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

Robyn Davis, Vice President

John J. Veteri, Jr., Esq.,  Treasurer

Casey Cordes Fronzuto, Esq., Secretary

Janine Veteri Barone

Suzanne Benvenuti

Dorothy Cataldo

Martina Frankovits

Kathy Gasalberti Pocius

Jason March

Danielle Strothers

Ex-Officio Members

Diana Kribs

Advisory Council

Dani St. Ledger

Reverend Emily Ratering-Youngberg

OUR BIOS

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Executive Board

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.    

Robyn Davis , Vice President

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.

 

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.

Casey Cordes Fronzuto, Esq., Secretary 

Casey is an attorney and Partner at Fronzuto Law Group located in Woodland Park, NJ. 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 attends school in the Little Falls Public School System. 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.

Trustees

Janine Veteri Barone

Janine Veteri Barone has been a resident of Little Falls for over 45 years graduating from both Little Falls Township Public Schools and Passaic Valley High School.  She went on to graduate Seton Hall University with a bachelors degree in Finance.  Janine proudly served on the Little Falls Board of Education for 7 years and was President in 2014 and 2015. Janine is very passionate and proud of her community and is involved in the Alliance for a Better Community, and the Little Falls Historical Society.  Janine and her husband, Tom are the owners of Falls Creamery, and are the proud parents of two children, attending Regis High School in Manhattan and Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell.  

Suzanne Benvenuti

Suzanne is a graduate of William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. She has been a Phys Ed and Health teacher at Passaic Valley High school for the past 10 years.  Her and her husband Joe Benvenuti, who was born and raised in Little Falls, have been living in this town for the past 14 years.  Suzanne is a mom of three boys who all attend Little Falls schools, and are very active in the community. 

She is extremely proud of The Little Falls School system and grateful for the opportunities the district provides to all Little Falls children. Suzanne is looking forward to contributing to an already successful organization. 

Dorothy Cataldo

Dorothy is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in Business Management. She was a manager at a foreclosure contracting company where she has been employed for 24 years, and is now volunteering and working locally part-time. Dorothy moved to Little Falls in 2003 with her husband Dominic Cataldo, and have two children, Adrianna, who attends School #1 and Dominic who is a Junior at DePaul Catholic. Dorothy is as active member of the School #1 PTSA, LFFPA, LFAC, DePaul Catholic Gridiron, Little Falls Planning Board as well as contributing towards township clean up projects with NJ Clean Communities. She has served as President of Little Falls School #2/3 PTA from 2012-2016, and previously served as treasurer for the same. Dorothy and her family are active members of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish where she had also served as a catechist and has been part of the children’s liturgy committee.

Martina Frankovits

Martina Frankovits, along with her husband Rick and their 4 children, have resided in Little Falls for over 13 years. Their three oldest children all attended School 1 and graduated from PVHS, one of whom is now a teacher in the Little Falls School District. Their youngest, Luke, is currently a part of the Little Falls School System and actively involved in various Little Falls sports programs.  Martina is a graduate of Siena College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and has worked for Berry Global in Montvale for 11 years as an ISO Manager.  Martina is proud to be a Little Falls resident and is excited to work with the Little Falls Education Foundation to give the children in the district the best educational opportunities possible.   

Jason March 

Jason Matthew March is currently an executive in the advertising technology industry, focusing on security. Prior to working in the ad tech industry he was a Wall Street trader and also a real estate salesperson.  He received his Bachelor of Science from New York University's Stern School of Business. He is also no stranger to focusing on education for the young, as his father spent over 30 years teaching and coaching basketball in the Teaneck School System.  Jason has lived inLittle Falls since 2017 with his wife Aneleen, their son Leif Alexander and their dog Sansa. 

  

Kathy Gasalberti Pocius

Kathy is currently a 2nd grade teacher in Wyckoff Public Schools, and has been teaching there for the past 22 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. She also serves as the Treasurer of the Little Falls Football Parents Association. Kathy is a lifelong resident of Little Falls and is excited to give the children in town as many opportunities as possible.

Danielle Strothers

Danielle Strothers is a lifelong resident of Little Falls with a family history in town for four generations.  Danielle received her education in the Little Falls Township schools, Passaic Valley High School, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies with a concentration in Juvenile Justice from Montclair State University. Danielle has dedicated her career to public service and has been employed as a police officer with the Little Falls Police Department since 2002.  She served for many years as the secretary of the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 346.  Danielle grew up playing township sports, building lifelong friendships in the community and is now proud to serve that same community. 

Ex-Officio Members

Diana Kribs

Diana Kribs along with her husband Ken, and their two sons, Damian and Brandon, have been residents of Little Falls for 10 years.  Diana is a graduate from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services. Diana is a Resourcing and Recruitment Manager for a medical communications company, Peloton Advantage. Diana has served as a member of the Little Falls Board of Education since 2015. Having graduated from the Little Falls school district herself, Diana enjoys giving back and being a part of the organizations that provide positive experiences and opportunities to the children of our community.

Advisory Council 

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.

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.