River Vale

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To contact a staff member on site call the following numbers:

  • Roberge: 201-312-0441
  • Woodside: 201-312-0442

Staff Members:

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!

Marisa Martire - Assistant Program Director:

Hi, my name us Marisa, I was the Site Coordinator for four years at Roberge Elementary School. Recently married, I currently live in Mahwah saving up to purchase a home. I hold a degree in Interactive and Graphic Design from Seton Hall University. Although I love doing graphic work and still freelance on the side, I decided to use my creative and details oriented skills to work with children. One of my biggest passions besides the outdoors is the satisfaction of being with kids, teaching them useful skills they may use in real life, and watching them grow. I’ve made great connections with many of the students as well as families throughout my time here and I am excited to be able to come back and continue with this new year. My goal is to keep providing a safe and entertaining environment for all.

Roberge:

Eddie Cohen - Site Coordinator:

Hello, my name is Edward Cohen.  I am excited to start my sixth year working for the River Vale Educational Fund. It is important to me to make sure that the program is a fun, safe and enjoyable place for all the children to attend.  I have worked in various educational settings including: Bergen County Special Services for children who have various disabilities.  I have also worked at Spring Valley High School as an intern working along side the Athletic Director and Isubstitute teaching in several districts. I have also coached basketball.  I am currently a Real Estate Agent for Keller Williams as well as the Site Coordinator at Roberge.  Looking forward to making this the best year yet!

Meri Peters - Site Coordinator:

Hello- My name is Meri and I am excited to be returning to Roberge’s ACE Program! I have been with the program for 4 years now and can honestly say I love what I do! A little bit about me: I hold a bachelor’s & master’s degree in sociology from William Paterson University.  Always having an interest in working with children, I focused my studies around parental involvement in schools. Before joining ACE, I worked as a grant writer & statistical researcher at a nonprofit organization in Paterson, which created academic enrichment programs to the city’s children. Wanting a change of pace that was more hands on, I decided to join the ACE program in 2015.  It was just the change I needed! It’s fun to actually witness the kids growing emotionally, socially, and academically throughout the year. I welcome and encourage parents to talk to me about any questions they may have about their child or the program in general. I am here to help and look forward to another great year!!

Samuelle Jean-Charles - Counselor:

I received my Bachelor of Science in Early Education from Mercy College. I’ve been in the field of childcare and education for over nine years professionally. I have also volunteered with my churches VBS program as well as an after school homework helper for three years prior. I have worked in in-home daycares and childcare centers. I enjoy early childhood because I love sharing the firsts with the children I educate and care for.

Violette Dabaghian - Counselor:

I was born in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated to the United States with my Parents at the age of six.  I grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a Fine Arts Degree. After College, I worked in California for about a year before moving to Connecticut to look for employment in NY or NJ.  Being a proud Armenian American, I knew that this area was more diverse and wanted to be where I can be with both my culture as well as others. I worked for a publishing company in NY being an Art Director for a few magazines. While working, I was active in many Armenian organizations one of which was a dance group.  It was with this group that we went to Armenia to both dance as well as help those that were hurt by the major earthquake that took place there in 1989. In 1994, I was married to my husband of 23 years. We have two beautiful children, a girl who is going to start her sophomore year in college and a boy who will be a senior at Pascack Valley High School. I have been a stay at home mom during these past years while they have been in the public school system. I was always a class mom for either one of them during their grammar school days, gone on class trips, helped coach various teams and various other activities that needed my help.  I was also an aide at the Park Ridge schools for a special needs child for two years.  I love working with children and enjoy being around them.

Jane Smith - Counselor: 

I am so happy to be starting my second year at the Roberge After Care Program. I love working with all of the children and amking sure they have a fun and safe experience. My hobbies are reading, antiquing and traveling. I am looking forward to another great year with your children.

Kevin Garcia - Counselor: 

Coming Soon!  

 

 

Michael Cerreto - Counselor:

This is my first year working for the Roberge After Care Program. In the past, I was a youth basketball and football coach. I am very sports minded and like to get all the kids involved in Physical activities at after care. I'm looking forward to having a great year with the kids!

