Evan 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.
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 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.
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Child & Family Connections Staff
Mike Grinnan, MBA
Vice President, Operations & Finance
Mike Grinnan serves as Child & Family Connections’ Vice President of Operations and Finance, responsible for helping CFC build infrastructure and capacity critical to Child & Family Connections’ growth. In addition to financial management, Mike leads the design and implementation of an extensible operational infrastructure that facilitates mission growth, service reach, and new program development. Mike is a business and technology operations professional with more than 25 years of leadership experience in consumer electronics, products and services organizations.
At Comcast Cable Corporation, since 2013, Mike leads the Offer Intake & Build teams, where he coordinates Divisional collaboration with the corporate teams responsible for implementing customer-facing XFINITY service offers through self-service tools, like xfinity.com and indirect retail partners. For several decades, Grinnan experienced mental health issues within his own family and after reading the story of Charlotte as the motivation for founding Child & Family Connections, he related to the families served by CFC’s mission. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from West Chester University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is married with two young boys.
Crystal Joseph serves as an intern at Child & Family Connections. She is a graduating senior at Drexel University and will be starting medical school this August. During her time at Drexel, she was a part of a South Asian, all-female fusion dance team, Drexel Jhalak, where she was a dancer and manager.
She also volunteered with Drexel’s Red Cross Chapter, participating in the Red Cross Run, serving veterans at the VA Medical Center, and assisting with fundraising activities for the chapter. One of her biggest passions is helping children; to her, children are the soul of the community and the future of society. She hopes to make a powerful impact in children’s lives as a member of Child & Family Connections
Julie Kim is working with Child & Family Connections on the SafeTogether program. She graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2015.
She is currently working at the University of Pennsylvania as a Clinical Research Coordinator for acute care research. She was drawn to CFC’s mission because she has personally experienced how mental illness can affects families