Board of Education




Mrs. Joanne Calabria Barkauskas, President
3-year term 2020-2022

Joanne has lived in Mountain Lakes since 2003. She and her husband, Rich, MLHS Class of 1987, have four children, Richard, MLHS Class of 2015, Matthew, MLHS Class of 2018, Thomas, MLHS Class of 2021 and Emma, MLHS Class of 2024. Joanne has been an educator for the past 20 years, working first as a high school teacher and now currently as a high school guidance counselor at Parsippany Hills High School. Joanne earned an MA in Administration and Educational Leadership from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and an MsC in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 Picture Dr. Aruni Don
3-year term 2022-2024

Aruni lives in Mountain Lakes with her husband, Nish Kolonne, and their three boys – Jayden (MLHS Class of 2025), Liam (MLHS Class of 2029) and Gavin (MLHS Class of 2031). Aruni works for a global healthcare company to guide and shape the commercialization & market access strategy of new medicines. Prior to this role, she provided consulting services to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry for 5+ years. Aruni received a dual Bachelor’s degree (BA in Biology, BS in Microbiology), and earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University. Commitment to education is a top priority for Aruni. Since moving to Mountain Lakes in 2016, she has dedicated her time to volunteering in the local community including serving on the Wildwood School Referendum Planning Committee, the Advisory Council of the MLHS Academy for Biotechnology, and a prior 1-year term on the MLSD Board of Education in 2020.

 Bio Dr. Kevin Ernest Driscoll
3-year term 2021-2023

Kevin moved to Mountain Lakes in 2016, with his wife, Rimma, and daughter, Elizabeth (MLHS Class 2022).  Kevin has three adult children – Rory, Jacob, and Alyssa.  Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Western Illinois University and master’s and PhD degrees in Environmental Health Science from New York University.  Kevin had a 30-year career at Procter & Gamble Company where he led global organizations in the Company’s pharmaceutical and personal healthcare businesses.   After retiring from P&G he founded Healthcare Innovation Partners, which supports start-up businesses and the development of healthcare products.  Kevin has served as an advisor to government agencies including the FDA, EPA, NASA, and the World Health Organization and serves on the executive boards of several companiesKevin is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, lecturing in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

James Hirschfeld

Dr. James Hirschfeld
3-year term 2020-2022

James has lived in Mountain Lakes since 2003. He and his wife, Laura, have three daughters who are members of MLHS classes of 2021, 2023, and 2028. James practices ophthalmology at Lakeland Ophthalmology in Parsippany, which he founded in 2004. He is a board member of the Morris County Medical Society, and has previously served on the boards of the Lake Drive Foundation and the Medical Needs Foundation. James earned an AB in Economics from Brown University and an MD from NYU School of Medicine, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency.

 Picture  Ms. Meghan Leininger
3-year term 2022-2024

Meghan and her husband, Dennis Bowden, along with their three children Mia (class of 2032,) Nathaniel and Eleanor (both class of 2034,) have been living in Mountain Lakes since 2018. Meghan has spent 18 years in the architecture and design industry, ranging from developing master plans for urban areas in India and mixed use spaces in Connecticut to designing national and international retail environments for H&M and Michael Kors. Recently, Meghan has been a freelance architectural designer, which include a wide range of projects such as corporate, retail, warehouse and commercial facilities, as well as residences. Meghan currently serves on the Mountain Lakes Planning Board, Low-Income Housing Board, and Green Team. Previously, she has been involved with the fundraising for Sound Start Babies Program. Meghan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Fine Arts and BA in Architecture and completed her MA in Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association in London. 

Ms. Tricia Lewis
3-year term 2021-2023

Tricia has lived in Mountain Lakes since 2014 along with her husband Brian and two children, Connor, MLHS Academy for Biotechnology Class of ‘23 and Shaina, MLHS Class of ’25. Tricia is currently a mathematics teacher at Bragg Elementary School in Chester, NJ.  Prior to teaching, Tricia had a business career in commercial banking and consumer brand management. Tricia earned a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.


Mrs. Jennifer Parker, Vice President
3-year term 2021-2023

Jennifer Parker and her husband Stuart along with their three girls Waring (class of 2023), Harrison (class of 2025) and Ashton (class of 2027) moved to Mountain Lakes in 2016 from the DC area. Prior to living in DC for a couple of years they were in London for 10 years. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, a Juris Doctor from Widener School of Law and a Masters of Law from Georgetown University. Jennifer is a Corporate lawyer who specializes in asset management, and more recently securities litigation. Jennifer has been a lawyer for more than 20 years working for prominent law firms including Fried, Frank, Harrison, Shriver & Jacobson (a NY firm) and Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer (a London “magical circle” firm). Jennifer also served on the Board of Directors for a private investment fund of funds group.


Mrs. Erinn Tucker
3-year term 2022-2024

Erinn has lived in Mountain Lakes since 2011. She and her husband, Mike, have two children, Shane (MLHS Class of 2024) and Brendan (MLHS Class of 2027). After studying Communications at Rowan University, Erinn worked in Sales and Marketing for Lee Filters, a leading manufacturer of lighting and photographic filtration products used in the motion picture, television, theatrical and still photographic markets. Erinn remained in the lighting industry for 14 years.

Since living in Mountain Lakes, Erinn has served in various volunteer roles including the following H&SA Board Positions: President, VP of Programming, Wildwood Assistant Chair & Chair, Bake Sale Chair, Scholarship Chair, and Historian. Erinn has also volunteered with MLEF, as a CCD Teacher and Lector at St. Catherine's Church, and for ML Swim & Dive, MLBTB Soccer, Tri-Town Little League and MLBT Youth Boys Lacrosse.

 Picture Jonathan LeVar  
Boonton Township Representative

Jonathan LeVar currently serves on the Board of Education of the Mountain Lakes School District as well as the Boonton Township School District.  He is interested in helping maintain the strong tradition of academic excellence within Mountain Lakes.

Previously, Jonathan served on the board of the MLBTB Soccer Club and coached various sports including baseball and basketball.  His daughter, Sarah, is MLHS Class of ‘23 and his son, Matthew, is Class of ‘26.

Professionally, Jonathan is the founder and owner of Roxbury Financial, LLC., where he practices as a Certified Financial Planner™ and Portfolio Manager.  He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and also holds an MBA in Business Administration and Management.


Mr. Michael J. Fetherman - Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Sumit Bangia - Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Alex Ferreira - Business Administrator/Board Secretary

   (updated 11/5/2022)
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