Board Member Bio and Contact Information

Kristin Freda Wells, President

Kristin Freda Wells is Director of Library Services at Bank Street College of Education located in New York City. She is the parent of eighth grader Devon, and Charlotte, who graduated from TCCS in 2010. Kristin has been active in TCCS for many years, serving as secretary and co-chair of TCSCO, and serving as chair of the group that was charged with organizing the library for the new building. She holds a B.A. degree from Stony Brook University and a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston

Jeffrey Hietikko-Parsons

Jeff is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and he is also the Director of the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training. He has a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Houston. He and his partner Chris are the proud dads of Henry who is in the third grade. This is Jeff's second year on the TCCS Board.

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Renee Karibi-Whyte

Renee, a native Teaneckian, currently works as a Marketing Director with Thomson Reuters Legal in New York City.  She and her husband Sodigi are the proud parents of Kaya (TCCS 2014 graduate), Odein (TCCS 7th grader), Daye (TCCS 5th grader) and Lolia (hopeful TCCS kindergartener in 2016).  Renee has a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.   As the newest member on the Board, Renee is excited to be able to contribute to the continuing development of TCCS! 

Yoel Piney, Treasurer

Yoel Piney has a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. Yoel has over 15 years of experience in the development, application and management of an Enterprise-wide technical security program, including network perimeter security, enterprise security management, and computer forensics analysis.  Yoel and his wife, Alicia, have lived in Teaneck for 13 years and have two boys currently attending the Teaneck Community Charter School.

Ann Rivet, Assistant Secretary

Ann Rivet is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Teachers College Columbia University. Her research examines how teachers and innovative curriculum support student learning in inquiry-base instructional environments across grades. She holds a bachelors degree in physics from Brown University, and a doctoral degree in science education from the University of Michigan.  Ann and her husband Todd have lived in Teaneck for 9 years, and their son Sean is in fourth grade at TCCS.

Danielle Rowe-Jackson

Danielle Rowe-Jackson is a Director of Marketing Services at Showtime Networks.  She holds a bachelors degree in Communications from Howard University and a masters degree in direct marketing from Mercy College.  She and her husband Charles have been a part of the Teaneck community since 2005.  They have two children in the Teaneck Community Charter School.   Danielle has been an active member of the school community for many years.  She has served as a class parent and is the co-chair of the New Parent’s Team.  This is Danielle’s first year on the TCCS Board of Trustees.

Alexandra Soriano-Taveras, Vice President

Alexandra Soriano-Taveras loves teaching her preschoolers in Bogota, NJ. She has been active in the field of Education for over 20 years. She holds a BA in Anthropology from New York University and a MS in Early Childhood Education from Capella University.  She and her husband Santiago have been Teaneck residents for 15 years. They have three incredible children; Santi, a proud TCCS graduate, Ernesto, an energetic 7th grader, and Luna, a creative 4th grader. Alexandra has been committed to TCCS for many years serving as class parent, class parent coordinator, TCSCO co-chair and participating in various committees. She is serving her 3rd year on the TCCS Board of Trustees.

Kathleen Wicklund, Secretary

Kathleen is a lifelong resident of Teaneck who is proud to have graduated from Teaneck High School in 1980. She and her husband Don have twin boys now entering the 8th grade at the Teaneck Community Charter School. Kathleen has been a successful Realtor in Teaneck for over 20 years. She and her family have been involved in community, religious and political life in Teaneck spanning over 50 years. She has been an active member of the Teaneck Community Charter School since her children entered kindergarten. She has been a class parent, class parent coordinator and co chair for the TCSCO. She is now serving her fifth year on the TCCS Board of Trustees.