Board of Directors
Bea Crumbine is a new board member and devoted fan of Play With Your Food in Greenwich. Bea is responsible for initiating the upcoming holiday season collaboration between Play With Your Food and Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.
Bea is a graduate of New York University in 1966 with a degree in French. After living abroad throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, Bea and her husband Peter settled in Greenwich, CT where, while raising a family, she has devoted much of her life to her two passions: music and community volunteerism. In addition to singing in chorales and opera groups both locally and abroad (including the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Vatican), Bea has served many organizations including as Board Member and Chair of the Friends' Committee of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Ballet, Alliance Française, Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Mills College, Trustee of the Greenwich Historical Society, and the Greenwich Music Festival.
Bea has received many honors and recognitions through the years including the winner of the Moffley Media 2013 Light a Fire Award, YWCA's Spirit of Greenwich Award, Rotary Club Citizen of the Year, Greenwich Symphony Gala Honoree, Greenwich Ambassador-at-large designee and Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Leader.
Bea's greatest joys are her husband Peter, her three children and five grandchildren.
Michelle Gersh is a new board member and host of our first Play Group play reading at her home.
A former English teacher, Michelle loves reading and writing and has been attending Play with Your Food for almost ten years. She is a former board member of Temple Israel in Westport and currently teaches and volunteers there.
Originally from New Jersey, she has lived in NYC, Boston, Florida, and Los Angeles but moved to Westport with her husband and two teenage sons 12 years ago.
Michelle is a graduate of Boston University with a Masters from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Marjorie Jacobson brings her strategic marketing and business expertise to her new role as a board member.
Marjorie is a former intellectual property attorney with years of experience in marketing and advertising law as counsel for companies including The Coca-Cola Company and Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising. More recently, Margie co-founded a start-up providing app-based mobile food ordering and nutrition solutions in school, corporate and institutional food service settings. In addition, she has served and continues to serve on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including ADL/the Anti-Defamation League and the Westport Country Playhouse, providing leadership in the areas of arts, education, community engagement and civil rights on the local, state and national level.
Marjorie holds a BA in English from Brandeis University, a JD from the Boston University School of Law as well as mediation certification and certification in foods, nutrition and wellness studies. She lives in Westport with her three daughters.
As an enthusiastic longtime PWYF attendee, Jennifer Sandling is responsible for bringing Play With Your Food to the Rye Arts Center two years ago where it now enjoys great success each fall.
Jen graduated in 1983 from Stanford University with a B.S. in Economics. After an initial career in executive recruitment as a research associate at Heidrick & Struggles and Korn/Ferry, Jennifer lived in Japan with her husband Jim where, while raising a family, she began another career in volunteerism. After moving to Rye, NY in 2003, Jen continued her dedication to the surrounding community by volunteering at the Rye Country Day School and, since 2013 serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Rye Arts Center.
Jen is also an active alumna of Stanford where she serves on the NY Arts Council and as a Board member of the Stanford Alumni Club of CT/Westchester County.
Jennifer is married with four children and continues to live in Rye, NY.
Lori Sochol is a new board member and co-chaired our A Moveable Feast of Theater benefit held in May of 2018.
Lori is also recording secretary on the board of Pink Aid and has served on numerous non-profit boards in Westport, including chairing the Westport Young Woman's League Minute Man Race and their Ways & Means Committee, President of the Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport, Chair of Staples Tuitions Grants Student Committee and Vice President of Fundraising and Special Projects for A Better Chance of Westport and co-chaired their annual fundraising events.
Lori moved to Westport from Owings Mills, MD in 2004 and previously lived in Pittsburgh, PA where she served on numerous non-profit boards in both communities. Lori is currently the Finance and Operations Manager at TVP NYC, an e-commerce agency.
Lori is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she received her B.S. in Management Science. Lori is married with three children and lives in Westport, CT.