The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) is a supporting Foundation governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees, four of whom are appointed by Harold Grinspoon and five by representative supported organizations. The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation (HGCF) is a private family Foundation. Both the HGF and HGCF are located in Western Massachusetts.

Trustees

  • Harold Grinspoon
  • Winnie Sandler Grinspoon
  • Jeremy Pava
  • Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg
  • David Galper
  • Lauren Spitz  
  • Leigh Weiss
  • Jason Glasgow
  • Diane Troderman

HAROLD GRINSPOON FOUNDATION
& HAROLD GRINSPOON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

JCAMP 180 STAFF & MENTORS

PJ LIBRARY  

HAROLD GRINSPOON FOUNDATION
& HAROLD GRINSPOON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION


Winnie Sandler Grinspoon

A longtime trustee of the foundation, Winnie assumed the role of president in June 2014. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Winnie practiced law, first in New York (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan) and Boston (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, now K&L Gates), and more recently in her own law practice. Winnie holds a B.S. from Cornell and a J.D. from Fordham. She serves on several nonprofit boards and committees and is a busy volunteer, wife and mom..

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Adrian Dion

Adrian Dion is Chief Operating Officer for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and its many programs. She is responsible for the organization's internal processes and infrastructures, including publishing, purchasing, facilities management, and partnership contracts. Her personal blend of efficacy, good humor, and kindness allows her to empower a team of qualified professionals across all agencies of the Foundation. Outside the office, she is an auxiliary member of the Granville, MA Volunteer Fire Department and also works with a community agricultural organization, raising money and awareness in order to provide healthy food to people in need. Adrian has a BA in psychology and an MBA.

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Jim Baird

Jim Baird is Director of Software Development for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. He is responsible for identifying and evaluating commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software solutions to satisfy the needs of the foundation. Jim is also responsible for design, development and implementation of software solutions, including setting the technical direction for website development for the foundation. Prior to HGF, Jim served as a Solutions Architect at Boston Interactive and has held other positions as a Managing Consultant at NTSI, a Microsoft Partner, Northeast Government Group District Business Quality Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation and Supervisor, Information Systems at General Dynamics. Jim holds a BSBA in MIS from Northeastern University.

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Brian Buerkle

Brian Buerkle is the Publisher Relations Manager for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Brian facilitates the relationship between the foundation's core program, PJ Library, and its key publishing partners. He is also the buyer for over 100 titles from over 40 publishers. Brian's additional responsibilities include: investigating publishing opportunities in emerging international markets and conceptualizing how innovative digital products can increase engagement for PJ Library subscribers. Prior to his work at HGF, Brian worked in marketing and sales at Penguin Books for Young Readers, Random House Children's Books, and most recently was Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing for Kingfisher, an imprint of Macmillan.

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Madeline Calabrese

Madeline Calabrese is the Director of the Voices & Visions project. This project will merge sayings from the wealth of Jewish thought with the beauty of Jewish art to create prints meant to facilitate discussion, exploration, and engagement among curious Jewish adults. Madeline spent 18 years on a team growing and shaping the computing environment for the Mount Holyoke College community. From there, she earned her Coaching Certification and wove that together with her project management skills to start her own business, Calabrese Consulting in 2004. This led to a long-term project overseeing Puzzle development at Hasbro Games. She joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in April 2010.

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Cari Carpenter

Cari Carpenter is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. Cari brings to her work more than 20 years' experience working with colleges in the Pioneer Valley. Her most recent position was with the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was the director of MBA programs. Cari earned a Bachelor's degree from Boston University and holds a master's degree from Syracuse University.

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Tamra Dollin

Tamra Dollin is a LIFE & LEGACY Legacy Community Consultant, providing training and support to communities across North America to secure meaningful after-lifetime gifts. Working in the Jewish community for over 25 years, Tammy most recently directed the establishment of Ramah in the Rockies, focusing on project management, fund raising, and board development. She is a certified professional Co-Active coach. Tammy holds Masters Degrees from Columbia University (MSW) and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Tammy is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

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Tracy Guay

Tracy Guay serves as the Senior Management Project Coordinator & Assistant at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. She is responsible for coordinating special projects, organizing/maintaining schedules, and managing the recruitment for HGF Employees. Tracy studied Law Office Administration at Holyoke Community College and Travel at Bay Path College. She has over sixteen years' experience as an Executive Assistant, and is a Notary for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Mary Anne Herron

Mary Anne Herron is the Director of Education Initiatives for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, a position she has held for eight years. Prior to her work with HGCF, Mary Anne taught school at the elementary, secondary, and college levels and was a school principal for sixteen years. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with an EdD in School Administration.

