Mediha grew up in Bayonne, NJ before moving to Piscataway. She is an MFA Candidate, and works in the arts field. She is a proud Pakistani-American, and a small business owner. She comes from a large diverse family, and is interested in contemporary issues.
Mediha loves the diversity of her Piscataway community and wants to represent her neighbors and friends as a Committeewoman in Ward 2, District 2. She will work to ensure that issues and concerns are addressed promptly and respectfully, and all voices are heard. She wishes to confront intolerance and ignorance with dialogue and challenge stereotypes within the community, to help foster and encourage Piscataway to grow and benefit from its rich heterogeneity.
Dr. Tom Connors
Tom ran for and won election to County Committee as a Progressive Democrat in 2017. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut and is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Connecticut State Department of Health.
After 25 years of service, Dr. Connors retired from Colgate-Palmolive Company in 2011. Dr. Connors is the author/coauthor of 29 US, 6 European (EP), and 6 World (WO) patents. Dr. Connors also the author/coauthor of 33 peer-reviewed scientific publications. After Colgate, Dr. Connors became Director of Product Development for a privately held company called Envirochem, Inc. Dr. Connors has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1982.
Tom has been a Piscataway resident for the past 30 years. Tom and his wife Abigail have been married for 34 years and have three children ages 30, 28, and 25. Tom's wife holds a Master's degree in Education from the University of Connecticut and is an early childhood education author and teacher. All of Tom’s children attended Piscataway Public Schools pre-K through High School, graduating in 2004, 2007, and 2009 respectively. After High School they all attended Rutgers University. Tom’s oldest son, Matt, graduated with his Baccalaureate’s degree from the Rutgers College Honors Program with a double major in Chemistry and Physics in 2008. He then went on to receive his Doctorate in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014. Tom’s second son, Steve, graduated with his Baccalaureate’s degree from the Honors Program majoring in English in 2011. He currently works with special needs children. Tom’s daughter, Shannon, graduated with her Baccalaureate’s degree in Psychology in 2013 and received her Master's degree in Education from the Graduate School of Education in 2014. She currently works as a Middle School Math Teacher. As you can see, education is a top priority in Tom’s family and a top priority for him in Piscataway. Tom is very proud to serve his community as a member of the Board of Education.
Tom has been very active in the Piscataway Community. He’s a former Soccer Club coach, referee, and executive board member, Little League coach, Township Recreation Middle School Basketball coach, High School Athletic Booster Club member, High School Grading Policy Committee member, and High School Superchief Band Parents Association equipment crew and executive board member. Tom is currently a member of the Piscataway Township Open Space Committee and a former member of the Environmental Advisory Committee.
Education and Work Experience
Doctorate (PhD) in Chemistry from University of Connecticut 1986
- Postdoctoral Fellow Conn. State Dept. of Health 1987
- Retired Colgate Palmolive Co. Global Technology R&D - 41 patents
- Former Director of Product Development for Envirochem Inc. 2013
- Member of American Chemical Society (ACS) - 35 years of service
- Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science - 30 years of service
- Author/Coauthor of 33 Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications
School Board and Community Experience
Elected member Piscataway Board of Education (BOE) - 2008 to present
- Vice President Piscataway BOE - 2013 to 2014
- Chair of Piscataway BOE Fiscal Planning and Operations Committee- 2014 to Present
- Member of Piscataway BOE Policy/ Legislative Committee- 2014 to 2018
- Executive Board of High School Superchiefs Band Parents Association (BPA) - 2007 to 2009
- Member of High School Athletic Booster Club- 2000 to present
- Member of High School Grading Policy Committee - 2004
- Piscataway Soccer Club - Coach for 7 years
- Piscataway Soccer Club - Executive Board for 3 years
- Piscataway Little League Baseball – Coach for 2 years
- Township Recreation Department Middle School Basketball – Coach for 2 years
- Township Environmental Advisory Commission – Member for 6 years