Randolph Peers: Chief Executive Officer
Contact information: 718-369-0412

Randolph Peers has spent the last twenty years working in the fields of adult education, workforce development, and economic development, and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT). As CEO, Randolph leads a $5.5 million workforce development agency that works with out-of-school youth and adults. OBT serves over 3,500 people annually out of five locations in NYC.

Before joining OBT, Randolph spent four years at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as their Vice President for Economic Development. One of his proudest achievements at the Chamber was developing a nationally recognized model for integrating workforce and economic development services for small business that has been expanded and replicated over the years.

In 2011, Randolph became a Trustee of Lutheran HealthCare, one of Brooklyn’s largest and most respected health care institutions. He serves on the Executive committee of the Board of Trustees, the Development Committee, and the Finance Committee of Lutheran Family Health Centers.

Randolph holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University (NYU). He is a former Chairperson of Community Board 7 in Brooklyn and is the current Chair of the NYC Employment & Training Coalition a professional association of approximately 200 workforce development agencies across NYC. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation and on the Advisory Boards for Kingsborough Community College and the Center for Entrepreneurship at St. Francis College.

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Annie Norbeck
Annie Norbeck
Annie Norbeck: Chief Program Officer
Contact Information: 718-387-1600

Annie Norbeck recently joined our senior leadership team as our new Chief Program Officer (CPO). As CPO, Ms. Norbeck will have oversight for all OBT youth and adult programming. She was most recently Assistant Commissioner of Workforce Operations at the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), where she oversaw program management, operations and performance of the 15 Workforce1 Career Centers across the five boroughs, as well as the Workforce1 Veterans initiative. Before joining SBS, Ms. Norbeck served as Marketing Director for a leading Baltimore architecture firm and manager of a large mid-Atlantic art gallery. Originally from the Chicago area, Ms. Norbeck holds a Master in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Janet Tsakos
Janet Tsakos
Janet Tsakos: Chief Administrative Officer
Contact Information: 718-369-0303 x 21

Janet is a lifelong Brooklyn resident who was born and raised in the Sunset Park area. Before coming to OBT, Janet worked for not-for-profits in the mental health field for over 13 years as a therapy aide and fiscal assistant. In 1991, she joined the OBT staff as a counselor/fiscal assistant. Thereafter, she was promoted to Fiscal Director and then Director of Operations. In her current role as Deputy Executive Director, Janet oversees much of the agency’s internal operations including human resources and benefits administration.

Janet’s commitment and dedication to working with the young people of Brooklyn for the past 19 years has been recognized by the trainees she serves, the OBT staff, the community at large and the government agencies that fund our programs. Her contact with the young people is preserved by her desire to know each trainee individually and to work with the staff in helping them achieve their goals.

Bryant Lee
Bryant Lee
Bryant Lee: Chief Fiscal Officer
Contact information: 718-369-0303 x 14

Prior to joining OBT, Bryant worked in various non-profit organizations within the past 11 years.  His previous roles included working as a Senior Accountant at both the I.U.O.E. Local 15, and at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in NYC. More recently he was the Controller at Historic Hudson Valley in Tarrytown, NY. There he led organization-wide audits, was responsible for the organization’s day-to-day accounting and financial operations, and also served as a member of the Finance & Audit Committee and the Investment Committee.

Dani Smejkal
Dani Smejkal
Dani Smejkal: OBT Site Director, Y Roads Center
Contact information: 212-630-9727

Dani came to OBT four and a half years ago as a counselor. She was then promoted to Senior Counselor and has now made the jump to management after being named the Acting Director of the OSY program. Before coming to OBT, Dani was teaching Adult Basic Education with Goodwill Industries BEGIN program. Prior to relocating back to New York, Dani was a Special Education
Teacher at a high school in South Central Los Angeles California and also worked as a behavioral therapist with children diagnosed with autism. Dani’s educational background also spans both sides of the country. Dani began her undergraduate education as a psychology major at New York University and later received her Bachelors in Psychology at California State University Northridge. Dani returned back to New York to obtain her Masters Degree and has received her Master’s in Psychology from The New School University in New York City.

Susan Gambale
Susan Gambale
Susan Gambale: Director of Out-of-School Youth Training Program Sunset Park
Contact information: 718-369-0303 x 28

Susan is a graduate of New York University with a BS and a MA in Secondary School Mathematics Education. Prior to being named as the Site Administrator of the Sunset Park location, she held several positions within the organization starting as a basic skills/GED instructor, then as a counselor and finally as Director of Retention. Before coming to OBT, Susan worked at several private and parochial schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island teaching junior and senior high school mathematics as well as GED/SAT preparation classes.

William Ortiz
William Ortiz
William Ortiz: Site Administrator (Bushwick)
Contact Information: 718-387-1600 x 14

William was raised in Bushwick, grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and has lived in Williamsburg, a product of the three main neighborhoods served by OBT. William came to OBT when they first opened their Bushwick/Bed-Stuy site in July 2001 as the assistant program director. Prior to coming to OBT he worked nine years for All Saints’ Church as the Administrator. While at All Saints he was involved in the community working on issues such as immigration, youth-employment and housing. William had plans to become a lawyer so he can help the people in his community, but when he started working at the church and OBT he felt he could be more effective helping people change their situations by providing them with opportunities. William is now the site administrator at the Bushwick/Bed-Stuy site. He has a BS in legal technology from NYC Technical College.

Alice Goncalves
Alice Goncalves
Alice Goncalves: Director of Quality Assurance & Retention

Contact Information: 718-369-0303 x 26

Ms. Alice Goncalves began working within the non-profit sector soon after graduating from college in 1996. Since then, she worked exclusively with the “at-risk” populations to provide services such as college advisement, case management, employment guidance and job placement. Until more recent, most of her work experience has been with disadvantaged young adults where she provided leadership, advise, redirection and acted as a role model in programs such as the Upward Bound Program, AmeriCorps and RI Children’s Crusade. Before joining OBT, she worked as a Job Developer for a large non-profit organization where she provided job placement and retention services to individuals faced with multiple barriers towards gaining employment and self-sufficiency.

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