Meet Our Board of Directors


President & Representative to the NJ Council for Young Children: Cynthia Soete
1st Vice President: 
Angie DeFazio
2nd Vice president: Cathie Chmielewski
Secretary: Casey Orlando 
Treasurer:  Appointment Pending 
Immediate Past President: Jennifer Santana

Members at Large

  • Michelle Burress
  • Nicole Garibaldi-DeNude
  • Michele Gregorio
  • Karen Humphris 
  • Alicia Jenks                                                                                        
  • Jennifer Metzger
  • Melissa Rivera-Serna                                                                       
  • Jen Santana   
  • Kathryn Simone   
  • Lorri Sullivan

Chapter Presidents

Northwest:  Carmela McCleary                                    Northeast: Kaitlyn Sweeny
University: Carolyn Tebbetts
South:  Elmoria Thomas

Advisory Board (non-voting)

  • Renee Brady
  • Terri Buccarelli
  • Linda Carter
  • Gerard Costa
  • Valeria Erdosi-Mehaffey
  • Barbara Kiley
  • Arlene Martin
  • Kathleen Mulrooney

Liaisons (non-voting)

  • Beth Gardiner: National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
  • Erika Kelley: NJ Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education, Office of Preschool Education

Coordinator (non-voting)

Helen Muscato

Example of Parent & Caregiver Engagement Cards

Long time CITE member, Mary Lou Allen, initiated these ‘Building Brains from Birth to 36 Months of Life’  parent & caregiver engagement cards!
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