Staff Bios

 

Noah Bate, Registry and Instructional Design Specialist
Noah Bate joins Prime Time with a passion for delivering training and building courseware with more than 20 years of experience in instructional design, curriculum development, web development, instructor-led training and information technology.

Prior to joining Prime Time, Noah was the director of distance education, and launched and managed the operations of an online campus. In that capacity, he was also the lead curriculum developer and instructional designer. In former positions, he provided IT management and server administration, including file systems, email, networking and managing custom software development. Most recently, he has used his broad IT and instructional design expertise to develop and deliver online courses previously only available as instructor-led programs.

Early in his career, Noah was an operations officer in the U. S. Army responsible for building and managing databases, and for training recruits in soldiering skills and software applications.

He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, an M.A. in English and Linguistics from the University of Memphis and an Ed. S. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Florida.

 

Deanna Jo Booker, Controller
Deana jo Booker comes to Prime Time with more than 15 years’ experience in fiscal management and oversight. Her career in finance and budgeting spans corporate, small business, and not-for-profit platforms in human resources, the hospitality industry, and higher education. She is delighted to find a home for her passion for at-risk children and youth where her flair for creative yet sensible solutions will support effective community resources. 

Paola Cedeno, Event and Data Management Specialist
Paola came to Prime Time in May 2005. She holds an Associate Science Degree in Legal Studies from South University and has more than 16 years of administrative support experience in programs, marketing, sales, human resources and finance. Paola was employed with nonprofit organizations for more than 12 years. Prior to joining Prime Time, Paola worked at the Beacon Center at South Grade Elementary for more than four years. She was instrumental in developing a cheerleading squad and dance teams for kindergarten to middle school youth. Paola enjoyed dancing and creating routines for the children at the Beacon Center and watched the children’s confidence grow. She is a trainer for the SPARKS curriculum.

Teal Chance, Director of Quality Improvement 
Teal came to Prime Time as a Quality Advisor in 2005. During her eight years as a certified teacher in the New Jersey Public School system she worked in special education, physical education, health and coaching. Upon moving to Florida, she was employed as a case manager with the Division of Juvenile Justice at a girls’ residential facility before moving to an afterschool setting, where she worked for two years at the Pahokee Beacon Center as the afterschool coordinator. Teal holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Salisbury University, Maryland in Physical Education and Health. She has also taken coursework in Special Education from Jersey City Tate College.


Nicole Edwards,
Professional Development Manager

Prior to joining Prime Time, Nicole served as a counseling professional for a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of at-risk teenage girls. She has worked with youth in various settings throughout her career, and possesses extensive professional practice in individual and group counseling. Working with Prime Time for more than five years, Nicole is passionate about personal and professional development among afterschool practitioners in Palm Beach County, and hopes to ignite positive change that will impact both practitioners and youth in a profound way. Nicole obtained both a Master of Education (M.Ed) and Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree from the University of Florida where she studied Mental Health and School Counseling. Nicole is also an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach State College where she teaches courses in Youth Development and is also a Certified Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI).


Patrick Freeland, Quality Improvement Manager
Patrick Freeland brings more than 17 years of leadership, accountability, and youth development experience into his role at Prime Time Palm Beach County.  Patrick has worked in various operational, advisory, management, and direct service capacities; however, the core of his experience has been providing coaching, technical assistance, professional development, and program monitoring to personnel working within multiple prevention and intervention based programs.  Patrick is a Lead Endorser for the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is a certified Youth Worker Methods and Youth Work Management Trainer from the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.  Patrick attended Liberty University in Virginia where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He then went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Patrick also holds a National Youth Soccer License from U.S. Youth Soccer.

Stefania Giannella, Research Associate
Stefania graduated from Temple University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Sociology. As she focused in Data Analysis, she was able to conduct her own study and found her love of research. Previously, Stefania worked as a Learning Assistant where she aided students in speeches, SPSS, and Excel. Upon graduating, Stefania moved to Florida and is now Prime Time’s Research Associate. 

Katherine Gopie, Director of Professional Development
Katherine has been with Prime Time since 2004, working specifically on a comprehensive professional development system for afterschool practitioners in the county. Previously, she worked in afterschool programming with the School District of Palm Beach County for more than seven years, where she started her career in afterschool/youth development. Katherine is a Registry-approved trainer at the Master trainer level through Palm Beach State College and also serves as one of its adjunct professors. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida Atlantic University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child Growth and Development. She also holds a Master of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University in School Guidance and Counseling.

Suzette Harvey, President/CEO
Suzette has led since 2006.  Prior to joining Prime Time, she spent eight years in the field of philanthropy at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami. Suzette worked briefly at Mount Sinai Medical Center as a public relations specialist after more than 11 years with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, directing its communications and public relations activities. She was also a staff writer at the South Florida Business Journal, covering emerging technology throughout the South Florida region. A native of New York, she was employed at Scholastic Inc. to help launch a new family magazine in the early 1980s focusing on using personal computers in the home. Prior to joining Scholastic, she was a vocational counselor for a youth employment program run by the New York City Mission Society.

