Children's Program Directory
Michael Nardelli -Director of Program Services
Contact Information – (845) 889-9532 or MNardelli@AndersonCares.org
Michael is the Director of Children’s Services. He possesses over 20 years of experience in the special education field, with over 7 years as a School Principal for students with a wide variety of special needs. Michael’s prior experience also includes over 10 years of experience teaching special education, analyzing student performance data to develop school remediation programs, writing standard based curriculum and coaching instructional staff in delivering curriculum effectively to all learners. Michael possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from New York University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building and School District Administration from SUNY New Paltz.
Jayson Pistritto - Assistant Principal
Contact Information - (845) 889-9535 or JPistritto@AndersonCares.org
Jay is one of our Assistant Principals. He came to Anderson as a Teacher's Assistant in 2006. Since that time, he has held a variety of positions including Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP) of our Intensive Care Facility (ICF), Manager of the ICF and Classroom Teacher. Jay earned his Master's degree in Special Education at Mercy College and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University at Albany. In 2016, he earned an Administration degree in School Building and School District Leadership from SUNY New Paltz.
Julie Wolpert - Assistant Principal
Contact Information - (845) 889-9620 or JWolpert@AndersonCares.org
Julie is our Education Specialist who began working as a teacher at Anderson in 2013 with three years of teaching experience. She is responsible for the implementation of the education curriculum at Anderson, including student assessment, lesson plan development and implementation, teaching methodologies, data collection, and teacher training. She works closely with teachers regarding general classroom needs, classroom management, as well as IEP goal development and implementation. Julie has a Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction and is dual certified in elementary and special education.
Sabrina Matra - Education Specialist
Contact Information – (845) 889 9316 or SMatra@AndersonCares.org
Sabrina is our Education Specialist who joined Anderson in 2018. She has over 10 years’ experience in Special Education and School Administration. Sabrina began her career in Special Education as an ABA tutor while pursuing her undergraduate dual degree in Psychology and Human Development at SUNY Binghamton. She was a Special Education Teacher for six years in Yonkers and the Academic/Behavior Specialist at a charter school in the Bronx for two years. Prior to joining the Anderson team, she was a School Building Administrator and Program Director for two years in Poughkeepsie. She holds Master’s degrees in Special Education and Education as well as a Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership from Mercy College. Sabrina’s goal for the future is to pursue a PhD in Special Education and continue supporting all students’ quality of education.
Ashok Ramesh - IEP Coordinator
Contact Information - (845) 889-9556 or ARamesh@AndersonCares.org
Ashok is the IEP coordinator for Children’s Services. Ashok began his career at Anderson in 2000 as the CSE Chair and later transitioned to being the IEP Coordinator for all school district placed students. He monitors the aging out process for students who have graduated. He also supervises the Case Management department in the Children’s Program. In addition to both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Psychology from India, Ashok holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Lehigh University. He has been certified in the area of special education, and has earned his school administration certificate from SUNY New Paltz.
Denise joined Anderson in 2007 as a Day Habilitation Instructor in our Adult Services Program, implementing programs and teaching skill development to the adults we serve. In 2016, she took on a new position as Case Manager in our Children’s Program working with parents providing support in the coordination of services for their child. Denise moved on to become the Transition Coordinator in 2019 where she promotes the development of post-secondary readiness skills including daily living, pre-vocational, and vocational programs and community-based instruction. Denise earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from SUNY Empire in 2015.
Amanda Adams – Behavioral Services Supervisor, Children’s Services
Contact Information – (845) 889-9315 or AAdams@AndersonCares.org
Amanda is the Supervisor of Children’s Behavioral Services. She began working at Anderson in June of 2015 as a Behavior Specialist and since then has become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has acquired the NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) credential. She is also a SCIP-R Curriculum and CPR/First Aid Instructor for the agency. Amanda has Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University at Buffalo (Go Bulls!). While at UB, she worked in a Neuroscience lab and as a research assistant for the nursing school. Amanda is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is passionate about finding ways to use the principles of ABA in every domain, from employee development to participant growth!
Tony Janus - Coordinator of Children's Services
Contact Information - (845) 889-9102 or TJanus@AndersonCares.org
Anthony is a Coordinator of the Children's Residential Program. He has been with Anderson for 30 years and has held many different positions in the Children's Program including Residential Supervisor, Team Leader, Service Delivery Specialist. Prior to coming to Anderson, he attended college at SUNY Ulster and later at SUNY New Paltz. He worked in the mental health field and the Geriatric field but found his calling working with children as a direct care worker at the Rhinebeck Country School.
Laura Greene - Coordinator of Children's Services
Contact Information - (845) 889-9137 or LGreene@AndersonCares.org
Laura is a Coordinator of the Children's Residential Program. She is the newest addition to our team but has worked in the field for over ten years. Her experience ranges from intermediate supervisory positions to direct care. She has an educational background in business management and an Associate's degree in Arts in Human Services. She is working on her Bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Administration.