Support Us

Don't wait. Make a difference in a child's life today. Learn how you can support us. 

Click here

Board of Directors

Image_staff

Beverly Lynn 
CEO, Programs for Parents

Barbara A. Litwinka, CPA
President

Keith Green 
Vice President

Magdelena M. Czerniawski, CPA
Treasurer

Rosa Farias
Secretary

 

Regina Adesanya Psy.D. 
Katherine Manger
Paula White
Alan Zalkind
Cathy Stephenson-Vrsalovic
Teresa Boyle-Vellucci, Esq.
Wendy L. Burkins
Reinaldo A. Cruz
Kathryn Manger
Stacie J. Newton
Sharon Tobias, Ph.D.

Click on name to read bio

 

 

 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.

 Keith Green

Vice 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

Treasurer

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.

 

 Rosa Farias

Secretary

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.

 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.