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Sylvia Kamowitz-Hareven

Sylvia Kamowitz-Hareven is Director of Education for all Sifriyat Pijama programs, HGF's Israel-based flagship program. Sylvia is a seasoned lecturer and educator, and oversees the development of Sifriyat Pijama curricula and professional teacher training throughout Israel. She holds a B.A from Brown University and a master's degree in Early Childhood Studies from Hebrew University.

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Ed Kline

Ed Kline handles oversight and coordination of Sifriyat Pijama and Keren Grinspoon Israel. Prior to retiring, he served as HGF's Chief Operations Office. Before joining HGF, Ed worked for thirty-six years at, and retired from, the MassMutual Life Insurance Company where for eleven years he served as Corporate Vice President and Treasurer. Ed holds a degree in engineering and a MBA.

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Dena Morris Kaufman

Dena Kaufman is a LIFE & LEGACY Legacy Community Consultant, providing training and support to communities across North America, to secure meaningful after-lifetime gifts. Beginning her career in development with the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Dena has also served as the Development Director for URJ Camp Newman, as well as Sojourner Center, the nation's largest domestic violence shelter. With a degree in Business, Public, and Private Administration from the University of California, Dena is also a Certified Fundraising Executive.

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Kevin Martone

Kevin Martone is the Technology Program Manager for the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and PJ Library. He focuses on ways organizations can effectively use technology for fundraising and outreach. Through presentations, webinars, and one-on-one consultation, Kevin helps Jewish overnight summer camps and PJ Library Communities utilize technology to reach their outreach and fundraising goals. Kevin holds a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

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Kyle Michael

Kyle Michael is an IT Solutions Specialist for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Kyle is responsible for desktop and mobile end-user support. Prior to his work at the Foundation, Kyle held positions in various technical disciplines including web development, search engine optimization, and social media management. Kyle graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a BS in Communications.

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Matt Motyka

Matt Motyka is Chief Financial Officer for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. Matt earned his CPA designation working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, specializing in investments, private equity valuations, and initial public offerings. In 1999, he chose to focus on non-profit operations and endowment management; upon leaving PwC, Matt held financial positions with several educational institutions. Matt has also acted as a managing partner of two computer peripheral and software ventures and currently serves as a trustee and committee member on several non-profit boards.

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Marta O'Shea

Marta O'Shea is the Senior Accountant for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. In her current role, Marta processes all grant requests and reporting for both foundations. Prior to working at HGF, Marta served as an Assistant Controller for Pride Inc. and Accounting Assistant for Pioneer Valley Federal Credit Union. Marta has a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Bay Path College and is currently working towards her MS in Accounting.


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Beverly Pava

Beverly Pava is the Director of Community Relations for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  Beverly was the first staff member of the HGF at its inception in 1995 and was instrumental in creating the Foundation's campership program, B'nai Tzedek, Year Round Youth Initiative, and several other programs. She is a graduate of the Leland Powers School of Radio and Theater in Boston and received her BA from the University of Massachusetts. Beverly served as a Special Education Educator in the Wilbraham and Longmeadow Public Schools. She was a private drama instructor and for many years taught for the Longmeadow after-school drama program. She is a published freelance writer.

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Tamar Remz

Tamar Remz is the Chief Partnerships Officer for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation where she manages strategy development and funding relationships among other responsibilities. Prior to working in the philanthropic space, Tamar worked in e-commerce in Business Development, managing partnerships, growth strategies and sales campaigns for growing companies. Tamar is involved with numerous organizations including AIPAC, UJA Federation of New York and Educational Alliance where she co-chairs the Young Professionals Board. Tamar received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from New York University where she graduated with honors.

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Andy Rokicki

Andy is a Software Developer at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is responsible for all areas of software development, from front-end development to code behind and services. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Kathleen Rodowicz

Kathleen Rodowicz is the Grants Administrator for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Kathleen is responsible for all of the Grants to Individuals requests. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Business Management with a focus on Entrepreneurial Studies. Prior to HGF, Kathleen worked at Climate Engineering for several years as a Billing Analyst with the Accounts Receivables Department.

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Joe Ruotolo

Joe Ruotolo is IT Solutions Specialist for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and its programs. Joe has a wide range of technology experience, with specialties in social media development and website management. At the Foundation, Joe provides desktop support, develops custom Facebook Apps, and provides tech consulting services. Joe holds a BS in Information Systems Management from Quinnipiac University.

