Board

Advisory Board

Sy Baumstein – Kathy Branda – Larry Brennan – Gert Brennan – Matthew Brennan – Ed Greenberg – Ira Kastrinsky – Gary Leventhal – Stephen Lichenstein  – Luciana Rufolo – Maxine Samson – Ira Siegler – Lynda Slepp – Hinda Sliclen – Donna Spallina – Victoria 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, Victoria Spallina, 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, and Hinda Sliclen 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.

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