Board at stairway

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.  

Joe Nardini

Joe Nardini

Board President

  • Elected to board 2015
  • Appointed Board Vice President 2018
  • Chair, Buildings & Grounds Committee

Russell Corby

Russell Corby

Board Vice President

  • Elected to board 2016
  • Appointed Board President 2018
  • Past Chair, Budget & Finance Committee
  • Member of Building & Grounds and Insurance Committees

Russell K. Corby is a longtime resident of the Borough of Pine Beach, where he lives with his wife Judith. He is the retired Director of Economic Development/Urban Enterprise Zone Office of Lakewood Township, where he guided such public projects as the construction of First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, and the restoration of the Strand Theater historic site. With more than 30 years of private and public community service, Russell is most noted for his service as the first director of Ocean County’s Joint Legislative Offices; chief of staff to the NJ Senate Majority Leader; and as a former five-term elected mayor of his hometown, where he guided redevelopment efforts which included the establishment of Vista Park on the Toms River at the site of a former private Naval Prep-school Academy.

He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean County’s 21 Plus, a group home non-profit caring for persons with developmental disabilities. As co-founder of the Ocean County Mayors Scholarship program, Russell continues as honorary chairman of the Annual Mayors Golf Classic, which funds a senior class Mayors Scholar in every Ocean County high school, vocational school, and Ocean County College.

A distinguished alumnus of Ocean County College, Russell has also served his local community as a certified youth sports coach; planning board member; and Past Grand Knight of K of C Council 8603, St. Barnabas Parish. 

As Media Specialist for Central Regional High School in Bayville, Janet Bell might be Toms River’s most tech-savvy board member. She’s a Certified Google Educator, manages the Central Regional School District website, and is proficient in a number of programs. But her media expertise is just one facet of a well-rounded and lauded career in education. Janet, who also manages budgets and student plays, was a Golden Apple Recipient in 2010-2011, and is the reigning Educator of the Year for 2017-2018.

A 40-year career in education and a knack for ingenuity has enabled Janet to use her personal interests as motivation for student engagement. Among her many successful initiatives are a Chat & Chew Book Club, a Travel Club, the establishment of a coffee shop in the media center, and a Kindness Club. The Consumer Bowl Team she advises are three-time county champions.

Janet’s involvement and volunteerism seemingly know no bounds, impressive in both diversity and volume. From being the business manager for annual school musicals to yearbook advisor to helping her school’s NERDS club design drones and robots, Janet is a renaissance woman whose mission is to help guide others. The Toms River School Board is happy to have her. 

Janet Bell

Janet Bell

  • Elected to board 2017
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee
  • Serves on Technology and Personnel Committees

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Michael Horgan

  • Elected to board 2018
  • Chair, Budget & Finance Committee
  • Serves on Policy Committee

It should come as no surprise that Michael Horgan is the Board’s current chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee. After graduating from High School East in 2008, he attended Seton Hall University where he double-majored in economics and political science. He graduated summa cum laude in 2012 and was also awarded a certificate in business. While at Seton Hall, he was asked to be the Economics Department tutor in the university’s Academic Resource Center. Currently, Michael works as a budget analyst for the New Jersey Department of Transportation where he is one of 8 people who oversee the department’s $1.5 billion budget. He has worked at the NJDOT for the past five years and is the senior-most analyst in the office.

Before working at the NJDOT, Michael was an international programs and government relations associate at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA). While at the IEEE-SA, he analyzed financial sales data and researched information on geographic areas, educational activities, and other topics.

A lifelong resident of Toms River, Michael is one of eight family members that have attended the district. He credits his parents with stressing the importance of education and influencing him to set high educational and career goals. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in public sector budgeting and financial management, from Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.

