Our Governors

Meet Our Board of Trustees

The LEAP Academy Board of Trustees holds the responsibility for governance, policymaking and oversight of all operational areas of the school, including curriculum, personnel and finance. Its work focuses on accountability, academic improvement, efficiency, and resource development.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D.

Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor

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Donna Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Professor Nursing at Rutgers University - Camden

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Dr. Michael Palis

Vice Chair & Rutgers Representative

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Hector Nieves

Secretary, Parent Affairs Chair & Parent Representative

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Brenda Ortiz

Parent Representative

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Wanda Garcia, MSW

Board Liasion & Director of Rutgers/LEAP Center of Excellence

For all questions about board members, meetings, or minutes, contact Wanda Garcia. As the Associate Director of the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers University-Camden and the liasion to the LEAP Academy Board of Trustees in a non-voting/non-member capacity, Wanda is your best resource for all board information.

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Board Meetings

The 2024 Board meeting schedule: January 18, 2024, February 22, 2024, March 21, 2024, April 18, 2024, May, 9 2024, June 20, 2024

All meetings are currently scheduled via zoom and begin at 5 pm.. All Board Meeting are open the public.

Policies & Regulations

The Board of Trustees develops and adopts policy pertaining to all aspects of operations of the school. Policies area aligned with New Jersey Laws and Regulations as well as with the School’s Charter.

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Board Minutes Archive