New Jersey Marine
Education Association

NJMEA Officers 2020-2022

PRESIDENT Diana Burich

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Diana is the Acting Director of Education, K-12 Program Coordinator and Sea Grant Program Associate at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) where she oversees operation of NJSGC's Education Department and its efforts to further ocean, climate and environmental literacy throughout the State of NJ.  She directs K-12 education programs administered by over 40 field instructors to more than 19,000 students annually.   In addition, she facilitates in-school, hands-on marine and coastal science and ecology programs through NJSGC’s “Oceans to Go!” series, and develops and administers professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators statewide.  Diana's most recent focus has been to enhance student outcomes in STEM education by incorporating marine and coastal sciences into cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based learning experiences, most recently by developing a program for the Hudson County Schools of Technology that incorporates underwater exploration activities, which combine oceanography, experimental design and engineering principles, into their STEM education efforts.  She has more than 18 years of experience in teaching students at various grade levels, particularly middle school science, and in a variety of educational settings including parochial and public schools.  As Sea Grant Program Associate, Diana also coordinates and manages special projects such as NJSGC’s biennial research competition and various grant-funded collaborations.  Diana received her B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University, and M.S. (ABT) in Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management from East Stroudsburg University, and believes that we should never lose our childhood sense of curiosity.

President Elect - Jennifer Lengares

Jenkinsons Aquarium

SECRETARYKimberlee Krzyzanowski
Redbank Catholic

Picture TREASURER – Joe Rozak
Germantown Academy (retired)

Joe Rozak earned a B.S. in Chemistry, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY and an M.S. in Teaching (chemistry and physical sciences), Colgate University. He introduced Marine Science/Biology courses in prestigious schools throughout the country (1975, 1980). He studied coral reefs in Fiji and the Bahamas with Earthwatch and led Marine Ecology Exchange programs to USSR/Russia through "People to People" (summers 1990 - 1992). Joe studied GIS and GPS technology applied to coastal issues with MATES in Monterey, California (June 2005). Joe has also been leading SCUBA trips to the Carribean with Germantown Academy since 1986. Before retiring from 45 years of teaching, he headed the Science Department at Germantown Academy where he taught Chemistry 1 Honors, AP Chemistry, Marine Biology, and Physics.

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