School Choice Advisory Council

Professor Robert George, Princeton

Professor George holds Princeton University's celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. 

Bob Bowdon, Choice Media

Bob is a widely-respected national School Choice Advocate and CEO of Choice Media, based in New Jersey. 

Board of Trustees

Peter Denton, Founder

Pete Denton has spent over 30 years in the optical thin film, vacuum deposition and chemical optical coating field. His experience has included developing new technology, managing Denton Vacuum, Inc. (DVI), initiating new business start-ups and active industry trade associations. Pete graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

In 1998, Pete resigned as CEO of Denton Vacuum to allow him to devote most of his time to a major interest of his: reform of the public education system. In 1999, Pete established Excellent Education for Everyone, to reform urban public schools in New Jersey through parental school choice.

Richard Alan “Dick” Zimmer, Trustee

Dick Zimmer represented New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

He is the author of the federal Megan’s Law, which requires parents to be notified when a convicted sex offender moves into their neighborhood. His legislation on environmental risk assessment was incorporated into amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act.

In 1996 and 2008, Zimmer was nominated by the New Jersey Republican Party to be its candidate for the U.S. Senate. He was chairman of NJ Governor Chris Christie’s Privatization Task Force. In 2015, he was appointed to be a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.

Prior to his election to Congress, Dick Zimmer was a member of the New Jersey State Assembly, where he was chairman of the State Government Committee, and the State Senate, where he served on the Revenue, Finance and Appropriations Committee.  He sponsored New Jersey’s original farmland preservation law and the legislation creating the state’s radon detection and remediation program. Dick earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.  He received a B.A. degree, with high honors in political science, from Yale University.

He practiced law with Cravath, Swaine &; Moore; the general counsel’s office of Johnson & Johnson; Dechert; and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is currently CEO of Zimmer Strategies, Inc., a public policy consulting firm. Zimmer taught graduate students at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School as a Lecturer in Public and International Affairs.

Steve Looney, Trustee and Treasurer

Steve Looney is Managing Director of Peale Davies & Co. Inc., a management consulting firm, and is a CPA and an attorney. Mr. Looney serves as a consultant and director of healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and technology companies.

Mr. Looney graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.A. degree in Accounting and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law where he was a member of the law review. He is a native of Shelton, Washington, the son of a public school teacher, a long-time resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey and a strong advocate for improvement of our State’s public and private education systems.

Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla

Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla is the president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ), the only state organization representing and advocating for the interests and rights of Latinos in New Jersey. She presides The Institute for Latino Studies, Research & Development, a research and leadership development institution, that implements projects and initiatives to promote the educational and socio-economic advancement of Latinos in the state.

Dr. Montilla seeks the development of Latino Leadership, and the definition of the role Latinos play in the US society. She does work in this area through radio and television programs, publications, public forums, conferences and workshops.

Professionally, she has an established career in management with the New Jersey Judiciary, possessing strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. She has extensive experience in training and teaching, and is an accomplished communicator.

She has authored numerous teaching manuals in behavioral sciences. Her book, Latina y Evangélica in the United States, an analysis of the religious and cultural factors that converge in gender oppression, is a text book at The Christian University de New Jersey, New Covenant University in Florida, and Latin University of Theology en Bridgeport, Connecticut. She has co-authored two books and accompanying documentaries: Los Panfleteros de Santiago (Santiago’s Pamphleteers), and Dominicans in New Jersey: A Decade of Accomplishments.

Her es­tablished record of community outreach, organizing and activism spans 30 years, and has earned her accolades and service awards from organizations, agencies and elected officials.

Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Administrative Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ; a Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Christian Counseling from Universidad Nuevo Pacto Internacional, Florida, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ. 

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