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

    Lissette Cordero-Outen
    Vice President

    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-), Vice President 2024-

    Email: lcouten@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: 1st (2022-)

    Email: decarroll@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: 1st (2022-)

    Email: jharris@hackensackschools.org

    Kenneth Martin

    Kenneth Martin is a lifelong Hackensack resident and a graduate of the Hackensack public Schools.

    He has two daughters Taylor and Karen. Taylor is a Clinical Counselor with the Urban League and
    Karen is a Detective with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
    Kenneth is a retired city police officer who is the first School Resource Officer in the state of New Jersey.
    He has volunteered with the City's Ambulance Corps, American Red Cross,
    Hackensack Troast Club. He also was one of the founders of the Hackensack Youth On The Move 
    and past board member for the New Jersey School's Resource Officer, past president of the 
    Hackensack Rotary Club and presently serves as Vice President. 
    Kenneth enrolled at Bergen Community College majoring In Criminal Justice then into the Bergen County Police Academy.
    He also holds several certifications in school safety. In 1987 he was assigned to the Juvenile Division / High School
    where he finished out his career. He wrote a book Walking The Halls which gives parents, teachers, administrators and 
    School Resource Officers a clear understanding of school safety.

    Term: 1st (2024-)

    Email: kmartin@hackensackschools.org

    Lance Powell  

    Lancelot Powell

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

    Email: lpowell@hackensackschools.org

    Shivonnie Pringle

    Term: 1st (2024-)

    Email: springle@hackensackschools.org


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    Marlene Somerville

    Term: 1st (2022-)

    Email: msomerville@hackensackschools.org

    Mark Stein

    Born at Hackensack Hospital, Mark Alan Stein was educated in the Hackensack school system, graduating from Hackensack High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with degrees in Journalism and Public Relations.

    Upon graduation from Oklahoma, he moved back to Hackensack to reestablish his roots. He raised two wonderful children who also  attended and graduated from the Hackensack School System. 

    If he had to encapsulate his life in Hackensack, he would say that

    “He has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of the Children of Hackensack.” Mark previously served as a Trustee on the Board of Education for 9 years, from 2009 to 2018, and was recently reelected to the Board for a fourth term. For 16 consecutive years, the residents recognized his leadership ability by electing him to four terms on the Hackensack City Council as Councilman and Deputy Mayor, serving from 1989 to 2005.

    Trustee Stein has served in many capacities in organizations in Hackensack: Charter member of the Hackensack Education Foundation; past President of the Hackensack Troast Athletic Club; Past president of the Hackensack High School Athletic Alumni Association, and past President of the Hackensack Blue and Gold Scholarship Fund. Mark continues to be an active participant in many of these organizations. 

    He spent 21 years coaching Little League Baseball and Softball, 9 years coaching Junior Football, and, for 16 years, he was president and coach of the Hackensack Junior Field Hockey program.

    He has been a mentor to students at Hackensack High School, and also served on the steering committee for Destination Imagination.

    You might say he invested his time in the Children of Hackensack.

    Mark has been serving on the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth El in Hackensack, having served as a Vice President, President, and currently as Treasurer.

    Professionally, Trustee Stein served as a manager of printing corporations for 33 years. Changing career paths, until his retirement in January 2017.

    Mr. Stein was a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the County of Bergen. 

    Term: 1st (2024-)

    Email: markstein@hackensackschools.org


    Julio Bendezu

    Maywood Representative

    Lydia Singh

    School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

    Dr. Thomas McBryde, Jr.

    Superintendent of Schools