Board of Trustees

Kerry Barnett she/her, Hardwick, NJKerry Barnett is a resident of Hardwick and a founder and trustee of Ridge and Valley Charter School. A longtime supporter of the CSG at Genesis Farm and student of ecological literacy, she is an Assistant Professor of English at Centenary University, Hackettstown, and conducted her doctoral research on RVCS. Kerry has administered educational programs, taught, and tutored in England and Japan as well as in the United States. Her two adult children are RVCS graduates.

 

Julie Budzinski-Flores she/her, Hope, NJJulie joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. She is an experienced public school educator, Sagefire Institute-trained nature-based coach focusing on ceremonies and rites of passage, as well as a literacy and mindfulness consultant through her firm, Hope Literacy Consultants, LLC. Julie studied at the College of New Jersey, where she received a BS in Psychology and a minor in Gender Studies, with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and at FDU for her post graduate teaching certification. Julie lives in Hope with her husband Rafael and their two children, who attend RVCS.

 

Jennifer Gurdak she/her, White Township, NJJenn joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.  She has three daughters who attend Ridge and Valley.  She has worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection since 2000 and served on Environmental Commissions in both White Township and Woodbridge, where she and her husband grew up.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s in Environmental Science.  She has been working on various grant and environmental designation applications for the school and serves on the Facilities and Trustee Review and Recruitment Committees.

 

David McNulty he/him, Hardwick, NJDavid McNulty is a partner in an e-learning, multimedia and web-production business. He directs a staff that includes 15 full-time employees and freelance staff. He holds a BA English degree with honors from the University of Chicago. He has also taught video and photography to at-risk youth in various settings, including a residential drug rehab facility in Newark, a high school for troubled youth in Newark, and the Goshen juvenile detention facility in New York state. He has had two children graduate from Ridge and Valley Charter School.

 

Jessica Sohl she/her, Hackettstown, NJJessi Sohl joined the Trustees in the 2013-2014 school year. She is a resident of Independence Township and originally from Central PA. She has an MBA in Business Management and a BA in Business Communications and Marketing. Jessi is a local real estate agent and loves helping people move to this beautiful part of NJ. She is also owner of Heart & Sohl Photography. She has served as a member of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District Board of Directors, Cub Scouts and MOMS Club. Jessi and her husband Sean have two boys that are graduates of RVCS.

Cindy  Terranova she/her, Blairstown, NJCindy Terranova joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. She is a Certified Professional Doula Trainer, Evidence-Based Birth Instructor, Certified Childbirth Educator, and the founder of Tree of Life Wellness Services, LLC. She volunteers as a La Leche League Leader, and is the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Department Coordinator for LLL of the Garden State. Cindy holds a BS in Performing Arts, an MSEd in Elementary Education and is a NYS licensed K-12 teacher. In addition, she taught outdoor Tinkergarten Classes to children ranging from 6 months to 8 years old. She has four children who attend RVCS.

Kasey Errico, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey

Kasey joined the Ridge and Valley Charter School (RVCS) trustees in the fall of 2022. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and a MEd and is currently Morris County’s Human Services Director. Kasey first became connected with RVCS as a parent in 2005, when her son started Kindergarten. She then joined the staff in 2006 and served as an RVCS Classroom Guide for over 13 years. While at RVCS, Kasey served as a mentor for new teachers, was a member of the I&RS Committee and additionally held the role of Expeditions Facilitator to help ensure a comprehensive K-8 Expeditionary scope and sequence. Kasey also previously served as a founding board member of the Morris Sussex Caring Partners CMO and as a board member of the Holistic Moms Network.  Kasey and her husband are proud parents of two RVCS graduates.