Our Leadership and Staff

Michal Smith | Executive Director, Philadelphia

Michal is a graduate of London University and North London University, and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College. Michal is also an adjunct Faculty member at the University of the Arts, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. She is on the boards of Child’s Work USA, Philadelphia and The Teacher’s Place. In 2013, SmartCEO Magazine recognized her with its Brava Award for top female CEOs. Since joining Cradles to Crayons, Michal has doubled its operating revenue, the number of children served, and has grown the service delivery area to include a second state, New Jersey.

Our Staff

Philadelphia Staff

  • Diona Akens, Development Coordinator
  • Suzanne Allen-Weise, Senior Manager of Family Philanthropy
  • Jacob Bradley, Project Assistant
  • Samantha Cadle, Operations Coordinator 
  • Porter Callanan, Marketing & Communications Associate 
  • Andrea Elliott, Senior Operations Manager
  • Tyla Heleniak, Manager of Community Engagement
  • Susan Hight, Senior Director of Development
  • Molly Krause, Development Associate
  • Mary Gazzara-Pawley, Group Volunteer Leader
  • Mary Kate Latta, Training & Volunteer Programs Coordinator 
  • Katherine Layton, Group Volunteer Leader
  • Madeline Levine-Wolf, Group Volunteer Coordinator
  • Marie McKenney, Executive & Development Assistant 
  • Chad Peterman, Manager of Organizational Initiatives and Planning 
  • Lavonne Reardon, Group Volunteer Leader 
  • Courtney Straka, Partner Relations Associate 
  • Christina Weinhardt, Community Engagement Associate