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Celebrate The Children Board of Trustees

Melissa Burnside
Board President

Melissa Burnside joined the CTC Foundation in 2011. Melissa graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL with a BA in Psychology. Her college time included a year in Australia at the University of Melbourne. Melissa is a seasoned health care professional who has been with BAYADA Home Health Care for 23 years. At BAYADA she oversees national contracting and all managed care operations. Like the company she works for, Melissa is passionate about allowing people to remain at home, despite illness or disability. Melissa is a member of the Board of Trustees at The Wilson School in Mountain Lakes, NJ. She has been a Councilwoman in Rockaway, NJ for the past 8 years and now serves as Council President. She is very active in her community and in fundraising activities. Melissa is especially passionate about supporting organizations that care for children with special needs. Upon introduction, she became immediately engaged with the wonderful work done at CTC.


Terry-Ann Zander
Vice President
PR/Fundraising Committee
Program Allocation Committee

Terry-Ann Zander was nominated to the CTC Foundation Board in the spring of 2011. She has 25-years sales, marketing and business development experience. At present, she is the director of marketing and business development for a prestigious Morris County law firm. She also manages her own marketing communications company helping small to midsized businesses and public entities. Terry-Ann’s oldest son attended Celebrate the Children beginning in 2006, but transitioned into a public school district full-time in the fall of 2012. While her son was at CTC she served as the PTO Vice President and communications committee as well as the Annual Benefit committee helping to raise nearly $200,000 for the school over a four year period. She resides in Sussex County, NJ with her husband and two witty, creative, and active sons.

Mary Alice Landis
Grants & Allocation

Mary Alice Landis serves as the Supervisor of Instruction and Curriculum as well as curriculum specialist in Reading at Celebrate the Children. Mary Alice manages a pull-out resource room program in Reading for students who need more intensive work in Reading and Reading comprehension. Her responsibilities include coordinating NJ statewide assessments, assessing students through standardized reading assessments, writing formal evaluation reports and recommendations, informal assessments, developing remediation plans, providing direct instruction, developing IEP goals, evaluating progress, and implementing programs. In addition to this, Mary Alice provides training and support to teachers in providing instruction in Reading and Reading Comprehension. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Seton Hall University, a NJ Supervisory certificate, is K-8 certified in Elementary Education and K-12 certified in both Reading and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

Jacqueline Giganti
Program/Allocation and Fundraising/PR

Jacqueline Giganti is a special education teacher at Celebrate the Children School in Wharton, New Jersey. As a veteran teacher, Jacqueline creates and implements sensory-integrated and experienced-based lesson plans, infused with the DIR® principles. Jacqueline works with both verbal and non-verbal students in the classroom, creating lessons that are meaningful for all students. Jacqueline has been with Celebrate the children since 2007 and has taught in other private schools for over 10 years. She graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to College of St. Elizabeth to earn a Master of Education and Special Education certification. She is also has completed the Profectum Basic DIR® certification program.



Nick Buccino
Board Member

Nicholas Buccino joined the Celebrate the Children Foundation board in 2016. He was approached to join the board because of his financial acumen and strong ties to Celebrate the Children School. Nicholas’s eldest son, Alec, was one of the first students to attend the school and today is employed at the school as a classroom aide.

Nicholas owns and manages an independent financial advisory practice, with securities offered, through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., located in Sparta, NJ. He holds the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner™ and specializes in working with investment professionals, executives and entrepreneurs. He holds several securities licenses and is a Registered Investment Advisor agent and General Securities Principal. His practice is focused on fee based, comprehensive financial planning and investment management services.

In addition to his position on the CTC Foundation board, Nicholas is also active in the Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader and previously coached youth football. His hobbies include music, physical fitness, skeet & trap shooting. Nicholas is a performance-level, contemporary-jazz guitarist and has toured throughout the U.S. and Germany.  Nicholas resides in Lafayette, NJ with his wife Wendy and three sons Alec, Christopher and Kyle.



Foundation Board Members strike a pose with Screaming Queens at 2015 Fundraiser.