Leadership

Beverly Lynn, Ed.D
CEO, Programs for Parents

Magdelena M. Czerniawski, CPA, MBA
President

Stacie J. Newton
Vice-President

Lance LaVergne
Treasurer

Teresa Boyle-Vellucci, Esq.
Secretary

Barbara A. Litwinka, CPA
President Emeritus

Pamela Taylor
Chair, Fundraising Committee

Natasha C. Edwards
Xiania Foster
Saigeetha (Sai) Jambunathan
Reinaldo Santiago
Diane Hill
Robert Patrick

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Beverly Lynn, Ed.D

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.

 

Magdalena M. Czerniawski, CPA, MBA

President

Magdalena M. Czerniawski, CPA, MBA, is a Tax Director at Marks Paneth LLP and a member of the firm’s Nonprofit, Government & Healthcare Group. With nearly 15 years of nonprofit industry experience, she provides tax services to a wide array of nonprofits, including charitable organizations, social welfare organizations, professional associations and private foundations.

In addition to providing tax planning and advisory services, Ms. Czerniawski specializes in matters related to ASC 740-10 (FIN 48), the reporting requirements that govern contributions, compensation, unrelated business taxable income, lobbying costs, and public support testing. She also represents her clients as an authorized representative before the Internal Revenue Service and various state agencies. Furthermore, Ms. Czerniawski’s experience includes serving clients with matters related to employee benefit plans, healthcare organizations and hospitals, affordable housing entities, foreign tax filings and payroll tax returns.

Prior to joining Marks Paneth, Ms. Czerniawski was a Senior Tax Manager with a national accounting firm, where she focused on tax consulting and compliance for many of their highest profile clients. She has published various articles on industry-specific tax matters and has served as a speaker for internal and external seminars.

 

Stacey J. Newton

Vice-President

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).

Lance LaVergne

Treasurer

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.

 

Teresa Boyle-Vellucci, Esq.

Secretary

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.

 

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.

 

Pamela Taylor

Chair, Fundraising Committee

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.

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