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From the Candidates: Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik for Holmdel BOE

The following was written by Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik.

Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik. (Photo courtesy of Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik).
Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik. (Photo courtesy of Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik).

The following was written by Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik:


For the past six years and three years respectively, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Holmdel community as members of the Board of Education.  This year, we were humbled to be elected Board President and Board Vice President.  We take very seriously that our community has entrusted us with two of its most valuable resources:  its children and its money.  It is in this light that we respectfully present our credentials again to the Holmdel community and seek another term.

Ana Vander Woude

Ana came to Holmdel in November 2004 by a rather circuitous route that included Puerto Rico, Keyport, Iowa, California, Japan and Hoboken.  She and her husband, Dale, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year.  She is the mother of two children in the Holmdel schools (Derek is an 8th grader at Satz, and Anastasia is a 4th grader at Indian Hill).  Her family serves as her greatest source of inspiration. 

Prior to moving to Holmdel, Ana worked as a faculty member and editor-in-chief for UNAFEI, a United Nations criminal justice institute, in Tokyo, Japan.  She made the decision to become a stay-at-home parent in order to better care for her daughter who has Down syndrome.

Ana strongly believes in giving back to the Holmdel community, which she feels has given so much to her.  Thus, in addition to her Board duties, she has served as president of ARISE, which supports families of children with special needs in our schools, and is an active parent in the schools.   Additionally, she presently serves as a lector at St. Catharine’s Church.

Dennis Pavlik

Dennis, formerly of Bergen County, NJ, has been a Holmdel resident for the past 14 years. He and his wife, Dawn, have been married for 14 years. He is the father of two children:  Nicolette who is eleven years of age and currently attending Indian Hill School and Jadeyn who is seven years old and attends Village School. Dennis is actively involved in the Holmdel community, including coaching an HYAA girls softball team for the last four years. He is a parishioner of St.Catharine's Church in Holmdel.

Dennis has been a police officer in Bergen County for the last 13 years, and was promoted to Police Sergeant two years ago. His areas of specialty include Crime Prevention, Community Policing, National Night Out Against Crime, Active Shooter Training, and School Security and School Lockdown.  Dennis is also currently on the Police Department Negotiations Committee.  Additionally he is a certified DARE Officer and instructor and certified in Autism Recognition and Response. His responsibilities include visiting schools to give seminars on safety awareness to students, teachers and administrators. He has lectured to thousands of students--from kindergarten to 12th grade--on Safety; Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying; and Drugs and Alcohol.

Shared Philosophy and Vision

We decided to run together because of our shared philosophical beliefs and vision for our school district:

  • Promoting student achievement for children of all abilities.
  • Strong vigilance of safety issues in all schools and school bus transportation.
  • Importance of parent and community involvement.  We are open to all input and suggestions when it comes to any issue that will help the Holmdel School System and, in particular, our students achieve.
    Serving as a resource to our community:  by helping individual families with specific issues; sharing school-related information with the community; or collaborating with our local government to work together as one community.
  • We believe that our school district must strive to maintain the high caliber educational experience that our students deserve without forgetting the severe economic hardship afflicting our community.  We understand and value the importance of supporting and maintaining our schools for the present and for our future. 

Upon reelection, we will continue to work to earn your trust by actively advocating for our children and our community, while remaining cognizant of these tough economic times.  

In short, our children and taxpayers are #1.


Respectfully submitted,

Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik

Vincenzo November 04, 2013 at 02:04 PM
It is an honor to know both Dennis and Ana. When talking to either one of them, it is always an inspiration to hear how much they care about the welfare of our children. I believe both of them have the background and the passion that is needed in order for them to make the correct decisions concerning our children. Holmdel is a much better place with them on the Board of Education!
Thomas Scarano November 04, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Both of these candidates are a great asset for Holmdel. They are dedicated public servants who work tirelessly for the children of Holmdel.
Justine Coleman November 04, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I completely support both of these candidates and encourage anyone who cares deeply about the education of our children to do the same. Holmdel is lucky to have two passionate, dedicated, hard working and honest people like Dennis and Anna watching out for our children's education.
Big Mike B. November 04, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Big mike would like to personally thank Ms. Vander Woude and Mr. Pavlik for all they do for our Kid's and us parents. If you want the best to look out for your children, you don't need to be told who to vote for tomorrow. Go Ana & Dennis!
Debbie Brew November 04, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Ana & Dennis have very important & valued positions on our BOE. I am always so impressed that even with their busy schedules, they take time to volunteer in our schools. I see them everywhere, whether it's taping artwork to walls, helping sort & deliver our Market Day fundraising orders or reporting updates as our parent group BOE representatives.... They are there, they are helping as parents & we are all very very lucky to have them here in our district looking out for our children. Thank you Ana & Dennis! Keep up the great work!
Lynn Saporito November 05, 2013 at 07:21 AM
I have had the privilege of knowing Ana and Dennis for 5 years and I can tell you that they always have the best interests of the students and taxpayers at heart. Not only do they put in countless hours on the Board of Education, but they are both actively involved in the Parent Associations within the schools. Board Members have a responsibility to provide the children of Holmdel with an excellent education at a reasonable cost to the taxpayers. Ana and Dennis understand that, and have the experience and drive to make it happen. I encourage you to support them in today's election.
Paula Blalock November 05, 2013 at 11:02 AM
We have been blessed to know Ana and Dennis for years. Ana's devotion to her children is inspiring. Equally inspirational is her devotion to all of our children. Dennis is also awe inspiring. He always has time to help you resolve even the smallest problem. His extensive knowledge of all aspects of this school district is truly a sign of his devotion to his position. We truly believe that having children currently in the Holmdel schools allows their decisions to come from the place that is best for all of our children. Holmdel is truly fortunate to have Ana and Dennis willing to serve on our Board of Education. Please come out and vote for Ana and Dennis! David and Paula Blalock
Gayle Casas November 05, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Ana and Dennis are wonderful, caring human beings, as well as wonderful, caring Board of Education members (as President and Vice President). They devote much of their personal time to make our children's school experience the best it can be. I hold both of them in the highest regard. I proudly cast my votes for them today.

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