Chief Executive Officer
Marianne is a master connector, building relationships and coalitions that strengthen communities and drive growth. Throughout her 30+ year career, Marianne has inspired diverse teams to do more together than they could alone. As the daughter of immigrant missionaries from Jamaica, Marianne grew up at a Rescue Mission in North Philadelphia. The Mission served the homeless in North Philadelphia, and it was here that Marianne’s commitment to service was born. Marianne attended The Shipley School, Temple University, Bryn Mawr College and St. Joseph’s University. She held increasingly responsible positions in Sales, Marketing and Operations in the Publishing, Telecommunications, Consulting, Project Management and Healthcare industries. Marianne also earned multiple Sales Awards and professional credentials in Project Management and Association Executive Management. Marianne established two successful cross-company industry communities that continue to drive business innovation in the project management and life sciences industries. Marianne also advised Fortune 100 companies on their Diversity and Inclusion practices. She is a Founding Member of a 501 c6 nonprofit organization called Women of Color in the Pharmaceutical Industry (WOCIP). Marianne is an active member of her local church, and serves on board committees for a summer camp program and her neighborhood association. Marianne has 3 adult sons and resides in South Jersey with her husband. She and her husband enjoy traveling the world.
Samantha is guided by her passion for social impact and leadership development. She possesses demonstrated strengths in the areas of philanthropy, fundraising, relationship building, and team management. Currently she is the Vice President of Advancement and External Affairs at Maternity Care Coalition. Before joining MCC, Samantha spent 6 years at The University of Pennsylvania in fundraising. Prior to Penn, she worked at ACHIEVEability as a social worker. During the 2012 presidential election, she spent time at a non-partisan fundraising organization raising funds for groups such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Southern Poverty Law Center. From 2011-2012, she lived overseas in South Africa volunteering at an HIV/AIDS center as a grant writer. Samantha is also currently a Teaching Assistant for Penn’s Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Leadership. She serves as an alumni board member for Susquehanna University and previously served on The Spruce Foundation board as well as the alumni board of the Non-Profit Leadership Program for The School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn. Samantha earned her M.S. in Non-Profit Leadership from Penn and holds a B.A. in International Studies from Susquehanna University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog.
Vice President of Advancement & External Affairs
Recognizing the critical significance of a child’s earliest years, Karen Pollack has committed herself to working on behalf of pregnant women and families with young children. Karen began working at MCC in 2000 and currently serves as the Vice President of Programs. In her tenure at MCC, Karen has had the opportunity to establish and oversee many of the organization’s direct service programs. She has also had the honor to work with a compassionate and committed team who strive every day to support the families they work with. Karen holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work and completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program at the Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work in 2008. Karen is proud to have taught many Philadelphia area social workers as an adjunct faculty member at the Temple University School of Social Work from 2004 through 2017.
Executive Vice President of Programs & Operations
As MCC’s Senior Director of MOMobile & Community Programs, Kathrin is responsible for overall program operations, fund development and staff management for the agency’s MOMobile Programs. Kathrin has over 15 years of maternal and child health experience in a variety of public health and social service settings. Since joining MCC in 2007, she has overseen several direct service programs including the federally funded Healthy Start Program, Cribs for Kids, Community-Based Parenting Education, ELECT, and the MOMobile Managed Care Program. Kathrin earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany and holds a Leadership Certificate from the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College. Kathrin is passionate about the provision of high quality, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive services for the region’s most vulnerable families.
Senior Director of MOMobile & Community Programs
Senior Director of MOMobile Healthy Families America
As MCC’s Healthy Families America (HFA) Senior Director, Samia manages the largest HFA program in Pennsylvania. Samia has overseen the implementation of the program and supported its growth and expansion into new communities. Samia’s passion developed from her own experiences and her community involvement at a very young age. Growing up, Samia always had a profound spirt of motivating and inspiring others. Looking back, Samia now knows she was destined to be in the Human Services field. For over 10 years, she has dedicated her career to supporting women and children. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In addition to her work at MCC, Samia works as a crisis hotline counselor for a local domestic violence agency. Samia is passionate about the health and wellbeing of women and children and is committed to providing high quality services to the entire family.
Senior Director of Programs
Colette Green is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in community behavioral health in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, with a primary interest in pregnant and parenting women. During the past 20 years, she has overseen programs serving vulnerable families experiencing complex issues including substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness and DHS involvement and/or criminal histories. Colette has dedicated her career to helping women recover from past trauma and other adversities in order for them to achieve their optimal level of functioning and well-being and also provide healthy and nurturing environments for their own children. In her role at MCC, Colette oversees the high-risk programs, including Safe Start, Riverside MoMobile and several collaborative initiatives which support women, children and families in coping with opioid and other substance use disorders.
Sara Jann joined Maternity Care Coalition in March 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Policy & Advocacy. In this role Sara advocates for policies and legislation that promote equitable maternal child health outcomes and early learning services. Prior to joining MCC, Sara earned her Master’s Degree in Pollical Science & International Relations from the University of Delaware where her research focused on gender, citizenship and economic development in the Global South. While at the University of Delaware Sara worked as a research assistant. Her findings contributed to the award-winning book No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World by Dr. Kara Ellerby. Sara also has a background in public benefits access and is passionate about the intersection of maternal-child health and economic security. Sara lives in Philadelphia with her two children Casper and Eve.
Director of Policy & Advocacy
Senior Director of Administrative Operations
Clare Hughes joined Maternity Care Coalition in 2016 as Facilities & Operations Manager. In her current role, she oversees MCC’s eleven facilities, fleet of vehicles, equipment, and technology and operations vendors. An administrator with over ten years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit organizations, vulnerable populations and municipal government, Clare has also served on local government commissions focusing on the arts and community relations as well as nonprofit boards with a focus on early childhood education and theater. She holds a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University and produced original research on the role of publicly funded local arts agencies with constituencies of fewer than 50,000 people in the United States. Clare is active in her community, and enjoys cooking, reading, art-making and science experiments with her young daughter.
Dr. Marjie Mogul is the Senior Director of Research. Her career has focused on effective strategies improving the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families. She believes providing young children with strong foundations is the key to our future. Marjie’s expertise is research and advocacy with women in the criminal justice system. She has presented at national conferences and participates in a working group of national thought leaders. Her proudest work accomplishment was when the New York Times printed her reply to their editorial, “Women Behind Bars” and she was subsequently invited to The White House Convening on Women and the Criminal Justice System. She received her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College, a Master’s degree in Business from Pennsylvania State University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from The George Washington University. An ideal weekend day: trail running with her pure-bred shelter mutts and husband, then dark roast coffee on the deck.
Senior Director of Research & Evaluation
Director of Breastfeeding Services
Katja Pigur, M.Ed, CLC, is the Breastfeeding Director at MCC. Katja runs MCC’s multi-layered Breastfeeding Friendly Philadelphia program which started in 2010. She assists hospitals and employers with the implementation of breastfeeding friendly policies. Since 2012 Ms. Pigur has been a co-leader of the Philadelphia Multi-Hospital Task Force and is the facilitator for the Southeastern PA hospital collaborative under Pennsylvania’s state-wide Keystone 10 initiative. On the national level Katja represents Philadelphia as a member of the Interstate Collaborative for the Ten Steps, an initiative to implement the Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding. As a German native Katja has extensive international work experience. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2004, Katja worked for a non-profit in Puerto Rico overseeing work force services for people with disabilities. She started her career with coordinating support services for single working mothers in Cuernavaca, Mexico.