Who We Are

The Little Falls Education Foundation’s mission is to support educational excellence in the Little Falls Township Public Schools through community involvement.

We are a leading provider of private funding to the District and a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

We support innovative and creative educational programs and projects that are designed to enrich all 900 pre-K to 8th grade students enrolled in the District’s three public schools.

Our Board of Trustees consists of volunteers from all corners of the community and we operate independently of the Board of Education and both PTAs.

Board of Trustees

Michael P. Schiff, President

Robyn Davis, Vice President

John J. Veteri, Jr., Esq., Treasurer

Casey Cordes Fronzuto, Esq., Secretary

​Janine Veteri Barone

Dorothy Cataldo

Kathy Gasalberti Pocius

Karen Coussoulis

Meaghan Tullo

Advisory Council

Dani St. Ledger

Reverend Emily Ratering-Youngberg

Meet The LFEF Board

Michael P. Schiff​, President

Michael Schiff is a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in Montclair and a Managing Partner with Highland Property Partners, LLC. Prior to his work with residential real estate, Michael worked as a commercial-property executive at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Michael is passionate about education and learning. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and is currently an active member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, meeting with prospective students on behalf of the Admissions Committee. Michael spent eight years as an Adjunct Professor with the NYU School of Continuing Education, held leadership roles with the Cornell Hotel Society for eleven years, and served a four-year term as a voting member of the Cornell Alumni Trustee Nominations Committee. Michael has lived in Little Falls with his husband Tom Kazmark and their rescue dog, Brady, since 2007.


Robyn Davis, Vice President

Prior to staying home with her three children, Robyn worked for Tommy Hilfiger as VP of Corporate Planning & Strategies. Most recently, she served a two-year term on a local nursery school board as both the fundraising chair and board president. Robyn grew up in the mid-west and studied at the University of Memphis. She volunteered with the Catholic Big Brother, Big Sister organization and was a big sister for six years while living in NYC. Currently, Robyn enjoys her role as a Girl Scout leader in Little Falls.


John J. Veteri, Jr., Esq., Treasurer

John J. Veteri, Jr. is a resident of Little Falls with a family history in the town that dates back to the 1920s. He is a corporate and real estate attorney in private practice. John is a member of the NJ and NY Bar. He was previously employed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Seton Hall University, a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of the Little Falls Historical Society and is a member of the Little Falls Historic Preservation Commission. John is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Passaic River Coalition, serving as Vice Chairman for three years and Chairman of the Land Trust for six years. He is a former trustee of the Passaic County Historical Society and the John Deehan Scholarship Fund at Seton Hall.

Casey Cordes Fronzuto, Esq., Secretary

Casey is an attorney and Partner at Fronzuto Law Group located in Woodland Park, NJ. She specializes in complex litigation and the representation of public entities. Casey is a member of the bar in the state of New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University Law School. Casey and her husband, Ernie, moved to Little Falls in 2010. They have one son who attends school in the Little Falls Public School System. Through her involvement with the Foundation, Casey hopes to build upon its past success in order to provide the children of Little Falls with the best possible educational opportunities.

Janine Veteri Barone, Trustee

Janine Veteri Barone has been a resident of Little Falls for over 45 years graduating from both Little Falls Township Public Schools and Passaic Valley High School. She went on to graduate Seton Hall University with a bachelors degree in Finance. Janine proudly served on the Little Falls Board of Education for 7 years and was President in 2014 and 2015. Janine is very passionate and proud of her community and is involved in the Alliance for a Better Community, and the Little Falls Historical Society. Janine and her husband, Tom are the owners of Falls Creamery and the proud parents of two children - their son attends Harvard University and their daughter will be attending Fairfield University in September.

Dorothy Cataldo, Trustee

Dorothy is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in Business Management. She was a manager at a foreclosure contracting company where she has been employed for 24 years, and is now volunteering and working locally part-time. Dorothy moved to Little Falls in 2003 with her husband Dominic Cataldo, and have two children, Adrianna, who attends School #1 and Dominic who is a Junior at DePaul Catholic. Dorothy is as active member of the School #1 PTSA, LFFPA, LFAC, DePaul Catholic Gridiron, Little Falls Planning Board as well as contributing towards township clean up projects with NJ Clean Communities. She has served as President of Little Falls School #2/3 PTA from 2012-2016, and previously served as treasurer for the same. Dorothy and her family are active members of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish where she had also served as a catechist and has been part of the children’s liturgy committee.

Kathy Gasalberti Pocius, Trustee

Kathy is currently a 2nd grade teacher in Wyckoff Public Schools, and has been teaching there for the past 22 years. She also received her masters plus 30 in special education from William Paterson University. Kathy and her husband, Mike, have two sons who are part of the Little Falls Public School System and are actively involved in sports in town. She also serves as the Treasurer of the Little Falls Football Parents Association. Kathy is a lifelong resident of Little Falls and is excited to give the children in town as many opportunities as possible.


Karen Coussoulis, Trustee



Meaghan Tullo, Trustee



Dani St. Ledger, Advisory Council

Dani St. Ledger is the proud mother of two children who currently attend Little Falls Township Public Schools. She is an active member of the School 2 PTA and serves as the School 2 Program Chair. Over the past two years, Dani has been collaborating with Montclair State University to form a deeper partnership with the Little Falls Township Public Schools, facilitating the integration of both the Montclair State University STEM and Dance Programs into the Little Falls Schools. This includes Professors, their students, and the Little Falls teachers working closely together with the Little Falls students. She also had the honor last summer, to assist in the Montclair State University STEM summer camp program as a Parent Consultant. Dani believes that every child is born with a gift and contends that if, as adults we can realize what gift each child bears, then, we have helped to create a happy, successful human being.


Reverend Emily Ratering-Youngberg, Advisory Council

Rev. Emily Ratering-Youngberg has ministered at a Reformed Church in the center of Little Falls for thirteen years. While she grew up on a Wisconsin alfalfa farm and was educated at a western Michigan college and seminary, Pastor Emily loves the history and the hustle and bustle of Little Falls. She is married to a Passaic Valley High School math teacher, and they have two children in Little Falls schools. Pastor Emily sits on the Little Falls Domestic Violence Task Force, which seeks to prevent and raise awareness of violence within families and households. On her days off, she likes to work on her compost piles and sew handbags out of reclaimed materials.

2022-2023 LFEF Committee Members

Audit Committee

Chairperson: Kathy Pocius

Members: Casey Fronzuto

Communication Committee

Chairperson: Dorothy Cataldo

Members: Janine Barone, Michael Schiff

Events Committee


Members: Robyn Davis, Dorothy Cataldo, Janine Barone, Michael Schiff, Casey Fronzuto

Fundraising Committee

Chairperson: Casey Fronzuto

Members: John Veteri, Robyn Davis, Karen Coussoulis, Meaghan Tullo

Grants Committee

Chairperson: Dorothy Cataldo

Members: Kathy Pocius, Janine Barone

LFEF Documents


Latest Financial Report

Certificate of Incorporation

IRS 501(c)(3) letter