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Dreana Sanders

Dreana Sanders is the Administrative Assistant for RCJE; a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to her work at HGF, Dreana was employed by MassMutual as an Recruiting Coordinator. Dreana attended Elms college majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Management.

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Arlene D. Schiff

Arlene D. Schiff is the National Director of the LIFE & LEGACY program. In her role at HGF she provides training and support to communities, across North America, to secure meaningful after-lifetime legacy gifts. Prior to joining the Foundation, Arlene served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. During her 12 year tenure, she provided visionary leadership while devising and executing strategic plans that centered on community building and garnering support for philanthropic giving. Arlene is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts and holds a M.A. from Harvard University.

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Neta Shapira

Neta Shapira is the Director of Operations for Sifriyat Pijama, an Israel-based program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. A biblical scholar, Neta also teaches and serves as Academic Director at Matan, an institution dedicated to preparing women for positions of educational leadership by assuring they learn Torah at the highest level.

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Vikas Singhvi

Vikas Singhvi is Chief Information Officer for Harold Grinspoon Foundation. He is responsible for the IT department which supports enterprise applications, enterprise data, websites, user support, infrastructure, communications, and information security. Prior to joining HGF, Vikas served as director software development at SS&C technologies and TheNextRound Inc. Vikas holds a Bachelor's of Engineering degree in Computer Science & Engineering and is a Certified Alternative Investment Analyst.

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Skylar Smith

is the Program Associate for Voices & Visions. At the Foundation, Skylar oversees the International distribution of the posters series her department creates and helps facilitate the creation of new, original pieces. Skylar holds a BA from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Arts from Dartmouth College.

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Galina Vromen

Galina Vromen is the Director of Israel Operations for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as well as Director of Sifriyat Pijama, the Israeli version of PJ Library . Before joining HGF, she was an international journalist for 20 years. Galina joined HGF in 2002 in Massachusetts, overseeing the Foundation's grant-making in Israel, where she has lived since 2008.

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Peter Wansick

Peter Wansick is Director of Information Technology for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating, implementing, and maintaining various IT solutions designed to enable productivity and mitigate costs and risks. Peter has over 20 years of IT experience in both English- and Japanese-speaking environments. Prior to joining HGF, he was principal and founder of the IT support provider Afuna Inc. Before that, he served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of software development firm Auxilor Inc. Peter studied Energy System Technology at STCC and Computer Science at Clark University.

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Shalhevet Zohar

Shalhevet Zohar is the Office Manager for Sifriyat Pijama, an Israel-based flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. She has worked as a breaking news editor for the Jerusalem Post. She has also done translating and editing work in Hebrew and English. Shalhevet holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations and East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University.

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JCAMP 180 STAFF & MENTORS

 

 

Tara Acker

Tara Acker is a mentor for JCamp 180. She has over 15 years of experience in organizational development, leadership, strategic planning and measurement. Tara cofounded a global nonprofit organization that provides leadership training within the peace building arena. She also owned a consulting practice that provided organizational leadership and change strategies for resource constrained organizations. Prior to her consulting work, Tara worked in the public sector as Director of SomerStat for the City of Somerville, MA. Tara received her bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Natasha Dresner

Natasha Dresner is a Mentor for JCamp180. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the Jewish nonprofit world. Natasha was born in Kiev, Ukraine, where she cofounded Congregation HaTikvah, the first Reform synagogue established in Kiev since the Russian Revolution. She spent five years working for The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee as Head of Finance before she immigrated to the U.S. in 2001. She worked in the nonprofit and for-profit consulting worlds in New York City, and as Executive Director of Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and JCamp180 in 2005 to provide consulting services in governance and board development, fundraising, strategic thinking and planning, as well as leadership coaching and training. She holds a BA in Management and an MBA from The Ukrainian-Finish University of Business and Management in Kiev, Ukraine. Natasha is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, and she writes a bimonthly nonprofit column, called "The Nonprofit Prophet", for The Berkshire Eagle, which also appears in eJewish Philanthropy and elsewhere.

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Mark P. Gold

Mark P. Gold is the Director of JCamp 180. A New England native, Mark has lived and worked in Western Massachusetts for the past 34 years, where he has been an active member of the local Jewish Community. Prior to retiring from the Solutia (formerly Monsanto) Company in 2009, Mark served in management positions in the company's Research and Development and Market Development organizations. Mark has an advanced degree in Engineering as well as an MBA.

