*Denotes Executive Committee Members +Denotes Executive Committee Management
Originating Founders- Anna Villa-Bager - Sarah Melone - Jodi Uhl
Anna Villa-Bager - Founder - President*+
Anna Villa-Bager holds a BS in Dance with an emphasis on Psychology from the State University of New York at Brockport. Anna’s experience in the entertainment industry spans over twenty years in all aspects of entertainment including corporate show production: from initial concept to completion; music and book development, costuming, casting, and choreography. In the large corporate arena, Anna co-developed and produced national and regional industrial shows for many companies including Johnson & Johnson, Cooper Vision, and Becton Dickenson. She served as a spokesperson and performer with Adidas USA for International Super Shows worldwide. Her portfolio includes an extensive theatrical performance career. She has worked with Anthony Quinn, Leila Kedrova, Joel Grey, Jason Alexander, and has appeared in national and local television commercials over the years. As an original cast member of Jerome Robbins Broadway, previously known as Andi Tyler, Anna performed and assisted Mr. Robbins in the reconstruction of dance pieces from notation and old film archives and performed for the entire Broadway run. Other performance credits include Broadway, International and National Tours, regional and children’s theater, film and television. She currently manages the administration of the organization and is responsible for the forward mobility, including promotion, fundraising, and advocacy. She also teaches dance to pre-school aged children, teens, and adults both with and without special needs. Anna grew up in Bergen County NJ and currently resides in Old Tappan, NJ with her husband and young daughter who was diagnosed with an ASD at the age of 2. It is her daughters’ love for music, dance, and art that inspired MarbleJam Kids. She credits her parents Rosa & Peter Bruno for their support of all of her creative endeavors both on and off the main stage. Anna Villa maintains her status as a member in good standing with SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.
Sarah E. Melone - Co-Founder - Vice President*+
Sarah Melone graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She first practiced in the field of rehabilitation at Bryn Mawr Rehab in Pennsylvania, concentrating on neurological rehab and alternative clinical rehab practices. While at Bryn Mawr, Sarah was the Aquatics Service Supervisor and an Equestrian Therapist, and she served patients in the departments of Neuroscience and Outpatient Care. After moving to the NYC area, Sarah worked at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center as a Senior Physical Therapist in the Outpatient Clinic, the Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic Specialist, and the Consulting Physical Therapist in the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic. She retained faculty affiliations for five years at Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy as a lab instructor/lecturer of Spinal Cord Injury Rehab and Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Evaluation, as well as delivered lectures on Aquatic Therapy to the physical therapy students at Touro College. Moving toward pediatrics, Sarah worked on a school-based clinical team at The Bronx Center for Multiplihandicapped Children for five years. While in NYC, Sarah helped develop an Equestrian Therapy Program for disabled children, and continued her patient practices in Outpatient and Homecare settings. Currently, she practices as the onsite consulting Physical Therapist for disabled children and adults residing at St. Dominic’s Home in Blauvelt, NY. Sarah is responsible for program development and oversight of therapeutic staff, MJK policies, logistics, and procedure practices as well as fundraising and advocacy. Sarah’s love for rehabilitation and alternative therapies is inspired by her son, who strives each day to overcome his own challenges. Sarah lives with her husband and 3 children in Bergen County, NJ where she is active in school and community activities.
Michael Pedulla, CPA - Treasurer *
Lynda Baldini, Esq. - Secretary * +
Michelle Roglieri - Administration and Development *+
Nancy Dhulipala - Director of Fundraising & Corp. Giving *+
Director of Fund Raising - Nancy Dhulipala received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Ohio State University and is a certified Music Together Instructor. Nancy worked in various aspects of theatre under Actors Equity Association contracts in professional regional theatre productions as stage manager, wardrobe crew, box office manager and actor. Highlights of her theatre career include cast and crewmember of world premier plays written by Don Nigro, Jeff Daniels and a historical drama by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paul Green. While in Detroit, Nancy worked on marketing projects with General Motors and Ford Motor Company. In New York City, she worked in corporate marketing for Information Builders, Inc. and was Assistant Marketing Manager for the launch of iWay Software, a subsidiary offering revolutionary software for ease of accessing backend data with handheld devices for corporate and medical systems. Being influenced by a family committed to military service, Nancy has always valued the opportunity to volunteer. She is most proud of her work as a disaster recovery volunteer for The American Red Cross. She has chaired fundraisers for The Alpine Education Foundation, The Alpine Home & School Association, and more personally for The LAM Foundation and Soldiers Angels. Nancy sits on boards for The Simpson-Baber Foundation for the Autistic in Bayonne, New Jersey and MarbleJam Kids, Inc. located in Tenafly, New Jersey. Nancy created and heads the Parent Advisory Committee for Special Needs in The Alpine School district. Currently she holds the position of Director of Fundraising and Corporate Giving for MarbleJam Kids, Inc. Nancy resides in Alpine, New Jersey with her husband and two wonderful children. She enjoys Tae Kwon Do, travel, and hiking with her dogs.
