Joanne Colón firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Otero email@example.com
Kristen Whalen firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Cosentino email@example.com
PTA Council Representative
Ian Rowe firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Soule email@example.com
Courtney Donahoe firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Gerber email@example.com
Courtney Donahoe firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Soule email@example.com
Beth Ritchie firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Mason email@example.com
Joanne Colón firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Otero email@example.com
Monica Gimigliano firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana LaScalia email@example.com
Cathy Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Belanfante email@example.com
Monique O’Hare firstname.lastname@example.org
Kara Weiss email@example.com
Sarah DeSoye firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerri Ann Weaver email@example.com
Kim Asfendis firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Kitay email@example.com
Jessica Waters firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Cheryl Champ email@example.com
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services
Ms. Traci Holtz firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Elementary Supervisor
Dr. Lauren Ribeiro email@example.com
Special Education Secondary Supervisor
Mr. Gregory Lau firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg has a son currently attending Pelham Middle School in the sixth grade. Greg is also a graduate of Iona College where he earned his degree in Accounting and a minor in Finance. Professionally, Greg serves as the Chief Financial Officer for a boutique hospitality group overseeing all financial aspects of the various properties and business ventures.
Greg would like to bring his expertise to SEPTA to act as the treasurer and give back to the system that has given him and his family so much through years.
Originally from DeLand, Florida, Beth is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Beth is a full time Realtor and a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Bronxville. Prior to embarking on a career in real estate in both Manhattan and Westchester County, Beth spent 15 years in various executive roles for several Fortune 500 health care companies such as Cigna, United Healthcare and WellPoint. Beth, a U.S. Army veteran’s wife and mother of two young children, calls Pelham home. She is an active member of the Junior League of Pelham currently serving on the Board as Vice President of Communication, active in the Huguenot Nursery School Parents Committee and Siwanoy Elementary School PTA. In addition to her volunteer work, Beth is a member of the National Association of Realtors, New York State Association of Realtors and Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.
Beth is proud to serve as the SEPTA representative for the Siwanoy Elementary School.
While working in Norwalk she made great strides working with families and children on student-led IEPs. She worked hard to create a student-centered environment in which the children are aware and in charge of their goals. Kara believes that there should be no stigma attached to having an IEP or having an exceptionality. Differences are what make us unique and so special!
Kara is so excited to be a part of this wonderful team, and can’t wait for all the work to come!
Sarah especially enjoys being in Pelham, where she grew up and also attended Prospect Hill!
During her doctoral training, Sarah interned at Prospect Hill and Pelham Middle School. She is impressed by Pelham’s commitment to civic virtue, and by the school staff who also model this commitment.
Joanne’s professional background includes Financial Services and Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Education. During her previous life in the financial sector, Joanne worked for Fortune 500 Companies until she decided to change careers and become an Educator; working in neighboring districts, the NYC DOE, and a public charter school network. She decided to obtain her M.S. Ed in Secondary Special Education because she holds the strong belief that Special Education can be described as Special Children with Special Abilities who receive Special Instruction by Special Humans, their teachers. She has served in different capacities inclusive of teaching, coaching, and leadership. Her Special Education experience extends to teaching students with moderate-to-severe disabilities in a Self-Contained setting; teaching students with disabilities in the inclusive Integrated Co-Teaching setting; facilitating intervisitations for an ICT Lab Site; coordinating the CSE process; serving as a Special Education Department Coordinator; serving as a Restorative Justice Coordinator for cases involving students with disabilities; and serving as a Network Academic Lead for Special Populations. Supporting and advocating for parents and students while liaising with District and School based staff is critical to her work in her professional career and on the SEPTA Executive Board. In keeping with her level of dedication to Special Education, Joanne lives by these words coined by Confucius that says, “If you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life” and is ready to serve the next two years as Co-President of the Special Education PTA.
Joanne has a passion for health and wellness and is a Certified Health Coach who volunteers to host parent engagement workshops within her school communities. In her spare time, she loves to invest quality time (QT) with family playing board games and cards, spending time in nature with her children in “the outdoor classroom,” and finally, always taking time out for music, singing, and dance.
Stephanie graduated with a BA in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice from C.W Post, Long Island University. Stephanie has been Hutchinson school’s PTA President and has chaired many committees within the Hutchinson school community. She currently sits on the Site Based Council, and represents Hutchinson school at PTA Council here in Pelham. Stephanie is also a part of the Reopening Task Force for Pelham school district, and continues to pop into many budding committees benefiting our children.
