Montclair Township Municipal Building
Education: B.S., Oberlin College; Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), NJ College of Medicine & Dentistry
Dr. Renee Baskerville is a woman of faith and fortitude, substance and service; a proud mother of a positive young man, and is "mom" to an extended circle of boys and girls, young men and young women in Montclair, East Orange, Orange and Newark. She is a pediatric and adolescent primary care physician and a school physician and health educator who has served the residents of Essex County for more than three decades. She has served as Fourth Ward Councilor for the past four years and was member of the Montclair School Board.
Dr. Baskerville is a fourth generation Essex County resident and a product of the Montclair Public School System, St. Paul's Baptist Church, Grass Roots and YWCA families. She received her BS from Oberlin College and her Medical Degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. She has provided pro bono and reduced-fee medical services to indigent and homeless families and HIV/AIDs babies in Montclair, East Orange, Irvington, Newark, and Orange.
Immediately following her graduation from Oberlin College, Dr. Baskerville taught in the Montclair Public Schools. She taught a group of students who were in the Interim II Program – a program populated by students on whom many given up and marginalized, believing that their behavior precluded them from attending regular classes and thriving in the "main stream." Dr. Baskerville has never met a child who she believed could not learn.
Dr. Baskerville's service as a health provider and healer began as a Pediatric Resident at UMDNJ- United Presbyterian Children's Hospital. She expanded her service to the East Orange area in 1993 when the company for which she was working, Newark Community Health Centers, opened a satellite to serve the Oranges. Following her tenure in the East Orange satellite office, she served as Director of Pediatrics at the Newark Multi- Medical Plaza Comprehensive Care health facility, the Newark Mini-Surgi Site, and later as a private practitioner. She established a community-based center for "at risk" teens in Newark and participated in the development and health care provision for several school-based health facilities to expand access to quality, affordable health care. She served as the pediatrician for the Leaguers Head Start facility and on the Board of Directors as the Health Advisor for the Newark Head Start. She also served on the board of directors of the Montclair and Orange Head Start programs, and the Newark Babyland Nurseries, and as the school physician for East Orange Campus High. She is currently employed by the East Orange Public Schools Early Childhood Division.
Dr. Baskerville made healthy children, healthy families and healthy communities a centerpiece of her service on the Montclair School Board and a cornerstone of her campaign for Township Council. She has provided a constant, compelling voice for the diverse residents of Montclair's Fourth Ward and others in the Township who might not otherwise have a voice. She has used this platform to impact municipal and state laws to: expand access to health care and provide all students a healthy start and a healthy lifestyle; promote affordable, accessible integrated housing options; safe, secure, green environments; prevent foreclosures; support youth education in nurturing, peaceful, rigorous, culturally competent environments; and support municipal ordinances, regulations, and investments that encourage and promote a thriving business investment district, encourage entrepreneurship, especially small, disadvantaged, local, minority and/or female businesses.
Dr. Baskerville currently serves on the Township Board of School Estimate, Board of Adjustment and the Montclair Housing Commission. She is the Council Liaison to the Civil Rights Committee and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee. Her recent community involvement has included serving as a member and vice president of the Montclair Board of Education, member of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Center, founder and spokesperson of the Friends of Canterbury and Nishuane Park, and executive board member of the Montclair Chapter of the NAACP. She is a civil rights and social justice champion who continues to provide a voice against local and state voter suppression initiatives; to eliminate the Driving While Black (DWB) as a crime; promote peace and reconciliation among the gangs in Montclair and to identify healthy employment, entrepreneurship and nation-building alternatives to gang activities.
Dr. Baskerville is the recipient of many awards and citations including: National Council of Negro Women Community Service Award; Montclair Branch NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award; Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation 2010 Leadership Award; Sharon Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts Award for Children and the Arts; New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division on Women and New Jersey Advisory Commission on the Status of Women's Wynona M. Lipman Award; Neighborhood Child Care Center, Inc., Leadership Award; Maud Credle Scholarship Club Award for Outstanding Christian Leadership and Service to The St. Marks Church Community; Shirley Chisholm "Catalyst for Change Award...."Unbought and Unbossed;" American Legion Citation for Meritorious Service and Loyal Cooperation; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Community Service Award, Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders "Recognizing Excellence" 2012 award.
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