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Board of Directors

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Beverly Lynn 
CEO, Programs for Parents

Keith Green 
President

Magdelena M. Czerniawski, CPA
Vice-President

Alan Zalkind
Secretary

Stacie J. Newton
Secretary

Barbara A. Litwinka, CPA
President Emeritus

Regina Adesanya Psy.D. 
Katherine Manger
Paula White
Cathy Stephenson-Vrsalovic
Teresa Boyle-Vellucci, Esq.
Wendy L. Burkins
Reinaldo A. Cruz
Kathryn Manger
Lance LaVergne
Elizabeth Ruebman 
Pamela Taylor

 

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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 Emeritus

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.

 Keith Green

President

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.

 

 Magdalena M. Czerniawski, CPA

Vice-President

Magdalena is a senior tax manager with 10 years of public accounting experience. 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 senior tax manager, she provides tax services to some of the Firm’s long-standing not-for-profit clients.

 

 Regina Adesanya, Psy.D.

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.

 

 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.

 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.

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.  

Stacey J. Newton

Stacie J. Newton is Director of Marketing Communications at Newark’s University Hospital, a regional resource for advanced care in a wide range of medical specialties, responsible for establishing policy and oversight of all public relations programs and activities and external communications efforts including media relations and community affairs for University Hospital. 

A graduate of Kean University in Union, NJ, Ms. Newton earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a graduate degree in Public Administration. 

Stacie is active in a variety of civic organizations, the Omicron Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and was recently appointed to serve on the Environmental Commission for the Township of Irvington. Ms. Newton is also a graduate of Leadership New Jersey’s Class of 2008, (sponsored by the United Way of Essex 

Ray Cruz

Ray Cruz is Vice President and Branch Manager for Northfield Bank’s Union branch. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the Union branch along with developing new business. With over 30 years in banking, Mr. Cruz has proven his ability build stron¬g relat¬ionsh¬ips with clients by ident¬ifying and matching their needs with financial solutions.

As a leader in the business community, Ray is a key member in various Chamber of Commerce such as Union Township, Gateway, Kenilworth, Union County, Union Rotary and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He brings a wealth of information to the Edison Housing Authority serving as a commissioner.

Teresa Boyle-Vellucci

Teresa Boyle-Vellucci is counsel with the law firm, Rabner Allcorn Baumgart and Ben–Asher, P.C.  She has been with the firm for 11 years and represents clients in connection with a broad range of employment matters.  Ms. Boyle-Vellucci also serves as mediator in employment-related cases.  Prior to working with Rabner Allcorn she worked for White & Case LLP and then a litigation boutique law firm in New York City.   Ms. Boyle-Vellucci currently is providing pro bono legal services in connection with the Pro Bono Partnership, an organization serving  nonprofits that provide assistance to the disadvantaged in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  

She is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University and earned a law degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.

Lance LaVergne

Lance LaVergne, senior vice president and head of the Enterprise Talent Acquisition’s Strategy and Practice group joined Wells Fargo in July 2014. LaVergne is responsible for leading and developing strategic plans, and ensuring the strategies for the delivery of talent acquisition services are aligned to current trends, practices, costs, and regulations. He provides oversight for full cycle talent acquisition strategies, from candidate sourcing, including social media and branding, to selection and assessment. 

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, LaVergne was the director of talent acquisition for Alcoa, where he led all of the talent acquisition activity for the company.  He had oversight for the North America Recruiting Center of Expertise as well as the identification and sharing of global best practices in sourcing, hiring, and on-boarding top talent. 

Before that, LaVergne was vice president and chief diversity officer for New York Life Insurance Company where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s diversity program, including the implementation and execution of the company’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy. He also served as a Vice President in the Human Capital Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was the global head of diversity recruiting. LaVergne has also held  recruiting roles at McKinsey & Company, Arthur Anderson LLP, and Russell Reynolds Associates focusing on various aspects of the financial service industry including insurance, banking, capital markets and asset management. 

LaVergne holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU.

He currently resides in Montclair, NJ with his wife and four children.

 

Pamela Taylor

 

Pamela Taylor is currently a Broker Associate with Jordan Baris, Inc. Realtors located in West Orange, NJ.  She specializes in residential and distressed property sales and partners with investors on the acquisition, renovation and resale of residential properties. Pamela spent most of her career in financial services including 23 years at Goldman Sachs, Inc in a variety of roles in Technology, Campus Recruiting and Procurement and Contract Management. After Goldman, Pamela worked for Essex County College and New Jersey City University focusing on student academic and career advisement. She is enthusiastic about her volunteer work and is a current member and past President of the Rotary Club of Maplewood. Pamela received her B.A. (Architecture & Urban Planning) from Princeton University, M.B.A (Finance) from Long Island University and the Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Rutgers University.