Meet the Board of Education:
Michael Lichardi - Board President
Paul Jensen - Board Vice President
I have been a resident of Freehold Borough for four years with my wife Christine and 11-year-old son Patrick, who attends 6th grade at the Freehold Intermediate School. Before settling in Freehold Borough, I lived in Jackson, NJ and grew up in Edison, NJ. I enjoy all sports especially running, cycling and basketball. I am a volunteer coach for the Colonial Basket Ball League and Co-founder of the Freehold Borough Family Running Club. I also volunteer my time on the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission and for STOMP The Monster™, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides financial and other support to cancer patients.
I graduated with honors from the New York Restaurant School, and am employed by the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen as a Manager of Kitchen and Food Services.
Paul & his wife, Trish, have lived in Freehold since 1998 and have 2 daughters in the Borough’s school district. Prior to being elected to the Board in 2013, Paul participated in the district’s Strategic Planning forums. Paul & his family can often be seen walking downtown, riding their bikes throughout the community or volunteering at PTO sponsored events.
Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Monmouth University and is currently employed by the NJ Economic Development Authority, where he assists companies looking to expand within New Jersey and municipalities on their redevelopment efforts. Prior to joining the NJEDA in 2007, he worked for 12 years at the NJ Housing and Mortgage Financing, which provides various programs for developers & sponsors of affordable housing developments.
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Bruce Patrick has served on the Freehold Borough Board of Education since 2011. He currently serves as Chair of the Policy Committee and is the alternate delegate to New Jersey School Boards Association.
For the past 24 years, Bruce and his wife Carolyn have lived in Freehold Borough. Their daughter Candace, a graduate of Park Avenue Elementary and Freehold Intermediate schools, is currently a sophomore at Freehold Borough High School.
Bruce holds a Masters Degree in Bacteriology and Public Health and has worked as a research scientist at the New York State Institute for Basic Research for 37 years. The focus of his research is biomarkers for Downs Syndrome, Alzheimers disease and Autism Spectrum disorders. Bruce has been recognized by the New York Blood Center for his work coordinating blood drives for over 30 years.
Bruce has been active in the schools PTOs and participated in strategic planning sessions. His primary concern continues to be the ongoing inequality in state funding, it’s affect on the quality of education in our school district, and it's impact on the local school taxes.
Along with other Borough parents he has attended numerous state Senate and Assembly finance committee hearings to lobby over the States inadequate funding of our schools. Bruce is a strong advocate for the role of the arts in our schools; he believes that all students in the district deserve a high-quality well-rounded education.
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