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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.

Matt DesLonde, Director
Dan Gervais, Chief Technology Officer


Matt DesLonde, Director

Matt DesLonde joins the Second Chance Toys team in the role of Director, contributing over 10 years of non-profit industry experience. Graduating from New Jersey City University with a BS in Business/Marketing and a Minor in History. Matt has well rounded professional experience including tenures at Interscope Records, FlagHouse Inc., New Concepts for Living and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark. With an extensive background in CRM implementation and administration, marketing, event planning, volunteer procurement and fundraising, Matt will play an integral role in the continued growth and community impact of Second Chance Toys. 

Matt was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. An accomplished student-athlete, Matt played multiple sports throughout high school and college, having a very successful amateur baseball career. Matt attributes many of his values such as teamwork, discipline, determination, perseverance and hustle to his background as an athlete. 

Community service and social responsibility have always been a focal point in both Matt’s personal and professional life. He has volunteered for organizations such as Special Olympics, All Hands Volunteers, Toys for Tots, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and more. Matt also serves as a volunteer firefighter in his current hometown of Mount Arlington, NJ, where he lives with his wife and child.   

Why SCT:  "I am extremely fortunate to be able to utilize my professional skills for a greater cause. What is truly inspirational about Second Chance Toys is that it creates a pattern of good. SCT is providing children and families in need with one of the purest forms of joy that exists, while creating a sense of empowerment. In the process, we are having a positive impact on the environment by reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills. Donors and volunteers also obtain a lasting sense of fulfillment. Enhancing the childhood of someone in need by providing toys that bring them happiness, while doing our part to preserve our earth, is the opportunity of a lifetime. Since recently having my first child, both of these objectives have new significance to me."

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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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