Our Team

REED Leadership

Our leaders are determined, passionate, and focused on making a difference, using their creativity and innovation to provide services and resources for individuals with autism and their families.

Get in touch with Chantelle by email.

CHANTELLE WALKER
CEO, REED Autism Services

Prior to becoming REED’s new CEO, Chantelle served as the President and CEO of the Adler Aphasia Center, a New Jersey based nonprofit serving stroke survivors, and their families, in 14 locations statewide. Her career spans 20 years in nonprofit management, including roles in finance and operations, business development, fundraising, and marketing for organizations ranging from acute care hospitals to autism service providers.

She earned her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. A Midwestern native, Chantelle, her husband and three sons have resided in Bergen County since 2012.

Get in touch with Joe by email.

JOE NOVAK, EDD, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, ATP
Director of Clinical Initiatives, REED Autism Services

Joe is a board-certified behavior analyst–doctoral, ASHA-certified speech and language pathologist, and RESNA-certified assistive technology professional who obtained his master’s in speech-language pathology from Kean University and a doctorate of education in special education from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, Joe has both speech-language specialist and supervisor certifications for the state of New Jersey.

Joe was named as Director of Clinical Initiatives for REED Autism Services in July 2021, working across the organization to develop new clinical programs, foster continuity of services, manage external clinical collaborations, and serve as a resource for clinicians and staff. Joe consulted at REED for speech and language programming (with an emphasis on augmentative and alternative communication) for several years before joining full-time as Assistant Director in July 2015. In July 2017, Joe was promoted to Director of Curriculum and Technology.

Earlier in his career, Joe worked in ABA programs at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and Bernards Township Public Schools as a speech and language pathologist. He has worked in the school setting with individuals ages 3–21 and privately with individuals from 3–25.Joe is an adjunct professor at both Kean University and Endicott College, where he teaches graduate courses in ABA to students in the special education programs.

Get in touch with Laurie by email.

LAURIE MURBERG
Controller
, REED Autism Services

Laurie has worked in the accounting and finance field for over 25 years initially starting her career in public accounting. She soon transitioned into corporate accounting but she soon realized non-profit work was her passion. Laurie has extensive non-profit accounting and finance knowledge having worked in this field for over 20 years. In addition to her accounting and finance experience she also has many years of human resource experience. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Laurie has always believed in being a hands on employee regardless of position. She believes in knowing all of the little details of an organizations finances as well as seeing the big picture. Having a clear understanding of the finances as well as the operations allows for sound decision making. She believes integrity, a positive attitude and communication are important traits to have in any organization.

Get in touch with Lisa by email.

LISA GOLDSTEIN
Vice President of Development, REED Foundation for Autism; Director of Sales, Greens Do Good

As a founding member of the REED Foundation for Autism, Lisa creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which includes a donor program, major gifts, corporate donations and grant solicitations. She oversees the planning and execution of special fundraising events to generate funds for the organization. Lisa collaborates with the Board of Directors and CEO to create a development plan to increase revenues to support the important and vital direction of the Foundation. Lisa monitors trends in the community to identify and develop prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities. Lisa runs all sales and development opportunities at their hydroponic vertical farm, Greens Do Good. Lisa also oversees the distribution of charitable funds from Greens Do Good to its parent company, REED Next, a day program for adults with autism.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lisa was an active donor and supporter of REED. Her early professional career in retail management began as a buyer for Belk Stores and Bloomingdale’s flagship store in NYC. During her tenure at Bloomingdales, she opened its first store in Miami at The Falls, a luxury shopping and entertainment center. Lisa was part of the sales force team at Liz Claiborne, and a buyer for the Indonesian government at their premier showcase store in NYC. Lisa also served on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Committee for Young Artists.

Get in touch with Jen by email.

JEN FAUST
Director of Communications, REED Foundation for Autism; Director of Operations, Greens Do Good

Jennifer has worked with the REED family of services for nearly a decade. In her current role, she directs internal and external communications for the entire organization—and oversees operations for Greens Do Good, REED’s hydroponic vertical farm, providing job training and meaningful employment opportunities for teens and adults with autism.
Serving as media liaison, Jen also focuses on cultivating relationships with community partners, related vendors and consultants to ensure coverage of programs, events and special projects.

Prior to joining REED, she worked at Caribiner International, Inc.—now known as Jack Morton Worldwide, a global communications company—participating in the management of large-scale events such as the British Hong Kong handover to the Chinese government.

Jen began her career at The New York and National Law Journals, where she created advertising copy. She then transitioned her creative skills to writing and producing commercials for the Fort Group, a full-service marketing agency.

Get in touch with Leah by email.

DR. LEAH FARINOLA
REED Academy Principal, Chief School Administrator

Leah began working with the families at REED in 2001, before REED was even officially founded. Starting as a full-time instructor in 2006, she has held various positions, including instructor, lead teacher, assistant to the executive director, classroom consultant, and curriculum coordinator. Leah became principal in 2009 and assumed the role of chief school administrator in 2020.

Leah completed her undergraduate coursework at William Paterson University and graduated with honors, holding a degree in psychology and elementary education. She completed her post-baccalaureate special education certification and also obtained a master’s in educational administration with principal and supervisor certification from Caldwell University. In 2021, Leah completed her doctorate at Seton Hall University and conducted research on staff retention in private schools for children with autism. She is also an adjunct professor at Caldwell University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in special education.

Get in touch with Francesca by email.

FRANCESCA SARANIERO, MSED
Director, REED Next

Prior to joining REED Next, Francesca served as the Director of Adult Services and Business Development at Eden II Programs, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with autism in New York City and Long Island.

Her experience spans from program development to strategic planning, building a social enterprise, and community engagement. Previously, Francesca worked for both the New York City Department of Education and the Administration for Children’s Services.

Francesca earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from the College of Staten Island and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from St. John’s University.

Her vision is to take her passion for helping others combined with her understanding of disabilities to help REED Next reach more families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder.