Child Day Care Centers Suffolk County New York

Program Directors

Alternatives For Children

Dr. Matthew A. Krivoshey, PsyD
Executive Director

Matthew Krivoshey completed his undergraduate degree at SUNY Buffalo. Upon completion of this coursework, he earned both a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in School Psychology at CUNY Queens College. He then began his career as a school psychologist with the New York City Department of Education. While working as a school psychologist, he pursued and earned a Doctorate of Psychology degree with a School and Child Clinical Psychology specialization from Yeshiva University. At this time, he began working for the Bayport-Blue Point UFSD as a school psychologist in their high school.  He also opened his private practice as a psychologist, focusing on the mental health of children. While working in these roles, he also earned a Master’s Degree in School District Administration from Dowling College.

Dr. Krivoshey was promoted to Director of Special Education in July of 2000. In this role, he was able to use his expertise in child development and education to create programs and opportunities for disabled children in a more global manner. He continued in this role for another seven years until accepting a new position as Director of Special Education at the South Huntington Union Free School District. The new role, in a much larger public school district, allowed Dr. Krivoshey the ability to oversee the special education programs for over 1200 students. He held this position for the next sixteen years until retiring from public education, after 30 years of service, in 2023.

Dr. Krivoshey has always considered himself an advocate for children with disabilities. This commitment to children led him to become involved in the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators (LIASEA), an organization committed to supporting students with disabilities on Long Island. He has held every position on this organization’s executive board including two years as president.   

In his new role as Executive Director, Dr. Krivoshey seeks to continue his extensive record of supporting students with special needs. As an educator and psychologist, he has long understood the importance of early intervention in improving outcomes for children. In continuing this work with Alternatives he hopes to build upon the legacy created by its first director, Dr. Marie Ficano: Providing help and support to all children during the early stages of development when it is needed most.


Laura Hauck, MA.Ed
Early Intervention Coordinator/IEP Coordinator

Laura Hauck has been a part of Early Intervention since the start of her career in 1992. Laura received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s college in both elementary and special education as well as a Master’s degree specializing in Infant/Toddler Therapeutic Education. Laura was an Early Intervention teacher at St. Charles Educational and Therapeutic Center for many years and is happy to have the opportunity to return to Alternatives For Children in this new role.  Her years of experiences working collaboratively with children and their families, both as an educator and ongoing service coordinator, are sure to be an asset to the Alternatives For Children organization.

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Lisa Caselles, MS.Ed, SDL, SBL
East End Sites Coordinator - Aquebogue Curriculum Coordinator

Lisa began her career working in early childhood education in 1999 and has worked at Alternatives For Children since 2001. In 2017, Lisa was named as the East Setauket Curriculum Coordinator.

Lisa received her graduate degree in education, birth through 6th grade for both special needs and typically developing students from St. Joseph’s College; received Master’s Degree in Education from Stony Brook University; received Advanced Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership from Stony Brook University. Lisa is fully trained on the Creative Curriculum and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports. Lisa is a proud Member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge regarding curriculum development and implementation to our program. She will provide guidance and direction as we align Common Core Learning Standards to the curriculum across disciplines. Lisa is experienced in research based instructional best practices and data analysis as part of the instructional process and will provide direct support to staff in these areas. She has experience in both regular and special education; training experience on various OCFS regulations; including and using technology appropriately; early literacy skills; implementing developmentally appropriate practices. In past schools, Lisa has been responsible for school-wide programs such as Pick a Reading Partners (PARP), and has successfully won teacher grants that enhanced student learning and teacher practice.

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Tina Messina-Dillonn, MS.Ed, SDA
East Setauket Coordinator - Clinical Coordinator

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Elizabeth Longo, MA.Ed, SBL
East Setauket Curriculum Coordinator

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Joseph Verdicchio, BS, MS, SBL, SDL
East Setauket Curriculum Coordinator

Joseph Verdicchio started as a Coordinator in November of 2022 at our Aquebogue location. He is currently a Curriculum Coordinator at our East Setauket location as of May 2023.

Joe received his Bachelor’s of Sciences in Elementary Education at Five Towns College. He received his Master’s of Science in Literacy B-6 and Special Education B-2/1-6 at St. John’s University. Joe received his School Building Leader Certificate and School District Leader Certificate at Stony Brook University.

