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About

Board of Trustees

Stephanie A. Fisher

Stephanie A. Fisher, Chairperson

Stephanie Fisher is active in community, civic and religious organizations throughout Camden County within the State of New Jersey. Originally from the State of Connecticut where she received her B.S. in Economics from Southern Connecticut State college along with certifications from Temple University, Kean University, and Camden County College.

Currently residing in Voorhees, NJ, Stephanie was elected to the Eastern Camden County Regional School District Board of Education in 1986 where she served for 16 years. She held a number of positions while serving her tenure there i.e. Chairperson of the Superintendent Selection Committee, Liaison to the Athletic Department, Finance and Curriculum Chairperson, Delegate to NJSBA where she served on a number of committees and acquired her Board Certification. In addition, she served several terms as County School Board President.

Stephanie began her employment history with Camden County by serving as Deputy County Administrator. She then went on to hold the position of Chief of Staff for Freeholder Riletta L. Cream where she served for 14 years managing her office staff, writing speeches, attending events in her absence and speaking on her behalf.

She then became the Director of Training and Instruction for Camden County where she was responsible for the training of 2,500 employees. She was responsible for teaching such courses as Ethics, Harassment, Policies and Procedures to name a few.

Today, Stephanie is Confidential Aide for the Chief of Police of the newly formed Camden County Police Department. She manages his office, supervises staff both sworn and non-sworn and acts on his behalf.

Additionally, Stephanie is County Liaison to the Camden County Human Relations Commission, Chairperson of the Voorhees Cultural and Diversity Committee (appointed by the Mayor), Treasurer of the Voorhees Cultural and Diversity Foundation, Docent for the Peter Mott House located in Lawnside, NJ of which she is a lifetime member. She is also a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 8004 also located in Lawnside.

She has served as secretary to the State NAACP, is 1st Vice Chairperson of the Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey, past President of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the Camden County YMCA.

During Governor Florio’s tenure, Stephanie was appointed to the Commission on Racism resulting in the development of a curriculum that is currently used by teaching personnel in New Jersey’s Public Schools. She served proudly as the Commission’s secretary.

She also served on a special law enforcement committee as part of the State Human Relations Commission resulting in her writing and implementing the curriculum currently used by Camden County Police Departments in the area of diversity and understanding peoples from diverse backgrounds.

Stephanie is one of the founding members of CBCC, Inc. that fostered and supported education for young people residing in Voorhees.

In addition to managing the Riletta L. Cream Scholarship Fund where she is serving as treasurer, Stephanie is a member of the Greater Clementon Lions Cub, and Women’s Federation.

She volunteers as Church Clerk for Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where she is the President Emeritus of the Usher Board, a Sunday School Instructor, Director of Vacation Bible School, Co-Chairperson of the Disaster Relief Ministry and secretary of the Security Ministry. She has also served as the representative to the Conference on Global Ministry.

Stephanie has received a number of awards and accolades in recognition of her willingness to help others but is most proud of the 2006 Tribute to Women in Industry award for empowering women in the workforce, the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal Award both presented by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Stephanie is married to retired Army Colonel Al Fisher and they have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren.

Ellen E. Mushinski

Ellen E. Mushinski, Treasurer

Ellen Edwards Mushinski is the director of education initiatives for New Jersey Public Television and Radio, NJN, where she is responsible for creating, securing funding and managing projects for teachers and parents to inform the use of digital media to improve learning. 

Ms. Mushinski’s professional experiences include previously serving as regional coordinator in the Office of Program Review and Improvement at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE); legislative aide to assembly members James Holzapfel and David Wolfe of the tenth legislative district; assistant director/lobbyist, New Jersey School Boards Association. Ellen wrote policy for the New Jersey Department of Education, Legislative Services and was the field services/political and policy advisor, for the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office.

