Clinical Supervisor - Julie Wien, LCSW, ACSW
Consulting Therapeutic Supervisor – Agnes Sullivan, Ph.D, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker- Julie Wien, MS, LCSW, ACSW
Julie Wien is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 20 years’ experience working in diverse social and medical environments as a director, supervisor, and practitioner for individuals and families. She is skilled and certified in a number of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychoeducational, and is insight oriented utilizing progressive and holistic tools of visualization and breathing exercises. Julie's very eclectic multisensory approach is open and entirely based upon the client's needs. She specializes in serving teens in difficult situations including teenage pregnancy, mental health concerns, eating disorders, ASDs, ADHD, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, self-injurious behaviors, PTSD, substance abuse, identity/gender issues, women's health issues, divorce and domestic violence. In addition to being a family support practitioner, she offers advocacy of the special child in educational environments and is committed to each child, youth, or young adult to meet their academic potential. Julie utilizes a chart progress to let the client see their advancement thereby allowing them to feel empowered by the therapeutic process. Julie received her MSW from Yeshiva University Clinical Wurzweiler School of Social Work and her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan. She has developed programs for the state based upon mental health services for the underserved population. Julie is an approved clinical supervisor for the State of NJ and has worked with many school districts and CST throughout Bergen County.
Drama Therapist- Sarah Rose Olsen, MA
Sarah received her BA in Arts Administration from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2011. After working with Roundabout Theatre Company and then traveling in South America for several months, Sarah went on to receive her MA in Drama Therapy from New York University in May 2016. During her time at NYU, Sarah wrote and directed a 30 minute one act play about the experiences and trials a therapist might face when working with a disabled client, becoming one of her most memorable graduate experiences. Sarah has experience working in numerous settings. While at NYU, Sarah worked at Kidesteem in Long Island, Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, and Creative Alternatives of New York in Manhattan. Sarah works with kids, adolescents, and adults utilizing drama therapy techniques such as projectives (puppets), play, improv, and story telling to build social skills and empower individuals in self expression. Sarah also has a background as a pre-professional ballerina and often utilizes movement and breath in her work.
Music Therapist - Jesse Asch, MS, MT-BC,
Jesse is a professionally credentialed, board certified music therapist. He received his Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Temple University and Masters of Science degree in Music Therapy from Molloy College. Jesse has his post-graduate certification in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, focusing in clinical improvisation and music-centered music therapy. Jesse has a broad range of clinical experience, specializing in work with children to young adults with developmental and social-emotional challenges. He has presented at internationally at various professional conferences on his work within the DIR-based music therapy model, music-centered music therapy and with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Adaptive Fitness Instructor, Educational and Behavioral Consultant - Suzanne Schwarz, MS
Suzanne is a New Jersey and New York State Certified Special Education Teacher and School Administrator. Suzanne acquired her Master’s degree in Special Education in 1994 with a focus on Behavior and Learning Disabilities and acquired a Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision in 1997 from Hunter College. Professionally, since 1991, education has been Suzanne’s primary interest as well as the development and planning of effective schools. Suzanne is a tenured New York City teacher as well as a former Transition Coordinator for the Superintendent of New York’s Alternative High Schools. Suzanne is also a certified Zumba instructor and has been studying dance since childhood. Suzanne is the parent of two amazing children. Suzanne’s older son and her brother have autism. Her goal is to try to educate and train families and educators dealing with autism so that we can try to help overcome the issues that many special needs individuals may have already faced or will face in the future. We are truly excited to have Suzanne join our team at MJKids!
Special Educator: Amanda Conover
Amanda Conover, BA, graduated from Monmouth University with a degree in Elementary Education and is a certified Special Educator in the State of NJ. She currently works for the Tenafly Public School System in the Kindergarten and Pre-School Special Education classroom. Amanda’s passion for teaching children of all ages with special needs became evident 2 years ago when providing assistance as an aide and educational tutor in MarbleJam Kids programs. This year, Amanda heads the After School Club 5 days per week attending to the unique challenges in completing homework as well as offering target tutoring for challenging areas both educationally and socially. Her calm and supportive approach coupled with her skills as a special educator, provides an environment for success. Amanda is looking forward to start her second year with MarbleJam Kids.
Art Therapist: Saadia Parvez
Saadia Parvez, MPS, ATR-BC is a masters level creative arts therapist trained at school of visual arts in New York, with a focus in trauma and recovery. She completed advanced trauma training at Institute of contemporary Psychotherapy in New York and is trained as domestic violence and addiction counseling by the State of New Jersey. In her practice, she uses integrated and eclectic approach to healing including Sand Tray Therapy, breath work, EMDR, play therapy, art therapy and meditation. Saadia believes in the holistic healing of body, mind and spirit focusing on providing a safe and nurturing space for the client to facilitate growth and healing.
Samantha Perro: Programs Administrator / Coordinator
Samantha Perro, MA, is a recent graduate of Montclair State University where she received her degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents. Samantha has experience working with young children with various special needs and mental illness. She also completed training courses through MSU for trauma and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Samantha has many years of experience as an administrator. At MarbleJam kids she fields telephone calls, receives and directs visitors, completes word processing documents, filing, and faxing. As a program coordinator, she utilizes her experience as an intake counselor, services coordinator, and social skills instructor.
Family Enrichment Specialist: Susan Pelissier, M.A.
