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2021 Election Results
The Morris County Clerk's Office has certified the 2021 election results. Mountain Lakes Borough Schools would like to officially congratulate Meghan Leininger, Aruni Don and Erinn Tucker who were elected by the public to serve three-year terms as members of the Board of Education.  Our new members will be sworn in at the Board of Education Reorganization Meeting scheduled for January 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the MLHS Media Center.  




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 Mr. Joe Chang
3-year term 2019-2021

Joe has lived in Mountain Lakes since 2009. He and his wife Julie have two children, Micah (13) and Hudson (9). Julie is a dentist, and Joe has extensive experience in developing retail and mixed-use development projects. He has also worked closely with the executive team of a Fortune 500 company on overall company strategies and internal project management policies. Prior to working in real estate development, he worked as an owner’s representative on large manufacturing and office construction projects. Joe’s most memorable project was the renovation of six Detroit public schools and its substantial completion ahead of 30 other teams. Joe and his wife are active participants and donors to: Ounce of Prevention, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Smile Train, and Compassion International. Joe graduated from Temple University with a BS in Architecture and was the recipient of the Henry Adams Certificate for the top ranked graduate. In addition, he has dual Masters Degrees in Architecture and Construction management from University of Michigan; and an M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

 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.

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.

 Picture Ms. Meghan Leininger
Filling vacant seat until 2021

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. 

Mrs. Jennifer Parker
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.


Ms. Dawn Smith, Vice President
3-year term 2019-2021

Dawn and her husband Mike have lived in town since 2005 with their 4 children (Sarah ‘11, Lauren ‘12, Brad ‘15 and Garrett ’18).  The Smith’s are very involved in the Mountain Lakes community from athletics and the arts to extracurricular clubs and volunteer initiatives.  Dawn served as H&SA Chair & Co-chair for all 3 schools and was responsible for introducing the school directories for membership.  In addition, she served as an MLEF Trustee, Laker Sports Club Trustee, Town Club House Tour Coordinator, Cultural Arts Chair, CCD Teacher, Relay for Life Organizer, Laker Lightning Tournament Organizer and currently is involved in Project Graduation and the Garden Club.

She earned her BS from the University of Delaware and worked as a Mortgage Banker at Citicorp.  Currently, she is in her 23rd year as a real estate agent for Weichert Realtors in Chatham, NJ.

 Picture Mr. John Sierchio
Boonton Township Representative
Term until 2021

John has lived in Boonton Township since 2000. He and his wife Lisa have three children in MLHS, John (MLHS class of 2020), Jordyn (MLHS class of 2021), and Teresa (MLHS class of 2023). John served 28 years in law enforcement and retired in 2014 as a Detective Sergeant with the Bloomfield Police Department. John has served as a member of the Boonton Township Board of Education since 2008. John also served 12 years (2002-2014) as an elected member of the State of New Jersey’s Police and Firemen’s Retirement System’s Board of Trustees. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2007-2012. The Board of Trustees oversaw the PFRS’s 23 billion dollar pension system. In 2009, John served as a member of Governor Chris Christie’s Transition Team, assigned to the NJ Division of State Police, Division of Highway Traffic Safety and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. John also served as State Delegate for Bloomfield PBA Local 32 from 1997 until 2012 and has extensive training in Labor Negotiations. Currently, John is the owner of Comprehensive Marketing & Consulting.  


Mr. Michael Fetherman - Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Sumit Bangia - Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Alex Ferreira - Business Administrator/Board Secretary

   (updated 11/16/21)
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