Chief Program Officer
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer and her husband Fred live in Elkins Park and have two children, George, 15 and June, 12, and yellow lab, Hank. She loves to cook, take nature walks and play on pinterest! She and her family are part of the Mishkan Shalom community.
Lisa has worked with Jewish educators across North America to bring Jewish values alive through reading and play. Over the past 8 years as Director of PJ Goes to School, an initiative of PJ Library, she worked with over 500 schools and 1500 classrooms to develop materials and workshops to help educators reflect and focus on creating environments that inspire the entire family’s interest in living Jewishly.
Lisa previously worked with JCC Association as co-creator of An Ethical Start, a program to excite children, family, and staff about learning Jewish values via classical Jewish text.
Lisa is also a composer and director of musical theatre. She has a BA/BS from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from Gratz College.
Charlie brings more than 6 years of experience working within informal Jewish education, with a focus on connecting with Jewish history and engaging in cross-cultural learning. Previously, they were a museum educator at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. They hold an M.A. in Public History and a B.A. in Religion from Temple University.
Whole Community Inclusion Specialist
Alanna is an occupational therapist and accessibility consultant. She graduated from the University of Maryland with dual degrees in Psychology and Dance and from Thomas Jefferson University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Alanna has worked as an occupational therapist in acute rehab, early intervention ages 3 to 5, outpatient, and school-based settings. Alanna has facilitated accessibility in a variety of ways including autism-friendly Broadway performances in New York City, open captioning at People’s Light in Malvern, and organizing mapping events to collect data on physical accessibility. Her company, Access Point, strives to increase inclusion in Philadelphia and beyond by advocating for access, creating solutions, and promoting awareness of accessible opportunities for people with disabilities and their friends and family.
Ana serves as the Parent Ambassador in Center City Philly. She is a bilingual and bicultural parent who comes from Argentina and had lived in the Midwest and more recently in the Netherlands before settling in Philly. In addition to her position at jkidphilly, she is also a Spanish Language Coach and has worked with refugees and immigrant children as a case manager in public schools. Ana received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College. While her education originally brought her to the PA, it is the proximity to her husband’s family that compelled her to make Philly home. She and her husband are proud parents of a little girl and a baby boy.
Cindy’s passion for planning events and connecting people naturally fits with the role of Parent Ambassador. In addition to her position here at jkidphilly, she is also an Adjunct Instructor of Psychology at several local colleges. Cindy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science from Villanova University. While her education originally brought her to the Philadelphia region, Cindy’s love of the city and its culture compelled her to make this home to her family. She and her husband are proud parents of two adorable little girls. Cindy hopes to encourage other families to take advantage of the area, to learn about their community, and to relish in how the two overlap.
Dawn Haaz is excited to serve as a Parent Ambassador for the Doylestown area. She and her husband are natives to Doylestown and have a toddler, Noah. Dawn is also a licensed psychologist and Founder and CEO of Girls Empowered.
Plymouth Meeting Area
Donna received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. As a travel agent that sends many families and groups to Israel, she loves traveling. She also love the outdoors, yoga, and biking. She has 2 young boys and they are excited to become more involved in the Jewish community and to meet other Jewish families in the area.
Lower Bucks County Area
Bari is excited to be a Parent Ambassador for the Lower Bucks County area! She and her husband have two wonderful children. Bari has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a bachelors degree in Sports and Recreation Management. Bari loves planning events and can’t wait to connect with jkid families!
Robyn lives in West Chester with her husband and two young girls. She is originally from Baltimore but most recently moved from the NYC area. She has a passion for travel and enjoys exploring new places and meeting new people. In her free time, she loves watching sports, cooking, and biking with her family. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with the Jewish community and getting to know other jkid families in the area.