Our Team

Alison Berkley .

  Executive Director/Co-founder

Educator, entrepreneur and autism expert with over 19 years of experience in the field of special education. 

Molly Sebastian .

Mother of Autistic child driven to apply her parenting and professional experience to create and develop employment solutions for her daughter and the extended autism community.

Executive Director/Co-founder

Danette O'Connell .

She has been helping nonprofits start and grow since 2004 by empowering them with divergent entrepreneurial thinking and a unique combination of finance and operations experience. 

Director of Finance

Dana Greenberg .

Parent and Community Liaison

Mother of teen twins, one with ASD. Wants to use her knowledge to guide

other parents through the process of applying for services to benefit their child.

Lead Instructors

Sandy Song

Sandy is an occupational therapist with over 10 years of experience working with kids with autism and sensory processing disorders. Being part of the Invictus Kitchen, she helps to create the most optimal environment and workplace that can showcase the wide array of skills from our Bakers. 

Amy Johnson

Amy has a diverse background in special needs recreational programming and as a project leader at Outward Bound. As our Instructor in charge of Invictus Operations, Amy is responsible for all of aspects of classes ranging from devising individual Baker goals to team parings to oversight of classes.

Irene Dambriunas

Irene has spent the past five years working as a baker and pastry chef in various bakeries, cafes and restaurants throughout New York City. She is very excited and honored to join the Invictus Team and show the Bakers what she has learned to assist them in their professional growth. 

Stephen Mayer

Stephen has been with the organization for about 2 years. Stephen received a degree in Elementary and Special Education in from Temple University in 2011.  Recently, he was awarded with the 2017/18 Teacher of the Year Award for his passion and dedication as a Newark Public Schools Special Ed Teacher. For the past year, Stephen has taken on a new role as a Special Education Academic Specialist at the Harlem’s Children’s Zone.

Our Board

Lindsey Biel, OTR/L -

Senior Advisor

Lindsey is a pediatic occupational therapist with a private practive in New York City where she evaluates and treats children and adolescents with autism, sensory processing issues, developmental delays, phyiscal disabilities, and other challenges. She is the coauthor of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child, with a foreward by Temple Grandin and author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens. Please visit www.sensorysmarts.com for upcoming presentations, free webcasts, articles, and more.

Steven Lepine

Steven is a private equity entrepreneur and founder of Partners in Performance, an Australia-based consulting firm specializing in the global mining and minerals industry.

Kris Sebastian

Kris enjoyed a long career as a journalist at ABC News. During the course of her career she was the National Assignment Editor, Political Assignment desk Editor, Northeast Bureau Chief and Senior Producer at Good Morning America.

Sarah Vidrine

For over 20 years Sarah has worked to promote opportunity for children and families. Her career has included direct service, systems reform, and policy advocacy for a variety of local, state, and national nonprofits. Her primary areas of expertise are child development, health systems, and child welfare. 

Matt Farber

Matt is a veteran media/entertainment executive and entrepreneur who has founded and launched successful businesses sold to Viacom, iHeart Media and Sony Music,  In addition to being a Founding Board Member of Invictus, he serves on the boards of Housing Works/Bailey House in NYC and the Pride Center at Equality Park in South Florida. 

Thanks to a generous donation from Microsoft, our workspace is outfitted with the latest technology. Our touch screen enabled laptops allow Bakers of all profiles to follow our process and create our high-quality goods. Microsoft Technology is the bridge that allows us to enable productivity in our overlooked and untapped workforce.