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Board Members Sworn into the New Jersey State Board of Education

For Immediate Release
Contact: David Saenz 
Date: August 2, 2017
609-292-1126

Trenton, NJ – Eleven board members were sworn into the New Jersey State Board of Education over the last two board meetings. The list of new and reappointed members with a brief bio is below, and additional information is available on the State Board website.

Sworn in on August 2

Ronald K. Butcher – Glassboro, Gloucester County
Reappointed in 2017

  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 2010-11 and 1999-2003
  • President, State Board of Education, 2007-08
  • Retired Faculty and Administrator, Rowan University
  • Ph.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Michigan; M.A., Education Leadership, Eastern Michigan University;

B.S., Business Education, Western Michigan University

Mary Elizabeth Gazi, Esq. – Bound Brook, Somerset
Appointed in 2017

  • Partner, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., 2013-Present
  • Counsel, Law Office of John E. Bruder, 2006-13
  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Herman L. Breitkopf, A.J.SC., 1989-90
  • J.D., Seton Hall School of Law; B.A., English/Economics, Villanova University

Nedd James Johnson, Ed. D. – Pittsgrove, Salem County
Appointed in 2017

  • Adjunct Elementary Education Instructor for Field Supervision, Rowan University College of Education, 2017-Present
  • Assistant Superintendent, Grades PK-12, Bridgeton Public Schools, 2011-16
  • Elementary Principal, Grades K-5, Dane Barse Elementary School, 2006-11
  • B.A., Education/History, Glassboro State College; M.A., Student Personnel/Guidance Services, Glassboro State College; M.A., School Administration, Rowan College of New Jersey; Ed. D., Educational Leadership P-12, Rowan University.

Ernest P. Lepore – West New York, Hudson County
Reappointed in 2017

  • Director, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science
  • Professor, Rutgers University, Philosophy Department
  • Member, American Philosophical Association; Member, Society for Philosophy and Psychology
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Minnesota; M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota; B.A., Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Massachusetts

Andrew J. Mulvihill – Andover, Sussex County
Reappointed in 2017

  • CEO, Crystal Springs and Mountain Creek Real Estate Division
  • Owner, Mountain Resort Properties
  • Former member, Newark Academy Board of Governors
  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University

Joseph Ricca, Jr., Ed.D. – Morristown, Morris County
Appointed in 2017

  • Superintendent of Schools, White Plains City School District, 2017-present
  • Member, County College of Morris Board of Trustees, 2011-present, Chair 2015-2017
  • Superintendent of Schools, Elmsford Union Free School District, 2013-2017
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership/Educational Administration, Walden University; M.A., Educational Leadership/Educational Administration, Caldwell College; M.Ed., Specialized: Administration, Planning, Social Policy, Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University; B.S., History and Education, Seton Hall University

Sworn in on July 5

Arcelio Aponte – Piscataway, Middlesex County
Reappointed in 2017

  • President, State Board of Education, 2010-14
  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 2006-10
  • Vice Provost for Finance & Administration, Rutgers University, Newark
  • M.A., Business Administration, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Management; B.S., Electronic Engineering Technology, The College of New Jersey

Sylvia Sylvia – Ocean, Monmouth County
Appointed in 2017

  • President, Township of Ocean Board of Education, 2014-17
  • Member, Township of Ocean Board of Adjustment, 2011-13
  • President, Wayside Elementary School PTA, 2006-10
  • B.A., Psychology, Montclair State University

Kathy Goldenberg – Moorestown, Burlington County
Appointed in 2017

  • Legislative Finance Committee and District 7 Legislative Committee member, New Jersey School Board Association, 2016-17
  • Voting Member, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, 2015-17
  • President, Moorestown Township Public Schools Board of Education, 2015-17; Member, Moorestown Township Public Schools Board of Education, 2007-17
  • B.A., Business Administration – Finance and International Business, University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

Mary Beth Berry – Clinton, Hunterdon County
Appointed in 2017

  • Transition Services/ Grant Writing, Hunterdon Preparatory School, 2017-Present
  • Special Education Teacher, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District, 1989-94
  • Career Development Coordinator, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District, 1994-2015
  • M.A., Special Education, East Stroudsburg University; B.S., Special Education, Marywood University