Judith Brown, M.S., Leadership in Teaching
Principal of 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 of Children's Services
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
In 2009 Elizabeth earned a master’s of education degree in administration from Rider University. Fuzy has served in the roles of supplemental teacher, supervisor and behavior analyst of the Bancroft Early Education Program and Preschool since 2005. In July of 2013 Ms. Fuzy became principal of the program.
Over the course of her career, Fuzy has presented at various workshops in NJ and Pennsylvania as well national conferences across the country. She is published in the Journal of Behavioral Interventions.
Senior Director and Principal The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility
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
She 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, Goossens 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, Goossens 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, Goosens’ 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.
Dr. Goossens 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 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).
Misty Simmons-McCrosson, L.S.W
Senior 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.
Director, Transitional Campus Residential Program
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, 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
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 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
Keisha Gill Jacob, Ph.D.
Director of High School Education The Bancroft School Haddonfied Campus
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.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Garfinkel 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, Garfinkel is registered with the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists.
School Business Manager
Odubote 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.
Additionally, Odubote is a member of National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).