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Aron Goldman

Aron Goldman is a Mentor for JCamp 180. He has over fifteen years of experience working as a consultant with grassroots, regional, national, and international organizations in the areas of capacity-building, strategy, and systemic change. Aron previously taught public policy and political economy at UMass Amherst and Springfield College. He earned a BA in Political Science from Macalester College, and an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

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Royster Hedgepeth

Royster Hedgepeth is a Mentor for JCamp 180. He is Principal Consultant with CWC/Hedgepeth Group, an organizational development firm serving universities and other social service organizations. Royster specializes in creating vibrant, performance-based boards of directors and increasing organizational fundraising capacity. He has 26 years' experience in educational fundraising for universities and has helped reposition organizations in the competitive marketplace. Royster received his BA from Wake Forest University, his MEd from the University of Florida, and his PhD in Educational Administration from Cornell University.

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Laurie Herrick

Laurie Herrick is a Mentor for JCamp 180. Laurie has more than 25 years' experience in fundraising, community organizing, board development and strategic planning and has served in a variety of professional and volunteer roles in social profit organizations. She joined the Institute in 2007 and has since worked with numerous camps and day schools. In 2003, she started RAINMAKER Consulting and is currently co-launching an online educational course series, Quantum Jump. The emphasis of her work is empowering organizations to create a culture of resource abundance leading to a breakthrough in fundraising.

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Dan Kirsch

Dan Kirsch is a Mentor for JCamp 180. Dan has devoted his career to increasing the capacity of non-profit organizations to fulfill their missions through fundraising, planning, recruitment, and board development. He is the co-founder of KirschLeuchs, a fundraising consulting firm serving education, arts and culture, healthcare and human services markets. He has also worked with non-profits to recruit executive talent and has coached private sector professionals transitioning to non-profit careers. Dan received his BA in Government from Dartmouth College.

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Mitch Kupperman

Mitch Kupperman is a mentor for JCamp 180. Mitch has more than 30 years' experience working as a mentor, manager and leader with business, education, camps, and nonprofit organizations. He holds certifications and certificates in Human Resources, Leader in Me and Professional Coaching. Dr. Kupperman received his BA in Professional Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego, M.Ed. in Guidance and Psychological Services from Springfield College, M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Montclair University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut.

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Allison Macari-Wilhelm

Allison Macari-Wilhelm is an Administrative Assistant for JCamp 180. Prior to JCamp 180, Allison worked for seven years at an upscale salon in Connecticut as their Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant. During her time there she assisted in daily office procedures such as deposits, tracking/managing inventory, and purchasing. Allison attended University of Connecticut and University of Hartford where she completed her BA in Communication with an emphasis in Human Communication Studies.

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Michael Miloff

Michael Miloff is a Mentor for JCamp 180. For 30 years, Michael has been an entrepreneur, executive and consultant to the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has overseen 200-plus projects in areas such as strategic planning, marketing, and governance. Michael also helped to found and lead several major business enterprises. He currently serves as Co-President of the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in Toronto, Ontario, a consultant to the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), and a co-facilitator of a community of practice for heads of Jewish day schools in Boston. Michael holds a bachelor of Psychology from McGill University and a master's degree in Environmental Studies from York University.

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Jill Paul

Jill Paul is a Mentor for JCamp 180. Jill came to the Institute after a successful 25-year career in non-profit management and fundraising as the CEO of Girl Scouts of Pioneer Valley. During her tenure there, Jill completed a successful capital campaign, with new construction and modernization of the oldest Girl Scout camp in the nation. Before coming to New England, Jill established West Pacific Girl Scouts for military families in Japan, Korea and the Philippines, living in Japan and Korea for five years. Jill holds a BA from Whittier College, an MA in Asian Studies from San Diego State University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

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Julia Riseman

Julia Riseman is a Mentor fo JCamp 180. Julia is a consultant, executive coach and fundraiser to non-profit organizations. She has co-founded two non-profit organizations, served as the development director for a private elementary school, and has helped raise more than $200 million for organizations with which she has worked. Julia has a breadth of experience that includes youth leadership and community service-learning programs, international environmental, and human health programs, peace and social justice organizations, universities and independent schools. Julia earned a BA in Psychology from Reed College and received her MBA at the Simmons School of Management.

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PJ LIBRARY

 

Jordanna Birnbaum Amsel

Jordana Birnbaum Amsel is a Program Officer for PJ Library. Jordanna recently graduated from New York University, where she earned a BA in Public Policy & Social Justice at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study. Jordanna was recently named one of NYU's 15 Most Influential Students by the university's student-run newspaper. While at NYU, Jordanna served as President of Hillel, which was awarded the NYU Presidential Service Award. On campus, she was actively involved in Muslim-Jewish interfaith programming and co-founded the BRIDGES Dialogue Group, which brings together and engages Muslim and Jewish students from various New York colleges. For her work building community at NYU, she was awarded the Exemplar of Excellence award by the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life & The NYU President's Service Award. In her time off campus, Jordanna interned at MyJewishLearning.com, The Charter School Office of The NYC Department of Education, and Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser, a women's rights and worker's rights law firm.

