About REED

Our Faculty

Exceptional. Dedicated. Admirable.

Jill Nadison - Executive Director
Ms. Nadison spent the past 20 years in Marketing with a focus on Marketing Operations, Corporate Events, Training and Change Management. Ms. Nadison has had a long history with the REED families since REED first began and served on REED's Board of Directors. Email Ms. Nadison at jnadison@reedacademy.org.

Leah Farinola, MA - Principal
Mrs. Farinola is the principal at REED Academy. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Caldwell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from William Paterson University. She also has special education, general education, and supervisory certifications. Mrs. Farinola has completed research on the supervision and evaluation protocol at REED. Mrs. Farinola is currently working on her dissertation to complete her doctorate at Seton Hall University. Email Mrs. Farinola at leah@reedacademy.org.

Kelli Fowler, MA, BCBA - Clinical Director
Kelli is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from Caldwell University. In addition, she is a certified general/special education teacher. Kelli has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders for over 10 years. She developed the Bridge Program at REED Academy to expand the services available for the autism community and provide support within the home and community settings. The Bridge Program provides individualized home and community-based programming, consultation and therapy along with intensive training for families to help “bridge” the gap between school and community-based learning. Email Kelli at kfowler@reedacademy.org.

Joseph Novak, MA, CCC-SLP BCBA, ATP - Assistant Clinical Director
Mr. Novak is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, ASHA certified Speech & Language Pathologist, and RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who obtained his Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University. Previously, Joe worked in a public school district providing speech and language services to students ages 7-20 with particular focus on the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and adapted reading instruction. Joe is also an adjunct professor at Kean University where he teaches a graduate course in ABA to speech-language pathology students. Joe is currently pursuing his doctorate in special education through Nova Southeastern University – his dissertation topic is on the use of Aided Language Modeling as an instructional technique for individuals using AAC. Other research interests include: using functional communication training and antecedent strategies to reduce problem behavior, teaching phonics-based reading to students with autism, and maximizing the use of assistive and instructional technology. Email Mr. Novak at jnovak@reedacademy.org.

Kim Donaghy, MA, BCBA - Bridge Program Director
Kim is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from Caldwell University, a K-5 elementary education certification and a learning disabilities teacher consultant certification. She began working at REED in 2006 and has since held several positions as a one-to-one instructor, classroom consultant and full-time case manager in the Bridge Program. For information on The Bridge Program @ REED Academy please email Kim at kdonaghy@reedacademy.org.

Sarah Gilbert, MEd, BCBA - Classroom Consultant
Ms. Gilbert is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and certified special education teacher. She holds a Master of Education degree in Special Education from Boston University and completed the post-master's coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University.

Maura Kelly, MA, BCBA - Classroom Consultant
Ms. Kelly is a certified special education teacher and also holds her K-5 elementary education certification. Maura holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education and completed the post-master's coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University.

Melissa Colón, MAT - Classroom Consultant
Mrs. Colón has been part of the REED faculty since REED opened its doors in 2003. Mrs. Colón is the classroom consultant for our preschool classroom. She holds certification as an elementary school teacher in grades K-5 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. She obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching from William Paterson University.

Ben Donaghy - Classroom Consultant
Mr. Donaghy has been part of the REED faculty since 2005. He is a currently attending Felician College to obtain his master's degree and certification in Special Education. Mr. Donaghy is also certified in Physical and Psychological Management Training and provides training to REED’s staff and parents.

Shannon Monaghan - Classroom Consultant
Ms. Monaghan became a part of the REED Academy team as an instructional aide in 2005. During her tenure at REED, she has gained experience with a diverse range of ages before becoming a classroom consultant. Ms. Monaghan is currently enrolled at Caldwell University completing her Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jessica Fernandez - Classroom Consultant
Ms. Fernandez is a certified special education teacher and also holds her K-5 elementary education certification. Ms. Fernandez is currently enrolled at Caldwell University completing her Master in Special Education degree. Upon completion of her master's, Ms. Fernandez plans to pursue the ABA coursework required to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

REED'S Teaching Staff
All classroom instructors, at a minimum, have bachelor's degrees. Currently over 75% of our classroom instructors are either actively pursuing advanced degrees or certifications in fields like Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education or already possess similar post-baccalaureate degrees.