Toni Chianetta - Communications and Public Relations *
Toni R. Chianetta, BA, MS, RD – Obtained her BA in Communications/Business from Monmouth University. After graduating from Monmouth she joined the Estee Lauder Corporate Public Relations Department where she worked for over ten years. While at Estee Lauder she became fascinated with the role of nutrition in age prevention and began attending New York University. She received her Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Upon graduation, she worked for a brief period in private practice before having her first child. She currently resides in Bergen County with her husband and two children. She is a free-lance writer and credits her creative inspiration to her love of dance. “Dance is such a driving force in my confidence, expression and inspiration.” “By promoting MarbleJam Kids, it is my hope that many children will reap the numerous rewards of creative arts therapy.”
Valerie Gancarz-DeMarco, BCBA +-
Susan Kotlyarsky, PR +
Suzi Tortora, Phd - Dancing Dialogue
Risa Paster, Esq.
Mark Lampert, Psy.D +- Valley Program
Karen Overgaard, NP - The Whole Child Center
Eiizabeth Balzano-Riley- MT +
Trustees & Officers
Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen is a board-certified general pediatrician committed to family-centered, holistic child health care. His primary care practice, the Whole Child Center, is located in northern New Jersey, and he consults at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, serving as Chief of Pediatric Integrative Medicine and as medical advisor to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center. Dr. Rosen is a nationally recognized expert in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, acting as Chair of the Integrative Pediatrics Council, a non-profit group dedicated to transforming children's health care. Dr. Rosen is also a founding member and Vice-Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He is a frequent speaker at both professional and consumer gatherings, discussing topics such as holistic care of the newborn and the integrative management of autism.Dr. Rosen is a graduate of New York Medical College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Rosen's most recent book 'Treatment Alternatives for Children' provides families with side by side treatment comparisons and acts as a choice guide in the treatment of childhood ailments. More information can be found at www.lawrencerosenmd.com
Christine Soto, Esq.
Christine is a no-nonsense education attorney who provides her clients with a high level of legal expertise. As graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, Christine takes a family-centered, goal-oriented advocacy approach to each of her education cases. Christine's interest in advocating for children with special needs developed on both a personal as well as professional basis. As a mother of two children with special needs herself, she quickly realized that many families needed assistance to maneuver the complex world of special education, especially those who were non-English speaking. As a seasoned, well versed education attorney, Christine routinely presents at parent support groups, professional associations, and schools on a variety of topics relating to education, particularly Special Education Law. Christine's ;presentations and workshops are known to be informative, unique, and always offer practical information for parents and professionals. Christine continues to hone her legal skills and knowledge of the latest research and trends in education by participating in several parent and professional special needs organizations and by attending nationwide conferences.
Deborah Viola, Phd + - New York Medical College
Deborah is an Associate Professor and Associate Director, Doctoral Studies, in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences & Practice. She also teaches courses through the New York Times Knowledge Network. She received her doctorate in economics in 1998 as a Robert E Gilleece Fellow at the City University of New York and has directed the health economics program at NYMC for the past 12 years. Recently, her research interests have focused on regional health care planning, the impact of preconception on adverse birth outcomes, the economics of women as they age, long-term care for the developmentally disabled, emergency preparedness for vulnerable populations, and the role of income support policies on population health. Active in several civic and professional organizations, Dr. Viola serves as a member of the Board of Social Services for Bergen County, New Jersey and as Board Member for MarbleRoad, an organization providing financial assistance and support for people who have been impacted by a rare (or undiagnosed) disorder or who are patients of community health centers in need of specialty care services not offered by their primary care providers.
