Meet Our Administration Team
EDWARD GRANDE, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
(732) 574-9600, Extension 3392
Mr. Grande serves the district as the Superintendent of Schools. Prior to his current position, he served as Interim Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, The Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the K-12 Content Area Supervisor of Mathematics, World Languages, Science, Business, and Technology for the Clark Township School District. In addition, he has taught Mathematics at Arthur L. Johnson High School and assumed a number of extracurricular responsibilities, including serving as a class advisor and an advisor to the student council. Mr. Grande has also taught and advised students at the college level during evenings and on weekends and is currently a doctoral student in the Education Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
R. PAUL VIZZUSO, SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR/BOARD SECRETARY
(732) 574-9600 Ext. 3354
Mr. Vizzuso is experienced as a Business Administrator/Board Secretary in both K-8 and K-12 educational settings. He is responsible for the district finances; managing the Business Office; and overseeing Transportation, Food Service, and Plant Operations. He also brings to the position experience in corporate finance and accounting. His educational credentials are an Undergraduate Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. Mr. Vizzuso holds certifications as a School Business Administrator, a School Administrator, and a Qualified Purchasing Agent. He serves as the NJASBO Representative to NJSIAA (2018-2023) and the UCASBO President (2022-23) in addition to being a member of the North Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association, IAABO Board 33 Basketball Officials, NJI Lacrosse Officials Association, and NJ State Baseball Umpires Association.
TARA OLIVEIRA, PRINCIPAL, ARTHUR L. JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
An alumni of the Arthur L. Johnson Class of 2000, Tara Oliveira (Gerstner) pursued her post-secondary education at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. While at Lehigh she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, a Master's Degree in Technology Education, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
After holding positions as both a high school and middle school English Teacher in Pennsylvania, Oliveira returned to New Jersey and secured a position as an English Teacher at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights.
Most recently, Oliveira has served ten years as the Assistant Principal of Governor Livingston High School, during which time she was named the NJ Visionary Assistant Principal of the Year, as well as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Assistant Principal of the Year for New Jersey.
Oliveira has held several district-level leadership positions, including School Security Specialist and District Testing Coordinator.
Oliveira resides in Clark with her husband and two daughters.
KATRINA POSKAY, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, ARTHUR L. JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Katrina Poskay began her teaching career with the Clark Public School District in 1998. During her 24-year tenure as an English teacher, she instructed English IV, English IV Honors, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Language and Composition students. She was selected as Arthur L. Johnson’s recipient of the Governor’s Educator of the Year award in 2017.
She served as the head field hockey coach for 22 seasons, amassing 297 wins for the Crusaders and received multiple coach of the year accolades. Her teams won numerous divisional titles, three state sectional championships (2008, 2010, 2011) and the school’s first Union County Championship in 2009.
She also advised the district newsletter, the Pride, since its inception in 2007 and the school’s literary magazine, The Quest, since 2001.
Mrs. Poskay has a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Educational Administration. She resides in Clark with her husband, Matthew, and her three children.
RICHARD DELMONACO, PRINCIPAL, CARL H. KUMPF MIDDLE SCHOOL
(732) 381-0400 Ext. 4102
Rick Delmonaco has worked in the Clark Public Schools for over twenty-five years, currently serving as principal of Carl H. Kumpf Middle School. He has worked at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels as a teacher and administrator. Mr. Delmonaco has been an administrator for eighteen years and a principal for seventeen years at both the High School and Middle School levels. During his teaching time, Mr. Delmonaco taught Fifth Grade and Middle School Science, Math, and Language Arts. Mr. Delmonaco holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University and Masters in Educational Leadership from Kean University.
AMANDA CLARKE, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, CARL H. KUMPF MIDDLE SCHOOL
(732) 381- 0400
Ms. Clarke joined the Clark School District in September of 2000. She taught language arts and coached softball at Kumpf Middle School for ten years and has been the Assistant Principal at Kumpf for the past seven years. Ms. Clarke received her BS in Education and English from Seton Hall University in 1999 and her MA in Educational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007.
JOSEPH BELTRAMBA, PRINCIPAL, VALLEY ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mr. Beltramba has worked in the Clark School District since 2002. He has been the Principal of the Valley Road School since 2007. He held the position of Principal in the Frank K.Hehnly School from 2002-2007. Prior to these positions, he held the position of Vice Principal (1991-1997) and then Principal (1997-2002) of the Bedminster Township Public School. Mr. Beltramba’s career began in the Haledon Public School in 1977, where he worked through 1988 as a teacher and taught various subjects to students in grades 3-8. He was assigned as the Vice Principal of the Haledon Public School from 1988-1991. Mr. Beltramba earned two Master’s degrees from William Paterson College in Educational Administration (1989) and Special Education (1981). He received his BA degree from William Paterson College with concentrations in special education and K-8 teaching in 1977.
