Advisory Board

Sy Baumstein – Kathy Branda – Larry Brennan – Gert Brennan – Matthew Brennan – Denise Conkling – Ed Greenberg – Ira Kastrinsky – Eric Kerssen – Gary Leventhal  – Luciana Rufolo – Maxine Samson  – Lynda Slepp  – Donna Spallina  – Dan Stenchever

The members of the Advisory Board bring diverse experience and skills to the Opportunity Center. Our blend of family members, experts in the field and others with varied career talents help us to address the many needs of The Opportunity Center as we evolve as an organization.

Matt Brennan, the President of the Board along with his parents Larry and Gert were originally drawn to the Center because of their family member. The Opportunity Center is very fortunate that they have stayed involved and bring financial and legal expertise as well as personal experience. Donna Spallina, who heads the Parent Association and brings a lot of energy and support to the center and our fundraising activities, was also drawn to the Center by an attending family member as were Maxine Samson, Kathy Branda, and Luciana Rufolo. Each family member brings their personal experiences to help other members of the board and staff better understand our clients. Luciana is also an MSW with invaluable experience in the not for profit world.

Sy Baumstein has served on the Opportunity Center Board since its inception and in addition to bringing the knowledge he gained as head of Special Education for Fair Lawn he brings a deep and long standing knowledge of the community and the people in it. Sy reached into the school system to bring three former coworkers to the Board. Ed Greenberg, Lynda Slepp (Secretary of the Board), and Denise Conkling have a wealth of experience helping adults with disabilities meet their challenges – as school psychologists and special educators, experience that will help the Center continue to grow and improve.

Gary Leventhal, the center’s Treasurer and Ira Kastrinsky bring business and financial acumen to the Center.  Danny Stenchever (Vice President of the Board), brings extensive experience with community involvement as a business owner and through the Lions Club (Dan is a past district governor of the Lions).