Friends of HoLa

Friends of HOLA, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed with the mission of raising funds to support and benefit our school.

As a charter school, HOLA faces financial challenges every year. Our school receives the lowest amount of per pupil funding of any school in Hoboken, including other charters. Additionally, HOLA receives approximately 50% less funding per student in comparison with Hoboken district schools. and unlike many other states, the State of New Jersey does not assist charter schools with building and facilities costs. As a result, each year there is a financial gap that needs to be filled so that HOLA can continue deliver a world-class bilingual education to our students.

Funds raised by Friends of HOLA go toward the important programs and activities that our children benefit from every day.  Friends of HOLA has funded over $45,000 in classroom technology, our new Middle School Library, instruments, art supplies and our hugely popular Artists in Residence program.

Our school depends upon the generous support of our parent community and the tireless work of our Friends of HOLA team.  Thank you for continuing to support us!

For more information about how you can help, please CLICK HERE or if you have a question, please email us at Donations to 501(c)(3) charities are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.   

Friends of HoLa Board:

Jennifer Sargent, Executive Director
Jen Sargent holds a BA from New York University, as well as an M.S.Ed. from Hunter
College (CUNY). Jennifer was part of HoLa’s original founding team, and has served as
the Executive Director since 2014.

Nicole Cammarota, President
Nicole Cammarota is an attorney, serving as a Senior Counsel in federal government
practice. She received a JD/MBA from Indiana University and has served as an
adjunct professor at both NYU and Brooklyn Law School.

Mark Galorenzo, Vice President
Mark Galorenzo has a BA in Economics from Duke University. Mark is a private real
estate investor and developer and previously was an equity options market maker on
the New York Stock Exchange trading floor.

Jon Salinas, Treasurer
Jonathan Salinas is an operating executive in the investment management industry. He
graduated from Rutgers College, Phi Beta Kappa, and received his MBA from Columbia
Business School where he has served as an adjunct professor since 2011.

Brigitte Kirk, Secretary
Brigitte Kirk is a CPA, serving as Finance Director and Chief of Staff for the CFO at
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ. She received a BA in mathematics from
Connecticut College and a MS in Accounting from the University of Hartford.

Marina Palombini, Development and Social Media Chair
Marina works as a Global Marketing Director at Pfizer and over the last two years led
social media and communications efforts, as well as CRM management for a fellow
Hoboken non-profit organization. Marina has a BA in Business Economics with an
Accounting emphasis from University of California Santa Barbara, and an MBA from
Columbia Business School.

Ericka Sullivan, Parent Committee Chair
Ericka has three boys at HoLa and has been part of the HoLa family since 2011.
Formerly, Ericka was in marketing and sales for several cable television networks and
now works part time locally.


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