Maddy Malis

President and CEO

During her 49 year career at FELS, Maddy has held a variety of middle and senior management positions. Her communal leadership positions in the early childhood education community include co-chairing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Child Care Coalition (SEPECC), serving as a board member and officer of the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA), member of the Regional Leadership Council of the Southeast PA Regional Key (SERK) and The Early Learning Resource Center 18 (ELRC) a board member of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), the United Way’s Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee, the Child Care Task Force for the Department of Health and the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health. She is the 2001 recipient of the Award of Excellence for outstanding accomplishments in the field of child care administration for Pennsylvania’s children and families and is a graduate of the Wexner Tri-State Jewish Leadership program. Maddy also provides consultation to area early childhood programs on a variety of topics related to the delivery of quality early childhood education.


Fredda Satinsky

Senior Vice President

During her 41 years at FELS, Fredda has served as Director of Programs and Services and Center Director of the Lassin Early Learning Center. She has worked in a variety of areas including marketing and public relations, enrollment, development, external affairs, human resources and facilities management. Prior to joining FELS, Fredda served as the Director of Early Childhood Education at Elizabethtown College, and was an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University’s undergraduate program in Family Studies and Arcadia University’s Graduate Education program. She also served as the Director of Hahnemann University Hospital’s Child Advocacy Program and, on a consultation basis trained home-based providers in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. Ms. Satinsky holds a Master’s degree in Human Development from the University of Maryland’s Institute of Child Study and Human Development, a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from SUNY at Buffalo and is a graduate of the Wexner Tri-State Jewish Leadership Program. During her career, she has served on a variety of professional development and child care advocacy boards.


Pamela Thomas

Vice President, CFO and CPA

Over the past twelve years, Pamela has held two key fiscal positions in the organization; first in 2007, as the Director of Finance and Operations at Child Care Information Services Northeast (CCIS NE) and then transitioned to Vice President and CFO of FELS. In addition to managing a $60 million Department of Human Services (DHS) grant from 2007-2019 to operate CCIS NE, Pamela led and continues to lead the FELS Accounting Department. Her rich professional and academic background serves the organization well. With over 20 years of experience working in the accounting field, she has held numerous management positions. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Joanne M. Stretz

Vice President of Development

Joanne joined the FELS team in 2011 and brings with her over 15 years of experience in the marketing and development field from several non-profits – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the Burn Foundation and Drexel University’s School of Nursing. Throughout her extensive career, Joanne has been successful at obtaining sponsorships and gifts from individual donors and corporate leaders. She has organized and led various development activities and worked with many volunteers and community outreach programs. She is a member of  the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) where she was recognized as  NAPW’s 2011 Woman of the Year.


Norma Finkelstein

Quality Assurance Administrator

Norma is currently serving as the Quality Assurance Administrator supporting FELS to provide high quality early childhood education programs. Over her 32 years at FELS she has served as the FELS Lassin Early Learning Center’s Social Worker and the FELS Family Day Care Director. From 1992 – 2019 when FELS operated Child Care Information Services Northeast (CCIS NE), Norma rose to the top leadership position of Executive Director.  She  successfully led this publicly funded program  through its many changes, challenges and significant growth. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Arcadia University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Norma is actively involved in both local and state early education organizations including the PACCA and SEPECC.

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Susan Dagdigian

Director of Programs

With over 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education, Susan is a seasoned professional with direct, supervisory and management experience.  She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management, which supports her ability to advise and support our leadership teams.

Prior to starting at FELS, she managed programs throughout Philadelphia and Delaware Counties including several multi-site organizations and the University of Delaware’s Early Learning Center, which received  the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Early Care and Education.  She has shepherded programs through the rigorous NAEYC accreditation process helping them to meet exemplary, national standards.  She has been a Child Development Associate (CDA) advisor and a PQAS trainer, two critical professional development roles. Susan was also an early intervention program coordinator and will be working closely with FELS Child Development Specialist to support our children with special needs.  Her experience as a classroom teacher, early in her career, helped to provide her with the knowledge, techniques and understanding needed to help mentor FELS teaching staff.