Rochelle Cohen MA
Head of Special Learning, St. Bernard's School
MA Ed.M., Former Head of School, The Gateway Schools
Susan Davis Ph.D.
Linda Gardner MA
Director of Admissions, Aarons School
Scott Gaynor Ed.D
Head of School, The Stephen Gaynor School
Roberta Hirsch MA
Cecelia McCarton M.D.
Founder and CEO, McCarton Foundation and McCarton School
Head of School, The Parkside School
Cindy Puccio MA, LCSW
Child Development Advisor
David Salsberg Psy,D., DABPS
Neuropsychologist, Clinical Instructor, NYU School of Medicine
Laura J. Tagliereni Ph.D.
TMH Board Of Directors
Paula Stamler Resnick
Ira M. Resnick
Paula Stamler Resnick, Founder and Executive Director
After working for the Ira M. Resnick Foundation as Executive Director for over ten years, Paula is currently serving as President of the Board of Trustees of The Meeting House Family Center. She holds a BA from Northwestern and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. Paula’s inspiration to develop the The Meeting House came from her personal family experience where she saw that the social opportunities available to her her daughter in Manhattan were shrinking instead of expanding as she progressed through elementary school. Her 9 year old daughter Samantha is now an active and happy participant at The Meeting House for her second year. Paula has been involved in NYC philanthropy for many years as both a funder and fundraiser and has served on boards and committees of various charities in education, the arts and aging. She is currently serving as Executive Director of TMH as well.
Martin Isaac, Program Director
Martin Isaac brings a variety of skills and a wide background to The Meeting House from his years working with children in fields of recreation, education, intervention and family counseling. Working with children for over a decade through his undergrad studies in psychology and early childhood and during post grad work in behavior interventions he is certified as an early childhood educator and special educator. In addition, he has a background in event facilitation, program management, and curriculum creation. His love for children and fun has earned him a nickname as the modern day "Pied Piper" by families and the institutions he's worked with around the world.
Jacklyn Covell, Clinical Director
Jacklyn Covell brings 30 years of clinical and school experience from both the private and public sector. She has worked with children and their families from toddlerhood through high school age, collaborating with outside professionals as well. Her expertise and interest lies in child development, as it relates to program development and advocacy. Jackie is eager to bring her high level of clinical and diagnostic experience to preschool and elementary school age students and continue helping through evaluation, interview, collaboration and planning, social skills groups and individual help as indicated. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, Masters Degree in School Psychology CUNY and Bachelor of Science in Psychology SUNY, along with expertise and experience in Child Development, Psych Interns, and lecturing to undergraduate students and faculty. Jackie is enthusiastic about her role as our Clinical Director and her responsibilities for creating and nurturing a beneficial and memorable experience for the children through her knowledge of dynamic development.
Meghan Corridan, Director of Weekend and Volunteer Services
Meghan Corridan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1999 and has been practicing pediatric therapy since 2000. Meghan began her career working at two special needs preschools in the New York City area: The Children’s Center for Early Learning in Brooklyn and Stepping Stone Day School in Queens. Since 2002, she has been working at a thriving private practice on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, SAGE for Children. In addition to providing individualized occupational therapy to children aged birth to 10 years old, she has worked with a variety of public and private schools to help children succeed in their academic environments. Using compassion and creativity, she has aided hundreds of children in achieving goals their parents may not have imagined they could accomplish. Meghan is thrilled to be a founding member and program coordinator of The Meeting House. By using her occupational therapy background, she is helping the children use skills they have learned in therapy and school and apply it to real life social and recreational situations. Meghan lives with her husband and 10-month old daughter in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When not working, she loves to bake, knit and spend time with her family outdoors.
Laurie Scherer - Teaching Artist, Dance
Laurie recently graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Masters in Psychology in Education: Personality and Psychopathology. When she is not teaching at The Meeting House, Laurie is employed as a full-time Floating Assistant Teacher at the Aaron School. She is also pursuing her certification as a Dance/Movement Therapist through the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y. Laurie has been performing since the tender age of four and is classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical dancing with a strong background in drama and musical theater. During her undergraduate career at NYU, she expanded her repertoire to include the social and competitive styles of Latin and Ballroom dancing, as well as the various styles of Swing and Lindy Hop. She has been teaching dance for the last ten years in various capacities and has taught students of all ages. Laurie is thrilled to be back at The Meeting House for her third year, where she gets to do exactly what she loves by helping some amazing kids discover their inner stars!
Ari Kessler – Teaching Artist, Music
Ari is a pianist and composer who has been with The Meeting House since its early days. He leads the Music Jam free-choice class on Wednesdays, as well as helping to escort TMH kids from their day schools to Gateway. He can be found at music venues around the city, performing and listening, and at restaurants in the eternal pursuit of the perfect bowl of noodles.
Pat Sciortino - Teaching Artist, Improvisation
Pat Sciortino, MS. Special Ed., joins us this year as our Improvisation Teaching Artist. Pat brings her unique expertise in using humor to motivate learning and skill development. Drawing from ten years experience working with gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) students in Los Angeles and New York, her award-winning social thinking curriculum creatively engages learners by tapping into their unique senses of humor, while strengthening social/emotional and executive functioning skills. Prior to becoming an educator and learning specialist, Pat was a professional N.Y. actress and comedian.
Sam Rivera -Teaching Artist, Sports and Fitness
Sam Rivera is all geared up to become our Fitness Coach. He has worked for 14 years as a certified personal trainer for private clients and in exclusive NY sports clubs. He also leads fitness and sports classes for youngsters throughout Manhattan. As a United States Marine from Brooklyn, Sam knows all about discipline and empowerment. He demonstrates this when he works with children, helping them to builds self-esteem, confidence and improve their sport skills. Because Sam also struggled with ADHD, he knows first hand what it is like to be labeled ‘different’ and how to use those differences as an advantage.
Jessie Medrano – Junior Teacher /Sports
Jessie has been bringing her charismatic enthusiasm for working with children to The Meeting House community for 2 years. With that she also claims 10 years of experience working with children of a wide variety of ages and developmental stages. Her background of psychology and intuitive ways of using language appropriately for each child has made her successful in making connections with children that are meaningful and long-lasting. She has worked in classroom settings as well as therapeutic settings and in more personal home life settings.
Chelsea Deng - Weekend Support
Chelsea Deng has her Masters Degree from New York University in Educational Psychology and is presently in her fourth year of a doctoral program in School Psychology at Fordham University. Currently, she is completing her externship at the Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement at the NYU Child Study Center. Chelsea brings to The Meeting House a vast knowledge base of both educational and psychological underpinnings of child and adolescent development. Her psychological training and experience working with children in schools, clinics, and after school programs, enables her to teach children how to transfer learned skills into social and recreational settings beyond their more structured school environments.