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Chris Barash

Chris Barash is Director of the PJ Library Book Selection Committee. She is also Writing Specialist for the organization, having penned the PJ Library Reading Guides. Before her work at HGF, Chris taught various elementary grades in Jewish day schools for 25 years and was Head of School at Sinai Academy of the Berkshires, a Jewish day school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Chris holds a BA in Russian Literature and History.

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Amy Bergman

Amy Bergman is an Engagement Officer for PJ Library. She works on the team dedicated to building a cooperative network among a cadre of more than 200 PJ Library Program Professionals while designing relevant resources to support them. She has worked in both the business and the non-profit sectors for nearly twenty years. Originally from Miami, Florida, Amy received her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Wendy Blondin

Wendy Blondin is a Data Analyst for PJ Library. She continues her work in the non-profit sector after being employed for almost 25 years as a systems analyst in the Information Services department of a local hospital. Wendy is a member of the Board of Trustees for her congregation, and she also volunteers at the local animal shelter. Wendy graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in Health Systems Management.

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Lou Cove

Lou Cove is a Senior Advisor for PJ Library. He supports the Foundation's efforts to catalyze philanthropic investment in the Jewish community by developing and implementing strategies for capacity-building and sustainability. Most recently, Lou helped launch PJ Library 2.0 a $20 million initiative funded by the PJ Alliance, a small group of national funders who have each committed a minimum of seven figures to the effort. Lou is the former executive director of Reboot and former VP of the Yiddish Book Center.

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Lisa Culligan

Lisa is the Customer Services Manager for PJ Library in the UK. She has over a decade of experience in children's book production in the mass market and trade, to customers worldwide. She has also worked closely with many well-loved brands such as Disney, Mattel and Sanrio. Lisa lives in London with her husband and daughter.

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Lisa Dawson

Lisa Dawson serves as an administrative assistant for the PJ Library program. In addition to providing customer service to our subscribers, she also provides administrative support to the program officer team and the PJ Goes to School program. Lisa has a wide variety of administrative experience in the healthcare and manufacturing industries.

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Rosalie Eisen

Rosalie Eisen is a Program Officer for PJ Library. She has held professional positions as a teacher, non-profit director, life coach, and financial consultant, with more than 20 years' experience in Jewish professional leadership.  She co-founded Basherte, an international network of workshops focusing on Jewish relationships. Rosalie holds a special smicha (ordination) as a Jewish Relationship Counselor and Master of Blessings and has an MA in Early Childhood Education.

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Jillian Farrell

Jillian Farrell is the Development Communications Coordinator for PJ Library. Prior to joining HGF, Jillian spent several years working for a creative based marketing agency, and managing an independent photography studio. Jillian received a B.A. in Communications from Central Connecticut State University.

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Tasha Flagg

Tasha Flagg is the administrative assistant for PJ Library. Prior to PJ Library, Tasha worked with two different foundations abroad. In Spain, she worked in the IUVE Fundación helping children with English, Spanish and Math in an afterschool program. In Panama, she worked with the AGM2 Foundation helping disadvantaged children from both rural Panama and urban Panama City. Tasha graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Political Science.

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Catriella Freedman

Catriella Freedman is Director of PJ Our Way, a new program for kids ages 9-11. Catriella holds a BA in Religion from Princeton University and an MA in Jewish Studies from Harvard University, where she received the Derek Bok award for graduate teaching. She has always been passionate about Jewish education, and has lectured widely on subjects ranging from Maimonides to Jewish peoplehood. Catriella was Jewish Studies Principal of the Hebrew Academy of the Capital District and is the author of the Melton curriculum Foundations of Jewish Family Living. Prior to joining HGF she directed international program and curriculum development at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv.

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Daniel Ginsburg

Daniel Ginsburg is the International Program Officer for PJ Library. Daniel has supported a range of health, education, and civil society initiatives in Europe and Southeast Asia. Most recently, he represented the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Myanmar. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he taught English as a second language at public schools and universities in Ukraine and Uzbekistan. He holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University and a MA in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Nora Gorenstein

Nora is a PJ Library Engagement Associate. She has been working in the field of Jewish education since her beginning as a teacher's aide in 2001. Nora holds a B.A. in English & Education from Simmons College and an M.A. in English Literature from Brandeis University. Her past work includes teaching middle school English, library, and religious school; Jewish teen and family education; and coordinating educational technology. Nora's other passions include reading, writing, knitting, sculpting, cooking, and spinning yarn.

