Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor began her illustrious career right here in her beloved hometown of South River as a student-athlete and phenomenal Basketball player. Her name is etched in SRHS history on a banner in the Gymnasium honoring those players with 1,000+ career points.  This distinction, her all-around talent, and her grades would later earn her a full scholarship and further accolades at Monmouth University where she would double major in Communications and Information Technology and earn her Bachelor of Arts degree. Audrey utilized her degree to become a Web Manager for multiple projects in Corporate America for the past 11 years. She is currently is a freelance web designer for ISOP.  However, the opportunity to share her time, talent and extensive Basketball experience was something she wanted to pursue. The first place she went was to her alma mater, South River High School. Unfortunately, the schedule conflicted with her employment. She would then go on to become Head Coach at Franklin High School for the past 9 seasons and the rest is literally….history.   

Coach Taylor created a standard at Franklin HS “to be tough, defend, and play with your heart, with passion.” Audrey herself is a passionate advocate of giving back to her South River community.  She has worked in conjunction with the South River Board of Education to provide backpacks and school supplies to free and reduced-lunch students. She also offers an annual no-cost basic-skills training session and organizes the well-known annual event – Ballin’ in the Park during the month of July.   

Audrey mentors aspiring youth via the Passion 4Youth, Inc. which is a 501-c3 educational and athletic program she founded and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Seeing the widening gap between the privileged and those in need, Coach Taylor provides top-notch skill development at an affordable cost to those that would otherwise have to settle for much less or no formalized training.  It is the foundation on which her T.R.U.E Skills Academy is built upon. Basketball players at the Middle and High School levels get an opportunity to learn from one of the best and are encouraged to aspire to BE the best! They also learn to give back by teaching the younger students in the program. A training session with Coach Audrey is a complete workout for your mind, body, and soul. She pours her passion for life, the game, the kids and for giving back, into each session.  Mentor, Motivate, Confidence, Communication, Encouragement, Positivity are just some of the terms you associate with her. You can throw in Tough, Hard-Work, Rules, Expectations and it’s still a good day that always ends with “Good Job” and that bright smile!

Head Coach Audrey Taylor’s Accomplishments:

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  • 2019 USA Today All-USA Coach of the Year
  • 2019 Ranked #12 Nationally (USA Today-Super 25)
  • 2017 & 2019 Ranked #1 State of NJ
  • 2019 Undefeated Season 34-0
  • 2017 & 2019 NJISAA Tournament of Champion State Champions
  • 2x Somerset County Champions (Back 2 Back) 2017 & 2019
  • 4x Group 4 State Champions 2015-2019
  • 4x Group 4 Sectional Champions 2014 -2019
  • 2017 NJ.com (Star-Ledger) Coach of the Year
  • 2017 USA Today Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2017 Franklin High School Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2017 Courier News Basketball Coach of the Year (Somerset County)
  • 2016 & 2017 Skyland Conference Coach of the Year

Kevin J. Nielsen

Sergeant Kevin J. Nielsen, Retired South River Police Department

Kevin J. Nielsen

Kevin J. Nielsen is the second of five children born to Carl and Patricia Nielsen.  Kevin is a graduate of the South River High School Class of 1980 and has resided and or worked in South River his entire life.

Kevin and his wife Sandra have been married for 12 years and together have four boys, Brandon Pacheco, Mark Pacheco and our twins, Karl and Thomas Nielsen. All who are products of the South River School District

Kevin began his work with the Borough of South River as a utility meter reader in November of 1985.  He expanded that service to the South River Police Department in August of 1989 after passing the Chiefs of Police entrance exam in the Spring/Summer of 1989.  

Officer Nielsen was a graduate of the 51st Basic Police Training Class at Middlesex County College in January 1990.  He was also a member of the Forty-Ninth Graduating class of The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy. Formerly known as The West Point Command and Leadership Academy. After 13 years as an officer on the SRPD – he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on July 1, 2013, and was assigned to the Patrol Division of the South River Police Department where he remained until his retirement on June 30, 2019.  

During his tenure with the SRPD, Sergeant Nielsen was assigned many different divisions: Traffic Safety Division, Detective Bureau & Patrol Division.  

While assigned to the Traffic Safety Division, he was trained by Northwestern University Traffic Institute to investigate motor vehicle accidents.  Kevin is certified in Motor Accident Investigation I and II. He was also trained by the University of North Florida Institute of Police Technology and Management, in the field of Inspection and Investigation of Commercial Vehicle Crashes. 

While assigned to the Detective Bureau, he worked with the Middlesex County Narcotics Task Force from June of 1999 until July of 2000.  There he worked with other jurisdictions to apprehend individuals making street-level buys of narcotics throughout the county. He also worked with officers from the Federal government, state police and other Counties on the “Club Drug Scene.”

Throughout his Law Enforcement Career, he has received numerous Letter of Commendation.  

One of the many defining moments of his career while on patrol in July of 2004. He was the arresting officer of four (4) individuals who were members of the “Lakatosz Crime Family.” These members victimized an elderly resident of the borough.  Sergeant Nielsen’s love and respect for his parents and the elderly in general, fueled his resolve even more to solve this particular case.

Kevin has worked within the community by supporting the Boy Scouts of America, and the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 

He is also a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3001.

