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JoAnne Fischer

Executive Director

“Birthing is a powerful experience whether it results in a baby or an organization. I am grateful to have been a midwife to MCC, to work with passionate and talented people and to advocate for women and children every day.”

As Executive Director of MCC since 1989, JoAnne has overseen the agency’s growth from a staff of three to a staff of over 100, and a budget of $116,000 to $7.5 million. JoAnne’s other experience includes directing the parenting program at Booth Maternity Center, establishing a maternal-child home care company and coordinating the Essential Experience Workshop. JoAnne is a member of the Forum for Executive Women, the Sunday Breakfast Club, the Community Advisory Board of WHYY, the United Way Campaign Cabinet, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Olave Baden Powell Society of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). JoAnne also works nationally having most recently served as chair of the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition. In 2012, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work informing people of the impact and the opportunities of the Affordable Care Act. In March 2014, JoAnne received the MCC Spirit of Motherhood award in recognition of her 25 years of strengthening families and inspiring change.

Email: jfischer@maternitycarecoalition.org


Bette Begleiter

Deputy Executive Director

I work at MCC because of the passion and commitment of our staff and volunteers, and our belief in building on individuals, families and our community’s strengths.”

Bette Begleiter joined MCC in May 1999. At MCC, Bette serves as Chief Operating Officer and works with the Executive Director, Board, volunteers and staff in the strategic development, reporting and evaluation of agency operations. Bette brings to MCC 35 years of social work experience in a variety of settings, including Women in Transition, University of Pennsylvania and private practice.
Email: bbegleiter@maternitycarecoalition.org


Joanne Solarz

Director of Finance and Administration

Joanne S.“MCC is an amazing organization that has diligently worked on improving maternal and child health and wellbeing for over 30 years.  I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute my skills to the mission of MCC.”

Joanne joined MCC in April, 2013 as the Director of Finance & Administration.  She is an experienced nonprofit executive in Finance, Human Resources, Administration, Facilities Management and Communications.  Prior to joining MCC she served as Executive Director of Operations in various faith based organizations as well as Finance Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County.  Joanne has a Non Profit Executive Management Certificate from Georgetown University.
Email: jsolarz@maternitycarecoalition.org


Paul Antony

Human Resource Director

Paul Antony joined MCC in October of 2010 after a 32-year career in the private sector.  Paul is responsible for a broad range of programs and services, including talent acquisition, development and retention, compensation, benefits, employee relations, HR technology, change management as well as HR strategy and policy. Paul is a member of the Society for HR Management and the Nonprofit HR Group, as well as the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group.
Email: pantony@maternitycarecoalition.org


Marjie Mogul

Research Director

“I am continually amazed by the breadth and depth of what we do here at MCC. We do so much and do all of it so well. Everything we commit to is of the highest quality. This is a very, very unique organization.”

Marjie Mogul joined MCC in 2006.  At MCC, Marjie oversees the research agenda and collaborates with academic partners using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach to generate rigorous research on maternal and child health, and implements evaluations of the many programs MCC administers.  Marjie has extensive experience in women’s health and TANF evaluation research.
Email: mmogul@maternitycarecoalition.org


Jullie Patterson

Director of Fund Development and Marketing

Jullie P2“I go in to work every day knowing that what I do profoundly affects someone else’s life for the better and I know that my time here at MCC will be no different, for that, I am truly blessed”

Jullie joined MCC in July 2013. She has over 8 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit administration with such agencies as Habitat for Humanity, Soldiers’ Angels and The Newell D Hale Foundation.  Jullie is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of donors, fund development and the overall marketing strategy of the organization.  Jullie previously served as chair of the Nominations Committee for the Habitat for Humanity of North East Connecticut Board of Directors She is a member of the National Association for Uniformed Services, Women Marine Association, Rotary International, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army , GI Guardians for which she once served as president, the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council.

Email: jpatterson@maternitycarecoalition.org

Karen Pollack

Director of Programs

“MCC believes in the capacity for every individual’s growth and independence, both our clients and our staff.  It has been an incredible opportunity for me to work in an environment that supports these values and lives them everyday.”

Karen Pollack joined MCC in 2000. At MCC, Karen is responsible for overall program operations, fund and community development, staff management and professional development for five MOMobile sites, the HMO Outreach program and the Cribs for Kids program. Karen has 25 years of experience in providing program development, health education and counseling in a variety of public health, health care and higher education settings. She has served as adjunct faculty at Temple University’s School of Social Work since 2004 and serves on the Advisory Board of Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp.
Email: kpollack@maternitycarecoalition.org


Tania Ghee

Early Head Start Director

Tania Ghee, MSPH, joined MCC in 2007. With over 12 years of experience with Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in the Greater Philadelphia area, Tania continues to serve as a Federal Reviewer, examining the services and systems of nationwide programs serving pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.  In 2008, Tania served as a panelist for the EHS National Resource Center’s Webcast series and discussed best practices in Fostering Healthy Development through Feeding.  Tania was elected to serve as Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Head Start Director’s Alliance in 2010. Tania also serves as a member on the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Teamwork for Enhancing Early Childhood (TEECH) Advisory Council.  
Email: tghee@maternitycarecoalition.org


Cynthia Waters

Director of Program Operations and Community Development

“I love my work at MCC because it is a pleasure to work with such a talented and committed group of people who reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve.”

Cynthia joined MCC in 2000 after serving as Executive Director at the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women for three years.  Cynthia brings over 30 years of direct service and management experience in women’s health care delivery, community organizing, program and staff development. She provides leadership as a member of senior management responsible for overall program operations, community relations and development, and staff management for MCC’s Early Head Start and Parenting Education programs. Cynthia serves on the Board of Directors of the Supportive Older Women’s Network (SOWN) as Secretary, and the Uptown Entertainment Development Corporation.
Email: cwaters@maternitycarecoalition.org