Whitney Namm Pollack
Whitney joined Project Sunshine as the Executive Director in 2018. She has built her career over the last twenty years at the Robin Hood Foundation, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, University of Pennsylvania and 92nd Street Y. She has consulted with non-profits including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Character Lab, Riverdale Country School and The Center for Jewish History. Before coming to Project Sunshine, she served as Interim Executive Director for EB Research Partnership, a national medical venture philanthropy. After completing this leadership role she accepted a position on their Board of Directors. She received her BA and MA from Penn and is a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. In her downtime, she can be found spending time with her husband and two young sons or reading fiction.
CHILDHOOD FACT: According to family lore, for years the only “vegetable” Whitney would eat was olives. Now, she eats all sorts of vegetables.
Despite his youthful persona, Joe founded Project Sunshine as a college student…many years ago. When he isn’t helping pediatric patients find their smiles, Joe spends his spare time as the CEO of New Legacy Group, an SEC registered investment advisory firm. Joe has a B.S. in Accounting from Yeshiva University and has participated in executive education programs at Harvard Business School.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Joe was an undefeated NCAA tennis player.
Megan manages our robust International Programs, working with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers in Canada, China, Israel, and Kenya. Prior to joining the Project Sunshine team, she worked in higher education with a focus on leadership development and club activity advisement. Her love of volunteerism runs deep, having taught ESL in Harlem for many years before serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in western China.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Megan has a lifelong obsession with junk food-named animals – from Cookie and Marshmallow, the adorable hamster twins, to her childhood dog Oreo. Today, she is a proud mom to Pasta, the English Bulldog.
Special Advisor, Book Club
Sally is an award-winning children’s book author and founder of the Project Sunshine Book Club. Before entering the magical world of books, Sally was a reporter for the Associated Press; her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Family Circle, Family Life, Parenting, McCall’s and Stagebill. When she’s not reading or writing, Sally enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and children.
CHILDHOOD FACT: As a second grader, Sally made rounds in her Virginia neighborhood every morning, feeding Cheerios to her favorite dogs – including her own dog, Chippy.
Mark uses his 17 years of administrative experience to manage the day to day operations of Project Sunshine’s headquarters. Whether offering tech support or coordinating with vendors, Mark ensures the office is up and running. He is also the only person alive who could make expense reports entertaining. In his spare time, Mark is an avid guitarist, singer, poet, novelist, and street photographer.
CHILDHOOD FACT: In 1989, Taylor Swift was born. That same year, Mark beat the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade game within two weeks of its release. He repeated this hard-won victory in 2014 at Jersey City’s Barcade with only $4 in quarters and help from his two brothers.
Katie manages Project Sunshine’s strategic partnerships across the West Coast and nationwide, including corporate relationships, brand engagement, and other fundraising initiatives. Dedicating 10 years to the nonprofit sector, Katie has found her passion in creating and expanding public-private partnerships, holding corporate relations and development focused positions at The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Orthopaedic Institute for Children. A former NCAA athlete, Katie serves as a volunteer youth lacrosse coach and never turns down the opportunity to play a competitive lawn game.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Katie loved grocery shopping with her mom but was terrified that her habit of sampling a single Swedish Fish or Peanut M&M from the bulk foods section would lead to certain arrest. A law-abiding toddler, Katie would never fail to give the cashier a detailed report of her snacking to be charged at checkout.
As a member of the corporate team, Ashley facilitates volunteer events, manages corporate partnerships, and coordinates with hospital partners. She also works to innovate our current in-hospital programs and donation offerings. Ashley graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Sociology and has always had a passion for volunteering. When she isn’t at work, you can find Ashley traveling to check new cities off her bucket list, playing guitar, or practicing Krav Maga.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Ashley once swam in a lake at the mouth of an active volcano!
Katy leads the charge with Project Sunshine’s many corporate partnerships. Prior to working at Project Sunshine, Katy led girls’ education programs in the Peace Corps and large-scale volunteer programs for dozens of nonprofits in NYC. When she’s not working, you can find Katy exploring with her husband and dog or eating her way through all the dollar slice joints in the city.
CHILDHOOD FACT: An animal enthusiast from birth, Katy spent her summers as a Junior Zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo while caring for up to 8 pets at home. Her father never recovered from the “home zoo” where he resided.
Lauren manages Project Sunshine’s strategic partnerships across the West Coast and nationwide, including corporate relationships, brand engagement, and other fundraising initiatives. She started her career in public relations and marketing, where she honed her client management and planning skills and developed a love of partnership building. Lauren first volunteered with Project Sunshine as a college then community volunteer and was excited to join the team to further a mission she felt closely connected to. She is always eager to collect new passport stamps, recently visiting 10 countries in four months, and will frequently instigate a karaoke night or Scrabble challenge.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Lauren made her theatrical debut as the back hump of a camel in a middle school production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’
Wallis works on the development team coordinating special events, writing grants, and supporting marketing initiatives. She literally organizes everything and is suspected to have a computer for a brain. With over six years of experience as a writing tutor, Wallis brings these skills to executing the organization’s communications objectives. When she’s not working, Wallis can be found mixing cocktails with her husband and obsessively flossing.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Wallis’ favorite childhood toy was a cardboard refrigerator box.
Jess has worked in the nonprofit field since she was 16 years old – previously with an arts organization as well as an order of nuns. She helps the development team advance the mission of Project Sunshine through various fundraising and communications projects. Jess enjoys all aspects of donor stewardship, from diligent record keeping to celebrating supporters. She spends her spare time cooking, reading, and watching movies with her boyfriend and rescue dog, Luna.
CHILDHOOD FACT: Jess received a standing ovation at a keyboard recital for her rendition of Titanic’s theme song, “My Heart Will Go On.” It remains one of her mother’s proudest moments.