Members

MARK W. BIEDRON
President
Appointed in 2011
Pottersville, Hunterdon County

  • President, State Board of Education, 2014 - present
  • Founder, The Willow School, Gladstone, N.J., 2001-present
  • President and Founder of Sustainable Growth Technologies
  • Chair, Advisory Board of the University of Vermont's Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Former Trustee, N.J. Conservation Foundation
  • Former trustee and board chair, Cloud Institute of Sustainability Education
  • Member, United States Green Building Council
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • B.A., Business Administration, University of Vermont, 197
Mark W. Biedron

JOSEPH FISICARO
Vice President
Appointed in 2011
Evesham Township, Burlington County

  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 2013 - present
  • Staff member, Special Education, Burlington County Institute of Technology, Medford, N.J., 2005-present
  • Teacher, Philadelphia School District, 1972-2005
  • Member, Lenape Regional High School District Board of Education, 1993-2011; president, 1999-2001; vice president, 1997-1999
  • Member, Evesham Township Municipal Utilities Authority, 2003-present; chairperson, 2004-2005; vice chairperson, 2008-2010
  • Member, Evesham Township Historical Preservation Commission, 1991-2003
  • Member, N.J. School Boards Association, 2002-2011
  • M.A., Education, Widener University, 1984
  • B.A., American History, Widener University, 1971
  • Italian Certification, LaSalle University, 1982
  • K-8 Certification, Immaculata College, 1974
Joseph Fisicaro

ARCELIO APONTE
Appointed in 2005
Piscataway, Middlesex County

  • President, State Board of Education, 2010 - 2014
  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 2006 - 2010
  • Vice Provost for Finance & Administration, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Former National President, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
  • Leadership New Jersey, 2004
  • M.A., Business Administration, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Management
  • B.S., Electronic Engineering Technology, The College of New Jersey
  • Married, two children
Arcelio Aponte

RONALD K. BUTCHER
Appointed in 1990
Pitman, Gloucester County

  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 2010 – 2011
  • President, State Board of Education, 2007-2008
  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 1999-2003
  • Retired Faculty & Administrator, Rowan University
  • President and CEO, Ronald K. Butcher & Company, S.P.
  • President and CEO, EcoDeC, Inc.
  • B.S., Business Education, Western Michigan University
  • M.A., Education Leadership, Eastern Michigan University
  • Ph.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Michigan
  • Married, three children
RONALD K. BUTCHER

CLAIRE CHAMBERLAIN
Appointed in 2011
Bernardsville, Somerset County

  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., 1985-1995
  • Business Analyst, McKinsey and Company, Inc., 1981-1983
  • Founding member, Women’s Health Philanthropy Council, Morristown Memorial Health Foundation, 2009-present
  • President, The Peck School Board of Trustees, Morristown, NJ, 2006-2010
  • Trustee, The Peck School Board of Trustees, Morristown, NJ, 2002-present
  • Co-founder and Governor, The CWJ Classic Automobile Museum, Bernardsville, NJ 2000-2007
  • Officer and trustee, The Drumthwacket Foundation, Princeton, NJ, 1994-2002
  • B.A., Economics, Stanford University, 1981
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, Harvard Business School, 1985
Claire Chamberlain Eckert

JACK FORNARO
Appointed in 2011
Oxford, Warren County

  • Director, Constituent Relations, NJ State Legislature, November 1999-present
  • Member, New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, 2004-2010
  • Investment Securities Counselor, Jeffrey Matthews financial Group, LLC., 1997
  • Mortgage Consultant, Beneficial Finance/Household, 1998-1999
  • Interim Business Administrator, Township of Mahwah, 1992
  • Senior Field Representative/Investigator, NJ Department of Community Affairs, 1982-  1991
  • Staff Investigator, Division of Criminal Justice, Drug Diversion Investigation Unit, 1974-1975
  • CEO, Private Detective Agency, 1970-1981
  • Staff Investigator for Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morristown, NJ 1970-1981
  • Patrolman, Morristown Police Department, Morristown, NJ, 1968-1970
  • M.A., Public Administration, Rider University
  • B.A., Political Science, Rutgers University
  • A.A., Criminal Justice, Morris County College
Jack Fornaro

EDITHE FULTON
Appointed in 2007
Toms River, Ocean County

  • Member, N.J. Advisory Commission on the Status of Women
  • Member, N.J. Reads Board of Directors, 2004 to 2007
  • Member, Literacy Volunteers of Ocean County Board of Directors
  • Member, Executive Women of New Jersey Board of Directors, 2005 to 2006
  • Past President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, N.J. Education Assoc. (NJEA), 1981 to 1985 and 1993 to 2005
  • President, Partners in Education, 2003 to 2005
  • Member, Privacy Commission and Streamlining Task Force, 2003 to 2004
  • Member, Governor’s Commissions for Alternate Route, Master Teacher & Monitoring, 1981 to 1984
  • Member, NJEA Delegate Assembly, 1971 to 1976
  • President, Ocean County Council of Education Associations, 1972 to 1976
  • President, New Jersey County Presidents’ Council, 1974 to 1976
  • President, Lakehurst Education Association, 1969 to 1971
  • Married, three children and six grandchildren
Edith Fulton

ERNEST P. LEPORE
Appointed in 2004
West New York, Hudson County

  • Director, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science
  • Co-author, What Every Student Should Know (Rutgers Press, 2002)
  • Professor, Rutgers University, Philosophy Department
  • Member, American Philosophical Assoc.
  • 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
Ernest Lepore

ANDREW J. MULVIHILL
Appointed in 2011
Andover, Sussex County

  • CEO, Crystal Springs and Mountain Creek Real Estate Division
  • Owner, Mountain Resort Properties
  • Founder and member, Highlands State Bank
  • Past President, NJ Golf Course Owners Association
  • Former member, Newark Academy Board of Governors
  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University
Andrew J. Mulvihill

J. PETER SIMON
Appointed in 2011
Green Village, Morris County
                                                   

  • Co-founder, William E. Simon and Sons, (WES&S)
  • Co-chairman, William E. Simon Foundation
  • Trustee, Lafayette College
  • Chairman, Morristown Memorial Health Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Richard Nixon Foundation
  • Member, Covenant House New Jersey Board of Directors
  • Former member, Gladney Center Board of Trustees
  • Former member, National Council for Adoption Board of Trustees
  • Former member, Peck School Board of Trustees
  • B.A., Lafayette College
J. Peter Simon

DOROTHY S. STRICKLAND, Ph.D.
Appointed in 2008
West Orange, Essex County

  • Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education and State of New Jersey Professor of Reading, Emerita, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Former classroom teacher; reading specialist; learning disabilities specialist
  • Member and Past President of the International Reading Association
  • Past President of the Reading Hall of Fame
  • Service to numerous advisory boards and panels at the state and national levels
  • Numerous publications in the area of reading instruction
  • Received IRA’s Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award; National Council of Teachers of English Award as Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts and the National-Louis University Ferguson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Early Childhood Education.
  • Ph.D., and M.A., New York University
  • M.S., Newark State College (now Kean University)
  • Widowed, three children, eight grandchildren
Dorothy Strickland