Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Atlantic Community Charter School consists of a group of individuals that holds a vast degree of experience in a wide variety of disciplines. The board members bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the school and have provided governance and leadership, which has contributed to ACCS’s success.
Dominick A. Potena, Ed. D, Board President
Dr. Dominick Potena is an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and serves as a mentor for superintendents throughout the State of New Jersey. Potena has more than 44 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. He was the Superintendent of Schools for the Margate City School District from 1982 to 2009, and was named the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year in 2009.
Potena is a member of the American Association of School Administrators. He has also served as an officer and member on committees of the New Jersey Association of Schools Administrators. He has also been an active member of the Atlantic County Association of School Administrators and the New Jersey Association of Federal Program Administrators.
Potena earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University, a Master of Education from Trenton State College, and a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University.
Linda Brand has served on the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Community Charter School since 2017. She has extensive experience in management and a track record of leadership.
For more than a decade, Ms. Brand has served as Director of Patient Access for Cooper University Hospital, a position which makes her directly responsible front-end operations of the hospital revenue cycle. Prior to this position, Ms. Brand was Director of Patient Financial Services for Cooper University Physicians. Ms. Brand was also the Administrative Director for Cooper University Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics.
Ms. Brand has completed the Wharton Executive Leadership Program. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management and Finance, from Thomas Edison State University. She also holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Camden County College. She has served as a board member for the Children’s Healthcare Foundation of South Jersey in addition to volunteering as a fundraiser many area charities.
Matthew Heinle is an Associate at American Continental Group, a consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. His prior professional experience includes working for the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas, as well as a major regional healthcare system.
Mr. Heinle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law.
Mr. Heinle also provides legal services to the wrongfully convicted through the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Douglas Groff most recently was Superintendent of Schools in Galloway Township, NJ, from 2000 to 2010, when he retired. While there, he reorganized the administrative structure of the district to better serve students, staff, and parents. During his tenure he opened a new middle school and two full-day kindergarten learning centers.
He served as an Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Executive Services in the New Jersey Department of Education. Groff also served as the Burlington County Superintendent of Schools as well as Coordinating County Superintendent of Schools for the Southern New Jersey Region. He currently teaches an educational leadership internship course at Stockton University.
Groff earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration/Supervision from Rutgers University and his Master’s Degree in Education from Trenton State College.
Peter D. Seltzer
Peter Seltzer has been an insurance broker since 1985 and has been an agent at his company, Seltzer and Associates, since 2005. He previously worked at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance and has extensive experience in commercial real estate, including multi-generational coverage of educational institutions and charter schools.
From 1995 to 2001, Seltzer served on the Chester City Council, where he directly oversaw public safety programs and city finances. He is also an active Rotarian and serves on the board of Friends of Chester Community Charter School, which oversees facilities and real estate for Chester Community Charter School.
Seltzer is a graduate of Spring Garden College.
Marlene D. Frayne
Marlene Frayne is the Administrator to the Chairman of the Firm at Prudent Management Associates, a private wealth management firm located in Philadelphia. Frayne is responsible for a wide range of tasks, including creating ads and brochures, managing the company’s website, and coordinating client events.
She worked at Aramark for 10 years prior to joining Prudent Management Associates.
Ms. Frayne is a graduate of Peirce Junior College.