Amara Wagner has served the Park Ridge Board of Education since 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baruch College and a certification in Holistic Nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In 2006, Amara transitioned from corporate communications for Condé Nast Publications to found a private integrative health coaching practice. Amara has also served on the board of the West Ridge PTO and has volunteered as a “Big” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring program in New York City. Amara and her husband, John, have lived in Park Ridge since 2013 and are the proud parents of two children who attend Park Ridge Public schools.
Natalie Agoos was sworn in as a Board member in January 2021. Natalie and her family moved to Park Ridge in 2005. Her daughter, Violet, graduated Park Ridge High School in 2019. Her daughter Emma is a member of the PRHS class of 2022. Natalie has been a class mom and PRAA basketball coach many times over, and in 2011 she helped East Brook students launch their own school newspaper, The Owl Update. Even before graduating from Columbia University in New York City, Natalie began working as a journalist, first in the New York Bureau of the Baltimore Sun newspaper, then as a production assistant at MSG Network and eventually as a senior producer at ABC Sports and ESPN. International and domestic travel, exposure to different regions and cultures, gratitude for the Park Ridge community and the privilege of a great public school education are all factors that inform Natalie's dedication to serving the Park Ridge School District.
David Bradler has served on the Park Ridge Board of Education since 2019. He is an educator, having taught history for the past 20 years in Leonia. He holds a BA in History, an MA of Education in School Leadership, and an MA of Education in School Counseling. Mr. Bradler has lived happily in Park Ridge for over 15 years with his wife, Linda, and their three children. He has also enjoyed serving this community by coaching softball, basketball, and soccer.
Rachelle Browne was sworn in as a board member in January 2024. She is a Park Ridge High School graduate and continued her education at Rutgers, The State University of NJ, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice. She has been working in the field of child advocacy for over 20 years and is a staunch advocate for the underrepresented and the most vulnerable population of NJ. Mrs. Browne also volunteered as a volleyball coach for the local CYO Athletics. She and her husband, Dan, another graduate of Park Ridge High School, have two children attending school in the district.
Joe was elected to the Park Ridge Board of Education in November of 2022 and sworn in as a Trustee in January 2023. Joe and his wife Christine, a former Jersey City public school teacher, moved to Park Ridge in 2017. Together they have twin girls who currently attend Park Ridge schools. As a career Police Officer, he has been serving our communities his entire adult life. The son of retired public school teachers, he values our public education system. Joe received a BA from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an MA from Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services. In addition to his law enforcement career, Joe is a Business Development Manager for a national communications and media company that is solely focused on serving our nation's law enforcement officers. In his spare time, he is a volunteer with the Park Ridge Athletic Association.
Robert was elected to serve on the Park Ridge Board of Education in November 2023 and took office on January 3rd, 2024. He is a 2023 Park Ridge High School graduate who served in various capacities on the student council and mock trial team. His work experience includes serving as Field Director for Senator Holly Schepisi in 2021 and Deputy Historian of the Saddle River Museum from 2022 to 2023. He is currently at Vanderbilt University, where he is studying Law, Psychology, and German. As one of America's youngest elected officials, Robert particularly emphasizes youth participation in educational development and policymaking. He lives in town with his father, Robert Sr., and their dog, James.
John moved to Park Ridge in 2013 with his wife, Nichol. Shortly thereafter, they welcomed their son John followed by their daughter Gia. He and his family settled on the east side of Park Ridge, where their children attend East Brook Elementary School. John graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a bachelor’s degree in Police Science and began his career in law enforcement in 2004. John was elected to the Board of Education in 2019 and was sworn in as a trustee in January of 2020.