Meet The Candidates

Lindy Stork, Jenifer Garcia, and Matt Rivera are running for New Brunswick Board of Education on a platform to put our students first.

LINDA “LINDY” STORK

  • New Brunswick resident for 46 years, homeowner for 33 years
  • Bilingual Kindergarten teacher in New Brunswick for over 30 years, with certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary, Bilingual/Multicultural and ESL Education
  • Rutgers University Livingston College graduate with a degree in Urban Teacher Education
  • Master’s Degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Trenton State College
  • Volunteer program provider at the New Brunswick Free Public Library

Lindy has a wealth of experience with the public education system in New Brunswick, both as an educator and as a parent.  Both of her children attended Lincoln, their neighborhood school.  Her daughter then went on to graduate from the Health Science Technology High School, and her son from the Vocational Technical High School in Piscataway.  Since retirement, Lindy has worked and volunteered with various children’s programs at the public library, and joined the board of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library.  She has attended many school board meetings over the years, advocating for the students of New Brunswick, and looks forward to being part of a decision-making process that puts students first.

MATTHEW “MATT” RIVERA

  • New Brunswick resident since 2014
  • First generation child of Peruvian immigrants
  • Staff Sergeant, 108th Air National Guard Civil Engineering Squadron
  • Rutgers graduate with a degree in Information Technology and Informatics and minors in Psychology and Education
  • Currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Service Administration and Leadership from Thomas Edison State University

As the first-generation child of immigrant parents, Matthew knows firsthand the important role education plays in ensuring a child’s future success. He joined the New Jersey Air National Guard in 2014 to help make his educational dreams a reality, eventually attending and graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Information Technology & Minors in Psychology and Education. In the Air National Guard, Matt volunteered for a deployment in 2018 to Al-Udeid, Qatar, and also for a 2020 Stateside activation in response to COVID-19. In addition, Matthew has worked in education, government, and the non-profit sector, and currently works as a case manager at a homeless shelter. He is also the New Brunswick district captain with the local Our Revolution chapter. Matt looks forward to utilizing his diverse skillset in helping shape a better future for the students of New Brunswick and our community as a whole.

JENIFER GARCIA

  • Lifelong New Brunswick resident
  • New Brunswick High School Class of 2015 graduate
  • Middlesex County College graduate with a degree in Liberal Arts
  • Rutgers University graduate with a degree in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and a minor in Philosophy
  • Community Organizer who advocates for New Brunswick community

As a first generation college student, Jenifer saw the inequalities of education in black and brown communities. Working in higher education for several years, Jenifer advocated and helped students understand college admissions and how to attain federal student aid. Now Jenifer is a Community Organizer at a local worker center, where she works to empower black and brown communities and advocate for those who are disadvantaged when it comes to employment and housing opportunities. She started there as an intern and now leads campaigns pushing for a statewide domestic workers bill of rights and comprehensive sexual harassment legislation, setting up meetings with legislators and coordinating seminars for the community. As a member of the school board, Jenifer will advocate for New Brunswick’s families and make sure all students receive equal education.