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 personal family experience. She saw that the social opportunities available to her daughter, as she progressed through elementary school in Manhattan, were shrinking instead of expanding. After participating in The Meeting House for 6 years, her 13 year old daughter Samantha is now a middle school mentor serving as a role model to younger community members. 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 Family Center.
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 seven years ago. 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 contributing to the development of The Meeting House, he was SVP General Manager at Nickelodeon, US Magazine and VP 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 — OT Director, Juniors and Weekend Program
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.
Alison Sheridan — Director, City Smart Teens
Your kids will be in good company with our new Teens Program Director. Allison spent the last decade as a High School teacher at the Winston Preparatory School and also working in their Transitions Program for graduates. She has great expertise guiding teens to develop life skills that build independence and street smarts, as well as helping kids stay connected while they build and cultivate deeper friendships.
In addition to her many talents and interests, Allison was the girls cross-country coach at Winston Prep. We are excited that she will now be bringing cross fit and other interesting programs to our fall schedule for 12-15 year old teen girls and boys.
Ife Lenard — Co-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 — LMSW, Co-Director TMALS Program
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
Jason Bam — Associate Teacher, Dance Specialist
Jason is a local New Yorker who is with us as an associate teacher specializing in dance and gymnastics. He is a dance instructor at various studios across the city teaching anything from hip hop and breakdancing to African and abstract movement. Jason has recently started choreographing for dance videos and uses his technical expertise in IMovie, IStopMotion and WavePad to edit and produce as well.
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.
Kylee Doyle — Associate Teacher, Music Specialist
Kylee is an upper west side local who recently graduated Skidmore College with a degree in Education Studies and is currently in the process of attaining her teaching certification. Kylee uses her skills as a guitarist and singer to connect with the children and is much loved for her patience, dedication and bright smile. Every summer for the past 6 years Kylee has volunteered at different organizations in New York and abroad that help special needs and disabled children. She also has a big interest in musical theater both onstage and backstage.
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.
Sondra Neuschotz — Associate Director TMH Juniors
Sondra began behind the scenes, voluntarily helping to make the first year of the program a success. Sondra has a Masters degree in Special Education from Columbia and brings experience working with children in Special and General education at both parochial and elementary schools. As a mother of three children with learning differences, she knows the importance of supporting kids early on and is driven to help all young children break through personal barriers.
Loretta Palma — Associate Teacher, Musical Theater and Improvisation
As our new Associate Teacher, Loretta brings thirty years of professional acting, dancing and teaching experience to our team. She has taught youth programs in dance and music at several studios here in New York. When she is not teaching Loretta is busy choreographing or acting with other professional in popular productions. Loretta’s experience, in combination of her fine arts and teaching degrees, will provide valuable guidance for all the children at The Meeting House.