Principal, Indian Mills School, Shamong
Nicole Moore has been an accomplished New Jersey educator for nearly 24 years and has spent the last 15 years as Principal of Indian Mills School in Shamong, New Jersey. She previously served as the Assistant Principal of Blackwood Elementary School in the Gloucester Township School district where she was responsible for student discipline, teacher evaluation, business operations and community relations. Nicole began her work as an educator in New Jersey in the Mt. Laurel Schools where she taught first and second grades. Her first administrative position was with the Princeton Regional School District where she served as the manager and coordinator of Princeton Young Achievers, a collaborative neighborhood learning center program. Ms. Moore currently serves on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Commission On Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey where she serves as NJPSA’s representative.
Rodney Logan, Ed.D. - President-Elect
Principal, Ewing High School, Ewing Dr. Logan entered the education field in 1994 after a 23 year career in the US Marine Corps serving in both the enlisted and officer ranks. Initially a teacher at Rahway HS for 5 years, Dr. Logan then became a Supervisor of Education with the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission for nearly a year and a half before accepting the position as a Vice Principal at Allentown HS, NJ. Receiving his Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University in 2001, Dr. Logan was selected as the Principal of Manville HS after two years with Allentown. After 2 ½ years at Manville, Dr. Logan was selected as Principal of Ewing High School where he has been for more than 10 years. Selected as the 2008 NJ Principal of the Year, Dr. Logan is also the recipient of a Fulbright Administrator Exchange Scholarship to Argentina and a member of the NASSP Board of Directors.
Heather Moran - Vice President
Principal, Logan Middle School, Logan Township
Heather's career began as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher in a district with two teachers per grade level before moving to a larger middle school setting to teach mathematics. In 2004, she moved to administration, and held two positions in a K – 8 district serving 8000 students in both school-based and central administration roles over the next 7 years. Currently, she is starting her fourth year as principal of Logan Middle School in Logan Township in South Jersey. In addition to this work, she has worked on the development and presentation teams for the New Jersey Leadership Academy and began a term as NJPSA’s representative to the State Board of Examiners in October 2015.
Amy Stella - Immediate Past President
Director, Northern Burlington County Regional School District, Columbus Ms. Stella has served as the Director of Instruction for Mathematics and Science in the Northern Burlington County Regional School District for the past eight years. Her previous administrative experiences include time as middle school Assistant Principal in her current district and Supervisor of the Science Department at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Prior to entering administration, Amy taught high school biology in the Lenape Regional High School District and began her teaching career at Notre Dame High School. Ms. Stella completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Villanova University, the Graduate Level Teaching Certification program at Rider University, and a Master’s in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision and her Principal certification also at Rider University. She has actively served Burlington County’s Principals and Supervisors Association and NJPSA throughout her career in administration.
Ralph Aiello - Treasurer
Assistant Principal, Cumberland Regional High School, Seabrook Ralph Aiello is currently Principal of Cumberland Regional HS in Cumberland County. He also served as an assistant principal in the Cumberland Regional HS District for 8 years. Before that he served for one year as a Supervisor of Humanities in the Pennsville School District. Before becoming an administrator he taught for 7 years in the Pennsville School District. He taught both Language Arts and History. He currently lives in Gloucester County with his two sons Aiden and Ethan.
Colleen Gravel - Recording Secretary
Director, Plumstead Twp. School District, New Egypt Colleen Gravel began her teaching career in the Plumsted Township School District as a K-8 music teacher. When the New Egypt Middle School opened its doors in 1995, she began the first instrumental music program for the school district, and in 2001, was selected Teacher of the Year. She earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Delaware and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Drexel University, where she focused on instructional technology. After serving for 6 years as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Plumsted, she moved to the position of Director of Special Projects, with a focus on moving the district to a 1:1 initiative, increasing communication, and maintaining and utilizing district data to improve student achievement. She has served as NJPSA secretary for three terms.
