Janine Liegi
Memorial Award Nominations

The Foundation for MERS is now accepting nominations for the Janine Liegi Memorial Award. This award was created to honor the legacy of Janine Liegi. Janine was a dedicated, compassionate and kind individual who provided exemplary service to the Foundation for MERS, the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, and the community.  

The Janine Liegi Memorial Award recognizes an outstanding individual each year for his/her service. The recipent of this award exemplifies dedication to the district and personal sacrifice. The honoree is committed to the community and they are a model of integrity.  The actions of this person demonstrate the belief that all students can and will succeed. The recipient is awarded this honor at the Evening of Appreciation. 

Please complete and submit this nomination form no later than Monday, April 26, 2021.


Christine Parisi was the 2020 recipient of “The Janine Liegi Memorial Award”.


Christine tirelessly volunteers to enhance our K-8 school district and our community. She serves on The Board of Education and holds an Ex-Officio position on The Foundation for MERS. Christine has always put the needs of others first. She donated her time and was a former officer in the Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad. Christine is currently

a dedicated EMT for the Howell Police which further exemplifies her level of commitment and selflessness during these challenging times.

Christine is a talented educator who has had an impact in countless children’s lives. Currently, she teaches Social Studies and Music in a public high school. Mrs. Parisi is an advocate for students with Special Needs and constantly shares her research and knowledge of trends in Special Education with our Board and the Board of Ed.

Christine has been a Manalapan resident for the past twelve years. This dedicated wife and mom is proud of her three sons, two whom went through our system and one who continues to thrive from the benefits of attending The Manalapan-Englishtown Schools.

Due to COVID-19 restriction a virtual ceremony was held. Maria Mallamaci, Vice-President presented Chriistine the Award at her home on July 28, 2020.


November 8, 2019

Pat Berger Honored at The Mayor's Charity Ball




The Foundation for Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools is proud to announce the addition of a new trustee.


Ricardo G. Rivers

Ricardo is a dedicated financial professional with over 20 years business experience. He currently is an Associate Vice President – Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors. Ricardo is also Treasurer of the Manalapan Business Association, a former Trustee of Franklin & Marshall College and a Past President of the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Board of Directors. Ricardo is enthusiastic about being able to support The Foundation for MERS.  He is married with twin daughters who will be entering the MERS school district in the coming years.

“We are excited to announce the addition of our new trustee, Ricardo G. Rivers” said Pat Berger, president of The Foundation for MERS. “Ricardo is incredibly active in the business communities, and will be a tremendous asset to The Foundation for MERS.”

The Foundation for MERS was honored and privileged to be acknowledged by the town and Mayor Cohen at Manalapan’s Township meeting on June 14, 2017. Mayor Cohen expressed her gratitude to the trustees for the contributions they have made to our K-8 schools and students.