Fred Fakharzadeh and his wife Pat have been parishioners at St. Joseph Church since 1986. They live in Oradell, where they raised their 4 children, and are now blessed with 7 grandchildren. At our parish, Fred serves as a lector, is active with RCIA, is coordinator for Men’s Cornerstone as well as men’s basketball, and has been a bible study group facilitator. Fred graduated from Cornell University, attended medical school at Columbia University in NYC, and has been a hand surgeon in full time private practice in Bergen County since 1986.
John Fuhrman has been a member of St. Joseph Parish since 1983. His three adult children are graduates of St. Joseph School and he has two grandchildren. He worked extensively with the St. Joseph School Board in the 1990s. He has been an Adult Altar Server for 27 years, is a Eucharistic Minister, and is co-director of the St. Joseph Bereavement Support Ministry. He joined the Pastoral Council in 2020, is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus, and lives in Dumont. John is retired after 42 years as a Probation Officer with the last 15 years as Bergen County Vicinage Chief Probation Officer. He is a St. Joseph Regional HS graduate, holds a BA Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, and a Masters’ degree in Management from the Rutgers Graduate School of Criminal Justice. He served as Chair of the NJ Judiciary Conference of Chief Probation Officers and President of the Chief Probation Officers of New Jersey Association.
Eric Shuler has lived in Oradell since 1992. He and his wife Beth have been married for 33 years and have two adult sons. Eric recently retired from Verizon after 30 years of service. Eric was a special services technician installing and repairing high speed data lines. Eric is a retired Army Major with 22 years in service, and he spent close to a year in a combat zone in Mosul, Iraq. As a councilman in Oradell for two terms, Eric served as Police Commissioner, Fire Commissioner, Council President, and liaison to the DPW. He also actively volunteered with Boy Scouts and served as President of the American Legion. Eric served as Director of Men's Cornerstone. He currently serves as a Minister of Hospitality at the 9am mass; although this role has been challenging during the pandemic, it has also been rewarding to see people return to mass.
Jessica Valdes has been a parishioner for 20 years. Along with her husband Erick, they have raised three children in Oradell, all graduates of St. Joseph School. She has been teaching fourth grade at our parish school for nearly nine years. Jessica has served as Cornerstone Facilitator, Girl Scout Leader, and PTO volunteer. She has taught English to immigrant women through Project Literacy, and has attended several bible study groups for over fifteen years. As a Brooklyn native, she received both her BS and MS in Education from St. John’s University.