I was appointed to the Board of Education in August 2014 and I am currently serving on the Board of Education. I am a proud Parsippany resident of more than 24 years.
My wife Kathleen is a lifelong Parsippany resident, a PHS graduate, and a teacher of more than 28 years in the Livingston School District. I have 3 daughters: two have graduated from PHS and the youngest has just started her junior year there. As I watched my daughters go through the school system, I have seen the positives and negatives of the district and as a result, I have a vested interest in keeping quality programs in our school system.
Since 2013 I have attended every Parsippany Board of Education meeting.
Professionally I have worked for the same company for the past 20 years and have over 28 years in the Information Technology industry.
Over the past 6 years I have volunteered my time as a member of the parent’s field crew for the Parsippany High School Marching Band. I currently serve as a member of my churches vestry, and I have served as a coach, referee, and Vice President and Director of the Intramural Program for the Parsippany Soccer Club.
Why do I want to remain on the Parsippany Board of Education?
• I care about our community and am determined to keep the Pride in Parsippany.
• I believe in being the voice of Parsippany’s children - our future.
• I believe in great teachers and in giving them the tools in classrooms to accomplish great things.
Living within our means is as true for the school district as it is for our household budgets.
I have lived in Parsippany for the last 14 years and I am a retired school teacher and coach. I am married to Dr. Diane Brown Blair, who is a retired Rutgers University professor. We have a 19 year-old daughter, Rochelle that attends Howard University. My wife has taught at three universities. I have taught at three high schools and two universities. I mention this because I want to stress my family’s belief in the importance of education. As an experienced educator, I know how education can affect people’s lives. I have seen some of the best and worst school districts. As a result, I know something about educating young people and believe strongly that Board of Education members should be advocates for the students first.
School Boards are most effective when members focus on the big picture of policy development, goal setting, and engaging stakeholders, all with the purpose of im- proving student achievement. I will work to ensure that the Board of Education maintains this focus.
I will work hard to ensure that the Board of Education develops a vision for the district; establishes policies designed to achieve goals and monitors progress; rallies the community around student achievement; aligns re- sources with goals; and collaborates with community partners to ensure our facilities are safe.
As a retired Basketball Coach with over 30 years of coaching, teaching and educational administration experience, I know something about teamwork, dedication and achievement. My affiliations with four universities and two high schools allowed me to create teams that were noted for their enthusiasm, preparedness and teamwork. I took this experience to the corporate world and served as the lead consultant for Associated Healthcare Systems where I was instrumental in managing and creating organizational development programs for healthcare organizations in New York, Michigan, California and New Jersey for more than 10 years. I hold a BA Degree from SC State University and a Master’s Degree from Bowie State University.
As an 18-year Parsippany resident, I wanted to become involved and almost immediately began serving the children and residents of Parsippany-Troy Hills, first by volunteering as a coach to various sports teams, then by serving as a Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education Member from 2005 to 2011 and again from 2014 to present. I currently serve as Vice President of the Board of Education.
Dedication and commitment are required as a Board of Education Member to serve the needs of the students and residents of Parsippany. As a Board of Education Member, I served as Committee Chair of both the Sports and Co-Curricular Committee and the Personnel Committee and was a Committee Member of the Personnel, Finance, Policy, Buildings and Grounds, and Critical Issues Committees. I currently serve as Chair of the Policy Committee.
I am proud of the time I spent as a Board of Education Member and count among my notable achievements the following: bringing stability to the district by ensuring proper staffing of administrative positions; correcting or cancelling misguided policies or programs; ensuring financial stability; fostering open communication with parents, faculty and taxpayers; developing a 5-year strategic plan; all with the goal of enhancing student achievement.
Currently I am a volunteer at One Step Closer Animal Rescue and past PTW Little League Coach and Girls Softball Coach. Professionally, I am a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and hold the designation of Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
As a life-long New Jersey resident, I graduated from William Paterson University and attained a BA Degree in Business Administration. I work as Regional Human Resources Director at Hapag-Lloyd (America) LLC. I have been married to Nancy Choffo for 26 years and have two children. Stephanie, 21, a graduate of the County College of Morris. And AJ, 16, a junior at Parsippany Hills High School.