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Beth Grafman

Beth Grafman is a Program Officer for PJ Library. Most recently, Beth served as librarian and Judaic Studies teacher at Solomon Schechter Westchester, spreading her passion for Jewish continuity. She is a Board Member and Sisterhood President at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY, serves as Board Secretary for Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake, and is a member of Hadassah's National Camp Committee. Beth's corporate experience includes marketing and business development for GE Capital. Born in Chicago, Beth holds a BS in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

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Jessica Hagen

Jessica Hagen is the Administrative Assistant for PJ Library's Content and Engagement Department. Prior to joining HGF, Jessica has spent the past few years working at non-profit organizations in administrative roles. Most recently, she was the office coordinator at the American Cancer Society in CT. Before that, she worked at The Moody's Foundation as the administrative coordinator in NYC directly supporting the President of the foundation. She graduated summa cum laude from Westfield State University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Graphic Design. Her passions include philanthropy, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Lauren Hamburger

Lauren is Director of PJ Library in the UK. Previously, she worked for Kindred, a communications agency, overseeing government campaigns relating to education and communities including the national campaign for Holocaust Memorial Day. Lauren co-organized the inaugural JOFA conference in the UK and spends a lot of time campaigning for women in Judaism. Lauren has a degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and spent a semester studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has three young children who are also her test subjects for PJ Library books and programming!

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Etan Harmelech

Etan Harmelech is the Project Lead for PJ Library, with a focus on implementing marketing and branding initiatives. Prior to joining the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Etan worked for 10 years in sports media at ESPN, where he led the branded content team and produced studio shows such as SportsCenter and First Take. Etan holds a BS in History and MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

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Lauren Harvey

Lauren Harvey is the Director of Data Management for PJ Library. Prior to joining the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Lauren worked for a company that promoted energy efficiency and spent many summers working at a Jewish day camp in St. Louis. Lauren holds dual bachelors degrees, one in Statistics and one in Religion, both from Mount Holyoke College.

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Sara Kibel

Sara Kibel is the Community Manager at PJ Library in the UK. She has a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Marketing, from Bristol University of the West of England, UK. Sara's professional background is in marketing where she previously worked for T-Mobile, the UK's largest cell phone provider, overseeing international calling pre-pay product and services. At PJ Library she creates creative programmes and community events and focuses on the development of partnerships with schools and synagogues. Sara is often found outside of work with a paintbrush in her hand, painting anything and everything onto hundreds of kippot every year.

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Samara Klein

Samara Klein is Director of Rights and International Operations for the PJ Library. Prior to working at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Samara worked in the book publishing industry at Harry N. Abrams, managing trade and rights sales of children's and young adult books, and most recently at The New Press as Director of Marketing. She attended Barnard College and holds a BA in Creative Writing from The New School.

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Adrianne Levine

Adrianne Levine is a Data Analyst for PJ Library. Prior to her work with PJ Library, Adrianne spent three years working with the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. Prior to joining the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Adrianne spent seven years working with Elms College in their Institutional Advancement office as the manager of prospect research. Adrianne holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Elms College and a master's degree in Communications and Information Management from Bay Path College.

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Meredith Lewis

Meredith Lewis is the Director of Content & Engagement for PJ Library. Previously she worked at 70 Faces Media (MyJewishLearning.com and Kveller.com). There she served in a variety of roles including managing editor, interim executive director and chief operating officer. She has a depth of experience in Jewish content, technology and marketing. Meredith also has worked as USY advisor, a religious school teacher and an educational and outreach consultant. Meredith holds an MPA and a MA of Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University, and a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is a Program Officer for PJ Library. He travels the country to launch the program in new communities and grow it where it already exists. Paul joined PJ Library in 2009 after more than 30 years in journalism. He was an on-air TV reporter, investigative producer and news executive. Along the way, he won numerous awards for journalistic excellence, including multiple Emmys and a Peabody. Paul is passionate about storytelling and loves to tell the PJ story.

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Jamie Light

Jamie Light is an Engagement Officer for PJ Our Way and is responsible for the PJ Our Way at Camp program. Prior to joining HGF, Jamie worked as a consultant specializing in program development, strategic storytelling, leadership development, customer service, strategic planning, and alumni engagement. She previously worked in student affairs and enrollment management at Baldwin Wallace University. Jamie has a bachelor's degree in psychology and business from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. Jamie lives in Beachwood, Ohio with her husband and daughter.

