With a mission of preserving and enhancing the prosperity of our schools and community and recognizing the value of independent funding, a group of local business leaders established the Morris Educational Foundation in 1992. Today the board includes parents, teachers, business and community leaders, committed to upholding that mission.

Patty Haralampoudis, Chair

haralampoudisPatty and her husband Greg moved to Convent Station from New York City in 1996. Now a full-time mother to sons Christopher, Luke, and Evan and an active volunteer, Patty previously worked as a Vice President at AMBAC, a municipal bond insurance company. Patty has volunteered as a child advocate for the Jersey Battered Women Shelter, in numerous volunteer positions for the Morris School District and has donated her time to Literacy Volunteers of America. She is an alumnae of both Cornell University and New York University. She has been the Treasurer of the Morris Educational Foundation and Chair of the Finance Committee since 2009.

George H. Becker, Jr., Co-Vice Chair

George and his wife Michele returned to Morris Township in 1995 after assignments with Prudential in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. George began his career in health care finance with Prudential after serving on active duty for six years as a US Army engineer officer. After retiring early in 1998, George taught AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Micro/Macroeconomics for 11 years, first at the Delbarton School and then at Pope John High School. He has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sussex County Academy of Catholic Schools and led the fundraising drive which resulted in a $6 million addition to the high school. Now fully retired, George tutors local high school students in all levels of math from Algebra through AP Calculus BC and also serves as a tutor in the Frelinghuysen Middle School program. George earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and continues to serve as an advisor in the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame. He also earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Missouri.

Frank Saia, Co-Vice Chair

FrankSaia head shotFrank is currently consulting at Novartis Oncology, launching a new indication of a brand in their Digital Strategy & Services department. He also serves as chairman of the board at the Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation in East Harlem. Most recently, he led Group DCA as their general manager, where he launched their new digital sales product offering and reinvigorated their eDetailing platform. He has expertise in providing a range of solutions from Fortune 100 companies to small bio-techs and diagnostic companies. From 2004 to 2009 he served as executive vice president at Hyphen, Inc., an interactive healthcare agency. He and his wife Tracey, an art therapist, are the parents of two children in the district, Chloe and Christopher.

Sang Sporer, Treasurer

Sang Sporer photoSang and her husband Fred have lived in Morristown since 2003. They have two sons, Max and Tommy, who are students in the Morris School District. Sang is an active volunteer in the Morris School District, serving on HSA Executive Boards and chairing numerous committees. She grew up in New York City and attended Barnard College and New York University. Prior to having children, Sang worked as a corporate bond analyst for Credit Suisse and DLJ.

Caroline Kincaid Godfrey, Secretary

caroline-godfreyCaroline is from Charlotte, NC, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as a project manager with Raycom Sports in Charlotte before moving to New Jersey in 1994. She then worked for TeleChoice, Inc. and more recently with Prudential. Caroline and her husband Rich have two daughters, Sarah, a freshman at Morristown High School and Grace, a 7th grader at Frelinghuysen Middle School, where Caroline is co-president of the HSA. She has served on the board of the Junior League of Morristown and most recently chaired the organization’s premiere fundraiser, Lunch with the Authors. She is also an Elder and a member of the Christian Education and the Communications committees at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown.

 Kim Pistner, Immediate Past Chair

Kim joined the MEF Board of Trustees in 2010. She has been an active volunteer in the Morris School District, serving as HSA President, PAC President, and committee member of the Guidance Committee and Project Graduation committeeat the high school. She is currently Chair of Morristown’s Got Talent and serves on the Grants Committee for the MEF.  Kim worked in the jewelry business with Zale Corporation before moving to New Jersey in 1992. She and her husband, John, are the parents of Blake (MHS’11) and Chase (MHS’04).

Amanda Boyadjis

As a long-time member of the Morristown community, Amanda has been a tireless professional and volunteer for local non-profits, including the United Way of Northern New Jersey, where she was the Women’s Leadership Council Manager, and campaign manager for approximately 150 annual corporate workplace initiatives.  As a volunteer, she is an active member of the Junior League of Morristown where she has served as president, Homeless Solutions and The Presbyterian Church. Amanda has also held various leadership roles in the Morris School District Home School Associations.  She and her husband William are the parents of Morristown High students Paige and Lucy. Amanda is a proud alumna of the High School.

