Our Team

The Board

Michael A. Gallo, Jr., Ph.D. President, Board of Directors

Michael Gallo Jr. serves as the Director of Research Development at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he is responsible for assisting research faculty and research teams in identifying and responding to complex and center-level external funding opportunities. Prior to working at UCI, Michael was the Director of Research Development for the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, and the Director of various grant programs at Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Michael received a B.A. in Communication from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.

Dr. Patricia Kempton, Vice-President 2014-2015, President 2015-2018, President Emeritus

Dr. Patricia Kempton is the current Vice President of the Center for Child and Family Achievement. She has dedicated over forty years of her career as an educational leader. She has worked on all levels of teaching from teaching English on a high school level, to teaching as a college professor. Dr. Kempton's participation on the CCFA Boad is informed by her membership on the New Jersey Governor's School Board of Directors; New Jersey Association of Supervisors and Principals; and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for English/Language Arts. Dr. Kempton represents a global perspective and commitement to cultural diversity currently serving as a NJ Amistad Commissioner and having served as an English techer for the Boston Indian Council; and an Educational fellow to the New Jersey Holocaust Commission. Dr. Kempton has received many awards including the Governor's Teacher of the Year by the State of New Jersey. Dr. Kempton is the proud mother of two daughters and three grandsons.

Wanda Webster Stansbury, Executive Director, CCFA

Wanda Webster Stansbury currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Child and Family Achievement (CCFA). Ms. Webster Stansbury offers a unique perspective on community and economic development. CCFA is one part of a bigger idea that empowering people with the tools and resources to be healthy and free to dream can in turn empower entire communities everywhere. Ms. Webster Stansbury is a problem solver who brings people together to identify common issues and solutions, conduct needs assessments and develop result-driven agendas and public policy initiatives. As a State of New Jersey small business owner for thirty years, Ms. Webster Stansbury has utilized techniques that focus on the design of empowerment models to address the issues of at-risk, under served and emerging populations.

Over the years Ms. Webster Stansbury's research has led to a body of work that reexamines ways to distribute power to support interpersonal and institutional success. Her research in the areas of motivation and leadership, organizational culture and strategy, power and politics, conflict and negotiation, was the basis for a number of white papers and articles including the publication of "Self-Help: The Empowering Process; Breaking the Cycle of Poverty," The Urban Women's Center Model, Cornell University Empowerment Project, Cornell University, New York. This article was based on seminal research she initially conducted for the purpose of co-authoring Assembly Bill A1915, "Urban Women's Center Job Training Act," which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Kean, State of New Jersey. Through CCFA Ms. Webster Stansbury has envisioned a new "self-help" model with children and their parents at the center. This model, the Center for Child and Family Achievement (CCFA), is a continuation of the original vision to break the cycle of poverty.

Lisa G. Kearney 2014- 2018 -Board Member Emeritus

Lisa G. Kearney is the Operations and Business Development Manager for K & S Tire Service, LLC, a family owned business. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Masters if Arts in Corporate and Public Communication/ M.B.A track. Although her hearts desire was to work in the non profit sector, she has incorporated her love and desire to work with women and children through her community service.

Cindy Kunnas

Cindy Kunnas is Executive Director of the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce in Lambertville, NJ. Formerly, she was the founding Executive Director of Second Helping, in Langhorne, PA. During her time leading Second Helping, the food pantry assisted almost 300 individual clients, breaking down to almost 900 individuals helped since opening in 2016. Cindy received her MBA from Rider University and is proud to support CCFA's mission.

Arnold M. Mayberg, CPA, PC

Arnold Mayberg provides strategic thinking around issues that impact CCFA as a non-profit institution. His adept knowledge as a CPA of compliance, regulatory and operational issues make him a valued resource to all his community based, non-profit and institutional clients. Mr. Mayberg serves as treasurer for the board of Rimon, a Jewish learning center and synagogue in East Windsor. Mr. Mayberg has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants examination staff. His firms' clients include Academicians; entertainment professionals; high net worth clients; as well as working families and individuals. Arnold Mayberg is a graduate of Northeastern University, and has a master's degree from Troy State University. He has served in the U.S. Air Force, and worked at the U.S. Department of Labor. Arnold is a member of the National Society of Tax Professionals.

Brett McCollough 2014-2016 Board Member-Strategic Advisor

Brett McCollough is a Technology Executive, Mentor, and avid Community Supporter. Brett was born and raised in Bronx, NY. After achieving his A.D. in Business at LaGuardia Community College, Brett went on to work for Bloomberg LP in their early startup phase. Today he serves as their Global Head of Data Centers/IT Operations and Infrastructure. Throughout his professional career Brett has made giving back to the community a central focus. He currently serves as a board member and advisor for The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) where he raised over $250,000 in donations and recruited 3 members to their board and junior board.

Mary Ann Ryan

Mary Ann Ryan works with organizations offering expertise on professional managerial challenges that include business operations and relationship management. Ms. Ryan has served and advised other area non-profits that promote self empowerment as a path to long term personally sustainability. Her non-profit advisory relationship include Crawford House, ReStore Habitat of Humanity, and A New Equilibrium Leadership. Ms. Ryan has a B.A. from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY.

The CCFA Staff

Josephine (Josie) Wright, 2014-2017 Programs Manager Volunteer

Josephine (Josie) Wright is the Programs Manager for the Center for Child and Family Achievement. She brings over 31 years of experience working with children and families living in poverty in the City of Trenton. She has served in capacities as Human Resource Director and Acting Head Start Executive Director. Career competencies include ethical conduct, Human Resource Development, Strategic Thinking, Leadership, Decision Making, Financial Management, Budget and Project Development. She has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University.

Kenneth Moore, Education Specialist

Kenneth Moore is the volunteer Educational Specialist for the Center of Child and Family Achievement. He is a retired Principal, having served in Trenton, NJ for 24 years, and CEO of KBM PUBLISHING CO, located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He also served in various leadership positions in the US Army and the New Jersey Army National Guard, and is a Viet-Nam veteran. He has served on the Boards of several community non-profit organizations in Mercer and Atlantic Counties. Mr. Moore is a member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church of Pleasantville, New Jersey, where he serves as the Director and a Musician for the Male Chorus. He is a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA and of The College of New Jersey.

Dr. Stephen Payne, Strategic Advisor

Dr. Stephen G. Payne is an executive guide, speaker and professor on the subject of leading growth in the business world. He runs Leadership Strategies, LLC, a global partnership of executive advisors serving major for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is dedicated to working with the CEOs, their top teams and groups of managers, guiding them in developing and implementing clear, focused strategies for success. Prior to founding Leadership Strategies in 1994, he was President and CEO of PA Consulting Group. He is the author of several inspiring books and CDs.