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 masters degree in Education with a concentration on 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 currently on the Board of Directors of the AEYC of the Palm Beaches serving as treasurer. Her experience with curriculum development, accreditation, quality improvement, child development, teacher training, and instructional, motivational, and implementation strategies brings a new vision to the educational programming offered at Opportunity and places Opportunity at the cutting edge of early childhood theories and practices. Mrs. Eger was raised in Illinois and moved to Palm Beach County from Indiana in 1985 and is married with one son. She has focused her passion on bringing Opportunity to the top of quality Palm Beach County

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 Inc. in July 2018 and has been an Early Childhood Educator for 28 years. Prior to joining Opportunity Inc. Catherine was a lead teacher at Palm Beach State College’s Center for Early Learning. For 17 years at the college, Catherine was involved 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 for New Jersey to Palm Beach County in 1996, is married, has 3 parrots, and loves gardening..