New Jersey Association of School Psychologists Recognizes New and Continuing Executive Board Members
President Elect: John Lestino
John C. Lestino, MA, LPC, has been a practicing school psychologist for over 25 years. He serves as a School Psychologist in Edgewater Park Public Schools. John is a two-time Past President for NJASP and has been honored as the NASP and NJASP school psychologist of the year. John is also the recipient of Rowan University’s award for Mental-Health and Service to Children and has received statewide and national recognition from NASP and NJASP in the areas of school-based mental health practices, violence prevention, advocacy and leadership, statewide programming in practicing PBIS in schools, and prevention and reduction programs and violence. John has testified on IDEA reauthorization at the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C and has also worked with the New Jersey Department of Education and NJASP in the development of a MTSS/NJTSS model for a continuum of support. John is currently an adjunct professor at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been supervising school psychology interns for over 20 years. He has served as a Past-Delegate for NASP and NJASP and currently chairs the NJASP Continuing Professional Development Committee.
Recording Secretary: Krystal Norman
Krystal Norman is currently serving as the Recording Secretary of the NJASP Executive Board. She is a nationally certified school psychologist with hands-on experience working with children at the preschool to high school levels. She works as a school psychologist in Asbury Park, NJ and is also an adjunct professor at Georgian Court University. She serves on a variety of committees at her school district including the Crisis Response Team, Wellness Team, I&RS Team, and PBSIS committee. She has strong organizational skills and is a candidate who takes initiative.
Northern Delegate: Edith Lima
Edith currently serves as a Northern Delegate for the NJASP Executive Board. Edith received her Ed S degree in school psychology at New Mexico State University. She was a CST member for 7 years at elementary and middle schools in the New Brunswick Public Schools. She is currently in her 4th year on the Out-of-District Child Study Team in the Jersey City Public Schools. Edith serves on the South Bound Brook Board of Education.
Central Delegate: Dr. Karen Gischlar
Dr. Karen Gischlar is presently an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program at Rider University, where she was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018. She has served as the Program Director at Rider as well as at Montclair State College School Psychology Program. Dr. Gischlar earned her Ed.S. in School Psychology at Rider University. Dr. Gischlar served as a school psychologist at East Windsor Regional School District from September 2002 to June 2005. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University in 2009. Dr. Gischlar has focused her efforts on supporting children with disabilities and their families through various grants and fellowships. Dr. Gischlar’s work has been recognized in over 40 publications.
Southern Delegate: Brianna Fonte
Brianna Fonte currently works and resides within the southern region and has spent her personal grade school experience as a resident of Atlantic County. Prior to attending graduate school, Brianna worked as a community/social service case manager in Burlington County. During graduate school, she received practicum and internship training in various communities throughout the region including Camden, Cherry Hill and Egg Harbor Township. Brianna highly values the importance of staying connected within our professional organization and have maintained as much involvement as possible over the past five years. In 2015, she held the chair position for NJASP’s Graduate and Undergraduate Student Organization. Also, in July of 2015, Brianna attended NASP’s Public Policy Institute as a student member of NJASP. Following graduation from her training program, Brianna was hired as a school psychologist in Wilmington, DE where she has resided for the past 4 years. Brianna recently moved back to New Jersey and looks forward to renewing her participation with NJASP.
Interim Southern Delegate: Gionna Botto
Gionna Botto currently works as an assessment consultant for Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS). She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and certified in the state of New Jersey as a School Psychologist. Gionna served as a School Psychologist in the Atlantic County School District for four years. Gionna is experienced in all aspects of being a school psychologist in the State of New Jersey and has strong leadership and management skills. Gionna also holds effective problem solving, organizational, and time management skills. Gionna's experience has also afforded her outstanding communication skills and public speaking skills.