with the Special Olympics swimming programs.
In addition to her work at the JLGP, Kristen is a 7th grade Special Education teacher at Montgomery Upper Middle School. She started teaching in Montgomery (the school district that she attended as a student!) in 2015. Kristen currently teaches Language Arts and Social Studies. She holds numerous teaching certifications including Teacher of Disabilities (K-12) Elementary School (K-6), Social Studies (6-12), Middle School Language Arts (6-8), and Middle School Math (6-8). She is trained in the Wilson Reading System, Fountas and Pinnell, Project Read, and Universal Design for Learning. Kristen believes strongly in the ability to incorporate technology in education in order to promote equity and access for all learners. Kristen is a certified educator on numerous platforms including Google Apps for Education, Pear Deck, Edpuzzle, Kahoot, Quizlet, and more! She utilizes these skills, strategies, and expertise in the classroom, and also privately tutors students in a variety of subject areas.
Kristen graduated from The College of New Jersey with her BS in 2011, her MA in 2012, and most recently her Supervisor Certification in 2020. She resides in Skillman, NJ with her parents and her two goldendoodles, Cooper and Brody.
Nominating Director, Mara Pugliese
Mara Pugliese has been member of Junior League of Greater Princeton since 2009. In her time with the JLGP, Mara has served in many leadership positions including two years as Community Manager, Event Planning Chair, Showhouse Designer Co- Chair, Showhouse Co-Chair, A Day at Races Co- Chair, and Children’s Initiative Co-Chair.
Mara was born in Italy and moved to the USA in 1997. She and her husband own a popular restaurant in West Windsor. She has 2 sons, Vincenzo and Nicholas. Outside the League, she currently serves the Princeton Italian American Club as a Rental Chair; on Windsor Ponds Condo Associations as a Trustee, and on the West Windsor High School PTA as a Post Prom designer co/Chair. Mara received her undergraduate degree in teaching from a University in Naples (Italy) and teaches Italian at Dorothea’s House in Princeton.
Sustainer Director, Kathryn Herspiegel
Katie has been a member of the Junior League since 2000, she joined in Indianapolis, Indiana and transferred to JLGP in 2003. She has held several leadership positions in the JLGP including President, 2016-2017, Showhouse Co-Chair, Holiday Showhouse Co-Chair, Finance VP and served on a many committees. Most recently Katie has become a Sustainer and has been involved with the JLGP Centennial Celebration on the History, Gala and Merchandise Committees. Last year, Katie realized a long time goal and started a small business doing monogramming and custom embroidery. She lives in Newtown, PA with her husband Brent, sons, Jake (16) and Ryan (13) and pups, Hershey and Heidi. She volunteers at Morris Hall and the PTO at The Hun School. Received a BS/ Georgia Southern University. She is thrilled and honored to be considered for this position and to serve the League.