Ellen’s public service includes being incoming president of the Trenton Public Education Foundation; advisory board member at the Center for Healthy Schools, Families and Communities at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; past president of the Occupational Training Center of Burlington County’s Board of Directors; founding chair, New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service and founding member, National Steering Committee, Association of State Service Commissions.

Ms. Mushinski received her master’s in educational media from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and her bachelor’s in Education from Keuka College, Keuka Park, New York.

Maria Alamo

Maria Alamo, Secretary, ELFNJ

Maria Alamo is founder and president of the Nutley Educational Foundation, LLC.  She was the first recipient of the New Jersey School Boards Association’s (NJSBA) School Board Member of the Year award, given annually in recognition of a school board member's service, leadership and contributions to education.

Ms. Alamo is former president of the Nutley Board of Education which she served on for nine years. She attained both Certificated Board Member and Master Board Member status through the NJSBA Board Member Academy and has served as an NJSBA group leader and president of the Essex County School Boards Association.

Ms. Alamo’s professional history includes dean of students at Eastwick College; patient advocate for Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation; president of the New Jersey Youth Hockey League and associate risk manager, Atlantic District Hockey Association.
Ms. Alamo is an honoree and member of the American Association of University Women.  She received the Distinguished Service Award in Education Excellence, Jaycees and is a resident of Lacey Township.

Hope R. Blackburn, Esq.

Hope R. Blackburn, Esq., Board of Trustees, ELFNJ

Hope R. Blackburn currently serves as General Counsel for the Jersey City Public Schools.  Previously, she was the head of the Education/Government Procurement Group at Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein and Celso and specialized in all aspects of public and private contracting.

A graduate of Princeton University and Villanova University School of Law, Ms. Blackburn has also had a distinguished career in state government serving as the Director of Purchase and Property, the Special Assistant for Policy and Planning to the Commissioner of Education, the Director of Controversies and Disputes for the New Jersey State Department of Education and as an Assistant Counsel in the Officer of Governor’s Counsel.

Ms. Blackburn is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Association of Black Women Lawyers and the Asperger’s Parents Education Network.

John Bulina

John Bulina, NJSBA Immediate Past President

John Bulina serves as Immediate Past President of the New Jersey School Boards Association.  He was elected to a two-year term as President of the new Jersey School Boards Association in May 2012 and served until November, 15, 2014.  Previously, he served for one term as Vice President for legislation/Resolutions (2010 through 2012).  Prior to 2010, he served for two consecutive terms as Vice President for Finance (2006 through 2010).

On the local level, Bulina has been a member of the Tabernacle Board of Education for 23 years, serving four years as president and five years as vice president.  He served as a member of Tabernacle’s Personnel, Finance, Budget, Strategic Planning, Negotiations, Education, and Building and Grounds Committees.  Bulina served as vice president for legislation of the Burlington County School Boards Association for one year and executive vice president for four years.  He has served as a commissioner of the Burlington County Educational Media Technology Center for 11 years.  He also serves as delegate to the NJSBA Delegate Assembly.  Bulina is Burlington County’s 2006-2007 Board Member of the Year.

Bulina served as chair of the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Standards and Assessment Committee, and an NJSBA at-large representative on New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NJSIAA’s) Executive Committee.  He also served on the Long Range Plan Committee, Executive Director Search Committee, Construction Review Task Force, and as a group leader for new board member orientations, Leadership Conferences and Parliamentary Procedures programs.

Bulina has earned Master Board Member certification, which recognizes successful completion of training in school board leadership, through the NJSBA Board Member Academy.

Nationally, Bulina served on the Federal Relations Network (FRN), a nationwide organization of local school board members which advocates the interests of public education before Congress and federal agencies.  He has also served on the National School Boards Association’s 2010 Nominating Committee, 2012 Credentials Committee and an alternate delegate representing New Jersey.

Bulina received his B.S. in Education from State University of New York, Oswego.  He also received his Masters of Arts, Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University.

Bulina is a senior adjunct profession at Burlington County College.  He was a soccer coach for 34 years with Tabernacle’s AA, south Jersey Girls Select, New Jersey Olympic Development Program, and Burlington County College.

He currently remains active as a Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA), and is a member of the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Roebling, NJ, and Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Philadelphia, PA.

Rochelle Hendricks

Rochelle Hendricks, Board of Trustees, ELFNJ

Rochelle R. Hendricks was named the first Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey in May 2011.  As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and program development to enhance the capacity and competitiveness of New Jersey’s higher education institutions.  Since starting the position, Secretary Hendricks has engaged the agency in the national higher education reform agenda while focusing on advancing the blueprint for reforming higher education recommended by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force chaired by Governor Kean, as well as the report issued by the UMDNJ Task Force chaired by Dr. Sol Barer.  Under her leadership, the office has been reorganized to enhance implementing the reform agenda.

During her career, she has served on a number of national, state and local boards.  Currently, she is a founding member of the Policy Steering Council for the Center for Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance at Stockton College, a member of the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey Board and an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees for New Jersey Institute of Technology.  In addition, she serves on the national boards for Operation College Promise, REL Mid-Atlantic and PARCC Higher Education.  In March 2013, Lt. Governor Guadagno announced the formation of a new Council on Innovation to enhance the collaboration among academia, business and industry and the State and named Secretary Hendricks as chair of the Council, as well as the newest member of the New Jersey Partnership for Action. 

Prior to her position as Secretary of Higher Education, she was the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education and was instrumental in helping the Governor’s education reform plans, including the creation and appointment of the Educator Effectiveness Task Force. Having joined the Department of Education in 1987, she has served in various capacities within the department, including Acting Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner overseeing the Offices of Board Development, Small Learning Communities and School Culture, District Schools, Turnaround Partnerships, Inter-District Choice and Opportunity Scholarships, Charter Schools, Career and Technical Education and Online Education.  She has also served as Director of the Professional Development Office, Manager of the Office of Policy and Planning, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner. 

Prior to joining the Department of Education, she worked for over 15 years at Princeton University in numerous capacities, including Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Educational Opportunities Program, and Interim Director of the Women’s Program.  She has also served as a consultant for International School Services, an adjunct faculty member and crises counselor, having begun her career as a teacher at the Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School District. 

Secretary Hendricks is the recipient of numerous academic, leadership and service recognitions.  Some of her more recent recognitions include: State Blue Ribbon School Liaison of the Year, US Department of Education; FFA National Honoree; Education Honoree, Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University; Educational and Leadership Award, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Delta Pi Chapter; Education Leadership Award, Interfaith Dialog Center; The Coretta Scott King Leadership Award from Essex County; the President’s Award from the National Organization of African American Administrators; and, a profile in Women of Courage, forward by Rosa Parks.   She has been privileged to participate in several White House initiatives and US Department of State supported international education events.
Among her most cherished honors are honorary memberships in Princeton University Classes of 1980 and 1987; the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters awarded by Centenary College in January 2012 and Richard Stockton College in May 2012; the Honorary Doctor of Educational Administration from Georgian Court University in May 2012; the Honorary Doctor of Education from Monmouth University in May 2013; and a tribute from the NJ Legislative Black Caucus with a Joint Legislative resolution in February 2013.

Kevin Lau

Kevin Lau, Esq., Board of Trustees, ELFNJ

Kevin Lau is a partner of Greer, Scocca & Lau, LLC, where he concentrates on corporate, business and finance matters for the firm’s clients and advises them on corporate ethics, contract disputes and litigation.

Prior to co-founding Greer, Scocca & Lau, LLC, Mr. Lau practiced in the business and finance department at the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. Before joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Lau was an associate in the corporate department at the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C. Before joining Archer & Greiner, Mr. Lau served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Francine I. Axelrad, J.T.C. at the Tax Court of New Jersey.

