Susan Poage has long been an advocate for families and children in town. As a teacher at Mary Kay McMillan School, she has been awarded both Teacher of the Year and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. As a Councilwoman, Susan created the Grants Committee, which has successfully secured dollars that have enhanced the liveability of our community and received a Municipal Innovation Award. As a member of the Planning Board and Master Plan sub-committee she has sought input and direction from residents on how the future of Berkeley Heights will look for the next 10 years and beyond. Susan and her husband, Russell, have lived in Berkeley Heights for over two decades raising their two children, Alex and Madeline, here in town.
As a finance professional at one of the country’s largest companies and a small business owner, Bret has spent the majority of his career working in either accounting or compliance. He brings 20 years of professional experience managing and balancing budgets, making tough decisions as the leader of a company and navigating complex regulatory environments. Bret has dedicated countless hours enriching the lives of children in the Berkeley Heights Community by volunteering in youth sports leagues, including softball, baseball and basketball. Affectionately known as “Coach Bret,” he brings a positive attitude to his players while helping them develop an appreciation for their fellow teammates and the importance of teamwork. Bret and his wife, Carolyn, a riding member of the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, moved to Berkeley Heights nearly a decade ago when their daughter, Aly, was less than two months old. Three years later, they welcomed their son, Josh, into their family and went on to become active members in local organizations.