Greg Beno, MBA

Board Member

Over the past 20 years Greg Beno continues to be a force for good in the community. Throughout the years he volunteered as a Catechist at St. Jude’s Church in Monroe, CT and served on the Board of Directors and as Networking Chairman of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Greg spearheaded volunteer teams while working at Adecco and The Junkluggers to go into the streets for Habitat for Humanity, the Connecticut Food Bank and The Monroe Playground Fund. Also while at Adecco, Greg spearheaded a community recognized program aimed at non-college bound students where he and his colleagues taught high school students an academic year curriculum focused on workforce preparedness. In 2021 Greg was elected to The Town of Monroe Board of Finance.


Linda M. Suarez, Ed.D.

Board Member

Dr. Suarez is a visionary administrator with proven leadership abilities, and has acquired over 20 years of professional experience working in New York urban and suburban schools. A New York native, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from New York Institute of Technology, a Master’s of Science from C.W. Post/L.I.U., and a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy from Fordham University. Her vast professional experiences include supervision of Career and Technical Education, an Alternative High School and Special Education programs.
Dr. Suarez is an accomplished administrator that has conducted several school quality reviews for the New York State Education Department. She continues to work collaboratively with district schools to assist in the design and implementation of college and career readiness programs. Dr. Suarez’s passion to understand the implications of technology on school organizations, teachers and administrators supported her recently published study; Influence of Technology on 21st Century Career and Technical Education Administrators and believes that technology should enhance instruction and provide educators the support needed to address the new mandated National education reforms. She provides targeted 21st Century professional development in Technology supported Curriculum and Instruction; School Organization Technology Planning; and Education Leadership that will support the millennial learner.


Christine Ireland

MAT, BFA

Board Member

Christine is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, accomplished teacher who uses creativity and innovation to motivate and encourage learning. She has designed and implemented multiple award-winning curriculums that are recognized by NYS utilized in over 30 school districts in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Christine is also a Board-Certified Educational Advocate and Fellow at the National Special Education Advocacy Institute. She is an Educational Advocate and Social Media Marketing Director for Open Doors Educational Advocates. Christine also volunteers with March of Dimes and Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Even with her busy schedule she makes time to enjoy fitness, sunshine, and a good psychological thriller!


Melissa Baretto

Board Member

Melissa Baretto is the current Benefits Trust Chairperson for the BOCES Teachers Association,
where she oversees the distribution of benefits packages to 400 members. She is also the
President Emeritus of the Association where she led as President for nine years, negotiating
multiple contracts, while growing the membership of three separate units. Outside of her Union
activities she is a teacher of Spanish within the Southern Westchester BOCES District. She brings a wealth of Leadership, Education, Benefits and Human Resources Expertise to our board.


Stephen Robert, MBA

Chairman of the Board

Chief Executive Officer

Since 2007 Stephen has worked in the world of credit by helping people to understand and fix
their credit. He has been and continues to be trained by John Ulzheimer, who worked at
Equifax and FICO. This training has come in the form of Credit Summit seminars, Credit Expert
certification and through video and personal dialog with John. This has allowed Stephen to
become an expert in the field of credit. With this knowledge Stephen has done numerous
presentations to bankers, mortgage brokers, realtors, CPAs, attorneys and directly to clients to
explain to them how the credit scoring system works and what they can do to help themselves
and their clients. He has built 2 successful credit repair companies and will now take his talents
and understanding of credit and apply those to the nonprofit world. In building these companies
he has reviewed thousands of credit reports and given free consultations to each person he
speaks with only working directly with clients he feels can truly benefit from his services. These
services include credit education, representing the client as a limited power of attorney to settle
their debts and working directly with the credit bureaus to remove negative accounts.


Jason Poniatowski MA, M.Ed

Board Secretary

Treasurer

Chief Operating Officer

Jason comes to us with 17 years of experience as
Business Educator. He has taught personal finance, budgeting and computer science to high
school students. He developed a curriculum that was approved by the NYS Education
Department as well as the National Healthcareer Association. This coursework has been
awarded 15 articulation credits by local colleges. He has also served as the Corresponding
Secretary for the BOCES Teacher Association for the past 9 years. Jason also serves as the
Chairperson of Sweetest Little Charity Foundation, Inc and volunteers as a religious education
instructor at St. James the Apostle Church, in Carmel, NY. He earned his MS Ed Leadership
from Niagara, a Masters in Curriculum Design from University of Phoenix and was awarded a
BBA from St. Bonaventure while studying Finance, Marketing and Philosophy.