Bergen Family Center


Mitch Schonfeld, MSW

President & CEO

Mitch Schonfeld joined BFC as President and CEO in 1992. In his prior work he gained program experience in youth development, early childhood education, camping and visually impaired older adults, as well as facility management, financial planning, and marketing.


Elizabeth Corsini, MPH

VP & Director of Programs

Liz joined the BFC team in 2006 leading the adolescent and school based youth services division until 2016 when she assumed the position of VP/Director of Programs. Liz holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and has dedicated her entire professional career to advancing the health of women and families. “I love coming to work every day with people that are truly committed and compassionate.”


Davia Valenzuela, BA

Director of Human Resources

Davia joined BFC in 1999 after working with the Bergen County Office for Children. She's led our HIPPY program and headed our after school programs and summer camps. In 2016 she was named Director of Human Resources.


Alexis Cooperman, RN

Director of Development

Alexis joined BFC in 2017 as the Special Events Advisor, and in 2018 as the Director of Development. Prior to her appointment in this role, Alexis served for 12 years on the Board of Trustees and on Committee on Trustees of the Dwight-Englewood School. While in this role, she also served as Chair of Development and Co-Chair of Special Events.


Abel Bantyiwalu, BS

Director of Finance


Abel rejoined BFC in September of 2018. He previously worked as an Accountant for BFC and various non-profit agencies. His background in managing grants, non-profit financial reporting and budgeting makes him a valuable member of the Bergen Family Center Organization.


Natalia Valencia, BA

Director of Bridges Family Success Center

Natalia Valencia joined BFC in 2007 as a Family Development Worker at the Family Success Center. In January 2019, Natalia became the Director of Bridges Family Success Center. She has worked in the social service field for over 16 years. Natalia works with the FSC team to develop and implement prevention programs dedicated to strengthening families and community. She is dedicated to the families she meets with every day.


Mariam Gerges, LCSW, MA

Director, School Based Youth Services

Mariam has worked for BFC since 2011. With special training in trauma, gender violence, and youth development, Mariam is dedicated to providing accessible prevention and interventions services for local youth and their families.



Rachele Ventrone

Home Visiting Director

Rachele joined BFC in 2005, her passion to strengthen families paved the way for her role as HIPPY coordinator, Family Outreach Worker and currently Director of Home Visiting. She spent 15 exciting years implementing innovative programs to enhance the HIPPY program’s mission in engaging families and preparing children for success in school and beyond. “The experiences that we provide our young children in the classroom and in their home can impact them for a lifetime. It takes a village to empower a STRONG, self-reliant family and I love being a part of that process.”.

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Glenda James, LCSW

Director, Early Childhood Services

Glenda joined the Bergen Family Center community in October 2017. She is an educator, social worker, and is committed to ensuring that all children receive the highest quality education in a nurturing and safe environment.


Sheila Mack MSW, LCSW

Director of Clinical Services

Sheila has been with BFC since 2000, serving first as Clinical Director, then as VP of Programs until her retirement in 2009. In 2011 she returned to BFC part time as a clinical supervisor. At present she oversees the Hackensack site, providing supervision and support to the Clinical Staff, the Director of Court Services and the Administrative Team. Sheila has spent her professional career spanning more than 35 years in the field of mental health as a clinician, a supervisor, an administrator and mentor.


Iris Maldonado

Supervisor, Care Management

Iris joined BFC in 2015 as a Care Manager for the homebound elderly and disabled individuals. In March 2016, Iris became Care Management Supervisor and currently manages 3 Care Managers and is dedicated to delivering much needed services to the homebound elderly. Prior to BFC Iris worked with single mothers with children (TANF) and the homeless population in Passaic County for 15 years.


Cathy Robertson

Supervisor, After School Grade 1 & Grade 2

Cathy joined BFC in 2017 and has worked as an educator and Media Specialist in the Englewood Public School District for more than 8 years. Cathy is dedicated to providing creative, stimulating and enriching after school programs to Englewood youth.


Yolanda Salazar

Supervisor, After School Pre-K & K

Yolanda joined BFC in 2017 and has been a Certified Teacher and Special Education Coordinator the Englewood Public School System for over 20 years. Yolanda is dedicated to providing accessible, culturally competent early learning services to Englewood youth.


Holly Scipio, BA

Supervisor, Adult Day Program

Holly joined BFC in 2013 working with the after school program. She then transitioned to the role of Supervisor in the Adult Day Program offering the Bergen County community a fun, safe and engaging Adult Day Program and place for Seniors to meet. Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Urban Planning and continues to look for new and exciting challenges for today’s Seniors.


Nathalie Zapletal, MA

Development & Communications Manager

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.

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