Board Member Bios


Nicole LaRusso, President
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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.

Jenna Drake, Vice-President
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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 elementary and middle schools.



Jeanne Bourjolly
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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.

Bertrand Fougnies
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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.




Christina "Tina" Lands
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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.

Brad Nicholson




Colleen Murphy
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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.

Jagruti Patel

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Michael Weeks
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As a parent of two elementary school students and a resident of Hightstown for just over 10 years, Mr. Weeks has been incredibly proud of his town and the schools. When a seat opened up, he was excited for the opportunity to serve. He has always loved education and has always enjoyed advocacy for it.

He believes that the role of a board member is to listen to members of the community and to the teachers to understand the needs of the district, and to facilitate change to make the educational environment the best, safest, and most inclusive space it can be based on the specific needs of the people in that environment every day. 

Mr. Weeks says the environment we’re in today couldn’t have been predicted in 2019 - we are in uncharted territory and our students and teachers are facing challenges none of us could have foreseen. In normal times, the Board strives to provide the school system with resources for STEM, technology education, emotional health support, and access to best-in-class tools and spaces to support those. With the new environment, we find ourselves in, Mr. Weeks believes it’s even more critical to find unique solutions and support for those things.