Eva Nagy President Past President, Franklin Township Board of Education email@example.com Eva M. Nagy has lived in Franklin for 38 years with her 2 children graduating from the Franklin Schools. Serving on the Board of Education for the past 22 years, she was active on the local, county and state levels in various leadership positions championing and advocating for public education for all children and supporting the Franklin community. Eva was Board President for 15 years, NJ School Boards Association Vice President for Legislation/Resolutions, Somerset County School Board President and Chair of NJ Schools Insurance Group Trustees. She earned her BA from the College of NJ in secondary education. Having served on several state and local boards, she also earned NJSBA’s Certified, Master and Certified Board Leader Certifications. Eva was one of the co-founder of the annual Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee.
Sgt. Sean Hebbon 1st Vice-President Sergeant, Franklin Police Dept. firstname.lastname@example.org Sean Hebbon has been a member of the Franklin Township Police Department since 1997. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant. He has actively served in numerous programs and committees throughout Franklin Township, and the County of Somerset including the Youth Services Commission, Human Relations Committee, Franklin Youth Initiative, Somerset County Juvenile Officer's Association, Somerset County JDAI, and has served on the Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast Committee since 2001. Sergeant Hebbon is currently a patrol supervisor at the police department. He also supervises the PACER Program, and remains actively involved in the Franklin Township community. Sergeant Hebbon earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and is a certified elementary educator. He was an elementary school teacher for the New Brunswick school system prior to becoming a law enforcement officer. He also earned a Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Gary Rosenthal 2nd Vice-President Chair, Human Relations Commission email@example.com Gary retired from as a Senior vice president and Chief lending officer at the Brunswick Bank & Trust Company, New Brunswick, New Jersey, having been in the banking profession since 1956. He has resided in Somerset, New Jersey since 1969. He serves on the Zoning Board and is Chairman of the Human Relations Commission He has three children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Dr. Alex Kharazi Secretary Muslin-American Community Director & Vice-President, Masjid-e-Ali President, Franklin township Interfaith Council firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Alex Kharazi has a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from University of California In Berkeley and has over 30 years of Industry experience as director of technology in a major chemical company. He has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. He has focused his time and energy on philanthropy and giving back to the community. He serves as a director and vice president of Muslim Foundation Inc. (Masjid-e-Ali), President of Franklin Township Interfaith Council, President of Razi Health Foundation of NY, Board of Trustee member and secretary of Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation, a member of Human Relations Commission, and as a member of the Franklin Township Planning Board. He is a co-founders of New Jersey Interfaith Coalition and serve as a member of faith-based committee of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. Dr. Kharazi is an active member of the community promoting strong relationship and understanding among diverse faiths.
Meher Rafiq Treasurer Muslim-American Community email@example.com Meher Rafiq has been a Franklin Township resident for twenty-nine years. She is a World citizen, American, New Yorker, Muslim, Indian Heritage; Mom-Three Children; Rescued and adopted two feline sisters; City University of New York Alum; Banker-VP. Interests close to heart- cross-cultural, diversity, inclusive training and dialogue, conflict resolution, grass root organizer for charity events, partner for causes relating to women, children and injustice. Passions: Travels, Hiking, Cooking, Zumba, Zen-Gardening and the New York Yankees.
Rabbi Eli Garfinkel Temple Beth El Trustee Rabbi Eli L. Garfinkel received his B.A. at Indiana University in 1993 and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1999. Since ordination, he has served as an assistant rabbi in Toronto and Cincinnati. In 2005, he became the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in Somerset, New Jersey, where he has started an annual Jewish film festival, organized communal seders, and taught popular adult education course. He is the author three books and the developer of several mobile apps. Rabbi Garfinkel lives in Somerset, New Jersey, with his wife, Naomi Lasky, and their twins, Sari and Josh.
Sashi Gundala Trustee Indian-American Community Sashi Gundala a 17-year resident of Franklin Township, has a Masters in education from Rutgers University. She has more than 12 years of experience in the education field. For the last four years she has been the vice-principal at Frank J. Dugan Elementary School in Marlboro. Most recently, she has continued with her professional education at Princeton University and Harvard University. Sashi is a technology enthusiast and has recently presented at the 2016 Techspo and earlier at the 2015 Google Summit. Her interests and passion include helping students with special needs and writing about various topics including education. She also enjoys listening to music, writing lyrics, yoga, dance, reading and spending family time with her husband, two boys and her puggle.
