Alexa Fantacone, M.S., M.A. (she/her)
Alexa Fantacone joined Teaneck Creek as the Executive Director in June 2015. She is responsible for volunteer management, recruitment and outreach, physical oversight of the 46 acres, program and event development, the organizations fundraising and finances, and all of the Conservancy's communication and social media.
Prior to working at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Alexa worked at various local environment centers and organizations as an environmental educator, youth leadership coordinator, and project manager.
Alexa has a MA in Environmental Studies: Environmental Management and a MS in Sustainability Science as well as a graduate certificate in Water Resource Management from Montclair State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2014 with a BA in Environmental Studies, focused in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Alexa has also completed the NJ Learns Keystone Program in Sustainability Education from the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education as well as Non-Profit Management from Molloy College.
In her spare time, Alexa is an active member of her local UNICO chapter, a volunteer at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, and serves as the Chairperson of the Nature Program Cooperative. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeffrey, and their cat, Theodore.
Board of Directors
Perry Rosenstein is the founder of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and retired President of the Brighton-Best Socket Screw Manufacturing, Inc.; one of the world’s largest private fastener companies. Perry is also President and founder of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. a nationally recognized organization that supports the arts and operates the Puffin Cultural Forum. Puffin seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The Puffin Cultural Forum, is the Foundation's gallery and performance space located in Teaneck, New Jersey. It's work takes place at the intersection of the arts and the struggle for human rights as it seeks to realize in the local community the Foundation's governing motto: "...continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people". Puffin deeply believes in the crucial role that the arts play in shaping our consciousness, and the role of artists as agents of social change.
Adam Strobel has more than 25 years of experience in public administration focusing on planning, project management and communication. He currently serves as the Director of Open Space for the County of Bergen, New Jersey. He is responsible for identifying partnership opportunities to preserve open space land, historic sites and the creation of new parklands.
Prior to joining the Division, he served as the Chief of Staff to former Bergen County Executive William P. Schuber in a senior-level decision making role to run county government. He graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University with a BA in Journalism and Mass Media and earned his Master of Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University - Newark.
During his career in art and elementary education, Mr. Buscetti worked as an artist-in-residence, cultural outreach program coordinator, staff development leader, a grant facilitator, a Whole School Reform Facilitator, and a Vice Principal within the Union City school district. As a consultant to the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and the State Department of Education Art Assessment committee he helped formulate the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standard for the arts and developed the arts component of the Elementary School Proficiency Assessment State Test (ESPA). Now retired, he continues to work for the Arts Council as an on-site evaluator as well as providing consulting services for arts organizations and school districts throughout the state. Tony co-chairs the TCC’s Eco-Art Committee.
Neal Rosenstein is the Vice President of the Puffin Foundation. The Foundation provides hundreds of grants each year to artists and organizations that may have difficulty securing funding because of the nature of their work or due to short-changed arts budgets across the country. Neal also serves as the Government Reform Coordinator for NYPIRG, the New York Public Interest Research Group. NYPIRG is a statewide student-directed good government, environmental and social justice organization that maintains an ongoing presence in the halls of power and streets of New York.
Gladys Miller-Rosenstein is the Executive Director of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd, a philanthropic organization which endeavors to open the doors of artistic expression to those who are often excluded because of their race, gender, or social philosophy. Gladys became the director in the 1980’s after retiring from a twenty- five year teaching career. In addition to serving on the Board of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy she co-chairs the organization’s Eco-Art Committee which is responsible for steering the artistic vision of the 46-acre site. She is also on the Board of the Teaneck Festival of the Arts and a member of the Teaneck International Film Festival.
Seizing the opportunity of making a difference, rather than just talking about making a difference, Larry is involved with many community groups and initiatives all with the goal that we live in a community that is widely diverse yet so intertwined with resources right at our doorstep that most take for granted. While many may not be able to devote the time rest assured there are those, such as this board that do what they do as it is with love and devotion for the community and future generations.
Larry has held the role of president of the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce for the past few years, has ramped up the Chamber’s annual Community Awards Dinner and has taken the Chamber on a course that is different than most other chambers in that it not only embraces the business community but also government and community, bringing everyone together. In addition he has been a long term board member of the Rotary Club of Teaneck (part of Rotary International, a non-political, non-denominational organization) serving the Teaneck Community since 1929. A few other involvements include active participation in the steering committee of the Teaneck International Film Festival, Commissioner of the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission, board member of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Fair Trade Teaneck, Bergen LEADS. When not involved with community activities, Mr Bauer also is the CEO of a local business established in 1977.
Samantha Plotino’s career has spanned the non-profit sector, from social service and higher education to philanthropy. Samantha joined The Provident Bank Foundation in 2017 as the Foundation Associate. Previously, Samantha worked as the Mission Based Manager for YWCA Bergen County and for Fairleigh Dickinson University at the Metropolitan Campus in the School of Administrative Science and the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Samantha is an alumna of AmeriCorps, serving for two years in communications and development at Extra Special People, Inc., a non-profit organization in Watkinsville, GA, that provides opportunities for children and young adults with developmental disabilities to thrive.
Samantha earned her Bachelor’s degree from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, and her Master’s degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Samantha has also obtained executive certificates in Non-Profit Executive Leadership, Non-Profit Essentials, and Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations from Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively.
Vincent McHale is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Teaneck Public Schools. He previously served as principal of Hawthorne Elementary School in Teaneck from July 2006 to July 2011. From 1995 to 2006, he was an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for grades 1 - 8 in Teaneck Public Schools. During that time he also served as the director/producer of the Teaneck High School spring musicals.
From 2002 to 2007, Vincent worked as a consultant and senior trainer with the Intel Teach to the Future program. As part of this program, which trains teachers to align curriculum and technology use, he trained teachers in 15 states and in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Egypt. Vincent is also the cantor at St. Peter the Apostle Church in River Edge, New Jersey, having started there in 1989. He has served on the Advisory Board for Caldwell College, Caldwell, New Jersey and on the Board of Directors for the New Benefit Theatre, whose mission is to provide opportunities for young performers while benefiting organizations that help children in need.
Mish Southgate spent 11 years in financial services and served as Asia Head of Foreign Exchange Operations at Goldman Sachs before leaving her corporate job to start her own coaching company. She is a communication and leadership coach and founder of Visibility Careers, focusing on helping professionals achieve career success in global multi-cultural organizations.