NJPSA Board Members
Stephen Cappello, J.D.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Cinnaminson
Term: 2016 - 2019
Stephen M. Cappello, J.D. is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Cinnaminson Township School District. Prior to serving the Cinnaminson Board of Education, he was the principal of the Howard R. Yocum Elementary School in Maple Shade for two years following a six year tenure as the district’s Director of Technology. Early in his career, Mr. Cappello taught technology education to students in the Lenape Regional High School students and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Camden County College. Mr. Cappello is excited to return to the NJPSA Board of Directors where he briefly served in an interim capacity during the 2014-15 school year. Previously, Mr. Cappello was the President of the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association and has been a member of the NJPSA Government Relations committee for many years. Mr. Cappello is a proud husband, father of four boys, licensed attorney in the state of New Jersey, and an elected member of the Medford Township Board of Education. Follow him on Twitter at @SMCAPPELLO
Principal, Washington School, Lodi
Term: 2014 - 2016
Emil Carafa is the principal of Washington School in Lodi and has been actively involved in a variety of educational committees on the local, county, state, and national level. He has held the office of President on the county and state levels, representing principals, directors and supervisors on all levels. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of NJPSA and has served on the nominating committee for the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He is presently serving as a member Educator Leaders’ Cadre for the State of New Jersey, representing administrators at PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) on the national level. Emil, working along with the Educator Leaders’ Cadre from New Jersey, is committed to working with all educators to better understand Standards and PARCC. Emil is also a member of the steering committee, cohort developer and presenter for the New Jersey Leadership Academy and was named NJPSA Visionary Leader of the Year, Elementary Level Principal, in 2015.
Paul Christopher, Ed.D.
Principal, Monmouth County VSD-Class Academy, Monmouth Co. Vo-Tech
Term: 2016 - 2019 Paul Christopher has served as Principal of Monmouth County Vocational School District since 1988, having previously served as Principal of Brielle Elementary School. He earned a bachelor of science form the University of Scranton, a master’s in education from Monmouth University, and an Ed.D. in Leadership/Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He was the recipient of the MET Life/NJPSA/NASSP Principal of Year, the Golden Lamp Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership, and the Rewarding Visionary Leadership Award from NJPSA. He is President of Monmouth/Ocean County Secondary Principals Association and serves as a member of the West Long Branch Boro Schools Board of Education
Kimberly Clark, Ed.D.
Assistant Principal, Pinelands Regional Jr. High School
Term: 2016 - 2019 Kimberly Lynn Clark, Ed.D. is a practitioner-researcher, who currently works at Pinelands Regional, a 7-12 public school district in New Jersey, as an assistant principal. In addition to her building-level responsibilities, she is the district supervisor of several departments including English-as-a-second-language, special education, and gifted and talented education. As a researcher, Dr. Clark focuses on the topics of educational leadership, leadership development, feminist theory, gender performance, and nontraditional administrative preparation.
Denise P. King, Ed.D.
Principal, B. Bernice Young Elementary School
Term: 2015 - 2018 Dr. Denise P. King is Principal at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township. Dr. King has more than 25 years of educational experience in various diverse K - 12 learning environments through higher education. Her professional experiences include: teacher, professional development facilitator, vice - principal, and principal. Denise currently serves as the president of the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association. She earned her B.A. from Rutgers University, M.Ed. from Cheyney University and Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. She serves as a board member on the Camden and Burlington Counties YMCA Youth Advisory board, Burlington Library Friends, and the Burlington County Institute of Technology foundation. Dr. King serves as a mentor for the NJEXCEL administration leadership program and is a passionate supporter for empowering young adults with challenges for career and college readiness. Dr. King was named NJPSA Visionary Leader of the Year, Elementary Level Principal, in 2016. Denise and her husband have lived in Burlington County for 15 years and are the proud parents of three sons.
Assistant Principal, Julia A. Barnes Elementary School, Jersey City, NJ
Term: 2015 - 2018 Thomas Macagnano has over 20 years experience in the field of education. For the past 14 years he has been an assistant principal with the Jersey City Public Schools. Thomas is also the president of the Administrator and Supervision Association of Jersey City.
Angelina Martino Finnegan
Principal, Lake Hiawatha Parsippany-Troy Hills District
Term: 2013 - 2016 Angelina Martino Finnegan is the principal of Lake Hiawatha Elementary School and previously served as principal of Rockaway Meadows School and Troy Hills School -- all in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District. She has served on the NJPSA Board since 2006 and was the association's president in 2010-2011. In 2013, she was named the NJPSA Visionary Principal of the Year and NAESP National Distinguished Principal. Angelina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Seton Hall University.
Damian Medina, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Perth Amboy Public Schools
Term: 2014 - 2017 Dr. Medina currently serves as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Perth Amboy School District. Dr. Medina earned his doctoral degree on School Administration and Leadership from Seton Hall University. Dr. Medina also holds an Education Specialist degree on school leadership and a Master of Arts degree on ESL-Bilingual and Bicultural Education from Seton Hall University. Dr. Medina completed his Bachelors’ degree and Master’s degree equivalent on Teaching English and English Literature at Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina. Dr. Medina is passionate about curriculum and instruction, effective teaching and learning, and ESL-Bilingual Education.
