Union County Residents Named To Wardlaw-Hartridge Board

EDISON — Greg Casagrande of Summit and Erica Needle, a resident of Scotch Plains, were recently named to the Board of Trustees at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison.

Casagrande and his wife, Enko, reside in Summit with their children Yumi and Stephanie. Greg’s siblings, Joe, Julie Murray, and Jerry, also graduated from Wardlaw-Hartridge. Between Greg and his three siblings, they attended Wardlaw, Hartridge, and Wardlaw-Hartridge for a combined total of 47 years.


“As a proud alumnus from the Wardlaw-Hartridge Class of 1981, I look forward to serving as a trustee and trying to give back to the school that helped to provide me with such a solid foundation,” said Casagrande. “As a trustee, I will take a long-term view of the school and try to help guide it to continue to be a preeminent independent school in Central New Jersey.”

Ford Motor Company, Mazda Motor Company and Coopers and Lybrand have benefited from Casagrande’s expertise and leadership skills. He has served those corporations in product development, manufacturing, marketing and financial management positions. He has also led teams in the U.S., Japan and Europe.

Casagrande serves as a Director for the International Association of Microfinance Investors, Microfinance Pasifika Network and Planet Finance and as a Fund Advisor to the Plebys investment fund. He also served on the United Nation’s Board of Patrons for its International Year of Microcredit – 2005.

Needle and her husband, Steven, are the parents of Haley, a sophomore, and Max, a seventh grader, at the independent school.

“My family and I are extremely proud to be part of the wonderful Wardlaw-Hartridge community,” said Needle. “It is a great honor to have the opportunity to become a Trustee, and I am looking forward to working with the Board team to successfully fulfill our school mission and bring The Wardlaw-Hartridge School to the next level. My vision is to engage more families to benefit from all that our school has to offer and to have Wardlaw-Hartridge regarded as the gold standard in educational excellence.”

Needle has been employed as a school psychologist at Beadleston Therapeutic High School in Clark and she has sales experience in commercial real estate. She has served as president of the Parents’ Association and a member of the Board of Directors at Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union.

Needle takes great pride in volunteer activities with The Jewish Federation of North America. She currently sits on the National Womens Philanthropy Board for the last five years. She was the Board Communications Chair from 2007 to 2009. She has held several leadership roles with the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains, including member of the Board of Directors and President of the Women’s Campaign. She is currently a Vice President.

WELCOME TO THE BOARD…Greg Casagrande and his wife Enko, with their daughters (pictured, left to right) Yumi, 14, and Stephanie, 11. Photo Courtesy of Greg Casagrande

NEW TRUSTEE… Erica and Steven Needle are pictured above with their children Haley and Max. Photo Courtesy of Erica Needle

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