Board of Directors 

Officers

Anderson Arnold

Chairman

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

My respect for Opportunity started at a meeting with Ali.  Then there was the first tour.  Two aspects stood out:  First was the incredible patience and joy exhibited by the teachers.  They really cared for the children.  Second was the children’s laser-like focus to the teachers’ explanations and directions.  With those two characteristics, extraordinary learning WILL take place!  I so appreciate having the opportunity to support the children, families and teachers.

What have you done professionally?

I worked at America Online for fourteen years in finance, strategy and investor relations roles.  Prior to that I taught history & coached track at Detroit Country Day School.

What other charities have you worked with?

Served six years on the board at Landon School (Bethesda, MD).  Chaired endowment and strategic planning committees.

What is your educational background?

University of Pennsylvania, BA.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA

Where are you from?

Originally from Bethesda, MD.  Have also lived in New York and Santa Barbara, CA.

How long have you been on the board?

4 years

 

Marie Marchetti

Vice Chairman

Business Affiliation: Medical Services

Occupation: Owner

Years on Board: 5

 

Robin A. Remick

Secretary

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

I became a supporter of Opportunity in 2014 after touring the school and seeing the annual June graduation ceremony. In 2015, I joined the Board and I have found that donating my time and resources to Opportunity is tremendously rewarding. At the Erin H. Gilmour Opportunity Early Center, you will find an outstanding facility where dedicated teachers and families, along with their joyful kids, are deeply engaged in a transformative process of learning and growing up.

What have you done professionally?

I have been a practicing attorney since 1998, first, as a law clerk to a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in New York, and later as a transactional lawyer with Smith, Buss & Jacobs, P.C., a mid-sized commercial real estate firm with offices in New York City and Westchester County.

What other charities have you worked with?

Dress for Success, Lawyers for Children, the New York Food Bank and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.

What is your educational background?

Attorney admitted to practice in New York and Florida

Where are you from?

The Seacoast area of New Hampshire

How long have you been on the board?

4 years

 

Susie Dwinell

Treasurer

Business Affiliation: Dwinell Insurance Services

Occupation: Insurance Sales and Consulting

Years on Board: 2

 

 

Directors

Gordon Anthony

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

Being part of the Opportunity board affords me many things of value. My participation in this organization, that makes such a big difference in so many family’s lives, provides me with purpose. There is so much more we all could be doing to improve the prospects of our neighbors. Working in one of the wealthiest communities in America, yet having a community so close by that is not benefiting from all of that wealth, helps me keep priorities in line with reality. I continue to learn so much about the strength and resilience of the children who pass through the doors of Opportunity Early Learning center and how their lives can be positively affected by getting such a great start in life.

What have you done professionally?

I have worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. The last 20 years have been spent working in Palm Beach with the high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals and families. 

What other charities have you worked with?

I was previously on the board of Hearts and Hope, Inc. in West Palm Beach, which provided grief counseling for families and children when a family member passed. I was a committee member for their successful capital campaign.

What is your educational background?

I earned my BS from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a certified financial planner (CFP) designation from Florida State University.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, where I currently live with my wife and two sons.

How long have you been on the board?

8 years

 

Peter Nicoletti

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

I believe in everything that Opportunity is doing. Helping people and families that want help in our own community is very important to me. I love the fact that we break the cycle of poverty through education.

What have you done professionally?

I have been an investment advisor for 20 years.

What other charities have you worked with?

I have served on the board of Healthy Mothers - Healthy Babies, and several committees for Palm Beach Day School. I am currently on the board of the Palm Beach County Historical Society and Opportunity.

What is your educational background?

Forest Hill High School and Florida State University.

Where are you from?

I was born in Washington DC but have lived in Palm Beach County since 1973.

How long have you been on the board?

8 years

 

Tara Grönberg

Business Affiliation:  N/A

Occupation:  N/A

Years on Board: 4

 

Bill Carroll

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

Because I believe that education is THE answer and early childhood education is the start.  Opportunity is what we need more of.  Selfishly, I know that we are changing the lives of our students.

What have you done professionally?

Partner at Mettler Randolph Massey Ferguson Carroll & Sterlacci, P.L.  Tax and Estate Planning Attorney.

What other charities have you worked with?

Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, Board of Directors; Muhammad Ali Center, Board of Directors, Chairperson, Development Committee.

What is your educational background?

