COVID-19 Announcement

As our thoughts continue to be with those directly impacted by the Coronavirus, we want to keep you apprised of L.E.A.D.’s plans to handle the constantly changing situation. 

Please know that management has put into place appropriate social distancing protocols and office protocols, including continual cleaning and increased extensive cleaning. Our office will be closed to the public but operational. 

L.E.A.D.’s motto – WE SERVE! Is always in effect and we are here to continue SERVING you!

While we need to postpone scheduled onsite trainings during this time, our staff is finalizing a few initiatives to serve you! Please stay tuned for updated schedules!

  1. We are transforming our on-site conference room to a virtual learning center to conduct workshops and vertical learning initiatives (A formal announcement will come out by the end of the week).
  2. We encourage all law enforcement agencies and school personnel to visit our website and take our free online course!
  3. A weekly poster contest for all L.E.A.D. students will take place each week with prizes to the first, second, and third place winners for each grade cluster (K-3, 4-6, 7-8). We will run it for one month starting on April 3. Guidelines and prizes to be announced tomorrow!
  4. Our Walks scheduled for May should be fine, please start preparing to work on this! While our onsite planning meetings are cancelled, we will be hosting conference calls starting next week.
  5. We will have a protect our communities social distance walk. Stay tuned on an exciting way to keep our communities fit and safe while supporting your local L.E.A.D. efforts.

Please feel free to call our office during normal working hours. All of our staff are also working remotely and answering phone calls. 

Feel free to start ordering your workbooks and filling out appropriate forms for next school year! This is a great time to prepare!

BE SAFE and trust we are here to SERVE YOU!

Nicholas R. DeMauro
Executive Director & CEO
L.E.A.D. Inc. 

Chief Robert Kugler
L.E.A.D. Inc. 

Monthly Spotlights

Noli Indian School – San Jacinto, CA
The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians envisions a future through educational opportunities provided by Noli Indian School (Noli). Noli is an Indian school that was founded in 1990 as an alternative school for Native American students who were not finding success in the traditional state public school system for a myriad of reasons. The school was designed to be an alternative option of a comprehensive educational program that provided a small setting and focused on the native culture and importance. All students are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes and represent over 20 tribes from across the United States. Noli is a commuter school; students commute from Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and San Diego counties. Noli’s school wide learner outcomes, “3 R’s” for citizenship are the foundation for the school: Respectful, Responsible, and Reflective.

Noli Indian School is a middle (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) located on the Soboba Indian Reservation in San Jacinto, California. The word “Noli” means envision, as we envision the students at Noli School to be tomorrow’s leaders. The school provides accredited education to its over 100 students.

The Noli School is proud to support student academic achievement and a host of elective courses for self-enrichment and athletics. Noli school’s athletic programs include; football, baseball, boys and girls basketball, softball, volleyball and cheer. Noli school has a strong student government and AVID program. 

The LEAD program was first taught at Noli during the fall of 2019 semester. Members of the Soboba Department of Public Safety and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department taught the 6th grade class at Noli. The program was well received by staff, students and the parents. The program will continue to excel in the coming years. 

Julie Ann Zeigler (pictured left)
Sergeant Julie Ann Zeigler is a 1990 graduate of Rutherford High School. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree from William Paterson University (The William Paterson College) and a Master of Administrative Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a member of the International Sociology Honor Society and an active instructor at the Bergen County Police Academy.  

Julie Ann began her career in law enforcement in 1996 with the New Jersey Transit Police Department after graduating as part of the 75th basic police training class at John H. Stamler Police Academy. In 1999, she transferred from the New Jersey Transit Police Department to the Rutherford Police Department in order to pursue her dream of working in a close-knit community and giving back to her hometown. In 1999 Julie Ann became the first sworn female Police Officer in Rutherford, New Jersey. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2016, the first female to make rank for the Borough of Rutherford. Julie Ann has proven to young girls that they can do anything they put their minds to and has been a positive role model.  

Sergeant Julie Ann Zeigler is the recipient of Outstanding Performance, Outstanding First Responder, and Life Saving Awards. She has also been presented a Citation for her performance of an Act of Highly Commendable Nature from the Bergen County Police Chief’s Association and a Certificate of Commendation from the Bergen County Executive. Julie Ann was an integral part of the Borough of Rutherford achieving the Gold Level Recognition for New Jersey Safe Routes to School – 2019 to 2021 and is the recipient of the Champions of Change Award from EZ Ride 2019.

