Alumni are the link to MKA's heritage, and the key to our future. We welcome your involvement and support and invite you to join us whenever you can. Alumni volunteer opportunities include participating in our networking events and Career Day, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend activities, and regional receptions; joining the Alumni Council and supporting our phonathons.
Led by a dedicated group of alumni volunteers, the Alumni Council organizes activities that advance the interests of MKA and its alumni and promotes a closer relationship and better understanding between the school and its graduates. The council consists of up to 24 members, who may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. Five meetings are held during the school year, and each member serves on one of the four working committees: Awards, Development, Engagement, and Events. The council is governed by the Alumni Association By-Laws. If you would like to join, please contact Alumni Council President Amanda Englander '04 or complete the Alumni Council Questionnaire.
Amanda Englander ’04, President
After MKA, she went on to study English and Latin at Emory University in Atlanta. She graduated magna cum laude and as an inductee to Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
She has been a member of the Alumni Council since 2012, and has been on the Executive Committee since 2014. Amanda is incredibly thankful for her education, and feels that MKA afforded her many opportunities: trips around the country, a stellar writing program, an overview of core works, engaging extracurricular activities, and more. What she learned at MKA informed her choices and laid the basis for her skills as an undergraduate and even into her career. As a person who likes to affect change and give back, joining the Council was a natural decision.
Racquel Booth '96
Racquel Booth is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in English. She then obtained her PhD in Global Affairs at Rutgers University, concentrating on comparative political systems.
She is the owner of Bergen Educational Consultants, a firm in Franklin Lakes, N.J., which specializes in preparing students for admissions to top tier colleges and graduate programs. Her firm’s students consistently score in the top 3% nationally on the college admissions exams; and the average student receives over $350,000 in scholarships. Her firm also provides tutoring and enrichment for students in grades 2-12.
Racquel enjoys country music, British comedy, entomology, and cooking. (The last two hobbies are not in anyway connected.) She is an active member of St. Michael’s Church in Woodland Park, where she sings in the choir and serves as a coordinator for the church’s largest annual fundraiser.
She believes MKA was a defining catalyst for her academic career; and this is why she chose to serve on Alumni Council. She is thrilled to start her first year on council.
Rich Cosgrove '84
A New Jersey native, Rich was born in Hackensack and raised in West Paterson. While not an MKA lifer, he joined the ranks of MKA in the 6th grade and graduated in 1984. After acceptance to Carnegie-Mellon University, moved to Pittsburgh and in 1988 received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Decision Systems.
He returned to the New York area to work for Hoffmann-LaRoche pharmaceuticals in systems analysis and research. Following an opportunity to work in software development, moved to Boston to work for Lotus Development on the Organizer and SmartSuite products. While attending graduate school at The University of Massachusetts, accepted a position with the UMASS Research Foundation in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Eventually lured away from his studies by an internet startup company, he moved back to New York area, finding an exceptional opportunity in New York City working for the consulting firm Solomon Page Group. He has been there for 8 years as an Information Technology Architect and Department Head, where he manages the information services group. He currently resides in Denville, New Jersey.
Richard has joined the ranks of the alumni council in order to reconnect with old friends, and hopefully give something back to his alma mater.
Joanne Pundyk Goldberg ‘87
I have been married to my husband Danny for 20 years. We have two children, Allie (17) and Spencer (13). Allie is in the 11th grade at Morristown-Beard School and Spencer is in the 7th grade at MKA. Spencer was new to MKA this year and made an easy and successful transition into the community.
Stuart Harwood '07
Stuart Harwood, who prefers to go by “Stu” contrary to his parents’ wishes, is a new addition to the council this year.
Jennifer Jones Ladda ‘84
She majored in Political Science with a double minor in English Literature and Philosophy at Bucknell University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. Honors at Bucknell include: Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta and Order of Omega (National Fraternal Organization) Honor Societies, Dean's List. She was also a Student Government Representative and Member of the Delta, Delta, Delta sorority where she served as an officer and was elected as a representative to the Bucknell University Panhellenic Council and served as its Philanthropy Chairman 1987-88.
After graduating from Bucknell, Jennifer studied law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earning her Juris Doctor in 1991. At law school, she was a member of the Student Bar Association (class representative, President, class of 1991) and Women's Law Association.
Jennifer is married to Todd Ladda, who is a Managing Director and Global Head of Credit and Real Estate Funds for Fortress Capital Formation, LLC. Their children, twins Caitlin and Dylan (15) are ninth graders at MKA. Jennifer has been active with PAMKA since her children started MKA in pre-K. She has also served as class secretary for the Class of 1984 for many years and has been involved with alumni fundraising and networking since her graduation in 1984.
Julie Kim '92
Julie L. Kim attended MKA from 1st grade until her graduation in 1992. After MKA, Julie obtained her undergraduate degree from New York University and law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. Julie also earned a MBA from Boston College. Julie is currently a Partner at Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf, LLP, and focuses her practice on family law matters. Julie lives in Franklin Lakes with her husband, Andrew, and two children, Dillyn (13) and Daniel (10), both MKA students. In her free time, Julie likes to travel with her family, spend time with friends, cook, ski, and play golf.
Angela McCaffrey ‘06
Chadd Mukete '11
After graduating from MKA in 2011, Chadd Mukete attended the University of Rhode Island, where he majored in Political Science. He currently lives in the New York area and is roommates with fellow MKA graduate Daniel Stern’ 11. He serves as a Flight Director at Apollo Jets, a private jet charter company.
In his spare time, Chadd enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family and trying new restaurants.
Michael DeVita ‘11
|John Thompson ‘03
Title: Planner. Company Name: Kearfott Corporation
Career Achievements – Managing several million dollars of company, and customer owned inventory, with no significant findings on independent audits over the past several years.
Hobbies: I enjoy hunting, driving, photography, history, horology, and the collecting of mechanical timepieces.
Post MKA school(s) attended: Hillsdale College.
Length of service on the Alumni Council: 1 year.
Position you currently hold: Member of the Development Committee.
Why are you a member of the Alumni Council? : After attending MKA as a lifer (13 years Kindergarten through 12th) I still see The Academy as a second home. Being a member of the Alumni council allows me to be involved first hand with the community I still dear.
Jaclyn Spedaliere '00
The continued growth and success of alumni participation in our Annual Giving would not be possible without the assistance of alumni volunteers. There are many ways that you can help us reach our Annual Giving goals:
You can take part in our newest appeal, MKA Day, 24 hours of giving in October. We welcome your assistance as a social media ambassador or phonathon solicitor.
Volunteering for our April phonathon is a great way to meet other alumni and enjoy a fun evening while raising funds for MKA.
We also depend on our class representatives and reunion chairs to encourage their classmates to support our Annual Giving appeals using the form of communication they are most comfortable with—social media, postal mail, email, text messages, or phone calls.
If you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities please contact our alumni office at, firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-509-7939.