Staff & Board

Coleen Stevens Porcher
Chief Executive Officer
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 238

Anita Agarwal
Operations Coordinator for the CEO
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 210

Antonio DiNizo
Chief Financial Officer
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 221

Jo Alessi
Controller
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 231

Eric Lac
IT Manager
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 216

Gayu Desai
Manager of Eligibility/Subsidy
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 274

Virginia Jenkins-Whatley
Manager of Provider Services
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 212

Maria Guadalupe
Manager of Training and Education
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 272

Mariela Perez
Manager of Parent Services
Phone #: (973) 684-1904 Ext. 267

Shakia Butler
Manager of Human Resources
Phone # (973) 684-1904 Ext. 277

Board of Trustees  (Includes Start Date)

Inge Spungen:  Executive Director of the Paterson Alliance, 11/19/2013

Ms. Spungen’s decision to join the Board of Directors of 4CS of Passaic County, Inc. two years ago was a natural fit. The organization is a childcare resource and referral agency whose mission is to help families find available high quality childcare that is accessible and affordable.

Both her professional and personal lives have combined her financial and business skills with her deep commitment to community — and to children in particular.

“I love kids. I light up when I see them. There are so many children who don’t have what they need to succeed. I want to do everything I can to help them. It breaks my heart to see kids who can’t succeed,” she says.

A graduate of Oregon State University, Ms. Spungen received a Nonprofit Executive Leaders Certificate from the Rutgers University Business School. Ms. Spungen began her career as a tax manager at PriceWaterhouse and then became Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

When her daughter was 5, Ms. Spungen and her husband moved the family from New York City to Ridgewood, N.J., and she decided to become a stay-at-home mother. She became a community leader, serving as president of the YMCA finance committee and as an advisory council member of the YWCA of New York City, Academy of Women Leaders. She also founded and co-chaired the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival to bring together fiber artists (she is an avid knitter) and raise funds for the Unitarian Society. She also founded and served on the board of the New York chapter of the American Women’s Society of CPAs s well as one term on the national board. She eventually became the Director of Recruiting and Training for the Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates, helping ensure children’s voices are heard in court.

Remarkably, Ms. Spungen and her husband fostered about 10 children and helped them move toward successful lives. “We wanted to have another child and weren’t able to. When I see a baby, I just light up and we really wanted to help children in need,” she says.

When her daughter was in middle school, her Girl Scout troop (Ms. Spungen was the leader) had a project reading books every Friday to low-income children. The books, she recalled, “were horrid so we had a bake sale to raise money to buy better books and we raised $700. The kids gave us big hugs and it was all worth it.”

In 2011, she combined her community service and love of children by becoming a member of the Paterson Alliance, a coalition of more than 50 nonprofits in Passaic County that provide services related to community centered childcare. Last year, she became a project manager for the Passaic County Council for Young Children, part of the United Way of Passaic County. She is currently serving as Interim Executive Director of the Paterson Alliance.

Charles Walter: Chief Operating Officer, CCG Marketing Solutions, 2/16/2016

Charles Walter has learned that giving back to others is critical to his personal well-being.

“I feel like I’ve had a lot of gifts in my life. I want to connect my gifts and abilities with a cause that can take advantage of them. I believe my work skills, such as executive management and organization, would be helpful,” says Mr. Walter, who joined the Board of Directors of 4CS of Passaic, Inc. in February 2016.

The son of an obstetrician and a nurse, Mr. Walter was raised with his two siblings in Cleveland, Ohio. “I had a nice upbringing, but we were not involved in anything as a family. As I grew up and got married and had my own children, I definitely wanted to be involved in the greater community,” he says.

He studied engineering at Case Western Reserve University, but his career has been in computer consulting. After working for several companies, including Accenture Consulting, Sara Lee Corporation and WPP Group (as Chief Information Officer), He joined Core Media Systems in 2013. He now serves as President of the company, which specializes in media-management software.

Mr. Walter and his wife became involved with the Unitarian Church when they lived in Chicago, and he eventually joined the Chicago church’s Board of Directors.   When they moved to New Jersey in 2002, he joined the local Unitarian Church, and ran the long-term strategic planning group, eventually moving up to Vice President and President of the Board of Trustees. Through the church, he met Inge Spungen, Chair of the 4CS Board of Directors. “She had a pretty similar path to community involvement and suggested this board would be a good next step for me,” he said. He began working on the Board’s strategic plan and then was asked to join the Board.

“The strategic plan is so crucial because it drives the future direction … you always have to have a post on the horizon, and then you reset the post so the goal keeps moving. A strategic plan also helps in annual and tactical planning, and gives everyone in the organization a sense of focus and direction,” he says.

With two daughters now in college, he has been eager to give back more to people in the community.

“4CS is a tremendous service that helps working families learn to help themselves.” Mr. Walter says.

Beth Marmolejos: Executive Advisor IT account Manager, Anthem, and New York, 3/22 2016

Beth Marmolejos has a full plate, professionally, personally, and in community service. But a chance meeting with a manager of 4CS of Passaic County, Inc. convinced her she had room for one more activity–being on the non-profit’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Marmolejos is employed by Anthem in New York City as an Executive Advisor IT Account Management. She serves on numerous boards, including being Vice Chair of the Passaic County Workforce Investment Board, Chair of the Passaic County Disability Community, a member of the Steering Committee of the Hispanic Federation’s Latina Philanthropy Council, a member of the Latino Network Coalition Corporate Advisory Board, and Public Policy Officer of the Greater Wayne Area American Association of University Women.

