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Board President

Jen Howe

Jennifer Howe

  • Elected to board 2018

Board Vice President

Alex Mizenko

Alex Mizenko

  • Elected to board 2019
  • Chair, Budget and Finance Committee
  • Serves on Insurance Committee; Sick Day Bank Liaison


Kathy Eagan

  • Chair, Curriculum Committee
  • Serves on Policy Committee

Ashley Palmiere

Ashley Lamb

  • Elected to board 2020
  • Chair, Safety, Security, and Transportation Committee
  • Serves on Curriculum and Personnel Committees

Joe Nardini

Joseph Nardini

  • Elected to board 2015
  • Appointed Board Vice President 2018, Board President 2019-2020
  • Chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee


Kevin Kidney

  • Chair, Technology Committee
  • Serves on Personnel, Finance & Budget Committees

Anna Polozzo

Anna Polozzo

  • Elected to board 2018
  • Chair, Personnel Committee
  • Serves on Buildings & Grounds and Policy Committees

Lisa Contesa

Lisa Contessa

  • Elected to board 2020
  • Chair, Policy and Super Safe & Drug-Free Schools Committees
  • Serves on Insurance Committee

M Williams

Michele Williams

  • Elected to board 2018
  • Chair, Insurance Committee

Board Member Bios

Joe Nardini has been a staple in the Toms River business community since he moved here from Bayonne in 1973. That was the year he and his business partner started Gilligan & Nardini Electric, Inc. Over the past 45 years, Joe has worked on all types of construction projects, which have given him a broad knowledge of the construction industry. He has parlayed this knowledge into his tenure on the Board of Education by serving as the chairperson of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, following suit with his true passion for all things business and construction. In 1974, he married his wife, Kathy, and has since been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren, all of whom attend or will attend Toms River schools. His other business ventures have included a banana boat ride business, an upscale restaurant, and being part owner of Bacchus Winery and a Gold’s Gym. He credits each of these businesses as wonderful learning experiences that have provided opportunities to expand his network of family and friends. 

Anna Polozzo is a longtime resident of South Toms River, where she lives with her husband Frank-- a 1985 graduate of Toms River High School South-- and their two children who attend Toms River Schools, one at Intermediate South and the other at High School South. Anna has always been involved in the community and focused on its children.

Over the years she has worked in various volunteer roles including with the Girl Scouts as a cookie mom and leader; as a PTO mom at her children’s schools (serving programs and fundraising, and as volunteer coordinator and president); soccer coach; recreation commission volunteer; and serving as the South Toms River Mayor’s Office’s liaison to the Toms River Regional Schools Board of Education. Anna and her family belong to the St. Barnabas RCC Parish community, where she also serves as a CCD teacher.

Anna describes her role helping the children of her community to learn and grow as “extremely rewarding,” and making time to do so has been a longtime priority. When she is not working with her family at her brother-in-law’s business, caring for family, or volunteering, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and reading. As a Toms River School Board member, she looks forward to doing her very best for the schools and this community.

Bio coming soon!

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer Howe is the mother of six children—three boys and three girls—with the oldest a proud High School South graduate (Class of 2018) and the rest currently students in the district. She feels extremely fortunate to be able to raise her children from home, and admits it’s a full-time job.

But motherhood has not halted her educational journey. Jennifer is currently a student at Kean University studying education and history, the latter a lifelong passion; she plans to teach high school history when she attains her degree. Born and raised in Freehold, NJ, Jennifer graduated from high school in Ohio, and then went to work in travel before landing “the coolest job” working for the renowned sports agency IMG.

New Jersey called her back, however, and when she returned she worked for Outback as a server and a manager. Jennifer is married to Christopher Howe—a High School North graduate, lineman for First Energy, and reservist in the USAF—and they raise their family in Toms River. Jennifer is very passionate about the community; she has served as a member of the PTA in Seaside Park (TRRS has been a receiving district for their students for more than a decade), and she volunteers at district schools, within her local church, and at Ocean County College.

