The “Friends” is a New Jersey and 501C3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to local environmental education and conservation. Projects initiated by the Friends have been widely recognized by the New Jersey Audubon Society, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, United States Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Association of Landscape Architects, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions and the East Brunswick Department of Parks and Recreation and Mayor and Town Council. These projects have also received extensive media coverage from local, state, national and even international press. Our Board includes environmental consultants, educators and researchers and allows for a wide-diversity of experience and backgrounds providing an excellent foundation for environmental projects in our community.
David Moskowitz - President
Dave is a Senior Vice President with EcolSciences, Inc. an environmental consulting firm in Rockaway, New Jersey. He has been with the company for the past 24 years and specializes in wetland and wildlife studies, remediation of contaminated sites and environmental regulatory compliance. Mr. Moskowitz has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from George Washington University and a Masters degree in Environmental Policy Studies from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is currently in the Doctoral program in Entomology at Rutgers University and is conducting research on the rare tiger spiketail dragonfly using micro-transmitters. David is also a Professional Wetland Scientist and has served on the National Certification Board of the Society of Wetland Scientists, a United States Fish and Wildlife Service Bog Turtle Surveyor and a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Qualified Ornithologist. He has written more than two-dozen technical and popular articles on wildlife and wetlands and lectures widely around New Jersey on butterflies, rare species and vernal pools. Mr. Moskowitz is very active in local environmental efforts. He was the driving force behind the creation of the East Brunswick Butterfly Park, the first municipal park in the Country dedicated to the conservation, enjoyment and study of butterflies and the East Brunswick Vernal Pool Protection Plan that features spring road closures to allow amphibians to safely reach their breeding habitats. Along with Liti Haramaty he also was the stimulus behind the creation of the East Brunswick Community Garden. Mr. Moskowitz has served on the East Brunswick Environmental Commission for the past 15 years and also served on the Board of Trustees of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. Mr. Moskowitz lives in East Brunswick with his wife and three children and is happy to have stumbled upon a profession that allows him to frequently wander swamps and fields and woods looking for butterflies, dragonflies, birds, salamanders and all other kinds of similar creatures.
Liti Haramaty - Secretary
Liti has lived in East Brunswick with her husband and two children since 1998. She is a member of the town’s Environmental Commission (EBEC) since 2002, a founding member of the Friends of the EBEC and an ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Commission) trustee. Liti received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology form Ben-Gurion University and a Master of Science in Ecology from Bar-Ilan University, both in Israel, where she grew up. Since moving to the US she has worked at SUNY Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Lab and NY Sea Grant. Since 1999 she has been working at the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University. At Rutgers she has been involved in a variety of research projects such as drug discovery from natural products, programmed cell death in phytoplankton, human effects on coral reefs, and more. At Rutgers she also initiated a program for children on “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”, during which children get to be “an oceanographer for a day”. Liti is the Social Media coordinator for the East Brunswick Education Foundation, was involved expanding the foreign language collection of the town’s public library and started two community related web sites.
Lois Moskowitz- Treasurer
Lois is a Graduate of George Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. Ms. Moskowitz also recently completed the Transition in Special Education Certificate Program from George Washington University. Lois has been a Special Education teacher and in-class biology teacher for 25 years. Lois is currently the Teacher of the Handicapped at East Brunswick High School where she coordinates the Structured Learning Experience Program for Students with Disabilities. Lois was the 2005 New Jersey Special Education Teacher of the Year and received the Perry Botwin Award for Excellence in Special Education from George Washington University. Lois is deeply committed to environmental issues and was the driving force behind the restoration of the old apple orchard at East Brunswick High School as a structured learning program for her students. She is also active in maintaining the East Brunswick Butterfly Park and in running the East Brunswick Community Garden.
Fred is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, with a BS in Environmental Science. He 32 years experience as an environmental consultant, specializing in planning, land use and the investigation and remediation of sites containing soil and ground water contamination in 15 states, with a concentration in New Jersey and New York. Fred has been the president of VFS Environmental, an environmental consulting firm since 1997. He is also the founder, president, and manager of the East Brunswick Courage (founded 2008), a non-profit travel baseball team that currently has 8 former members playing baseball in college. Fred is a current member the East Brunswick Juvenile Conference Committee, first appointed in 2011 by the Superior Court of Middlesex County. He is the former Chairman of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and a former member of the East Brunswick Open Space Committee. He was a basketball coach at both the recreation and travel level for the East Brunswick Fast Break Basketball Association for 10 years and coached the St. Barts travel basketball team for 4 years.
Sandra has worked as a writer and communicator since the 1970s. A New York City native, she began her career as a print journalist with The Home News in New Brunswick, where she won awards for opinion and creative writing, and for reporting on health and medical issues. Sandy moved into public relations in the late 1980s, working successively in the arts, public broadcasting and higher education. She helped Crossroads Theatre Company of New Brunswick achieve national and international visibility, served as director of communications for New Jersey Network, and handled high-profile projects for Rutgers University as director of media relations, including the visit of the Dalai Lama in 2005. She has won more than a dozen state and national awards for her writing, reporting, and public relations campaigns. In East Brunswick, Sandy led the successful community-wide effort to establish school-age childcare, was an original member of the East Brunswick Education Foundation, and produced and hosted EB People on EBTV. Sandy is president of Lanman Communications LLC and volunteers her services with the Friends of EBEC.
David Wheeler has served as the Executive Director of the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation, which works to protect rare wildlife in New Jersey and beyond, since 2012. He also teaches Environmental Communication at Rutgers University's School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and is a fellow with the Lead New Jersey Class of 2017. Mr. Wheeler hosted the 2016 online video series, "New Jersey's Hidden Coast," and has written for the Star Ledger, E the Environmental Magazine, Gotham Gazette, and other media. He wrote the 2011 book Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State, and wrote the foreword to the 2014 Jim Wright book, Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands and Beyond. He earned his M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business and his B.A. from American University in Washington DC.