Ingrid Williams, Nu Chapter, has been elected to the position of New Jersey State Organization’s president. Williams currently serves as the state’s first vice-president and served as the state’s corresponding secretary during the 2015 – 2017 biennium. She also held the position of the state’s finance chair from 2010 – 2015. Williams has served as Nu Chapter’s president and on the rules & bylaws committee.
Williams was a math teacher, department coordinator and senior supervisor at Shawnee High School in Medford, New Jersey. She retired after 38 years as a math educator. She also served as a trainer, validator and test developer for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Williams served as a member of both the Math/Science Consortium of
Burlington County and the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee.
Williams wrote, “Annie Webb Blanton challenged us to be “ever moving forward” and the past year has shown how willing we are to keep this Society current and forward-moving. Change brings challenge and we are facing new challenges that need to be met head on and embraced. I have watched many incredible women fill leadership positions since my initiation and have had a wonderful experience serving on the state board. I have watched and learned. I would be honored and humbled to be the state president.”
Irene Maskaly, Iota Chapter, has been elected to the position of New Jersey State Organization’s second vice-president. She currently serves as the state’s corresponding secretary. Maskaly has been a member of the arts advocates committee, co-chair of rules & bylaws and educational excellence chair. She has served Iota Chapter as president, treasurer and as a member of several committees.
Maskaly was an educator of visual arts at Sterling High School in Somerdale, New Jersey for over 30 years. She is currently employed in admissions management at Hussian College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a docent and presenter at the Rockwood Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.
In her application Maskaly wrote, “The sharing of an inexplicable connection within this membership of intelligent and committed educators reinforces one’s commitment to excellence and the unselfish support of one another.”
Gail Starr, Omicron Chapter, has been elected to the position of New Jersey State Organization’s corresponding secretary. She is currently the state newsletter editor. Starr has served as Omicron Chapter president, both first and second vice-president, corresponding secretary as well as treasurer. Additionally, she has been the chapter webmaster.
Starr was an educator for over 30 years. She has certification in special education, elementary, teacher of the deaf and as a speech therapist. In 1991, Starr was recognized as Teacher of the Year at the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School. Currently, she is a student mentor/classroom volunteer at the Little Egg Harbor School District.
In her application, Starr wrote, “I believe membership in DKG is an honor, but it also carries the responsibility to actively participate in order to address our Society’s mission to promote the professional and personal growth of women and excellence in education. I recognize and readily embrace the need to do my part to help sustain the seven purposes of our organization through dynamic involvement with the programs, projects and logistics of DKG at all levels of our organization.”
Dr. Nora Pollard, Lambda Chapter, will assume the position of New Jersey State Organization’s first vice-president. Pollard currently serves as the state’s recording secretary. She has also served as the state’s leadership development chair and co-chair, initiation co-chair and co- editor of the state newsletter. Pollard has served as Lambda Chapter’s president, first vice- president, secretary, finance chair, newsletter co-editor and publicity chair. She is currently the chapter’s 50th birthday celebration committee chair. Pollard is presently employed as a senior disability policy coordinator for Educational Testing Service. She began her career in education as a teacher of the handicapped. During her career, Pollard has been a learning disabilities consultant, county supervisor of child study, director of special services and an assistant professor of education at several universities.
Pollard shared her desire to lead, “Although membership drives our organization, the only way to provide our members with a fulfilling experience, especially at the state convention, is by planning an exciting and educational program that will meet the needs of all members. I have a wide range of experiences in the field of education and many ideas about the type of programs that members would find enticing. I would be honored to share my ideas with the state organization as state first vice-president.”
Dr. Pamela Albert Devine, Mu Chapter, will serve in the position of New Jersey State Organization’s recording secretary. She is currently the state’s second vice-president. At the state level, Devine has served as state corresponding secretary, leadership development chair as well as the chair of both the research and technology committees. In Mu Chapter, she has served in the following positions: president, chair of membership, nominations, leadership development and personal growth and services committees. Devine has been an educator in the Little Silver School District for over 30 years. Currently, she is the principal of the Point Road School in Little Silver, New Jersey. Prior to assuming the principal’s position, Devine served as the supervisor of curriculum and instruction for
the school district.
Devine wrote, “With each passing year my membership reminds me to continue to grow, to learn and to assist New Jersey in its mission to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.”
Carol Schwartz, Gamma Chapter, will serve as New Jersey State Organization’s nominations chair. Schwartz currently serves as New Jersey State president. She has previously served as state first vice-president, state recording secretary and state corresponding secretary. She has held the offices of president and first vice-president in Gamma Chapter. Additionally, Schwartz has been a co-chair of the nominations, rules & bylaws, installation and leadership development committees.
For over 35 years, she was an elementary and middle school educator in the Trenton Public School District. During her tenure in the Trenton School District, she was a teacher
leader, site-based management team member and school testing coordinator. Additionally, Schwartz was a level II IMPACT trainer for the district. In her community, she is a Special Olympics volunteer as well as a volunteer for the Carousel Program for Special Needs Adults.
In her application Schwartz wrote, “My experiences as an educator, a community outreach volunteer and member of the state executive committee for the past eight years have given me the background, knowledge and understanding to serve as New Jersey State nominations chair. In this capacity, I will be afforded the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing efforts to move our state organization forward.”