“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
- Dale Carnegie
President of the Board
Kate is passionate about holding play as a key ingredient for maintaining resilient, happy communities that are empowered and ready to imagine and build their own futures.
Ms. Zmich is currently the Contracts Coordinator at PHLpreK for PHMC where she supports Providers in managing contract demands to deliver free Pre-K services to thousands of children across Philadelphia. Prior to PHLpreK, she was the Director of Programs and Fun at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, where she worked in various roles from February 2011 to February 2020.
Kate has experience with community design-build projects volunteering with Public Workshop and working alongside Studio Ludo, and in early childhood classrooms as an assistant and lead preschool teacher at the Wellesley College Child Study Center and the Brookline Children's Center. She studied how children learn through play at Wellesley College and the University of Delaware.
Vice President of the Board
Matt has spent fifteen years working across community, government, academia, and the private sector to create positive change in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and nationwide. From crafting national policy to knocking doors in his neighborhood, Matt believes collaboration is the key to all social progress.
He currently serves as the Executive Director of LEAD PA, where he builds programs and partnerships to cultivate a new generation of progressive civic leaders across Pennsylvania.
Treasurer of the Board
Susan was a traffic engineer for more than 30 years before becoming the Executive Director of the Engineer’s Club in Philadelphia. In her role, Susan developed and maintained program, organizational and financial plans; established public awareness, community support and interest in engineering; publicized activities and programs; and managed professional development and educational programs.
She retired in 2014 and now focuses on her volunteer efforts as a member of numerous boards and organizations, such as the Future City Competition, National Society of Professional Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Fair Districts PA, West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, and the Garden Court Condominium Association Board.
Secretary of the Board
Rebecca is an occupational therapist at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ where she has worked since 2018. She works with patients of all ages, helping them regain their independence after illness or injury. During her time at the hospital Rebecca has developed a new appreciation for the value of play for people of all ages to promote healthy and independent living.
Rebecca has experience working with children in a variety of capacities from child care to early education to outpatient pediatric occupational therapy. It was through these experiences that Rebecca first developed her love and appreciation of play. As an occupational therapist, Rebecca believes that it is necessary to make play accessible to all individuals of all ages and abilities to promote healthy living and education.
Member of the Board
Richard believes that to achieve a truly equitable society, the expression of our cities should be rooted in the human experience and our relationship to the earth.
Richard is a partner at OLIN, a landscape architecture and urban planning firm, which he joined in 2001. He has managed some of the studio's most complex projects, such as the U.S. Embassy in London and Dilworth Plaza, as well as competition entries for Rebuild by Design and Living Cities.
He is an active participant in public design advocacy and has been recognized as an outstanding volunteer by Philadelphia's Community Design Collaborative.
NAOMI ROBERSON REID
Member of the Board
Naomi Roberson Reid is a community engagement and community development professional. As Citywide OST Training and Literacy Manager, Naomi oversees an Early Literacy program in the city’s funded Out of School Time programs. In her former role as the Program Manager at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, Naomi used her passion for advocating and community organizing to advocate for the importance of unstructured play for children.
Naomi is a proud resident of Germantown Philadelphia and In her spare time, enjoys spending time with her baby, Mercer, husband, Michael and cat, Tai’sha, as well as watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and copious amounts of Golden Girls reruns.