Members

The Environmental Commission consists of 7 regular members and two alternate members, 1 of whom is a member of the Borough Planning Board and all of whom are residents of the Borough of Madison. All members are appointed by the Mayor. The Mayor designates one of the members to serve as Chairman. The term of office is 3 years for regular members and 2 years for alternates. Refer to Chapter 16 of the Borough Code for more information about the Environmental Commission.

Member Biographies



Claire Whitcomb, Chair


Claire Whitcomb has served on the Environmental Commission since 2012 and has specialized in community building and communications. She ran a green club at Central Avenue School and created a town-wide shoe recycling drive that has found a permanent home at Suburban Shoes. She has worked as a writer and editor at Hearst and Conde Nast magazines, published numerous books and written her own nationally syndicated design column. Currently she is a brand writer at EILEEN FISHER, known as a leader in sustainable fashion.

Ann Huber, Planning Board Rep.


Ann Huber is an Attorney at Law of the State of New Jersey, recently retired from the New Jersey Attorney General Office where she handled termination of parental rights trials and appeals.  She is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School, Newark. Prior to her appointment to the Planning Board, Ann served, briefly, on Madison’s Historic Preservation Committee. She brings broad experience from her service as Councilwoman, 1998-2004 and Mayor, 2001 in Randolph Township, Morris County. There, she worked extensively on environmental issues including preserving Open Space and the Highlands Region. In Randolph Township, Ann also served on the Board of Adjustment and the Library Board. Ann and her husband, Herm, moved to Madison in 2005. While at the Attorney General’s Office, Ann was not permitted to engage in political activity. As soon as she retired, she eagerly returned to public service. 

Ellen Kranfuss, Regular


Ellen Kranefuss was appointed to the Environmental Commission in 2017 after serving on the Sustainable Madison Committee where she contributed to Madison’s Sustainable NJ Bronze Certification and developed a platform for educational outreach to residents.  Ellen has been an invited speaker on sustainability and conservation, organized school environmental education programs, attended lectures on natural lawn care and volunteered for Clean Ocean Action. Her early background in teaching and training helps her mentor high school students’ interest in sustainability.  She holds Masters Degrees from Northwestern University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz School of Business. Her business consulting work in program development, strategic planning and operations informs her work in advancing environmental initiatives. Outside of spending time with family, Ellen’s favorite pastime is swimming in the ocean.


Joan Maccari, Regular


Joan Maccari is the MEC liaison to the Open Space, Recreation and Historical Preservation Advisory Committee and to the Shade Tree Management Board. She has a Masters Degree in Biology from Montclair State University and a NJ Alternate Route Certification in K-12 Science Education. She has worked in biological research laboratories, taught science in middle school and high school classrooms and most recently served as a naturalist/educator with the Morris County Park Commission at Pyramid Mountain. Outside the classroom, Joan has enjoyed volunteering as a docent in the fossil halls at the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West. Joan's current affiliations include the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST), the Native Plant Society of NJ (NPSNJ), and the National Science Teachers Association. Joan has attended the Association of NJ Environmental Commissions training for commissioners, as well as regular lectures, conferences, seminars, and symposia offered by the NPSNJ, the NJISST, the NJ Association of Environmental Educators (ANJEE) and Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. An avid gardener, Joan is especially interested in the NJ Milkweed Project, and in educating the public about the importance of gardening for pollinators. She is currently working on installing native plantings and rain gardens on her property, and on an energy-efficient whole-house renovation.

Trina Mallick, Regular


Trina Mallick is a Senior Consultant at Transitioning to Green, Greater New York City Area. She holds Masters Degrees from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and George Washington University. Those degrees are in Business Administration, Finance and International Business and Engineering Management in Engineering and Technology. Trina has attained Leadership for Sustainability™ certification. In her present position, she supported strategy development for an early stage sustainability consulting company. Prior to that she developed sections of a sustainability report on issues considered to be controversial for another company and created a detailed communication plan for that sustainability report. Trina has authored thought articles on sustainability topics for company website and social media channels.

Brian Monaghan, Regular


Brian Monaghan is a Master Gardener who serves on the Environmental Commission, the Shade Tree Management Board, and the Community Garden Advisory Committee. He also is a beekeeper and has been active in planting a pollinator garden at the Madison Recreation Center.

Renee Shalhoub, Regular


Renee Shalhoub is a life long resident of Madison. She is a special education teacher as well as an environmental activist. Renee’s passion for the environment was fostered at the Academy of St. Elizabeth’s when her high school biology teacher required her to read Dr. Jane Goodall’s “In The Shadow of Man.” After that, Renee became engrossed in everything nature. She revitalized the high schools’ environmental club and they joined Dr. Jane’s youth program, Roots & Shoots. Though her experience with Roots & Shoots In high school, college and beyond, Renee has traveled to East Africa three times, living in Tanzania as an international volunteer with the organization. Renee’s other passion includes Broadway and traveling.

Stephan Stocker, Regular


Stephan Stocker is a regular member of the Madison Environmental Commission, Community Garden Committee and Madison Recreation Complex Ad Hoc Committee. He also chairs Sustainable Madison. Stephan holds a Masters of Arts degree from The New School, NY, NY, and a Certificate of Sustainability from Morris County Community College and studied Organic Land Care, a course given at Rutgers University. He is a Master Gardener through Rutgers’ Morris County Extension Office. He wrote portions of Madison’s Environmental Resources Inventory about Climate Change and Air Quality. He oversaw a test of stormwater runoff for Madison’s artificial turf fields. Stephan is a founding member of the Community Garden and operates a hoop-house vegetable-growing system to supply a food pantry with fresh produce during the winter months. He led the Rutgers Morris County Agricultural Extension 2013 demonstration project showing the value of insect-barrier use for vine borer control. He has recently joined The Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) to access information from professionals in the field to aid him as project manager of the Borough’s wetlands located at the Madison Recreation Complex.


Carmela Vitale, Council Liason