Iryna Lomaga Carey is an attorney specializing in commercial real estate, business transactions, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. She is currently a Partner at Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP and admitted to practice in NJ and NY. Ms. Carey received her B.S. from the University of Vermont in 1986 and her J.D. from Seton Hall Law School in 1989. Ms. Carey serves on the Glen Ridge Congregational Church Council and is the Chair of the congregation's Ministry of Outreach and Mission. She is also an active riding member and Trustee of the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad and a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/Paramedic Assistant.
Rick Claydon brings to the Phoenix Center his extensive not-for-profit experience. Mr. Claydon first became involved with the Phoenix Center when he gave one of our students a supported employment position. Since then, he has been a stalwart advocate for the students and programs of the Phoenix Center. Mr. Claydon has devoted his professional life to the Ridgewood YMCA, serving as CEO since 1994. During his career, Mr. Claydon has been a long-time member and past president of the Ridgewood PM Rotary and heads up the International Youth Exchange as Coordinator and Counselor. Mr. Claydon also serves as Board Member and Past President of the New Jersey Association of YMCA Professionals and is a Board Member of the Wells Mountain Foundation, a foundation that primarily supports programs and individuals in third world countries, or other situations of extreme poverty and need.
Carolyn Gretchen is a retired Learning Consultant and Administrator, who has dedicated her professional life to special needs students in both public and private school settings. She has served as a general education and special education teacher, learning consultant, supervisor, and district administrator. Her specialties in academic program development, behavioral management, and staff development have aided students ages 3-21 years old with autism spectrum disorder and behavioral disabilities. Due to her extensive special education background, Mrs. Gretchen was named as an inclusionary consultant for the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council and was instrumental in developing the first inclusionary classes in Millburn Township Public Schools. In addition, she developed and implemented comprehensive new and continuing teacher training modules for The Children�s Institute in Verona, NJ. Mrs. Gretchen received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kean University. Post-graduate work was achieved through various state universities. Mrs. Gretchen is a current member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and a former member of ASAH, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the NJ Association of Learning Consultants. She is currently studying for Master Gardener certification through Rutgers University, in addition to being a certified yoga instructor.
Jennifer MacKay is currently a Special Education Teacher at Ramapo High School serving as a Coordinator and Transition program teacher of students with disabilities, ranging in age from 18-21. Ms. MacKay is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Ms. MacKay holds a B.S. in Education from Gwynedd-Mercy College, an M.S. in Instructional Design from Western Governors University, an M.S in Educational Leadership from the College of St. Elizabeth and is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from College of St. Elizabeth.
Susan Mitchell is a Human Resource Executive who through her own firm, provides guidance and direction on all aspects of human resource effectiveness to her clients. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Mitchell was the former leader of human resources at CIT. Ms. Mitchell received her B.S. from St. Peter�s College and her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As well, she attended the Executive Human Resources Program at the University of Michigan. Ms. Mitchell is a long term member of the Board of INROADS, a non-profit organization providing jobs to talented minority college students. She is also a member of Women United in Philanthropy, SHRM, World at Work, and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Matthew Niemczyk is a Financial Advisor with AXA Advisors in Nutley, NJ. Prior to joining AXA, he held positions with Langdon Ford Financial and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Niemczyk holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University. He is also a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Andy Rovegno is a retired business executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in the manufacturing, resale and retail industries. The majority of his career was spent with Mobil Oil and Mobil Chemical Company. Mr. Rovegno received his B.S. in Management from Duquesne University and his MBA in Marketing from St. John�s University. Mr. Rovegno is a member of the Wyckoff Community Emergency Response Team, and a former volunteer with the Posse Foundation, which provides college scholarships for New York City students. He also served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army prior to his business career.
Maria E. Sedlack is Director of Sales and Marketing at Five Bridges Advisors, LLC. Prior to her position at Five Bridges, she was Director of Investor Relations at Allonhill and was Managing Director at FitchRatings in New York City where she was responsible for the design and implementation of finance and marketing strategies. Mrs. Sedlack received her BA from Drew University and her MBA from Farleigh Dickenson University. She is Past President of the Wyckoff Education Foundation.
George Spina has been employed in public education for the past 21 years and is currently the Business Manager/Internal Auditor for the West New York Board of Education. Mr. Spina is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and lives in Fairfield with his wife Patty. Mr. Spina has two children who are also employed in the education field.