Our Directors and Advisory Committee, comprised of private citizens and educators, bring diverse backgrounds and expertise to the Board, and all share in the mission and vision of TeamWork USA.
Kenneth Stein, President and Founder
Ken received a New Jersey public school education, following which he graduated from Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Ken is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law. Following a ten year career in the private practice of law in New Jersey, he entered the business world. Ken was the founder and President of his own company, Stein Hotel Corporation, involved in the ownership and management of various hotel facilities. Ken was Rutgers University chapter President of Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity, and of the Wayne, New Jersey chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was also President of the Community Arts Center, Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and of the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, New Jersey. Following his retirement and the establishment of residency in Florida, Ken founded the TeamWork USA Foundation, as a way to give back to the public education system that provided him with many of the basic tools and values that enabled him to achieve his successes in life.
Sandra Strine, Secretary
Sandy received a public school education in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Randolph Macon Woman’s College and then taught 1st grade in public school in Pennsylvania on a Title 1 grant for disadvantaged kindergarteners who were going to be held back. (100% went on to second grade). Sandy later received a Masters of Family Therapy degree (MFT) from Hahneman Medical College and then a PhD from Walden University while pursuing a long career in individual, marriage and family therapy.
Harold Oertell, Treasurer
Harold graduated from Queens College, New York City, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting, and is a New York State Certified Public Accountant. He worked for a private accounting firm before becoming associated with Milberg Factors Inc., a New York City commercial factor, which assists apparel and textile companies with their cash flow needs and acquisitions. Harold has served as Partner, Secretary, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the firm. Currently, he serves in a consulting capacity to Millberg. Harold has been a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Board of Education of Franklin Township, New Jersey, and the Treasurer and President of the Rutgers Preparatory School Board of Trustees. He was the Treasurer and President of the Board of Managers of the Horizon Apartment Building in New York City. Harold was a member of the American Management Association Mediation Board.
Mary Kay Murray
Mary Kay has served as the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County for the past ten years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Sacramento and a Masters in Social Work from Barry University in Miami. Over the past thirty years Mary Kay has worked with several local non-profit agencies and is most proud of her work with women and children. She served a two year term as President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. As a member of Leadership Palm Beach County, Mary Kay was a 2011 nominee for the Leadership Excellence Award.
Warren graduated from State Technical University, in Chile, as a Mechanical Engineer. He worked for a large construction company and a paper manufacturing company. Then, he moved to Brazil to start a career in the pharmaceutical industry, with The Upjohn Co. where he held several management positions. While in Brazil, Warren received a degree in Environment and Industrial Safety from the University of Sao Paulo and a degree in Marketing from the Getulio Vargas Foundation. With The Upjohn Co. he moved, as General Manager, to Ecuador and then to Mexico. He was then relocated to the Upjohn headquarters in Michigan and promoted to Vice President for Latin America, and later became Global Vice President for Engineering, Environment and Safety where he played critical roles in the company mergers of Upjohn with Pharmacia, and after that with Monsanto, and then with Pfizer. Warren was Chairman of the Architectural Review Committee at Mirasol and has been Treasurer and President of the Via Verde Home Owners Association.
Redgy obtained his degree of Bio-Engineering from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He started his career in he pharmaceutical industry as a Bacteriological Lab Supervisor at the Belgian Manufacturing Plant of the Upjohn Company. After rising through the ranks as a manager in the Belgian facility, he was appointed as Plant Director for the newly acquired facility of the company in Madrid Spain, where he stayed for 10 years. Subsequently, he occupied Manufacturing Director positions at Upjohn’s headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. Later in his career, he was appointed Vice President for the Americas and ultimately Vice President for European Manufacturing. After his retirement, he moved to the Mirasol Community in Palm Beach Gardens, where he served on the Board of Directors for four years. Time permitting, Redgy has always been an avid music lover and keen to play his favorite pieces on the piano. With Teamwork, he is Chairperson for the Instrumental Music program.
