John Amore joined the School Board in 2018 and has been a member of the All Saints community since 2014. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, John has lived in Hoboken with his wife Aylin and their children Scarlett and Johnny since 2014. John is a Managing Director at UBS responsible for their Wealth Planning businesses in the United States and their Investment Platforms in Latin America. John joined UBS in 2005 and has led wealth management businesses in Switzerland, Latin America and the United States. John began his career as a management consultant for the financial services industry and received his BS in Economics from Boston College, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a Masters of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA). John is also on the Board of Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken and supports several conservation organizations.
Norma De Ruggiero joined the School Board in 2012. She lived in Hoboken for about 20 years, and recently moved to The Doric in Union City. She is a member of the United Synagogue of Hoboken. She was married for over 30 years, and has five children and five grandchildren. Norma has a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in Speech. After several years in the New York City school system, Norma spent time on Wall Street. She found her way to real estate in 1985, and was President of the family-owned Robert DeRuggiero Inc. Realtors in Union City. Norma is now with UNLMTD Real Estate Brokerage in Hoboken as Broker Agent. Her passion is tennis, and she plays singles for exercise. You can often find Norma out in the early morning and later in the evening with Happy Gilmore, her 7-year-old Norfolk Terrier.
Alex Douklias has been part of the All Saints community since 2009. She and her husband, James Witmer, have lived in Hoboken since 2002, and have three children, all of whom attend All Saints. Alex joined the School Board in 2017. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years, and is currently a senior member of the Global Corporate Bank at JPMorgan. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Manitoba in Canada, an MBA from New York University, and is a CFA charterholder.
Kelly Friel joined the School Board in 2014. Kelly and her husband, Greg, have lived in Hoboken since 2005. Their daughter, Amanda, and son, Ethan, both attend the School. Kelly and Greg both work for Wall Street firms. Kelly is a CPA, and earned her undergraduate degree at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City. Prior to working on Wall Street, she spent seven years in public accounting, of which two years were spent working abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Kelly and Greg love skiing, sailing and spending time in Hoboken and Manhattan.
Valerie Kovacs has been a part of the All Saints community since 2011 and joined the School Board in 2018. She and her husband, Shane, have three children, all of whom attend All Saints. Ms. Kovacs has practiced law for over fifteen years and is currently in-house counsel for an international bank located in New York City. Ms. Kovacs holds an A.B. degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Jennifer Heredia is a public school 11th grade English teacher in the Bronx and is a Dean for the NJ SEEDS Scholar Program. Prior to her becoming an educator, she ran a restaurant and was a financial and legal recruiter. Jennifer is a proud parent of two All Saints graduates. She earned a BA in communications from the University of Wisconsin -Madison and a M.Ed. from Long Island Education. In her free time, she enjoys running with her family and cooking.
Craig Laurie has been a part of the All Saints community since 2007. He and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Hoboken since 2005. Craig has served on the Vestry of the All Saints Parish. He has served on the School Board since 2016. Craig and Joanne have two children, both of whom currently attend the School. Craig is a divisional CFO at a global alternative asset manager in New York City.
Bruce Safford recently retired after a 32-year career at Thomson Reuters, where he had been responsible for editorial groups publishing accounting, securities, and tax law guidance for professionals. He joined the School Board in 2017. Bruce is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York and lives in Manhattan with his wife Kathy Silva, a painter. Weekends are spent at their house in the Catskills, where Kathy enjoys gardening and Bruce continues a lifelong process of learning to fly-fish.
Sue Simpson is a Hoboken resident (10+ years) and currently works in the Private Bank at JPMorgan in New York City. She is an Executive Director and manages a team of personal Trust Officers who provide trust and estate administration services to ultra high net worth clients. Sue graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a concentration in Spanish Literature. She also spent an academic year abroad living with a host family in Malaga, Spain. Sue has been involved locally in events such as Spring Fling and other charitable activities post-Hurricane Sandy. She also enjoys international travel and photography.
This is Ms. Singleton’s thirteenth year as Head of School. She has 30 years of educational experience in independent and public schools in the U.S. and abroad. She holds an Ed.M. in Literacy and Language from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a B.A. in English and Journalism from Rutgers University, and holds teaching licenses in elementary education, special education, and as a reading specialist. She also serves on the board of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, and is an active member of their accreditation committee. Ms. Singleton is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church and is passionate about the connection between personal spirituality and service. Her current ministry involves visiting immigration detainees at the Hudson County Correctional Facility and the creation of temporary housing for individuals who have been granted asylum in the United States. Ms. Singleton has been married to Jack Coggins for 25 years, and together they have two young adult sons.
The Rev. Erik Soldwedel is an ordained Deacon and the founding Program Director of Newark ACTS of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, a service-learning program for young adults that emphasizes social justice, community service, spiritual formation and communal living. Deacon Soldwedel, who studied Public Administration at Ramapo College, in New Jersey, spent more than 25 years in the wine and liquor industry, and owned a wine and spirits brokerage firm. Deacon Soldwedel serves as Interim Clergy as Deacon in Residence at St. Paul’s Church, Paterson. He is a Trustee of the Diocese of Newark and serves as a consultant for churches in transition or those in need of conflict resolution. Deacon Soldwedel also served for several years as a chaplain and Deacon at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. He has a passion for political and world history. He has served on the School Board since 2013. Deacon Soldwedel lives in Hawthorne with his wife of 25 years and their 14-year-old Lhasa Poo, Winnie.
Cassy Sommer joined the School Board in 2014. She and her husband, Scott, have lived in Hoboken for over 15 years. Their son has attended the School since 2011. Cassy has a B.A. in Journalism from St. Michael’s College, Vermont. She has worked for over 20 years as a newspaper editor, and is currently the managing producer for the Trending content team at SILive.com, the online home of the Staten Island Advance. In her free time, Cassy enjoys running, skiing and hiking with her family.
Nathan Yee is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. He joined the School Board in 2017. He and his wife, Dr. Amy Huang, M.D., have lived in Hoboken for over 10 years. Their son, Forest, has attended the School since 2013. Nathan was born and raised in Canada. After finishing his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University, Canada, he moved to Indiana and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. In 2009, Nathan was awarded the Houtermans medal by the European Association of Geochemistry for his exceptional scientific contributions to the field of geochemistry. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Environmental Geomicrobiology Laboratory at Rutgers University.