To contact a staff member on site call the following numbers:
- Meadowbrook: 201-312-7714
- Smith: 201-312-7212
Alyssa Pulver - Program Director:
Hello, my name is Alyssa Pulver, I am the Program Director for the River Vale Educational Fund. I am going into my eighth school year as director of the A.C.E. Before and After School Program. I reside in Oakland with my family. I have a two year old son who is my life-which makes my work here meaningful. I am a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology and I hold my Teaching Certificate in Physical Education. Over the years, I have worked as a Personal Trainer and was a General Manager for a large gym. I have many years of management experience as well as customer service. While, my experience never led me to teaching in a classroom, teaching has always been a passion of mine as well as coaching. I enjoy the many aspects of children; playing games, teaching, guiding and just hearing about their days are the things I enjoy most. I have found over the years, you can learn a lot about yourself when working with children. I am extremely dedicated to the Fund and the Before and After School Program. I look forward to another great year!
Kryss Garcia - Site Coordinator:
My name is Kryss Garcia, I am 21 years old and am Ecuadorian. I’m a Senior studying Biology and Public Health at Montclair State University. I aspire to help individuals better their health. To me, life is all about helping and being nice to others as well as going on adventures to experience new things.
Daniel O’Brien - Site Coordinator:
Hi, my name is Daniel O’Brien, I have been working for the River Vale Educational Fund since 2011 as a Site Coordinator at the Meadowbrook Elementary School. I have studies Computer Technology (Comp TIA A+) in 2015. I graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2009 with a Bachelor Degree in Social Science. I have been working in the Educational Field for several years now. Some of my interests are cars and sports. I am a New York Giants and Yankee fan!
Stephanie Ishak - Counselor:
Hello, my name is Stephanie Ishak, I am a Co-Coordinator at the Meadowbrook Elementary School. I have been working with children of all ages for over 10 years. I graduated from Montclair State University and received my BA in Psychology and Child Advocacy and Policy with a Minor in Arabic. I look forward to working with you and your children this coming school year!
Erika Nussbaum - Counselor:
My name is Erika Nussbaum and I am excited to be apart of the River Vale Educational Fund in the After Care Program this year. I graduated from Long Island University-CW Post Campus with a Masters in Early Childhood Education and Bachelors in Fine Arts/Visual Arts from Ramapo College. I have 11 years of experience in the education field, as a classroom teacher, Education Director, and art/studio teacher. In my journey working with children I learned, and continue to learn about myself as an educator. I remain teachableeager to grow professionally in the educational system. I am looking forward to a fun filled school year together!
Dylan Thiemann - Counselor:
My name is Dylan Thiemann and I am excited to start my fourth year as a Counselor for the After School Program. I am a student at St. Thomas Aquinas College, where I am studying to be an Elementary Education Teacher. I enjoy working with the students and appreciate all the interaction I have with the families. I am fortunate to hold a job that allows me to work in the same field that coincides with my future goals. I am looking forward to another great year with all of your children.
Natalie Tasci - Counselor:
Hi! My name is Natalie Tasci and this is my third year working with the River Vale Educational Fund. I am a recent graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Communications. I am enjoy working with children, and in addition to being a Sunday School Teacher for the last three years, I spent the last summer in Lebanon teaching English, Math and Science to refugee kids. My dream is to become a documentary film maker. I am looking forward to another great year with your kids!
Lynn Rosenthal - Counselor:
Hello, my name is Lynne Rosenthal and I am very excited to be joining ACE After Care Program this year. I am a retired Art Education Teacher and I have worked in After School Programs for the past eight years. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of arts and crafts with the children and having fun! I am looking forward to this upcoming school year!
Vinnie Pinghera - Counselor:
Zuly Ortiz - Site Coordinator:
Hi everyone! My name is Zuly Ortiz and this will be my third year working with the River Vale Educational Fund. I am currently a psychology major and aspire to become a clinical psychiatrist. On my free time, I enjoy reading, going to the a local coffee shop and going on occasional hikes with my friends. I enjoy working with children, and I am excited to see what new memories I will make this upcoming year with your children!
Talar Hadadan - Counselor:
Hello, my name is Talar Hadadan. Before joining the After Care Program, I was a Teacher Aid at George White Middle School for nine years. I love working and taking acre of children. I am married with two children. I have a son who is 24 and a daughter who is 20. I love to bake, shop, travel and go to the gym. I love spending time with my family and friends.
Sanaa Elqaisi - Counselor:
My name is Sanaa Elqaisi, proud mother of four. Responsible educator with extensive knowledge in Child Development. I have over seventeen years in the education field and different teaching positions. I try my best to ensure all my students have a solid foundation in creative problem solving as well as ethical thinking.
Sam Hanikeh - Counselor:
Alex Osterman - Counselor:
Carly Tomesco - Counselor: