Caren Freyer DeSouza Moves from HCSTF Advisory Council to Trustee

March 12, 2014 (North Bergen, NJ) – Caren Freyer DeSouza, whose work in the fields of education and public utilities in Hudson County and surrounding areas, has been named to the Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation’s Board of Trustees, announced Linda J. Quentzel, Executive Director of the Foundation.

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Ms. DeSouza’s appointment reflects her career of accomplishments at the intersection of industry and education. Currently the Regional Public Affairs Manager of Hudson and South East Bergen Counties for utilities giant PSEG, DeSouza also serves on the Board of Overseers at NJIT, where she is the liaison to the Board of Trustees University Master Plan.

Mr. Spierenburg holds a baccalaureate degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University, where he also minored in User Interface design. Rob also served eight years as a communications specialist in the United States Army. To keep his skills current and stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of user interface design, Mr. Spierenburg attends all of the major industry trade shows.

“I am humbled at the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees,” says DeSouza, “For the sake of the greater Hudson County community, I’m eager to assist the students and faculty at HCST develop STEM and other cutting edge programs that will promote an already excellent education program to a world class level.”

Ms. DeSouza has also served—on behalf of Newark Mayor Corey Booker—as the Chair of the Youth Investment Council throughout the construction of two of Newark’s most successful and nationally recognized schools, Science Park and Central High School. She is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Committee as well as the Hudson County Workforce Investment Board.

“Caren’s background in public service—particularly her service work with education and her professional work in utilities—makes her an ideal candidate to help the Foundation advance its’ mission,” says HCSTF Executive Director Linda J. Quentzel.

An academic herself, Ms. DeSouza earned a dual degree in Political Science and Political Administration from Kean University in Union, NJ, where she graduated Cum Laude. She is the proud mother of three college-educated children.

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