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Soo Brown

Soo Brown

Executive Director of the Foundation for Eastern Christian School

Soo Brown

Executive Director of the Foundation for Eastern Christian School

EC Start Date: 2021

Education: B.A. Environmental Studies & Sociology, St. Lawrence University
M.P.A. Nonprofit Management (pending), New York University, Wagner School of Public Service

Bio:

Soo and her husband Dave have two daughters, Elyse and Kaelyn, both attending the EC elementary school. She joined Eastern Christian as Executive Director of the Foundation after taking a break from her previous role as the Executive Director and Head of U.S. Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley. Soo also has served in a variety of volunteer roles including on the leadership team at the Center for Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, on the Board of Trustees at the Korean American Community Foundation, on the Board of Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals, and as Founder and Ministry Co-leader of the Morgan Stanley Christian Network. Soo grew up in Norwood and her family now resides in Hawthorne.

Rick DeBel

Rick DeBel

Chief Financial Officer

Rick DeBel

Chief Financial Officer

EC Start Date: 2021

Education: William Paterson College, Bachelors in Accounting

Bio:

Rick and his wife Ellen have six children, five daughters and one son. Rick happily joined Eastern Christian as Chief Financial Officer after a long career in banking. He is a strong supporter of Private and Christian education having recently completed a three year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees of TriCounty Scholarship Fund and having previously served on the Netherlands Reformed Christian School Board for twelve years. Rick currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Christian Health in Wyckoff. He and Ellen and five of their children reside in Lincoln Park and attend Ebenezer Netherland Reformed Church in Franklin Lakes.

Dr. Daniel Lazor

Dr. Daniel Lazor

Middle School Principal

Dr. Daniel Lazor

Middle School Principal

EC Start Date: 2015

Education: B.S. - Cornell University
M.A.T. - Fordham University
M.Ed. - Clarks Summit University
Ph.D. - Columbia International University

Bio:

Dan is married to his best friend Michelle Lazor. Together they have nine children: Isabelle, Danny, Manny, Nora, Karina, Lucy, Judah, and twins Addie and Andy. The Lazor family’s most meaningful experience was spending nine years serving with an International Christian School in Seoul, South Korea – an experience that has shaped Dan’s and his family’s outlook on many aspects of life and faith. Dan is originally from Scranton, PA, but to answer your question, no, he never worked at Dunder Mifflin. He is a huge sports fan, having played on athletic teams from the age of 5 through 19, and enjoys running now. His favorite teams are the ones his kids are playing on (and of course, EC!). The Lazors attend Emergence Church.

Rudi Gesch

Rudi Gesch

Director of Marketing & Communications

Rudi Gesch

Director of Marketing & Communications

EC Start Date: 2014

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education, Trinity Christian College
M.B.A. - University of Phoenix

Bio:

Rudi is happily married to the lovely Stephanie Gesch. They have three kids: Sawyer, Xander, and Arlo. The Gesch family also has a Boxer named Duke. Rudi is passionate about growing the mission of Eastern Christian School by helping to tell the story about what God is doing through this amazing learning community. Rudi was born in NJ (his parents taught at EC in the early 80’s). He’s been on the Green Bay Packers season ticket waiting list since he was 8 years old. The Gesch family attends Restore Church.

Jeff Botbyl

Jeff Botbyl

Director of Operations & Security

Jeff BotbylEC Graduate

Director of Operations & Security

EC Start Date: 2014

Bio:

One year after graduating from Eastern Christian School, Jeff was hired by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Dept. He found his passion in riding motorcycles and was assigned to the motorcycle unit for the majority of his career. After 26 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant and Master Instructor for Police Motorcycle Operation. Over the years Jeff remained involved at Eastern Christian coaching Softball, Soccer and Baseball. After his career in Law Enforcement he came back to EC and is now the Director of Operations and School Security. A great haircut sparked an interest in a beautician named Leida and since then their children are alumni of Eastern Christian. Ganelle (‘01), Matthew (‘12), Alyssa (‘17). School is not a place for students to feel afraid. So come to EC and have fun while learning. We are working very hard to create a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors.

Suzanne Kraai

Suzanne Kraai

Director of Enrollment

Suzanne KraaiEC Graduate 2005

Director of Enrollment

EC Start Date: 2010

Education: B.A. - Theatre, Baylor University
M.S. - Educational Administration, The University of Scranton

Bio:

Suzanne is an energetic, creative, and organized team member at ECSA. In addition to being an EC alum, she has served in a variety of roles in her career at EC, including Humanities and CP English teacher, HS Musical Theater and Choral Director. After 7 years in the classroom she moved into Administration, first in Extended Learning, involving programs such as Before and After School Care and Clubs Pk-6th grade, Service Learning Pk-12th grade, Camps Pk-8th grade, Early College program development, and several cultural exchange and short-term international programs. Now she serves as the Enrollment Director.  She and her husband own a small business in Warwick, NY, and are proud parents to a young ECES student and toddler.

Suzanne met her husband in the hallways of ECHS upon transferring mid-way through HS; her heart and passion for serving this transformative institution, most recently through sharing EC’s story, identity and mission with potential and current EC families, is deep-seeded. With a passion for community engagement, she’s grateful for the opportunity to continue learning and growing as a member of the EC family, no matter what hat she’s wearing!

Philip Verrengia

Philip Verrengia

High School Principal (Interim), High School Science Teacher

Philip VerrengiaEC Graduate 1973

High School Principal (Interim), High School Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 1980

Education: B.A. - Physical Science, Calvin College
M.S. - Geoscience, Montclair State University

Mary Faber

Mary Faber

Middle School Vice Principal

Mary FaberEC Graduate 1977

Middle School Vice Principal

EC Start Date: 1989

Education: B.S. - Physical Education, Gordon College
M.A. - CSI Principal's Institute M.A. Teacher Certification Physical Education & Health K - 12

Bio:

Mary was born and raised in NJ and attended Eastern Christian School, K-12. After teaching and coaching at Gordon College for 5 years, Mary was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to NJ and ECS as a PE and Health teacher. Mary thoroughly loves working with, teaching, and guiding upper elementary and middle school aged children. Mary has 2 daughters: Allison is a first grade teacher and resides in Arizona with her husband. Rachel is a nurse and lives close by in NJ. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading a good book, baking, and staying active.

Sandra Bottge

Sandra Bottge

Elementary School Principal

Sandra BottgeEC Graduate 1986

Elementary School Principal

EC Start Date: 1990

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education, Messiah College
A.A. - Media Specialist, Montclair State University
M.A. - Educational Leadership, Dordt College

Bio:

Sandy was born in Wyckoff, NJ and attended Eastern Christian from kindergarten through high school. After graduating from Messiah College in 1990, Sandy returned to EC where she taught kindergarten, 3rd grade, art, library and computers before becoming an administrator. Sandy is passionate about education and sharing her faith with children. Sandy and her husband, Rob, have two children. Matthew is a college student studying criminal justice. Kevin is a special needs child. Rob and Sandy continue to trust in the Lord as they experience the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs. Rob and Sandy attend Cornerstone Christian Church in Wyckoff.

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