Welcome to The Schaefer web site!
This page is maintained by me, Richard, but I will
eventually get my wife's information up here also. My wife's
incredible amount of volunteerism in the borough makes her known to a lot more
people than me. Some of her activities include school secretary at
Erskine School, Mrs. Republican of the Ringwood Regular Republican Club in 2006,
30-year member with 20 years as president of the Ringwood Ambulance Auxiliary,
member of the Ringwood Environmental Commission, past secretary to the
Ringwood Board of Health and Councilwoman for 12 years with 2 years as deputy mayor
and 2 years as mayor of Ringwood. She recently earned "2018 Volunteer
of the Year" from Ringwood Borough.
I am quite a bit lazier than my wife and my activities are limited
to supporting education as a member and past president of the Ringwood
Board of Education and trying to spend as much time as possible on the
beaches at our beautiful Erskines lake here in Ringwood. Ahh, the summer in
I served 12 years on the Ringwood Board of Education with
2 1/2 years as president, but I didn't run for another
term on the board. Education will never be the same in Ringwood after
the cuts from Governor Christie and Mayor Taukus. I'm all for reducing
future expenditures, but I am 100% against cutting funds that a school
district is relying on. That leaves us no recourse and no way of
I worked for Sony Electronics as an Engineering Manager for
more than 15 years before getting caught in a financial crunch and
getting my walking papers. Fortunately for me they offered me a buy
out which helped out quite a bit. Sony called it a reduction in force.
I called it a reduction in salary.
When I was in my teens, I quit high school to join the U.S.
Navy. It wasn't until a few years after leaving the Navy that I earned my
GED and then my Bachelor and Master
degrees in Psychology earning summa cum laude honors for both degrees.
I had a 4.0 graduate Grade Point Average for my Masters. I started the Ph.D. program
in Experimental Psychology at Fordham University, but had to leave the program in my first semester
due to a motorcycle accident. I have no permanent injuries from the
accident, but I was in pain for eight months at the time. I only completed
two of my four courses for the semester and dropped out.
While I was in the Navy I took a test that
qualified me to
join Mensa, the high IQ Society. I took other tests in college,
including the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), with
the same result, so I finally reached out and
After I earned my MA at Montclair State University,
I realized that a masters degree in psychology was not worth
very much in the job market so I immediately started looking for work in the
high tech market and worked more than 20 years in technology or engineering
Much more to come!!