The Foundation is an organization comprised of a cross-section of community members established in 1994 to provide support and enriching programs to Essex Fells’ public-school education. 


Following cuts to state aid and state-imposed limits on the annual school budget, the Essex Fells community rallied to continue the legacy of educational excellence at the Essex Fells School, by fundraising for essential programs and resources that fell beyond state mandates. The founding members consisted not only of parents of school-age children, but also of town leaders, Essex Fells School alumni, senior citizens and many other residents who wished to preserve the excellence of our school.


Since its inception, the Foundation has made grants in excess of $1,000,000 to the Essex Fells School. From technology to cultural arts to teacher development, the Foundation has played an integral role in preserving the quality of an Essex Fells School education.

We thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Foundation.  We hope that by understanding the Foundation's mission, you will join us in our efforts to ensure elevated standards for the Essex Fells School.  The continued success of our town's most valuable asset depends on you and our private commitment to public education.


2018-19 Officers & Trustees


Laura D'Avella    President

Greg Gardner   Vice President, Finance

Maya Autret      Vice President, Grants

Gemma Diaco  Secretary

Eric Makovsky    Treasurer


Anne Marie Hochkeppel
Robin Wilson
Ashley Moran
Ken Monroe
Lucinda Davis
Barbara Luca
Catherine Walsh
Rob Fink
Vicki Caplan

Ex Officio:

Michelle Gadaleta   Superintendent, Principal

Kelly Mitchell   School Representative

Dr. Steven LoCascio   Board of Education

Nicole Skopak  PTA President (2017-2018)

Past Presidents: 

George Stanton

Stephen Gray

Carol LeCates

Gerry Nolan

Ellen Marie Peck

Ned Stern

Joanna Heaton

Carol D'Alessandro

Alexis Shaw

Debra Tedesco

Maggie O'Connor

Tricia MacEvoy

Laura D'Avella


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