Principal, Nicolaus Copernicus School, Jersey City
Term: 2016 - 2019 Diane Pistilli is the Principal of Nicolaus Copernicus School in Jersey City. She has 39 years of educational experience. Her professional experiences include teacher, guidance counselor, Asst. Principal and Principal. Diane Pistilli served as the Past President of the Administrators Supervisors Association of Jersey City and was on the Executive Board of ASA JC for over 10 years.
Arlene Rogo, Ed.D.
Principal, Midtown Community Elementary School, Neptune
Term: 2016 - 2019
Dr. Arlene M. Rogo is beginning her 35th year as a New Jersey Educator. She is currently Principal of Neptune Middle School. During her 23 years in Neptune, she also served as principal of Summerfield Elementary School for 16 years and Principal of Midtown Community Elementary School for 6 years. In 2012, MCES, a Platinum LEED School became one of the first Green Ribbon Schools designated by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Rogo began her career in Bergen County as a teacher in middle school and high school, and then gained administrative experience as a high school grade administrator, a middle school department chairperson and K-8 curriculum supervisor, and as a K-8 vice principal. Dr. Rogo is also President of the Neptune Township Administrator’s Association and the Monmouth County Elementary/Middle School Administrators Association.
Magda Savino, Ed.D.
Director, Jersey City Public Schools
Term: 2014 - 2017
Dr. Magda Savino has had 40 years of experience in the field of education. Dr. Savino began her career as a teacher in the Newark Public Schools in 1976. In 1981, she became a Bilingual Basic Skills/ESL teacher in the Jersey City Public School and continued in this role until 1987 when she moved to the Central Office as a Reading Specialist. In 1989, Dr. Savino became the supervisor for the Bilingual/ESL/World Languages program. In 1997, she became an assistant principal at the Joseph H. Brensinger Public School 17 and in 1998, the principal. In 2010, Dr. Savino became the Director/District Turn-around Leader of the Enterprise Division in charge of the 3 priority schools with School Improvement Grants (SIG), 5 focus schools, and 1 priority school. She remains in this position today.
Thomas Storer - NASSP State Coordinator
Vice Principal, Highland High School, Blackwood
Term: 2015 - 2018 Tom Storer has been working in the field of education for 42 years, all at the high school level. He has served as a special education teacher, a certified athletic trainer and, currently, as a vice principal. Additionally, he serves on the Gloucester County Special Services Educational Foundation as a board member, and coaches a soccer team/social group comprised of all students on the autism spectrum. He also previously served on the AchieveNJ committee. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 41 years, and has two grown children, Tom and Sara, and two grandchildren.
Fidelia Sturdivant - NAESP State Representative
Principal, Wahlstrom Academy School, East Orange
Term 2016 - 2017
Fidelia Sturdivant has served as the principal of the Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy in East Orange, NJ since 2000. In addition to her service on the NJPSA Board, she has also served as a Zone Director, State Representative, and State Delegate for the National Association for Elementary School Principals. Fidelia is also dedicated to community service and was presented with the 2011 East orange YMCA Minority Achiever Award for her professional accomplishments and her participation with Habitat for Humanity.
Principal, Warren Tech
Term: 2015 - 2017 Geta Vogel is graduated from Syracuse University with a major in special education and a minor in journalism. After teaching special education for one year, she was awarded a New York State Fellowship to pursue her post graduate studies and moved to New York City, where she subsequently pursued graduate work at Yeshiva University (Ferkauf-Wurzweil.) She also sought advance study in mental health development in children, family issues/law, and journalism. She has worked as an LDT-C, general and special ed. teacher, and Coordinator/Director of Student Services. She has worked at Warren Tech in Warren County for 25 years, and currently serves as its Principal.
2017 - 2018 NJPSA Slate of Officers
The following officers have been elected to serve for 2017-2018 beginning July 1, 2017:
PRESIDENT: Rodney Logan, Ed.D.
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Heather Moran
VICE PRESIDENT: Ralph Aiello
TREASURER: Patrick McCabe, Psy.D.
RECORDING SECRETARY: Paul Christopher, Ed.D.
3-YEAR BOARD MEMBERS 2017-2020: Damian Medina, Ed.D.; Robin Moore-Green, Ed.D.; and Michael Vinella, Ed.D.
