Counselor Bios

Meet the Counselor Squad at GMS

Mr. Christian Cipollone, CSC

My name is Christian Cipllone. I am the school counselor at Garfield Middle School. I have been the school counselor at Garfield Middle School since 2004. I received my Bachelors degree from the State University of New York @ Old Westbury. After completing my Bachelors degree, I worked as a counselor in a Juvenile Detention Center in New York State. From these experiences, I decided to pursue a degree that would allow me to help children become more successful students, work with them to help them effectively deal with a variety of problems, and inspire them to do their personal best in their lives. I graduated from Long Island University   with my Masters in Education with a major in counseling. I am excited to work with all of the students and families at Garfield Middle School. 

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Psychology, MA in Counseling
Certified School Counselor
Supervisor & Director of School Counseling Certification

Mrs. Lori Gunar, LCSW

My name is Lori Gunar. I am a licensed clinical social worker and a certified school social worker.  This will be my 6th year in the Garfield Public School District.  I started out at the Auxiliary School and then when that closed I transferred to the middle school. Before coming to Garfield I worked in a private, out-of-district school for emotionally and behaviorally challenged students for 22 years.  Before that I worked with a similar population in a public school district up in Penacook, New Hampshire. I received my bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University and my Masters' Degree in Social Work from Boston University as well. 

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Psychology, MSW in Social Work
Certified School Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mrs. Jessica Ribaudo-Piskuloski, CSC, SAC, DRCC

My name is Jessica Ribaudo-Piskuloski. I started my career in Garfield in 2007 as a Kindergarten teacher, computer teacher and later became the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator/School Counselor. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education/Art, Masters in Counseling with a specialization in School and Post-Masters in Supervision from Caldwell University and Post-Masters in Student Assistance Coordinator from Kean University.  I am a volunteer Disaster Response Crisis Counselor for the state of New Jersey where we go out and provide psychological first aid to those who have experienced a disaster or trauma in their life. I am passionate about helping students reach their full academic, social and emotional potential. My philosophy is student-centered and solution focused.I also believe in a comprehensive counseling program that addresses the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. I love being a school counselor and everyday I feel thankful to have the opportunity to work with you and your children.

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Elementary Education/Art, MA in Counseling
Certified School Counselor & Student Assistance Coordinator
Supervisor & Director of School Counseling Certification
Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Certification
School Safety Specialist Certification

Ms. Lisa Porco, CSC

My name is Lisa Porco. Like a true Boilermaker, I grew up in Garfield and attended Garfield Public Schools until I graduated high school. After graduating high school I went on to receive my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology from Kean University. I also received a double Masters from NJCU in School Counseling in 2015. I have been a part of the Garfield Middle School family since 2017. As a school counselor one of my roles is encouraging all children to strive for their personal best to become an asset to our amazing community. Supporting my students in meeting all personal and academic goals is important to me as well. I am thrilled to  work with students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Psychology, MA in Counseling
MA in Educational Psychology
Certified School Counselor

Ms. Priscilla Suero, CSC

My name is Priscilla Suero. I am the Social Emotional Counselor (6-8th Grade School Counselor). I attended Felician University which I am proud to say paved the way for my professional success. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Counseling Psychology. I had the pleasure to intern and start my career at Garfield Middle School. I have served as a school counselor for two years. My role as a school counselor has truly been rewarding. I have the pleasure to work with students, teachers, administration, and parents who thrive for success. My belief is to always encourage all students to strive to achieve their goals. I am fluent in English and Spanish.

Degrees & Certifications:
BA in Psychology, MA in Counseling Psychology
Certified School Counselor

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