Susan "Suzzy" Pelissier, joined MJK in 2015. With over 25 years’ experience working with children teens & families Suzzy brings extensive knowledge of programming development, "best practices" and understands the interworking’s of the various systems children, teens & families are often involved with. Suzzy has many years of experience as an administrator at residential treatment programs, group homes and shelters for teens in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Additionally, Suzzy has gained in depth expertise with the family and juvenile courts from her time as the Adolescent Specialist for CASA of Essex County as well as her time as an Executive Board Member of the New Jersey juvenile Officers Association and her work as an Ambassador of Hope for Shared Hope International. Suzzy earned her M.A. in Child Advocacy Policy Development at Montclair State where her concentrations were Family Development Studies, Sex Trafficking and Adolescents Aging Out Of Foster Care, specifically highlighting those with developmental delays, learning disabilities and mental health diagnosis.
Photography Instructor & Fine Arts Curator: Timothy Dingman
Timothy Dingman is an "autodidact" photographer and curator with 20 years of experience in commercial, event and fine art photography. His degree from William Paterson University with majors in English Literature and Philosophy is the foundation of a lifelong pursuit of the arts and a commitment to education. He regularly shows in venues in NYC, Newark and the region. Timothy has worked with individuals with special needs in a variety of learning environments. Current projects include Artfront Galleries, a project based on the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Jeanine Alfieri: one, a 1960's "urbanist" and the other a contemporary sculptor both of whom saw vacant storefronts and blighted urban blocks as opportunities.
Art Instructor & Educator: Tersa DeFabrizio
Artist, educator, and creator, Teresa DeFabrizio, is happy to share her enthusiasm and creativity with Marble Jam Kids! Ms. DeFabrizio is a working artist, art educator, art history professor and illustrator. Her instruction provides in depth exploration of character design and skill building in all genres of art. Artists learn history of this artistic style, its cultural significances, including the styles of Manga and sequential storytelling. Ms. DeFabrizio holds her MFA From William Paterson University, is a NJ State Certified Art Teacher, and a Professor of Art at Bergen and Passaic Community Colleges. She also was part of the original group that started up MANGA NEXT and is a fan favorite for 13 years with the Bergen Teen Arts Festival where Manga 101 is packed. Join us for fun, creativity, and discovery!
Yoga Instructor: Cristy Sycip
Crisy Sycip has been providing yoga instruction with therapeutic approaches at MarbleJam Kids for the past 2 years. She specializes in circus yoga utilizing props to make a connection as well as touch yoga, an approach used to help a child follow movement with direct contact for better communication between the instructor, peers, and therapist. She has a background in all forms of dance and is Reiki Master Practitioner (the practice of healing the body, mind and spirit). She continues her teacher trainings for “Family CircusYoga” and “Anusara” this spring time. A few of her new found creative expressions are in handcrafted jewelry, mixed martial arts and Belly dancing. She also provides community workshops to therapists and volunteers all ages. She deeply honors all her teachers: Chaya Spencer, Dorothea Grant, Vishali Varga, Hillary Freeman and Thomas Clifford.
Artisan Crafts Instructor: Debra McGauley-Eichhorn, CL. A.
A mother of two wonderful boys, is believer in the therapeutic benefits of knitting, crochet and other crafts. Passionate for advocating for children and adults with special needs, she is certified Paraprofessional/Special Education/Autism. An experienced instructor in art, crafts, meditation, and social skills with adults and children with autism, developmental disabilities, and special needs. Debra is a graduate of Pace University School of Law. She is also a certified meditation teacher (Transformation Meditation) and certified clinical aroma therapist. Certification in Herbalism pending.
Support Staff: Nancy Valentino
Nancy has 25 years’ experience working in social services and support services for children in crisis and with special needs including autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and medical fragilities. As a case manager and trainer, Nancy has worked with various state agencies and most notably Spectrum for Living, providing travel training to adults with disabilities as well as compliancy oversight for facilities and operations. She has managed caseloads of up to 50 individuals and supervised program coordination on all fronts. Nancy currently works with the Bergenfield School System as a classroom support staffer. She is certified and trained in 3 tier crisis intervention management and ABA in school teaching approaches. Nancy graduated with honors from Middlesex Community College with an associate’s degree in science.
Administrative Assistant: Mirta Diaz
Mirta is a family support technician and administrates office duties, programs, and services at MarbleJam Kids. Mirta graduated from Bergen Community College in the Entrepreneur Certification Program and Dover Business College in Computerized Accounting. Mirta is fluent in Spanish and provides support to families in the Hispanic community by directing calls, greeting visitors and educating families about our services.
Additional Support Staff - Annette Tucker - Ricardo Amador - Chris Colasurdo - Luis Velasquez
Agnes Sullivan, Ph.D, LSCW - Therapeutic Supervisor
Agnes is a warm, compassionate highly skilled practitioner with over 20 years of experience working with adults, children, couples and families. She has a doctorate in human services, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University in New York and a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Surrey. Agnes is an Advanced Schema Therapist and Supervisor, one of 12 international trainees under Dr. Jeffrey Young in New York, and is a member of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST). Agnes practices in New York City and London and she directs counselling and training organization’s in both cities.
She is a qualified trainer, training others to use Schema Therapy in their professional practice. She has over 18 years’ experience in counselling education and is the Principal of the Schema Institute in London where she supervises clinicians in monitoring patient outcomes and clinical effectiveness. Over recent years Agnes has been involved in initiating various government projects on domestic violence and addiction prevention, both in the United States and in England
Valerie Gancarz - Behaviorist
Melissa Levine - Occupation Therapist
Nicole Turon Diaz - Behavioral Consultant