Leadership 2017-05-11T18:39:52+00:00

Evan Kaplan, CPS – Founder and Executive Director

Evan Kaplan, CPSEvan Kaplan was inspired by his 9-year-old daughter Charlotte’s request for an organization where she could share her struggles dealing with the effects of her father’s bipolar disorder together with other children affected by parental mental illness. In response to that need, Kaplan founded Child & Family Connections (CFC) in 2010.

Kaplan collaborated with the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia to form Child & Family Connections, renowned as a pioneering behavioral health non-profit (501c3), aimed at supporting families living with parental mental illness. Learn more.

Philip Hagerty – Board President

Phil HagertyDirector, Web Support Services
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Phil Hagerty serves as Child and Family Connections’ Board President and is a member of the Marketing Committee.

Hagerty directs the Web Support Center at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he plans and implements websites and assists national programs with managing, budgeting and setting guidelines for their web presence. Learn more.

Patty Burke, MS – Board Treasurer

Patty Burke, MSPhilanthropist, Volunteer

Patty Burke serves as Child and Family Connections’ Board Treasurer and is a member of the Finance and Fundraising Committee. She is an established philanthropist and dedicated community-benefit volunteer in the greater Philadelphia area.

Burke volunteers as an apprentice mediator at the Center for Resolutions in Media, Pa., where she also facilitates intake calls and assists with conflict management group training. She also volunteers for The Episcopal Academy Development Department in their annual giving efforts where for four years she co-chaired their largest fundraising event, which nets over $200K annually. Learn more.

Joe Lavoritano, M.A., M.Ed., NCSP

Joe Lavoritano, M.A., M.Ed., NCSPDirector of Youth Services and Developmental Programs
Catholic Social Services, Philadelphia

Joe Lavoritano is a licensed psychologist and has worked for the past 30-plus years in the management and delivery of community-based and residential services to children, youth, and families in Philadelphia. Lavoritano is currently the Regional Chair of the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS), and a member of the state board of PCCYFS. He co-authored the proposal that earned Catholic Social Services one of the contracts to implement a Community Umbrella Agency in Philadelphia and has provided considerable management effort in its start-up and implementation phases. Learn more.

Marie Pendergast

(bio coming soon)

Erica Mosely

(bio coming soon)