Board Member Bios

Ram K. Ramachandran, President
rramachandran@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Ram Ramachandran has served on the board for three years. He always had the urge to serve the community and make a difference for children.
 
Mr. Ramachandran prides himself on taking an active interest in enhancing STEAM education for the school district. He would like to see our school district ranked among the top schools in NJ in all areas and as a board member, he would like to help our students and teachers in any way possible to become successful.
Ram
Lands

Christina "Tina" Lands, Vice President
tlands@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Tina Lands has served on the board for just over one year.
 
Ms. Lands was motivated to become a board member from her passion for equitable education and the success of all of our students. She is proud of our district goals especially the goal to have every child reading at grade level by the third grade, as well as the enhancements in our Arts and embedded STEM programming. She looks forward to how our administration and staff work hard to continuously improve in many areas, with a key area strengthening Math and Language Arts in our middle school.

Jeanne Bourjolly
jbourjolly@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Ms. Bourjolly was appointed to the Board in January 2020. She is humbled and honored to serve her community. 

Ms. Bourjolly has always had an interest in the education of our youth as they are the future of our community and our great nation.

An area that she is excited to see the district improve on this year is the overall curriculum with respect to ensuring that the curriculum is more STEM orientated.

Bourjolly
Bussone

Peter Bussone
pbussone@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Mr. Bussone has served on the board for about ten years. A point of pride is establishing and chairing the mental health committee two years ago to support and promote the many initiatives of the Special Services Department.

He is excited for the formation of a troupe of Hightstown High School students to perform skits at the high school and middle school to address H.I.B. situations, replacing lectures on the subject by an adult. These skits will be interactive with the goal of decreasing the occurrences and raise awareness.

Jenna Drake
jpdrake@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Ms. Drake has been a board member for four years. 

She became a board member to increase service to the community and be more a part of her son's education.

She is proud of the attention that is given to student wellness including SEL, mental health counseling, spaces that are provided in the schools for self-care, as well as programs and activities that focus on education and skill-building. 

She is especially excited about plans to enhance and expand on our students’ natural curiosity to build a love of learning through increased STEM education in the elementary and middle schools.

Drake
Fougnies

Bertrand Fougnies
bfougnies@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Mr. Fougnies served as a Board member between 2014 and 2017 and returned to the Board in 2020.

A point of pride from Mr. Fougnies's previous tenure was the negotiation with the teachers' union. He believed the deal that he assisted in negotiating kept teachers in our district and our performance for our students at the highest.

Mr. Fougnies is excited about the board and executive team working together to stay a competitive district in New Jersey.

Nicole LaRusso
nlarusso@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Ms. LaRusso just began her second-term as a Board Member, she was elected in November 2016.

Ms. LaRusso has lived in East Windsor since 2002 and has four children who are enrolled in the district. She saw a need to become more involved as a parent and community member.

Special education and mental health are two areas Ms. LaRusso is very passionate about and she has been a huge supporter of social-emotional learning (SEL). She is so happy and proud that our District has SEL programs in place in all levels of education.

LaRusso
Laverty

Robert Laverty
rlaverty@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Mr. Laverty has served on the board since April 2001, with two brief gaps in my service between elections and appointments. 
 
Mr. Laverty is most proud of the change in district administration that was brought about in 2003. The board hired a superintendent who made dramatic improvements in the atmosphere of learning in EWRSD. Many of those improvements have continued, but more focus is required in early literacy and middle school math skills. 
 
Mr. Laverty would like to continue calling attention to the accomplishments of our students by utilizing the district's presence on social media. He looks forward to the board continuing to expand opportunities for students at all levels of performance. 

Colleen Murphy
cmurphy@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

This is Ms. Murphy's second year serving on the Board. Ms. Murphy was a student in the East Windsor Regional School District from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 2012. She loved her experience in the district and wanted to become a Board member to have a part in helping current students have as great or an even better experience than she did.

Attending school events and seeing the level of talent the students have is an aspect of being a board member that Ms. Murphy enjoys. The hard work that parents and teachers put into helping students reach their potential is truly incredible, and she loves witnessing that hard work pays off.

Ms. Murphy believes that the diversity the district has—in race, ethnicity, religion, gender, etc.—is one of its biggest assets. The Board looks forward to continuing to embrace this diversity and making decisions with equity in mind. We also look forward to figuring out more ways we can support students in becoming civically-engaged and in touch with what is happening on local, national, and international levels. We will continue to put students first, develop goals that will enhance the educational experience, and be transparent with the community.

Murphy