Joumana Kidd - Spokesperson Joumana Kidd is an unconventional figure with a creative passion which has already established her as a renowned sports journalist making frequent media appearances. Born in Foster City, CA, Joumana is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Cultural Communication. Ms. Kidd launched her career as a model while a student at SFSU. Within a short time Joumana landed a role as a “spokes model,” in which she appeared as a “Bud girl”. Upon completion of her college studies, Joumana accepted an offer from Anheuser-Busch and joined the company as a marketing representative. This opportunity paved the way or her entry into the field of broadcasting and Joumana’s career began to flourish. Kidd’s broadcast resume includes the role of national news correspondent for both the entertainment TV news program Extra and NBA Entertainment. She has covered the red carpet for Extra at the Grammy Awards, The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductions and the Daytime Emmys. In addition to interviewing many to athletes, Joumana has held court with top celebrities from Robert DeNiro, Penelope Cruz, Colin Farrel and Tom Cruise to Jewel, P-Diddy Jay-Z, Sheryl Crow and Sharon Osbourne. She also has appeared on NBC’s hit drama Third Watch. Early in her career Kidd was the co-host of a weekly sports show, Suns Jam Session, with KPNX-12, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. Additionally, she co-hosted “Talking Sports”, a weekly radio show that focused on the positive side of sports. Joumana also appeared in the movie, “Whiplash,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. With tantalizing good looks, Ms. Kidd was named the official spokesmodel for Tereme de Salsomaggiore Skin Care in 2000. Joumana’s recent projects include hosting the ESPN Cold Hard Fan Awards, as well as a major role in the upcoming independent short film “Peephole”. She is also currently working on two independent films. One which is titled “Getting Even” in which she plays the principle role of Phillippian Owens, California’s former top advertising executive whose proposal to the love of her life has gone sour. She will also have a role in the upcoming Indy film “ReVamped” with James Van Der Beek. Joumana has also recently made her mark in reality TV before millions as a cast member of the show, “Let’s Talk About Pep” on VH1, starring Pep of Salt n’ Pepa. Throughout her career, Joumana has consistently been active in many not-for-profit organizations such as the International Children’s Foundation, which raises money to help children with medical needs in impoverished countries. She was also a founding partner of the Jason Kidd Foundation, which focuses on improving the welfare of youth in the community; she is the national spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League. She is currently active on several boards including the Yogi Berra Museum, the Nets/Devils Foundation and the Arizona Heart Ball and Crisis Nursery. Joumana remains an actively devoted mother to her three children; son TJ, and twin girls Miah and Jazelle. Ms. Kidd has been able to find a healthy balance in her life between family, career and personal well-being .
John Roglieri, MBA- Business Advisor
Nick Mamary, CPA
Phil Chianetta, President, Sal Electric
Johan Bager - PMP, Technology Director +
Paul Melone, DMD
Antonio Eppolito, Phd
Dr. Eppolito has been in the educational profession for over forty-three years as an elementary, early secondary, and secondary teacher; as a school supervisor and administrator; and, as an undergraduate and graduate education professor.He is presently an associate professor in the Department of Education, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York where he has served as chair of the Department, and Counselor of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society.He is a former member of the executive board of the New York State Teacher Educators Association.Dr. Eppolito holds a B.A. Degree, a M.S. Degree, a C.A.S. Degree and an Ed.D., doctoral degree in education from Syracuse University.He is certified as a classroom teacher, a school district supervisor and principal, and a chief school officer.His numerous publications in various educational journals have focused on curriculum and instruction, content area reading, philosophical and social foundations of education, special populations and exceptional children, teacher preparation, and international education. Dr. Eppolito lives in Syracuse, NY with his wife.They are the proud parents of four, and the enthusiastic grandparents of five.His ties to MarbleJam Kids are based in support of his daughter, Sarah, and his dedication to further the educational experiences of all children.
Leadership of MarbleJam Kids Programs
Staff Officers / MarbleJam Kids Program Directors (MJKPD)
Managing Director - Anna Villa-Bager - Executive VP – Programs and Services -Sarah Melone
Director of Administration & Human Resources- Michelle Roglieri - Director of Fundraising – Nancy Dhulipala
Press/Media – Toni Chianetta, Susan Kotlyarsky
CAT Supervisor – Elizabeth Balzano-Riley, MT, LCAT - Programs Supervisors - Maureen Cataldo, SE
Film Camp Project Management - Wendy Padykula, SLP
Education -Antonio Eppolito, Phd.Ed, - Deborah Viola, Phd + -
Behavioral Studies - Valerie Gancarz DeMarco, BCBA
Educational Legal - Christine Soto, Esq.
Joumana Kidd - Spokesperson