She was formerly a board member of the United Way of Palm Beach County, the Donors Forum of South Florida, the Center on Nonprofit Effectiveness and the Old Dillard Museum. Suzette also serves on the Selection Committee of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Muse Awards and as a panelist for the Pathfinders of Palm Beach/Martin Counties Scholarship Fund sponsored by The Palm Beach Post.  Additionally, Suzette has been a presenter at the National AfterSchool Association, Florida Afterschool Alliance, and Ready by 21 conferences and has had her work published in national publications. Recognized by Success South Florida magazine as one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals of 2008, she is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County Focus 211; Nonprofits First’s Go Lead Luminaries, Class of 2009 leadership development program; the University of Miami’s 2007 Senior Executive Leadership Initiative; and Leadership Miami Class of 1989, and was a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Broward County for several years. Suzette graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Master of Science degree in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


Lisa Lindeman, Director of Research

Lisa has more than nine years of research experience in the social sciences. She earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she conducted independent, experimental research for six years on the relationship between emotion and cognition with a focus on the development of abstract concepts and the feelings they evoke. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she spent one year assisting in research on group therapy for minority women with postraumatic stress. For two years prior to entering graduate school, she worked for a health organization in Washington, D.C., as a researcher, writer and editor, and before joining Prime Time, she conducted psychological evaluations of school-age children in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and performed substantive editing of books and materials for The Journey Program, which used story, myth, and metaphor to heal emotional disturbances in children and youth in local schools and homeless shelters.


Elaine Mancini, 
Assessment Manager
Elaine is no stranger to Prime Time as she has worked as a system partner for more than eight years doing external assessments and has been part of the Quality Improvement System development. Prior to that, she was a program director for five years at a nonprofit community-based program in the Glades serving youth ages 10-18. Her background also includes experience in both financial and mass market publishing and advertising. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Arts and Sciences with a minor in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.


Julie Meyer, Human Resources Generalist
Julie Meyer joins Prime Time with a passion for people and performance with more than 26 years of experience, including small business management, human resources, and project, meeting, event and hospitality management. Formerly, Julie was the president/human resources generalist of her own small business managing the overall business, including human resources solutions-based consulting, global meeting and event management, recruiting, training, performance improvement, accounting, budget, project management, marketing, sales and creative development. She has worked in a wide range of industries, including clients such as the World Trade Center Palm Beach, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and many Fortune 500 clients. She has a love for inspiring, motivating and teambuilding. In former positions, she provided human resources management expertise, including revisions of policies and procedures, employment processing, recruiting, compliance and strategic planning.  Most recently, she worked on a U.S. human resources operations team supporting more than 25,000 employees and more than 180 human resources business partners managing a subset of human resources backend processes. She holds an M.B.A and M.A. in Media Communications from Webster University, a B.A in Communications (Cum Laude) and an International Studies Certificate from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. Julie also earned a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional credential.    


Elisa Moro, Career Advisor

Prior to joining Prime Time, Elisa’s previous experiences included work in both the field of psychology and work with children. She has spent time working as a tutor for grades K-5, volunteering at elementary schools and volunteering for many years at a nursery. In addition, she was employed at an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility, crisis hotline and university counseling center. Elisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Florida and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Rose Newbold, Quality Advisor

Rose joins the Prime Time team with over 10 years of experience in the field of afterschool, as a former director of a QIS program. Rose advocated on their behalf to become one of the 2013 recipients of the Impact 100 grant which resulted in a $100,000.00 award for the afterschool program. Prior to working in the afterschool field, Rose worked as a Law Enforcement Officer for six years. She holds her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management, a Director’s Credential, School Age Professional Certificate, along with other certifications. Rose’s interests are in children and making sure that the best care is given to them while they are in the provider’s care. 


Katie M. Olavarria, Communications Manager

Katie joined Prime Time after working as a legal secretary for Ruden McCloskey, P.A. law firm for five years. Since joining Prime Time in 2010, Katie has assisted staff with all administrative needs and is main support for the Director of Communications and Resource Development. Currently she is enrolled at Palm Beach State College working on her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family.


Debra Rivera, Quality Advisor

Debra joined Prime Time as a Quality Advisor in 2007. She has more than 14 years of experience in afterschool programming. Prior to joining Prime Time, Debra was the Assistant Director for an afterschool program with the School District of Palm Beach County. Debra graduated from Florida Atlantic University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology. She is also fluent in Spanish.


Steven Schauder, Chief Program Officer

Steven is the Chief Program Officer at Prime Time Palm Beach County. He comes to Prime Time with close to 30 years of experience in management, program design and implementation, fund development, marketing, social media and online communication. Prior to joining Prime Time, Steve served as the executive director and development director for Gratitude House, a West Palm Beach-based treatment center for women with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.  During his tenure, he oversaw a major restructuring of the organization, including generating all necessary funds to construct a child care center and playground on the campus grounds.

