Little Falls Education Foundation


Supporting Educational Excellence

WHO WE ARE

 

The Little Falls Education Foundation's mission is to support educational excellence in the Little Falls Township Public Schools through community involvement.  We are a leading provider of private funding to the District and a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. We support innovative and creative educational programs and projects that are designed to enrich all 900 pre-K to 8th grade students enrolled in the District’s three public schools. Our Board of Trustees consists of volunteers from all corners of the community and we operate independently of the Board of Education and both PTAs.


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WHAT WE DO

 

We are committed to funding special projects and programs throughout the Little Falls Township Public Schools , either as district-wide grants or grants to teachers for use in their classrooms or as professional development opportunities. Often many of these educational programs are left unfunded through the traditional district budget. Since our inception in 2014, we have committed to developing and supporting a sustainable source of financial resources.

 


WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

 

In order to offer an exceptional educational experience, we must rely on the generosity of our community and alumni to support initiatives that allow the school district to maintain a high level of excellence.  We are the only community organization designed to accept private funding and distribute it directly back into the school district for the sole purpose of enhancing educational endeavors for all students.


 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Michael P. Schiff, President

Michael Donovan, Vice President

John J. Veteri, Jr., Esq.,  Treasurer

Teri Gosman Corage, Secretary

Dorothy Cataldo

Robyn Davis

Kathy Gasalberti Pocius

Wendy Gorab McNeill

Dani St. Ledger

Chris Stacy

Kevin Torres

Reverend Emily Ratering-Youngberg

Casey (Cordes) Fronzuto, Esq.


Advisory Council: Janine Veteri Barone


BIOS

 

Michael P. Schiff, President

Michael Schiff is a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in Montclair and a Managing Partner with Highland Property Partners, LLC.  Prior to his work with residential real estate, Michael worked as a commercial-property executive at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Michael is passionate about education and learning.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and is currently an active member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, meeting with prospective students on behalf of the Admissions Committee.  Michael  spent eight years as an Adjunct Professor with the NYU School of Continuing Education, held leadership roles with the Cornell Hotel Society for eleven years, and served a four-year term as a voting member of the Cornell Alumni Trustee Nominations Committee. Michael has lived in Little Falls with his husband Tom Kazmark and their rescue dog, Brady, since 2007.    


Michael Donovan, Vice President

Michael Donovan has been an educator for 17 years.  He began his career as a 6th grade teacher at School No.1 in Little Falls.  Michael pursued a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision and became an Assistant Principal in Glen Ridge.  He is currently the Principal of Ridgewood Avenue School, an Upper Elementary School with Grades 3-6, in Glen Ridge.  He lives in Little Falls with his wife (a teacher in the district) and 2 children. Michael has been actively involved in the PTA, Little Falls Athletic Club and Little Falls Football Parents Association.  He is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology.


John J. Veteri, Jr., Esq.,  Treasurer

John J. Veteri, Jr. is a resident of Little Falls with a family history in the town that dates back to the 1920s.  He is a corporate and real estate attorney in private practice.  John is a member of the NJ and NY Bar.  He was previously employed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Seton Hall University, a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of the Little Falls Historical Society and is a member of the Little Falls Historic Preservation Commission.  John is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Passaic River Coalition, serving as Vice Chairman for three years and Chairman of the Land Trust for six years.  He is a former trustee of the Passaic County Historical Society and the John Deehan Scholarship Fund at Seton Hall.


Theresa Gosman Corage, Secretary 

Theresa Corage is a lifelong resident of Little Falls, and received her education in the Little Falls Township Schools, as well as Passaic Valley Regional High School.  She and her husband Rocco have two children presently attending the Little Falls Schools, as well.  Mrs. Corage is a 5th grade teacher in the Franklin Lakes School District. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Art History from Rutgers College, a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education from Boston University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth. She is passionate about education and providing the best possible opportunities for all school children. 

Dorothy Cataldo

Dorothy is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in Business Management. She is a manager at a foreclosure contracting company where she has been employed for the past 21 years. Dorothy moved to Little Falls in 2003 with her husband Dominic Cataldo, and have two children. Dorothy is as active member of the School #1 PTSA, School #2/3 PTA and LFFPA. She has just recently completed her two term service as President of Little Falls School #2/3 PTA from 2012-2016, and previously serving as treasurer for the same. Dorothy and her family are active members of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish where she also serves as a catechist  and has been part of the children’s liturgy committee.


Robyn Davis 

Prior to staying home with her three children, Robyn worked for Tommy Hilfiger as VP of Corporate Planning & Strategies.  Most recently, she served a two-year term on a local nursery school board as both the fundraising chair and board president.  Robyn grew up in the mid-west and studied at the University of Memphis.  She volunteered with the Catholic Big Brother, Big Sister organization and was a big sister for six years while living in NYC.  Currently, Robyn enjoys her role as a Girl Scout leader in Little Falls.

