BIOGRAPHY OF THE HONORABLE COUNCILMAN
JOSEPH MAKHANDAL CHAMPAGNE, JR.
Joseph Makhandal Champagne is Mayor of the Borough of South Toms River, New Jersey. He was elected on November 2, 2010. On November 2, 2008, Mayor Champagne won the Council seat in a landslide. Mayor Champagne is committed and passionate about serving his constituency and community. He is married with two beautiful daughters.
Mayor Champagne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration on pre-medicine from Columbia University (where he received a full academic scholarship). Upon graduation, Mr. Champagne returned to Brooklyn to teach Environmental and Earth Science along with Mathematics at his former High School. A year later, he attended Georgetown University, Law Center’s Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-law Institute program, where he won the Best Respondent Advocate award of class of 1999. Mayor Champagne earned his Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School (VLS). While at VLS, asides from being on Deans’ List, he founded The Vermont Law Student Leadership Collective for Human Rights, a campus wide student group that identifies and promotes leadership talents. As an exchange student, Mayor Champagne also studied European Union Law in Italy at the University of Trenton, School of Law.
Upon graduation, Mayor Champagne served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Wendell E. Daniels, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County. Mayor Champagne practices in New Jersey and focuses primarily on immigration, estate planning, criminal and civil litigations. Mr. Champagne is a member of the Ocean County Bar Association and New Jersey Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the New Jersey Supreme Court, the United States District Court, the Third and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States of America.
He serves on several advisory committees including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Day, and Monmouth County Judiciary Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns. He is a board member of Ocean Community Economic Action Now, (O.C.E.A.N., Inc.), a community agency that provides comprehensive services to improve the quality of life of individuals and assist them in moving toward self-sufficiency. Mayor Champagne is the General Counsel of The Global Syndicate. He is a member of Haitian-American Leadership Council. Mayor Champagne is the Chairman of the National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network (as known as NHAEON). In the past, while residing in Washington, D.C., he served as an assistant to the Public Policy Counsel and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Dr. Theresa Nona
Lorena Turner is a social scientist with a camera.
She tells stories related to identity and self-perception, ethno-political conflict, and consumer culture.
Her projects incorporate photography, interviews and video, as well as emphasize graphic design. Her works is shown both nationally and internationally. Lorena received an MFA from the University of Oregon, and teaches photojournalism and documentary studies in the Communication department at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. She is based in Los Angeles and New York City.
Kerry Docherty graduated from Yale University with a B.A. degree in psychology, received her J.D. from Pepperdine Law School, and obtained a certificate in trauma studies from the International Trauma Studies Program in New York City. She is admitted to the New York State Bar and clerked for two years for a federal judge. She has completed human rights fact-finding missions in Uganda, Rwanda, Northern Nigeria, Thailand, the Thai-Burma border, Armenia, and Nagorno-Karabakh. Her passion lies in exploring how innovative forums of justice can promote healing and how psychosocial interventions can facilitate resilience after trauma.
is Marketing Manager at Amrita Singh Jewelry and Accessories, where she leads all digital marketing, and website development initiatives, and public relations. She is formerly a fashion stylist for Google, conducting research and work on its fashion e-commerce website. She has also filled a number of research posts for Cornell University, where she studied as an undergraduate. Kirby was awarded a BS in Development Sociology from Cornell University, and following graduation was based in South Africa as a US-Fulbright Hays Scholar in 2008, whether she undertook an intensive Zulu language program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. I hope all is well with you, and that you are keeping warm in the current cold front I am reading about in NYC!
Ambassador of Peace
United Nations Mentor
President, MG Associates, Inc
Three decades plus of working at the United Nations, UNICEF, have exposed Ms Glasgow to different cultures, climes, communities and helped her get a better understanding of the intricacies and dimensions inherent in valuing, building and sustaining relationships, especially among the communities with whom she interacted. Her responsibilities were to provide drinking water, clean hygiene and sanitation facilities to communities in various countries.
Her training in public health ( health education, health behavior, health promotion), coupled with an understand of local cultural practices and indigenous knowledge, facilitated the introduction of new health behaviors to various communities in Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean, simultaneously helping her appreciate what existed and apply and create different methods and techniques to influence behaviors.
Observing and listening are two of the most important skills she acquired/learned, skills which influence her mindset and relations today. These two skill sets have led her to produce podcasts on the Fakers’ Corner, United Nations Yak, in which Ms Glasgow interviews people involved in socio-economic and humanitarian development and who are committed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.
As idea generator, and using the reservoir of knowledge and experience gained over the years, she supports profit and not-for-profit companies and individuals in strategy, international outreach and liaison, helping them understands and appreciates the importance of culture in achieving and building sustainable business relationships. An avid learner of languages, Ms Glasgow has added the challenge of Arabic to the languages she is comfortable with – French, Spanish, Creole…She is in the process of building out a global hello platform on Hello To You World
Ms Glasgow received an award of Ambassador of Peace in 2009 and of United Nations Mentor in 2010
Muriel Glasgow, MPH
President, Idea Generator, MG Associates, Inc;
Personal Management Coach; Producer, United Nations Yak