Board of Education
Michael S. Amoroso
Michael Amoroso began serving on the board in 2011 and was elected to four consecutive full terms since. In those 12 years on the board, Mr. Amoroso has served on every committee and served as both President and Vice President. Mr. Amoroso is currently serving as Board President for 2024.
In 2023, Mr. Amoroso was awarded a certificate from the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) in Gratitude for 12 Years of Dedication to the Children of Freehold Township and the State of New Jersey. Mr. Amoroso holds a certification from the NJSBA as a certified board member.
Mr. Amoroso holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and a M.S. in Software Engineering from Monmouth University. After various positions in Engineering with AT&T and Lucent Technologies, Mr. Amoroso opened a local business in Freehold Township using computer aided 3-D software to model interior spaces. Currently Mr. Amoroso is working as a certified kitchen designer (CKD) using modern technology to help clients design unique and custom interiors.
Mr. Amoroso and his wife Maria have lived in Freehold Township for 22 years, where they raised three daughters, all of whom attended the Freehold Township Schools. In 2023, Mr. and Mrs. Amoroso became grandparents to a beautiful granddaughter. This coming year they will celebrate a graduation from Cornell University and Freehold Township High School for their two other daughters respectively.
Board of Education
Michelle Lambert began serving on the board in 2010 and was elected to four consecutive full terms since. Mrs. Lambert previously served as Board President and currently serves as Board Vice President and is a member of the Finance Committee. While her children attended township schools, she served as chair-person for various functions hosted by CRAPTO and DDEPTO, as well as Treasurer for CRAPTO.
Mrs. Lambert holds a B.S. in Finance from St. John's University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. After law school she practiced corporate tax law for a number of years and currently practices in multiple areas of law with her husband at The Law Firm of James R. Lambert.
Mrs. Lambert and her husband James have lived in Freehold since 1992, where they raised their three children, all of whom attended the Freehold Township Schools.
Renata Brand was elected to the Board of Education in 2022. She currently serves on the Finance Committee. Renata Brand was born in Palermo, Italy and immigrated to America with her family as a young child.
She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduating with a 4.0 in accounting and 3.8 grade point average overall. After graduation Mrs. Brand worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. and earned her C.P.A. license in 1981. Since then she has worked for private accounting firms and was self-employed. Mrs. Brand is currently retired.
Mrs. Brand and her husband Arthur have lived in Freehold since 2016, having moved from Brooklyn, NY. They have four grown sons and 9 beautiful grandchildren. The oldest granddaughter graduated college in 2022 and the youngest grandson is two years old.
Mary Cozzolino was appointed to the Board of Education in July 2017. She currently serves on the Finance/Facilities Committee.
Mrs. Cozzolino holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rutgers University where she graduated with honors. No stranger to public office, Mrs. Cozzolino previously served on the Manalapan Township Committee and as the Township’s Mayor, becoming the youngest female in NJ elected to public office in 1998. Mrs. Cozzolino has also worked for the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance as Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs and as Special Assistant to the Commissioner. In the private sector, she worked as a public advocate, a public affairs associate, a paraprofessional, and Director of Administration for NJPLIGA. Mary is the former president of the Laura Donovan PTO, and has served as a soccer coach. She also teaches CCD at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine. She currently is a stay-at- home mom.
Mrs. Cozzolino and her husband, Raymond Raya, have lived in Freehold Township since 2011. They have three young sons attending Freehold Township Schools.
Neil D. Garguilo was elected to the Freehold Township BOE in January of 2022. He majored in history at Fordham University and completed a teaching certification program. Mr. Garguilo taught special education in the NYC public middle schools for two years. Later, he transitioned to the corporate world and worked at FedEx as a manager.
Mr. Garguilo worked at other companies such as Hertz (Sr. Station Manager) and DCH Auto Group (Corporate Training Manager). Also, Mr. Garguilo taught at the college level for approximately two years as an adjunct professor teaching the principles of business. Later in life, he earned an MBA in General Business He retired in 2019 but is still active. He is a commissioner of the Freehold Township Historic Preservation Commission.
Mr. Garguilo loves to write and contributes articles to the Italian Sons and Daughters of America's newspaper. Mr. Garguilo has been a resident of Freehold Township for the last 7 years. He helped raise three children including one who is a teacher.
Elena O’Sullivan was first elected to the Freehold Township Board of Education in November 2016 for a three-year term and reelected for a third three-year term in November 2022.
Mrs. O’Sullivan holds a BA in Child Study and Science from St. Joseph’s University, New York; MS Ed.in Neurophysiological Learning Disabilities from Brooklyn College; Graduate Certificate in Science and Math Education from Long Island University; and a 6th Year Professional Certificate from Staten Island College, in Supervision and Administration.
Mrs. O’Sullivan retired from the NYC Dept. of Education. She held positions as a Teacher, Dean, Programmer, Assistant Principal and Principal. She was employed with Brooklyn College as an Adjunct Lecturer, teaching Science Education to Graduate Students. She also worked with the Teachers Performance Unit in the Department of Education of the City of New York. Mrs. O’Sullivan and her husband Michael have lived in Freehold since 1990 and her son Andrew attended the Freehold Township Schools.
Carmela Spieler was elected to the Freehold Township Board of Education in November 2023. She is currently serving as a member of the Curriculum Committee.
Mrs. Spieler holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of New Haven, CT. She worked in the healthcare industry in various capacities as a registered dietitian for over 17 years educating patients, staff and family. Education has always been her passion and she currently teaches Family and Consumer Sciences empowering students to learn important life skills.
Mrs. Spieler and her husband Ken have been Freehold township residents since 2001 where they raised their four children.
Kerry Vendittoli was elected to the Freehold Township Board of Education in November 2018. She currently serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee.
Mrs. Vendittoli holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems from Montclair State University. She has served as President for the ECLC PTO, PACE and Our Place 2 Play as well as a volunteer for the Applegate PTO.
Kerry and her husband, Anthony, have lived in Freehold Township for 15 years. They have two sons attending Freehold Township Schools.
Jeffrey Williams was elected to the Board of Education in 2022 and is serving a three-year term.
Mr. Williams holds a bachelor's degree from Caldwell University in Criminal Justice. Having experience in public office, Mr. Williams previously served on the Union Beach Borough Town Council. Mr. Williams currently works in the retirement plan industry with Ascensus. He is also a volunteer soccer coach in Freehold.
Mr. Williams and his wife, Megan Earl, have lived in Freehold Township since 2018. Their two daughters, Bridget and Teagan, attend Eisenhower Middle School and Applegate Elementary School respectively.