NJEA welcomes Christopher Johnson, who began working as a UniServ field representative in the Region 9 office in Wall Township on Jan. 3.
Prior to joining NJEA staff, Johnson had been a health and physical education teacher since 2005 at West Freehold Elementary School in the Freehold Township School District. He served on the Freehold Township Education Association’s Executive Committee. In addition to his leadership experience, he served on the association’s negotiation team, chaired the FTEA Evaluation and Health Benefits committees, and represented the FTEA on Freehold Township’s District Evaluation Advisory Committee. Since 2013, he has been a UniServ consultant in the Region 7 office in Toms River where he helped organize Ocean County’s Coordinated Action Team. He represented Monmouth County on the NJEA Delegate Assembly and was the PRIDE chairperson for the Monmouth County Education Association.
Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from The College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Thomas Edison State University. He lives in Bayville with his wife, Kristin, and their children, Camryn, Dylan, and Christopher.
NJEA welcomes Frederick Skirbst, who began work as a UniServ field representative in the Region 13 office in Flemington on Feb. 1.
Skirbst had been a middle school social studies teacher at Harmony Township Elementary School since 1995. He has held several roles as a local leader, including Harmony Township Education Association president, chief negotiator and association representative. He also served as the chairperson of the Warren County Education Association Government Relations Committee. Skirbst had been a UniServ consultant at the Region 28 office in Stanhope since 2008.
He received a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. He lives in Upper Mount Bethel, Pa. with his family.
NJEA welcomes Wendy Sistarenik, who began work as a UniServ field representative in the Region 7 office in Toms River on Feb. 1. Sistarenik was employed by the Wood-Ridge School District as a biology and chemistry teacher since 2002. She served as co-president and chief negotiator of the Wood-Ridge Education Association. She had also served as a UniServ consultant in Regions 23 & 25 in Bergen County since 2015.
Sistarenik earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Montclair State University and a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in Michigan. Sistarenik lives in Nutley with husband, Alex, and their children, Anastasia and Alexander.
NJEA welcomes Marcia Kleinz, who re-joined NJEA full-time staff in December as a UniServ field representative in Region 29 UniServ office in Hamilton. The office serves NJEA’s higher education members. Kleinz is familiar with NJEA staff work, having previously served as a field representative for higher education members on a temporary basis from March to August 2015.
Prior to permanently joining NJEA staff, Kleinz was an associate professor of mathematics at Atlantic Cape Community College where she has been on the faculty since January 2002. Kleinz has also been employed as an NJEA UniServ Consultant in Region 29 since May 2014.
Kleinz holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Studies from Camden County College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics from Rowan University. Kleinz lives in Erial with her children, Michael and Michelle.
NJEA congratulates Sabrina Moore on her promotion to full-time secretary in the NJEA Government Relations Division. Moore initially joined NJEA staff in Jan. 2016 as a part-time office assistant in the Region 1 UniServ office in Vineland.
Moore was employed in the Camden school district where she was the coordinator of Health and Social Services for nearly 16 years. Moore was also an elementary school teacher for three years, and her professional experience includes grant management, event planning and program management.
Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Norfolk State University. She resides in Clementon.
NJEA welcomes Thomas Patterson, who began work as a temporary UniServ field representative in the Region 2 office in Woodbury on Jan. 17.
Patterson taught in the Washington Township Public Schools in Gloucester County from 1971 to 2010. He has also served as a UniServ consultant in the Region 6 office in Galloway Township since 1985. He has spent the last three decades advocating on behalf of members in Atlantic, Camden and Gloucester counties.
Patterson holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He lives in Port Republic with his wife, Rhonda, and their dogs, Carli and Jovi.
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