Multicultural Inclusion and Accessibility Advisory Committee


Michele Gruet


LocationVerona Town Hall, 600 Bloomfield Ave. Verona, NJ 07044

Mission Statement:

Verona’s vibrant community proudly welcomes all residents, business owners, employees, and visitors. Together we are working toward being a truly inclusive place where our policies, services, and programs meet the needs of all people.


The Multicultural Inclusion and Accessibility Advisory Committee (MIAAC) was newly established by the Township Council on January 3, 2022 via Resolution. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in participating in the next year to help us begin the work of the newly adopted mission statement.

The MIAAC is charged with the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Make recommendations regarding diverse cultural, economic, and social issues within our community to the Township Council 
  2. Propose solutions to the Township Council that ensure accessibility for all community members for our services and programs 
  3. Assist the Director of the Administration and Economic Development and the Director of Community Services with the organization, coordination, research, and manage actions in the Community as it relates to multicultural inclusion and accessibility of the Township’s policies, programs, and services. 

Video of the Council Presentation here:

You can also download the presentation below to learn more about the formation and goals of the MIAAC:

Residents are encouraged participate in our community by volunteering for various boards, committees and commissions. If you are interested in knowing more about how you can serve Verona or would like to submit a letter of intent and resume for consideration by the Town Council for any of the boards, committees and commissions listed on the website, please call (973) 857-4770.

2022 MIAAC Members:

  • Maura Barrett - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • Carla Buglione - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • Kathleen Francis - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • Michele Gruet - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • Verena Mikhael - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • Wesley Tahsir-Rodriguez - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • John Vajda - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • Emma DePaul - Term Ends 12/31/2022
  • Deputy Mayor Christine McGrath - Council Liaison
  • Steven Neale - Director of Administration and Economic Development 
  • Jim Cunningham - Director of Community Services 
  • Claudine Pascale - Director of the Verona Public Library 
  • Diane DiGiuseppe - Superintendent of Schools

2023 Meeting Information:

The MIAAC meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Verona Community Center Conference Room, 880 Bloomfield Ave. unless otherwise noted.

*Currently the MIAAC will meet via Zoom only. Information is posted on the agenda below*

2023 Agendas:

2022 Agendas:


  •  Meeting Date