Board of Trustees

2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Dan Elie, President

Dan Elie - Board of Trustees

Dan joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves as a member of the Development Committee. He has been a Red Oaks parent since 2012 and his daughters are currently in the Lower and Upper Elementary Classes.

Dan is Senior Counsel at the Royal Bank of Canada, advising both the Wealth Management and Capital Markets Groups. He attended McGill University in Montreal, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as Civil and Common Law degrees. He is fluent in French and English and is admitted to the Quebec and New York State bars.

Prior to his current in-house position, Dan worked for leading law firms in Montreal and New York City.

The Elie Family lives in Maplewood, NJ.

Anne Carolan, Vice President

Biography coming soon!

Susan Luciano, Secretary

Biography coming soon!

Christy Crickenberger, Treasurer

Christy Crickenberger - Board of Trustees

Christy has been a Red Oaks parent since 2012; her daughter Erin is in Upper Elementary.

Christy currently is an active member of the Finance Committee, Development Committee, and the Committee on Trustees. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. Some of the ROS events committees she has served on are the Harvest Festival, Holiday Boutique, and Spring Fundraiser.

Christy has a B.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Fordham University and a degree in computer science from Chubb Institute. She currently works for Novartis in East Hanover where she has held various regional and global roles in Information Technology, Project Management, Risk Management, and Information Governance. Her prior work experience was at Ricoh, UPS, and Dunn & Bradstreet.

In the past Christy has volunteered for many years with the American Red Cross, Literacy Volunteers of America, and Contact USA. She supports Deirdre’s House in Morristown, the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, and the Avon Foundation.

Christy and Erin reside with their two dogs and cat in Flanders, NJ. In their free time they enjoy outdoor activities with their dogs, horseback riding and swimming as well as music and theater.

Lynn Castrataro

Lynn Castrataro - Board of Trustees

Lynn is the Vice President, Global Benefits for Ingersoll Rand. Lynn has been with Ingersoll Rand for the past 7 years and was previously with Honeywell where she held a number of leadership positions within the Human Resources function.

Lynn began her career as a Pension Actuary and was recruited away by her client, The Pepsi-Cola Company starting her on a long career path in Human Resources. Lynn holds a Mathematics degree from Vassar College.

Lynn has been involved in a number of activities at The Red Oaks School including: Gala Committee member, Harvest Festival Committee member, Holiday Boutique volunteer, Primary Field Day volunteer, New Parent Buddy, and Open House parent representative.

Lynn has also been actively involved as a Board member of Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS) for 6 years, where she served as Treasurer and was a member of a number of committees including the Compensation & Benefits Committee, the Finance Committee and the Investment Committee. Additionally, Lynn has served as an Alumnae Officer of Vassar College.

Lynn enjoys running marathons, skiing and travel with her family. Lynn lives in Morris Township with her husband Jeff Grayzel and two children: Alexander currently enrolled at Morristown-Beard School and Jacob who is a graduate and currently attending Delbarton.

Fred Douglas

Fred Douglas - Board of Trustees

Fred is a school counselor in the Parsippany Troy Hills School District. His daughter, Diane, attended ROS from pre-K through grade 6 from 1995-2003, and Fred has been on the Board of Trustees since 1998.

Fred has earned the Parsippany school district Distinguished Faculty Award, is President of the Morris County Professional Counselor Association, is a court appointed member of the Parsippany Juvenile Conference Committee, a charter member of the New Jersey City University Athletic Hall of Fame, and has dedicated his career to public service.

Stephen Dreskin

Stephen Dreskin - Board of Trustees

Stephen chairs the Committee on Trustees and has served on the board since 2012.

Steve is a Managing Director of The Touchstone Group, which helps private equity funds to raise capital from institutional investors. His over 25 years of experience includes equities research on Latin American banks at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Oppenheimer and HSBC, management consulting at Deloitte Touche and commercial and correspondent banking at Philadelphia National Bank (now Wells Fargo).

Steve is a graduate of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of International Studies, which comprises both and MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a BA at Penn and an International Baccalaureate degree at the Lester Pearson United World College in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Steve, his wife, Judy and their two daughters live in Mendham, NJ. Enrolling in 2010, Sophie and Lena graduated from The Red Oaks School in 2016 and 2017 respectively. They are now enrolled at Gill St. Bernards School.

Anthony Galdi

Biography coming soon!

Jesper Goransson

Jesper Goransson - Board of Trustees

Jesper advises The Red Oaks School on marketing, design and social media and serves on the marketing committee. He has been a trustee since 2016 and co-organizes the annual dads and kids family soccer game as well as designing the yearbook.

