Tony Naclerio - Morris Hills Faculty HonoreeAnthony Naclerio served as a guidance counselor and coach at Morris Hills High School for 30 years. His philosophy that education continues onto the athletic field and into all facets of extra curricular activities led him to coaching and leadership clubs. He is an author of a Track & Field book and has lectured all over the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He has coached countless high school national champions, collegiate All Americans and Olympic medalists. He was put in charge of the United States Development program for throwing athletes from 1975 to 1996. He coached on the world and Olympic levels. A high point of his career came when he led the USA team into the stadium at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Tony’s leadership ability led him to found the prestigious club at Morris Hills High School called Project L.E.A.D. Whatever Tony does, he tries to be an inspiration to all with whom he has the privilege of working, both faculty and students. He sees an educator as someone who can affect young people in a positive way for life.
In 2004 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Educational Foundation to honor his 46 years of dedication and service to secondary education.
Joe Devine - Morris Hills Alumnus Honoree
Joe Devine is a 1973 graduate of Morris Hills High School. Education has been an important part of Joe’s life since leaving Morris Hills. He holds two Master’s degrees, one in Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and one in Criminal Justice from Jersey City State College. He is enrolled in a doctoral program at Seton Hall University and is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Joe began his law enforcement career in 1979 as an officer with the Morris County Sheriff’s Department, becoming a detective in the Bureau of Criminal Identification. He became an investigator for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1981. He left the prosecutor’s office in August 1981 to join the Rockaway Township Police Department where he climbed the ranks becoming the Chief of Police in 1998.
Joe served as the Chief of Police in Rockaway Township from 1998-2002. Under his leadership, Rockaway Township dramatically reduced crime while increasing its community policing programs. He implemented the “Cops in Schools” program within the Rockaway Township Schools and the Morris Hills Regional School District. He also expanded the D.A.R.E. program.
Joe took a post leading the investigative division of the prosecutor’s office in 2002. He left that position in 2006 and is currently a security consultant.
Pat Caruso - Morris Knolls Faculty Honoree
Patrick F. Caruso served the Morris Hills Regional District from 1953 through 1981. He began his career as a history teacher and coach, later advancing to chairman of the history department, assistant principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools, a post he held for 13 years. He displayed the highest level of professionalism at every academic level.
He served in World War II in the United States Marine Corps. When he landed on Iwo Jima in February 1945 as a Marine second lieutenant, he was in K Company’s chain of command. Within an hour of the initial assault, with his senior officers and one-third of his company’s 230 men dead or wounded, he took command. Fourteen days later, he was wounded and evacuated. He was one of only 40 Marines in the company to survive the campaign.
Pat has written many articles and had a book, “Nightmare on Iwo,” published about his experience in this battle.
Lisa Flanigan Salberg - Morris Knolls Alumna HonoreeLisa Flanigan Salberg is a 1986 Morris Knolls High School graduate whose accomplishments are not only commendable but also life changing and life saving for so many individuals.
After the tragedy of losing her sister Lori in 1995 to a little known fatal heart condition, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Lisa became a dedicated advocate determined to increase the public’s awareness of the HCM disease, its tragic consequences and lifesaving preventions.
In 1996, Lisa founded the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA) to assist those afflicted with the disease to reach out to one another and put them in touch with doctors who specialize in HCM. Lisa is currently the president of the HCMA. She is a member of the FDA Taskforce on Policy Review for Pacemaker and ICD Performance, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Taskforce, the Genetic Alliance and the American Heart Association. In addition to contributing for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, ESPN, The Magazine, The Star Ledger, The Daily Record and other local newspapers throughout the country, Lisa has appeared on several News 12 New Jersey Health Segments, Comcast Cable’s Real Life with May Amoroso, ESPN’s Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith and ESPN’s Outside the Lines.