Mayor Kazmark and the Borough Council honored seven amazing women in honor of Women's History Month who have made significant contributions to the community, Wednesday, March 16th, during the Council Meeting.
• Lynda Hade, President of Friends of the Alfred H. Baumann Library
• Tami Hajbi, Founder First Pre-School/School #1 HSA/member of the Board of Health
• Ana Rosado, CEO, From the Bottom of My Heart non-profit
• Lauren Avallone, School Nurse, School 1 (not pictured)
• Theresa Carbonelli, School Nurse, Memorial Middle School
• Katie Meyer, School Nurse, Charles Olbon School
• Lynn Roehrich, School Nurse, Beatrice Gilmore School
We thank each of them for the work they have done, and continue to do, to promote our Library, our HSA's, giving to those in need, and for protecting the health and well-being of our entire community – but especially our children!
Mother of six, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of two, Lynda is a travel agent, a wedding officiant, and works in a doctor’s office. She worked on both the Borough’s 75th-year parade and the 100th centennial parade. Lynda was on the Borough’s historical committee and helped run the trolley ride for the centennial. She is President of the Friends of the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library, which she enjoys the most. Lynda is also active with her church, running retreats and being involved.
A resident of Woodland Park for 9 years, Tami and her husband have three children that attend district schools. Tami formerly was a New York City paramedic. She advanced to become a critical care paramedic for pediatric and neonatal care and worked for a private EMS company. Tami also volunteered as a paramedic at Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
A member of the Borough Board of Health since September 2021, Tami has been awarded paramedic of year and many awards for patient care over the years. At this time, she is teaching our local Boy Scouts first aid. Tami is also the president and was the founder of the School 1 Home & School Association.
A resident of Woodland Park since 2013, Anna works in an accounting office in Clifton. She has an associate’s degree in accounting from Bergen Community College, and will be graduating this May from Berkeley College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Ana has been on the President’s List and inducted into the National Honor Society at Berkeley. She is following her dream in hopes of one day being a CPA.
Ana is CEO of a non-profit called "From the Bottom of My Heart", where she helps her 13-year-old son Jayden Perez spread kindness around the world. She has helped families, the homeless and the community during crises, hurricanes, and poverty. Ana was named a Woodland Park Town Hero in 2020.
Lauren has been a nurse at School 1 for two years. Prior to working in the school, she was a pediatric nurse at Morristown Medical Center for 10 years. In the years at Morristown Medical Center, she cared for many children, but her passion was her pediatric oncology patients.
Lauren worked through the height of the pandemic in the hospital in 2020, which led her to school nursing. She recently graduated in December from William Paterson University with her school nursing certificate. Lauren grew up in Montville and currently lives in North Haledon.
Carbs or Ms. Carbs, as she’s known, started working as a school nurse in Woodland Park in 2001. She had spent the first 39 years of her career in Paterson at St Joseph's Medical Center. She started as a critical care nurse, taught nephrology nursing and was a discharge instructor in the maternal child department.
Terri has been in charge of the Health Club at Memorial Middle School for many years where she has taught the students first aid, to practice caring through fundraising, and introducing them to different health care careers. Terri is an active member of the Woodland Park Education Association and has served as co-president, as chair. for the Health and Safety Committee, and on the negotiating committee. She also served on the PRIDE committee for many years.
Terri and her husband of 35 years, Michael, have two sons – Michael Jr. and Nicholas – and one granddaughter, Vanessa. They have lived in Wayne for the past 29 years.
Katie was born and raised in Wayne, and continues to reside there with her three daughters. She worked at Chilton Medical Center from 1997-2016 before joining the Woodland Park School District as a school nurse. Her specialties had included maternity, surgical, orthopedics, neurology, and critical care.
While she has a tremendous passion for nursing, Katie always wanted to be a teacher. She obtained her master’s degree in nursing education and in 2019, she became an adjunct nursing professor at Chamberlain University and she teaches community health nursing part-time.
After growing up in Little Falls, Lynn moved to West Paterson in 1995. She has three children who attended our schools, the last of which will graduate 8th grade this year. Her oldest is a senior at Passaic Valley High School and her son is a sophomore at PCTI's STEM academy.
Before becoming a nurse, Lynn volunteered with the West Paterson Volunteer First Aid Squad for several years. She has been with the school district full time since December 2015. Lynn worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson before becoming a school nurse, in the Intermediate and Regular Nurseries, caring for pre-term and full-term infants. She has also been an active member of our Municipal Alliance Against Alcoholism & Drug Abuse for over eight years.