From the start of her career with the Rutherford Police Department, Julie Ann immediately began to work in the public schools by voluntarily establishing the Adopt-A-Cop Program. The program was held in the three K-3 grammar schools once a month and “Officer Julie” met with various classes to discuss how to make the best decisions for a positive and healthy lifestyle. Her volunteer work has continued in many avenues as she assisted with the Junior Police Academy, Safe Night Out, the Exceptional Individuals Program, National Night Out and Rutherford Municipal Alliance.

In 2000, Julie Ann began working closely with the sixth-grade students in her school district as an instructor whose purpose was prevention education geared towards resistance to violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. In 2015 she became a L.E.A.D. Instructor certified in Too Good for Drugs Curricula grades K-8. Julie Ann is passionate about evidence-based, prevention science that gives communities the tools to address their adolescent health and behavior problems by identifying risk and protective factors. She has actively pursued continued education and has completed High School Too Good for Drugs and Violence. Julie Ann was selected to join the LEADer training program and successfully completed the training in 2017. In 2019, Julie Ann represented L.E.A.D. at the University of Washington and successfully completed training for Communities That Care Plus Training of Facilitators. Since that time, Julie Ann has successfully completed the L.E.A.D. Master Trainer Program.

Currently Julie Ann is the senior L.E.A.D. Instructor for the Borough of Rutherford Police Department under the direction of Police Chief John R. Russo. Through hard work and dedication, the police department has been able to institute the third grade after school L.E.A.D. program at Lincoln School. Julie Ann is the current Municipal Alliance Coordinator and has been able to enhance the sixth grade L.E.A.D. program with the help of the committee. 

Julie Ann will be married to her husband Robert for 10 years this coming October. Like Julie Ann, Robert believes in giving back and investing in their community. They both enjoy traveling and experiencing the different cultures throughout the world during their downtime together.

Development Opportunities

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Simply use and log in with your Amazon account. When you make a “smile” eligible purchase, a percentage goes to L.E.A.D.!

If you already use Amazon Smile, then simply click here to switch your charity to L.E.A.D.

Recycling Program!

We are proud to announce that the recycling program has expanded.We now have services available to you in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Oregon and Washington State.

Upcoming Events

First Annual Protect Our Communities Walk

Month of May | 75% of Proceeds Go To Local L.E.A.D. Chapter!

Walk to support your local L.E.A.D. chapter. View the different locations where you can walk to support L.E.A.D. and stay tuned as more locations are announced.

From our Board

L.E.A.D. held their 5th Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference & Summit from February 23-25, 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City.  We had over 600 participants.

The National Drug Czar James Carroll spoke at the conference. Click here to read more.

The following awards were presented at the conference.

L.E.A.D. State Instructors of the Year Award

  • NJ – William Kinner, Retired, Evesham Twp PD
  • FL – Captain Beth Jones, Collier County Sheriff’s Office
  • GA – Officer Chris Hackett, Blackshear PD
  • MA – Major Sterling Bishop, Dukes County Sheriff’s Dept
  • NH – Sgt. Anthony DeLuca, Rochester PD
  • TN – Corporal Kim Lay, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
  • VT – Deputy Ken Schaffer, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept

L.E.A.D. Corporate Administrator of the Year Award

  • Craig Dugan, CPA, Dugan, Scotti & Zoch PA, NJ

L.E.A.D. National Instructor of the Year Award

  • Corporal Kim Lay, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, TN

L.E.A.D. National Educator of the Year Award

  • Robert Seaward, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, Winnisquam Regional School District 59

L.E.A.D. National Program Administrator of the Year Award

  • Lt. Gail Lund, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, VT

L.E.A.D. National Supporter of the Year Award

  • Douglas J. Steinhardt, Esq., Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli, LLC, NJ

LEO award

  • Officer Randy Pearce, Gloucester Twp PD, NJ

Partner of the Year Award

  • Harmony Vallejo, Tri-Universal

Host Agency Award

  • Chief David Harkins, Gloucester Twp, NJ

Recognition to National Guard

  • Colonel Paul Rumberger