Mother and son reading a book

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!”

Dr. Seuss


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.


Board of Directors 2018-2019

Roberta B. Senzer, Ed.D.
President & CEO
Carol Villano
Secretary & COO
Deborah Grillo
Chairman of the Board
Liaison to Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Anne B. Genovese
Susan B. Goldman
Victoria Mejia
Patricia Rauen
Barbara Egloff
Divisional Administrator for Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Karen Megay-Nespoli, Ed.D
Director of Literacy and Cognition, Graduate Education
St. Joseph's College
Janet E. Fischel, Ph.D.
Division Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Children's Hospital


Advisory Board 2018-2019

Alisa Altman, MD
Pediatrician, NYU Langone Medical Group
NYU Langone Hassenfeld-Children's Hospital
Lisa Caracciola
Former Trustee
Nicole Fotis
Administration, School Division Head, Harbor Country Day School
Denise Lowe
NYS State Education Department Monitor, East Ramapo Central School District
Retired Superintendent of the Asbury Park School District
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Central Islip
JoEllen McCarthy
Literacy Professional Developer and Scholastic Consultant
Educator Collaborative’s Book Ambassador and Always Learning
Edward J. Zero
Retired Eastern Suffolk BOCES District Superintendent
Former Director, Long Island Regional School Support Center