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|Board of Directors|
Barbara A. Litwinka, CPA
Samuel Santo, Jr., Esq.
Tanya Mitchell, CPA
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CEO, Programs for Parents
Beverly was named CEO of Programs for Parents (PfP), one of the top ten not-for-profits and the largest child care and resource and referral agency in the state of New Jersey, in 2008. Programs for Parents provides services to over 1200 child care providers in Essex County and financial assistance to over 20,000 families to help pay for child care services. Beverly oversees a budget that exceeds $70 million.
Prior to joining Programs for Parents, Beverly served as the Executive Director of Newark Preschool Council, Inc. (NPC) Head Start Program. As Executive Director, she implemented a comprehensive early childhood education program for approximately 2,500 children in the city of Newark with over 750 employees.
Beverly also served as the State Child Care Administrator for the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS). In that role, she was responsible for the oversight of all federal and state dollars allocated to child care services under the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF).
Beverly is the recipient of the notable Aletha Wright Award, which recognizes individuals in the State of New Jersey who have made outstanding contributions in the early care and education community. She also was the recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Award for Early Childhood Education.
Beverly holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, CUNY, where she was a National Urban Fellow. She is certified in early childhood education and has worked in the field of early care and education for over 30 years.
Beverly continues to serve her community having served as a Board member of the Hillside Board of Education for five years; is currently a member of the Department of Human Services Commissioner's Executive Advisory Council; and she was appointed to the Essex County Human Services Advisory Council, by the County Executive, Joe Divincenzo, in 2004.
She is the mother of two wonderful sons and four grandchildren.
Barbara is a Principal of Litwinka and Company in Montclair, New Jersey, a small firm, specializing in accounting, taxes and planning for small businesses and individuals.
Prior to founding her own firm in 1989, Barbara led a team of professionals at a national public accounting firm catering to entrepreneurial businesses.
Barbara is a member of the Board of Advisors of Unifoil Holdings, Inc, a New Jersey manufacturing corporation, as well as PAWS, a not-for-profit organization located in Montclair, New Jersey.
Barbara graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Economics and Accounting and subsequently received a Masters degree from William Paterson University. She also received certification in financial planning from New York University.
Barbara lives in Montclair, New Jersey. She is an avid tennis player and golfer and loves spending time with her family and friends.
A member of the Lowenstein Sandler law firm, Sam has almost 20 years of experience in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, and is the Chair of the firm's E-Discovery Task Force. As a member of the firm's Litigation Department, Mr. Santo has trial experience in both state and federal courts. Mr. Santo's expertise extends to matters involving the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act, the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, representation of health care industry clients, electronic discovery obligations and best practices, employee piracy and other business torts, corporate counseling and a wide array of complex commercial and business litigation matters.
Tanya, a seasoned financial executive, is Chief Financial Officer of the Newark Alliance. Her expertise lies in accounting, budgeting, process improvement and financial and regulatory reporting.
Prior to her current position, Tanya served as a Senior Audit Manager for Prudential Financial. Tanya has also held key financial management positions for world-class organizations such as American Express, Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, Citibank and Arthur Andersen & Co.
Tanya graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina A&T University and subsequently received her CPA.
She serves on several boards including the Newark Downtown District and the Newark Mentoring Coalition and is on the Advisory Committee of the Greater Newark Conventions and Visitors Bureau.
Tanya is a resident of Essex County and has an adult son. She enjoys golfing, tennis and gardening in her spare time.
Keith H. Green was appointed President and CEO of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, the oldest United Way in the state of New Jersey. Prior to his selection as President and CEO, Mr. Green served as Senior Vice President - Administration for the United Way Inc. in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Green served with the United Way in Los Angeles from 1991 until 2006. He held a variety of positions within the organization, including Planner/Community Investment Officer, Regional Campaign Director and Vice President - Human Resources. While with that United Way he received several awards, including the NCCJ Volunteer of the Year award and the AFL-CIO Community Award. He also is a graduate of United Way of America's Charmaine S. Chapman Executive Leadership Program, a 24-month training program.
Shivaun Gaines, a well-respected political strategist and organizer, is the Director of Government Relations at Montclair State University (MSU). Years of experience as chief of staff for a State Legislator in the New Jersey Assembly makes her uniquely qualified for this role.
Prior to her current position at MSU, Shivaun was Manager of the Essex County Alternative to Detention Programs were she was instrumental in designing creative alternatives for detained Essex County youth, reducing the numbers of youth housed in the Essex County Detention Center.
Shivaun serves on the Board of Trustees of the Essex County Democratic Committee and holds an elected position on the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.
Shivaun is a resident of Essex County.
Caren is the owner of Mama Goose Day Care, Inc., a registered family child care center in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
Caren is a former bank officer of First Fidelity Bank and Director of Infant Care at the Cliff House Nursery.
