Board of Trustees
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Board President/ Treasurer
Lou retired in 2012 after 35 years as an investment consultant. He taught CCD at St. Cassian School for 16 years and was Co-Founder and first Chairman of the Board of the Middleton Early Learning Center. He joined the EVS board sometime around 2011 after his son Daniel graduated there in 2005. He has just completed his first novel, The New Yorican, a political thriller that takes place against the backdrop of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Lou and Viviana have been married since 1976 and live in Caldwell. They have two sons, three grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter, Elle.
Geetha Prasad, Vice President, and Market Manager have been working for Valley Bank past 24 years. She has a Degree in Science and Diploma in Banking from the American Institute of Banking. Geetha has vast experience in Retail Banking, International Banking, Commercial Lending, and other banking services. She also served as Dance Director for her Dancing school Taranga and has produced over 30 Dance-dramas over the years and 6 theatrical plays performed at DeBaun Theater in Hoboken. Has been involved in cultural organizations and has served on the board of cultural organizations. Served in fundraising activities for humanitarian causes like Aim for Seva, Live for the Moment, Essex Valley, etc. Has been serving on Essex Valley Board since 2017. Served as President of Rotary club of the Caldwell and been a member since 2009. Received Paul Harris Fellow.
Gerald Tuch, CPA
I have been on the Essex Valley School Board for over 20 years. I joined because of my desire to improve educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people and I was impressed by the programs of the school. I brought with me years of experience on the Board of The Bridge, on non-profit which offers counseling services to families, and years of experience as a volunteer in many other non-profits. I am a CPA, who has served on numerous committees on both a state and national level. These volunteer and professional experiences give me a unique perspective on Board deliberations.
William H. Schmidt, Jr., Esq.
Board Trustee since 1988. I bring to Essex Valley School (the School) institutional memory to foster ongoing continuity; knowledge of the functioning of non-profit Boards in general and of the School’s Board of Trustees in specific; and my legal knowledge – combined, with the talents of the other Board Trustees, to advance the educational, operational, and financial goals of the School. My law practice is concentrated in the areas of business, commercial, secured transaction, finance, and real estate law, with emphasis on business counseling, business organization, corporate/limited liability company governance, contract preparation and review, loan transactions, mergers, and acquisitions and commercial real estate matters.
Fred Castrovinci is a Senior Vice President at Valley National Bank. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2001, with a BS in Business Administration/Marketing. Over a 20-year career at Valley, he has managed multiple lines of business in both Consumer and Commercial Lending. In 2021, he was appointed Regional Head of Sales & Service for Valley’s Retail Branch network throughout New Jersey and New York. As a leader, Fred has a proven record of driving positive change, with strong collaboration and communication. Fred has been a resident of Fairfield, New Jersey, for 15 years with his wife and three children. He volunteers his time to help coach wrestling and soccer recreation programs enjoys golf when time allows and other outdoor activities with his family. In addition to his Board position with Essex Valley School, Fred serves on the Board of Directors for the Fairfield Police Foundation and donates time supporting other non-profit organizations in the community.
Lawrence Steinman has been a board member of the Essex Valley school since 2019. He brings 42 years of experience regarding at-risk youth as well as students with disabilities.
Lawrence is a retired educator. He has taught Junior High math, special education, worked as a guidance counselor as well as a high school administrator specializing in the School to Career journey. Additionally, Mr. Steinman was an adjunct professor and taught undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Communication Science at Kean University for 15 years. Presently he is a certified therapist and has a private counseling office in Verona that specializes in at-risk youth as well as returning veterans. Mr. Steinman feels his diverse experience in special education and university-level instruction can assist students with transition challenges at Essex Valley School.
I am a retired public school educator, having received a BA -College of New Jersey- MA Montclair Unversity. Over a span of 36 years, I serviced 4 different school districts as a K-12 teacher, head varsity HS coach, Departmental Supervision, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Upon retirement, I was an Educational Consultant helping various school districts develop and coordinate special projects.
Having been an EVS trustee for 20 years, I initially was drawn to the school’s mission. That being an educational facility focused on children for whom traditional school systems failed.