BOE Members

Mr. Carpentier     
Vincent Carpentier

Term Expires: 2027

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Vince has resided in Branchburg since 2000, and he and his wife have a son at Whiton Elementary School.  He is a graduate of BCMS, Somerville High School, and has a BA Degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University.  Vince is also a volunteer on Branchburg’s Parks and Recreation and Youth Services Committees.  He has a passion for being active in the community and giving back to the town that he holds so dearly.

Professionally, Vince has over ten years of work experience in the telecommunications sector.  He currently works as a software developer where he designs dashboards and tooling, and implements automation.  In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing sports, running, his dog, and playing video games.

As a member of the Board of Education, Vince is looking forward to working with the existing board to maintain the great standard of education Branchburg has grown accustomed to.

 Ms. Joyce

Terri Joyce

Term Expires: 2025
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Terri has been a resident of Branchburg for over 23 years. During that time, her children both attended all three Branchburg schools and Somerville High School. Terri has worked as a parent volunteer in all four schools starting with the Whiton Family School Council in 2008, the PTO in each Branchburg school and the Somerville High School Music Boosters Association. Terri is also on the board of directors for a local non-profit organization.

Terri was appointed to the Branchburg Board of Education in 2011 and has been serving continuously as an elected member of the board since 2012. She has been a member of each board committee and board vice-president and has served as board president.

Terri is a former IT and communications professional with a passion for learning and giving back to her community.

Ms. Desai

Puja Desai

Term Expires: 2026

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Bio coming soon.

Ms. Fabriczi

Kristen Fabriczi

Term Expires: 2025
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Kristen has been a Branchburg resident since 1985 and has three children who attended Branchburg Schools with two currently attending Somerville High School. She is an alumna of Stony Brook School, Branchburg Central Middle School and Somerville High School herself! She currently works locally as a school-based speech therapist and for a private practice in Princeton.

Kristen joined the board as a way of giving back to the district that provided her with an excellent, quality education. She wants to help the district continue to strive for excellence and move continually forward.

Kristen has been serving on the Board of Education since 2016 and as the Branchburg representative on the Somerville Board of Education since 2018.      

Mr. Hallenbeck 
Kenneth Hallenbeck

Term Expires 2025

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Ken, his wife Ashley and his first born moved to Branchburg in 2018. Since then, he and his wife have had the pleasure of welcoming two additional children into their family; the oldest of his three children is currently a kindergartener at Whiton Elementary School.

He has a Masters in Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (“IUP”) and has spent the majority of his career managing construction for various large corporate clients. Over the past several years he has specialized as an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) infrastructure expert. He is currently hired to assist a large multinational utility company in their effort to convert their fleet vehicles from ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles to EV (Electric Vehicle).

As a parent of three young children who will all be attending Branchburg schools, Ken is personally invested in the long-term success of our educational system. Ken was appointed to the Branchburg Board of Education in April 2024 and looks forward to many years of serving the community in this role.

Mr. Maider

Robert Maider

Term Expires: 2027

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Bobby has been a resident of Branchburg for 6 years with his wife, Alison, and two children.  He currently has a son at Whiton Elementary and a daughter at Stony Brook.  Bobby volunteers in town as both a soccer and baseball coach.

Bobby graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Communications and attained his J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law.  Bobby works as an attorney at his law firm in Nutley, New Jersey, where he is an active litigator and trial attorney.  He enjoys advocating for all of his clients.

Bobby was elected to the Branchburg Board of Education in 2020 and looks forward to helping our school district continue to excel.


Carmela Noto

Term Expires: 2025

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Carmela Noto is lifelong resident of Branchburg.  She has raised three children who have attended Branchburg schools and Somerville High School.  Carmela has previously served on the Board of Education from 2011 - 2017, acting as the Branchburg representative for Somerville High School from 2015-2017.  She is committed to serving the community as a thoughtful and diligent Board Member.

Carmela is an insurance professional, working exclusively for regional insurance carriers throughout her career. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ms. Shah

Bindu Shah

Term Expires: 2026

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Bindu has been a resident of Branchburg since 2008. She and her husband are raising 3 boys in Branchburg, with the eldest in Somerville High School and their younger two sons within the Branchburg School District.

Bindu is originally from Massachusetts, earning her Bachelor's in Biology at Brandeis University and a Masters in Medical Sciences at Boston University.  After moving to New Jersey, she completed her MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University School of Business. Professionally Bindu is a senior executive at a global consumer packaged goods company.

Bindu and her family have a passion for giving back to underserved communities through volunteering, service, and financial support. Her husband Rishi has been an active volunteer in our beloved in-town recreational sports, helping to coach baseball, basketball and soccer over the past 9 years. Bindu looks forward to supporting the Branchburg community through the Board of Education, enabling our children, teachers and staff to thrive academically and be their personal best.

Mr. Tuma

Charles Tuma

Term Expires: 2027

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Charlie has been a resident of Branchburg for over 10 years and resides with his wife Mariane and 2 children.  His son is currently a PhD candidate at NJIT and his daughter is a member of the class of 2024 at Somerville High School.   Charlie holds a BS in Finance and an MS in Management Information Systems.  He is currently a finance director for a FinTech company and has extensive experience in both the financial services and insurance industries. Charlie is also a current member of the Branchburg Township Parks, Recreation & Youth Services Committee and previously served on the Board of Education from 2018 to 2020.  He sees great opportunities for synergies with his work on the Board and the recreation committees to serve the youths of our community and to provide them with top notch educational and recreational experiences.

In his free time, Charlie enjoys sports, volunteering in the community and generally being outdoors. He is a strong advocate for parental rights and fiscal discipline.

Charlie thanks the residents of Branchburg for the trust they have placed in him and looks forward to working with board members and district leadership to provide the best education possible for our children.                       

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