B.A., Communications, University of Miami (1981), J.D. University of Denver (1992), LL.M. (Tax Law) University of Denver (1995).

Where are you from?

Locust Valley, NY (Long Island).

How long have you been on the board?

New to the board.

 

Adrianna Schiappoli Burger

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

My mother taught me the importance of early learning. She started her career as a teacher specialized in children with emotional and psychological needs, advocating over her whole career as a school director the importance of the role of the school in a child’s life, underlying the role of the teacher in bending the sometimes rigid teaching structure to each child’s need.
Before her passing in 2014 she was involved with UNICEF, founder of the program “Feed the children’s minds”, stretching the importance of learning even in the most extreme environments, teaching the children to honor themselves through instruction. Opportunity represents to me a way of carrying her legacy on.

What have you done professionally?

I am actively involved in my family’s Maritime Shipping Company and I worked consulting corporations (YPF-Total, Telecom Italia (TIM), Gucci, amongst others), in their expansion on  South American markets. Earlier in my career I worked as an attorney, in Corporate Legal Strategy and  while in London in the Merging and Acquisition Dept at Credit Suisse-First Boston.

What other charities have you worked with?

I started in my younger years with San Vincenzo de Paola. My family is amongst the founders of “Il Telefono Amico” in Italy http://www2.telefonoamico.it/la-storia-i-valori/.
I also started and supervised an abandoned orphanage in Angra dos Reys (Brasil) and advocated for the instruction development of young women and girls in Brasil, bringing the problem at the United Nations, Gender Equality Group.

What is your educational background?

I have a degree in Forensic Law and a Master in Laws in Corporate and International Finance.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Italy, Genoa, but I left to work in Argentina and study for my second Masters in Joint Ventures in the International Contract at age 22, and lived in London afterwards.
I also lived in Brasil, due to my position of Chief Operating Officer, between 2002 and 2013.
I have been living in the USA since 2013.

How long have you been on the board?

2 years

 

Jennifer Lazzara

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

I strongly believe in the importance of early childhood education and support.  I realize it is a privilege for my own children to enjoy a wonderful and nurturing preschool environment and support Opportunity so many other children can enjoy this same experience.

What have you done professionally?

Before having children, I spent 10 years working with several software companies in the automotive industry.

What other charities have you worked with?

Garden Club of Palm Beach
Leukemia Lymphoma Society

What is your educational background?

Graduated from The University of Florida

Where are you from?

Windermere, FL

How long have you been on the board?

New member

 

Dora Pikounis

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

As the owner of a private preschool, I understand that early education is imperative in assisting each child’s individual social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth.  A balance of developmentally appropriate learning activities starting from a very young age is key and critical to Opportunity and the children’s success.

What have you done professionally?

I have owned and operated a preschool for 28 years.  I was a First-grade teacher in Palm Beach County prior to opening my preschool.

What other charities have you worked with?

Since my focus is early childhood education, I’ve been working exclusively with Opportunity.

What is your educational background?

I have an Elementary Degree with a specialization in Early Childhood.

Where are you from?

I am a native of West Palm Beach.

How long have you been on the board?

15 years

 

Ali Eger

Why are you part of the Opportunity Board, and what does it mean to you?

Opportunity Board membership allows me to use my passion for improving the lives of children and families in collaboration with a group of devoted and talented individuals. Being a part of this productive and successful team is extremely rewarding. It is an honor to be able to see the positive changes Opportunity makes for so many children and families and to know you were a part of it.

What have you done professionally?

Finance/banking – TransAmerica, GMAC
Realtor – DeFIna Coldwell Banker
Early childhood educator – Trinity United Methodist School of Palm Beach Gardens
Early childhood Director – Trinity United Methodist School of Palm Beach Gardens
Early childhood Director – Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center
Early childhood Executive Director – Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center

What other charities have you worked with?

Meals on Wheels
Junior League of Indianapolis
Junior League of the Palm Beaches, board and executive board member
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Race for the Cure
PEO Sisterhood
Pi Beta Phi Read Lead Achieve
Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club
Zoological Society of Palm Beach
South Florida Science Museum
Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful

What is your educational background?

B.A. DePauw University – major: Economics, minor: Psychology
M.A. Ed. University of Phoenix – education – curriculum and instruction
FL Advanced Director’s Credential
Certified C.L.A.S.S. Observer
Communities of Practice Certified Coach

Where are you from?

Springfield, Illinois

How long have you been on the board?

New member