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Lisa Litman

Lisa Litman is the Director of PJ Goes to School. Lisa joins us after her tenure as Director of An Ethical Start, a values-based curriculum she co-created for JCC Association. Lisa had wide ranging responsibilities from curriculum writing and music composition to teacher training and conference coordination. Lisa continues to perform and direct musical theatre in the Philadelphia area. Lisa has a BA/BS from the University of Pennsylvania and a MJEd from Gratz College.

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Cynthia Mann

Cynthia Mann is a PJ Library Program Officer. Before joining the Foundation, she was a consultant to nonprofit Jewish organizations and a longtime print journalist. She was a reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, based in Jerusalem, New York and Washington, D.C., an editor for the Associated Press and the editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. She taught writing in Hartford's public schools and has served on several boards, including the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, Trinity College Hillel, and the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Relations Council, where she led a task force on social justice. Cynthia holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Brown University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.

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Saskia Swenson Moss

Saskia Swenson Moss holds an MA in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is currently the Content and Program Coordinator and Design Team Director for PJ Our Way. Saskia was the former Director of Youth and Family Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. She was chosen by the CT Jewish Ledger as a "Mover and Shaker" in Jewish education and communal work for 2012. She now lives in Israel with her husband, Yonatan and their 3 children, Akiva, Yovel and Heleni.

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Tracy Newman

Tracy Newman is an Engagement Office for PJ Library, working with the new PJ Library Engagement Grants. She has worked at JCCs and Jewish overnight camps throughout the country. Tracy led Jewish Experiences for Teens (JET) to become a national model on teen engagement. Tracy received her Master's Degree from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University in Jewish Communal Service and a Bachelor's Degree in Leisure Education from Boston University.

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Vivian Newman

Vivian Newman is a member of PJ Library Book Selection Committee. She shares books with children, parents, and teachers in order to gather feedback on current and prospective PJ Library books. In addition to her work on the Book Selection Committee, Vivian also creates PJ "Beyond the Book" program guides, which are designed to assist PJ Professionals in their development of family education programs. Vivian holds an M.S. in Education from Bank Street College of Education. She serves as an adjunct faculty member of Hebrew College, where she teaches on-line courses and conducts webinars on ways to use PJ Library books to explore Jewish concepts and values with young children and their families. Vivian is an experienced early educator who has taught in a variety of childcare settings including: the Bank Street College Family Center, the Springfield (MA) Jewish Community Center, and Teacher's College Center for Infants and Parents.

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Danny Paller

Danny Paller is a Content & Engagement Officer for PJ Library. Prior to coming to PJ Library, Danny was director of the Nesiya Institute, head of production at JeMM (Jerusalem Multimedia) Productions, North America Projects director for the Mandel Leadership Institute, educational advisor to the Eli & Bessie Cohen Foundation, and script consultant for Sesame Street. He is also a professional composer/lyricist, whose musicals include The Creation (produced in 50 U.S. cities), Ah, Jerusalem! (seasonal at Jerusalem's Tower of David outdoor theater), Purim Rock! (animated rock opera for Israel Television), and most recently, a tale of obsession and betrayal called DAnGEr. He is a graduate of Harvard and Yale Universities, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children.

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Anna Pearson

Anna Pearson is the Development Associate for PJ Library. Prior to joining PJ Library Anna worked in non-profits and arts administration. Anna has a BA in Music Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Erica Ryan

Erica Ryan is the Operations Coordinator for PJ Library. In her role, Erica provides administrative support to communities and manages all outgoing grants for PJ Library. Prior to working at HFG, Erica served as the Office Manager and System Administrator for an Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center in CT. Erica holds a BS in Management from Western New England University and an MBA from Bay Path College.

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Tanja Sarett

Tanja Sarett is a Program Officer for PJ Library. She is a seasoned nonprofit and fundraising professional with almost twenty years of international work and leadership experience. Her passion for, and experience in, program development, fundraising, PR/marketing and management has enabled to her revitalize organizations and programs, and ensure fiscal and programmatic viability. She holds a M.A. in political science from Munich University, a Diploma in PR from the Bavarian Academy of Advertising & Marketing, a certificate in fundraising & philanthropy from NYU, and a certificate in supervision & management from the Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy.

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Will Schneider

Will Schneider is the Director of Advancement for PJ Library, helping to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of PJ Library and PJ Library communities. Will is the former Executive Director of Slingshot, which highlights and promotes innovative projects in Jewish life across North America, and works with funders in their 20s and 30s as they connect to the Jewish community. Will has also worked as a fundraising consultant for a large national consulting firm, and as a fundraiser for several not-for-profit organizations including Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, the National Urban League, and New York University. Will lives in Northampton, Massachusets with his wife Rachel and his PJ Library subscriber son, Max.

