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

  • Suzanne Allen-Weise, Manager of Family Philanthropy
  • Samantha Cadle, Operations Coordinator 
  • Andrea Elliott, Operations Manager
  • Tyla Heleniak, Manager of Community Engagement
  • Susan Hight, Director of Development
  • Molly Krause, Development Associate
  • Mary Kate Latta, Training & Volunteer Programs Coordinator 
  • Katherine Layton, Group Volunteer Leader
  • Marielena McKenney, Executive & Development Assistant 
  • Marnie Melvin, Manager of Organizational Initiatives and Planning 
  • Courtney Straka, Partner Relations Associate 
  • Christina Weinhardt, Community Engagement Coordinator