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About the Board

Board of Education Office

400 High Street
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Phone: 732-400-5900
Fax: 732-968-3513
Superintendent of Schools
Business Administrator/Board Secretary

Board Members

Dr Gendrano
3 year term expires 12/31/25
Committees: Personnel (Chair), Policy, Negotiations
Ex-Officio Member of other Committees
Dr. Isaias Noel Gendrano III believes that every child should have access to a quality education, in a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and supportive environment conducive to success. He has lived in Dunellen since 2008. He became a member of the Board of Education in 2019 and has been President since 2022. 
Dr. Gendrano earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He went on to earn his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Public Health-Epidemiology, also from Rutgers University. Dr. Gendrano currently works as a clinical scientist in the pharmaceutical industry.
Facilitating the highest quality education possible in Dunellen and developing novel medicines to meet unmet medical needs are Dr. Gendrano’s foci, but his first love is his wife, his two kids, and his dog, with his second love being creating and sharing music. You can usually find him at a local open mic singing and strumming away.  

Mrs Howard
Vice President
3 year term expires 12/31/25
Committees: Education, Policy (Chair)
Lisa Howard has proudly served the educational community of Dunellen for the past six years. This January, Mrs. Howard began her seventh year as a Board member and her second year as the Board Vice President. As a Board member, Mrs. Howard supports the work of the faculty, staff, and school administration who work tirelessly to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students in the district.
Mrs. Howard is the K-12 Curriculum Supervisor for World Languages and English language learners for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools. She began her career in education as a high school Italian teacher and was an active member of her school community at Ridge High School. Mrs. Howard enjoys providing professional development to her colleagues in her current district as well as at state, regional, and national conferences for language education.
Mrs. Howard has been a resident of Dunellen for 15 years. She enjoys participating in local events with her husband and two sons. 

Mr Anderson
3 year term expires 12/31/23
Committee: Personnel
Bio coming soon!

Mrs Condit
Appointment expires 12/31/23
Committee: Operations
Guadalupe P. Condit was appointed to the Board of Education in November 2022 and was sworn in in January 2023. Throughout the years she has been an active volunteer within the community, especially the PTO. As a parent, she believes it is very important to be actively involved in her children's education.

Mrs. Condit moved to Dunellen with her family 29 years ago from Mexico. She attended all three schools in Dunellen and graduated from Dunellen High School in 2002. After graduating high school, she left town for a few years but decided to move back. She continued her studies and earned a degree in Business Administration.
Mrs. Condit is happily married and has four children aged 7, 10, 13, and 16, who currently attend all three schools in the district.

Mr Duggan
3 year term expires 12/31/24
Committee: Education (Chair)
Michael Duggan has been a proud member of the Dunellen Board of Education for the past three years. He has also coached in the Dunellen recreation department for the past 15 years. He feels fortunate to have these opportunities to help serve the community. Always an educator at heart, Mr. Duggan finds these roles rewarding and enjoyable. He believes in the importance of volunteering and he believes that the actions and encouragement from a coach or a teacher can have a profoundly positive impact on a child’s life.

Mr. Duggan has been an educator for the past thirty years. He began his career as an English and Speech Arts Dramatics teacher at Lodi High School, taught English at the Union County Magnet High School and in 2000, joined the staff at John P. Stevens High School in Edison where he taught English and Theatre. At different times, Mr. Duggan coached high school soccer, was the yearbook advisor, literary magazine advisor, ski club advisor, directed plays, wrote curriculum, and served on many committees. Mr. Duggan then secured a position as a Staff Development trainer where he provided support and professional development to new teachers hired to Edison. For the past 15 years, Mr. Duggan has been an elementary Principal in Edison.

Mr. Duggan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Kean College. He continued on to earn his Master in The Art of Teaching from Marygrove College and then earn a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Kean University. Mr. Duggan and his wife, Michelle, a paraprofessional in Metuchen, first moved to Dunellen 20 years ago and have enjoyed being Destroyers ever since. They now have three children, one in
college, one at DHS and one at LMS. He enjoys spending time with his family including their two dogs and exploring National and State parks by means of camping, biking, and hiking.