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Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai is an Engagement Officer for PJ Library. She is currently helping to launch the new PJ Library Day School Engagement and Enrollment grants. Nili previously served as the Director of Teva, a founding organization in the field of Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE) for fourteen years. In addition to working with PJ, Nili currently consults with Jewish institutions on outdoor classrooms and is Education Director for Abundance Farm, a Jewish community farm and outdoor classroom in Northampton, MA.

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Caitlin Shea

Caitlin Shea is presently a Data Management Associate for the Data Management Department at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Caitlin presently holds a bachelor's degree from St. John's University in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Philosophy. She has a strong background in data management and academic analysis cultivated by over three years as a head research assistant for the Neuro-Developmental Speech Perception lab where she processed and interpreted vast amounts of neurological, EEG data. As a research manager, she also researched the effects of implicit biases on perceptions of race. She has presented at numerous research conferences and is presently working on both co-authoring a social inquiry book on the effects of Lyme and Lyme-like Diseases and a graduate level thesis on the linkage between identity and the assessment of micro-aggressions.

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Lori Hoch Stiefel

Lori Hoch Stiefel is the Engagement officer for Underserved Markets with PJ Library. Lori grew up in Montreal, QC, Canada and has a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Human Sciences specializing in Human Relations, and religion. She is the recipient of 2015 JPRO Bernard Rodkin Israel Fellowship, and has worked for many major Jewish organizations including Federation, JCC, Hillel, and BBYO. Lori currently lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and three children, all of whom are lovers of PJ Library.

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Alli Thresher

Alli Thresher, Social Media Manager, joins PJL after a decade working in STEM fields. Most recently, Alli worked at a small video game studio, Harmonix, focusing on games like Rock Band and Dance Central. Alli wore many hats there - from PR to writing to designer/lead designer to social media/community manager and brand ambassador. Most recently Alli worked in Harmonix's publishing organization, helping to coordinate the social marketing side of the launch of their 2015 flagship product, Rock Band 4. Over the years Alli has also consulted for a number of small businesses, arts organizations, and nonprofits, helping with website reviews, social media strategies, and digital marketing.

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Madelyn Travis

Madelyn is Chair of the Content Advisory Committee of PJ Library in the UK. Born in New York and raised in Rockland County, she has lived in London for over 20 years. Madelyn has a PhD in children's literature and is the author of Jews and Jewishness in British Children's Literature. She has interviewed many authors and illustrators, has written about Jewish children's literature for the Jewish press and, more generally, about children's literature for the educational charity Book Trust. A member of the steering panel for a campaign on picture books and the selection committee for a national book gifting program, she is also a freelance editor for children's publishers.

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Sarah Ruderman Wilensky

Sarah Ruderman Wilensky is a PJ Goes to School Educator for PJ Library. She develops curricular materials and facilitates professional development experiences for educators around the country who are part of our PJ Goes to School cohorts. Previous to her work at HGF she was the Jewish Educator at the JCC's of Greater Boston, and has worked in a wide variety of Jewish non-profit settings including synagogues, universities and with seniors. In addition to her work at HGF, Sarah runs JewFood where she teaches about Jewish history, culture and holidays through cooking and eating.

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Judi Wisch

Judi Wisch is the Community Outreach Consultant for PJ Library, supporting PJ program professionals in developing strategies to connect and engage families with young children to Jewish community. Her past endeavors include running a Jewish supplementary school, coordinating the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, and teaching Judaic Studies at the local day school. Before moving to the Pioneer Valley, Judi founded a havurah and a small Jewish school in rural New Hampshire, served as director of the Conference on Judaism in Rural New England, and facilitated conflict resolution workshops for Arab and Jewish Israeli teens at the Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salaam School for Peace in Israel. She received a BA from Hebrew University and an MA from the School for International Training.

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Alex Zablotsky

Alex Zablotsky is the Operations Manager for PJ Library International and PJ Our Way. Prior to joining the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Alex managed JData, a project of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Alex holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from Brandeis University and an MBA from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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Renée Zborowski

Renée Zborowski is the Operations Coordinator for PJ Library and PJ Our Way. Prior to joining the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, she worked as the Parent & Community Liaison with "Pathways for Parents," a program funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care. She also spent 15 years in the South Florida advertising industry as a print buyer and project manager, after receiving a BS in Printing Management & Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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