Bergen Family Center Staff
Mitch Schonfeld, MSW
President & CEO
Mitch Schonfeld is with BFC as President and CEO since 1992. Mitch joins Bergen Family Center with previous experience in youth development, camping and early childhood education.

“I love the interaction between our volunteers and supporters working collaboratively with our staff, all doing their best to help our local community. From infants to older adults, Bergen Family Center has a unique role in supporting our community”.

Elizabeth Corsini, MPH (Masters of Public Health)
Director of School Based Youth Services
Liz Corsini has been working with youth and BFC since 2006 and directing the ZONE since 2011.

“I love the BFC and am deeply committed to helping develop meaningful and lasting services for youth and their families. The Zone has a special place in Bergen County by taking an active role in changing teenagers' lives. It’s the absolute best feeling to love going to work every day.”
Phone 201-568-0817

Marcia Gongora, MA
Director of Family Success
Marcia Gongora came to BFC in 2006 to lead the Family Success Center after a distinguished career in child welfare for the State of NJ.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be working for all these years at BFC and I am so grateful to have the support of and to be leading such a talented staff who have been with me all these years. We have had the opportunity to change so many lives-children, parents and grandparents.”

Mary Stevens, BS
Director of Finance
Mary Stevens began as BFC’s accountant in 2011 and became Director of Finance in 2014.

“The staff at BFC is another family away from home. Not only do we provide our community with a nurturing place to thrive, but we also provide our staff with a warm, positive work environment. That's the reason it's a pleasure to come to work. And helping so many people makes it all worth while.”
Davia Valenzuela, BA
Director of Human Resources
Davia Valenzuela is with BFC since 1999 after working with the Bergen County Office for Children. First, she led HIPPY: Home Instruction Program for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, then she headed our after school programs and summer camps. Since 2013 she is heading the Adult Day Care Program. In 2016 she was named Director of Human Resources.

“I love Bergen Family Center—there’s something for every age group and for every member of every family that walks through our doors.”
Esther Freire, MA
Early Childhood Program Director - Head Teacher
Esther Freire has been in the educational field for the majority of her career. She started as an elementary school teacher before dedicating herself to Early Childhood Education.

“I am very grateful to be part of Bergen Family Center. It’s a place where I can serve the community, the parents, and especially the children who deserve to have high quality education to which I am committed.”
Darlene Tomlinsonhas been with BFC since 2000, first as a classroom teacher, then Pre-K Coordinator and after-school and summer camp director. She served as Head Teacher from 2014 to 2015 and now serves as the Group Teacher for the Leonard Johnson Day Nursery.

“I love children and feel that a child’s learning depends on the parent being the first teacher and the staff as facilitators in the child’s growth as a competent being.”
Nathalie joined BFC in June of 2015 and has been supporting BFC’s events and fundraising initiatives. She has a background in communication and international relations along with experience in development and event planning.

“BFC is such a special place to be a part of. It is a pleasure to work with the staff and volunteers who are so openhearted and committed to making the community a better place.”

  • Bergen Family Center is proud of its highly qualified and dedicated employees.
  • Our staff of clinical professionals includes licensed masters-level social workers, psychologists with doctoral degrees, a consulting psychiatrist and an attorney.
  • Our roster of educators is composed of New Jersey Certified and Certified-Eligible teachers, teachers-aides, and a support staff dedicated to the needs of young children.

44 Armory St. Englewood, NJ 07631
201-568-0817 (phone)
201-568-0913 (fax)
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201-342-9200 (phone)
201-342-2075 (fax)
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