She has received certification in many varied programs including: Identifying Developmental Delays, Basic First Aid and CPR, Protecting Children from Infection, Early Literacy and Danielle Law Training, Healthy Foundations (special needs health practices) and Child Care Food Programs.
She attended Caldwell and Montclair State Colleges. Furthermore, she received a Group Teacher Certificate in the Early Childhood Education Program at Essex County College.
Caren and her husband have five children. They live in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and are active members of their community.
A Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and registered professional nurseis currently the administrator of Forest Hill Health Care Center in Newark.
She brings a wealth of experience to the board in the areas of health and wellness as well as in the management of large non profit organizations.
Is an attorney with Jackson Lewis in Morristown, focusing on employment and labor litigation in both state and federal courts, having had experience as General Counsel in a prominent investment banking company and in the labor and employment departments at several distinguished national law firms.
Is an educator with extensive expertise in addressing the special needs of the under-served community as a member of the New Jersey Department of Education Charter School Advisory Group. She plans to bring to the board her results-oriented approach that has worked successfully in education.
Alan Zalkind has over thirty years experience as a manager in the public and private sectors, specializing in social services, correctional health systems and criminal justice services. As an Associate Professor with the Graduate Department of Public Administration for Rutgers University he taught public administration courses for over 20 years, as well as courses in human resource administration, introduction to public administration, grantwriting, organizational development and strategic planning, criminal justice, and administrative morality.
Mr. Zalkind is currently the Director for Rutgers Center for Government Services, a training unit within the Division of Continuing Studies, and is a principal of Cambridge Management Associates, LLC a management consulting firm, using his wide experience in the management of large governmental and for profit organizations. He has served on various boards including Montclair Community Hospital, United Way of North Essex and the Support Center for Non-Profit Agencies.
Dr. Khaneja has a strong presence in New Jersey's community college community with a focus on research, statistics and computer-based assessment. She is the president of the community college sector of the Higher Education Data Advisory Group of New Jersey and the author of numerous articles and research studies.
Dr. Khaneja currently serves as the Executive Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Passaic County Community College (PCCC). Prior to joining PCCC, she was in the Institutional Research departments at Montclair State University.
Dr. Khaneja earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in the field of Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics and her M.Phi degrees from Delhi University, India where she worked for the Center for Policy Research, a think tank of Indian politics.
Since moving to NJ, she has become an active member of the Humane Society of the United States and, with her church in Glenrock, NJ, assists Sikh children born in the USA become aware of their roots and culture.
Dr. Khaneja will enhance PfP'ss board and staff's knowledge of research and outcomes essential for grant applications and program improvement to enhance the growth and stability of the organization.
Former Board Member
George has led a distinguished career in Human Resources. His expertise lies in areas such as employee relations, staffing, training and development, communications and benefits.
George has served as a board member for several organizations including the Liederkranz Foundation of New York, the German Society of the City of New York and the Workmen's Benefit Fund, a fraternal benefit society.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Queens College and a Masters Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, where he served as President of the ILR Graduate Student Association. He received his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) accreditation by the Human Resource Certification Institute, Alexandria, Virginia.
George and his wife Beverly are residents of Bergen County.
Former Board Member
Frank is a Principal of Sonnenberg & Partners, LLC. an award-winning marketing and advertising agency located in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Frank, a marketing strategist, has written 3 books and published over 300 articles. He has appeared on CNN as "a nationally recognized expert in the field of marketing" and served as the National Director of Marketing for Ernst & Young's Management Consulting Group for over a decade.
He is the author of the best-selling book Marketing to Win (Harper & Row, 1990), which was translated into several languages, Managing With a Conscience (McGraw-Hill, 1994) that was selected by Industry Week as one of the top ten business books of the year and It's the Thought that Counts (Executive Excellence 2001). Salon.com named Sonnenberg's blog among the top 100 in 2009. www.franksonnenbergonline.com
Frank has served as an expert panelist for Bottom Line Business, as the marketing columnist for The Journal of Business Strategy, and on the editorial board of The Journal of Training and Development. He served as a Board member of Rider University and is currently on the advisory board of By Kids for Kids.
Former Board President
In 1990, Larry co-founded Frankel and Topche, P.C. and serves as the Tax Director at the firm. Larry also heads the Firm's insolvency and international accounting practice.
Larry began his career in public accounting with the Tax Department of the international accounting firm of Arthur Young and Company. As a tax manager, Larry concentrated on servicing fortune 1,000 clients including international tax and merger and acquisition consulting. In 1984, Larry joined Finkel and Company and concentrated on real estate syndications and servicing real estate developers. As the partner in charge of the tax department of the Northern New Jersey office of Laventhol and Horwath, Larry serviced closely held businesses, high net worth individuals and highly successful family owned business. These services included estate planning, wealth preservation techniques and income tax planning for high net worth individuals.
He is a member of the advisory boards of Rider University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.