Mother and son reading a book

“You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.”

Strickland Gillilan


Board of Directors

The Carol Pufahl Foundation is governed by a diverse group of individuals whose expertise in a wide range of key areas guides our organization. Our Board of Directors are passionate about the importance of improving educational outcomes for children by promoting early literacy and are committed to increasing learning outcomes for all children.

Board Members hail from:

  • Fields of early childhood education (member of the National Early Literacy Panel of the National Institute for Family Literacy)
  • Teaching (preschool, public school and university teaching)
  • Educational administration
  • Psychology
  • Health
  • Grant writing and management at Federal and State levels
  • Nonprofit fundraising and development
  • Technology

Each Board Member holds strong values for improving educational outcomes for children through service and collaborative partnerships among public schools, universities, community agencies, and families. The Foundation leverages the power of community and adult-child relations to build the key language and literacy skills of children and families thereby improving education outcomes for children. Programs launched by the Foundation will expose children to activities that encourage a love of language and learning and support families and teachers in making the most of the early ears to ensure success in school and life.

Roberta B. Senzer, Ed.D.
President & CEO
Carol Villano
Secretary & COO
Kristen Pufahl Schreck
Deborah Grillo
Chairman of the Board
Liaison to Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Lisa Caracciola
Cheryl Pufahl
Patricia Rauen
Barbara Egloff
Divisional Administrator for Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Linda Faucetta
Director of Oakdale Campus
St. John’s University
Janet E. Fischel, Ph.D.
Division Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital