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Our Team

Second Chance Toys is kept up and running with the help of a number of great staff members and volunteers.

Bronna Lipton, Executive Director
Dan Gervais, Chief Technology Officer
Kaitlin Bevins, Marketing Assistant


Bronna Lipton, Executive Director

Bronna Lipton has been with Second Chance Toys (SCT) since its inception. She was driving through her local community when Sasha, her daughter and founder of Second Chance Toys, first spotted all the plastic toys being tossed at the curb and consequently came up with the brilliant idea that launched SCT.

Since that day in 2006, when they literally picked up the toys and put them in her SUV, Bronna has been on the front lines, working to grow the organization, expanding the number of organizations served by SCT and instituting programs to rally moms, children, families and corporations around the idea of helping disadvantaged children and the environment.

Bronna has applied her varied background, including vice president of Hispanic Media and Marketing at Burson-Marsteller Public Relations, teaching Spanish, and as a dancer on Broadway, to the development of programs and materials that benefit Second Chance Toys.

As Executive Director of the organization, her vision is to scale Second Chance Toys to national prominence with drop off locations throughout the U.S., to help keep plastics out of our landfills, close the gap for underserved children and provide them with the social, emotional and physical benefits that toys should bring to all children.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Bronna has a B.A. in Spanish, augmented by a summer studies program at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a practicum at Colegio Internacional de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela. Bronna is a member of the donateNYC Partnership, NYC Department of Sanitation.

Why SCT: “It has been one incredible journey since the very first day that Sasha decided to do something about toys being thrown out at the curb. The continued growth and evolution of Second Chance Toys has been both exciting and a learning experience. The amazing reaction and reception to the organization, and the acute need that it fulfills, propel us forward with enthusiasm!”

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Dan Gervais, Chief Technology Officer

Dan Gervais is a seasoned C-level technology and operations executive with over 20 years of experience building on-line Internet SaaS model business information systems for start-up organizations. He has deep knowledge of the software, hardware, and staffing challenges in designing, building, and supporting web products that handle large amounts of users, transactional data, content management, search systems, and advanced dynamic user profiles and access control. He has overseen application software development, UX, content development, product development, customer service, systems administration, cloud systems, vendor relationships, back office software and hardware design and implementation, communications systems, and data center management.

Currently working at Tropare, Inc. as Director of Software, he creates SaaS solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

Before joining Tropare he was CTO at RefluxMD for 2 years where he architected and built the startup's entire web application. Previously he was the CTO/COO at TargetSafety for 8 years where he helped grow the company from startup to a multimillion dollar SaaS enterprise with many millions of hits per month.

He earned his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from University of California, Irvine. Dan also serves as President of the Eureka Springs community home owners association a 340 home suburban community in Escondido, CA

Why SCT: "I joined the team because Second Chance Toys has a wonderful vision of helping others as well as doing good for our planet. Sasha has inspired me and I hope to have the same type of drive and compassion in my 6 year old boy and girl twins. Giving and conservation are excellent values to instill in all people, plus having something that touches the numerous underprivileged children out there is an even better bonus."

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Kaitlin Bevins, Marketing Assistant

Kaitlin Bevins came to Second Chance Toys after taking some time off to have her first child. Kaitlin graduated in Public Relations from Penn State, and worked for five years at a PR agency that specialized in children’s products and toys. During college, Kaitlin spent a semester as an intern at her local United Way chapter, and after college she volunteered at a statewide outdoor non-profit organization in Madison, WI. Second Chance Toys proved to be a wonderful marriage of her passions—toys, non-profits, and a newfound interest in helping children.

Kaitlin now lives in the Detroit area with her husband and son, and works part-time as a social media manager. She is responsible for putting together the SCT newsletter and conducts and writes the spotlight interviews you see each issue. Kaitlin also looks forward to holding toy collections with her local Mom’s Club chapter, of which she is vice president.

Why SCT: "I'm so glad that I came across Second Chance Toys! I was interested in volunteering my time with an organization that shared my passions. I love that Second Chance Toys helps out children in need, all while saving countless toys from landfills and incinerators. Hearing stories from both the volunteers and the organizations who receive the toys is truly inspiring!"

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