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Board of Directors

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Beverly Lynn 
CEO, Programs for Parents

Barbara A. Litwinka, CPA
President

Samuel Santo, Jr., Esq.
Vice President

Tanya Mitchell, CPA
Treasurer

Keith Green
Secretary

 

Regina Adesanya
Ronald Glover
Caren Renee Haynes
Katherine Manger
Leroy Watkins, Jr., Esq
Paula White
Alan Zalkind
Magdelena M. Czerniawski, CPA
Rosa Farias
Cathy Stephenson-Vrsalovic

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 Beverly Lynn  

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 A. Litwinka, CPA

President

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 NJ manufacturing corporation, as well as PAWS, a not-for-profit organization located in Montclair, NJ.  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.

 

 Samuel Santo, Jr., Esq.

Vice President

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 Mitchell, CPA

Treasurer

Tanya Mitchell is 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.

 

 Keith Green

Secretary

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.

 

 Regina Adesanya, PhD

Regina is  the Chairperson, Early Childhood Education at New Jersey City University and an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.

She brings a constructivist approach that recognizes multiple avenues for learning to provide high quality teaching, scholarship and service in an urban, minority serving institution of higher education.

 

 Caren Renee Haynes

Caren Renee Haynes 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.

 

 Kathryn Manger

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.

 

 Leroy Watkins, Jr., Esq.

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.

 

 Paula White

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

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.

 

 Magdelena M. Czerniawski

Magdalena is a experienced tax manager with almost 10 years in public accounting. As a member of CohnReznick’s Not-for-Profit and Education Industry Practice and exempt organization tax group, Magdalena provides tax services to wide range of not-for-profit entities, including 501( C) (3) charitable organizations, private foundations, professional associations, private clubs, social welfare organizations and hospitals.

Magdalena has not-for-profit expertise in ASC 740 (FIN 48) analyses and the reporting requirements governing contributions, compensation of board members, trustees and key employees, lobbying costs, and the public support test.  As an experienced tax manager, she provides tax services to some of the Firm’s long-standing not-for-profit clients.

 

 Rosa Farias

A Senior Management Associate in the Department of Law in Newark, Rosa is responsible for the creation and compliance of legislation governing real estate tax issues and bankruptcies in the city and helps develop new policy recommendations to the Corporation Counsel and Section Chief.  Prior to this position, as Deputy Chief of Staff she worked closely with the Mayor on a number of community initiatives for redevelopment.

As a adjunct faculty member of Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rosa teaches Public Financial Management and a course on non-profit organizations in the urban setting.

 

 Ronald Glover

After joining the Newark Police Department in 1994, 2008 marked the year of promotion to Sergeant, where he is currently assigned to the Public Information Unit where he is responsible for press and media inquiries for the police department.  A native of Newark, NJ, Sgt. Glover attended Waverly Avenue School in Newark, and then proceeded to earn his B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Marty College in South Dakota.  Sgt. Glover is a Deacon at New Hope Baptist in Newark, where he co-facilitates the Big Brother-Little Brother program and was an active member of the Seekers of Knowledge mentorship program at William H. Brown Academy in Newark prior to its closing this fall.  Sgt. Glover is the founder of the RACENJ a mentoring program for young men attending Seton Hall Prep School.  Sgt. Glover residents in West Orange with his wife, daughter and has a son who attends Columbia University.

 

Cathy Stephenson-Vrsalovic

Cathy is currently the Focus Physical Therapy, LLC, Co-Owner and Director of Wellness Service., in Montclair. As a staff Physical Therapist, she created and facilitated the Focus Symptom Reduction Program for treatment of chronic pain. 

Her responsibilities as the Director of Programming include providing educational resources, tools and programs focused on physical and cognitive restructuring for clients with musculoskeletal, neurological and/or stress-related dysfunction.  She also creates training workshops for clinicians, personal trainers and yoga professionals, with a concentration on biomechanics, anatomy, postural alignment and core or postural muscle strengthening.