  

Kathy Gasalberti Pocius

Kathy is currently a 2nd grade teacher in Wyckoff Pubic Schools, and has been teaching there for the past 19 years. She also received her masters plus 30 in special education from William Paterson University. Kathy and her husband, Mike, have two sons who are part of the Little Falls Public School System and are actively involved in sports in town. Kathy is a lifelong resident of Little Falls and is excited to give the children in town as many opportunities as possible.


Wendy Gorab McNeill

Wendy Gorab McNeill currently serves as Principal of the Banyan Elementary School in Fairfield, New Jersey, an Approved Private School for Students with Disabilities, a role she has filled since January 2014. Prior to that, Mrs. McNeill’s professional career was centered in the Little Falls Township Public Schools, where she served the district for over 38 years as a teacher, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, and most recently as the Director of Special Services, a position she fulfilled for over 13 years. A lifelong resident of Little Falls, Mrs. McNeill attended our public schools, as did her husband and three children, and her mother, Mary Cueman Gorab, before her. As such, she proudly represents three generations of Little Falls School students spanning the years from 1922, when her mother started school, through 2004, when her youngest child graduated from 8th grade. Mrs. McNeill was raised in a family for whom education was a central theme.  Her father, Joseph A. Gorab, was a School Superintendent, serving locally in Totowa Borough schools, and later working to create the Manchester Regional High School in Haledon.  By serving as a Foundation Trustee, Mrs. McNeill hopes to continue her efforts to support the school district she holds dear, by helping to enrich the lives of children in this special community.


Dani St. Ledger

Dani St. Ledger is the proud mother of two children who currently attend Little Falls Township Public Schools. She is an active member of the School 2 PTA and serves as the School 2 Program Chair.  Over the past two years, Dani has been collaborating with Montclair State University to form a deeper partnership with the Little Falls Township Public Schools, facilitating the integration of both the Montclair State University STEM and Dance Programs into the Little Falls Schools.  This includes Professors, their students, and the Little Falls teachers working closely together with the Little Falls students.  She also had the honor last summer, to assist in the Montclair State University STEM summer camp program as a Parent Consultant. Dani believes that every child is born with a gift and contends that if, as adults we can realize what gift each child bears, then, we have helped to create a happy, successful human being.


Chris Stacy

Chris Stacy is a lifelong member of Little Falls along with his wife, Meaghan, and two children, Lia and Jack. Not only was he a student in the Little Falls school system, he has always believed the education system is our town's biggest strength.  Chris also became involved in the Little Falls Recreation Center at a young age as a camp counselor and a little league baseball player. His passion for baseball didn't end in little league, however.  Chris went on to play varsity baseball at Passaic Valley High School and was eventually recruited to play at the college level at Centenary College.  He continues to give credit to the education he has received in Little Falls for the opportunities he has been given in his life.  Chris is excited to join the Little Falls Education Foundation and have a hand in enhancing the education system for current and future students.  He looks forward to the day when his own children will reap the benefits of the Little Falls schools!


Kevin Torres

Kevin Torres is Director of North American Operations for FrymaKoruma Inc.  Headquartered in Switzerland, FrymaKoruma is a world class equipment manufacturer providing precision machinery for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industries.  He has over 25 years of engineering and managerial experience, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.  Kevin has 3 children actively involved in the Little Falls Township Public School System.


Reverend Emily Ratering-Youngberg

Rev. Emily Ratering-Youngberg has ministered at a Reformed Church in the center of Little Falls for thirteen years. While she grew up on a Wisconsin alfalfa farm and was educated at a western Michigan college and seminary, Pastor Emily loves the history and the hustle and bustle of Little Falls. She is married to a Passaic Valley High School math teacher, and they have two children in Little Falls schools. Pastor Emily sits on the Little Falls Domestic Violence Task Force, which seeks to prevent and raise awareness of violence within families and households. On her days off, she likes to work on her compost piles and sew handbags out of reclaimed materials.


Casey (Cordes) Fronzuto, Esq. 

Casey is an attorney in private practice with Fronzuto Law Group. She specializes in complex litigation and the representation of public entities. Casey is a member of the bar in the state of New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University Law School. Casey and her husband, Ernie, moved to Little Falls in 2010. They have one son who will be part of the Little Falls Public School System in a few short years. Through her involvement with the Foundation, Casey hopes to build upon its past success in order to provide the children of Little Falls with the best possible educational opportunities.


Janine Veteri Barone

Janine Veteri Barone has been a resident of Little Falls for over 40 years graduating from both Little Falls Schools Township Public Schools and Passaic Valley High School.  She went on to graduate Seton Hall University with a bachelors degree in Finance.  Janine served as President of the Little Falls Board of Education in 2014 and 2015. She is also a member of both Little Falls School PTA organizations. Janine is very passionate and proud of her community and is involved in the Alliance for a Better Community, the Little Falls Historical Society and is a member of the Property Maintenance/Zoning committee and the committee in charge of repurposing the old police station. Janine and her husband, Tom are the proud parents of two children attending the Little Falls public schools.