New Jersey Department of Education

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Council Membership

State law (NJSA 18A:46-2), provides that the Commissioner of Education shall appoint and work with a council of no more than fifteen members. The members of the Council work in collaboration with the director of the Office of Special Education. In addition, there are several resource representatives from various state agencies. Appointments to the council are made in accordance with guidelines established in P.L. 94-142 and the reauthorized IDEA amendments. Members are appointed for a minimum of two-year terms that can be renewed for a maximum of three terms. Each appointment to the council must be confirmed by the State Board of Education.

Dr. Paul F. Barbato – Chair
Director of Special Services
Dumont Public Schools
25 Depew Street
Dumont, NJ 07628

Debora Esposito – Vice-Chair
Project Co-director: START Engaging Parents of Students with Disabilities in Schools
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
35 Halsey St 4th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Mark Brugger
Associated Director of Marketing & Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County
1040 Spruce Street
Lawrence, NJ 08648

Vikas Jain
Director of Consulting
Cognizant Technology Solutions
500 Frank Burr Blvd.
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Dr. Viviana Litovsky
Westbridge Academy
60 West Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
973-429-8110, ext. 147

Andrea Moore
Learning Disability Teacher-Consultant
Sharp and Forest Elementary Schools
Camden City School District
1033 Cambridge Street
Camden, NJ 08105

Lonjete Nias
Supervisor of Special Services
Neptune City Board of Education
210 West Sylvania Avenue
Neptune City, NJ 07753

Kristy Ritvalsky
Parent Member
Inclusion Facilitator
Coalition for Inclusive Education (CIE)
60 Park Place, Suite 208
Newark, NJ 07102

Dr. Christopher Shamburg
Parent Member
Professor and Coordinator of the Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Lynda Shanahan
Parent member
Special Education Teacher
Pennsauken High School
800 Hylton Road
Pennsauken Township, NJ 08110

Susan Vandermark
Parent Member
Special Education Teacher
Riverbank Charter School of Excellence
1300 Hornberger Avenue
Roebling, NJ 08554

Kerri Walsifer
Parent Member
Director of Special Services
Tinton Falls School District
658 Tinton Falls Avenue
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Dr. Patricia White
Parent Member
Retired Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College


Resouce Representatives

Donna M. Holzschuh
CST Manager
New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission
1001 Spruce Street, Suite 202
Trenton, NJ 08629

Dawn Mergen
Quality Assurance Specialist
Family Health Services
New Jersey Department of Health
PO Box 364
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0364
Phone: (609) 777-7778
Fax: (609) 292-3580

Kelley Michalowski
Office of Education 
New Jersey Department of Children and Families
PO Box 710
Trenton, NJ 08625-0710

Eva Scott
Director of Blindness Education
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
153 Halsey Street
PO Box 47017
Newark, NJ 07101

Toni Scott
Program Planning and Development Specialist 
Program Unit- Youth Services
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
PO Box 398
Trenton, NJ 08625-0398


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