2016-17 FEA Board of Directors
President Executive Director of NJPSA A lifelong educator, Patricia Wright is currently the Executive Director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. She has held the positions of teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. Mrs. Wright serves as a member of the New Jersey Professional Development Advisory Committee. She also serves as the chair of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Task Force and co-authored the New Jersey Bar Foundation's Anti-Bullying Curriculum. She is the developer of the Connected Action Roadmap (CAR), a comprehensive and coherent model of school improvement, which has been endorsed by the Partnership on Collaborative Professional Learning. Most recently, she spearheaded the development of the New Jersey Leadership Academy with the NJASA, in which cohorts of superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, supervisors, and directors collaborate for a yearlong experience of quality, sustained professional learning.
Dr. Dolores Szymanski, Ed.D.
Secretary Interim Superintendent of Cinnaminson School District
Since her retirement in 2011, Dr. Dolores Szymanski EDU, ‘74 ’76, has served as Interim Superintendent of the Shamong and Mt. Holly Township Public School District and currently serves as the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Cinnaminson Township Public Schools. Dr. Szymanski served as an administrator and superintendent of the Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) from 1983 to 2011. A 1974 cum laude graduate of Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies, Dr. Szymanski holds a Master of Education degree in Psychology of Reading also from Temple. She earned her doctorate in education at Wilmington University.
Treasurer Retired District Supervisor of Mathematics and Art Judith T. Brendel is an educational consultant who has been a teacher, supervisor, author and professional educator who develops, facilitates and presents professional learning opportunities for teachers and other educational leaders across New Jersey and nearby states. She has just completed over 35 years as a teacher, director of curriculum and educational supervisor working in all grade-levels K-16. Presently, Judith is on the Executive Board of FEA (Foundation for Educational Administration), on the speaker’s bureau of AMTNJ (Association of Math Teachers of NJ), FEA, and TMI (The Madison Institute). Judith earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction from Rutgers University and received various undergraduate degrees and certifications in mathematics and in elementary education from William Paterson University in New Jersey, and earlier in fine arts from Hunter College in New York. Judith also authors math review books for Barron’s Publishers; her most recent ones are a Common Core Math Workbook for grade-2 and a Grade-8 PARCC NJ Math Review book for Barron’s new assessment series. Her next will be a national edition of a grade-8 PARCC Review book.
FEA Board Members
Jay Doolan, Ed.D.
CEO of FEA Jay Doolan is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA). Before joining FEA, Dr. Doolan was the assistant commissioner for the Division of Educational Standards and Programs at the NJ Department of Education. In this position, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Core Curriculum Content Standards, the statewide assessment system, and the secondary transformation initiative. He also oversaw the operations of the following offices: Academic Standards, State Assessments, Math and Science Education, Language Arts Literacy Education, Career and Technical Education, Charter Schools, Professional Standards, Licensing, and Higher Education Collaboration. Prior to this, Dr. Doolan served as director of several offices, including: Academic and Professional Standards, Direct Services, Urban Education, Bilingual Education, and Education for Homeless Children and Youth. He also worked in the Camden City Public Schools and served in the Peace Corps as a teacher in Turkey and Ghana.
CFO of FEA Denise Hecht is presently the Assistant Executive Director for the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and Chief Financial Officer for the Foundation for Educational Administration, Inc. (FEA). Prior to this, she was the Founder and President of DenTel Practice Management. Her firm offered professional and staff development in the fields of education, health care, and business. She received her MBA from Wagner College in New York where she has served as an adjunct member of the graduate school business administration faculty. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Farleigh Dickinson University. Ms. Hecht is a published writer, the author of the CLICK Profile for Educators, and is a certified NLP practitioner. Ms. Hecht has served as the President of the New Jersey Association of Partners in Education and has been a board member of the David Sarnoff Library and Museum. In partnership with the NJDOE and the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, she has assisted in writing and successfully implemented a $5.1 million grant for training Superintendents and Principals in leadership and technology in the state of New Jersey. She has also presented at several national conferences on leadership in the health, education, and business-related fields. Ms. Hecht was past Director of the Institute for Education and Cognitive Psychology, an organization devoted to the personal and professional improvement of teachers and administrators.
Principal, Grant School, Ridgefield Park
Angela Bender's bio will appear soon.
Principal, Brookside Elementary School, Westwood Regional School District
Thomas Conroy's bio will appear soon.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Barnegat Township School District
Mr. Scotto currently serves as the K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Barnegat Township Public School District. Prior to working in Barnegat, Mr. Scotto was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Tri-District of Atlantic Highlands/Highlands/Henry Hudson Regional. Before Mr. Scotto became an administrator 10 years ago, he was a classroom teacher for ten years. He earned his MA in Administration/Curriculum Planning/Supervision from Georgian Court University and his BA in Elementary Education/American Studies from St. Peter's College (University). He and his wife (Heather) currently reside in Monmouth County and have a son.