Mrs Schimpf
1 year term expires 12/31/23
Committee: Education
Shronda Kyi Wise-Schimpf was elected to the Dunellen Board of Education in November 2022. A resident of Dunellen for 19 years, she is dedicated to serving this office to enhance the quality of learning for all stakeholders. A veteran educator for the Jersey City Public Schools for over 25 years, her values are based on equity and accountability. One of her mantras is: "What gets measured, gets done."  
Ms. Schimpf holds an MA in Education and a BA in English from Saint Peter's University. She also holds Supervisory and Administrative certifications, and previously served as a Head Teacher and Literacy Coach in Jersey City. In her spare time, Ms. Schimpf enjoys spending time with family, reading a good book, and traveling.   She is a Life Member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and is a Registered Parliamentarian. 

Mrs Schoepp
Appointment expires 12/31/23
Committees: Personnel, Policy
Elyse Schoepp joined the Dunellen Board of Education in February 2023. After having grown up in Dunellen, Mrs. Schoepp returned to the town in 2016 with her husband, Eric, and their two children, both of whom attend John P. Faber Elementary School. After graduation from Dunellen High School, Mrs. Schoepp earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stockton University and her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutgers University.
While working with her professor to analyze and publish research during her graduate education, Mrs. Schoepp began to discover her interest in crisis and trauma-based work. She has since gone on to work with different populations in a variety of crisis-based settings. At present, Mrs. Schoepp is the supervisor for the state suicide prevention hotline. She also works as a counselor with individuals and families who have, are, or are in danger of, experiencing homelessness. 
Outside of work, Mrs. Schoepp is a volunteer parent for her daughter’s Girl Scouts troop and is an active spectator for her children's wide variety of sports and activities. She is also an active member of the PTO and enjoys the ongoing opportunities to volunteer for various events in her children’s school.

Mr Trotta
3 year term expires 12/31/23
Committees: Operations, Negotiations (Chair)
Gerard Trotta has been a proud member of the Dunellen Board of Education since January 2017. He previously served as the Vice President of the Dunellen Education Foundation (DEF) for many years, helping with event planning and fundraising to serve the Dunellen schools. Additionally, he has coached several of his children’s teams sports over the years for the Dunellen Recreation Department and the Green Brook Hockey and Baseball clubs.
Professionally, Mr. Trotta has worked in Information Technology, Information Security, and Cyber Security in the financial sector for over 20 years. He holds numerous certifications in Cyber Security and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Montclair State University.
Mr. Trotta and his wife of 23 years have been residents of Dunellen for over 20 years and have 3 children: his oldest daughter is a freshman at the University of Rhode Island, his middle daughter is a sophomore at DHS, and his son is in eighth grade at LMS. He enjoys vacationing with his family, playing softball and cornhole, and watching his children compete in various sports.

Mr Walker
3 year term expires 12/31/25
Committees: Operations (Chair), Negotiations
Dave Walker is a long time Dunellen resident and has lived in town for over 50 years. Mr. Walker is married to his wife Colleen, who is also a lifetime resident of Dunellen. Both graduated Dunellen High School and currently have two children in DHS, as well as one that graduated from DHS in 2022. Mr. Walker is currently in the first year of his current three-year term, and is in his second term as a Dunellen BOE member. 
Mr. Walker is a Facilities Professional and currently serves as the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds for the Springfield Board of Education. Before working in Springfield, Mr. Walker spent time in Watchung Boro, Edison, and South Brunswick. Prior to his career in facilities, Mr. Walker owned Dunellen Auto Supply for 7 years. Mr. Walker graduated from Middlesex County College with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and is also a graduate of the Rutgers Certified Educational Facility Management (CEFM) Program.
Being the best possible Facilities Professional is a driving force in Mr. Walker's life, but the most important thing to him is spending time with his family. The Walker family spends as much time outdoors as possible hiking, fishing, or just driving around and looking at the sights.

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