Our Team

Running under the banner Real Results, a new slate of candidates for the Hoboken school board launched its campaign for the April 20 election. The slate is led by long-time Hoboken activist Elizabeth Markevitch and includes Perry Lin, Kathleen Tucker and John Forsman. Markevitch, Lin and Tucker are running for three-year terms and Forsman is running for a one-year term. 

Markevitch, Lin, Tucker and Forsman all would bring a wealth of business and management experience to a board that's now woefully short of real-world knowhow. Hiring executives, negotiating multi-million-dollar contracts, and supervising top management are what a school board does, and the current board has virtually no one with the skills for these crucial tasks.

All four candidates supported the Kids First slate that last year won control of the board. But as the year wore on, Markevitch, Lin, Tucker and Forsman lost confidence in Kids First as some members lost interest in keeping their campaign promises.  The candidates look forward to a spirited debate on the issues and distinguishing themselves as the true reformers who can bring real results.



Candidate Profiles

 

Kathleen Tucker has been a Hoboken resident since 2004; she and her husband purchased their home here in 2007. She works as a designer for a marketing and media agency in New York, where she focuses on how customers interact with health-care-industry websites. Kathleen grew up in Chester and still regards her high school history teacher as an important role model. A graduate of the University of Scranton, she studied for a year in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall and later worked for a company that arranged exchanges with overseas students. She's long had a keen interest in how students learn and what they learn. "I got an excellent education in New Jersey public schools and that's an opportunity every child deserves," she says. "There's so much more we can do to make sure every child here gets that opportunity."

Perry Lin moved to Hoboken in 2004 and purchased his home here in 2005. He's a product of the Millburn public schools and earned a management degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Perry works as the Northeast regional manager of a publicly traded medical-device company and has 10 years in sales and management jobs in health care and technology. His experience with large budgets, hiring procedures and good business practices will be invaluable to the school board. Perry is a first-generation American and is fluent in Chinese. His goal is to provide the same opportunities for every Hoboken student that his parents gave him. "I wanted Kids First to work out last year but they really disappointed me," he says. "They not only avoided the hard decisions, they avoided many of the easy ones. This ticket will show much more backbone."

 

Elizabeth Markevitch has lived in Hoboken for 20 years and has attended school-board meetings since 1995. Her daughter attends Elysian Charter School and will go to Hoboken High in September. Liz comes from a family steeped in education--her mother is a retired teacher and her sister is a teacher. She's also a former director of the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken. A native of Danville, Pa., and a graduate of Bucknell University, Liz is the founder and president of a firm that recruits staff to fill technical jobs and provides career guidance, and has 18 years of business-management experience. "My mission is matching the right people to the right position, something that the school board has often not been good at," she says.

 

John Forsman has called Hoboken home for five years. He and his wife became homeowners three years ago and plan to raise their family here. John belongs to St. Francis R.C. Church and the Hoboken Rotary Club, and will soon begin serving as club secretary. He's helped organize the Rotary's Spelling Bee for Hoboken fourth-graders and he's also been a Big Brother. A native of Monmouth County and a graduate of St. Joseph's University, John has worked in health-care administration and now works for a major financial institution as a financial advisor and health-care specialist. He aims to apply this background to the schools' ballooning medical costs. "Our insurance costs are jumping 16-22% in the new budget," he points out. "We're spending $6.6 million on insurance premiums for probably only 500 full-time employees. With some smart adjustments, we could cut that substantially and still provide virtually the same care."