Barbara J. Nicol Trustee Somerset Presbyterian Church Barbara J. Nicol has been a resident of Franklin Township for over 36 years. Her two children are graduates of the Franklin Township school system. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. Barbara owned her own business, worked for AT& T and is a 34-year breast cancer survivor. She has supported the Annual Martin Luther King Community Breakfast since 1998. Barbara has held several positions including, President of the AT&T Pioneers Central Region Club, President of a 4,200-member Pioneer Life Member Club and Secretary of the Week of the People Organization in Franklin Township. As a member of Somerset Presbyterian Church for over 37 years, Barbara has served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher and youth leader. Volunteering is a part of who she is and what she loves.
Alice Osipowitz Trustee Director, Parks & Recreation Alice is the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Township of Franklin. As a graduate of Franklin High School and Montclair University she has been dedicated to improving the quality of life through leisure services for Franklin for over 37 years. As Chairperson for the Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse and the Youth Service Commission she has worked with a broad base of community representatives to enhance services targeted at reducing juvenile delinquency and illegal substance abuse.
Maxine Robinson Trustee First Baptist Church of Lincoln Garden Maxine Robinson has been an active Franklin Township resident for 22 years. She holds a BS in Economics/Business from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. She has been an educator for the Franklin Township Board of Education for over 17 years. She is a passionate and dedicated member of the community and has served with various organizations that uplift and builds character for our youth such as: PopWarner-Board Member; National Phi Delta Kappa, Inc-Board Member and Youth Advisor for high school students in grades 9-12; Rutgers Alumni Association; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc , Omega Mu Zeta Chapter; and a member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens for 26 years- Deaconess Board. Maxine is permanently married to Rodney Robinson and they have three adult children.
Torrie Rumph-Hurd Trustee
Surya Sonti Trustee Indian-American Community Surya has several decades of personal experience and has focused his time and energy on philanthropy and giving back to his community. In addition to being a board member for Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation, Surya is actively engaged in several other philanthropy activities through Habitat for Humanity and also by organizing regular brown bag lunch drives through his Indian American Cultural Group. Surya believes in the value of incorporating his time, talent and expertise in all that he does to serve his community Surya holds an MBA and MS degrees from Penn State University. Surya is an avid aviator and holds his private pilot license. An active member of American Red Cross and lives in Somerset, NJ with his Wife, Madhu Sonti, daughter Sritha Haasini and mother Sita Sonti.
Dr. Sheila Tabanli Trustee Dr. Sheila Tabanli has been a Franklin Township resident since 2006. Prior to moving to Franklin, she lived in Missouri where she received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Missouri University of Science & Tech. She has been passionately teaching college and high school level mathematics and computer science courses. Dr. Tabanli holds NJDOE teacher certifications in Mathematics, Computer Science Technology, as well as, Supervisor certification. She has been actively participating in various community service projects including volunteering at food banks, women shelters, student mentoring & advising specifically in college readiness and STEM fields, and Red Cross. She is happily married with two boys.
Linda Montgomery-Williams Trustee Community Member Linda M. Montgomery-Williams has been a resident of Franklin Township for 25 years; has a Bachelor's Degree from Upsala College; living most of those years with her now deceased husband, retired 1971 National League Rookie of the Year, Atlanta Braves catcher Earl Williams. Mrs. Williams is widely known for managing her husband's retired baseball career. Within the scope of her accomplishments she was instrumental in naming the baseball field in Castleton Park after Mr. Williams. Although she took great pride in working in this capacity she also carved out her niche in the Banking and Insurance industry for 20 years. Obtaining numerous awards for sales and top performer she has also held positions of Senior Team Leader, Director of Marketing and Vice President of Business Development.
Yong Kim Trutsee Praise Korean Church
Orvyl Wilson Trustee Director, School Management
FTPD Chief Daniel Livak (ret.) Trustee Emeritus Chief Daniel J. Livak Retired Deputy Director/Business Administrator Somerset County Park Commission Dan Livak, born and raised in Franklin Township, received his education through the Franklin Township School system and was a 43 year resident and co-founder of the annual Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Breakfast/Committee. He received his BS in Criminal Justice from the College of NJ graduating cum laude, his MA from Seton Hall University, attended a fellowship at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and is a Certified Public Manager. Dan served in every rank in the Franklin Township Police Department retiring as Chief of Police after 25 years of service.
Jimmy Lee Trustee Emeritus Praise Korean Church
Dr. Shirin Poustchi Trustee Emeritus Baha’i Community of Franklin Township