Jesper has over 15 years of experience as an art director and designer with an expertise in creating bold magazine covers and dynamic pages. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of magazines from typography and illustration to photography and info-graphics. As a freelance art director he has worked for publications like Adweek, Women’s Wear Daily, and Time Inc. He spent over 10 years as art director for Advertising Age. While at Ad Age, he steered the 75-year-old publication through a complete overhaul of its print edition among many accomplishments.

Jesper grew up in Lund, Sweden, moved to New York via Minneapolis and finally New Jersey, where he lives with his family in Morris Township. His two daughters both attend The Red Oaks School.

Avinash Kothavale

Biography coming soon!

Noor Shaikh

Noor Shaikh - Board of Trustees

Noor joined the board in 2016. She serves on both the Finance and Marketing Committees.

Noor currently works as a senior manager in the International Tax group with Deloitte in the Parsippany office. She has been with Deloitte since 2002 and has more than 14 years’ experience in corporate international tax. Noor holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and a masters in accounting from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant.

Noor resides in Livingston with her husband, Aneesh Prabhu and son Saif who graduated from The Red Oaks School in 2018.

Christine St. Peter

Christine St. Peter - Board of Trustees

Biography coming soon!

Marilyn Stewart, Ex Officio

Marilyn Stewart - Head of SchoolMarilyn Stewart brings great energy, deep knowledge, and strategic vision to The Red Oaks School. Her unyielding commitment to academic excellence, to best practice in teaching and curriculum design, and to cultivating a strong sense of community and collaboration, has helped to make The Red Oaks School the strong, independent school that it is today. Proven leader, strategic thinker, strong motivator, child advocate, and parent partner are all terms that would describe Marilyn Stewart. In addition to her primary role at The Red Oaks School, Marilyn Stewart recently finished her four year term as President of the American Montessori Society. Prior to joining The Red Oaks School, Marilyn held positions as President and Founder of The Stewart Group, an educational consulting firm based in Montclair, New Jersey; as Middle School Director and Director of Development at The Calhoun School on the Upper West Side of New York; and as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools. Marilyn also serves currently as a Trustee of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) where she served as Chair of the NJAIS Professional Development Conference. She is a member of the New Jersey Montessori Association Corporation (NJMAC) and was treasurer from 2004 to 2006. She holds a M.Ed. from Goucher College and a B.A from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tina Terraciano

Tina Terraciano - Chair of Marketing Committee

Tina is the current chair of the Marketing Committee and former President of the Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Committee on Trustees. She has served as a trustee since 2006 and is an alumni parent. Tina’s love of The Red Oaks School and its community is why she has stayed involved for so many years.

Tina is employed by Reckitt Benckiser in their US headquarters in Parsippany as a senior manager, healthcare professional marketing working on women’s health brands and nutritional supplements. Her background includes twenty plus years as a market research professional. She holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from I.E.S.E. in Barcelona, Spain.

Tina resides in Morris Township with her husband, Tom Weber. She frequently visits her home away from home in Athens, GA where her son Kyle attends the University of Georgia, and she is a passionate Bulldogs fan!


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee conducts a monthly conference call to plan the monthly Board meeting agendas. In an emergency, if the full Board cannot be assembled, the Executive Committee may meet. Rules for such circumstances are outlined in the by-laws. The Executive Committee acts as a sounding board for the Head of School and oversees his/her annual evaluation.

Finance Committee*

The Finance Committee meets every six weeks. Its functions include drafting the school budget for Board approval, updating the Board regarding the financial health of school, reviewing insurance plans, addressing financial infrastructure, and strategic planning for the school’s financial health.

Development Committee*

The Development Committee oversees the school’s Annual Fund, Major Gifts, and its two annual fundraising events. This committee works to build a culture of philanthropy and involvement within the school. It meets monthly, and more often during event planning.

Marketing Committee*

The Marketing Committee meets monthly to protect and expand the school’s brand. It determines the school’s key messages, marketing goals, and strategies. It oversees the school’s web presence and assists in the planning and design of multimedia marketing tools and advertising/marketing campaigns.

Committee on Trustees

The Committee on Trustees plans for trustee succession, including new trustee recruitment, cultivation, and orientation. Its role expands to include professional development for trustees on trusteeship and best practices, and trustee self-evaluation oversight.

Building Committee

The Building Committee oversees and liaises on matters of facility maintenance, strategic planning, improvements, and expansion. It works with the Finance Committee to manage capital expenditures and, in the case of capital campaigns, with the Development Committee.