NJEA congratulates Kevin Kelleher on his promotion to deputy executive director on Dec. 16. Since 2013, Kelleher has been the director of the Division of Research and Economic Services. He initially joined NJEA staff in January 2003 as an associate director in the Pensions and Benefits Unit of that division. Kelleher has also served as interim director of the Government Relations Division since December 2018. Prior to joining NJEA staff, Kelleher taught middle school math in Mendham Township, Morris County, for 10 years. He also taught for two years in Long Beach, California. In the Mendham Township Education Association, Kelleher had served as president, vice president, and negotiations chair. Prior to his teaching career, Kelleher worked in the pension field in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in curriculum development from California State University at Dominguez Hills. He lives in Mount Laurel.

NJEA congratulates Patti Haberstick on her promotion to executive assistant/office manager to the executive director on Dec. 1. Since 2013, Haberstick has served as confidential assistant to the assistant executive director. Haberstick initially joined NJEA staff in October 1984 as a secretary in what was called then called the Instruction and Training Division. In 1991, she transferred to the Research and Economic Services Division where in 1998 she was promoted to administrative assistant. Haberstick lives in Delran with her husband, Lew, and daughters, Amanda, Ashley and Aimee.

NJEA congratulates Tabatha Walton on her promotion to secretary in the Region 13 UniServ office in Flemington. Walton first joined NJEA staff in March 2019 as an office assistant in the Region 20 UniServ office in Jersey City. Prior to NJEA employment, she worked for the Union Township School District in Union County as a one-on-one paraprofessional where she assisted students with varying medical and developmental disabilities in an inclusive environment. She also assisted the teacher with clerical responsibilities related to other assigned students. In her community, Walton provided one-on-one tutoring in literacy and math to students. She lives in Union County with her husband and three sons.


NJEA welcomed Vicki Serreino on Jan. 2 as an administrative assistant in the Professional Development and Instructional Issues Division. Serreino will have primary administrative duties over the NJEA Teacher Leader Academy. She has more than 20 years of experience in legal and stock brokerage firms. Serreino most recently worked as a legal secretary for Schwab, Haddix and Millman, a law firm that works as staff counsel for American International Group (AIG). She received her executive secretarial program certification from the Stuart School of Business Administration. Serreino lives in Monroeville with her husband, Peter.

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