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.
Letta Simon, President and Chief Operating Officer
Letta Simon joined Brightside Academy in September 2012 coming from EverFi, Inc., a K-12 education technology company specializing in the delivery of critical life skills curricula. Additionally, she was the Vice President, Institutional Services at Educate, Inc., a Sylvan Learning company, where she was responsible for the supplemental education services as required by No Child Left Behind regulations. Prior to that she was a consultant for the State of Maryland providing training and implementation support to Head Start sites. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Simon is responsible for academy operations.
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, Chief Compliance Officer
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.
Penny Swift, Divisional Vice President, Eastern Region
Penny joined Brightside Academy in July 2013. Initially hired as the Regional Director for New York she currently holds the position of Divisional Vice President of the Eastern Division. In this role Penny is responsible for academy operations. She has over 15 years’ experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and Operations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from the City College of New York. Prior to joining Brightside Academy, Penny was a Regional Manager for a large childcare organization supporting center directors and opening new locations.
Jennifer Jackson, Regional Director, 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, Business Services
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.