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
  • Lauren Spitz  
  • Michael Bohnen
  • Leigh Weiss
  • David Galper
  • Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg
  • Jeremy Pava
  • Diane Troderman

HAROLD GRINSPOON FOUNDATION
& HAROLD GRINSPOON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

JCAMP 180 STAFF & MENTORS

PJ LIBRARY  

HAROLD GRINSPOON FOUNDATION
& HAROLD GRINSPOON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION


 

 

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 human resources, purchasing, facilities management, and partnership contracts. By focusing on efficacy, she enables a team of qualified administrative, marketing, and development professionals. Previously, Adrian served as Director of Operations for PJ Library. 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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Marta Boas

Marta Boas is the Grants Specialist 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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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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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 Sifriyat Pijama, the Israel-based flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Sylvia is a seasoned lecturer and educator, and is responsible for book-based curricula and professional teacher training throughout Israel for Sifriyat Pijama. 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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Sue Kline

Sue Kline is the Director of Create a Jewish Legacy, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Sue previously served HGF as a Board Trustee and as Director of the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. She has 30 years' experience as a business trainer and consultant in corporate communication skills and as a high school English teacher. An active lay leader, Sue serves on the executive board of Jewish Geriatric Services and of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and on the National Women's Philanthropy Board. Sue is a past president of Federation and Kodimoh synagogue and a recipient of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's lay leadership award in education. She holds a BA and MA in Teaching from Harvard University.

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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 Web and Social Media Manager for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Kyle has prior experience in web development, search engine optimization, and social media management. Kyle graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a BS in Communications and Public Relations.

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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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Kelly Partridge

Kelly Partridge is the Executive Assistant for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, and is currently working toward obtaining her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy at Bay Path University. Prior to joining the HGF team, Kelly was employed with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) as the Marketing and Technology Coordinator, where she assisted with the implementation of entrepreneurial curricula throughout the Community College arena. Additionally, Kelly acts as Owner and Creative Strategist for KP Visual Communications located in Western, MA.

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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 Director of Partnerships for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to working in the philanthropic world, Tamar worked in e-commerce in Business Development. Tamar is involved with numerous organizations including AIPAC and UJA Federation of New York. Tamar received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from New York University.

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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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Erica Ryan

Erica Ryan is the Office Manager and Senior Executive Assistant for Harold Grinspoon Foundation. In her role, Erica gives administrative support to executive staff members as well as ensuring the office is operating smoothly and efficiently. Prior to working at HFG, Erica served as the Office Manager and System Administrator for an Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center in CT. Erica has a Master's of Business Administration from Bay Path College and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Western New England 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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Anthony Santos

Anthony Santos is a Senior Accountant for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to his role at HGF, Anthony held various roles in Accounting and Financial Compliance at Conrad Fafard, Inc., a subsidiary of Syngenta Corporation for five years. Anthony's last role was at Eaton Corporation where he was the Lead Financial Reporting Analyst. Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts from Western New England University, an MBA and a Masters in Accounting & Taxation from American International College.

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Denise Selkirk

Denise Selkirk is the Bookkeeper for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to working for HGF, Denise worked in both the public and private sectors as an accountant, primarily in the area of food/hospitality. Denise attended Roger Williams College and Southeastern Massachusetts University with a major in accounting and a minor in computer science.

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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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Lynn Sullivan

Lynn Sullivan is the Payroll and Benefits Administrator for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to this role Lynn was the Payroll Manager at Balise Auto for six years and managed several payrolls for 1,300 employees. Lynn also has experience with general human resources, benefit administration, enrollment, and has assisted with accounts payable and receivable functions in her prior roles.

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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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Jocelyn Wildman

Jocelyn Wildman is the Grants Accountant for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. In her current role, she processes all grant requests and reporting for both foundations. Prior to her work at HGF, Jocelyn was employed at MassMutual as an Accounting Specialist where she also served as Chair of the Community Outreach Committee for the Young Professionals Employee Resource Group. Jocelyn is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology with a BS in Accounting.

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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

 

 

Natasha Dresner

Natasha Dresner is a Mentor for JCamp 180. Since joining the JCamp in 2005, Natasha has provided consulting services in governance and board development, fundraising, strategic thinking and planning, as well as leadership coaching. Natasha has 20 years' experience working in the Jewish non-profit world. She co-founded the first Reform synagogue established in Kiev since the Russian Revolution, Congregation HaTikvah. Natasha also worked in various capacities at a Jewish summer camp in Belarus that brought together children from the entire Former Soviet Union. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Natasha immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and worked in the for-profit and consulting world in New York City and as Executive Director of Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She holds a BA in management and an MBA in finance from The Ukrainian-Finish University of Business and Management in Kiev, Ukraine.

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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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Klara Grape

Klara Grape is a Mentor with the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. Klara has 30 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in a wide variety of capacities both professionally and personally. In 2003, she began a consulting practice to non-profit organizations providing organizational and technical services. Klara earned a BA in Environmental Communications from Rutgers University, an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a post-graduate Certificate in Organizational Development from Peter Smith Associates.

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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

 

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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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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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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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 Associate for PJ Library. Prior to joining HGF, Jillian spent several years working for a creative based marketing agency, and managing an independent photography studio. In 2014 Jillian left the photography industry to pursue a career in the non-profit sector. She happily brings her love of organizational management, creativity, and books to the PJ Library team! 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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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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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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Mark Joffe

Mark Joffe is Director of International Development for PJ Library. Before working at HGF, Mark served for many years as Executive Editor and Publisher of JTA, the global Jewish news service, and later ran his own strategy consulting practice. He is the recipient of the Joseph Polakoff Award for Distinguished Service to Jewish Journalism and has served on advisory boards for the Gralla Fellows Program at Brandeis University and HaYidion, the education journal of the RAVSAK Jewish community day school network. He holds a BA in political science from Haverford College and a certificate in not-for-profit management from Columbia Business School.

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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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Holly Klin

Holly Klin is the Marketing Associate for PJ Library. She provides marketing support and assists with the design and implementation of marketing materials to PJ Library and PJ Library communities as well as the programs within the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to joining PJ Library, she was the Marketing, PR and Advertising Assistant to a local software company.

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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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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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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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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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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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Michelle Scott

Michelle Scott is the Purchasing and Operations Associate for PJ Library. In her position, Michelle works with more than 40 publishers, purchasing books for PJ Library in North America and Australia. Prior to joining the PJ team, Michelle managed non-profit organizations and worked in the publishing industry. She holds a BA in English with a minor in Religion Studies from Lehigh University and a master's degree in Information Science from SUNY Albany.

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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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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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