Board of Trustees

  • Devika Gill, President

    Devika Gill is currently the Director at First Light Early Learning Center in Moorestown. First Light is a faith based preschool, located at the Methodist Church. Prior to living in Moorestown, Devika taught 4th grade at Lawrence Intermediate School, in Lawrenceville New Jersey. Devika and her husband have four daughters, one studying at Drexel, one at Dartmouth and two at MHS. Devika has been an active member of Moorestown’s Home & School Association since her daughters entered the Moorestown school system. Having grown up in Asia, Devika has always been aware of the wide disparity between people within the same community and felt the need to help those who are struggling. This continued through her involvement with the Methodist Church. Continuing that mission of outreach, Devika partnered with a group of local women and MooreKids was founded. Email Devika at devika@moorekids.org

  • Jennifer Brinkman, Vice-President

    Jennifer is a stay-at-home mother of three children and has lived in Moorestown with her husband and children for 10 years. Prior to having children, she was an elementary and middle school teacher. Although no longer teaching, children remain her passion; she is actively involved in Moorestown’s Home and School Association and enjoys volunteering in her children’s school. She served on the Board of First Light Early Learning Center, her children’s pre-school, for four years. While her children were there, she taught a Lunch Bunch program called Helping Hands, in which the preschoolers participated in community service projects. Jen became aware of the needs of some of the children in Moorestown when a classmate of one of her children wasn’t adequately clothed and her daughter asked if she could help by giving her some of her outgrown clothing. This discovery led to informal clothing drives, and eventually a more formally organized Clothing Closet, currently housed at the First United Methodist Church. Jen joined efforts with the other founders of MooreKids to organize a food and gift card drive to help the struggling families in our town. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the underserved children of Moorestown through MooreKids.  Email Jen at jen@moorekids.org

  • Maura Rafferty, Treasurer

    Maura started laying the groundwork for her role in MooreKids many years ago when she got her first call from a friend and staff member at Mary E. Roberts to help a family in need. Every year since that first call Maura and many of her generous and thoughtful friends have helped families at Roberts. It became clear to her there will always be a genuine need to support some less fortunate children right here in Moorestown.  Maura has been married to her husband Michael for 20 years. They have 3 children, Will, a 9th grader at MHS, Maggie an 8th grader at WAMS and Dan a 4th grader at UES. She has a professional background in marketing and is currently taking classes at Rutgers University towards a Masters of Social Work.  Email Maura at maura@moorekids.org

  • Melanie Levan, Secretary

    Melanie has been a Moorestown resident for 13 years. She and her husband chose to raise their family here because of its excellent schools, charming downtown, and sense of history and community. Melanie has volunteered with the South Jersey Food Bank, and was involved in Share Our Strength’s “Cooking Matters” program, which offers cooking and nutrition classes to low-income populations. She has been involved in the Moorestown Home & School Association since 2006, and was Chairperson of the Mary E. Roberts Home & School Committee from 2010-2011. Melanie is a shareholder with the law firm of McDowell Posternock Law, P.C., with offices in Moorestown and Maple Shade. Melanie has a “spare time” job teaching yoga at Moorestown’s Yoga Path Studio. Melanie is also on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for her two tween-age daughters and her husband. Email Melanie at melanie@moorekids.org.

  • Al Panzarella, Trustee

    Al resides in Moorestown with his wife and two daughters. Al has a financial background and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  He is currently employed in a management capacity within the audit arena.  He is an alumnus of Rutgers University, having received both a BS in Accounting and an MBA from the home of the Scarlet Knights. Al is active in the sports outreach efforts of MooreKids.  Al believes that athletics can be a great avenue for youth to learn the values of  dedication, teamwork, leadership and hard work.  He is committed to ensuring that children of Moorestown are able to participate in athletic endeavors without financial obligations being an obstacle.  Al has been active in youth athletics inMoorestownfor a number of years, as a coach for both recreation and travel level teams.  He has been an active member of the Township Recreation Advisory Committee and currently serves as the Chairman.  Al can be reached at al@moorekids.org

  • Mara Jacobs, Trustee

    Mara moved to Moorestown after working both in New York’s and Atlanta’s Financial District, gaining experience in retail management, marketing, and product and project management.  Raising two children (ages 11 & 18) and maintaining a household as Mara’s primary employment has enabled and empowered Mara to devote time, skills and energy as a volunteer dedicated to helping Moorestown, the surrounding community, and Moorestown’s school system. In Mara’s 13 years as a Moorestown resident, Mara has been involved with Home & School Association, Moorestown’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, Moorestown Library’s Board of Trustees, Project Graduation, and just recently has been appointed to serve on the Board of the Moorestown Education Foundation.  Mara’s has a steadfast passion to “give back” to the community in every way possible which is why becoming an advocate for MooreKids is an exciting new opportunity.    Contact Mara and mara@moorekids.org.