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Staff & Leadership

Our Staff

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Bridget A Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

Kate Cerino, EdD, BCBA
Supervisor of Special Education and Director of Quality Assurance

Daniela Fazzio, PhD, BCBA-D
Director of Center for Autism

Katrina Roberts, MS, BCBA
Director of Adult & Transition Services

Jaime DeQuinzio, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Behavior Analyst and Consultant

Jaime Stine, MS, BCBA
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

Brielle Spangenberg, MA, BCBA
Clinical Coordinator

Emily Aprea
Director of Finance & Operations

Diane Berry
Director of Development

Cortney DeBiase, MEd, BCBA

Diane Berry
Director of Development

Diane has been a development professional for nearly 20 years. She has extensive experience across institutional, events-based, and individual fundraising; strategic planning; and relationship development. The first half of her career was spent at the American Cancer Society, after which she served as Director of Development at Spectrum360 (formerly The Children’s Institute). She joined the organization shortly after they launched their adult day habilitation program which prompted an increased need for reliable fundraising. During her time at Spectrum360, she built the relationships, infrastructure, and processes for a scalable and sustainable development effort. Most recently, she served as Director of Development at PHI, an organization that works to transform eldercare and disability services — fostering dignity, respect, and independence — for all who receive care, and all who provide it. She’s excited to get to know Alpine’s learners and their families, support our dedicated staff, and find the perfect fit for donors and community members to advance our mission. 


Bridget A. Taylor
Fred Bunker

Debra Gladstone
Mark Gladstone
Linda S. Meyer

Board of Directors

Ritesh Chaturbedi, Systemax 

Ritesh is currently COO of Systemax (SYX), an omni-channel retailer & distributor of industrial products. Prior to this, he held C-level roles at Ditech, Preferred and Fareportal, as well as senior leadership positions at Sears Holdings Corporation and Amazon. He has led large global teams of up to 6,000+ associates (in all areas of business), consistently created a culture of customer centricity & innovation, and attracted / developed top-notch talent.  

Vice President
Ed Pittarelli, Bergen Community College  

Ed Pittarelli has been volunteering in the disability community since his college days where he tutored math and physics to blind and deaf students. In addition to being Vice President of the Alpine Board, he is a member of the County of Bergen’s Project Search and Workforce Investment Board Disability committees and Chairperson of the Borough of Park Ridge’s Access for All committee.

Ed was the founding president of the Bergen Community College Rotary, a member of the Board of Trustees for Autism New Jersey, and former president of the headquarters chapter of the Telcom Pioneers.

Ed is the retired Dean- Program Development, Learning Technologies, and Process Improvement for Bergen Community College. He was responsible for guiding the College in expanding its educational programs, managing its online education efforts, managing the College’s documents and records, and support of all classroom and College information and network technology. In addition, he was the General Manager of the College’s Verizon FIOS TV station

He has been an executive in sales, product management, product marketing, systems integration and professional services with AT&T and Lucent, culminating in the position of Managing Vice President. In addition, Ed was the vice president of operations at BroadSoft, a leading supplier of VoIP software to the telecommunications industry and a senior consultant to executives in the insurance and telecommunications industries. 

Ed is magna cum laude graduate of Long Island University in Physics and has his Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Management from Southern Methodist University

Sean Reid, Esq., Porzio Bromberg

Robert DelVecchio, Robert A. Delveccio, LLC 

Robert A. Del Vecchio is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey. He maintains his own real estate practice and was formerly counsel to the firms of Shanley & Fisher, PC and Drinker, Biddle & Shanley, LLP. He has been practicing law for over 32 years.

During his tenure with Shanley and Drinker, Mr. Del Vecchio represented Merck and Co., Trammell Crow, Bellemead Development Corp., Chubb Insurance, Matrix Development Group, Herman’s Sporting Goods, White Castle Systems and Sprint Spectrum among others. His representation of these clients, and others, included closings, due diligence reviews, leasing and zoning. In 1997, Mr. Del Vecchio was one of the lead attorneys representing Bellemead Development Corp. in the sale of $650 million dollars of commercial real estate.

Since establishing his own practice, Mr. Del Vecchio has continued to represent developers in the sale of residential developments, has represented T-Mobile in zoning applications and has done extensive title work for Pulte Homes. He also has an extensive foreclosure practice.

Marvin Josif, CIX Software, Inc.