Jennifer’s hobbies include running—she has completed three half-marathons—reading, driving around the country with her family, spending time at the beach, playing competitive volleyball, and being an avid (or, as she describes it, “crazy”) sports fan.

Jennifer is excited about her position on the board, and looks forward to serving the community for the next three years. 

Bio coming soon!

Alex Mizenko is a lifelong resident of Beachwood and a proud graduate of the High School South Class of 2009. He then went on to George Washington University where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Public Health. Afterwards, he received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and a certificate in Health Policy from Columbia University. In both college and graduate school, Alex was a teaching assistant helping to lead lab sections for biology and statistics classes, which he still describes as the favorite job he’s had.

While in graduate school and continuing after graduation, Alex was a researcher focusing on motor vehicle-related injuries. His research has been featured in the media, including on the CBS Evening News. Alex now does data and statistical analysis for FAIR Health, a national nonprofit that aims to bring transparency to healthcare pricing.

Outside of work, Alex is the Secretary and a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Toms River. He also enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and sports. Alex is excited to bring his knowledge of insurance and healthcare as well as his passion for service to others to the Board of Education.

Lisa Contessa studied business and marketing at the University of Tampa earning her bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration.

Lisa began her career in communications, running promotions for a local radio station while earning her degrees in Tampa, FL. Her strengths in marketing and planning led her into the corporate world developing marketing and sales plans, managing budgets, forecasting and ROI planning for manufacturing firms including The Betham Corporation, Utah Plastics, Tyco International and the last 15 years of her career were spent at OceanFirst Bank as Vice President of Marketing. Her career allowed her to travel gaining broad experiences creating and managing business strategies and she simultaneously served for a variety of non-profit organizations including Community Medical Center Foundation and 21 Plus.

When she was ready to start her family, she returned to her home here at the Jersey Shore. Lisa chose to raise her family in Toms River more than 20 years ago because the neighborhoods were beautiful, the town safe and the school systems rated among the highest in the state. She believes in the quality of a good education and took a very hands-on approach with both of her children in the Toms River school system. Lisa served on the East Dover PTO, was a Boy Scout Counselor, helped build sets for the schools' theater clubs, and was baseball team mom for her youngest through Little League.

Lisa is extremely passionate about the issues facing the Toms River Regional School District and is honored to bring her education and professional experiences to the School Board.

Michele Williams has been a lifelong educator, recently retiring from the position of principal at St. Joseph Grade School in Toms River. She began her career in education in 1972 after graduating from Jersey City State College with a BA in elementary education. She was an elementary school teacher in Jersey City for just four years at St. Mary Elementary School before rising to the position of assistant principal at that same school.

In 1989, Michele relocated to Toms River and began substituting in our school district. She also became affiliated with St. Justin the Martyr Church on Fischer Boulevard where she became the director of religious education for six years. There, she treated the program like a school setting where she developed a curriculum of religious studies for a parish community of 1,500 children.

She transitioned back to school administrator in 1999 when she was named principal of St. Aloysius Elementary School in Jackson. Under her guidance, the then pre-K to 5th grade school transitioned to incorporate grades 6-8. In 2003, she was named principal at St. Joe’s and remained there until retirement in 2017. While at St. Joe’s, she greatly expanded the school’s technology and performing arts programs while advancing the educational programs of the school as well.

Michele received a MA in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University in 2001 and in 2004 she completed a second MA in theology and ministry from LaSalle University. Through the years, she has been asked to serve on many committees and present at many conferences and workshops. A few of those include the Principals Advisory Council and the Teacher Evaluation Revision Committee. Other activities have included serving as a member of an AdvancEd School Evaluation Team, being the advisor to the Diocesan PTA president, and representing NJ and PA on the NCEA Board of the Department of Elementary School Executive Committee.