FAIR LAWN, NJ - Caroline Unzaga, the borough's new councilwoman, recently shared with TAPinto some details about her background, one which starts in Atlanta, Georgia and reaches into mental health and the religious community.
The Borough Council appointed Unzaga, a Democrat, to the council January 8, filling one of two remaining years in Mayor Kristine Morieko's former term as councilwoman. The council and mayor are now completely Democrat, with two Republicans exiting at the end of 2019 as voters elected Democrats to replace two on the council.
Caroline Steinemann Unzaga is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and studied Business at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Following seminary, she moved to Argentina for almost three years, where she served as a volunteer in a skilled nursing care facility and then taught English. She speaks Spanish and French.
Caroline returned to the United States and studied to be a pastor at Princeton Theological Seminary. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, she has served in the medical setting, as well as in the community. Caroline has been a chaplain in acute psychiatric care settings, including the Atlanta VA, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, and Greystone Psychiatric Hospital. Also, she served the church as a pastor in urban and suburban communities.
Currently, she is the Interim Pastor of Wyoming Presbyterian Church in Millburn, NJ.
Caroline moved to Glen Rock in 2016 with her husband, Jay, their two children, and their dog.
"I love being part of the Glen Rock community and part of the school, religious, and Fire Department communities," she said. "I am excited to join the Borough Council and to serve my community and neighbors in this new role."