– Our Administration –
Denise Hajjar, M.S., Health Clinic Consultant, Nutrition and Wellness Educator
Denise began her journey as Administrator of the Full Service Community School Health Centers and partner to the Board of Education in Paterson over six years ago. Along with her husband, George Hajjar, they began providing Pediatric Services to include a Pediatric Doctor, Dental and Vision Services, Behavioral Health Counseling, and Nutrition/ Wellness Education for parents and guardians. Sadly, George Hajjar passed away in August of 2014 just as they were beginning to bring Health Care Services to the Orange School District. Denise continued to develop the Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic in his honor; to carry out their passion to inspire families in Orange to become educated in preventative health care and render Health Care Services so desperately needed in this inner city. Denise is passionate about the holistic perspective of development for each child. She believes education is half of the equation in order for children to develop intellectually, emotionally, and physically and achieve their hopes and aspirations. This year she will be the first full school year for the Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic in Orange as well. She feels extremely privileged to collaborate with the Board of Education in Orange and to be working with such amazing children and families. She appreciates any suggestions from families to further develop the successful outcomes for the students in Orange. Denise holds a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has four wonderful children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two adorable grandsons and a granddaughter. She is surrounded by their love and is supported by the Health Centers’ compassionate and caring Treatment Coordinators and Clinical Staff.
-Our Service Providers-
- Professor and Board Certified Pediatrician with 20 years experience.
- Providing quality medical care through her offices in East Orange, Morristown, and now at the Oakwood Community Health Clinic at Oakwood Ave School. (973)677-4000 ext-3621
- Well trained and experienced to deal with all aspects of well child and sick child medical care including yearly physicals, vaccinations, asthma, allergies, nutrition, lead poisoning, developmental issues, behavior issues, and special needs.
- She treats all of her patients and families with the respect they deserve regardless of race, religion, financial background, type of insurance, or lack of insurance.
- She speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Danie Vastey – Treatment Coordinator Oakwood
My name is Danie Vastey and I received my degree in Health Science. As a person, I am performance-oriented, customer oriented, organized, flexible, enjoy a high-speed environment where I can influence, and always strive to develop – both professionally and personally. I like to set long-term, realistic goals and then move slowly and consistently toward achievement. I see myself as a team member, inspiring each other and working together providing amazing customer service relationships with the clients/patients. My ability to wear many hats in a job will be a valuable asset to your needs. I look forward to offering my patients my extensive office experience, communication skills, previous customer service experience, and administrative skills. I hope you find my experience and skills suit the needs of helping build a better health system for students in this community to retain a successful school year.
Afrika Bond – Treatment Coordinator Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic
My name is Afrika Bond. I recently graduated from Montclair State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a concentration in Community Health Education. I am currently the Treatment Coordinator for Rosa Parks Community School in Orange, NJ. I’ve been a student in the Orange School District from kindergarten through twelfth grade and it has always been a dream of mine to come back and serve the community which helped to shape who I am today. With this job, I am able to do just that. I look forward to meeting and working with all of the students, parents, teachers, and staff within the school and I am excited to see what new experiences and insight I will gain in this position.
Cristina Monroy, LCSW – Behavioral Health Counselor
Cristina Monroy is a graduate of Fordham University with a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked with families and children for over twenty years, specializing in trauma and abuse. She incorporates sand tray work, mindfulness-based parenting, and a non-directive play therapy model which recognizes that play is the language in which children communicate their innermost feelings and can resolve conflict effectively. This framework provides healing, growth and promotes balance.
Her work has centered on assisting families and children find their voice, become empowered and discover their potential despite their life experiences or circumstances. Cristina practices mindfulness-based play-family therapy and is completing her certification as a Registered Play Therapist.
Eline Volcy- Behavioral Health/Social Work Intern
My name is Eline Volcy, and I am a first year Masters in Social Work student at Columbia University. I am a social work intern at both The Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic and the Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic in the Orange School district. I love working with children, especially those at-risk because I believe that every child has the potential to be great with some encouragement, love, and care. I’m confident that this internship will help me acquire the skills that I need as an emerging social worker. Aside from my academics, I am a very lively and optimistic person. I love to sing, listen to music and encourage others!
Gabriela Montoya- Behavioral Health/Social Work Intern
My name is Gabriela Montoya and I am a Master’s in Social Work intern currently attending Rutgers University. I graduated from Montclair State University in January of 2017 with a degree in Child Advocacy and Policy. I also work at a pediatric dental office during the weekends. I very much enjoy working with children, therefore, I am looking forward to being able to work closely with the children and families of the Orange School District. I hope to utilize my acquired knowledge to help these children to the best of my abilities.
Mia Funcheon– Nutrition Intern
My name is Mia Funcheon and I am an undergraduate student at Montclair State University. I am enrolled in the Nutrition and Food Science program, specifically concentrating in Dietetics. I am studying to become a Registered Dietician. As a future Registered Dietician, I want to make a difference in the world of health. I want to educate communities about the importance of nutrition and to positively impact their lives with nutritional advice, tending to their specific needs.
Working with children is something that I feel is so important and special. This is a crucial age demographic to be educating and I feel so lucky that I have the opportunity to make a difference here. I hope to inspire and impact the elementary school’s community. As a future Registered Dietician, I want to show children and parents how they can make healthier food choices with resources they have in order to maintain overall healthier diets.