Hart Coven

Hart and his wife Sue have lived in Morris Township for over 27 years with their two children, who came up through the Morris School District,  David (MHS ’14) and Brian (MHS ’16).  Hart has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and has held a broad range of technology leadership positions in healthcare, financial services, and insurance.  Currently, Hart is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Delta Dental of NJ & CT.  He has been actively supporting our schools and youth by volunteering with the Boy Scouts and as a coach with local youth sports.  Hart served as a Lieutenant with NJ Search & Rescue as a member of the Mountain Rescue Association.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Crossroads Division and also volunteers as a Disaster Action Team responder. Hart mentors with Women Unlimited and served as a mentor with Students 2 Science.   Hart earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Lafayette College.

Peter Croonquist

Pete Croonquist HeadshotPeter Croonquist and his wife Christine, a MHS grad, have been Morristown residents for more than 20 years.  Their children, Andrew and Kate, have also attended our schools.  A senior vice president/investments at Janney Montgomery Scott, Peter has overseen client portfolios and investments for over 25 years.  He serves on several non-profit boards including The Salvation Army of Morristown (since 1996- past Chair); The Bergen Family Center (since 2000); and, the Development Council of the Archdiocese of Newark (since 2010).  Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Scranton, and was designated an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor by The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Douenias

Michelle Douenias photoWith 24 years’ experience in philanthropy, Michelle currently serves as program associate and events coordinator for Luce Scholars, a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.  Michelle directs the day-to-day administration of the program, coordinates the annual fellowship competition and organizes meetings and events in the US and in Asia.  Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, Michelle was a jewelry designer and taught middle school art.  She earned a BA and a teaching certificate in fine arts from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Michelle was born and raised in Morristown and returned to her childhood home with her husband, Steven, an attorney in NYC, 14 years ago.  Michelle and Steven have two children, Hallie and Daniel.  Both children are enrolled in the MSD and both are active in Morristown athletics.

Sandra Gibson

gibsonAs a biology teacher at Morristown High School for 31 1/2 years, Sandra Gibson became a supporter of MEF. Now retired, she is serving her ninth year as a Morris Educational Foundation trustee and is Chairperson of the Scholarship committee. She also serves on the Grant and Nominating/By-laws committees. Sandra and her husband Charles have been residents of Morris Township for 46 years. Their children attended Morris School District schools and are alumni of MHS.

Kit Hall

kithallKit and her husband Ken have lived in Morris Township for almost 20 years with their three children, Nick (MHS ’10), Sam (MHS ’13) and Julia (MHS ’16).  Kit began her career in marketing and sales at Citicorp in New York City and Washington D.C. For the past six years she has done fundraising for nonprofit organizations.  Kit is an alumna of Brown University. An active volunteer in the community, Kit served as President of the Junior League of Morristown and as a Board Trustee of the Neighborhood House and Girls, Inc. of Northern NJ.

Kathy Heher

heherKathy grew up in Brielle, N.J., and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor of science degree in political science. She then worked in New York City in the commercial insurance and reinsurance industry. Kathy and her husband, Greg, settled in Morris Township 14 years ago to raise their four daughters, Brady, Madison, Keegan, and Logan. She is now an active volunteer in the Morris School District and has served in leadership roles in numerous schools. Kathy has also been an active member of the Junior League of Morristown. Most recently she co-chaired the JLM premiere fundraiser, Luncheon with the Authors.

Jody Marcus

jody-marcusJody Marcus presently works at the Raritan Headwaters Association as Development Coordinator. Previously she worked as Curator at the Morris Museum and at the Morris County Tourism Bureau as Director of Development. She was a founding member and executive director of the Community Children’s Museum in Dover and was a member of the Human Relations Commission’s Building Cross Cultural Communities Committee for many years. Jody has a master’s in industrial design from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. Jodi was a preschool  teacher and a substitute teacher in the Morris School District for four years. She has two children who graduated from Morristown High.

