Leadership Team

Brightside Academy is a company made up of strong, talented individuals including the company’s leadership team. Each leadership team member is an expert in a specific field that helps the company to grow and prosper. Knowing that child care involves more than just babysitting services, the company’s leadership, along with their respective teams, work to provide all families access to an excellent educational experience for their children.

Martin Handler, Chief Executive Officer

Martin Handler joined Brightside Academy in December of 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Martin has been actively involved in the field of early childhood education leading Head Start, EarlyLearn, and UPK programs in New York City for over a decade. Martin was also directly involved in early childhood special education leading the expansion and transformation of a New York special education provider. His inspirational leadership style, his creativity and drive have served him well in his previous ventures. Martin now brings his extensive experience and knowledge to Brightside Academy.

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.

Colette Kliss, Regional Vice President, Philadelphia

Colette Kliss joined Brightside Academy in February 2000 and is now responsible for, development of state licensing compliance monitoring and program compliance. She has over 35 years’ experience in compliance and accounting roles. 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 Director, 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.