Gould, Seehra, and Emigholz for Robbinsville Board of Education

Gould, Seehra, and Emigholz for Robbinsville Board of Education We are Barbara Gould, Fizza Seehra, and Christopher Emigholz. We are running for Robbinsville School Board of Education in November 2024. Resilience. Reliability.

Relationships.

It’s been nearly 13 years that my husband Amman and I have lived in Robbinsville, and I feel so fortunate to raise our c...
04/24/2024

It’s been nearly 13 years that my husband Amman and I have lived in Robbinsville, and I feel so fortunate to raise our children, Abhay (7th grade) and Maya (3rd grade), in a town that values family and community. My parents and I moved to the U.S. from India after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Our family home was burned to the ground during these riots and we realized we were no longer safe in our own country. I saw first-hand the resilience it took for my parents to start over somewhere new with so much uncertainty. Through their resilience, I learned the immeasurable impact education, hard work, and commitment to helping your family and those around you can have on future generations.

I grew up in the neighboring town of Lawrenceville and am a proud graduate of Lawrence High School. I attended Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for my undergraduate degree and La Salle University for my MBA. After graduating from Babson, I began my 20-year career at Johnson & Johnson. I have worked on financial budgets and strategic analysis, project management, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, and negotiating access for families to life-changing medicines. I am currently a Senior Manager in the Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy group at Johnson & Johnson where I lead efforts to understand the impact of state legislation and work with a team to educate policymakers on the impact legislation has on families.

While I have spent most of my career helping patients and families nationwide, I wanted to find a way to impact locally. In 2014, a few close friends and I founded the ONE Project, with a mission to unite community members to address social needs, such as hunger, through education and volunteerism. Of personal importance, ONE Project was founded with the intent to show the impact and build a legacy of giving back to the community. As a result, the success of ONE Project has been rooted in the Robbinsville community coming together to support those in need. Over the past nine years, thanks to our incredible community of volunteers, the ONE Project has hosted the annual NJ Hunger Project, bringing together 8,000 volunteers to package over 725,000 meals for low-income families in the area.

I was selected to serve as a Health Equity leader at Johnson & Johnson, responsible for identifying and advancing healthcare initiatives to close the health equity gap nationwide, ensuring patients from all races have equal access to healthcare. Additionally, I co-created and co-led a diversity, equity, and inclusion mentoring program supporting the advancement of high-potential, qualified African Americans. I currently serve as a Johnson & Johnson career coach for Trenton Central High School students in partnership with The College of New Jersey through the Bridge to Employment Program, which helps young people build solid futures by introducing them to a broad array of careers in the health sector.

You have my commitment that Barb, Chris, and I, working together with the other board members, will always focus on what is best for our children and community.

Next up, my slate mate, Chris Emigholz, will share his background and experiences.

04/22/2024
Robbinsville Little League has a special place in the hearts of our Robbinsville community, and it was a pleasure to par...
04/21/2024

Robbinsville Little League has a special place in the hearts of our Robbinsville community, and it was a pleasure to participate in yesterday’s Opening Day festivities seeing so many happy children and families come together.

Our BOE slate was happy to participate in the event, and Barbara Gould and Christopher Emigholz are excited to be little league coaches again this season.

I am a proud 20-year resident of the Robbinsville community. With my husband Brian, I decided to raise our three childre...
04/18/2024

I am a proud 20-year resident of the Robbinsville community. With my husband Brian, I decided to raise our three children, Sofia (1st grade), Olivia (incoming K), and Joseph (pre-school), here. As the daughter of an immigrant and single mother, I value the transformative power of education as an opportunity to uplift entire communities and individual lives. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Post Masters in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Last year, I received my Doctorate in Education from Rider University. I am passionate about educating children and believe all students must have access to the resources and support based on their needs to be successful learners. I am deeply committed to educational equity. Every student can thrive if given the opportunity and learning environment.

My over 20-year career in educational leadership has afforded me many opportunities to learn, grow, and mentor as a life-long learner and teacher. I take great pride in starting my teaching career as an elementary teacher for eight years in our Robbinsville school district. For over 13 years, I have been an educational leader in the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District as a middle school Assistant Principal, elementary school Principal, District Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness, and currently Chief Academic Officer. I have coached students, teachers, and administrators. I’ve presented numerous professional development workshops internally in WW-P and nationally for ASCD, AASA, and NJPSA. Most recently, I co-facilitated professional development on Strategic Planning and maximizing a district’s organizational structure to ensure that strategic plans are fully operational and thriving. I believe my educational experiences and strengths will benefit the Robbinsville Community as a member of the Board of Education.

Service is at the heart of who I am. I served in my church as a youth group leader in global missions and local community ministries for many years. I am currently a church governing board member. Further, I advocated for Robbinsville’s school funding needs through grassroots efforts by providing the community with timely, factual resources and information on supporting the public question via social media platforms. These efforts were aimed at ensuring that Robbinsville School District was adequately funded in order to maintain programs and staff. I also volunteer as an assistant coach with Robbinsville’s Little League and Robbinsville Rampage on my daughter’s softball teams.

I am very excited to be running for Robbinsville Board of Education with a strong slate of colleagues ready to serve our community and continue positive change and momentum.

Next up, my slate mate, Fizza Seehra, will share her background and experiences.

We, Barbara Gould, Fizza Seehra, and Christopher Emigholz, are excited to announce our intention to file as a slate for ...
04/10/2024

We, Barbara Gould, Fizza Seehra, and Christopher Emigholz, are excited to announce our intention to file as a slate for the Robbinsville Board of Education in the November 2024 election.

As three actively engaged community members and parents with educational and government affairs expertise, we believe in the resilience of Robbinsville’s school community to overcome and excel, specifically when we work together in partnership. As we continue to reinvigorate our district, it will be crucial to reflect on our strengths and opportunities for improvement, strategically plan for the future, and consider long-term budgetary implications to bring back student programs, extra-curricular experiences, and services at the core of Robbinsville's educational excellence.

We are committed to fostering a culture of collaboration among the Board, administration, parents, guardians, staff, community members, and local elected officials. We know we can achieve meaningful and lasting progress by working hand in hand. We are dedicated to the future of our children, families, and town. With your support, Robbinsville's schools will thrive by making decisions that focus on our students as individuals with unique needs.

Topics Important To Us:
RESILIENCE: recovering from the school budget crisis, restoring student programs and services, and rebounding from learning loss due to the pandemic. We must support a new superintendent who successfully partners with BOE members and administration to stabilize our school district’s budget, educational programs, and services without financially overburdening our residents.

RELIABILITY: building trust through effective communication, decisions, and actions that the school budget will prioritize students, classroom programs, and services. Parents and taxpayers must be confident that prudent decisions are being made in their best interests.

RELATIONSHIPS: fostering solid relationships among administration leadership, staff, community, and state representatives is crucial in creating an atmosphere of trust and respect. All stakeholders must know the latest state curriculum mandates and school funding legislation. School board members must listen to all perspectives and work together to ensure a conducive learning environment and a well-run school district.

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Feel free to contact us directly via our email address: [email protected].

Gould, Seehra, and Emigholz for Robbinsville Board of Education
Resilience. Reliability. Relationships.

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