Hackensack Board of Education Trustees

    Scott James-Vickery

    Scott James-Vickery

    Scott James-Vickery and his family moved to New Jersey in 2013. They specifically chose to live in Hackensack for the rich diversity and strong sense of community that Hackensack offers.

    Scott is employed by the United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Church.  He is an Executive for the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner which focuses on service and advocacy and administers mission personnel throughout the United States.  Prior to this Scott was an educator for over 15 years working as a fifth-grade general education teacher, reading specialist, special education inclusion teacher, and a teacher of students with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

    Scott has six children, four of which currently attend Hackensack Public Schools and one recent graduate of the district.  Scott's wife, Mollie, is the Operations Officer for United Methodist Women, advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.

    Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Masters Degree in Education with Concentration in Special Education and Educational Law from William Carey University.

    Term: 1st (2019-2022), Trustee 2019- , Vice President 2019-2021, President 2022- 

    Email: sjames-vickery@hackensackschools.org

    Anthony Rodriguez

    Anthony Rodriguez
    Vice President

    Term: 1st (2020-), Trustee 2020-. Vice President 2022-

    Email: anrodriguez@hackensackschools.org

    Demetrius Carroll

    Demetrius Carroll

    Demetrius Carroll was born and raised in Hackensack New Jersey. He is married with four daughters. Two daughters are grown and graduated high school. His other two daughters are currently in Hackensack Middle School.

    Demetrius went to school in the Hackensack Public School District from elementary school through high school. He graduated Hackensack High School in 1988 and continued his education at Ramapo College, studying Accounting and Business Management. In 1992 he enrolled at Bergen Community College majoring in Criminal Justice. 

    Demetrius became involved with the community in the City of Hackensack. In 1992 he began coaching 7th and 8th grades in the Hackensack Jr. Football program. He coached for over 25 years and currently holds the position of Vice President of the program. 

    In 1999 Demetrius was also Vice President of the 1st City of Hackensack Citizens Police Academy. In 2001 he became a volunteer Police Officer in the City of Hackensack (HCOP). In 2002 he was hired as a full time Police Officer with the City of Hackensack. In 2008 he was assigned as a Detective in the Narcotics Division. In 2018 he was reassigned as a Detective with the Detective Division, a position he presently holds. He is also on the Hackensack PBA Local #9 Executive Board (2014 - Present) 

    Term: Trustee 2022-

    Email: decarroll@hackensackschools.org

    Christopher Coleman

    Christopher Coleman

    Term: 1st (2020-), Trustee 2020-

    Email: ccoleman@hackensackschools.org

    Lissette Cordero-Outen

    As a 29-year resident of Hackensack and mother of 2 in our district (Class of 2018 and future 2026), I’ve had the opportunity to see many changes take place. 

    The parents, teachers and Administrators I've been introduced to in our schools are very involved and passionate. You can see the fruits of that in the culmination of the student! 

    I want to ensure, to the best of my ability, that we continue THAT tradition. And I believe each member of our Community agrees.

    Term: 1st (2023-)

    Email: lcouten@hackensackschools.org

    Jennifer Harris

    Jennifer Harris is a lifelong Hackensack resident and a proud alumna of Hackensack Public Schools. She attended William Paterson University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Minor in Latin American Studies. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish, the daughter of Colombian immigrants, and is married with two sons educated by our district. 

    Jennifer is a member of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and a paraprofessional in Tenafly Public Schools working with children with multiple disabilities. She also implements at home ABA instruction and is a Parent Outreach Program (POP) trainer. She is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Governor’s Educational Support Services Professional of the Year Award for Tenafly. Jennifer’s education experience includes testing implementation, community engagement, and culturally sensitive instruction. 

    Jennifer is a strong advocate for her children and her students. She is currently seeking her Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analyst and a BCBA certification. She has been a member of the Hackensack Special Education Parent Advisory Group since 2015 and is active with Autism Speaks of Northern NJ and other local community programs.

    Term: Trustee 2022-

    Email: jharris@hackensackschools.org

    Andrew Meehan

    I am a retired military officer who served in Iraq from 2004 - 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom III.  I also have over 10 years in non-profit organizations such as American Legion, Korean American Association of NJ and the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley. I am an experienced educator serving in a variety of roles as a math coach, high school math teacher and Center Director.  I currently teach at a charter school in Essex County serving at-risk youth with the Opportunity Youth Network of Newark.  I earned a Masters Degree in Education and hold dual certification in High School Mathematics and High School Social Studies.  I want to thank my distinguished colleagues and Board President James-Vickery for their appointment.  Onward and Upward!  

    Term: June 2023 - (Appointed)

    Email: ameehan@hackensackschools.org

    Lance Powell  

    Lancelot Powell

    Term: 1st (2018-2021), Trustee 2018- , President 2019-2021

    Email: lpowell@hackensackschools.org

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    Marlene Somerville

    Term: Trustee 2022-

    Email: msomerville@hackensackschools.org

    Julio Bendezu

    Maywood Representative

    Lydia Singh

    School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

    Robert Sanchez

    Superintendent of Schools