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.
Phyllis has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership and management, supervision, training, counseling and consulting in national non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has held positions including, but not limited to Chief of Human Resources and Organizational Development; Vice President of Program Operations and Human Resources; and Director of Human Resources. She joined MCC in 2016 as the Director of Human Resources, and is now the Vice President of Human Resources. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education; a Master’s in Counseling; and a Master’s in Business with specialization in Organizational Development and Human Resource Management. She is a Certified Training Generalist/Facilitator, and holds dual certifications as a human resources professional. Phyllis has served on numerous boards/advisory boards in the community and cares deeply about human rights; healthcare; education and children and youth.
Vice President of Human Resources
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.
Vice President of Programs
Senior Director of Early Head Start Programs
Toscha joined Maternity Care Coalition in September 2015 as the Early Head Start (EHS) Director for Montgomery and Bucks counties. As EHS Senior Director, she has extensive experience in the leadership, administration and evaluation of early childhood education programs and systems. As one of the first employees of the Pennsylvania Key Toscha was involved in the development and implementation of the quality standards and processes for Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania’s statewide quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). Toscha is a trained Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) assessor and was the Program Quality Assessment Supervisor for the greater Philadelphia region serving on the team for nearly ten years. Prior to joining MCC, Toscha worked at the University of Pennsylvania with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) as a project manager and researcher.
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 Mt. Airy with her husband Nick and two children Casper and Eve.
Director of Policy & Advocacy
Director of Facilities
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
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.
Laura joined Maternity Care Coalition in August 2017 as the Director of Early Learning. In this role she is responsible for ensuring that families across all programs are experiencing high quality early childhood education. Laura has a love affair with learning. Specifically, she loves learning about how babies and toddlers gain knowledge about their world and how their caregivers can support them in this important exploration. This passion drew her to the field of early childhood education where playing with babies and toddlers is her job! Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and has a M.S. in Psychology with a focus in child development from Villanova University. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in School Psychology at Lehigh University where she is a 2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Care and Education Head Start Scholar.
Director of Early Learning