Get to know our team of Family Connectors who create engaging and meaningful programming, and work to bring families together throughout Metro North.

Meet the Team

Stephanie Marlin-Curiel
Stephanie Marlin-Curiel
Family Engagement Coordinator

I have been growing Metro North's family engagement opportunities since 2010.  Beginning with a few Holiday programs per year, I have worked to expand programming to include classes, meet ups, outdoor adventures, and social action programs. I live in Arlington with my husband and our two teenage children. As a family, we love traveling, hiking, cooking, eating, going to world music concerts, jumping into lakes, escape rooms, and being with friends and family.
 
I love creating experiential programs to engage families in ways that feel important to them. Families I have known over the years often bring up past programs they attended. Whether it's making a friend, experiencing Shabbat at our weekly drop-in, discovering a treasure box behind a rock, dancing with fire ribbon rings on the beach, or decorating and packing toiletry kits for children experiencing homelessness, these memories still resonate years later. Making memories with families, breaking new ground, and working with all my wonderful colleagues at the JCC are the great joys of my job.
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Lauren Bellon
Program Associate

I've worked to support parents and families for more than a decade now. Shortly after my husband, Bob, and I became parents, I left a career in higher education philanthropy to teach baby and kids yoga classes and become a postpartum doula. Over time, my work expanded and evolved to include running a fitness studio for women with my husband (where my favorite part was organizing a quarterly moms night in of meditation, acupuncture, yoga, reiki, aromatherapy, and more). Since selling our studio, I've coached parents of kids with disabilities around self-care and mindfulness, regularly contributed to a number of award-winning parenting blogs, and taught wellness workshops for parents and kids. My husband and I have two tweenaged kids now, and together we love to bike, swim (ideally at Walden Pond or Wingaershaek), hike, craft and create, cook, travel, play board games, do puzzles, and just enjoy hanging out with our friends. We've lived in Arlington for more than ten years and in Somerville for ten years before that!

I'm passionate about creating fun, useful, and meaningful experiences for families. What a joy that I get to do this every day now at Ready, Set, Kids. And because I don't know what I would have done in my early days (or now!) as a mom without some pretty incredible community, I'm particularly excited to work with my JCC colleagues to help other local families find connection and support. Contact Lauren

Bev Feldman
Family Connector

I live in Somerville with my husband and our two children. Prior to having kids of my own, I worked at the Center for Families in Cambridge where I designed and ran programs for families with young children. From parent nights out to Tot Shabbat Hops at local synagogues to intimate playgroups, I truly enjoy getting to connect with local families and our community through JCC events and activities. Contact Bev

Sarah Popper
Family Connector

I have lived in the Cambridge/Arlington area for almost 20 years with my husband Aaron. We became parents 10 years ago while living in Cambridge and it was then that PJ Library started delivering books to my daughter and gently guiding us to weave Jewish culture into the raising of our children. We have since added two more children to our family and together we love to travel the world and learn about other cultures (especially the food!).  

Before becoming a parent, I worked as a public school teacher. I have always enjoyed working with children and love the curiosity and honesty they bring to everything they do.  With my youngest child now in preschool, I have enjoyed my role at JCC Greater Boston because it allows me the opportunity to give back to the community that provided me with support and connection when I entered parenthood. I recognize the need and importance of finding community as new (and seasoned) parents. My work in Metro North brings families together to find the community and support they are looking for. Contact Sarah

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Explore Family Programs North of Boston

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November 20
Moms, leave the kids at home and enjoy a night out at Remnant Brewery in Bow Market for beer, kombucha, or coffee. Grab a bite to eat from one of the...
November 24

This Sing-Along Sunday is filled with new and old favorites, Emily's guitar, ukulele and many surprises. Bring the whole family for this get-up-...

December 5

The winter holidays can bring up many questions for families who come from different backgrounds and traditions. Join in a facilitated discussion...

December 8

Run away to the circus for Chanukah! Join PJ Library and Simply Circus for an imaginative, illuminated interpretation of Chanukah. This glowing...

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