Taka Agawa

Taka Agawa

 President & CEO

Taka Agawa, former member of the FELS Board of Directors joins our team as President and CEO. During his three years of service on the board, Taka provided knowledge and guidance into shaping the FELS strategic plan and will continue to lead our organization with the same mission to provide excellence in early care and education. Taka is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. Previously, Taka worked as a management consultant where he advised investment banks in New York and held leadership positions in various early-stage startups.


Pamela Thomas-Eisler

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.

David Reinfeld

David B. Reinfeld

Director of Development

David B. Reinfeld is a results-oriented senior-executive leader with twenty years of highly developed experience in fundraising and marketing, governance, and relationship-building.  David has secured more than $105 million throughout his career in the non-profit sector and community boards for general operations, capacity-building, capital, planned giving, endowment, generational family philanthropy, outreach programs, and special events. David believes philanthropy is the catalyst that transforms ideas into impact. He is dedicated to fostering respect, inclusiveness, and welcomes innovation to steer organizations to new opportunities in an ever-changing landscape.  His in-depth capacity of maximizing partnerships has defined and propelled his career in education, environmental, social service, civic affairs, and arts and culture non-profits.  David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Temple University.

Sandy McDonald (Lassin Director)

Sandy McDonald

Director of Programs

Sandy is a seasoned early childhood professional with over 28 years of experience in the field.  Sandy joined our FELS family in August 2020 as the Center Director at Lassin ELC and has continued as the Center Director at FELS’ flagship center, Paley ELC since April 2021. Prior to joining FELS, Sandy served as the Executive Director of her own child care business where she oversaw the operations, programming, compliance, financials, and HR functions for four centers and over 150 employees. Her breadth and depth of experience continues to be an asset for FELS.

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David Minkoff

Director of Operations

David joined FELS in August of 2019; however, he was not “new” to the organization. From the mid-to late 1990s, David was a member of the Board of Directors and his two sons attended Gutman ELC. David brings over fifteen years of operations and project management experience to FELS, which includes ownership of two businesses. In his new position, David oversees all aspects of facilities and risk management. Additionally, he is responsible for the overall safety and security of all people, assets, and processes across the organization. This includes, but not limited to, facility security, repairs, maintenance, training, licensing, and managing contractors. David will also be responsible for information technology and the organization’s food program. David is pleased to be given this opportunity to be a part of the senior team and to help move FELS forward to a successful future.