Michael Borneo

Michael Borneo
  • Michael graduated from Lenape High School in 1996 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Geography from the University of Florida in 2000. In 2007 Michael finished his Master's Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post-Graduate School and he then earned an Associate’s Degree in Thai Language from the Defense Language Institute in 2008. As a highly decorated officer in the United States Marine Corps, Michael has been deployed eight times serving the United States' military operations including two combat deployments in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He has commanded troops at the platoon and company level, and served as the Executive Officer of an infantry battalion, leading over 1,300 Marines and Sailors. While in service, Major Borneo was a security advisor in Now Zad, Afghanistan, opening previously closed marketplaces by increasing security, facilitating civic discourse, and establishing an all-girls school - the first in the Now Zad Province. He is currently the military advisor to the Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs at the Department of State helping shape U.S. foreign policy. Since graduation, Michael has volunteered his time coaching track and field, speaking to and mentoring Lenape Regional High School District students both in and out of the JROTC program, and working with the Boy Scouts of America by providing essential survival training.


Barry Croll

Barry Croll
  • After graduating from Lenape High School in 1966, Barry earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Trenton State College (TCNJ) and a Masters in Administration from Rowan University. Barry has been a part of the Lenape Regional High School District as a teacher, coach, job coach, supervisor, assistant principal, and principal (at both Lenape and Shawnee). Having served in many roles, Barry always found personal pride in stewarding the school he once attended as a student. During his career, Barry pioneered the original Special Olympics team at Lenape in 1971, earned a grant that led to the creation of Lenape’s school store and job placement program for Special Education students, was an original member and coordinator of the CORE team, developed Lenape's Renaissance program, and was the initial coordinator of Lenape's 504 program. Barry served his entire career in the Lenape Regional High School District as a lifelong advocate and leader in fostering and promoting the success of Lenape's students and staff.


Patricia Friel

Patricia Friel
  • After Patricia graduated from Lenape High School in 1977, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematical Science from the University of North Carolina. While working at RCA/GE Aerospace, (now Lockheed Martin), Patricia was honored with a Chief Engineer's Technical Excellence Award. Patricia earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Monmouth College in 1985 and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Patricia worked for the Microsoft Corporation until co-founding Eastside Preparatory School - a non-profit private school in Kirkland, WA. At Eastside Prep, Patricia taught Math, served as Board Vice President, then Board Treasurer, and is currently a Trustee Emerita. An avid community leader and volunteer, Patricia runs an annual “Shark Tank-style” event that teaches business skills and rewards socially conscious organizations.


Rob Nelson

Rob Nelson
  • As a graduate of Lenape High School Class of 1996, Rob ranked 11th in the class and held perfect attendance throughout all four years at Lenape. Rob attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship, and became only the second African American Editor-in-Chief of UNC's newspaper The Daily Tar Heel. After working as a highly decorated print journalist with honors from the New Orleans Press Club and Louisiana Press Association, Rob became an anchor and correspondent at ABC News in New York City, where he reported for Good Morning AmericaNightline, and World News with Diane Sawyer. He is now an anchor and reporter at WABC in NYC, the nation’s top local news station. Since graduation, Rob has been an ambassador for the Lenape Regional High School District and, at every turn, has given back to Lenape High School and other communities.