About Neil…

Neil DeHaan, Ph.D.  Email: ndh@localsolutions.biz

SUMMARY: Forty years of executive experience in cutting-edge programs, requiring strategic planning, research, writing, and leadership skills. Outstanding results in planning, research and fund development, organizational development and team building, and project management.



Planned, researched, wrote proposals, and hired, trained, and supervised staff to secure $150 million in funding for major programs and projects. Designed, operated, and contracted for the implementation of a wide range of projects; handled public relations. Supervised the Elizabeth Master Plan (1990) and the annual capital improvement plans. During the past ten years filed 200 applications totaling $32 million with foundations and public funding sources in health care and higher education; secured about $13 million in funding during the past ten years.


Organized, hired, trained and supervised personnel for two major organizations from start-up to maximum growth and for a home care company as interim executive. Developed Management by Objectives system, focusing on vision, mission, strategy, unit objectives, and periodic review. Emphasized team building, particularly as part of problem solving. Developed a performance appraisal system and a complete personnel manual. Experienced in budgeting and the day-to-day operations of an accounting system.


Introduced formal project management into City government; supervised multiple projects each year and also actively managed 2 major projects. Successfully concluded projects like Vista Hotel, IKEA, 2 bank buildings, 3 major public buildings, and relocation of a physical therapy center. Worked with and supervised professionals such as counselors, program coordinators, evaluators, lawyers, engineers, architects, planners and accountants. Passed all federal, state, and local audits for grant-funded programs. Coordinated and developed internal and external newsletters. Applied skills in project management to the health care industry, such as the Newark Housing Authority clinic project in partnership with the East Orange Family Health Center.


Served as City government’s top executive and policy maker for economic development, long range planning, social services, and housing. Developed a leadership style that focused on strategic planning to match the organization with the changing socio-economic environment. Served as liaison to leaders of major federal, state, and quasi-public agencies and businesses. Reported directly to Mayor and maintained effective relations with Governing Board. Made significant contributions to senior staff meetings of the Visiting Nurse Association of Essex Valley. Successfully transferred these skills to the health care industry and higher education and, as a volunteer, to local church governance. Experienced in working with employers to develop training programs that meet their personnel needs and requirements.

Essex County College, Newark, N.J.
Director of Grants December,                                                       2006 to Oct. 1, 2013

Cathedral Healthcare System, Inc., and
Catholic Health & Human Services, Newark, N.J. February,
Director of Grants                                                                         2003 to December, 2006

Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.
Adjunct Instructor, M.P.A. Program (part-time)                             January, 2005 to August, 2009

Essex Valley Healthcare, Inc., East Orange, N.J..
Grants Administrator for East Orange General Hospital,             July, 1994 — February, 2003
Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association, & Care at Home (CAH)

Chief Operating Officer (interim), Care at Home, Inc. (CAH)       September, 1995-June, 1996

Nyack College, Nyack, N.Y.
Adjunct Instructor, Adult Degree Completion Program                 May, 1993–2003

Advanced Physical Therapy Associates, Cranford, N.J.
Business Manager                                                                       May, 1993–May, 1994

City of Elizabeth, Elizabeth, N.J.
Director of Community Development                                           1979–December, 1992
Coordinator, Employment & Training Programs (CETA)             1973–1979

U.S. Department of Labor, New York, N.Y.
Manpower Development Specialist                                             1973

Passaic Community College, Paterson, N.J.
Teaching Assistant                                                                     1971–1972

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Staff assistant to Congressman Charles Joelson                       1968–1969



Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, Ph.D.                                        2004
Graduate School of Management (Rutgers) M.B.A.                     1990
Rutgers University, School of Social Work M.S.W.                      1973
George Washington University B.A.                                             1970

Affiliations: Phi Beta Kappa

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