Christopher Petermann elected Board Chair

The Trustees of the Partners for Health Foundation have elected a new Board Chair, Christopher Petermann, effective January 1, 2018.  He replaces Kevin Rendino, who had been Chair from 2014-2017. 

Chris is a partner at PFK O’Connor Davies, LLP, an accounting and advisory firm.  He has more than 30 years of experience serving a multitude of nonprofit organizations and is a frequent speaker on a variety of exempt organization topics.   Chris is the former Board Chair and a current Board member of Exponent Philanthropy, the country’s largest association of funders.  He also serves as a Trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the William F. Grupe Foundation, and is a member of the Board of the Kearny Financial Corporation. 


Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bucknell University.  He and his wife, Theresa, live in Verona and are active members of the community.


Partners for Health fosters collaboration among nonprofits so that, together, they can increase positive health outcomes in the communities they serve.  A key focus area is providing access to healthy food and physical activity as a way to prevent chronic disease. The Foundation also supports the issues of homelessness, aging, mental health, community safety and more.


Since 2008, Partners for Health has awarded more than $11.5 million through 165 grants, and partnered with more than 70 organizations, congregations, school districts and municipalities.  The Foundation will mark its 10th anniversary in 2018 with Community Impact Awards, a program that will distribute a total of $100,000 to celebrate 10 individuals and organizations – including unsung heroes and rising stars – who are making extraordinary contributions to the health and well-being of their communities.

Commenting on his election as Board Chair, Chris said, “I’m proud to assume the leadership of a committed Board and dedicated staff, especially during this milestone year when we are  celebrating the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary.”