Stephanie and her family volunteer their time to biweekly midnight runs in Manhattan. She is a Girl Scout leader for the last 6 years, as well as the current Pelham Service Unit Manager, overseeing all Girl Scout troops within town. Stephanie is currently the Membership VP for the Junior League of Pelham, and will be chairing the DE&I and ending hunger committees within the league to further her passions of inclusion and ending food insecurity. Stephanie is the current SEPTA representative for Hutchinson and has been a lifelong champion for the community in which it serves. Stephanie is a firm advocate for children and marginalized groups, and looks forward to continuing to raise her family here in Pelham, and teaching her children by example.
In her free time Stephanie loves to read, tend to her plants, travel the northeast, cook and spend time outside.
Watching my mother, as a PTA President, dedicate her time to our school, community, and her children instilled in me, a sense of hard work and commitment to caring for others. I would go on to provide care as a babysitter, nanny, counselor at the NYAC, volunteer at New Rochelle Hospital and eventually work for the Pelham Recreation Department as a Basketball coach for Colonial and Siwanoy schools.
After graduating from The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, I found my way back to the then Sound Shore Medical Center. I spent 16 years, full-time, learning from my mentors and colleagues how to efficiently navigate the Healthcare and Insurance Systems. During my time as a Supervisor/Trainer over two hospital campuses, I worked closely with the Mental Health/Psych unit, their nurses, administrators, and community outreach programs. I served on several Teams and Management Groups as well as the Studor Initiative Communications Team as Recording Secretary, championing the American Heart Association fundraising campaign for Go Red Day, pursuing Patient Education initiatives and Insurance navigation assistance. Because of the proximity to Pelham, I have been privileged to serve and assist numerous members of our community.
Over the past 18 years, I have been a Hutchinson, PMS, and PMHS parent. I have served as a Class Parent, PTA and SEPTA member, and am currently Recording Secretary for the Hutchinson PTA Board. Each school and each of my 3 childrens’ experiences have afforded me invaluable insight into our education system. I have been honored to work with the caring and efficient CSE and CPSE boards for our own childrens’ needs. They have been a guiding light and steadfast supporters for our family.
Since making the decision to stay home to support my children further, I have resumed my passion for creating custom cakes and continue to provide my local customers with delicious and exciting creations for their events. I continue my commitment to service by providing freelance insurance and medical bill assistance to those unfamiliar with the healthcare inner workings in order to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with numerous bills and paperwork in already difficult times. I am also a huge sucker for almost any animal and adore walking dogs most days for some fantastic families as well as my own beautiful German Shepard.
After all my time here, I have come to love and admire our small town and community and how we can come together, in good times and tragic events, to empathize with each other and work towards common goals. I am very excited to potentially serve our community and children with the SEPTA Board to continue the work and advocacy within my beloved Pelham.
Jesisca has a BA in Art History from Marymount Manhattan College and an MBA in International Finance from St. John’s University. Jesisca works in Finance for Bloomberg as the Team Leader for the Customer Support CFO team, previously she was a Controller for IT and Real Estate at the investment bank Evercore.
Jessica is the SEPTA representative for both Prospect Hill and Colonial. As a parent with a child with special needs in the Pelham school system, she understands the complexity and challenges involved in finding the right support for your child. She is excited to be able to give back to the community and be a support to others.
Jessica is married to Jon Wallace, a Private Chef in Pelham. In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks around the neighborhood with her kids and her newfypoo Beaux, reading, and spending time (outdoors) with friends.
For the last thirty years – from his early days at Teach For America to his present work launching a new network of International Baccalaureate high schools in the Bronx – Ian has dedicated his life to ensuring young people of all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to receive an excellent education. He attended New York City public schools K-12, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School with a major in Electrical Engineering, and then went on to earn his BS in Computer Science Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In addition to his service on the School Board, Ian volunteered his time to serve on the Board of Session for Huguenot Memorial Church, coached little league, and lent his voice to get the 2018 Bond passed, which funded the new Hutchinson school and the capital improvements to the Middle School, High School and Prospect Hill buildings.
Ian looks forward to working with SEPTA to continue to achieve the Pelham mission: Inspiring a Standard of Excellence for All Students.
My name is Atasha Greene. I am a Guyanese born and Brooklyn raised creative. I immigrated to the US as a teen and throughout the years I’ve found my tribe of support, rooting me in cycle to always give back so much of what I’ve gained. I’ve lived in Pelham for the last 5 years with my College sweetheart and husband Maurice. We have two bubbly Hutchinson Elementary students (Kindergarten and 5th Grade) and enjoy our days exploring Westchester.
I’ve always been a part of community organizing for as long as I can remember, before even knowing about the field of Social Work. I graduated from Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work with a Master’s of Science degree in Social Work specializing in Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., where I volunteer and serve under the mission to “…cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards”.
