Staff Bios


Yolanda Adams, Quality Advisor
Yolanda Adams comes to Prime Time with more than 22 years of experience in youth development.  She spent 17 of those years as an afterschool director for a nonprofit program in Boca Raton.  Yolanda worked in the early childhood field as a Head Start teacher and a Head Start family services specialist.  Yolanda earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Care and Education from Florida Atlantic University, magna cum laude.  


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.


Knellee Bisram, Trainer 
Bisram joins Prime Time as the trainer with more than 17 years of experience as a Social Sciences professor, trainer and consultant in program/curriculum design, professional development, grant-writing and economic development. Knellee has consulted for international organizations, government agencies, private and non-profit entities. She founded the AHAM Education, a transnational social investment initiative empowering youth and underserved individuals with evidence-based tools that cultivate presence, positivity and peace.

A community advocate for mental health, and social and emotional learning (SEL), Knellee is a Big Brother Big Sister mentor, currently serving on the City of Lauderhill Education Advisory Board and the Broward Community Health Advisory Board. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the 100 Outstanding Women of Broward by the Boys and Girls Clubs, and community leader by the Miami Girls’ Foundation.

Knellee is a certified mindfulness instructor and peace ambassador. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations/Latin American Studies from Florida International University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages from the University of the West Indies and Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Florida Metropolitan University. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese; loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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,
Director of Community Partnerships
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
Prior to joining Prime Time, Stefania earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Temple University in May 2015. During her undergraduate years, she focused on data analysis and conducting her own study. During this time, she found her love for research. Stefania worked as a learning assistant where she aided students in preparing speeches, SPS, and Excel. Now, Stefania is currently working on her Ph.D. at Keiser University with a focus on social and emotional learning development in youth among different demographics in various school/home life 


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
Prior to joining Prime Time in 2006, Ms. Harvey spent eight years in the field of philanthropy at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami. She 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. Ms. Harvey 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, Ms. Harvey was a vocational counselor for a youth employment program run by the New York City Mission Society.

Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Afterschool Association and member of the Florida Afterschool Network advisory board.  Ms. Harvey 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. Ms. Harvey 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, She has been a presenter at the National AfterSchool Association, Florida Afterschool Alliance, Every Hour Counts and Ready by 21 conferences, and has had her work featured 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. Ms. Harvey 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.

Kate Howe, Research Manager
Kate joins Prime Time 
as an experienced researcher with skills in qualitative research, program evaluation and quantitative data analysis. Her recent work with the University of Michigan's Prevention Research Center focused on exposure to violence in adolescence and resulting patterns of psychological distress and high-risk behavior. Her research is informed by resiliency and empowerment frameworks, with an emphasis on addressing root causes of inequity in health and achievement. She has experience with youth empowerment initiatives that work to promote protective factors like community support systems, healthy relationships, and self-efficacy. Prior to her work as a researcher, Kate worked in nonprofit development for local community-based organizations. Her experiences with grassroots advocacy influenced her appreciation for the principles of Community Based Participatory Research. She is dedicated to fostering shared decision-making and active engagement in research. Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Jones, Professional Development Manager 
Jennifer Jones joins Prime Time with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit management, professional development training, parent education and curriculum design. Jennifer’s passions include personal and professional growth and development and empowering youth to succeed in life. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum Design from the University of California at San Diego, a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Deaf Education from Flagler College and is a certified positive discipline educator. Formerly, Jennifer was the executive director and co-founder of a local non-profit organization that served families with deaf children for 10 years and has since consulted with non-profit organizations, schools and afterschool programs developing and facilitating staff development trainings, grant writing and program development and evaluation through her own consulting business. Jennifer blends personal growth in all of her trainings knowing that every experience is a reflection of our own beliefs and mindsets.  She has a love for meeting new people and inspiring them to grow through hands-on learning experiences.


Sylvia Lang-Josan, Ph.D., STEAM Professional Development Specialist
Sylvia Lang-Josan joins Prime Time with experience in teaching science, math and Spanish in varying capacities since 1996, ranging from outdoor schools in Virginia and Costa Rica, to emotional growth-boarding schools in Massachusetts to assistant teaching university courses at Colorado State University and University of Florida. In a former life, she was known as the “worm lady” for her hands-on workshops related to Habitat in Virginia public schools.  Since receiving her Ph.D. focused on hydrology and green roofs at the University of Florida in 2010, Sylvia resides in Florida year-round with her husband and two young daughters. 

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.


Cody Luongo, Communications Assistant
Cody Luongo joins Prime Time as the communication assistant with a robust media background. He earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and a master's of science degree in Communication and Media, both from Lynn University. Cody brings strong technical skills to Prime Time, having honed these skills in the video division at WPTV NewsChannel 5.  Also an experienced writer, Cody has written several sports articles featured on He hopes to incorporate his creative synergy into the daily operations at Prime Time.


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.


Deborah McKenzie, SEL Specialist
Deborah McKenzie joins Prime Time with more than 15 years of combined experience in child and adolescent behavioral 
health, career and mental health counseling, higher education, instruction and research experience.  In Deborah’s previous role as a counselor and coordinator for an undergraduate program, she promoted academic resilience and persistence goals to students who were transitioning.  In addition, she served as the assistant director for the Geddes Youth Community Center for the YMCA in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.  Deborah earned her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Old Dominion University and her Master’s in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. Deborah has additional graduate education in Educational Psychology with a research focus on resilience and technology for educational outcomes.  She has also served as an adjunct instructor for career development, learning strategies and academic foundations courses, and is a published researcher in topics relating to relationship quality and academic performance.   Deborah is devoted to developing resources and promoting factors to empower youth for successful outcomes in their personal, academic and professional endeavors.  As the SEL specialist, she is passionate about supporting out-of-school time practitioners in fostering a collaborative effort towards creating a positive culture and climate for youth.

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
As communications manager, Katie is responsible for implementing Prime Time’s strategic communication plan as well as project specific plans including managing the organization's website, branding and messaging. Katie manages all communications and document preparation including: writing, graphic design, website, digital and social media. Her true passion lies in shaping Prime Time’s messaging and working towards the organization’s mission: To help children and youth succeed by strengthening and expanding quality in the out-of-school time field. In her spare time, Katie is working on finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and loves spending time with her daughter and family. She believes "we rise by lifting others."


Stacey Rashford, Research Assistant
Prior to joining Prime Time, Stacey studied clinical psychology in Portland, Oregon where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhurst University. Stacey then moved to Florida to study experimental psychology at Florida Atlantic University where she earned a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Florida Atlantic University.  She joined a research lab and performed independent research for several years. Her research focused on how people visually process objects in real-life scenes. While attending Florida Atlantic University, she also assisted in teaching several undergraduate courses including statistics, human memory and biological bases of behavior. 


Debra Rivera, Quality Advisor
Debra joined Prime Time in 2007. She has more than 20 years experience working in the OST field. While attending high school, Debra participated in the “Little Chiefs” program which exposed her to a career in youth work. Prior to joining Prime Time, Debra spent 10 years working in afterschool programming 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. Debra participated in the 2010-2011 Nonprofits First’s Rising Leaders program. She holds a Youth Worker Methods Trainer certification from the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and most recently became a Certified Professional Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification. Debra enjoys photography and on occasion is Prime Time’s resident event photographer. 


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 Partnerships 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.