Executive Team

 

Alice Eger

Executive Director: Alice Eger joined Opportunity in September 2008, bringing a passion for children and education to her position. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics and a minor in psychology. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction. Her credentials include a National CDA and advanced Florida Director’s credential. Prior to joining Opportunity, “Miss Ali” spent the previous six years as the Director of Early Childhood Education in a Palm Beach Gardens preschool. She is an active member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), CDEA (Child Development Education Alliance), the Association for Early Learning Leaders, Palm Beach County Director’s Community of Practice, and is a past Board Director for AEYC of the Palm Beaches. Her experience with curriculum development, accreditation, quality improvement, child development, teacher training, and instructional, motivational, and implementation strategies brought a new vision to the educational programming offered at Opportunity and places Opportunity at the cutting edge of early childhood theories and practices. The combination of her finance and education experiences prepared Mrs. Eger to excel in the role of Executive Director. Mrs. Eger was raised in Illinois, moved to Palm Beach County from Indiana in 1985, and is married with one son and two grandsons. She enjoys reading, tennis, Zumba, cooking, and crafts. Mrs. Eger focusses her passion on bringing Opportunity to the top of quality in Palm Beach County and beyond.

Nikki Hamilton

Finance and Operations Director: Nikki joined Opportunity in July 2016 to pursue her passion for serving others, especially children.  Before coming to Opportunity, Nikki worked at The Breakers and served as Director of Operations for Leadership Palm Beach County.  Nikki studied Organizational Business Management at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she was inducted into Phi Etna Sigma National Honor Society.  She has worked with numerous child-focused charities, including Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation, Brianna Cooper Heavenly Smiles, Autism Speaks, Project Citizen, Vitas Hospice and St. Jude’s. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women and an active volunteer at her church. Nikki is the proud mom of two sons. 

Rayda Fonte

Program Director: Rayda joined Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center in April 2018. Before coming to Opportunity, she worked as a teacher and eventually a preschool director. With more than 10 years experience in childhood education, Rayda enjoys seeking and sharing successful strategies.  Rayda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in her homeland of Cuba, and completed her early childhood education certificate at Nova Southeastern University. She has been approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families to teach Part I and Part II of the training required to work in a child care facility. Rayda, her husband, and their daughter live in West Palm Beach. She is dedicated to the children and families at Opportunity and strives to make a difference in their lives.

Catherine Stefano

Program Director: Catherine joined Opportunity in July 2018 and has been an Early Childhood Educator for 28 years. Prior to joining Opportunity, Catherine was a lead teacher at Palm Beach State College’s Center for Early Learning. For 17 years at the college, Catherine was involved in many leadership roles including the participation in 2 Pilot Programs, student mentoring and observations, designing and organizing outdoor play and exploration within natural areas, as well as being a member of their Safety Committee. Catherine is an active participant of the Palm Beach County Directors Community of Practice, continues to go to school to further her education in Early Childhood, and her passion is the social emotional growth and well-being of all children. Catherine moved from New Jersey to Palm Beach County in 1996, is married, has 3 parrots, and loves gardening.

Lisa Stella

Development Director: Lisa Stella joined Opportunity in February 2020 inspired by the amazing work of the Opportunity staff with the children and their families for over 80 years. Lisa has over 20 years of business development, sales, marketing and project management experience in the Non-Profit and For-Profit industries in local and global businesses. She is a relationship builder and takes a vision and makes it a reality. Lisa holds a BS in Business Administration and Professional Management and MBA from Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Non-Profit Leadership Lab and the Florida Chapter of the Association of Prospect Research Advancement (APRA). She also has multiple certifications in Fundraising, Pragmatic Marketing, Marketing Eminence, Digital Marketing and Project Management. Lisa was born and raised in New York City and moved to Florida in 1987. She is engaged with two daughters, one son and a granddaughter. Creating culinary delights from the garden is a hobby Lisa enjoys when she’s not working or in spin class.