Mr. Lau received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1998. He received a bachelor’s in business administration, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut where he studied at the School of Business Administration’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies. Mr. Lau is licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mike McClure

Mike McClure, Board of Trustees, ELFNJ

Michael R. McClure, a 15-year member of the Maple Shade Board of Education, was elected to serve a two-year term from November 2014 to November 2016 as NJSBA Vice President for Finance.

McClure has served as president and vice-president of his local board, and served on committees ranging from facilities to negotiations.

He is a Master Board Member, a Certified Board Leader, and was president of the Burlington County School Boards Association for two terms. He has been a member of the NJSBA Board of Directors for eight years; an alternate to the NJSBA Board of Directors for two years; and has served on NJSBA committees including Finance, Facilities Needs and Assessment, and Nominating.

McClure, who also spent 15 years as president of his township’s recreation board, works as an assistant corporation fleet manager of more than 4,500 vehicles in 47 locations.

Lloyd Rosenberg

Lloyd Rosenberg, Board of Trustees, ELFNJ

Lloyd Rosenberg is the founder of DMR Architects, one of the largest and most respected full-service architectural firms in the New York metropolitan area. DMR does architectural design for the public, residential, corporate, commercial, redevelopment and healthcare market sectors. Under Lloyd’s guidance, the firm now offers environmentally conscious consulting, and cutting-edge community and urban planning.

With more than 40 years’ experience, Mr. Rosenberg is a leading architect in his own right. A registered architect in numerous states, and registered in professional planning and interior design in New Jersey, he has won numerous awards for his design work—including special Congressional recognition for the Old School #2 in Paterson in 1996.

In 2006, he spearheaded work on the first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified public school building, Carlstadt Public School in Bergen County and oversaw the LEED® certified building project for St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City.

Lloyd is active in numerous architectural and professional organizations, including American Institute of Architects (AIA), New Jersey Society of Architects (NJSA), New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), and Urban Land Institute (ULI). In 2008, he was appointed to the board of trustees for the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ).
Mr. Rosenberg received a bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Oklahoma and completed graduate studies at Columbia University.

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Brett Waters, Board of Trustees, ELFNJ

Brett Waters has over two decades of providing Corporate, Government and Education leadership.  In July 2012 he accepted the position of telecommunications Executive (Mid-Atlantic region) with Fortune 500 Company – Line Systems Incorporated.  Previously he was employed for 17 years with Verizon Communications (VZ:NYSE), where he served as a National Project Manager in the Division of Public Communications.

From 2006-2012, Mr. Waters held positions in New Jersey State Government where he was appointed Chief of Staff (COS) to the Honorable Judge Theodore Z. Davis, who was selected as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Camden City by then New Jersey Governor, honorable Jon S. Corzine.  These positions (COS/COO) were created under the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly Legislation (MRERA – C.52:27BBB-1) cited as “The Municipal Rehabilitation and Economic Recovery Act.”)  During his tenure as COS, Mr. Waters served as the COO’s lead advisor and liaison to the Office of the Governor, Governor’s Cabinet, Camden’s mayor/City Departmental Directors/ City Council/School Superintendent and media.  He also led all project teams relative to Federal, State and County Public Utility concerns.

From 2011-2012, Mr. Waters served as a Representative of the 5th Legislative District of NJ for State Senator Donald Norcross and Assemblymen Angel Fuentes and Gilbert Wilson, where he was tapped as Education Director to oversee drafting of the New Jersey Urban Hope Act (S3173 “Urban Hope Act”, provides a process to permit authorized entities to build, operate, and manage “renaissance school projects” as public schools in no more than three identified failing districts.)  Signed by the Governor – Honorable Chris Christie on January 12, 2012.

