NJEFP Board of Trustees

Ms. Trudy Doyle, Immediate Past President 

Trudy Doyle served as the Somerset Executive County Superintendent of Schools until her retirement in 2011.

Prior to becoming the Executive County Superintendent, Mrs. Doyle served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Hopatcong Borough Schools for seven years.  She joined the Hopatcong School District in August 2001 after serving as the Superintendent of the Bedminster School District for eleven years.  Previously in Bedminster, Mrs. Doyle served as vice principal and Curriculum Director.

In addition to her serving as President of the NJEFP Board of Trustees, Mrs. Doyle also serves a member of the Board of Trustees for the Resource Center of Somerset.

Mrs. Doyle was an active member of New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) serving on a variety of NJASA committees and as the chairperson of the Professional Development Committee.

In June of 2004, Mrs. Doyle was appointed by the Commissioner of Education to the New Jersey Department of Education Advisory Committee on Professional Development for NJ School Leaders. She co-chaired this committee since its inception until assuming the post of Executive County Superintendent. 

Mrs. Doyle has presented frequently at professional conferences and workshops and published several articles for NJASA’s magazine Perspective and newsletter, On Target, on the professional development requirement for school leaders, “Closing the Achievement Gap” and using data to improve student achievement.

Ms. Randy Davis, President

Randy Davis was on the board of the Branchburg Education Foundation from 1997 through 2012, serving as President for eleven years. During her tenure, the foundation raised over $400,000 for the Branchburg school district through corporate and individual donations and several fundraising events including the annual Taste of Branchburg which she chaired for fourteen years.

She joined the board of NJEFP in 2007 and served as Treasurer until 2013 when she became Vice President.

Ms. Davis received her bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

Ms. Susan Spagnola, Secretary

Susan Sturges Spagnola is a former Assistant Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel and de facto ethics officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.. Prior to leaving the firm, she held a variety of positions with JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor institutions, with an emphasis on Federal bank regulatory matters, Federal securities laws, director and officer liability, corporate governance and business ethics. Ms Spagnola was a frequent lecturer on the topic of business ethics and has provided guidance to boards of directors and audit committees of small cap, public companies regarding corporate governance and business ethics. Her current focus is supporting not for profits in connection with governance related matters.

Ms Spagnola received a bachelor of arts degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and a juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pa. She retired from the New York bar, but continues to be an active member of the New Jersey bar. She is a former member of the Board of Governors, Dickinson School of Law and a past trustee of Skidmore College, the Combined Health Appeal, the Leukemia Society of America (NY Chapter), Lung Cancer Circle of Hope and has served as a mentor for the Children’s Aid Society of New York, Project LIVE. She is currently a trustee and president of the Hillsborough Educational Foundation, a member of the Board of New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, a steward for Duke Farms, a member of the Hillsborough Township Steering Committee for a Sustainable Hillsborough and the Hillsborough School District’s Sustainability Committee, and a member of the Board of Resource Center of Somerset, Inc. Ms. Spagnola is married to a fellow attorney, Gary Spagnola, a founder of the firm Golden, Rothschild, Spagnola et al. in Bridgewater, New Jersey and has two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Mr. Shawn Gillon, Treasurer

In 2002 Shawn Gillon joined public accounting firm WithumSmith+Brown where he specializes in servicing the non-profit, construction, insurance, education, commercial, healthcare, and real estate industries.  Mr. Gillon’s family has long been committed to NJ public education; his mother is a retired teacher from the Seaside Heights district, his mother-in-law is a teacher in the Elizabeth district and his wife is a school nurse in the Elizabeth Public Schools.  He is a member of Society Insurance Financial Management, US Green Building Council (NJ Chapter), AICPA and NJSCPA.  Mr. Gillon resides in Hamilton, NJ where his stepson is enrolled in Hamilton public schools.  Mr. Gillon graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from NYU in 2002.  He holds a CPA licensure in NJ and NY.

Mrs. Kim Belin

Kim Belin is a Partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader.  Ms. Belin has extensive experience representing boards of education, school administrators and charter schools, in a variety of areas including administrative law and hearings, policy development, and labor and employment issues, staffing relations, pupil rights and obligations, IDEA and Section 504 compliance.  She is also experienced with school construction law and contract procurement.

Kim has served as Acting Director for the office of the State Board of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, and Manager of the Office of Fiscal Compliance and Investigation. She has served as associate counsel to the New Jersey School Boards Association where she co-authored a book on The Open Public Meetings Act.

She is a trustee of the Burlington County Bar Association and she serves as chairperson for that organization’s Diversity Leadership Committee. Kim is also Past President of the Burlington County Bar Foundation. She has received numerous accreditations over the years including Distinguished Attorney by the NAACP, Willingboro Chapter and was named Professional Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law.

Ms. Ivy Cohen

Ivy Cohen has served as the Executive Director of the Lawrence Township Education since May, 2010. In that role she manages the day-to-day operations of the foundation, organizes fundraising events, and manages grants in excess of $150,000 annually.  She has worked for various non-profit organizations for the past ten years where she organized and coordinated various special events, fundraisers, community outreach projects and other initiatives.

Ms. Cohen received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and her master’s in business administration from Philadelphia University. Ivy joined the NJEFP board in March, 2013.

Ms. Jean Holtz

Jean A. Holtz is Vice President, Communications & Operations New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco) Jean joined Devco, a nonprofit urban development company that has overseen investment of more than $2 billion in redevelopment activity in downtown New Brunswick, in 1996. She also developed and manages Devco’s visual art program and installations and is currently serving as interim executive director for New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc. Jean also managed New Brunswick City Market, the nonprofit organization overseeing the city’s Special Improvement District. Earlier in her career Jean was an independent public and media relations consultant for nonprofit, corporate, and political clients. She also served as Director of Public Affairs for Governor Jim Florio.

She is currently chair of the Freehold Borough Educational Foundation, and serves on the boards of ArtPride New Jersey, New Jersey Managed Districts Association, New Jersey Educational Foundations Partnerships, RWJUH’s Community Outreach Committee, Freehold Center Partnership, and is a member of the Freehold Borough Redevelopment Committee, CentraState Healthcare System Legislative Affairs committee, and the advisory committee for Elijah’s Promise and New Brunswick Patch.

Ms. Holtz earned a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and is a graduate of The American University in Washington, DC. She and her husband, Jack Loprete, live in an historic home in downtown Freehold with their daughter Molly.

Mr. Robert Moul

Ms. Deborah Sontupe 

Ms. Debbie Sontupe is the Executive Director of the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) and is former Chairperson. She has brought over 20 years of experience in fundraising, communications and non-profit management in both the non-profit and higher education sectors, to that role. She is also Principal of DS Strategies, providing consulting services and project-based leadership in helping organizations in the areas of building and managing development programs, campaigns, board development, alumni relations, annual fundraising efforts and public relations.   Prior to her role as Executive Director of the MEF, Debbie has served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Mercy College in NY and as Campaign Manager at the Rutgers University Foundation. In addition to her higher education experience, Debbie has served in several leadership roles in the YMCA , where she held the positions of vice president of operations as well as the vice president of marketing and development. Debbie earned her Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University and holds a master of Education from the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University.