NJEA congratulates Gary Melton on his promotion to manager of the newly created Office of Human and Civil Rights, Equity and Governance in the NJEA Executive Office. Melton will manage staff assigned to the new office to develop and implement programs designed to carry out NJEA’s social, racial and economic justice initiatives. (See Page 19 for more about the creation of the new office.)

Melton initially joined NJEA staff in 2018 as an associate director in the Executive Office. Prior to joining NJEA staff, Melton was a teacher at the Pennsylvania Avenue School in Atlantic City. Melton served in various capacities for the Atlantic City Education Association, including senior vice president, treasurer, negotiations chair, legislative chair and building representative. He was president of the Atlantic County Council of Education Associations. Nationally, he had been an NEA Director and chairperson of the NEA Black Caucus.

Melton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from Rutgers University. He lives in Mays Landing with his wife, Vicky, and sons, Gary Jr., Bo and Malachi.

NJEA welcomed  Ryan McCarty to full-time staff on Jan. 4 as a UniServ field representative in the Region 3 office in Voorhees. McCarty had been employed by the Camden County Technical School as a 10th grade English and AP literature and composition teacher since 2008. As a member of the Camden Vocational Association (CVA), McCarty served as local president, vice president and chair of the Negotiations Team. He also served as the CVA representative on the District Evaluation Advisory Committee and School Leadership Committee. Since 2016, he served as a part-time NJEA Consultant in Region 3.

McCarty holds a master’s degree in instructional technology from Stockton University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University. He lives in Washington Township, Gloucester County, with his wife, Jane, and their two children, Harper and Jack.

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