Board of Directors

As a non-profit organization the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of its membership stakeholders.  The Board meets monthly to discuss business and to develop strategies to meet the ever-evolving needs of our membership.

Lt. Christine Klag (ret.)

Chairperson of the Board

Christine Klag is a retired Lieutenant with the North Bergen Police Department  and currently sits as the CEO/Chairperson for the NJPSAC.  She retired in January, 2017 following a successful inaugural accreditation in the NJSACOP program.  Lt. Klag completed the program from scratch with only help from the NJPSAC and brought her department to a successful cycle, earning their initial Accreditation Certificate in November 2016.  She served in different capacities in patrol as well as the detective bureau.

Christine has a bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University.  She retains her Method of instruction certificate for the state PTC.  Christine currently is active in assisting and mentoring agency members of the NJPSAC with their accreditation process.  She has developed trained a variety of curriculum and workshops for the NJPSAC since joining the board in January of 2017.

Chief Louis Moreto (ret.)

Board Member

 Chief  Moreto was with the Manalapan Township Police Department for 27 years.  He was the agency’s accreditation manager for their initial State Accreditation program and for its initial CALEA accreditation.  He also has served on the NJPSAC board of directors as a Vice President and Trustee.   He has worked for CALEA as an Assessor, Team Leader, and Compliance Service Member.  He continues to be a resource for anyone who is looking to receive recognition through accreditation. 

Capt Richard Mcdonald

Board Member

Richard McDonald is currently a captain with the West Orange Police Department (NJ), a CALEA Accredited agency since 2006.  Rich has a BA degree in Criminal Justice from the College of New Jersey and is in the process of achieving his MA degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Captain McDonald has been the Accreditation Manager for the West Orange Police Department since 2011 and been involved with four on-site assessments.  In 2020, Captain McDonald was selected by CALEA to be a certified assessor for Law Enforcement standards.

 Captain Richard McDonald has been a Guest Lecturer at numerous universities including Rutgers University School of Business and Kean University.  He has also been an instructor for the NJ Public Safety Accreditation Coalition at their annual conference, and has spoken in numerous corporate environments.  He has been certified as a law enforcement instructor by the NJ Police Training Commission, Louisiana State University/Department of Homeland Security instructor program, Awareness Protective Consultants, and Monadnock.

Captain McDonald was hand selected to participate with the NJ Department of Personnel Linkage Panel to assess Tasks and KSA (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the formulation of upcoming promotional exams for the position of Police Sergeant.                                                                                                                                                                                            
Captain McDonald was honored to receive the NJ Public Safety Accreditation Coalition Honor Society Award winner for 2010.   Due to his work in the creation and implementation of the Operation HOPE Program, Captain McDonald was honored to receive a State of New Jersey Joint Legislative Resolution, the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award from the United Clergy of the Oranges, as the Coalition Member of the Year Award from the Essex County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team and an award of recognition from the Essex County Opioid Use Awareness Task Force.

Vacant

Board Member

The New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition relies on peers to help other agencies reach their accreditation goals.

Interested in being a board member?  Contact the Board of Directors Today.

Capt Margaret Schmidt (ret)

Chief Financial Officer

Margaret (Peggy) Schmidt-Fuller retired from the Woodbridge Police Department, New Jersey as a Captain in December of 2012.

She was promoted to the rank of Captain in August 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration. Margaret has involved in the CALEA accreditation process since 2001 and an Assessor since 2002 and has been on several CALEA on-site inspections teams across the country. Margaret is one of the founding members of the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition (NJPSAC). She is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the NJPSAC. She has been on many mock inspections throughout New Jersey, New York, Delaware and has mentored other police departments in their effort to achieve both state and international accreditation.

During her career, Margaret has worked as a certified 9-1-1 operator, patrol officer, in the traffic enforcement unit; as a Communications Sergeant; as a Radio Patrol Sergeant; as the Accreditation Manager; and served as Captain of the Radio Patrol Division and of the Professional Standards Division. She retired as the Captain of the Detective Bureau. She also oversaw the volunteer Domestic Violence response Team, the 40-hour initial training and annual refresher training for the volunteers for 20 years.

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Lt. William Bastedo (ret.)

Board Member

Bill has served on the N.J.P.S.A.C. board since 2007.  

Bill began his career in law enforcement 1987.  Bill served for 27.5 years as an officer for the West Windsor Township Police Department and the Princeton University Department of Public Safety.  He reached the rank of Lieutenant at West Windsor, retiring at the end of 2012. 

During his law enforcement career, Bill specialized in accreditation, community programs and training and he was instrumental as the accreditation manager in the accomplishment of the State accreditation rewards at West Windsor in 2007 and 2011 as well as the initial National accreditation award at Princeton University DPS in 2015. 

After retiring from West Windsor, Bill was hired by the Princeton University Department of Public Safety to complete their initial CALEA Law Enforcement accreditation, accomplished in the spring of 2015.

Bill worked for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) for 7 months in 2017 – 2018 as a Family Service Specialist Trainee and he currently works as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children Supervisor for the Mercer County office.  He supervises volunteers who advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. 

Bill earned a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Administration from Rider University in 1996 and a Masters in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2016.  Bill has earned a certificate in supervisory management, instructor certification in Franklin Covey’s Seven Effective Habits and Blue Courage.  Bill also completed 294 hours of DCP&P child protective investigations and services training.

Ptl. Ryan C. Hennelly

Secretary

Ryan  Hennelly is a Patrolman with the Eatontown Police Department.  He has been involved with his agency’s accreditation since 2008 and has helped his agency receive their initial accreditation and 3 successful re-accreditations.  He currently serves as secretary for the NJPSAC.  He is also a master trainer for the L.E.A.D. Organization (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) and assists with training throughout the U.S.  

Vacant

Board Member

The New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition relies on peers to help other agencies reach their accreditation goals.

Interested in being a board member?  Contact the Board of Directors Today.

Vacant

Board Member

The New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition relies on peers to help other agencies reach their accreditation goals.

Interested in being a board member?  Contact the Board of Directors Today.

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