Brightside Academy is a company made up of strong, talented individuals including the company’s leadership team. Knowing that children learn the most in childhood, the company’s leadership team, along with their respective teams, work to provide all families access to an excellent educational experience for all children enrolled in our programs.
Jack Safer, Chief Operations Officer
Jack Safer joined Brightside Academy as the Chief Operations Officer after working in the social services sector and a number of health care organizations throughout the last decade. Jack’s hands-on leadership style and creative approach to problem solving has enabled him to execute highly complex programs and initiatives successfully within the health care field. He brings his community service and innovative management methods to Brightside Academy with the goal of expanding our services for children and families of all backgrounds by providing them with high quality child care and education. Jack graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Degree in Business Administration.
Ray Wojtowicz, Chief Financial Officer
Ray Wojtowicz joined Brightside Academy in May 2007. He holds a master’s in business administration in accounting and finance from the Katz Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh. He has held multiple positions in the Finance Department throughout the years within Brightside Academy. As Chief Financial Officer, he oversees all accounting functions, grant administration and CACFP compliance.
Dr. Sherone Smith-Sanchez, President, NY Operations
Dr. Sherone Smith-Sanchez, Ed.D, MA, MSc, BFA, joined the Brightside family as President of Brightside’s New York operations in April 2017. Dr. Sanchez received her Doctorate in Education Administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. She also holds a Masters Degree in Arts in Education Administration and Organizational Leadership (Columbia University), a Master of Science (Bank Street College of Education) and a Baccalaureate of Fine Arts (Parsons the New School for Design). Prior to joining Brightside Academy, Dr. Sanchez served for two years at Lutheran Social Services of New York. The preceding 14 years she worked for the City of New York’s ACS, spending several years as the Assistant Commissioner of Program Development where she co-created, and implemented, EarlyLearn NYC.
Colette Kliss, Regional Vice President, Philadelphia
Colette Kliss joined Brightside Academy in February 2000 and is now responsible for overseeing academy operations for our Philadelphia region. She has over 35 years of experience in accounting, compliance and management, and has successfully held different roles in our organization in the areas of accounting, business services, program licensing and compliance monitoring. Prior to Brightside Academy, Colette has been in leadership roles in various industries such as service, distribution and manufacturing. She was the Controller at Igate (formally known as Mastech), an international multi-service computer systems provider, where she played an important role through their IPO in 1996. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Jennifer Jackson, Regional Vice President, Pittsburgh & Ohio
Jennifer Jackson joined Brightside Academy in July 2011 as Academy Director of the Squirrel Hill location in Pittsburgh, PA. Since joining Brightside Academy, she has been successively promoted to leadership roles at the academy and the Pittsburgh region. Currently she is serving as Regional Vice President, Pittsburgh & Ohio. In this role she oversees and promotes quality programming and child care compliance for both regions. Prior to joining Brightside Academy, Jennifer worked as a center director focused on driving quality programming and opening new locations. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of PA.
Amy Labosco, Vice President, Human Resources
Amy Labosco joined Brightside Academy in January 2005. Initially hired as assistant controller, she has been successively promoted to roles of increasing responsibility and currently holds the position of vice president, human resources. In this role she is centered on creating a great work place for employees. Prior to joining Brightside Academy, Amy spent her career in several leadership roles in finance. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.