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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...

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Rabbi

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...

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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...

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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...

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Assistant Director, Gratz Advance; Director, JCHS & JOLT

Dina Maiben is the Assistant Director of Gratz Advance, the Director of the Jewish Community High School and JOLT: Jewish Online Learning for Teens, as well as an Adjunct Instructor and Hebrew Coordinator for Gratz College. Dina has worked extensively in the field of Jewish Education, in both formal and informal settings.  She has served as a Hebrew School director, classroom teacher, youth director, camp counselor, program director, and consultant.  She was the founding chair of Monmouth County’s Commission on Jewish Education.  Dina has authored nineteen books and more than two dozen...

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Jodi Gross is the Director of Adult Learning and Youth Engagement at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan.   Jodi attended James Madison College at Michigan State University where she obtained a bachelors degree in Public Affairs with a minor in Jewish Studies. Upon graduation, she worked as a Staff Associate at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit before moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue post-graduate studies at Gratz College.  While working at a variety of supplementary schools and Jewish agencies, Jodi earned simultaneous masters degrees in Jewish...

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Laurie Fisher is currently a doctoral student in Jewish education at Gratz where she received her MAJS and MAJEd.  She also earned a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Her academic interests include the Philosophy of Education, Reflective Practice, and Teacher Education.  From designing and leading Tot Shabbat to studying Jewish philosophy with adults, Laurie loves educating across the spectrum of Jewish experience.  As a teacher educator, Laurie’s goal is to facilitate adult learning which helps to prepare Jewish educators for the evolving...

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Adjunct Instructor in History

Jennifer Marlow received her doctorate in East Central European history from  Michigan State University in May 2014. Her specialty is modern Poland, specifically Polish-Jewish relations during the interwar period and the Holocaust.  Her dissertation, “Polish Catholic Maids and Nannies: Female Aid and the Domestic Realm in Nazi-Occupied Poland," examines the role of Polish Catholic household servants working in interwar Jewish homes and their role in rescue during the Holocaust. She is currently in the process of  revising the dissertation into a book manuscript. She has written the article...

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Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Joan Dawson McConnon, C.P.A. is Associate Executive Director of Project HOME. In 1989, Joan, along with Sister Mary Scullion, founded Project HOME, which has helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  In 2002, Joan and Sister Mary, received the “Leadership for a Changing World” award from the Ford Foundation, and in 2007 they were listed among the “75 Greatest Living Philadelphians” in the Philadelphia Daily News.  Joan earned her B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. in Taxation from Drexel University. She...

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Adjunct Instructor, Gratz College

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