The Zefer Foundation believes that it is our moral imperative to provide individuals with developmental disabilities with the benefits and opportunity to improve their quality of life, gain employment and have meaningful participation in the community.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
President and Founder
Brandi Fishman is the founder and President of the Zefer Foundation, here she brings together her passion of inclusion and years of experience heading charitable organizations. Fishman also founded the The Pioneer Autism Sensory Center Parent Teacher Organization. Fishman is currently also the Vice President of Mill Race Village Arts and Preservation Board.
Brandi lives in Medford, NJ , with her husband, Craig and daughter, Zoey.
craig fishman, esq.
Craig was born and raised in southern New Jersey. He is a graduate of Shawnee High School. Thereafter, Craig earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University and his law degree from Nova University. Upon his graduation from law school, Craig began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable M. Allen Vogleson, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County. Thereafter, Craig entered private practice, where, for the past 22 years, he has concentrated onpersonal injury matters and workers’ compensation claims. Presently, Craig is the founding member of Fishman & Fishman, LLC, which maintains offices in Lawnside and Hammonton, New Jersey.
Olesya Popp was born in a small town of Novoarkhangelsk in central Ukraine. Her mother was a high school teacher of chemistry and biology and her father was an accountant. Olesya is the youngest of three sisters, grew up on a farm helping out with animals and garden. She graduated High School in 1997 and attended University to become a teacher of English. During the summer break of 2000, she came to the United States as a member of YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program to Camp Ockanickon in Medford, New Jersey.
Olesya moved to the USA in 2001, got married, earned Associates degree in Education in 2004 and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with Bachelor’s degree in Business and Technology in 2008. Olesya is a member of Gloucester County Community Garden Club and she loves teaching her daughter how to grow fruits and vegetables in their garden.
Erin Bertoli is a certified Special Education teacher and board certified behavior analyst. She has worked with individuals with autism, their families and educational team members for over fifteen years, as a teacher and consultant in private and public schools, as well as in the home and community. She is a firm believer that every individual can learn, succeed, and be happy; that education and intervention be natural and fun, 100% individualized, meaningful and socially relevant to the individual and his or her family; and that the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis be the primary philosophy and basis for treatment. Erin has worked with a number of young adults and understands the serious need for more inclusive opportunities both in the community and work place. She is thrilled to be a part of the Zefer Foundation so she can help create and support these opportunities, raise awareness and acceptance within the community, and bring a higher quality of life to individuals with special needs!
Chair - Recreation Committee
Born and raised in Burlington County (Delran) to Walter Bowyer, an educator in Burlington County for over 40 year. Joseph received his bachelor’s degree in management information system from Rowan University in 1993. He is married and has three adult boys. His oldest son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. His diagnosis led his family to become active in his development and the Autistic community.
During Joseph college years, he worked in several school districts as an aid to multiple disabled children. Since his graduation from Rowan University he has been employed by Automotive Rental Inc. (part of Holman Automotive Group) in several areas of the business within the computer science and accounting area. His current job is Supervisor of Accounting Systems. While working for Holman Automotive Group became involved with Big Brother Big Sister, Autism Speaks, Autism Cares and United Way. He has participated in several United Way day of caring function in Camden County.
Volunteered for 12 years as a coach, mentor and board member of the Delran Athletic Association. During his time with the Athletic Associated he raised money, coached, helped run the soccer and baseball program and was on the AA board. He also umpired youth baseball and refereed youth soccer games.
Joseph son Mitchell is involved with Breaking Ground as an artist for the past 2 years. His family is proud to be a part of the Zefer Foundation and continues to advocate for improving the lives of special needs individuals in our community.
Chair - Marketing and PR
Denver Leigh has more than twenty years of experience in the field of education, special education, and disability services. She spent the bulk of her career as a teacher of students with disabilities and is also an experienced Child Study Team case manager, as well as a certified Learning Disabilities Consultant and Evaluator in New Jersey. In addition, Denver was part of the administration team at a private school for students with special needs and has experience in the areas of curriculum development, professional learning communities, assessment design, program development, and instructional/assistive technology , as well as professional services training and public speaking. In her position as the Director of Educational Services for Advo-Kids at Posternock Apell, Denver combines knowledge, experiences, and skills to assist families with advocating for their children as they navigate the process and system of special education. She also works closely with various local/county business, organizations, and agencies to teach and promote inclusion, advocacy, and awareness. In all matters, she strives for facilitating collaboration and safeguarding the unique needs and rights of students with disabilities. Academically, Denver completed both of her Masters programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as her post-graduate studies in special education and educational leadership. She earned her post-graduate certification as a learning disabilities consultant (LDTC) from The College of New Jersey and currently holds the status of doctoral candidate at Rowan University in their Doctor of Educational Leadership program.
Denver also owns Blake Finley Marketing Solutions and is the chair of our Marketing and PR committee. Additionally, she also understands and personally relates to the perspective and concerns of a parent to children who require special education programs and services. Along with being a proud mom, she thoroughly enjoys traveling, cooking, graphic design, and photography.