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Director of Cumberland County Commissioners Joseph Derella
First elected Freeholder in November 2012, Joseph Derella is serving in his fourth consecutive year. In 2021, the title of Freeholder was changed in the state of NJ to County Commissioner, Joe's official title now is, Director of Cumberland County Commissioners. He also currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the New Jersey Association of Counties and recently served as the President of the South Jersey Commissioner's Association. Before being elected to the Board, Joe served for 15 years as a City Commissioner and Vice Mayor for the City of Millville. Derella also previously served on the Millville Board of Education as President, the Millville Planning Board, the Millville/Vineland UEZ Board, and the Cumberland County Improvement Authority Board.
He is a 1978 graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Joe is employed by the Inspira Health Network and serves as Executive Director of Inspira Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine.
Joe’s civic engagement passion is mentoring Cumberland County’s youth, particularly at-risk youth, through programs such as the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition.
He is a member of the Elks Lodge #580, Shekinah #58, the Millville Kiwanis, and the Thunderbolt Hall of Fame Committee. In addition to his civic and service organization engagement, Joe volunteers his time mentoring youth as a Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball Coach. He has served as an American Red Cross Unit Volunteer CPR/AED Instructor since 1993.
Joe is a 2017 Walter Rand Institute South Jersey Public Sector Award winner, a 2018 recipient of the NAACP Community Service Award, and a 2018 Youth Alliance Community Service Award.
Joe is a life long resident of Millville, where he resides with his wife Susan, son Jake, daughter Casey and family dogs, Daisy and Lola.
Dr. Priscilla Ocasio-Jiménez
Priscilla Ocasio-Jiménez (“Dr. POC”) began her educational career as a Teacher of Spanish in the Vineland School District. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stockton University.
She joined Pittsgrove Township School District in 2001 in the middle school all while pursuing two Master’s Degrees from Wilmington University. In 2005, Dr. POC became the Assistant Principal of the Pittsgrove Township Middle School. The following year she was promoted to Principal of the Middle School where she served 12 years. During that time, Dr. POC obtained her Doctor of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. She currently serves as the Principal of Norma Elementary School in Pittsgrove, New Jersey. In addition, she is Pittsgrove Administrators and Supervisors Association (PASA) President (2021 – Current) – Focused on union member relations, presiding over meetings, negotiations, and more. She was previously, PASA President for two consecutive three-year terms until June 2015.
She finds time to remain active in many committees, including the committee for the Breast Cancer 5K health awareness annual event for P.R.A.C. of South Jersey and the Pittsgrove Township Arts and Education Foundation, an organization that supports scholarship and curricular opportunities for graduating seniors. Dr. POC has volunteered as a judge for B’nai B’rith International where high school students submit writings for the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge for Southern New Jersey.
Dr. POC received the Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award from P.R.A.C. of Southern New Jersey and the “Men and Women that Transcend Global Leadership Award” from the Hand Foundation of Cumberland County. She was a Board of Trustee of Cumberland County College until the merger of what has become Rowan College of South Jersey. All of these achievements and experiences will allow her to support and contribute to the educational vision of the Commissioners of Cumberland County.
Priscilla is a longtime resident of Vineland. She earned her degrees and her Teaching Certificate all while raising her three children, daughter, Linda, son, Julio and his twin brother Jesus Jr, who is diagnosed with Autism. Her students, teachers, and civic partners admire Priscilla. She is skilled at working in collaboration with business, education and civic partners. She is a stand up person and a stand out leader.