Robin is a lifelong Westporter and has been involved in a number of community organizations, including as a past member of the board of the Westport/Weston United Way, President of A Child’s Place pre-school, Co-President of the Coleytown Elementary PTA, board member of Coleytown Middle School PTA and Staples High PTA and President of the Friends of the Westport Library. Most recently, Robin served four years on the board of Staples Tuition Grants.
She is an enthusiastic patron of the arts and enjoys all that PWYF has to offer. As a new member of the Board of Directors, she co-chaired A Moveable Feast of Theatre 2 with Lori Sochol!
Robin Berggren is a graduate of the University of Vermont. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from UVM and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, Robin began a teaching career in New York City at the Calhoun School. When Robin moved to Connecticut in 1996, she continued her teaching career at Greenfield Hill Pre-school.
Robin and her husband Brad have 2 children, and enjoy spending their free time at their home in southern Vermont!
Michelle Gersh joined the board in 2017 and hosted our premiere "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.
As an enthusiastic longtime Play With Your Food attendee, Jennifer Sandling is responsible for bringing Play With Your Food to the Rye Arts Center three 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 joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and co-chaired our two A Moveable Feast of Theatre benefits held in May 2018 & October 2019.
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.
Bea Crumbine is a devoted fan of Play With Your Food in Greenwich. Bea is responsible for initiating the 2018 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.
Elizabeth G. Miller
Elizabeth (really known as Betsey) has been a construction manager for much of her professional life. She has worked for large construction companies and for public projects.
Once retired, in 2002, she and her husband moved out of NYC to Pound Ridge NY where she then became involved in non-profits, helping them resurrect themselves fiscally. Drawing on her accounting skills, learned in Business School, she helped to balance ledgers, build financial reports and generally helped management establish firmer controls over their operations. After retirement, she developed her skills in glass-blowing and has participated in several galleries and shows in the East. In addition, all her adult life, she has played the flute in trios, sang with choirs and choruses large and small, and she rings handbells with several different groups in the Connecticut area nearby Pound Ridge.
Together with her husband, she raised three children who all prefer the excitement of the City to the quietude of the country.
Lynda Shannon Bluestein
Lynda has been attending Play With Your Food since the beginning and it was love at first reading! She caught the theater bug in college at UC Irvine where class assignments included seeing plays all around Los Angeles. She is still infected with that bug and, with her husband Paul, manages to attend 50+ plays each year.
Lynda completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health at UCLA after having served as a VISTA volunteer in rural Oklahoma and Appalachia in Kentucky in the War on Poverty. She is retired from her decades long career in health care to pursue second careers fundraising and politics. She is a past co-chair of Philanthropy Day in Connecticut and served on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She chaired the Board of Health in Fairfield, was President of her congregation’s Board in Westport and of the Unitarian Universalist District of Metropolitan New York in addition to serving on the boards of other non-profit organizations in SW Connecticut.
Lynda sings with several choral groups including the Serendipity Chorale, and has recently taken up the ukulele as music therapy at the Norma Pfriem Breast Center in Fairfield. She and Paul reside in St. Mary’s by the Sea in Bridgeport with two dogs, three guitars, a piano and a ukulele. They both are committed Play With Your Food attendees (different days, different venues) and share reading, theatre, music, travel and visits with their son and grand twins in Denver.