Kevin found another way in which to serve his community. In April of 2010, he was elected to his First Term as a member of the South River Board of Education. This past November, he was re-elected to his Fourth Term and looks forward to continuing to serve his home town of South River.

rock garden

2019 Mini Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 Teacher Mini-Grant Recipients!

Pictured left to right..Rebecca Jobe – Middle School

Lara Goetz – Middle School

Kim Urrutia – Elementary School

Fran Baker – ES/Pre-School

Not pictured: Ruby Mangione and Bonnie Francione

2019 Mini Grant Recipients
SRFEE rock garden
2019 SRES Rock Garden

3rd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

3rd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

Thank you to all who attended our fundraiser on January 19, 2018

Honoring…
Cynthia Colalillo, Christine Mongelli & John Krenzel

2018 SRFEE Honorees Christine Mongelli, John Krenzel & Cynthia Colalillo

SRFEE would also like to Thank the following sponsors for our event program:

B & W Construction Co. of NJ, Inc. Utility Contractors | South River, NJ

S. Batata Construction | Parlin, NJ | www.sbatataconstruction.com

La Femme Salon & Spa | South River, NJ 08882 | 732.432.0024 | Like on Facebook

Campozino | South River, NJ 08882  | www.campozinosr.com

A & P Home Improvement, LLC | South River, NJ 08882 | 732-789-8771

Dr. Kenneth Band http://kbanddentistry.com/

South River Democratic Organization | South River, NJ 08882

The Fisherman http://www.portuguesefisherman.com/

Golden East Garden Chinese Restaurant | East Brunswick, NJ 08816 | 732-257-3737

John M. Krenzel | Attorney at Law | 732-651-1100

Danielle Oswald, Rodan + Fields http://www.joindanielle.com

South River Republican Organization | South River, NJ 08882

Globus Electric Inc. | Electrical Contractors | John Brodzicki – VP Field Operation | 973-923-0400

A. Takton Concrete Corp. | Old Bridge, NJ

Vera Silva C.I.C. | Volk Insurance | Parlin, NJ | www.volkinsurance.com

2018 Honoree – Cynthia Colalillo

Cynthia Colalillo

Cyndi Colalillo grew up in South River and graduated from South River High School in 1975. She attended Glassboro State College and graduated with honors in 1979. On September 1st of that same year, Cyndi began teaching in South River, where she also coached field hockey and cheerleading in the early 80s and 90s.

Cyndi’s other accomplishments include having chaired the committee for Special Olympics which took place every spring at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, and taking a seat on the Middlesex County Professional Development Committee for several years. She also served as an Achievement Coach for the district, worked closely with NJEA as the lead person for the NJEA Priority Schools Initiative, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2006. From 2006-2017, Cyndi served as the South River Education Association President/Co-President.

Since 2002, Cyndi was the District Coach for the Fast ForWord program (Scientific Learning Company). In November of 2016 Cyndi’s school became a National Reference Site, which entails being nationally recognized as a school to visit to see how well the program is utilized. Her biggest accomplishment as an educator was being a devoted teacher to her hundreds of students, with whom she has attended many important milestones in their lives – marriages, babies, etc. That is what she is most proud of!

Cyndi is excited to start the next Chapter in her life, spending more time with husband Pete, daughters, Genevieve and Amy, Thomas Devlin and Vincent, and her sweet grandson Dominic Vincenzo Quaglieri. Her heart will always hold a special place for South River!

SRFEE Honors Three Individuals

Michael J. Pfister, Superintendent of South River School District, Rui Baptista, Owner of the Ria Mar Bar & Restaurant in South River, Marc D. Binder, Owner of Marc D. Binder, CPA
SRFEE 2017 Honorees Michael Pfister (left), Rui Baptista (center), Marc Binder (right)

January 20th, 2017 – 2nd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

As we came together as a community for a second year in a row…we are thankful and humbled by the support we have received as an organization.

The South River Foundation for Educational Excellence held their 2nd Annual Adult Dinner Dance Fundraiser on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7pm.  This is the 2nd Annual Event that was a fun-filled evening of dinner, drinks, dancing & raffles.

Prior to the festivities beginning that evening, 3 distinguished guests were honored.

Michael J. Pfister, Superintendent of the South River School District

Mr. Michael Pfister is our school superintendent.  He has been supportive of our organization since its planning stages.   He always facilitates the communication of our initiatives, activities, and successes through the school district and the community.  To learn more about the South River School District – please visit www.srivernj.org.

Marc D. Binder, Owner of Marc D. Binder, CPA

Mr. Marc Binder is our CPA.  He has graciously provided his accounting services pro bono.  His professional advice is priceless to our organization.  To get some great tax tips and advice, please visit www.bindercpa.com.

Rui Baptista, Owner of the Ria Mar Bar & Restaurant

Mr. Rui Baptista is known to all.  He is always gracious with his facility so that we can hold our much needed fundraisers.  He is supportive of the SRFEE, our school district, faculty, organizations, parents, and students.  To learn more about the beautiful Ria Mar – please visit www.ria-mar.com.


SRFEE would also like to Thank the following sponsors for our event program:

ShopRite http://www.shoprite.com/member_saker/

Golden East Garden Restaurant

La Tavola Cucina http://latavolacucinanj.com/

Yuhas Plumbing & Heating

CME Associates http://www.cmeusa1.com/

Campozino

The Fisherman http://www.portuguesefisherman.com/

B & W Construction Co. of NJ, Inc. Utility Contractors | South River, NJ

Volk Insurance http://www.volkinsurance.com/

Vera Silva C.I.C. | Parlin, NJ

Danielle Oswald, Rodan + Fields http://www.joindanielle.com

Studio Creations http://studiocreationsllc.com/

A. Takton Concrete Corp. | Old Bridge, NJ

Dr. Kenneth Band http://kbanddentistry.com/

DF Mason LLC | South River, NJ

S. Batata Construction | Parlin, NJ