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Higher Education Student Assistance Authority Executives

Gabrielle Charette, Esq.
HESAA Board Secretary-Treasurer (non-voting)
Executive Director

Ms. Charette was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority by Governor Christie in May of 2011. She first joined Governor Christie's Administration as Chief of Staff for the N.J. Department of Health. Prior to returning to State government, she was engaged in the private practice of law specializing in regulatory and corporate governance matters. Ms. Charette began her career in State government working for then Assemblyman Rodney Frelinghuysen and later Senator Joe Kyrillos. During the Administration of Governor Whitman, she worked at the N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance and in the Governor's Chief of Staff's office. Following the Whitman Administration, she served as Director of Government Relations for Montclair State University. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Ms. Charette is the proud product of New Jersey higher education. She received her baccalaureate degree from Drew University and earned a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers the State University School of Law in Camden.

Executive Staff


Marnie B. Grodman, Esq.

Director, Legal & Governmental Affairs


As Director of Legal and Governmental Affairs, Ms. Grodman provides legal advice to the Authority, interprets legislation, drafts regulations and serves as Equal Employment Opportunity officer; ethics liaison officer; administrative practice officer; records custodian; and procurement officer. Ms. Grodman joined HESAA in 2005 and served previously as an associate at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis and Himmel, LLP in Woodbridge, N.J. She is admitted to the bar in New Jersey and New York. Ms. Grodman is a member of the National Council of Higher Education Resources, and serves on two committees, Legal Affairs and Regulations. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eugene Hutchins
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hutchins serves as the head of the finance and budgeting; capital financing activities; accounting and procurement; and loan origination and servicing areas. He joined the Office of Student Assistance with its creation in July 1994, and continues in the Chief Financial Officer position for the Authority. For the eight previous years he was Director of Accounting and Purchasing for the Department of Higher Education and was responsible for the financial delivery of a wide array of direct institutional support programs; academic grant-in-aid programs; state and federal student financial aid programs and capital programs financed through both annual appropriation and general obligation bond issues; and for the oversight of the Department’s administrative budgets. Mr. Hutchins also spent five years as Assistant Director of the Department’s Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning and three years on its internal audit staff. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in accounting from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Patricia Maske

Director, Human Resources


Ms. Maske is responsible for directing and managing the many aspects of HESAA’s personnel functions. Those functions include recruitment and staffing, employee relations and performance management, among others. She is also involved in strategic planning and workforce development. Prior to joining HESAA in 2001, Ms. Maske was manager of Human Resources for Sarnoff Corporation in Princeton. She is a member and board member of the New Jersey chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Ms. Maske earned her bachelor’s degree at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.

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