SHIRLEY BERGIN, PRINCIPAL, FRANK K. HEHNLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mrs. Bergin joined the Clark School District in July of 2002. She began her career in Clark as the Principal of Valley Road School before moving to her current position as Principal of Frank K. Hehnly School. Prior to her employment as a School principal in the district, Mrs. Bergin worked in the South Brunswick School District as an Assistant Principal and Interim Elementary School Principal. She also taught in South Brunswick as a special education teacher for students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 6. Mrs. Bergin currently resides in Ocean County with her husband.
MALLORY APPLEBAUM, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
FKH: 732-428-1907 Ext. 5105
VRS: 732-428-1584 Ext. 6108
Miss Applebaum joined the Clark Public Schools’s administrative team in November 2015, where she serves as the elementary assistant principal. Prior to joining Clark, she worked in the Westfield Public School District as an intermediate school math teacher. During her time in Westfield, Miss Applebaum had a variety of leadership roles and headed many extracurricular activities. Most notably is her work as the coordinator of the district’s New Staff Institute and the founder of the second-year cohort, a program that has been featured in School Leader magazine. Mallory also worked closely with the students as the choreographer of the spring musical and the advisor of the school homework club. Miss Applebaum completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Michigan in Elementary Education with a Mathematics Specialization, and she received her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University. She currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey.
ANDREW AMENDOLA, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
732-574-9600 Ext. 3263
Mr. Amendola began his career in public education as a College/School Counselor at Old Bridge High School before arriving to the Clark Public School District to serve as our Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services/School Counseling Department. After taking a short detour to Rumson - Fair Haven Regional High School to be their Supervisor of School Counseling, he returned to his ultimate home with us in March of 2022 as our Director of School Counseling Services.
Professionally, in his 15 years in education, he has served as the President of the Monmouth County School Counselors Association, has been a speaker for the National Association of College Admission Counselors, has participated in many workshops and panels to promote college planning and affordability, and now currently sits on the advisory board for admissions at Providence College.
Prior to his work in public education, Mr. Amendola was an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Monmouth University and also worked in the business field in a leadership capacity.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Master of Science in School Counseling from Monmouth University, and obtained his Supervisor and Director’s Certificate from Rowan University. Mr. Amendola currently resides in Manalapan, NJ with his wife and is a proud father of two girls.
NICOLE VIOLA, SUPERVISOR OF SPECIAL SERVICES
732-574-9600 Ext. 3333
Nicole Viola embarked upon her teaching career with the Clark Public School District in 2004 as a Resource Room Teacher at Valley Road Elementary School. Since 2005, Nicole has taught at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School, spending the duration of her teaching years as a Special Education Language Arts Teacher. While at Kumpf, Miss Viola has been an active member of the faculty, working as an Academic Coordinator, Homework Club Advisor, Track Coach, New Teacher Mentor, and Sports Chaperone. She was awarded the honor of Teacher of the Year and served on CHK’s Schools to Watch Committee. During the summers, Miss Viola has been employed as both a Teacher and Supervisor of the district’s Extended School Year program.
Nicole holds a BA in Communication Studies from Montclair State University. Additionally, she is a summa cum laude graduate from Montclair State University with a MA in Educational Administration.
Miss Viola holds certifications as a Supervisor, Teacher of the Handicapped, Teacher of English, and Teacher of Elementary Education. She currently resides in Colonia, New Jersey.
GUS KALIKAS, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
(732) 382-0910 Ext. 3194
Mr. Kalikas has been a part of the Clark School District as a student athlete, teacher, coach, and now administrator since 1986. He became an English teacher and a coach at Arthur L.Johnson High School in 1999. In 2008, he was named Athletic Director for the Clark School District and he has worked in this capacity since. Prior to that, Mr. Kalikas was employed as an English teacher and a coach with the Elizabeth School District and as a football coach at Keyport High School. He still resides in Clark with his wife, Noel, and his three sons.
CHRISTINE CASALE BROSKI, SUPERVISOR OF EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES
(732) 574-9600 Ext. 3355
Christine Casale Broski joined the district in 2007 as a middle school language arts teacher at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School. During her time at Kumpf, Ms. Broski served as the advisor to the National Junior Honor Society as well. In addition to being named Teacher of the Year twice, she earned the distinction of Middle Level Educator of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Middle Level Education.
