Melanie Gruenwald, Project Director, brings over 20 years of community-organizing and non- profit leadership to her position. Her position focuses on leadership, systems, administration and institutional relationships. She also represents the CO Jewish ECE Initiative on the state level- through the ECLC and its Program Quality and Alignment (PQA) Subcommittee.
Judi Morosohk, Pedagogical Director, has been a local and national leader in Early Childhood Education for over 40 years. As Pedagogical Director, Judi focuses mainly on quality and leadership development for teachers and administrators at the ECE’s. She is the lead professional on implementing the programs of the Initiative, and spends significant time in the schools, working directly with the educators and administrators.
Caron Blanke is an organizational consultant who works with individuals and teams to improve their effectiveness and success in their institution. In addition to leadership coaching, Caron’s focus is on supporting the growth of organizational systems, lay-professional partnerships, supporting professionals as they move from managing to leading and Jewish family engagement. Caron is also currently a faculty member for the Sheva Center at JCC Association. Caron served as the Chief Program Officer at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver for fifteen years, where she supervised all of the mission-based program departments, including the Early Childhood Center, day camps, overnight camp and family programs. Caron has served as a presenter and facilitator nationally for lay and professional leadership on topics of reflective supervision, collaboration and effective communication and program development and implementation of Jewish family engagement experiences. Caron holds double Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Jewish Non-Profit Management from the University of Southern California and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She lives in Denver with her husband and three children.
Natalie Drucker Boscoe
Natalie is based in Denver, Colorado with her husband, five-year-old daughter, one-year-old son, and energetic goldendoodle. She loves going on adventures with her family, especially to museums and the zoo.
Natalie has worked with a variety of Jewish and secular educational institutions, ranging from Sesame Street Workshop to Edmodo, the Denver Stanley British Primary School, Kodo Kids and the Paradigm Project. She works closely with the Colorado Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (COJECEI) and is one of their consultants. Most recently, Natalie was the Director of Early Childhood Education at Congregation Sherith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in San Francisco.
Natalie is a credentialed coach through the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Coaching Consortium and is credentialed to offer Reflective Supervision/coaching. She is also a certified trainer through the Colorado Department of Education.
Natalie has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Evolutionary Biology from Emory University and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado. Natalie was also selected to participate in the Jewish Early Childhood Educators Leadership Institute (JECELI), a national professional development and leadership program.
Erik P. Bernstein has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years in the roles of consultant, manager, staff member, board member, volunteer, and donor. Erik holds Master’s degrees in Hospital Administration (Minnesota, 1988) and Business Administration (Colorado, 1997). He has over 20 years of consulting experience in business planning, strategic planning, capacity building, and board development in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Erik has been on the board of the Boulder Jewish Community Center since April, 2000, and served as its president for 4-1/2 years. He was active in planning the transition from the former Boulder JCC facility on Kalmia Ave. to its new location on Oreg Ave., and serves on the Leadership Team for the Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center. He has served on the Steering Committee (now the Project Board) for the Colorado Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative since 2012. Erik has previously served on the boards of Social Venture Partners Boulder County, Congregation Har HaShem, Cherryvale Elder Housing, the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation, and the Equipped to Survive Foundation.
Cassandra is a creative, ambitious, strategic thinker and doer seeking an opportunity to work with passionate and innovative people to “do great things.” Co-author of Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals (2017 Redleaf Press) with over twenty-five years of experience working with educators, nonprofit professionals, funders, libraries, and schools in rural, urban, and tribal communities. Certified in Conversational Intelligence for Coaches and Appreciative Living Coaching. She participated in the Chinook Fund’s Giving Project from January-June 2018. Cassandra is the part time Executive Director of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children and CEO of Leadership Alchemy LLC.
Cathy Rolland is director of engaging families with young children at the Union for Reform Judaism and the inaugural president of the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ), an affiliate of the URJ. She earned a master’s degree in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a certificate in Jewish Early Childhood Leadership at Gratz college. Cathy is a former director of Mountain Top School for Young Children at Temple Har Shalom in Warren, N.J. She and her husband Bob recently moved to Denver to be near their three adult sons and two grand-dogs! In her free time Cathy loves to hike, bike and cook for family and friends.
Director, Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center at the Boulder JCC
Early Childhood Education Administration for 30 years.