JENNIFER STRAUSSER – director of programming and membership
Jen applied for a job at apple seeds because she truly loves every child she meets (and she could walk to work). In fact, she threatens to take a few home with her every day. (Don't worry her background check came back clean.) In the past four years she has gone from creating and launching our extremely popular apple seedlings gentle separation program to overseeing all apple seeds classes, teachers and curriculum. We call Jen the baby whisperer around these parts. Put a child (or parent for that matter) in her arms and watch the tears turn to laughter in 3.2 seconds flat. Jen is mother to Cole, an amazing 10 year old boy who is obsessed with Ultimate Fighting and his mom.
KEELYN MITCHELL – birthday manager
Keelyn is a Music Education graduate from Stetson University (Go Hatters! Yes...that's their mascot...). She has worked as a K-12 Music Educator - band, chorus, and theatre - for 6 years, and continued her work as a private teacher, photographer, and Stage Manager in Central FL, until moving to NYC this past July! She and her husband Chris have an 9-year-old pug/fur daughter named Mia, enjoy going to the theatre, and love road-tripping out west for some snowboarding and time with family!
TOM DELPIZZO – music coordinator
You name it, Tom has done it here at apple seeds. Since apple seeds inaugural year in 2007, Tom could be found in the playground, classes, front desk, and birthdays. He has been an interior painter, an electrician, a voice actor (yes, that’s his voice on the phone system), a web designer, a photographer (yes, these headshots on this page were taken by Tom), a plumber, a dancer and our resident juggler. At one point Tom was the Facilities Manager overseeing: the daily operations of all our Manhattan and satellite locations, day time floor teams, and evening cleaning crews. Now Tom is excited to step into into his latest role as Music Manager (oh, he also plays guitar and sings)! Tom received his BA in Acting & Directing from DeSales University near his hometown of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is the very proud father of his son – who he and his wife Kate welcomed in September 2014 – Benjamin Thomas.