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Mrs. Monica Watson, Board President

Monica has deep roots here and is excited to give back to a community that has so meaningfully shaped her life. Monica is a dedicated Voorhees Board of Education member because she wants to ensure our teachers are being supported so that they can focus on our students and the curriculum.
 
She lives with her husband, Vashon and their two children, Ari, 5, and London, 4. Monica got her juris doctorate from Duke University School of Law and her Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before moving back to New Jersey, Monica was a Guardian ad litem for under-represented youth in North Carolina. And for 6 years in North Jersey, Monica served on the board for Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises volunteers from the community to speak up for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.
 
After school, Monica spent 12 years in private practice at a New Jersey law firm before she went in house at Santander Bank, N.A. She spent two and half years as a Director and Associate General Counsel at Sandoz Inc., a Novartis Division, where she handled commercial transactions, contracts, employment law, market access, patient services and host of other marketing and general counseling issues for their biopharmaceutical portfolio. She is currently transitioning to Pharmaceutical Counsel at Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation where she will be responsible for HR matters for North America as well brand counsel for certain global oncology products. Monica’s professional experience serves her well in navigating the vast perspectives and diverse opinions needed to effectively and efficiently run our schools. Monica Watson represents a voice for those unheard and will fight for what is best for our community.

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Ms. Julie Ketover - Board Vice President

Julie Ketover, JD, PCC, is an executive, leadership and life coach, as well as a facilitator, writer, and speaker, with nearly two decades of experience in the legal industry. Before turning to coaching, Julie held a number of positions in the field of law, including as a practicing attorney, senior business operations professional and talent developer at law firms. She brings her depth of experience in the legal industry to her coaching and training of law firm partners and associates, C suite and other senior law firm executives, and in-house counsel and General Counsels of public and private companies. Julie has also worked with companies in other industry sectors, including media, technology, financial services and healthcare and has coached C suite, senior executives and entrepreneurs in those companies. Julie brings to bear keen understanding, relatability, and humor that facilitate trust and effective collaboration. In her practice, Julie works with high performing, goal-oriented professionals in demanding environments. Her clients learn to challenge and trust themselves, to up-level their leadership, to more effectively manage their teams and to achieve their goals with purpose and commitment.Julie lives with her husband and two daughters in South Jersey.  Being committed to service and community, Julie currently serves as a Board Member for the International Coach Federation of Philadelphia and as a Vice President on the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of South Jersey. She was selected to fill the vacancy on the Voorhees BOE and is running for election this fall for the unexpired term to retain this seat.

Julie has lived in Voorhees for nearly two decades and has two daughters- an Eastern senior and a VMS 7th grader. Both of them have 504 plans, and she has been a zealous advocate for her girls throughout their educational journeys.  She is the daughter of a decades-long public-school teacher in the New York City school system, as well as a product of a K through 12 public school education. Julie is a firm believer in the core tenets of public education; she believes a strong, inclusive, evidence-based public education system is one of the key pillars of a functioning democracy.  In addition to her knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the public school system, she brings key contributions to her BOE service, including persuasive advocacy, clear communication, effective collaboration and partnership, leadership and influence, and authentic relationship and trust-building. Her experience in these areas will support the Board to strengthen its reputation and to continue to do excellent work in a challenging environment. Julie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Yale University, where she majored in psychology.  Following college, Julie received her law degree at NYU School of Law.

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Mr. Richard Rosen

Richard Rosen moved to Voorhees in December 2019 after growing up, and living most of his life, in Northern NJ.  He has two adult children; and now, lives with his husband John, who wanted to return to his roots in South Jersey.  Richard has embraced the diversity and warmth of the community, its proximity to Philadelphia, and the wealth of cultural offerings.  His free time is focused on the gym, biking and hiking throughout the surrounding areas, frequently visiting museums, historic homes, attending an array of performing arts and learning Hungarian.

After initially pursuing architecture at NJIT, Richard subsequently switched directions and graduated with a BS in Accounting from Yeshiva University in NYC.  He has a CPA, and just retired from a 38-year career in finance as the CFO, and most recently, the VP of Business Operations, for two large not-for-profit health care organizations in NYC.  His experience is in financial management and oversight of business operations for community-based health care organizations providing care for over 16,000 patients daily in the greater NYC area.  During his tenure, he was a key member of the team that built 15 community health centers which allowed him to stay connected to his original love of architecture.  He has experience in budgeting, financial modeling, internal controls, workflow processes, financial and operational performance reporting and, to a slightly lessor degree, facility design.  Although not an attorney, after working closely with lawyers over the last 38 years on contracts, litigation, legislation, and regulatory compliance, he understands much of their language.

Richard’s motivation to become involved in the local school board was after he became concerned about the politicization of the education system.  His goal is to ensure that public education continues to offer a comprehensive educational curriculum, unencumbered by political agendas, and to protect student rights to learn, grow and develop into productive members of society who can make their own decisions and exercise their right to free expression.  He hopes to inspire our youth to take advantage of all that the public school system can offer. 

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Mr. Jacob Rosner

Jacob Rosner is a management consultant, attorney, husband, and father of two young children.  He was inspired to serve on the Board of Education to be part of the solution to ensure kids, including his own, get the best education possible. Having grown up in South Jersey, he benefited from the excellent school system and wants to support its continued excellence. He chose to raise a family in Voorhees for this reason. 