Bob received a public school education in Nebraska and South Dakota. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration. Bob worked in a number of increasingly responsible financial leadership positions for General Electric Company, Praxair Inc., and Crane Co. He was a member of the Board of Directors of NuCO2 Inc. and then became the financial leader of NuCO2 Inc. after the sale to a private equity firm. Bob retired following the subsequent sale of NuCO2 Inc. to a strategic partner.
Jose Reynal, MD
Dr. Reynal has a Medical Doctor degree, and a Master in Science with specialization in Pharmacology. Dr. Reynal has over 34 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, with international experience in research and development for new drugs, conducting clinical development Phase I to IV projects, regulatory affairs, and medical affairs responsibilities. Dr. Reynal worked for The Upjohn Co./Pharmacia/Pfizer Corporation since 1987, first as Medical Director in Mexico, and starting in 1992 at the corporate headquarters, as Regional Clinical Operations Senior Director for The Americas. Dr. Reynal joined J&J August 2003-2013 as Vice President Trial Coordination in Global Clinical Operations within the Research & Development.
Andrea B.R. Peppers is a retired school district administrator from the School District of Palm Beach County. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from Nova University. Andrea worked for thirty-six years in elementary, middle and high schools. She currently resides in Palm Beach County, Florida and gives of her time volunteering in various community organizations. She advocates for today’s learners who are destined to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Edrick Rhodes, a Miami, Florida native, is the K-12 Arts Education Administrator for the School District of Palm Beach County. Mr. Rhodes received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami and Master of Education from the University of Central Florida. He was Director of Bands for Olympic Heights and West Boca Raton high schools. He is director of USDOE Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant. He was recently elected to a three-year term o he South Atlantic Advisory Committee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to serving on the Teamwork Board of Directors, he also serves on the education advisory boards of the Norton Museum, Kravis Center, and Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Howard was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois and Roosevelt University. He was a retailer, designer and manufacturer of men’s and women’s clothing. He spent 30 years as a commodities trader at The Chicago Board of Trade and The Chicago Mercantile Exchange. During his time as a trader, Howard was instrumental in founding The Negril Coral Reef Society in Jamaica. Howard and his wife Annie were also very active in the St. Vincent DePaul Charities in Chicago. This charity ran a day care center, a Santa Mike program in which every child at the daycare center received a Christmas present from Santa; an annual senior non-denominational Christmas dinner for 150 to 200 nursing home residents; and twice yearly homeless days where every homeless person received a shower, hot meal, a haircut, clothing, and foot care by a podiatrist. For this work with St. Vincent DePaul, Annie and Howard were honored with The Couple of The Year award.
Diana has worked for the School District of Palm Beach County for twenty-four years and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and a certificate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. As a product of the Palm Beach County school system, Diana has dedicated her career to giving back to the community as a previous member of the Kiwanis organization, a sponsor of Builders clubs, supporting food and toy drives, participating in charity races, etc. Becoming part of TeamWork USA to provide students with additional opportunities is a natural next step in this process.
John S. Kapelewski
John received his undergraduate degree from Saint Francis University and his graduate degree in business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He began his career as an administrator at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center and The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospital in New York City. John was active in the early development of the freestanding ambulatory surgery concept. After a consulting career in the ambulatory surgery field he and his wife Ginny founded Vision Corner Optical Corporation which they operated for 23 years. John retired after the business was sold to a strategic buyer.
Laura Rounds, Ph. D.
Laura, the mother of three children, was born in Hawaii and raised in Virginia. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Then she served in the US Coast Guard Reserves. Laura received her Master of Science in both Counseling Psychology and Mental Health from PBA. Laura became a School Counselor at Palm Beach Gardens High School, then Guidance Director of Palm Pointe Educational Research School. She served students in Orange County Florida as a SAFE Schools Specialist, AVID District Director and School Counselor. Laura earned her second Master’s Degree, in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is finishing her Ph.D. dissertation. Laura is currently a Palm Beach County School District AVID Program Planner, a staff developer and consultant for the AVID Center, and an Associate Professor at the University of Phoenix.