Christine Messina

Christine grew up in Chatham moved to Morristown in 2012 with her husband Matthew and 2 year old son, Jack and is expecting a baby girl this Fall. She received a Bachelors degree in Education from Wagner College and a Masters Degree in Psychology from New York University. Passionate about child development, she has been teaching for 13 years as an elementary school teacher and Literacy Support Teacher and is currently Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant at Frelinghuysen Middle School.

Caroline Opondo

carolineopondoCaroline works with Sanofi Pharma as a Director of Learning and Development for the Clinical Development organization. She has worked for 26 years within different areas of Pharmaceutical Research and Development and for the past 10 years has focused on using new tools/technologies for building and delivering training programs for adult learning with an emphasis in clinical processes and disease management. She serves on the board of St. Gabriel’s Academy, a pre-K to 8th grade private school in Kenya. She is passionate about the integration of technology and education to bring the learning experience closer to the student. Caroline graduated from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA with a BSc Pharmacy. She and her husband Elisha are the parents of two daughters who attend FMS and Woodland School.

Ann Rhines

rhinesAnn Rhines began teaching in the Morris Township school system in 1962. In addition to her teaching, mentoring, and creating the SURE program (a language program for grades 4 and 5), she was a member of the Curriculum Council and a consultant in whole language and assessment for many years. She retired from the Morris School District in 2001. In 2003, she was elected to the Board of Education and is now in her fourth term. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the MEF since 2001 and is chair of its Grant Committee.

Virginia Rich

Virginia H RichVirginia H. Rich, a professor at Caldwell University, teaches ethics and law in the business program, and is the chair of faculty development. She has a doctorate in law and a masters of arts in teaching, and is committed to lifelong learning and the pursuit of excellence in teaching. Virginia has volunteered for more than 14 years in the Morris School District in various capacities, including co-President of the Alexander Hamilton School Home & School Association, and member of the District Curriculum Committee.  Virginia lives in Morristown with her husband Mike (a former MEF Board member), and their son, a graduate of MHS.

 Molly Servais, Immediate Past Chair

servaisMolly and her husband Mike have lived in Morris Township for 15 years. They have two kids, Ryan and Maggie, who are students at Morristown High School. Molly has been an active volunteer in the MSD, serving on the FMS Visionary Planning Board, HSA Executive Boards, producing school musicals and chairing cultural arts. Prior to having children, Molly worked in non-profit management doing fundraising and marketing. She has worked for the Somerset Hills YMCA, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, and the Arthritis Foundation. Molly is a native of Michigan where she still spends her summers.

Melissa Spiotta

Melissa Spiotta HeadshotMelissa is a graduate of Morristown High School (’85) and has lived in Morris Township with her husband, Marc, and her daughter, Makena, a middle-schooler at Frelinghuysen, since 2002. She received a B.A. in sociology from Bucknell, followed by an M.A. in organizational behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson.  She spent the bulk of her career at JPMorgan Chase, where she was the vice president in charge of nationwide retail branch training organization. Melissa was president of the Hillcrest HSA, active in the Junior League of Morristown, and a blogger for the Morristown Patch. She is the creator of the “I Love the Morris School District” Facebook page. She recently returned from Singapore where her family lived for three years.

Marcie Yarnis

marcieMarcie and her husband Glenn moved to Morris Township from New York City in 1996 to raise their two children, Samantha (MHS ’13) and Josh (currently a sophomore at MHS).  Marcie has been an active volunteer in the MSD serving in various leadership positions on the Alfred Vail and Sussex Ave. School HSA Executive Boards, implementing and running a reading program at Alfred Vail for six years, and serving on the House Board and Visionary Planning Board at FMS for House of the Phoenix.  She is currently serving in her seventh year on the MEF and co-chairs the School Liaison Committee.

 

Mr. Mackey Pendergrast, Morris School District Superintendent

Stephen B Wiley, Chair Emeritus

Alan S. Painter, Chair Emeritus

Connie J. Hagelin, Chair Emeritus

Katherine Henckler, Chair Emeritus

Fran Rossoff, Chair Emeritus

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