Debra L. Lawrence has over 35 years in the field of early care and education. She has presented workshops and seminars at the international, national, state, and local level.   Her service to the profession includes leadership positions including serving a four-year term on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s governing board and continuing to serve the organization through the Board Alumni committee.

Debra is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Major Program Reviewer for higher education teacher certification programs, a certified play coach, and a trauma informed certified trainer.

In Pennsylvania, Debra was the Director of the Southeast Regional Key located in Philadelphia, PA. Each regional key is the hub of operations for Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Keystone STARS.

Currently, Debra is a faculty member in teacher preparation programs at Delaware County Community College. She is the author of How Public Investment Contributes to High Quality Early Childhood Programs and is a contributing author to Learning from Head Start. 

Her research interests include curriculum and environments that strengthen the dispositions of learning, play as the foundation of all curriculum, and creating stable and supportive environments that foster children’s ability to reach their potential.


Rabbi Judd Kruger Levingston, Ph.D., serves as Director of Jewish Studies at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic Jewish day school in the Philadelphia area.  In addition to his teaching and administrative duties there, he also convenes the Derech Eretz Council, advises the Environmental Action Club and he coaches the school's 8th-12th grade Ultimate Frisbee team.  He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University (A.B.), Beijing University (certificate) and the Jewish Theological Seminary (M.A., Rabbi, Ph.D.) and he has taught and served as a member of the administrative team at a boarding school, a school for girls, a school for boys, at an Episcopal school, at a Jewish after-school programs and in full-time Jewish day schools. He is the author of Sowing the Seeds of Character: The Moral Education of Adolescents in Public and Private Schools (Praeger/Greenwoo, 2009), and he has published several articles, some scholarly and some of general interest in the field of moral education.  This is his second summer teaching at Gratz and he also has taught as an adjunct instructor at Temple University and at Arcadia University.

Adjunct Instructor in Doctoral Program in Education Leadership

Dr. Loomis  is an adjunct instructor in the Gratz College Doctoral program in Educational Leadership. He has served as an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator with the College of Education at Penn State University and has also also held faculty and administrative appointments at Neumann, Drexel and Arcadia Universities. He received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State and has over 40 years of leadership experience in higher education and government, holding the positions of program director, dean, special assistant to the Provost and executive director. Earlier in his career, he served as a senior civil rights specialist with the U.S. Department of Education, investigating complaints of discrimination on the basis of race, gender and disability.  During his career, he has consulted with a variety of organizations including state and local government, school districts, career and technical centers, and higher education institutions in the United States, Egypt and Tanzania. Dr.Loomis’ academic interests include leadership development, ethics, strategic planning, workforce and career development, regulatory compliance and online learning.

Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Marilyn Lucas is a celebrated fundraiser in Philadelphia and among her colleagues nationally. Most recently, she was the Vice President for Development of the Philadelphia Orchestra, stepping in to build a successful fundraising program after the Orchestra filed for Chapter 11 in 2011.  She served in other  nonprofit fundraising positions for Gallaudet University, Arcadia University, University of Pennsylvania’s Development and Alumni Relations for Penn Health System and School of Medicine, The American Cancer Society, Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University, and many voluntary associations, too numerous to note here. She was the academic program coordinator of the University of Pennsylvania’s Certificate Program in Fundraising from 1988-2008. She was awarded “Fundraiser of the Year” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1997. With Jeanne B. Jenkins, she is the author of How to Find Fundraising Prospects,  published by the Fundraising Institute, 1986. The book was awarded the “AFP Hall of Fame” ( top ten books on fundraising). She is an adjunct instructor for Gratz College, teaching our class in Fundraising for the MS in Nonprofit Management.

Adjunct Instructor

Phone: 843-402-0900 (ET)

Peter Lucash has devoted his working life to working in and helping the organizations and people. His early career was in healthcare administration in hospitals, consulting firms (including the global firm of Ernst and Young) and a medical practice. He made a career pivot to working with entrepreneurial companies and teaching business courses for several colleges. 

Currently, Peter is CEO of a clinical trial support company working with pharmaceutical firms to recruit patients for clinical trials. He is a faculty member teaching business, leadership and entrepreneurship at Northeastern University, the College of Charleston and other colleges and universities.

Academically, Peter holds an MBA and MPH from Columbia University, and is entering the dissertation phase of his work towards a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University in Boston. His dissertation examines decision making in entrepreneur-leaders.

Peter fuses research theories and principles with real life experiences in this teaching through his experiences, your experiences, and exercises to apply our learning to different scenarios.