Franciscan Community Development Center

Board of Directors 


Kathy Pettigrew, Westwood resident.  Member of Board of Directors since 2010. She attended New York University Silver School of Graduate Social Work in 2012. She earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. She is a retired nuclear professional at Beaver Valley Power Station, Shippingport, PA.

Vice President 

Rita Palumbo, Cliffside Park resident. Member of the Board of Directors since 2011. She has a BA and MA degrees from Jersey City State College. She has taught high school English in the Union City school system for 37 years. She was the advisor for Future Educators of America as well as a volunteer for several years, for the President Eisenhower People to People organization.She is presently an adjunct professor at NJCU in the Teacher Planning and Preparation Department. 


Lizzette Cuervo, Guttenberg resident. Member of the Board of Directors since 2011. She holds a BA from Rutgers University, a MA degree from University of Phoenix, as well as two teaching certifications from Felician College. She is employed by the West New York Board of Education as a Special Education Educator. Lizzett's corporate and business skills in property management, tenant relationships, revenue reconciliations, rent roll, yearly budget allocations and fiscal responsibilities certainly support her position as Treasurer of the FCDC.

Jose A. Valdes, West New York resident. Board Member since 2013. With a background in accounting, maintaining financial transactions, analyzing budgets and specializing in tax issues Jose was a member of the FCDC IRS VITA tax program where he continues to serve as an IT consultant for VITA. He received a Master degree in Applied Computer Sciences from Ciego de Avila University in 2007.  He is proficient in programming languages, system and businesses administration. His cores expertise includes server’s administration, networking and digital imaging processing. He is a IT professional with notable success. While participating in planning, analyzing, and implementing solutions in support of business objectives he is currently directing a broad range of corporate and biomedical IT initiatives.

Recording Secretary 

Fatima Becerril- Retired Deputy Director with proven success directing staff and operations oversight in a diversified environment. Expert management experience in public and private sector collaborations affecting property asset portfolios exceeding $44M, operating budgets over $4M, and 10 years’ capital outlay pipelines over $5.5M. Possess more than 20 years’ experience in corporate governance, construction and retrofit, business transformation, regulatory compliance, and cost and inventory control.  Bilingual team player with a collaborative leadership style that fosters an all-inclusive culture of engagement. Possess a Master of Science in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in International Business.

Highlights of Expertise: Project Deliverables & Implementation, Financial Planning & Development, HUD Regulations & Compliance Contract

Development & Negotiations, Stakeholder Engagement, Property & Asset Management, People Leadership & Engagement, Project Coordination & Reporting, Advanced Jurisdictional Knowledge and Continuous Improvement.

Corresponding Secretary 

Sister Anna Maria Not- Hailing from Ovaro, Udine, Italy, Sister Anna Maria Not is a member of the International Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart. While in Rome, Sister Anna Maria earned a BA and MA degree in Foreign Literature Education and Psychology from the College of Maria Assunta. Sister has 25 years of experience as a high school educator and youth group organizer. In 2000 Sister received orders sending her to America. Once in America, Sister was assigned to the Parish of Saint Joseph of the Palisades, West New York. In 2003 her outreach ministries included the NJ Buddies, Hackensack and Holy Name Pastoral Care, Bergen County Correctional Facility, Several Sources and Good Counsel Homes, both shelters for homeless pregnant women. In 2006 she co-founder the Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview a pro-bono multi service social Center. Sister also serves as an international translator and Secretary. Today Sister is a resident of Fairview, she is the Assistant Provincial of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred and Heart and she continues to serve as both corresponding secretary and Program Director for the Franciscan Community Development Center. She is the heartbeat of the Center.

Board Members:

Flavia Araya

Rose Avella

Millie Benetiz

Marcela Farfan

Douglas Klein

Joel Menendez

Anna Navatta

Salvatore Reyes


Board of Trustees:

Frank Menendez 

Lourdes Verea

Michael Langdon 

Neil McGarrity


CEO/Executive Director

Susan Colacurcio,West New York resident. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Franciscan Community Development Center, serves as Vice President for the CCCDC Bergen County Homeless Shelter as well as a Board of Directors member for the Rebeka Verea "Say Yes To Life" Foundation, also serves as 2nd Vice -Chair of North Hudson Community Action Corporation. She is a comprehensive science instructor at the West New York Board of Education.


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239 Anderson Ave Fairview, NJ 07022
P.O. Box 89
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

7007 Polk St. Guttenberg, NJ 07093






 Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 
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