Jan Shaeffer – President
Jan serves as president and CEO of St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children (SCFC) where she oversees the organization’s work to fight poverty by investing in the foundations of children’s health and well-being. Under Jan’s leadership, the Foundation has served over 20,000 children through comprehensive initiatives that breaking down barriers to access, creating an environment of health equity, with an emphasis on care, prevention and early intervention strategies.
Jan has over 16 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management and development. Prior to joining SCFC in 2004, Jan worked in investment management and client services with Morgan Stanley, CMS Companies, and City of London Investment Group PLC. She is a founding member and past Board Chair of The 21st Century Society of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a Fellow of the Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College, and was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s 101 Emerging Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Jan served on the Chairman’s Council for the Philadelphia Zoo. Jan has her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Shakespeare from Saint Joseph’s University.
Falguni Patel – Program Director
Falguni Patel has 10 years of experience in project management with extensive expertise in research design, program evaluation, and community-engaged programming. Her passion for maternal and child health, behavioral health, and trauma-informed care led her to join St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children. Falguni is committed to developing and implementing programs that reduce health disparities and promote positive health and well-being for children in Philadelphia.
Before joining St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, Falguni directed a trauma-informed financial empowerment program at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University that improved maternal mental and physical health, increased household economic security, and protected child development among low-income families in Philadelphia. Falguni has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University.
Jean Rath, RDH, BS – Community Oral Health Initiative Director
Jean Rath is a registered dental hygienist and a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, Jean worked as a clinical dental hygienist specializing in pediatrics: general, special needs and medically compromised care. As a Community Oral Health Coordinator, she was involved in initiatives to establish collaborative practice between dentists and pediatricians in NJ and served as a Dental Champion Hygienists for the American Academy of Pediatrics, NJ Chapter.
Additionally, Jean has been an adjunct professor at Rowan College at Burlington County Dental Hygiene Program since 2006 and a consultant member/examiner for The Commission on Dental Competency Assessment. Jean is also a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and has served her local component as President and Vice-President. Currently, she serves on the Pediatric Task Force for the New Jersey Dental Hygienists’ Association. Jean holds a Master Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida and is currently completing her Master of Science in Management with a focus in Public Health Management from Thomas Edison University.