Pelham is my home and I cherish my time being actively involved with the needs of our community as an Executive Board Member of Progressive Women of Pelham and as a member of Pelham Together. I have spent 8 years of my career in the Social Work field working in foster care, social services, child care and currently with seniors. This full circle of experience has helped me to understand the need for a whole child approach and not using one lens to fit all. I am dedicated to person centered care, Advocacy, Social Justice, Equity and Inclusivity for all. I admire the resilience of our children and look forward to planting seeds as they bloom with grace.
I am happy to be the liaison for my heart school Hutchinson Elementary and if there is any way that I can help you please let me know and if I can’t find the answers then we’ll do it together!
Meaghan received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. She began her teaching career at 21 years old, where she taught Kindergarten, First and Second grade. While teaching, she obtained her Masters in Reading Education at Barry University. Shortly after her twins were born, she made the decision to dedicate herself to them by being a stay at home mom. Meaghan is a proud advocate for her children. She is a firm believer of early intervention, CPSE and CSE. She is currently a member of Siwanoy’s PTA.
She looks forward to helping other parents as she continues to find her own path into success for her children and all of their continuing needs.
Jessica has worked has worked in a few neighboring districts as a high school counselor and college advisor and additionally, she has worked as a private college consultant. Through her role as a school counselor, Jessica worked closely with students, teachers, and families as an active participant in her students’ 504 and CSE experience.
Since moving to Pelham with her husband 15 years ago, Jessica has found many ways to give back to the Pelham community. She first joined the Junior League, where she learned of the many ways she could give back to Pelham in her years after being active member in the League. Jessica was President of the JLP in 2014-2015 during the fundraising and completion of Woodland Park. In addition to the JLP and Pelham Board of Education, Jessica has been an active volunteer at Colonial School, County Harvest, Pelham Together, and The Picture House.
Jessica and her husband have four boys spanning in age from 4-13 who keep them quite busy.
I have worked in Pediatric and Adolescent health as a mental health clinician for various programs some include, New York Children’s Center through NYC Office of Mental Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Peter Kruger Clinic Beth Israel-Mount Sinai Hospital Infectious Diseases, NYC Health and Hospitals Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital. I have worked within the capacities of program development, grant writing, clinical education and program administration. I have also been a consultant to other not for profit programs. In working with children and families to address their needs I have collaborated for years with various NYC agencies (Dept. of Ed., Administration for Children Services, HRA, DOHMH, etc).
I have been a Pelham SEPTA Liaison for PMS for the past 4 years. I am or have been in the past a PTA member with Hutchinson Elementary, Pelham Middle School and Pelham Memorial High School. I admire the passion and dedication that the SEPTA community has here in Pelham, I am so proud to be a part of it. I am a true believer that it takes a village to raise a child. I am excited to work together.
Career-wise, Lori earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Communications from The Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and has spent more than 20 years in the media industry specializing in television and digital marketing.
With two boys who have benefitted tremendously from early intervention, Lori is passionate about special education and looks forward to working with and supporting other families with exceptional children.
Three years-new to Pelham, contemplating on how to best serve her new community, Joanne decided to get involved with Pelham SEPTA and now serves as SEPTA’s Treasurer.
Her background includes Financial Services and Education. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Secondary Special Education. During her previous life in the financial sector, Joanne worked for Fortune 500 Companies until she decided to change careers and become an Educator, working in neighboring districts, NYC, and a charter school network. She has served in different capacities that include teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities, coordinating the CSE process, Special Education Department Chairperson, and Instructional Coach. Joanne loves nutrition and is a Certified Health Coach who volunteers to host workshops within her school communities.
In her spare time, she loves to play board games and card games with her family and sing.
Amy has lived in Pelham for 8 years with her son who is a 2nd grader at Hutchinson.
She shares the belief with many in the community that all children, regardless of physical or neurological differences, should and can be provided with a free public education that is fun, challenging and suits their individual needs. Amy is excited to be part of continuing the amazing work SEPTA has been doing to provide resources and support to families.
While in college, Amy was a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. Additionally, she served as the volunteer liaison to the Board of Directors and as a Mentor for incoming volunteers. Upon moving to NYC, Amy volunteered for SafeSpace, a homeless organization that specialized in helping kids who had been ousted from their homes for being LGBTQIA. Amy also served on the Junior Board and worked in organizing large scale events for fundraising. After 9/11, Amy volunteered for Safe Horizons, The Red Cross and other collaborative non-profits at the Family/Victims Center, as well as onsite locations. These experiences allowed Amy to provide immediate assistance to those in need, especially underserved children.
Professionally, Amy was in arts administration and then became a Broadway casting director for many years. She later opened her own business as a Personal Project Manager which she has run for 15 years. Currently, Amy is in graduate school, pursuing her master’s degree in Child Development at Sarah Lawrence College. Her focus is on Environmental Education, and she plans to advocate for children to have more time outside. Amy is passionate in her belief that meaningful experiences in nature improve social/emotional well-being, certain behaviors in the classroom and even raises test scores.