Kamal Patel, Ellkay

Ann Gittleman, Duff & Phelps LLC

Ann Gittleman, CPA, CFF, CIRA, ABV, Esq. is a Managing Director in the New York Office for the Governance, Risk, Investigations and Dispute Business Unit for Duff & Phelps LLC. Her practice is focused on providing dispute consulting services to a variety of clients, including law firms, corporations, insurance companies, governmental agencies, law enforcement bodies and self-regulatory organizations. Ann frequently works on complex litigation cases where the claims in many instances are in the billions of dollars. 

Ann has been retained as an expert in cases involving civil and criminal financial fraud, Ponzi Schemes, post-acquisition disputes (including breaches of representation and warranty claims), SEC enforcement actions, commercial business damages, business valuations, GAAP, GAAS and related accounting issues as well as bankruptcy investigations and related expert assistance.  

Ann joined Duff & Phelps with the acquisition of Kinetic Partners, where she was a director and co-head of the New York Forensic & Dispute Services practice. Ann joined Kinetic Partners from a prestigious New York law firm where she practiced securities litigation and provided in-house forensic accounting consulting services. Previously, Ann worked on auditor negligence matters as an in-house forensic accountant and legal assistant at the Office of the General Counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Prior to that, she was an auditor in the alternative investment management group at PwC in New York City, where she audited hedge funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds, and commodity pools. 

Ann earned her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in both Accounting and Computer Information Science, magna cum laude from Bryant University. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, and Accredited in Business Valuation. Ann is also a licensed attorney admitted in both New York and Massachusetts, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of the Bar of the City of NY, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner.

Sam Khichi, BD

Sam joined BD in December 2017 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and subsequently assumed a leadership role for BD’s Public Policy and Regulatory functions.

Prior to BD, Sam served as C.R. Bard’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2014 until BD acquired C.R. Bard in 2017. From 2007-2014, Sam was Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc., a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group, where Sam was responsible for Catalent’s global legal affairs. Previously, Sam was Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity for O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

His legal career also includes serving as General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary for a software company, and as Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions for Shearman & Sterling LLP and McDermott Will & Emery. Sam also served as a White House Fellow appointed by President George W. Bush. 

Sam has an extensive military background having served in the U.S. Army as an active duty field artillery officer, followed by an assignment with the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program as a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard. Following his U.S. Army and National Guard service, Sam served as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Office of Naval Intelligence.

Sam holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University, a J.D., cum laude and order of the coif, from Fordham University School of Law, and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the board of directors of Fordham University School of Law Alumni Association as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. In addition, Sam is on the board of Medical Device Innovation Council (MDIC) and the Alpine Learning Group, a school for children with autism.

Adam M. Katz, PwC

Adam M. Katz is a tax partner in New York, with over 30 years of experience assisting US and foreign-based multinationals with corporate international tax planning and transfer pricing, including three years on assignment as US tax senior manager in London. Adam is a founding partner of PwC's financial services industry transfer pricing practice, having served as global leader for over 12 years. In his current role, Adam coordinates transfer pricing and related international taxation policy (e.g., monitoring and commenting on OECD projects) on behalf of PwC’s global transfer pricing tax practice.

Adam has extensive experience in a variety of corporate and international tax areas, and on related accounting issues. His work includes global tax planning, corporate structuring, and tax controversy and dispute resolution matters in the crossborder context, such as representation before the IRS and other taxing authorities. Since 2005, Adam has received annual mention in the Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide of the World’s Leading Tax Advisors in Transfer Pricing. Adam earned his LL.M in Taxation from New York University, his Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Rutgers University. Adam is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars and is a CPA in New York and Maryland.

Adam is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Bridge Program as practitioner faculty, and is an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington College of Law and at Seton Hall University School of Law. Since 2005, Adam has received annual mention in the Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide of the World’s Leading Tax Advisors in Transfer Pricing.

Adam resides in the Washington, DC area with his wife Yvonne, and their twin sons Ben and Oliver, who attend American University and Wake Forest University, respectively, and miniature schnauzers Bella and Wensley.

Soonmo Peter Kang, Merck and Co. 

Professional Advisory Board

William L. Heward, EdD, BCBA-D
Professor Emeritus, College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University

Louis Hagopian, PhD, BCBA-D
Program Director, Neurobehavioral Unit, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

William David M. Kaufman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology
Mt. Sinai Medical Center

Linda A. LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D
President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting

Dennis H. Reid, PhD, BCBA
Founder and Director
Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center

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