Jacob has over a decade of experience working with large enterprises and navigating complex organizational issues in industries such as telecommunications, healthcare, and cybersecurity. He has a proven track record of building relationships, independently managing projects, and utilizing technology/automation to drive efficiency in business operations and addressing and resolving business and legal issues. Jacob is able to navigate the fine line between legal risks and business/organizational needs to effectively solve complex problems, skills which enable him to be a thoughtful and effective board member.

Jacob graduated cum laude from Ithaca College, where he majored in Politics. After college, Jacob obtained a law degree from Drexel University.

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Mrs. Maureen Rutter

Maureen Rutter is a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant in a public education K-8 district.  She has previously taught general and special education students in pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school in both private and public districts. Maureen is currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Education assisting student teachers in learning best practices for assessing every type of learner in their classroom.  She has been involved in education systems for nearly two decades. Having first-hand knowledge of the needs inside a classroom has led Maureen to a position on the Board of Education.
 
She has two children attending school in Voorhees and is passionate about the education they receive along with all of their peers. Maureen and her husband both grew up in south Jersey and chose to move to Voorhees for the school system. She is committed to equity, inclusion, and the well-being of all scholars within this district.

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Mrs. Jennifer Stewart

Jennifer Branch Stewart is a local attorney who resides in Voorhees Township with her husband, McKinley, and their four school-aged children - all of whom attend school in the Voorhees Township School District. Jennifer grew up in Voorhees, having attended Signal Hill Elementary School, Voorhees Middle School, and Eastern Regional High School before attending and graduating from New York University's Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.  Jennifer went on to graduate from Drexel University Kline School of Law with her Juris Doctorate degree and earned admission to practice law in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

In addition to now managing her own small law practice, Jennifer is very active in the community and enjoys participating in various public service activities and professional associations. Following an appointment by the New Jersey Supreme Court, she served for two terms as an attorney member on the District IV Attorney Ethics Committee for Camden and Gloucester Counties. Prior to her being elected to the Board of Education, Jennifer participated in both the school district’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee as a community member and the Signal Hill Parent Faculty Association as a member of its executive board. Presently, Jennifer is a member of the Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP, Voorhees Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, and is also very active with the Voorhees Township Cultural and Diversity Committee, through which she co-founded VCDC's Education Outreach subcommittee.

Jennifer is honored to now serve on the Board of Education. She is dedicated to supporting our teachers and administrators and ensuring that each and every child in our district enjoys a safe, supportive, inclusive, and academically rigorous school environment in which to learn and grow.

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Mrs. Randi Stoopler

Randi Stoopler lives in Voorhees with her husband Craig and her three sons, Sidney, Jake and Drew.  Randi graduated The George Washington University with a BBA, and Rutgers, The State University with an MBA.  Randi has worked in corporate finance and banking but currently stays home to raise her three children.  

All three of her children attend Voorhees Schools where Randi has been an active volunteer.  Randi is thrilled represent the community that elected her to the Board of Education as well as to give a voice to families with special needs.  

As an active member of Chabad of Camden and Burlington Counties, Randi has co-chaired the annual dinner for four years.  Randi serves on the Special Needs Committee of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service which is near and dear to her heart as her youngest son has special needs.  

As a grandchild of four Holocaust survivors JCRC, specifically Esther Raab Holocaust Museum and Goodwin Education Center serves a great purpose to Randi and her family.  Randi was raised to never forget what her family went through and hopes to continue this message through her service as a Board Member of The Jewish Community Relations Council of South Jersey.  

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Ms. Julienne Verdi

Julienne Verdi is the Executive Director of a federal advocacy nonprofit organization, as well as a nonprofit consultant and attorney in private practice admitted in both New York and New Jersey. As a nonprofit executive and consultant, Julienne is experienced in helping not-for-profit organizations manage their day-to-day operations, develop and implement long-term strategic plans, as well as support organizations’ advocacy, government relations and grassroots organizing efforts. In her law practice Julienne provides transactional legal services to small businesses, nonprofits and individuals.

Originally from New York City and the mother of four young children, Julienne moved to Voorhees with her family in large part due to the strong reputation of the Voorhees public school system. Julienne is a product of New York City public schools and is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School where she was an associate managing editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Chair of Brooklyn Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and recipient of the Platinum Public Service Award and Evelyn Reid Memorial Prize. Julienne received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Special Honors from CUNY Hunter College, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program and the Hunter Women's Rights Coalition. 

Prior to starting her own law practice and nonprofit consulting firm, Julienne served as the Director of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of New York City, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Francine A. Schott in New Jersey Superior Court and completed a post-graduate legal fellowship at Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project where she provided immigration services to victims of crime. Julienne is also proud of her background as a community organizer, having founded and served as the chair of a grassroots advocacy organization, Move Forward Staten Island. As Chair of the organization, Julienne received the Terence H. Benbow Environmental Award in recognition of her work as a lead organizer for the Staten Island People’s Climate March, was named to City & State Magazine's Staten Island Power 100 list and also directed and produced an award-winning short documentary, Staten Island’s Huddled Masses: An Immigration Storytelling Project. 

Julienne is thrilled to serve on the Voorhees Board of Education because she believes a strong, evidence-based, comprehensive and inclusive public school education should be a fundamental right of every child and looks forward to bringing her experience, education and passion for advocacy to the Board. 

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