NJEA congratulates Carmen Torres-Izquierdo on her promotion to administrative assistant in the Region 7 UniServ office in Toms River. Torres-Izquierdo initially joined NJEA staff Sept. 1, 2016, as an office assistant in the Region 20 UniServ office in Jersey City. She is a consultant to the Latino Institute and co-chair of the Latino Advisory Council to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s performance and education sectors. In her work at the Latino Institute, Torres-Izquierdo provides information to Latino parents on key issues affecting their children’s education. Torres-Izquierdo holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the SUNY Binghamton. She is a proud mother of two young women, Crystal and Lillian, and lives in Jersey City.
NJEA congratulates Colleen Anderson on her Nov. 16 promotion to executive assistant to the executive director/office manager. She brings a wealth of NJEA experience to the position, having served the association in several divisions across a career spanning 17 years.
Prior to this recent promotion, Anderson was the confidential assistant to the secretary-treasurer, a position she has held since August 2015. She initially joined NJEA staff in March 2001 as a secretary in the Professional Development and Instructional Issues Division. In December of that same year, she was promoted to administrative assistant in the Legal Services Division. In May 2014, she transferred as an administrative assistant to the Region 2 UniServ office, then in Woodbury.
Anderson lives in Cherry Hill with her husband Damien McKeever.
NJEA welcomed Mayrose Wegmann as the regional director for the Northwest UniServ Region on Nov. 19. The Northwest region covers Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties.
Prior to joining NJEA staff, Wegmann lived in Washington, D.C. and worked at the National Education Association (NEA) for the past 15 years. She served in several capacities including Student Achievement, Government Relations, Governance and Leadership, ESP Quality, and Campaigns and Elections. In her most recent position, in NEA’s Center for Organizing, she focused on community and member engagement campaigns as well as training both leaders and staff on how to build power on the local and state levels. In New Jersey at that time, she was instrumental in successful membership organizing and leadership development work in Paterson and Elizabeth, crisis organizing work in Paterson and Jersey City, and unionizing charter school staff.
Wegmann has played a key role in major association efforts across the country. These include successfully addressing the loss of automatic payroll dues deduction in Alabama, unionizing charter school employees in California and other states, winning a significant increase in public school funding in California, and working to bring the West Virginia statewide strike to closure with funding gains for pensions, health benefits and wages. She has played a key role in NEA’s efforts around leadership identification and has served as a lead organizer on the NEA national training program for local association presidents.
Raised by a single mother in a large Iowa family, Wegmann was motivated to get involved in politics during the Reagan era of budget cuts to programs for needy families like hers. As a high school student, she was the youngest member of the Iowa Democratic Party and served as an Intern for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. In college, Wegmann worked several campaigns including at the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) in the Government Relations and Political Action Department. In 2002, she organized for Governor Tom Vilsack and Senator Tom Harkin on their successful re-election campaigns. In 2003, she became one of the first organizers on the ground in Iowa for Howard Dean’s presidential bid. In 2016, Wegmann served as a floor whip at the Democratic National Convention and then went to Iowa where she was a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.
Wegmann holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from the University of Iowa. She lives in Montclair with her partner, Conrad.