Education Leadership

Judith Brown, M.S., Leadership in Teaching

Principal, The Bancroft School

Judith Brown has helped young people achieve personal excellence for over 30 years. Having worked for 20 years in social work and community-based mental health, she has spent the past decade striving to improve educational experiences for students with special needs in both the public and private sectors. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies (concentration in Sociology) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in Leadership in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, she has been with the Bancroft School since 2012 and oversees secondary transition for high school students.

Dennis Morgan, M.Ed.

Sr. Vice President, Children's Services

Dennis Morgan is a well-respected leader in Education, with expertise in educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Since joining Bancroft in 2009 as the Senior Clinical Director for education and Director of Curriculum, Morgan has been dedicated to nurturing growth opportunities for individuals served within the organization and the community. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Early Education and Psychology from King’s College and a Certification in Special Education from West Chester University. Additionally, Morgan has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s University and is in current pursuit of his Executive M.B.A. at Villanova University.

Dennis began his career in education as a special education teacher before becoming Principal of the Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill, N.J. and later the Vanguard School in Malvern, Pa.

In 2003, he received the Ruth K. Newman Award for Education Excellence in recognition of his work with students with developmental disabilities.

In addition to his fervent commitment to achieving excellence in his field, Dennis proudly serves as Captain in the 111th Attack Wing, Horsham Naval Air Station, of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.  He was named the 2008 & 2009 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, and is the recipient of a Commendation Medal from the United Stated Air Force.

Elizabeth Fuzy, M.Ed., BCaBA

Principal, Bancroft Early Education Program

Elizabeth Fuzy is a longtime educator, behavior analyst and leader in the field of special education and consultation in both public and private schools. Elizabeth began her career at Bancroft as a teacher at The Bancroft School, having earned a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Rider University. She holds dual certification in elementary and special education.  In 2003, she completed Temple University’s certification program to become a board certified assistant behavior analyst.  Elizabeth then joined Bancroft’s Consultation and Training department providing consultation and professional development to public schools in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania public school systems.

In 2009 Elizabeth earned a master’s of education degree in administration from Rider University. She has served in the roles of supplemental teacher, supervisor and behavior analyst of the Bancroft Early Education Program and Preschool since 2005.  In July 2013, Elizabeth was named principal of the Early Education Program.

Over the course of her career, Elizabeth has presented at various workshops in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well national conferences. She is published in the Journal of Behavioral Interventions.

Colleen Rowan-Valentino

Senior Director and Principal The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility

Rowan-Valentino is responsible for developing and overseeing high quality services provided by the Early Intervention Program, Homebound Instruction Program and Assistive Technology Program.  She has over 25 years of experience in the field.

Prior to joining Bancroft 22 years ago, Rowan-Valentino was a Special Education Teacher for the State of New Jersey at The Voorhees Pediatric Facility and Lead Teacher for Archway’s Early Intervention Program. Her passion and educational philosophy focus on providing quality educational opportunities in a collaborative, positive learning environment, enriched with technology and curriculum-based instruction, which enables children to develop their abilities and independently access their learning environment.

Rowan-Valentino is certified by the Department of Education as an Elementary Educator, Special Education Educator, Education Supervisor and Principal.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology at The College of St. Elizabeth and her master’s in Special Education and Educational Leadership at The College of New Jersey.

Marijke “Mieke” Goossens Ph.D.

Senior School Psychologist, Elementary Supervisor

Marijke Goossens, a certified school psychologist with her master’s and doctorate degrees from Bryn Mawr College, is an energetic, passionate leader of both the Elementary Education team and the clinical team of Education BCBAs and School Psychologists.

Mieke began her career at the Bryn Mawr Child Study Institute only to follow her dedication and interest in children with autism and complex multiple disabilities to Bancroft more than 25 years ago.  Following her initial years at Bancroft, during which she was a Maggie award recipient, Mieke left to pursue a non-traditional school psychologist role in the Pitman School district in with an emphasis on developing trainings, social, emotional and behavioral supports and classroom models for students returning from out of district placements.

