Executive Leadership

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 provide health equity, with an emphasis on care, prevention and early intervention strategies.

Jan has over 20 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 and the Treasurer for the Sunday Breakfast Club. Jan has her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Saint Joseph’s University.

Jean Rath, MSM, RDH, PHDHP – Community Oral Health Initiatives Director

Jean 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/Community Health Management from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Management focused in Public Health/Public Policy from Thomas Edison University.

Valerie Erwin – Farm to Families Program Manager

Valerie is a longtime Philadelphia chef who, for 12 years, until 2014, owned the critically acclaimed Geechee Girl Rice Cafe.  Valerie specializes in the food of the Low Country—the coast of South Carolina and Georgia—where her grandparents were born. During its tenure, Geechee Girl was featured on many major media outlets, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Magazine, The Food Network, and NPR.

For two years Valerie was the General Manager of EAT Café, a West Philadelphia neighborhood restaurant with an innovative pay-what-you-can model.

Valerie has served on the board of the Southern Foodways Alliance—the country’s premier institution for the study of food and culture. She now serves on the board of C-CAP, a culinary scholarship program for high school students, on the board of the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, an anti-homelessness organization, and on the board of My Daughter’s Kitchen, an in-school cooking program.

Valerie spends her free time catering, doing business consulting, and working on food related projects with cultural institutions such as the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Jazz Project.

She believes in the power of food as a tool in the fight for social justice. As such, she has worked for several years with Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller as an advocate for the rights of undocumented restaurant workers, and with Restaurant Opportunities Center, an advocacy organization for food industry employees.