Joe has been a Teaching Assistant and Special Education Teacher in the New York City
Department of Education as well as the Deer Park School District.

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Beth Apostoli, M.Ed., SAS/SDA
Dix Hills Site Director

Ms. Beth Apostoli, M.Ed., SAS/SDA joined the management team at Alternatives For Children in November 2015 as the Site Director in Dix Hills. 

Ms. Apostoli earned her B.S. Ed. In Elementary and Special Education from Adelphi University, a Masters degree in Special Education from Boston College and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Hofstra University.  She holds certification as both School District Administrator and School Administrator and Supervisor. 

Ms. Apostoli began her tenure at Alternatives For Children following over 25 years of experience in both public and private special education.  Among her professional roles Ms. Apostoli has served as Director of Educational Services/Principal for the Children’s Center at United Cerebral Palsy in Commack, Adjunct Instructor and Student Teaching Supervisor in the Graduate Studies program at Hofstra University, Coordinator of Education and Assessment at L.I. Infant Developmental Program and CPSE/CSE Administrator for a local school District. 

Since 2015, Ms. Apostoli has dedicated herself to growing and developing the program at the Dix Hills Site to ensure the best possible outcomes for students throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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Vivienne Viera, M.A., MS.Ed, SBL
Dix Hills Curriculum Coordinator

In 2014, Vivienne came to Alternatives For Children after thirteen years at the Gillen Brewer School in New York City, a non-public school for children with varying abilities, eight of those years as a Teacher Mentor and Program Director.  As Program Director at the Gillen Brewer School, Vivienne supervised teachers, coordinated and managed extracurricular programming, developed and coordinated the School-Wide Reading Incentive Program, guided curriculum choices and facilitated teacher training of new curriculum, implemented classroom management and school wide positive intervention and supports protocols, and coordinated a yearly partnership with a nearby fitness center.

Vivienne’s administrative, supervisory, program and staff development skills, and extensive teaching experience with children with Autism will greatly benefit the Alternatives For Children organization as we begin a new chapter at our recently opened Dix Hills location.

Vivienne holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University; an M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from New York University; certification as School Building Leader from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education’s Early Childhood Leadership program.

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Lisa Tracey, B.S., M.A., TSHH, SDL
Dix Hills Curriculum Coordinator/IEP Coordinator

ILisa Tracey received her Bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College and her Master’s degree from Stony Brook University in Communication Disorders.  She worked as a full time Speech therapist for AHRC for 25 years.  Lisa completed her Administration Certification at Dowling College in 2012.  She worked as an IEP Coordinator/Clinical Coordinator in a private preschool school in Queens before accepting an IEP Coordinator position with Alternatives For Children in 2016. In this position, Lisa cultivates positive communication with Suffolk and Nassau school districts and served as a liaison between the districts and the parents ensuring compliance with regard to the individual education plans for students. 

In addition to being an IEP Coordinator, in March of 2019, Lisa accepted a part time administrative position as Curriculum Coordinator at Alternatives For Children. Her additional responsibilities include the supervision of the IEP Coordinators and over-seeing transportation and safety.

Lisa’s collaborative, team-oriented approach makes her a valuable asset to Alternatives For Children.

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David DeJong, M.A., MS.Ed, SBL
Southampton Curriculum Coordinator

David DeJong joined our East End staff in December 2020, assuming leadership responsibilities at our Aquebogue and Southampton locations. David's educational background includes School District Leadership Certificate from St. John's University, Master in Science in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, Master in Arts in Liberal Studies at SUNY Stony Brook, a Bachelor of Arts in Child Study from St. Joseph's College, and Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Suffolk Community College. He is certified in Early Childhood, Birth -2nd and Student with Disabilities.

Mr. DeJong is leaving his position with the NYC Department of Education where he served in both leadership and special education teacher positions. He has worked at Birch Family Services as a special educator. David has worked for a private agency as and Early Intervention Specialist for over 4 years.

It is also important to note that David is a veteran from the Army and Air Force.

David is eager to join our organization in a leadership capacity and looks forward to working with our east end staff and the children we serve.

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