These gratifying and enlightening years were followed by 11 years with the Y.A.L.E. School at its Medford and Mansfield, N.J., campuses.  During this  productive and innovative time in her career, Mieke provided leadership, staff and parent training, behavioral support and counseling, curriculum design, and mentoring in the 11 Y.A.L.E. classrooms housed within public schools.

In July 2013, her journey came full circle, when she rejoined the Bancroft community and she assumed her role as Senior School Psychologist and later added the elementary supervisor role.

Mieke is committed to Bancroft’s vision for independent, productive and fulfilling lives for all students. She is solution-driven, creative, and always looking ahead with optimism and determination.

Michelle Frankenthaler, MCD, CCC-SLP

Senior Speech/Language Pathologist

Frankenthaler has worked as a speech language pathologist for nearly two decades. In addition to overseeing the speech therapy department at The Bancroft School, she is dedicated to providing speech language therapy to students in Bancroft’s Transition Program, chairing Bancroft’s social skills committee and co-developing students’ vocational portfolios.

Frankenthaler has worked in diverse settings with children, adolescents and adults with various neurological and learning disabilities, including individuals with autism and traumatic brain injuries.  She has formal training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), PROMPT, dysphagia, apraxia, and alternative-augmentative communication systems.

Certified in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Frankenthaler earned her master’s degree in communication disorders from Louisiana State University Medical Center. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Timothy Nipe, Ph.D., BCBA

Clinical Director, Campus Transitional and Lindens Programs

Dr. Nipe is a doctorate-level board certified behavior analyst who received his Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. Throughout his career working with children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, he has delivered clinical care in the home, school and community, as well as in campus-based residential settings.
Dr. Nipe follows a scientist-practitioner model; the clinical challenges facing his clients have inspired his clinical research, and research findings have continually honed his practices. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of high-risk challenging behaviors, behavioral crisis intervention training, prostheses compliance, electronic data collection, staff training and collaboration between behavior analysts and medical professionals.


Misty Simmons-McCrosson, L.S.W

Senior School Social Worker

Ms. Simmons is a Senior Social Worker at the Bancroft School and provides support services to education and residential programs.   Ms. Simmons is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey and is a New Jersey Certified School Social Worker.

Ms. Simmons has worked individuals with developmental disabilities and their families since 2000. Ms. Simmons began her career in the Lindens program and held both leadership and clinical roles. Upon receiving her Master Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, she joined the Bancroft School team as a School Social Worker.  In 2014, Ms. Simmons also joined the Bancroft Early Intervention Program providing in home social work services.

Ms. Simmons has extensive experience transitioning students from the school setting into adult placements.  She has conducted presentations at various agencies on the topic of transitioning students from school to adult life. She has had several years of Applied Behavior Analysis experience and has presented at various Applied Behavior Analysis focused national and international conferences.

Jennifer Bates

Director, Transitional Campus Residential Program

Jennifer Bates is an experienced and compassionate behavioral health leader with more than a decade in the field. She began her career with Bancroft as a Community Program Manager and since that time has led teams in both children’s and adult programs, while maintaining the highest levels of regulatory compliance. In her current role as Transitional Campus Residential Program Director, Jennifer is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of care and compliance with all state standards. She also serves as liaison to the New Jersey Department of Developmental Disabilities and all other state agencies.

Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and holds several certifications and has completed professional development in the fields of Self-Direction, Person-Centered Thinking and Strengthening Families, among others.

Timothy J. “Tim” McKenna

Director, The Lindens Center for Autism

Tim McKenna is a dedicated behavioral health professional with more than a decade in the field. He has spent nearly all that time a variety of leadership roles across Bancroft. In his time with the organization, Tim has served as Clinical Associate, Clinical Manager and Consultation Supervisor and assisted in operationalizing Bancroft’s hospital partnerships as the Director of Healthcare Solutions. Tim is a committed leader who brings out the very best in his staff. Additionally, he has given presentations to trainees and professional groups on topics such as medication acceptance, compulsive behavior and treatment of self-injury, among many others.

