JFY Staff

JFY Staff

JFYNetWorks STAFF


Gary Kaplan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gary Kaplan has been executive director of JFYNetWorks since 1985. During his tenure, JFYNetWorks has addressed the issues of literacy and job skills among youth and adults with a series of innovative programs in competency-based GED curricula, entrepreneurship training, the alternative high school diploma, industry-based skill training in biotechnology, health care, financial services, environmental technology and green jobs, and the JFYNet e-learning program which creates and supports technology-based academic instruction programs in schools throughout Massachusetts.

Mr. Kaplan’s career in education and training began in the 1960s with the Upward Bound program, where he counseled and taught urban youth. He served on Governor Patrick’s Workforce Development transition team and on the Workforce Accountability Task Force. He is a current member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on STEM and the UMass Lowell Clean Energy Career Workgroup. He is also a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy’s Task Force on America’s Future Energy Jobs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and master’s degree from the University of Chicago.


Paula Paris

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Paula Paris joined JFY in 1995 as the director of development, where she has contributed to the growth and diversification of the funding portfolio. She was named Deputy Director in 2003 and has since led the organization through outcomes measurement, social enterprise development and other strategic initiatives. Paula has prior experience in commercial banking, fundraising in education and the arts, public policy research in workforce development. She has been an adjunct faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development. Ms. Paris earned a Master of Management degree from the Heller School of Management and Social Policy at Brandeis University, where she is a member of the Board of Overseers, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School.


Patricia Parisella

FISCAL DIRECTOR

Patricia Parisella is responsible for all financial management, forecasting and reporting, as well as for personnel and benefits administration. She has been with JFY since 1994, and the organization has enjoyed an unblemished record of unqualified audit opinions under her expert guidance. Ms. Parisella holds a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University.


Joan Reissman

BLENDED LEARNING SPECIALIST

Joan Reissman joined JFY in 2000. Ms. Reissman is a skilled math teacher with 20+ years experience in adult basic education and computer-based learning. She is a JFYNet blended learning specialist for the schools in Boston, Malden, and Cambridge schools. She has contributed to the development of the science curriculum content. Ms. Reissman earned a B.A., with distinction, from University of Wisconsin and a MA from University of Texas at Austin.


Cathie Maglio

BLENDED LEARNING SPECIALIST

Cathie Maglio comes to JFY with a unique blend of math teaching, instructional design, competency-based curriculum development, math textbook editing, and software content development.  Most recently Cathie has been an instructor of developmental math at North Shore Community College.  Cathie has a BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Salem State University and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Technology in Education. She also holds MA teaching certification in mathematics for grades 6-12.


Greg Cunningham

BLENDED LEARNING SPECIALIST

Greg Cunningham joined JFY after teaching in the classroom and as online educator, at both the high school and college level. Greg continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member of the English Department at Quincy College and helped to pilot their new online educational platform. Greg has a B.A in English from Stonehill College, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Suffolk University and Professional Certification in Online Education from Endicott College.


Eileen Wedegartner

BLENDED LEARNING SPECIALIST

Eileen Wedegartner brings 16 years of experience as a teacher and academic support liaison, as well as expertise on K-18 academic standards alignment and analysis of student performance data. She also served as an advisor to the Central Massachusetts Student Advisory Council. Ms. Wedegartner earned a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and has earned 25 graduate course credits at the Harvard University Extension School.

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