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 Executive Director of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization. Having spent all his professional career in non-profit administration, Randolph previously has held senior management positions at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (Vice President), South Shore High School’s Adult Education Center (Executive Director), the Church Avenue Merchants Block Association (CAMBA) and the Osborne Association.
Before becoming Executive Director of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), Randolph spent four years at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as their Vice President for Economic Development. Under his leadership, the Brooklyn Chamber launched a research and survey department that produced the Brooklyn Labor Market Review and the Brooklyn Business Survey, two leading borough-wide business publications. One of his proudest achievements 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.
Through his work as a thought leader in the field of workforce development for New York City, Randolph contributed to the publication of two significant reports, The Time is Now, focusing on the crisis of disconnected youth, and Reentry and Employment, highlighting strategies to assist formerly incarcerated individuals.
Randolph holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School. He is the former Chairperson of Community Board 7, encompassing the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace and Greenwood Heights, and South Park Slope, Brooklyn. He serves on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Healthcare, Health Plus Inc, and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp. He is also the Chair of the NYC Employment & Training Coalition which represents approximately 200 workforce development agencies across the City. He is on the Advisory Board for Kingsborough Community College’s Perkins funding initiative. He is also the current host of Sector B: The Business of Brooklyn television show on Brooklyn Cable Access TV.
Contact Information: 718-387-1600 x 14
Marjorie D. Parker has over 17 years professional experience providing oversight of adult
and youth services initiatives, as well as working as an organizational consultant. In her previous positions at the Research Foundation CUNY/City of New York Human Resources Administration (HRA), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), and The Valley, Inc., she managed the successful development and administration of various educational, employment, economic, and community service initiatives. At RFCUNY/HRA, Marjorie held positions as Director of Employment Services with responsibility for agency-wide employment strategies and as Regional Director of Programs with direct oversight of program development and implementation.
In her capacity as an organizational consultant, she has facilitated and implemented program development, management, and evaluation projects, and has created professional staff development training to complement these projects. Marjorie helped organizations to strengthen organizational capacity through infrastructure development and management, and leadership development.
Marjorie has been involved with Boards of statewide and local professional organizations in the Education and Employment fields, providing support and oversight to organizations serving underserved populations. She is an advisory board member for Insight for New Housing, Inc., served as a Board Member for 10 years for the New York Association of Continuing Community Education (NYACCE), where she assumed various leadership positions, and has also served as a Member of the Public Broadcasting System Channel 13 Literacy Advisory Board.
Marjorie holds Leadership Certificates from the Dale Carnegie Leadership Academy and from the NYACCE Leadership Academy. She holds a BA in Political Science from Fordham University and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
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.
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.
Contact information: 718-387-1600 x 12
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.
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.
Contact information: 718-381-3222 x 103
Prior to joining OBT, Digmarie was a Program Coordinator at Futures and Options, a career readiness and internship program for high school students, where she was responsible for internship and pre-internship programs. Digmarie is also an alumna of Coro Leadership NY, a civic leadership development program, which provides leadership training through experiential learning. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Russell Sage College, and an M.A. from Pace University.
Contact information: 718-387-1600 x 31
Michelle Lopolito has most recently been an educator with OBT, the Department of Education, and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Literacy Program, where she focused on building literacy, numeracy, and workplace skills with out-of-school youth and new Americans. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from George Washington University and masters’ degrees in history and English secondary education from CEU and Pace. Ms. Lopolito is a NYS certified teacher.
Contact information: 718-387-1600 x 24
Kim has over 15 years of experiences in Employment and Education Performance Based Contracts; Staff Training; Job Development and Career Counseling.
As the Program Director, for Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Council Career Services, she managed the program’s day to day operation; developed and managed initiatives and joint ventures with businesses and other community based organizations; developed career related curriculums and workshops. Kim earned a BA, in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Public Administration and Criminal Justice at The City College of the City University of New York.
Contact information: 718-381-3222 x 107
Roman Woodson entered Workforce Development after working several years in the financial sector as an Associate Financial Advisor. He later moved into the non-profit industry with Strive/New York, an International organization and innovative leader in Job Readiness. He also went on to St. Nicholas Workforce Development where he served as Program manager for Skills Training Program. As a Program Manager he recruited, oversaw training and worked to employ over 200 clients a year who have received training in handling hazardous waste materials. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from SUNY Buffalo.
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.
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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