Tim, a licensed associate counselor, earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stockton University and his master’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Nicholas Forvour, MS.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Director, The Bancroft School

Nicholas Forvour is the Clinical Director of the Bancroft School and the Pediatric & Adolescent Community program. Mr. Forvour is a board-certified behavior analyst and member of Bancroft’s behavior management committee and center of excellence in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Mr. Forvour earned his master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Temple University and is currently a doctoral candidate in special education at Temple University.

Prior to joining Bancroft in 2012, Mr. Forvour worked for a special education school and an in-home ABA provider. His experience has focused on the functional assessment of undesired behavior, treatment planning, teaching functional skills, and reinforcement based procedures. Mr. Forvour has over a decade of experience in school and home settings providing ABA based programing for children and adults. Mr. Forvour’s research interest include the desentization of dental procedures among children with developmental disabilities, classroom-based functional assessments, and teaching functional communication. Mr. Forvour has presented at regional conferences and is a member of ABAI, NJABA, and MABA.

Mary “Chris” Vallone

Senior Physical Therapist

Vallone has been a physical therapist with Bancroft for more than 30 years, and is passionate about helping students achieve their maximum functional independence. Before joining Bancroft, she began her physical therapy career in adult rehabilitation and early intervention.

Vallone is a licensed physical therapist in the state of New Jersey, and is certified for school-based practice. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Temple University, and continues to expand her knowledge in the realm of Physical Therapy and best practices through professional workshops and conferences.

John C. Barnard, M.Sc.Ed., BCBA

Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction The Bancroft School

John C. Barnard is the Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Training for Children’s Services at the Bancroft Welsh Campus in Mt. Laurel. Mr. Barnard earned a Master of Science in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple  University, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is certified by the NJ Department of Education as a Teacher of the Handicapped. He is an experienced clinician and presenter with more than 25 years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in both home-based and center-based settings. Mr. Barnard is familiar with comprehensive curriculum sequencing and with the implementation of clinical supports to school-aged students in inclusive, center-based, and community-based placements. Mr. Barnard is also a part-time adjunct professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Rowan University.

Keisha Gill Jacob, Ph.D.

Director, High School Education, The Bancroft School

Dr. Gill-Jacob has dedicated her career to students with special needs for 25 years. She has enacted important change in a variety of  educational settings. She has been a paraprofessional, teacher, assistant principal and an executive director. Dr. Gill-Jacob has worked in New York City Public Schools, in the District of Columbia and in New Jersey.

Dr. Jacob earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle, her Master’s degree in Special Education with a dual certification in Emotional/Learning Disabilities from Long Island University and her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership K-12 from Capella University.

Amy Garfinkel

Senior Occupational Therapist

Amy Garfinkel has extensive experience working with students with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities.  Amy provides occupational therapy in Bancroft’s Post-Secondary Transition Program, supporting students’ vocational-skill development, consulting on sensory processing disorders, and fostering independent-living skills for students who are preparing for their future beyond the school setting.  She co-developed a vocational portfolio, used to bridge communication between school and adult programs about students’ work skills, preferences, and experiences.  Besides services provided directly to students, Amy supervises the occupational therapy team, and has supported program development and training to staff.

Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Kenyon College. She also holds an Emerging as Leaders in Autism Practice and Research advanced certificate from Thomas Jefferson University.

A licensed occupational therapist in New Jersey, Amy is registered with the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists.

Emmanuel Odubote

Business Manager, The Bancroft School

Emmanuel Odubote has extensive experience in day-to-day business operations and financial management of educational institutions. He has created more efficient policies and procedures at The Bancroft School and implemented internal controls that have enabled administrators to better manage budget and maintain a results-driven learning environment.

Emmanuel is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and is completing coursework toward his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with concentration in Accounting and Financial Management at Devry University. He is a member of National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).