MEET THE TEAM
We're the Keeping Schools Smart Slate
We're running for Voorhees Board of Education in the General Election to be held on November 8, 2022.
Meet Julie Ketover
Julie Ketover, JD, PCC, is an executive, leadership and life coach, as well as a trainer, writer and speaker, with nearly two decades of experience in the legal industry. Before turning to coaching, Julie held a number of positions in the field of law, including as a practicing attorney, senior business operations professional and talent developer at law firms. She brings her depth of experience in the legal industry to her coaching and training of law firm partners and associates, C suite and other senior law firm executives, and in-house counsel and General Counsels of public and private companies. Julie has also worked with companies in other industry sectors, including media, technology, financial services and healthcare and has coached C suite, senior executives and entrepreneurs in those companies. Julie brings to bear both keen understanding and relatability that facilitate trust and effective collaboration. In her practice, Julie works with high performing, goal-oriented professionals in demanding environments. Her clients learn to challenge and trust themselves, to up-level their leadership, to more effectively manage their teams and to achieve their goals with purpose and commitment.
Julie lives with her husband and two daughters in South Jersey. Being committed to service and community, Julie currently serves as a Board Member for the International Coach Federation of Philadelphia and as a Vice President on the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of South Jersey.
She was selected to fill the vacancy left by Ms. Van Aken and will be sworn in at the next BOE meeting in August. She is running for election this fall for the unexpired term in order to retain this seat. Along with Julienne Verdi, Maureen Rutter, and Jake Rosner, she runs under the Keeping Schools Smart designation
Julie has lived in Voorhees for nearly two decades and has two daughters- an Eastern senior and a VMS 7th grader. Both of them have 504 plans, and she has been a zealous advocate for her girls throughout their educational journeys. She is the daughter of a decades-long public-school teacher in the New York City school system, as well as a product of a K through 12 public school education.
Julie is a firm believer in the core tenets of public education; She believes a strong, inclusive public education system is one of the key pillars of a functioning democracy and that the very essence of this system is being challenged and threatened throughout the country. In addition to her knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the public school system, she brings key contributions that position her to be a good fit for the Board of Education: Persuasive advocacy; clear communication (oral and written); effective collaboration and partnership; courageous leadership and influence; and authentic relationship and trust-building. Her experience in these areas will support the Board to strengthen its reputation and to continue to do excellent work in a challenging environment.
Julie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Yale University, where she majored in psychology. Following college, Julie received her law degree at NYU School of Law.
Meet Jacob Rosner
Jacob Rosner is a management consultant, attorney, husband, and father of two young children who will be beneficiaries of the Voorhees School system. He was inspired to run for Board of Education to be part of the solution to ensure kids, including his own, get the best education possible.
Jacob has over a decade of experience working with large enterprises and navigating complex organizational issues in industries such as telecommunications, healthcare, and cybersecurity. He has a proven track record of building client relationships, independently managing projects, and utilizing technology/automation to drive efficiency in business operations and addressing and resolving business and legal issues. Jacob is able to navigate the fine line between legal risks and business/organizational needs to effectively solve complex problems, skills which will enable him to be a thoughtful and effective board member.
Having grown up in South Jersey, he benefited from the excellent school system and wants to support its continued excellence. He chose to raise a family in Voorhees for this reason.
Jacob is a strong supporter of the public education system and believes it serves as the foundation underpinning a strong democracy, which is currently under attack. He is interested in focusing on real problems impacting our schools, such as improving the math gap and working to provide a seamless transition from each school level (elementary to middle to High school). He wants to ensure the school system has the support and resources to provide our children with STEM education, social and emotional health support/learning, access to best-in-class technology and tools. Ultimately, Jacob believes in using informed evidence to guide decision making.
Jacob graduated cum laude from Ithaca College, where he majored in Politics. After college, Jacob obtained a law degree from Drexel University.
Meet Maureen Rutter
Maureen is a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant in a public education K-8 district. She has previously taught general and special education students in pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school in both private and public districts. Maureen is currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Education assisting student teachers in learning best practices for assessing every type of learner in their classroom. She has been involved in education systems for nearly two decades. Having first hand knowledge of the needs inside a classroom has led Maureen to pursue a position on the Board of Education.
She has two elementary age children in Voorhees and is passionate about the education they receive along with all of their peers. Maureen and her husband both grew up in south Jersey and chose to move to Voorhees for the school system. She is committed to equity, inclusion, and the well-being of all scholars within this district.
Maureen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Psychology from Rutgers University. She further obtained a Master of Science in Teaching degree from Rowan University, as well as graduate level certifications in Special Education and LDT/C. She looks forward to bringing her experience to the Voorhees Board of Education.
Meet Julienne Verdi
Julienne Verdi is a nonprofit consultant and attorney in private practice admitted in both New York and New Jersey. As a nonprofit consultant, Julienne is experienced in helping not-for-profit organizations manage their day-to-day operations, develop and implement long-term strategic plans, as well as support organizations’ advocacy, government relations and grassroots organizing efforts. In her law practice Julienne provides transactional legal services to small businesses, nonprofits and individuals.
Originally from New York City and the mother of four young children, Julienne moved to Voorhees with her husband in large part due to the strong reputation of the Voorhees public school system. Julienne is a product of New York City public schools and is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School where she was an associate managing editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Chair of Brooklyn Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and recipient of the Platinum Public Service Award and Evelyn Reid Memorial Prize. Julienne received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Special Honors from CUNY Hunter College, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program.
Prior to starting her own law practice and nonprofit consulting firms, Julienne served as the Director of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of New York City, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Francine A. Schott in New Jersey Superior Court and completed a post-graduate legal fellowship at Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project where she provided immigration services to victims of crime.
Julienne is running for a seat on the Voorhees Board of Education because she believes a strong, evidence-based, comprehensive and inclusive public school education should be a fundamental right of every child and looks forward to bringing her experience, education and passion for advocacy to the Voorhees Board of Education.
KEEPING SCHOOLS SMART
The Keeping Schools Smart slate is running on a multifaceted platform:
Academic Excellence: Develop targeted programming to close gaps and improve performance - particularly in math and literacy.
World Language Instruction: Advocate for in-person world language education for every child in K-8.
Early Childhood Education: Fight for increased access to and investment in early childhood education in Voorhees, as well as reform of the current lottery system.
Greater STEM Focus: Invest in programming in science, technology, engineering, and math to ensure Voorhees learners are sufficiently trained and exposed to, as well as, ready for academic and professional opportunities.
Improve the CER program by offering CER Clubs: Develop teacher-led, cost-friendly, and exciting after school clubs for the Voorhees school district. Examples include: coding, kickball, crafting, chess, and more!
School Security Reform: Develop and implement new common sense processes, procedures, and capital investments to address existing holes in security to keep students, teachers, and staff safe.
Smoother Transition from Middle School to High School: Ensure all 8th graders are prepared for the rigors and demands of high school upon graduation.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Champion DEI across the district in areas such as technology access, technology use, health education, and the teaching of history.
Social and Emotional Learning: Audit and enhance SEL programming to mitigate the growing mental health crisis in children and adolescents and support overall well-being.
Skills Based Learning: Invest in skills training for Voorhees students around studying, organization, and time management to support academic success.