Our Leadership

Michal Smith, Executive Director

Michal Smith joined Cradles to Crayons as Executive Director in November 2010. Following a B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Biology from London University, Michal became a management trainee and executive coach at Harrods. After moving to the United States, she co-founded Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints which became one of the nation's leading large format fine art digital print making studios. Recruited as Executive Director for The Print Center in Philadelphia, to broaden her fundraising experience she moved to Project Forward Leap, whose budget increased from $1.6 to $2.6 million during her tenure. Michal’s fundraising, managerial, marketing, and production experience is supporting Cradles to Crayons in its continued growth in services.

Susan Hight, Director of Development

Susan Hight joined Cradles to Crayons in February 2010 and brings more than two decades of commitment to the not-for-profit community in the Greater Philadelphia region. She is responsible for cultivating the business, foundation, and community partnerships that serve as the foundation for Cradles to Crayons' mission with a singular focus on generating a continuing revenue stream and promoting Cradles to Crayons' role throughout the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania region and beyond. A graduate of Rosemont College, her previous positions with Philadelphia Youth Network and PhAME, Inc. provided her in-depth, professional experience in workforce development, urban youth programming, and urban/regional economic development. 

Debra Roberts, Director of Individual & Family Philanthropy

Debra Roberts joined Cradles to Crayons in May 2013 as Director of Individual & Family Philanthropy. She develops individual and family philanthropic support through family-centered initiatives that foster civic engagement, empower children, strengthen families, and build community responsibility and good citizenship in young children. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she held executive posts with TV Guide, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and Gift of Life Family House. She brings a broad-based experience of for-profit and non-profit organizations and a strong track record in fundraising, capital campaign leadership, marketing and programming development to build Cradles to Crayons' capacity.

Sarah Busbey, Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day warehouse operations – including the recruiting, scheduling, and managing of volunteers; the flow of donations of new and gently-used children’s product through the warehouse; and the distribution of KidPacks and other items to local children in need. Sarah Busbey joined Cradles to Crayons in August 2009 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She served as Distribution Coordinator for two years, and then as the organization’s Volunteer Manager for two years. Prior to her time at Cradles to Crayons, Sarah received her B.A. from Philadelphia University. Sarah is also a volunteer firefighter and an Officer Candidate for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.