Providing a professional administration that helps our students throughout the therapeutic process.
Rebecca Oelkers holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Pine Manor College. Ms. Oelkers is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in providing child, adolescent and family therapy.
Prior to joining New Alliance Academy, Ms. Oelkers was the program director at an inpatient, regional Children's Crisis Intervention Service (CCIS) for children and adolescents suffering from acute emotional distress. There she was responsible for the daily operation and service delivery of acute and intermediate psychiatric services. She worked closely with the New Jersey Department of Child Behavioral Health Services on initiatives to ensure patients and families received appropriate access and coordination of support services.
Ms. Oelkers is a Crisis Prevention Institute Certified Instructor. Her global understanding of the challenges facing students was enhanced by her role as community relations coordinator for a freestanding psychiatric hospital, during which she was liaison/resource for community providers, local government agencies and schools.
As a hospital behavioral health performance improvement coordinator, she worked with efficiency measures focusing on program design and delivery. She participated in the development of outcome assessment parameters and clinical performance monitors, with the goal of improving individual and organizational effectiveness.
Tony Schwab is a New Jersey Certified School Principal and a graduate of New Jersey's Foundation for Educational Administration. He completed a BA in Humanities at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton and received a Master’s degree in Education from Vermont College.
Before joining New Alliance Academy, Mr. Schwab was assistant principal at the Sage Day School campus in Rochelle Park, N.J., where he also served as Educational Coordinator and taught English and theater. From 1999 to 2002, he directed the Alternative High School in Englewood, N.J.
Throughout his career, Mr. Schwab has focused on students with exceptional social, emotional and academic needs. Mr. Schwab's inspiring work has been recognized by colleagues, Bergen County newspapers, the State of New Jersey and the American Psychological Association.
Board of Directors
Gabriel Kaplan, M.D., trained at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and is a Board Certified Adult and Child psychiatrist, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former researcher with published work in the fields of suicide, aggression, affective disorders and ADHD. A Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Kaplan has been a member of many New Jersey State committees dealing with child psychiatry treatment issues and received the 2005 Golden Bell Award for Child Advocacy from the New Jersey Mental Health Association.
John Reilly, LCSW, is the Executive Director of Sage Day Schools. He is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified child and adolescent psychotherapist and a certified psychoanalyst. Mr. Reilly’s leadership has been instrumental in developing the clinical programs at Sage Day Schools, New Alliance Academy and several in-district programs. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Ridgewood, N.J.
Christopher J. Leonard, LCSW, M.Ed., Educational Director of New Alliance Academy, has been Educational Director of the Sage Day Schools and Principal of Sage Day’s first campus, Sage Day at Rochelle Park, since 1998. A cum laude graduate of Boston University, Mr. Leonard earned his MSW from New York University. He gained experience at the Division of Family Guidance, as a member of the Ho-Ho-Kus Child Study Team and in private practice. Mr. Leonard earned his certification in Group Psychotherapy from the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and received his M.Ed. from William Patterson University.
Bennett Silver, M.D., a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is one of New Jersey’s noted child and adolescent psychiatrists and is on the U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor list. He completed a psychiatric residency and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr. Silver has served as Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, offering a full range of continua at various hospital systems. He is also the co-founder and co-director of a large multidisciplinary psychiatric practice in New Jersey.
Robert S. Wolk, Former Director of Barnstable Academy and Sage Educational Enterprises, has been in the field of education for more than 25 years, both as a classroom teacher and school administrator. Mr. Wolk did his undergraduate work at Boston University and the American University in Washington, D.C. His Master’s degree is from New York University with studies in Paris, France and Kyoto, Japan.
"We were very fortunate that the school system was aware of New Alliance Academy. I can't tell you how happy I am."
Parent of a New Alliance Academy student