The Saddle Brook Board of Education welcomed two new members, a new president and a new vice president Monday at its re-organization meeting.
After newcomers Stephen Quinn and Christopher Winnie were sworn in, board members selected Marilyn Nasello as their new president and Georgette Cupo as their vice president.
"I've worked with her as chairperson on the negotiations committee and the skillset that she exhibits during these meetings is phenomenal," board member Keith Rosso said of Nasello. "I think Marilyn would do a phenomenal job."
Nasello, who received five of nine board votes, replaces Robert Naegely as board president.
"Bob's done a great job," Nasello said of her predecessor after Monday's meeting. "He's been a great role model as a board president and I appreciate the faith the board has in me to lead them."
Nasello, who is beginning her fourth year as a school board trustee, said as president her focus will be on finding a qualified replacement for the retiring superintendent, negotiating a new contract with teachers and administrative assistants by mid-year and re-examining the school's security policies in light of last month's school shooting in Connecticut.
"That's not something you just discuss once and stop," Nasello said of school security. "It's something you always have to kind of keep looking at and revisiting," adding that the board was fortunate to have two trustees who are also police officers in Bob White and William Havison.
In addition to serving on the board, Nasello has also been active with the PTA, the high school football, baseball and cheerleading teams, Saddle Brook Little League, Saddle Brook's Field of Horrors and the Saddle Brook chapter of Unico.
She's married with three teenage children and works for life sciences tech support provider C3i, as their senior director of account management.