He has served in various capacities of leadership at the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches, the Friedman Commission for Jewish Education in West Palm Beach and the Jewish Federation and Levin JCC of Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As the chief executive officer of that organization, he managed a staff of 29 full-time employees and 121 seasonal and part-time employees and helped grow the afterschool and summer camp programs by 150 percent.

Steve worked as an afterschool, teen and camp director for the first eight years of his career. His master’s thesis was on teen leadership and he’s been involved in developing initiatives serving children and their families in Palm Beach County, North Carolina and Washington D.C.

He is a graduate of the Mandel Fellows, a two year fellowship in education, philanthropy and leadership based in Jerusalem. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Brooklyn College and a Master’s degree in Social Work in Administration and Community Organization from Yeshiva University.


Anton Spalding, Middle School Professional Development Specialist 


Anton has worked as both a philanthropy professional and youth development professional for 13 years. He brings with him an extensive skill set and array of experiences gained while serving the young people of Palm Beach County. Anton has a passion for creativity and achieves a great deal of satisfaction from positively affecting the lives of others, both young and old at heart. From teacher, to photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, editor, mentor, trainer and program coordinator, Anton has played a variety of key roles in supporting and inspiring both children and youth development professionals countywide. Previously, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Anton spearheaded the creation, development and implementation of several educational programs targeting at-risk youth, including a very successful and innovative music production program. He has also developed more than a dozen print publications and over 20 media productions that attracted youth, families, funders and partners in the community. Anton is an alumnus of the Rising Leaders nonprofit leadership program and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a minor in English. He also spends his time as a volunteer educator and game designer.


Lynn Stanavitch, Quality Advisor

Lynn was the executive director of an afterschool program prior to joining Prime Time as a quality advisor. Her nine years of experience in an afterschool setting included grant writing, the licensing process and the everyday operation of the program. She has also been active as a youth group leader for more than 15 years. Before working in the afterschool area, she was the branch office manager for a major brokerage firm, Foreign Institutional Sales. Lynn has studied at Pace University in New York and at the South Florida Center for Theological Studies in Miami.


Mary Swinford, Community Engagement & Supports Manager

Mary joined Prime Time in March 2010. Mary’s background includes advertising and public relations. Mary’s experience in the non-profit sector includes ten years as Executive Director of the Delray Beach Historical Society. She was also a voice and drama teacher with the Young Actors’ Workshop at the Delray Beach Playhouse. Mary holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marymount College, Magna cum Laude in Tarrytown, N.Y., with specialized studies at The Juilliard School and Georgetown University School of Languages & Linguistics.


Nicole Tarsia,
Professional Development Scholarship and Incentives Specialist
Nicole is a native of New Jersey. Nicole has several years of administrative experience, one and a half years of which she spent as special projects coordinator with the San Francisco Early Childhood Professional Development Project. Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature.


Enid Tavares, Office Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining Prime Time, Enid Tavares was employed at the Gill Law Firm in Delray Beach, Florida as the Office Administrative Assistant. Enid also held several positions at the Charter Schools of Boynton Beach before working with the law firm from receptionist to Office Administrator/ human resources assistant. For three years she worked in Human Resources for a collection agency in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and seven years in the information technology field at Hachette Filipacchi Medias and Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. in New York City, troubleshooting hardware, software issues and networking issues.

Enid moved from Queens, New York to Florida in February 2005 and enjoys spending her free time with family.


Kimberly Terranova, Executive Operations Administrator

Kimberly joined Prime Time in 2005. Prior to joining Prime Time, Kimberly worked with local nonprofit organizations, where she utilized her skills in event planning and fund development. In addition to her responsibilities as operations manager and senior bookkeeper, she assists the executive director and supports the board of directors. Kimberly is a graduate of Nonprofits First's Rising Leaders program, designed for managers to move to the next level of personal and collective effectiveness as nonprofit leaders in Palm Beach County. Rising Leaders equips participants to build more strategic organizations, form strong partnerships, and influence policy in education, health and human services.

Maria Valle, Financial Business Specialist
Maria Valle comes to Prime Time with more than 10 years of experience working and volunteering with profit and nonprofit organizations in areas that include afterschool programs, customer service care,  mental health and substance abuse field, finance and human resource.  Maria holds a Bachelor's degree in  Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Maria is passionate about working with organizations whose goals are to promote strong communities, one individual at a time. 


Anita Winkis, Quality Advisor

Prior to joining Prime Time, Anita worked as an afterschool program site director for the School District of Palm Beach County for nearly 12 years. During her time as a director, Anita focused on implementing arts and community service experiences for youth in the program. Anita also taught pre-kindergarten for many years, has been a volunteer in public schools and previously worked in an advertising agency. She also served as secretary and chair of the School Advisory Council for Forest Hill Elementary School in West Palm Beach. Anita earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, and also attended Palm Beach State College where she successfully completed coursework in early childhood education as well as youth development.  She also attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, successfully completing coursework in elementary education.  Anita is a recent graduate of Nonprofits First’s Rising Leaders program.