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The board of trustees can include up to 12 voting members, including eight elected from the general membership, and four who may be appointed from the larger community. 
Terms last for three years.
The current board of trustees

Susan Jackson - Board Chair

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Susan Jackson has lived in New Brunswick for four years and has been in New Jersey since 2001. Her daughter is in the second-grade dual language classroom. Currently the school book fair chairwoman, she has been an member of Acelero Learning's local and national Head Start program for the past three years and also worked as a Home Visitor for the Parent-Child Home  Program with United Way of Central Jersey. She has experience in hospitality and has taught English as a second language in Puerto Rico. Susan is also bilingual in Spanish and English.

Anju Thomas - Board Trustee

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Anju was appointed to the board in 2015.  She was introduced to GBCS through the Blessings in a Backpack Program, which she and her friends implemented at the school in September 2013.  Since then, she has participated in several outreach programs at GBCS.  Anju holds a doctorate in molecular oncology and immunology, and was a lecturer at Princeton University.  Prior to that she worked as a scientist at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
Awilda Marte - Board Trustee
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 My name is Awilda Marte. I have been working at Rutgers University for the past 9 years, which 7 of those years I was a Group Leader. In 2017 I became a Custodial Foreperson. I am happily married with three beautiful kids. I am working on going back to school and earn a degree in Business Administration.
Jonina Mazzeo - Board Trustee
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Jonina Mazzeo moved to New Brunswick in 2015, where her family is "in residence" at the Rutgers Honors College. Originally from Oregon, Jonina earned her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and her master's degree in viola performance from New England Conservatory. She has worked as a free-lance musician and music teacher, and is currently a full-time mother to her three children. Her two daughters attend GBCS.

Shamara Gatling-Davila - Board Vice Chair

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Shamara Gatling-Davila was born and raised in New Brunswick. She still resides in New Brunswick with her husband and children, both of whom attend GBCS' Dual Language program. Shamara was valedictorian of her graduating class from Lord Stirling Elementary School and #5 in her graduating class from New Brunswick High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Temple University. She worked as a Social Worker for DCPP formerly known as DYFS for 6 years before she decided on a career change. Shamara has worked for the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development since 2014. She was promoted to Middlesex County Workforce Development Board Policy Analyst in 2016. In addition to working for the County of Middlesex, she has her own business, Personalized Imagery LLC. 

Sean Hewitt - Board Trustee

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An alumnus of Monmouth University and Walden University, Sean has been involved with the New Brunswick community for over 12 years as an employee of the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick.  The Civic League of Greater New Brunswick is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting New Brunswick residents in the areas of youth development, housing, and community development. This is his first year as a trustee and he is looking forward to contributing to GBCS.

Lynell Burgos - Board Trustee


Lynell Burgos resides in North Brunswick but has strong ties to the New Brunswick community where she taught for 30+ years at both the Woodrow Wilson and A. Chester Redshaw Public Schools. She always finds it a joy reconnecting with former students and their families. Lynell is the proud mother of three daughters and is married to Wilfredo Burgos. Mrs. Burgos is a graduate of William Paterson University and received her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kean University. Joining the Board of GBCS and becoming part of the GBCS family has given her an exciting opportunity to give back to the community which she loves.