Our professional team looks forward to meeting your children and partnering with your family in the spirit of Fun, Friendship & Community!
Administration and Operations
Paula Stamler Resnick — Founder and Executive Director
Paula’s inspiration to develop The Meeting House came from her experience as the mother of children in New York City. Paula holds a BA from Northwestern and a Master’s in Public Administration and Management from New York University. She has been involved in local philanthropy for many years as both a funder and fundraiser and has served on boards and committees of various charities in education, global development, healthcare, arts- in-education and aging. For almost two decades she was an executive in the national healthcare field managing all aspects of operations and marketing for healthcare facilities throughout the east coast. After working for the Ira M. Resnick Foundation as Executive Director for over ten years, Paula is currently the President of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of The Meeting House.
Kim Richter — Administrator
Previously Kim worked in theater, including five years at Radio City Music Hall as a production coordinator and then six years as a production manager at Lincoln Center. Kim has a degree from The George Washington University in Radio and Television with a minor in American Sign Language. Before working in entertainment, Kim spent several years at a hands-on children's art museum in South Florida. Today she combines her love of working with children with her knowledge and expertise in managing the many facets of our multi-layered organization.
Dan Sullivan — Director, Communications
As part of the original team, Dan helped to establish the Meeting House organization from its inception and launch in 1999. He contributes to strategy and ongoing business operations, as well as guiding marketing and communications. Dan provides thirty years of executive, creative and consumer marketing experience, having launched and directed media businesses in both print and online. Prior to the development of The Meeting House, he worked in the media industry as SVP/General Manager & Group Publisher at Nickelodeon, SVP/General Manger at US Magazine and SVP of Manufacturing & Information Systems at Rolling Stone.
Jacklyn Covell — Clinical Director, Afterschool
Jacklyn Covell brings 30 years of clinical and school experience from both the private and public sector. She has worked with children and their families from toddler-hood through high school age, collaborating with outside professionals as well. Her expertise and interest lies in child development, as it relates to program development and advocacy. Jackie eagerly brings her high level of clinical and diagnostic experience to preschool and elementary school age students at TMH. Jackie is involved in evaluation, interviewing, planning, social skills group development and individual help as indicated. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, Masters Degree in School Psychology CUNY and Bachelor of Science in Psychology SUNY, along with expertise and experience in Child Development, Psych Interns, and lecturing to undergraduate students and faculty. Jackie is enthusiastic about her role as our Clinical Director and her responsibilities for creating and nurturing a beneficial and memorable experience for the children through her knowledge of dynamic development.
Meghan Corridan — Program Director, Juniors
Meghan Corridan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy 1999 and has been practicing pediatric therapy since 2000. As the cousin of a young girl with severe handicaps, Meghan grew up with a deep appreciation for children with special needs and knew that she wanted to do something to help. When she explored the field of occupational therapy, she immediately became interested and never turned back. Meghan began her career at The Children’s Center for Early Learning in Brooklyn and Stepping Stone Day School in Queens. Since 2002, she has been working at a thriving private practice on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, SAGE for Children. In addition to providing individualized occupational therapy to children aged birth to 10 years old, she has worked with a variety of public and private schools to help children succeed in their academic environments.
Ife Lenard — Director, TMALS Program
Ife holds a B.S. in Human Ecology and two Masters from Columbia University, in both Clinical Social Work and Educational Leadership. She is also an independent Strategic Coach to school leaders, Professor to graduate students, and Staff Developer to educators and clinicians. Before that, Ife was a School Leader (Dean and then Principal) for over 10 years of high-achieving, high performing schools, Pre-K - 8th grade. She started her career as a school-linked Social Worker before teaching biology and physics. Her service-leadership has created schools and programs that build relationships in a different, more human way. They embrace holistic development for staff and children alike. Ife Lenard's commitment to intentional spaces and practices is evident in her work.
Kim McGarvey — Social Worker
As a clinical social worker who specializes in infant and early childhood development, Kim received her Masters in Social Work from New York University and studied infant and parent development at Bank Street College of Education. Kim has worked with infants, children and parents in hospital, school and mental health settings for 22 years. She has experience working with typically developing children, as well as children with chronic illness, special needs and infants born prematurely. For the past 15 years, Kim has been the Associate Program Coordinator of the Pacella Parent Child Center. Her responsibilities included facilitating the infant/toddler socialization groups and supervising graduate students who were learning about early childhood development and clinical work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Steven Rubin — Social Worker
Recently graduated New York University with a Masters in Social Work, Steven was consistently on the Dean’s List and a member of the Social Work Honors Society during his academic years. Steven’s training in social work started at The Educational Alliance and then continued on at the 14th St Y and the Jewish Board for Children and Family Service. His interests lie in playing a variety of sports such as basketball, volleyball and football as well as his volunteer work with animals. Steven is a NYC local and spent his formative years at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx.
Educators and Teaching Artists
Virginia Buchan — Senior Teacher, Visual Arts Specialist
Originally from England, Virginia has a masters degree in early childhood/special education from Touro College and a degree in art from Oxford University, which makes her the perfect visual arts and lead teacher. Previously she worked for several schools in the area, including The Reece School, The Gillen Brewer School and The Gateway School. Prior to following her path of teaching, Virginia was a co-founder and partner for Lost Link design studio in NYC. We are so happy she is with us and bringing her vast array of experience to our meeting house children.
McCailey Contreras — Performing Arts Teacher
With a background in acting, dancing and singing, McCailey comes to us from Santa Barbara, California where she worked for 4 years at the Adderley School for the Performing Arts. There, she taught children aged 3-16, voice, dance, improve and theater games. She is also a dedicated volunteer, working with several children’s and family service organizations, including Angels Foster Care, Habitat for Humanity, Storyteller Children’s Center and the AHA! After School Program.
Colin Lieu — Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor
Colin offers the tools of self-regulation and reflection to help young people realize their full potential and to also further social justice. As an advocate and a mentor, Colin builds on his students' existing strengths and collaborates with program administrators, social workers, counselors and teachers to meet the specific needs of each student. Colin has a Bachelor of Arts (Media Communications and Sociology) from the University of Sydney and Master of Arts (Organizational Communication) from Charles Sturt University. He is a Yoga Alliance registered instructor and certified through YogaVida and Little Flower Yoga.
Mariel Martinez — Associate Teacher
Mariel is an associate teacher at TMH. She comes to us from the after school and summer program at St. John the Divine where she spent 7 years working with children as a teacher’s assistant and lead camp counselor. Mariel is bilingual and is currently pursuing a degree in early childhood education. Her calm and caring personality makes her a natural with kids. Mariel has a natural and intuitive relationship with her students and has taught both visual arts and yoga classes at TMH.