• Bob Cwik- Board President

    Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania with childhood summers spent in Cape May, Bob moved his family to Cape May in 1980. Bob holds a degree in English from St. Vincent College, a Master of Student Personnel Services from Rowan, and a Master of Education Administration from Rutgers. Now retired, he spent more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and coach. Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania with childhood summers spent in Cape May, Bob moved his family to Cape May in 1980. Bob holds a degree in English from St. Vincent College, a Master of Student Personnel Services from Rowan, and a Master of Education Administration from Rutgers. Now retired, he spent more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and coach.

     

    T.J. Belasco- Vice President

    T.J. Belasco was born in Wildwood Crest, NJ and has lived in South Jersey most of his life. He tried moving to Massachusetts, but couldn't get the Jersey sand out of his feet. He graduated Rutgers College in 1989 with a B.A. in American Literature. He earned a post-baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education from Glassboro (Rowan University). He has been an educator in South Jersey for 25 years. He currently teaches Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, Public Speaking, and Tomorrow’s Teachers. He also organizes and takes part in the annual St. Baldrick’s Cancer Fundraiser. T.J .has lived in West Cape May since 1990 and was first elected on the school board in 1996. He proudly boasts that both of his children are graduates of West Cape May Elementary. He loves watching the incredible success of West Cape May students when they get to high school.

     

    Elaine Lawler

    Elaine Lawler was born in North Jersey and has lived in Pennsylvania, New York City, Dublin, Ireland and London before finding her true home in West Cape May. Elaine moved to WCM in 2010 with her husband, Sam, and their three children. All of their children attend or are alumni of WCME. Elaine is a graduate of Lehigh Universtiy with a BS in accounting and finance and also attended Villanova University for additional graduate studies. Elaine brings over 20 years of business experience to our board where she has worked as an auditor, investment banker and a partner in a project management consultancy. In addition to her volunteer work at the school, Elaine has been active in coaching and mentoring youth activities. For the last 5 years, Elaine has coached for the Cape May PAL travel girls' basketball team.

    Leonard Wilmore

    Leonard Wilmore was born in Baltimore, Maryland and received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. Leonard served in the USMC and is a Vietnam Veteran. During his forty-plus year career with the US Postal Service, he served as Post Master and as a team leader in the finance department for over 30 years, relocating to Philadelphia in 1984. In March 2011 he retired to West Cape May. Mr. Wilmore received his Certificated Board Member award in March 2016 and currently serves as immediate past President of the Cape May Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May and was elected to the West Cape May Board of Education in November 2012.

    David LaPuma

    David  is the Director of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory. He is an ornithologist, conservationist, and photographer. In addition to birding, David can be found with his wife and two girls on the beaches of Cape May catching waves and pointing out Black Skimmers. David received his PhD from Rutgers University where he studied the effects of fire on the Federally Endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in the Florida Everglades, and conducted two postdoctoral research projects on Radar Ornithology (using radar to study bird migration, stopover habitat usage, and ultimately to better inform migratory bird conservation) with New Jersey Audubon and the University of Delaware. David has also worked in the field of high-end optical devices, as the Product Specialist for Leica Sports Optics. David is excited about being on the West Cape May School Board because he feels WCME has great potential to be a leader in elementary education with its small class size and the benefit of being in one of the most naturally wonderful locations in the country - perfect for outdoor experiential learning opportunities!