Ms. Broski was also the team leader for the sixth grade team, which earned the recognition of Team of Excellence. In her time as team leader, she led the team in an interdisciplinary unit partnering with L’Oreal and the Clark community. She also led the team in the implementation of Career Day, an initiative to prepare students for their futures.
Ms. Broski has presented at the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education’s annual conferences, the New Jersey School Boards Association Conference as well as several in-district workshops. She has served on her district’s Instructional Council and Schools to Watch Committee. Ms. Broski earned a B.A. with high honors from The College of New Jersey in English/Journalism and Professional Writing. She also has obtained a M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum and Supervisor’s Certification from Kean University in addition to her Principal's Certification from NJEXCEL. She currently resides in Watchung with her husband and two children.
ANTHONY CALDIERO, K-12 SUPERVISOR OF THE ARTS, BUSINESS, WORLD LANGUAGES, AND ESL / DATA MANAGER
(732) 574-9600 Ext. 3179
Mr. Caldiero joined the Clark Public School District in the summer of 2010 as an English teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School after entering the field of education the year prior as an English teacher at North Brunswick Township High School. During his teaching tenure, Mr. Caldiero taught and designed curricula for all levels of grades 9-12 English courses, was the business manager for the high school yearbook, data manager for state reporting and a college essay writing instructor. He also offered private SAT and ACT tutoring. Prior to teaching, Mr. Caldiero worked in various internal and external communications roles for financial, pharmaceutical and technology companies. He received a B.A. in English, with a minor in Psychology from St. John’s University. More recently, he received his Masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton.
OLIVIA MILLER, 6-12 SUPERVISOR OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES
(732) 574-9600 Ext. 3254
Olivia Miller joined the Clark Public School’s administrative team in 2021, where she serves as the supervisor of ELA and Social Studies for grades 6-12. Prior to joining the Clark Schools, she worked at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, NJ and Cedar Grove High School in Cedar Grove, NJ. At the middle school level, Miller taught sixth and seventh grade English and Language Arts, while also volunteering for leadership and curriculum writing positions. At Cedar Grove High School, Miller taught multiple grade levels/electives and advised the school newspaper (The Pride), Interact Club, and literary magazine (Panther Parnassum). Miller also coached the girls’ tennis team and created the staff morale activities committee to boost staff engagement and motivation. Miller also wrote curriculum and collaborated with teachers and administration to assure student success through the alignment of state standards for new English/Language Arts courses. Miller holds a BA from Rutgers University in English and Psychology, a MAT from Drew University, and administrative certification from Rutgers University. She currently resides in Westfield with her husband, two children, and cockapoo, Penny Lane.
NEETU VARSHNEY, 6-12 SUPERVISOR OF STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS)
(732) 574-9600 Ext. 3124
Mrs. Varshney is an enthusiastic educator who is joining the Clark Public School District in the fall of 2019 as the STEAM (now STEM) supervisor. She has taught mathematics at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) since July 2005. As an Advisory Board member of UCVTS, Mrs. Varshney resolved numerous issues related to curriculum, scheduling, and assessments. She also headed the Leadership Council as well as the School Assessment Committee. During her teaching tenure, she served as an advisor for Math League, Student Government, and various other clubs. Mrs. Varshney was nominated as the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year for the Academy for Allied Health Sciences.
Mrs. Varshney has her NJ Supervisor certification and also possesses teaching certificates for Mathematics and Computer Science Technology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Information Technology. Mrs. Varshney completed her Educational Leadership program at Thomas Edison State University in 2014 and currently resides in Edison with her husband and two children.
LORI KOWALSKI, SUPERVISOR OF WELLNESS AND SCHOOL NURSING/SCHOOL NURSE
(732) 381-0400 Ext. 4104
Mrs. Kowalski has been a part of the district as the preschool nurse since 2010 and as an administrator since October 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Villanova University and began her nursing career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Upon attending night school, she completed her Master’s in Public Health from New York University and advanced to coordinator of admission screening.
During her child rearing years, she was the on-call supervisor for a home health care agency and taught Lamaze, nutrition, infant care, and pregnancy exercise classes. In 1992, she began her career in education as a volunteer Pre-K teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church. After many years of substituting in local school districts, she completed her school nurse certification in pursuit of her lifelong dream of being a school nurse. Lori resides in Westfield with her husband, Steve, and sons, Stephen, Dean, and Kurt.