PARSIPPANY – The Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education appointed two new board members on Thursday, February 19 to fill the seats vacated by James Carifi and the late Dr. Frank Calabria.
The board unanimously approved Judy Mayer and Michael Pietrowicz. After their approval, they were sworn in and immediately began their new position.
Judy Mayer has lived in Parsippany for over 30 years and all three of her children went through the Parsippany school system. She was a teacher in the district for 22 years as well as being president of the PTHEA for eight years and has attended numerous board meetings.
She has always believed that the board needs a person who actually has been involved in education.
Being a longtime resident of Parsippany, she feels that she understands the concerns of the population. She believes she would be able to make fair and unbiased decisions based on the needs of our students and fiscal responsibility of our community.
She states “At this time the board is faced with the challenge of restoring relations between the administration and the PTHEA. Communication has become difficult. My reputation in the district is one of fairness. I have earned the respect of teachers and administrators. I could be useful in helping to open the lines of communication and end the rift that has developed.”
Michael Pietrowicz has lived in Parsippany for 20 years. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Albright College in 1985 and a Masters of Business Administration from Temple University in 1987.
He has been a senior leader in the hospital, physician practice and nursing home industry for 28 years. He is an active member of the Parsippany Little Viking Football Organization for 15 years having served as President for ten years.
He serves as Secretary for the Township’s Recreation Advisory Committee, a position he held for five years. He also volunteered as a coach for baseball, softball and football for many years.
His wife Donna is a lifelong resident and graduated from Parsippany Hills High School. They have four children who have benefitted from the curriculum, athletics and extracurricular activities sponsored by the Parsippany school system. Their daughter Rylie, 22, is currently attending a post baccalaureate program at Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia as she prepares for a career in medicine. Their oldest son Michael, 21, is a double major in his junior year at Monmouth University preparing for a career in finance and real-estate. Their middle son Christopher, 18, is a senior at Parsippany Hills and will be attending Johnson and Wales in September 2015. Their youngest son Jon, 12, is a sixth grader at Brooklawn Middle School.
Pietrowicz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Business Administration from Albright College and an MBA in Health Care Administration from Temple University.
There were a total of seven residents seeking the vacant seats: Suzy Golderer, Jonathan Hemenway, Judy Mayer, Nicholas Napolitano, Sandy Nussbaum-Gierczk, Michael Pietrowicz and Anya Sheiffele.