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Education Council Elections - Please Cast Your Vote!


Please remember to cast your ballot for the Education Council!  We are accepting ballots through Friday at 4pm.  

The Education Council is a consultative body established by our pastor to assist him and our principal in the governance of the school.  The Council is comprised of the pastor, the principal, 12 elected parent members, one HSA president and three teacher representatives. Each parent member sits on one or more subcommittees:  technology, finance, development, student life, or marketing. 

The Council currently has two open positions for parent members.  Three parents have graciously volunteered to serve if elected by our school community. Their candidate statements are listed below.  We ask each SVMS family to carefully review these statements and then click on this link to make your two selections.  Voting is limited to one vote per family.  The link will remain live until Friday.

Thank you so much for participating in this process, and thank you Paul Maguire, Laramie Traina and Chrissy Zakrzewski for stepping forward to serve!

Paul Maguire

I am the fortunate recipient of an all-Catholic school education, starting at the elementary level at St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills, then on to Delbarton, and finally finding a home at Providence College. I eventually went on to serve on the PC Board of Trustees for ten years, part of which time I chaired the Catholic and Dominican Mission Committee.

I worked as a market maker on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for just under 25 years. When technology rendered my job obsolete, I took the opportunity to explore different careers. In that period, I wrote four children's books and held a Sales Associate position at Coldwell Banker in Madison. As much as I loved the new experiences (and writing will always be my greatest passion), I recognized that my professional calling is in finance. In 2018 I founded Iron Edge VC, a private equity / investment fund. Today, Iron Edge has 25 employees managing just over $50 million with locations in New Jersey, London, and Dubai.

My family moved to Madison from Manhattan in February 2013. From the start, we had been engaged parishioners at St. Vincent Martyr, and presently I serve as a Lector at Mass. It wasn't until after my wife's passing in in 2016 that my children attended SVMS. Andrew never had the pleasure (he is a Junior at Delbarton now), Griffin (Finn) attended 2nd through 6th (he is now at Delbarton as well). Lily, my third grader, has been an Eagle since her first days in Mrs. Rojack's pre-K 3's class.

Laramie Traina

Married to Michael Traina since 2008, we are proud parents to Amelia (5th grade) and Penelope (4th grade) who have attended SVMS since 2019.  Previously our girls were at St. Joseph’s School in Mendham, NJ until its closure.

Currently I serve as VP for our family real estate investment and development company as well as Marketing/Advertising executive for a regional media company specializing in print and online advertising.  My history in advertising/marketing goes back through major newspapers in NJ, NYC, Dallas and other marketing agencies in NYC and San Francisco.

I hold a degree in Sociology and my grade school experience in Texas, while public, was in a unique school system that focused on enrichment and growth of students from both an educational and future preparedness perspective. Students participated with competitive enrichment teams on state and national levels, providing experiences that have helped me with goal planning and personal skills into adulthood, as well as taught me how to work in a team environment to reach common achievement.

Much of my insight into Catholic education, though, came through my husband who attended St. Peter’s Prep, and it became clear to me that the balance of religion, a strong academic presence, and educating the whole child was something I wanted for our children as well to ensure their success in life on a level other schools cannot compete with – by fulfilling the children and preparing them for the challenges they will face after school ends and adulthood begins.

I believe it takes active participation in our lives to bring focus, success, and sometimes change – as we have well seen in the previous year - to the aspects of our lives that are most important to us! This is why I would be honored to be considered for an open position on the Education Council.  St. Vincent Martyr School is a very fine school with significant history and success, and it would be my pleasure to work with the current council to help continue that success for families currently enrolled, and for generations to come!

Chrissy Zakrzewski

My name is Chrissy Zakrzewski and I have one child (Nate) who is a rising third grader at SVMS. I hold a master's degree in organizational psychology from NYU and have professional experience in higher education and corporate settings. I began my career as an admissions and recruiting manager at Fordham University (a private Jesuit school) before transitioning to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers. At PwC, I held a series of marketing roles with increasingly significant responsibilities as a proposal writer; an alumni and career services manager; and a corporate communications manager for the most senior marketing partners at the firm.

When Nate was a baby, I stepped away from the paid workforce temporarily but have remained active in various volunteer positions, serving as a den leader with the Boy Scouts of America for three years; a class parent for teachers at Holy Family School (Florham Park) and SVMS (Madison) for a total of five years; and a co-chair for the HSA "School Pictures" committee for one year. I am an organized planner, creative thinker, and a committed and trustworthy team player. I'm eager to help further the goals of the Education Council in the upcoming 2021-22 school year by getting involved in its various committees. I believe my background and talents are well suited to this cause and will help me both to advocate for the students' academic and spiritual growth at SVMS and to support our teachers and administrators as they do the same. 

Please feel free to reach out if I can answer any questions or provide additional information on my background. 

Click this link to vote 

Election Info and Candidates' Statments - PDF

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