In his capacity as Education Director, he also served as the Legislative Liaison to the New Jersey School Development Authority (SDA), Joint Committee on the Public Schools (JCPS), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and the New Jersey Department of Education.  Also in 2010 Mr. Waters served on the COO’s consultant team of mastery Charter Schools, and its focus of expansion throughout Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  During this time, Mastery was recognized by President Barrack Obama in an address to the National Urban League as an example of a good Charter School that works.

Mr. Waters hold Board and or Membership positions with New Jersey Energy Coalition, The Federal Communications Bar Association, the New Jersey Notary Association (NJNA) where he was elected State Board Secretary in 2011, Commission with the Camden County Human Relations Commission, Voorhees New Jersey Planning board, a Director with Rotary International and appointed by New Jersey Superior Courts (Camden Vicinage) to several Judicial Advisory Committees under the directions of the Honorable Judge Robert Dortch.

A graduate of The University of Virginia and George Washington University respectively with a degree in Urban/Environmental Planning and Master’s Certification in Project Management, Mr. Waters was selected as an Inaugural Fellow with the National Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL).  A native of Camden, New Jersey he resides in Voorhees, New Jersey with his family.

Raymond R. Wiss, Esq.

Raymond R. Wiss, Esq., Board of Trustees, ELFNJ

Raymond Wiss is a managing member of Wiss & Bouregy, P.C., counselors at law, located in Westwood.  He has been a member of the Bar of the State of New Jersey since 1976 and a member of the Bar of the State of New York since 1981. For the past two decades, his practice has focused extensively on representing municipal clients and, since 2000 alone, he has served some 20 municipalities as labor counsel or special labor counsel.

Mr. Wiss served as president of the New Jersey School Boards Association from 2010 to 2012.  Prior that, he represented Bergen County school districts on the Association’s Board of Directors.  He has served as a school board member in two districts, for a total of 19 and a half years, including membership on the Northern Valley Regional Board of Education, with terms as board president and vice-president, and as president of the Old Tappan Board of Education.  He also served on the Bergen County School Boards Association Executive Committee.  Mr. Wiss served as the mayor of the Borough of Old Tappan from 1996 to 2000.

Mr. Wiss received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University, where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Larry Feinsod

Larry Feinsod, Chief Executive Officer, ELFNJ

Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, an educator and public school advocate for more than 40 years, was selected as the ninth Executive Director of the New Jersey School Boards Association in September 2012. The organization's 26-member Board of Directors approved the appointment unanimously, following a nationwide search.

As executive director, Dr. Feinsod manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, which as a 73-member staff with an annual operating budget of about $10 million. NJSBA serves more than 4,800 school board members in 586 local districts, as well as approximately 60 charter schools.

Dr. Feinsod has served as chief school administrator in the Cranford, Madison and Mount Arlington school districts. Since 2008, he was the state Department of Education's executive county superintendent for Essex County, assisting and overseeing 23 school districts with strikingly diverse needs and challenges. He began his career as a special education teacher in Linden. In addition, he served for approximately 20 years as a member of the Board of Education of the Morris-Union Jointure Commission, including a term as the board's president.

Dr. Feinsod is a former president and co-founder of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, a grassroots advocacy group of school administrators, school board members and parents, established in 1992. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from Rutgers University, a professional diploma in Educational Leadership from Fordham University, and a B.A. and an M.A. from Kean University.

Prior to leaving his post as Essex County Executive Superintendent to take the helm at NJSBA in October 2012, he was presented “the key to Essex County” in a formal ceremony held by Joseph Di Vincenzo, the Essex County Executive.

He is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from the Newark affiliate of the National Organization of African American Administrators (2012), the Outstanding Service Award from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (2008), and the Education Leadership Award from the New Jersey Coalition of Educational Leaders for the support and advancement of women in leadership positions (2004).

Dr. Feinsod has been involved extensively in community and civic activities. He was a long-term member of the service organization Rotary International and was presented with the New Jersey State Vocational Service Award for his contributions to education from the president of Rotary International.

Dr. Feinsod and his wife, Sharon, reside in West Orange. They have two adult daughters.