His honors and awards include: Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar (2009-2012), New Penn Motor Express Academic Scholarship (2009-2011), Teamsters Local 641 Academic Scholarship (2009-2011), Sonny G. Musso Teamsters Scholarship (2009-2010), an NJEA academic scholarship, induction into Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society), and being on the Dean’s list at Seton Hall every semester. Michael graduated 9th in his class at HSE where he was a member of the National Honor Society, TEAM, and ran varsity track.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys running, cheering on his favorite sports teams, and playing with his kitten Pickles. He is engaged to his high school sweetheart and looks forward to their wedding in 2019. 

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. 

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Jennifer Howe

  • Elected to board 2018
  • Serves on Insurance, Policy, and Budget and Finance Committees

Dan Leonard

Dan Leonard

  • Elected to board 2016
  • Member NJSBA Board of Directors
  • Chair Safety, Security & Transportation Committee
  • Member of Personnel Committee
  • Member of Litigation Committee
  • Member of Policy Committee
  • Board representative to Super Safe & Drug Free Schools Committee
  • Board representative to the Ocean County School Boards Association
  • Board representative to the NJSBA Delegate Assembly 

Daniel Patrick Leonard is a 30-year resident of Beachwood, NJ and a proud member of the Toms River High School South Class of 1994. Post HSS, Dan furthered his education with an AS in criminal justice from OCC; a BA in political science from Richard Stockton University; and an MSM in public service administration & leadership from Thomas Edison University, which he attained in 2016.

Dan is married to Michelle A. Leonard and they have two children, each extensions of the family’s High School South tradition. Alexia is a graduate, Class of 2017, and Haley is a current South student in the Class of 2020.

Professionally, Dan retired in November of 2018 from his job as Coordinator for Business Services with the Ocean County Department of Human Services Workforce Development Board. Dan’s personal and professional life are enhanced by a proud history of service to his country. He also retired from the United States Army in April of 2018 as a decorated combat veteran of the Afghanistan War with more than 23 years of dedicated service.

In combination with his elected membership on the Toms River Board of Education, Dan boasts a variety of volunteer service experience. He is past chairman of the NJ Veterans of Foreign Wars Iraq & Afghanistan Committee; past director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars State Legislative Committee; member of Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 and American Legion Post #129; and former Secretary of the Beachwood Recreation Commission and member of the Beachwood Land Use Board (2010-2016). Dan’s service to his community has not gone unnoticed, as he is a recipient of the NJ Distinguished Service Medal (2005); the NJ Public Service Recognition Award (2007); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2012); and the Beachwood Police Department’s Meritorious Service Award (2013).  

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. 

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Anna Polozzo

  • Elected to board 2018
  • Serves on Buildings and Grounds, Budget and Finance, Curriculum and Technology Committees
  • Board liaison for Sick Bank 

Ginny Rhine

Ginny Rhine

  • Elected to board 2018 (current term)
  • Previously elected to board 2013-2016
  • Served as School Board Vice President 2014-2015
  • Serves on Budget & Finance, Curriculum, and Technology Committees
  • Previously chaired both Curriculum and Technology 

Ginny Rhine grew up in Toms River, met her future husband at High School South (where she ranked 3rd in her graduating class), and married him a month after college graduation. That high school sweetheart story then extended to the marketplace, where Ginny and her husband established a small business developing and selling mobile applications. During tax season, she also works in accounting.

However, Ginny says her main job is mom to their three kids, all Toms River Regional students—at Intermediate South and Washington Street. Ginny has a strong connection to our schools; she is a certified secondary math teacher and formerly taught math and computer science courses, including Advanced Placement, at High School North. Ginny attended Drew University on a full merit scholarship. She graduated in three years, summa cum laude, with a double major, holding BAs in both math and computer science. She is a Phi Beta Kappa Key, a member of Pi Mu Epsilon (math honor society), and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Bloustein Scholar, AMTNJ Scholar, Rotary Scholar, Kiwanis Scholar, among others.

Her personal time is spent reading or volunteering with organizations like Cub Scout Pack 1. But her most valuable personal time is spent with her family, ideally while walking on the beach.  

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. 

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Michele Williams

  • Elected to board 2018
  • Serves on Building & Grounds, Curriculum, and Insurance Committees

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