Michele Lerer received a public school education in Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University. After working in the banking and brokerage fields for several years, Michele became a full time mom. Volunteering for the public school system became a passion for her, both in the classroom and writing center, coordinating programs, and serving as PTO President . Since moving to Florida, Michele has volunteered for ten years as a reading tutor at Allamanda Elementary School. She also works with the West Palm Beach Jewish Federation’s Volunteer Center, as chairperson of their Literary Program which serves Palm Beach County elementary schools.
Kathleen Perry, Executive Director
Kathleen has over 40 years of experience in secondary education. Beginning as an English teacher and assistant principal, she served as a high school principal and district administrator in the School District of Palm Beach County. Kathleen is a graduate of the School District of Palm Beach County’s former Carver High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A.&M. University, Texas and Nova Southeastern University respectively. She has administered a U.S. Department of Education Small Learning Community grant and reviews U.S. Community Development Block Grant applications for the City of Boynton Beach. Kathleen also serves as a professional development consultant for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Center, a non-profit organization with an emphasis on student college and career readiness. She believes that when students have access to rigorous instruction, rigorous curriculum, and the arts, they experience improvement in their academic achievements.
Chanda is one of the North Region Instructional Support Team Leaders of the Palm Beach County School District. Chanda began her career with the School District in 1998. She has worked in various capacities on many levels within the district as a high school Math Teacher, Assistant Principal at a Middle School, Site Administrator at Elementary schools for summer school, and Team Leader. Serving in these positions has allowed Chanda to work with children with special needs, academic challenges, and mental as well as emotional scars. Chanda has received a Bachelor degree in Math Education from Florida A&M University, a Maters degree in Math from University of Central Florida, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Education is very important to Chanda and her belief is that all students can learn given a positive learning atmosphere that welcomes exploration and enhances student’s confidence.
Andrianna Kimbrel is an Instructional Support Team Leader in the Glades Region with the School District of Palm Beach County. Mrs. Kimbrel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of North Florida, Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Prior to coming to Palm Beach County, Adrianna worked as an Assistant Principal with Fulton County Schools, Georgia and Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, FL. She currently resides in Royal Palm Beach, FL with her 2 sons and husband. She is active in the Glades Region promoting the Teamwork instrumental music and college scholarship programs.
Joi Odom Grant, Ed.S
Joi has many years of experience with the School of Palm Beach County with exceptional leadership as a teacher, lead teacher, mathematics coach and administrator. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master’s in Elementary Education and Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Highlights of her experiences are working with school based administrators, resource teachers and academic coaches. Her current position serves as an Instructional Support Team Leader for the South Region in the Superintendent’s office where she embraces the School District’s Strategic Themes and Long Term Outcomes to support schools, parents and the multicultural communities in the Southern portion of Palm Beach County. Joi has a compassion for learning, sharing, and encouraging and supporting others!
Claudia L. Mejias, Ed.S is a current school district administrator from the School District of Palm Beach County. She is currently an Advisory Board Member of Teamwork. Mrs. Mejias received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Education from Queens College City University of New York, Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Mathematics and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Claudia has worked for over 13 years as an elementary school teacher, mathematics instructional coach, instructional specialist, and district administrator. Claudia has also worked at Palm Beach State College transitioning and supporting Hispanic educators. She currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Dr. Kisa L. Permenter
Kisa L. Permenter, Ed.D. serves as assistant principal of Plumosa School of Arts. Prior to this assignment, she served the School District of Palm Beach County as the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program Planner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee, FL), a Master’s of Science in Guidance & Counseling and Doctor of Education degree from Saint Thomas University in Educational Leadership (all levels). Kisa has ben an educator for 17 years and is an active member of the State of Florida’s AdvancED SACS CASI accreditation review team. Kisa is an AVID National Staff Developer for AVID Center (San Diego, CA). On a daily basis, Kisa aspires to serve students, teachers and administrators with her experience and expertise.