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Eight seek four board of education seats

April 19, 2011

On Wednesday, April 27, eight candidates will seek four open seats on the Wall Township Board of Education.

Incumbents Doug Wild, David Wren and Pamela Perrotto will all seek re-election to their seats. Board member James Carhart did not file to run for re-election. Mr. Wild and Mr. Wren will seek re-election to their three-year seats, while Ms. Perrotto will seek re-election to her one-year seat. Resident John Tavis will also seek the one-year seat. The following residents will seek the additional three-year seats: Robin Cervantes, Timothy Farrell, Anne Moonan and Joseph Tonzola.

Eleven candidates had initially filed to run in the election, but three have dropped out of the race. John Meechan withdrew prior to the deadline, and his name will not be included on the ballot. Michael Manson Jr. and Michael Tranberg withdrew from the race after the deadline. While their names will appear on the ballot, they have both said they will decline the position if elected. The board of education would then appoint someone to fill a one-year term on the board.

Following is biographical information about the eight candidates. To find out about the issues they are most concerned with, pick up a copy of this week’s edition of The Coast Star, which will hit newsstands on Thursday, April 21.

Robin Cervantes

Ms. Cervantes, 42, lives on Tally Ho Drive with her husband, Chris, and their children, Marc, 9, and Alex, 13. She is running alongside Ms. Moonan and Mr. Tavis.

She has been a Registered Nurse for 19 years, most recently working in forensic medical claim reviews and fraud investigation for Midlantic Medical Review. She is not currently working, choosing to spend time at home.

Ms. Cervantes is an executive board member of the Central Association of Parents and Educators [CAPE], and has been the chair of the CAPE Walkathon for Smile-train.

She is currently CAPE’s board of education representative, is the chair of CAPE’s Holiday Gift Shop, and is the chair of the Wall Township Citizens Committee on Affordable Housing.

Timothy Farrell

Mr. Farrell, 55, lives on Walton Way, where he lives with his wife, Rosemary. They have four children, Robert, 24; Katherine, 25; Katelyn, 22 and Allison, 18.

He is the president of Universal Subscriptions Services, a market company for publishers.

Mr. Farrell is a parishioner of the Church of Holy Innocents, and is the vice chairman of the Wall Township Planning Board.

He is also associated with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, the Central Florida Chamber of Commerce, the South Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Wall Republican Club and the Manasquan Elks.

Anne Moonan

Ms. Moonan, 50, lives on Sherwood Drive with her husband, Thomas, and her children: Kevin, 19; Deidre, 18; Brian, 17; and Ellie, 14. She describes her employment as a community volunteer.

She is a member of the Wall Alliance for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse; was named Citizen of the Year in 2010; and has volunteered in multiple capacities with the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, Wall Recreation, the South Wall Little League, as a CCD teacher for St. Mark’s Church in Sea Girt, and as a dance parent group organizer.

Within the school district, Ms. Moonan is a member of the Summer Reading Parent Advisory Committee and the district’s original Accreditation for Growth Planning Team for strategic planning and school improvement. She has volunteered on referendum committees in 1998 and 2004.

Ms. Moonan has also volunteered on multiple committees and for many groups at Wall High School, Wall Intermediate School and Allenwood School.
She said she has attended board meetings regularly for years to share information with other citizens, something she would like to continue to do as a board member.

Pamela Perrotto

Ms. Perrotto, 59, lives on Xanadu Lane with her husband, John. They have two children — John, 29, and Gene, 27.

She is employed by Lifetouch National School Studios, where she works in customer service.

Ms. Perrotto was a past member and president of CAPE, and was a member of the Wall Intermediate School Parent-Teacher Organization. She was a member of the Wall High School Parent Advisory Discipline Committee, and past member and vice president of the Wall High School Band Boosters.

She is a former trustee and secretary of the Wall Foundation for Educational Excellence, and was a founder — and is a current member — of Wall Citizens for Quality Schools, a group that began in 1997.

John Tavis

Mr. Tavis, 63, lives on Holly Boulevard with his wife, Patrice. They have two children, Nicole, 28, and Stacey, 19.

He is the retired principal/superintendent of schools in Oceanport.

He is a past member of the Wall Crimson Cheer Club, where he has acted as the president and treasurer for the organization that supports high school cheerleading.

Mr. Tavis has been a Wall resident for 23 years, and noted he has spent more than 30 years working in education, moving from teacher to superintendent/principal. During five years as superintendent, he was also the principal of Oceanport’s K-4 school. He noted the per-student cost there was one of the lowest in the county and state at the time. He said he would draw on his experience in the field if elected.

Joseph Tonzola

Mr. Tonzola, 65, lives on Lincoln Avenue with his wife, Cynthia. They have two married sons, Matthew, 34, and David, 30.

He is a retired educator after 35 years in the field, and currently works part time as a bay inventory associate at The Home Depot in Neptune.

Mr. Tonzola previously worked as a teacher and administrator in the Wall Township School System, and was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He is also a past member of the Wall Township Environmental Advisory Committee and Library Committee, and was an umpire for North and South Wall Little League and the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials. He was a baseball and basketball coach at Wall High School.

Doug Wild

Mr. Wild, 56, lives on Old Mill Road with his wife, Jean. They have two children, Jessica, 18, and Bryan, 16.

He is employed as a regional sales manager with GMI, a residential and commercial lending company.

Mr. Wild has sat on the board of education since 2002. He served as president for two years, and as vice president for four years.

He has previously been a South Wall Little League coach, a Wall Recreation Soccer coach, a Wall Biddy Basketball coach, and has been a member of the Wall High School Diamond Club.

David Wren

Mr. Wren, 46, lives on Rambling Hill Court with his wife, Maureen. They have two children, Erin, 11, and Kerry, 9.

He is a certified financial planner, and is the owner of Safe Harbor Financial. He was an officer in the United States Army from 1987 to 1991.

Mr. Wren has been on the board of education since 2004, and has served on the policy, curriculum, finance and facilities, personnel, public outreach and township liaison committees during his tenure on the board.

He is a past member and president of the Kiwanis Club of Tinton Falls, and is a past member of the Rotary Club in Red Bank.


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