Mission Statement

It is the mission of the New Jersey Alliance for Social-Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD) to develop life-long learners who are responsible citizens prepared to enter the global society. The Alliance assists educators and all other stakeholders in their efforts to foster ethical, responsible and caring people as they model and teach the social-emotional skills and core ethical values that lead to good character.

NJASECD is a network dedicated to educating its members regarding pertinent research, fostering best practices, facilitating the exchange of resources and ideas, and advocating for the importance of a collaborative and caring organizational climate, and a healthy school culture.

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NJASECD Board & Leadership Structure

Bill Trusheim

Dr. William Trusheim



Laurie Coletti

Vice President

Ted Frynkewicz

Ted Frynkewicz


Mary Reinhold

Mary Reinhold


Phil Brown

Dr. Phil Brown

Past President

Patricia Carr

Pat Carr

Pete Clark

Pete Clark

Cindy Dacey

Cindy Dacey

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Dr. Nathan L. Fisher

Mona Noyes

Mona Noyes

Doug Stech

Douglas Stech

Pat Wright

Pat Wright

In accordance with the Board structure provisions adopted by the NJASECD Board in November 2011, Members-At-Large represent the general membership.

In accordance with the Board Structure provisions adopted by the NJASECD Board in August 2011, chairs and co-chairs of the following standing committees are appointed by the president and will also serve as Board Members:


Annual Conference Committee

            Leigh Cline – Send Email

            Carol Lawrence – Send Email

Schools of Character Committee

            Mary Reinhold – Send Email

            Laurie Coletti – Send Email

Communications Committee

            Leigh Cline – Send Email

Advocacy Committee

            Mona Noyes – Send Email

Membership Committee

            Peter Clark – Send Email

2023-24 Board of Trustee Meetings

Meetings of NJASECD are open to anyone interested in promoting Character Education,
Social-Emotional Learning, positive school culture and climate in New Jersey’s schools.
While the meetings are open to all, only members of the organization are able to vote on
decisions by the Board of Trustees. Most of our meetings are now held online using Zoom.


October 19, December 7, February 15, April 18, June 27, August 22

These meetings begin at 4 PM. To receive a link to a Board Meeting, please email us at njasecd@gmail.com.
We plan to hold at least one in-person meeting per year at:
NJPSA, 12 Centre Drive,
Monroe Township, NJ

This meeting will be determined by the board and announced with sufficient lead time.