Meet Our Board



Member Since: 2008
Term Expires: 2026
Committee Chair(s): Negotiations
Committee Member: None
Email: [email protected]

Steve received his Bachelor's Degree from Vassar College and graduated with a Law Degree from the Fordham University School of Law.  He is an attorney with his own office located in Closter, New Jersey.  Steve and his wife, Jane, have lived in River Vale for over 20 years with their three children, all of whom attended River Vale schools.  Steve is also the Chairperson of the Negotiations Committee.  Steve is the longest standing member of the Board, serving as Trustee since 2008, and serving as Board President since January, 2022.


Member Since: 2015
Term Expires: 2026
Committee Chair(s): Finance
Committee Member: Negotiations, Personnel
Email:  [email protected]

Patrice and her husband, John have lived in River Vale for 20 years. They have three children who are products of the River Vale school system.  Patrice was raised in the Bronx until middle school when her family relocated to Bergenfield. She received a BA in History and a Master’s in Education from Fordham University.  Patrice taught for two years in the Bronx then taught grades 2-4 for the next 15 years in River Edge.  She left teaching to raise her children and focused much of her time and energies to giving back to the community, serving as the PTA’s liaison and on the Parent Advisory Committee, volunteering in the local schools, teaching religious education and donating time to the local food pantry. Patrice is currently the Chairperson of the Finance Committee.  Patrice has been a Trustee since 2015 and Board Vice President since January, 2022.


Member Since: 2022
Term Expires:  2026
Committee Chair(s): None
Committee Member: Buildings & Grounds, Communications & Policy,
and Curriculum & Technology

Email: [email protected]

Jamie joined the Board in October 2022 filling the remaining unexpired term of a former Trustee.  Jamie is currently an elementary school teacher in Ramsey with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and an Elementary Education Certification from Muhlenberg College.   She also holds a Masters in Educational Technology from Ramapo College.  Jamie and her husband, Ben, have lived in River Vale for eight years and are the parents of two young daughters, with their oldest currently a student at Woodside.  Jamie has been very active in the community since moving here, serving as Cookie Manager for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, Read-a-Thon Chairperson for the Woodside PTA and as a Class Mother.  Jamie previously served the district as a member of the Referendum and Restart Committees as well.


Member Since: 2023
Term Expires: 2025
Committee Chair(s): Personnel
Committee Member: Curriculum & Technology
Email:  [email protected]
Louan became the newest Board Member in January, 2023, and currently serves as Chairperson of the Personnel Committee.  Louan is a Photographer by profession, but comes to us with special interest and experience in special education, ABA therapy and adaptive learning.  Louan and her husband, Adam, have lived in River Vale for over seven years and have two daughters in the River Vale school system.  Their oldest daughter is currently in Holdrum Middle School and the youngest attends Roberge Elementary School.  Louan has been very active volunteering in the community and our schools serving as PTA Lunch Chair, Girl Scout Leader and Town Cookie Manager, as well as Class Mother.



Member Since: 2022
Term Expires:  2024
Committee Chair(s): Buildings & Grounds
Committee Member: Finance, Personnel
Email:  [email protected]

Cheryl joined the Board of Education as a Trustee in January 2022 and currently serves as Chairperson of the Buildings & Grounds Committee.  Cheryl completed her undergraduate work at Pace University and has a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree and Educational Leadership.  She is currently the Director of Fitness With Friends Tennis, a part of the Township of River Vale’s Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, as well as an entrepreneur.  Cheryl returned back to River Vale with her husband, Erick, and have lived in River Vale for over 15 years.  They have a son who recently graduated from Holdrum and a daughter who will be entering the middle school in the Fall.  Cheryl is also a graduate of River Vale schools, Holdrum class of ’87!


Member Since: 2018
Term Expires: 2025
Committee Chair(s): Curriculum & Technology
Committee Member: Communications & Policy, Finance
Email: [email protected]

Recently re-elected for a new term, Virginia “Ginny” grew up in Hillsdale and with her husband, Domingo, made River Vale their home when their two daughters approached school age.
  As well as serving as a Trustee since 2018, Ginny has been active in the community serving on the Restart Committee, Diversity Committee and Referendum Communications Committee, teaching CCD classes and as a Girl Scout Leader. She is currently the Supervisor of Professional Learning at the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for the Northern Valley Schools.  Ginny received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Political Science from Rutgers University and her Master’s Degree in Education: Administration and Supervision from St. Peter’s College.

Member Since: 2022
Term Expires: 2024
Committee Chair(s): Communications & Policy
Committee Member: Buildings & Grounds, Negotiations
Email: [email protected]

Arthur and his wife, Julie, have lived in River Vale for ten years.  All four of their daughters currently attend River Vale schools, two in elementary school and two in the middle school.  Arthur became a Board Trustee in January, 2022.   Arthur received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Seton Hall University.  For the past 15 years, has been a Police Officer in Alpine, serves as a School Liaison Officer for his department and is a former Union President.  Arthur has been active in coaching his daughters’ softball, soccer and lacrosse teams and volunteering at his children’s schools for Field Days and Class Trips.

Melissa Signore, Superintendent
Kelly Ippolito, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

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