Kaitlin Lacey - Counselor:

My name is Kaitlin Lacey. I graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May of 2017 and received a Bachelors degree in Social Work. I am a special Education aide at Roberge during the day and hope to pursue my Masters in Social Work within the next three years. This is my first year working for the Roberge After School Program and I am very excited to see what this year has in store!

Woodside:

Ericka Obando - Site Coordinator:

My name is Ericka Obando and this will be my third year working with the Woodside After School Program. I am a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Linguistics.  My future plans are to obtain a Master’s degree that will enable me to achieve my career goals and pursue my passion of helping Autistic Children.  I was inspired to help children at an early age and A.C.E. has been the perfect fit.  Being a part of the Woodside staff has been a rewarding experience over the years, and I look forward to another great school year.

Paul Brancatelli - Counselor:

My name is Paul Brancatelli and I am a graduate of the physical education/health program at William Paterson University.  I am going into my sixth year with the A.C.E. After School Program.  I am currently a Physical Education Teacher during the day for grades PreK-8. I really enjoy being around the children and sharing my love for sports. I look forward to another fun filled year.

Tim Van Saders - Counselor:

My name is Tim Van Saders. I am a junior at William Paterson University majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My goal is to graduate on time to then become either a police officer or a career firefighter. As a volunteer firefighter in River Vale, I interact with children often, whether it be on a call or our annual Open House. I enjoy baseball, football, basketball, weight lifting and playing competitive softball in the fall and spring. Sports have always been a huge part of my life so playing and talking  sports with the kids is one of my favorite aspects of the job. This will be my second year with the After School program.

Mike Affrunti - Counselor: 

Coming Soon!

Lena Azzam - Counselor:

 Hi, I am Lena Azzam. I am 22 years old and currently attending William Paterson University for my Masters in Professional Counseling. This will be my third year working with the Woodside After School Program.  I look forward to another great year!

Mike Blazina - Counselor:

Hi, my name is Mike.  This is my third year working with the Woodside After School Program. I am a Graduate Student at William Paterson University and working toward a degree as a School Counselor. I attended River Vale Schools and graduated from PV in 2011. 

Nare Khrimian - Counselor:

Hello, my name is Nare Khrimian and I am excited for another year at Woodside Elementary Before Care. I grew up in Old Tappan and I have worked in several different Before and After Care Programs for over eight years. I studied Education and Phycology at Bergen Community College and have always enjoyed working with children. I am a huge animal lover as well and enjoy volunteering at local animal adoption events. My hobbies include, cooking, cross fit and hiking with my boxer pup.

Devi Nassor-Counsleor: 

Hi! My name is Devi, and this will be my first year working in the After School Program. I have a strong love and appreciation for kids, and I am looking forward to help create a fun, and safe environment for your children. This will be my first year in college as well, to further my education in becoming a teacher!

Aly Ciuppa - Counselor:

Hello, my name is Aly and this will be my second year working with the Woodside After School Program. I grew up in Hillsdale and gradutaed from Pascack Valley High School. I am currently attending St. Thomas Aquinas College and I enjoy working with children. Looking forward to another great year! 

Jennifer Linteris - Counselor:

Hello, my name is "Ms. Jen" and this is my second year as a lunch aide at Woodside and my first year as a counselor with the A.C.E. Program. I know first-hand how important an after school program is! My son benefited enormously during his elementary school years in Closter, as did I, a working mom. I am a graduate of Ithaca College and my career spans several years in management, marketing and media arts. I am happy to be a part of the A.C.E. team and you can rest assured that your children are in a safe, nurturing and fun environment.

Corie Funk - Counselor:

Coming soon!

Maggie Touma - Counselor: 

Hello, my name is Maggie Touma. I currently attend William Paterson University where I am majoring in Criminology/Criminal Justice and minoring in Psycology. This is my first year working with the After School Program. I am very into fitness and enjoy any type of physical activity, especally running and boxing. I am Syrian and I speak fluent Arabic. I have worked with children now for years and love doing so! I am excited to share my time with your children this year!