CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Nicole DiChiara announced her intentions to run for one of two seats on the Cedar Grove Board of Education that will be up for vote in November.
DiChiara was born and raised in a small suburban town on the outskirts of Philadelphia and attended Springfield Township High School, graduating in 1987 as president of her class and captain of the lacrosse team. She attended Rutgers University, Douglas College and earned her BS in Economics/Finance in May 1991. Her first job out of college was at Shared Medical Systems in Malvern, PA in the Accounting Department. After three years in that department she transferred within the company to New York City to become an Installation Director, installing healthcare software systems to hospitals within the tri-state area. Nicole continues to work in the IT Healthcare industry and enjoys the fast-paced, ever-changing, analytical challenges her positions have presented her for more than 20 years.
DiChiara is married to Michael DiChiara who grew up in North Caldwell. They have two children Benjamin and Addison who have attended the Cedar Grove public schools since kindergarten and are currently enrolled at the middle school and North End. DiChiara said she can often be found cheering on both children on the soccer fields and lacrosse fields. In addition, she has been coaching the Cedar Grove 3/4 girl’s lacrosse team since 2015 and is already helping plan the 2018 spring season. DiChiara said she is really looking forward to the 2019 season when she will be coaching her daughter.
DiChiara has a long history of volunteerism within Cedar Grove Schools. She has continually volunteered at North End School since her son started kindergarten in 2011. She got involved with the NE FSA by chairing multiple committees such as drives and outreach, clothing drive, hot lunch and volunteering for as much as possible. In 2015 she was asked to run for NE FSA Treasurer and was voted into the seat in May 2016. DiChiara said she is proud of all that this FSA board has been able to accomplish in the past two years. Including the ability to help the faculty, staff and students through the temporary housing of our classrooms in LRP and in Woodland Park from September 2016 – December 2016 and happily welcoming everyone back to North End in January 2017.
"It was true teamwork between the FSA board members, the NE administration and faculty and the Board of Education that made the transition to and from their classrooms seamless," DiChiara said. "It is with this ideology, the integral teamwork between all facets of the Cedar Grove community I am basing my campaign for Board of Education on."
DiChiara said she plans to bring the tools she has acquired over the years as an implementation director, project manager, negotiator and financial analyst to the table to build upon the progress the current board has made.
"With the talented and dedicated members of the existing board great goals can be reached. I would be honored to serve the community with that team," she added.