Born in the Dominican Republic, where her single mother was the secretary to two of the country’s presidents, she came to the United States in 1986. Originally, her plan was to visit with her older sisters but red tape caused her to extend her stay and then she attended Bergen County Community College. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in accounting and her master’s degree in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In addition to her career, which has included increasingly responsible positions at Medco Health Solutions (now Express Scripts) and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (now Anthem), she hosts a television show for Hispanic students and business professionals on Spanish-language Telemundo and has earned her Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Ms. Marmolejos is the mother of a 16-year-old son, Matthew, who is autistic. Her experience as the parent of a special-needs child spurred her involvement with the disabilities community as well as her interest in early childcare.

“When he was a child, he was kicked out of daycare. It resonated with me that 4CS helps place all children, including autistic children, in appropriate environments,” she says.

Ms. Marmolejos had been approached by 4CS CEO Coleen Stevens Porcher about joining the Board, but was hesitant because of her other commitments. But she and her husband attended an event earlier this year and started a conversation with Mariela Perez, Manager, Parent Services at 4CS. Ms. Marmolejos and her husband offered Ms. Perez a ride home “and when I heard her talking so passionately about 4CS and how it helped children, it really resonated with me,” she says. “I feel if we start providing the right set-up and care for our children, that will be the basis for them to really flourish and become productive members of society.”

As for the future, she wants to do even more. “I’m still trying to find my calling and the role where I will make a big impact.”

Dr. Sandra Coppola: Senior Director of Personal Counseling at Berkeley College, 3/22/2016

 

Sandra E. Coppola’s desire to help others began in her childhood. One of three children, she grew up in northern New Jersey. “My oldest brother’s disability affected me greatly and created an interest in advocating for people with disabilities. Seeing the struggle he went through and the lack of support available to my family really impacted me,” she says.

Dr. Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling at Berkeley College, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York (Berkeley has campuses in both states). She oversees a staff of 13 counselors at nine campuses as well as Berkeley’s on-line community.

After receiving a Ph.D. from Long Island University, she began her counseling career, working primarily with substance-abuse clients. She also owned a restaurant. While teaching a college course after she sold the restaurant, she discovered her real passion was working as a counselor in higher education. “I fell in love with the students and found that I really belonged in a college environment in a counseling capacity rather than teaching. These are often first-generation college students, single parents and non-traditional students. This is a pivotal point in their lives and I felt honored when they allowed me to be a part of their journey and help to impact their lives. I felt I was able to understand them, support them and validate them,” she says.

She referred several students in need of affordable and quality childcare to 4CS of Passaic County, Inc. That led her to becoming more involved with the organization and joining the Board of Directors.

“There is such a need for accessible childcare in the community. If you don’t have that, you can’t pursue your dreams because your basic needs are not being met. People can get really beaten down. When they enter college, they are told the world is their oyster and it doesn’t always go that way. Reliable childcare is a major issue,” she says.

She would like to see the organization help college students find affordable childcare on short notice and with flexible schedules. And she wants to help 4CS of Passaic County grow.

“This is an organization that supports the family system. Individuals can reach levels of self-sufficiency so they can reach their potential,” she says.

Dr. Deborah Johnson-Rothe:  Medical Director-Northeast Region of Aetna, Hospital & Health Care,  Parsippany, New Jersey, 3/22/2016

Dr. Deborah Johnson-Rothe is the Medical Director-Northeast Region of Aetna, Hospital & Health Care, located in Parsippany, New Jersey. She has been in this position for two years

Previously, she was Medical Director and Team Lead for Executive Health Resources, a division of United Health Group. She also spent six years in the National Public Health Service Corporation in New York City and was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School with an interest in healthcare economics and emergency medicine. She also served on several managed care organization committees in the areas of quality improvement and utilization management. She has been one of New Jersey’s State Commissioners in the Office of Minority Health and served as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at New Jersey Medical School.

She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barnard College at Columbia University and an M.D. in Pediatrics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School. She speaks Spanish fluently. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine.

Dr. Johnson-Rothe also has served on the boards of the Black Infant Mortality Reduction Resource Board and the University Lithotripsy Affiliates Board, The Stone Center of NJ.

Marcia R. Gardner PhD, RN, CPNP, CPN: Associate Dean, Seton Hall University College of Nursing

Marcia R. Gardner, PhD, RN, CPNP, CPN, is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Assessment and an Associate Professor of the Seton Hall University College of Nursing in South Orange.

A former Staff Nurse at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, Children’s Hospital of NJ and Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark and St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick; she also was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Youth Consultation services in Hackensack and a Pediatric Consultant for the Chauncey Group International, Educational Testing Services.

She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in nursing–child/adolescent and nursing education from New York University, a post-master’s certificate in primary care NP—child health from the State University of NY in Stony Brook and a PhD in nursing science from the University Of Pennsylvania.

She is the author of many publications, including several on helping inexperienced new mothers, issues for low-income urban mothers, and helping children with autism.