Friends Logo

Angie Parker, President
Elizabeth Lowsky, President-Elect
Denise Day, V.P. Fund Development
Nancy Swift, V.P. Membership
Jordana Siadman, V.P. Volunteers
Kristen Harlow, Secretary
Marisa Olive, Treasurer

Alison Amiot
Lauren Atlass
Sally Beach
Lizzie Caldwell
Maddie Camp
Anna Carpenter
Kelly Climie
Kendra Cummings
Kim Curry
Pat Damoorgian
Deborah Di Capua
Stacey Friedman
Vanessa Goodis Rogge
Marie Hansen
Patty Hawk
Becca Hill
Ashley Kozich
Voula Liroff
Sarah Lovern
Elizabeth Malkin
Maria Meyer
Allison Muney
Kate Murphy Voltz
Kayla Russell
Barbara Ryan
Suzanne Sabadash
Stephanie Roy Schoonover
Randi Schwartz
Kelly Sullivan-O’Connor
Cindy Sessoms
Jennifer Swercheck
Jane Smith
Mary Margaret Toole
Amanda Young

Frances T. Payne † (1969-2007)
Executive Director Emerita

Established in 1999, the Friends of Jack & Jill Center is a support group of volunteers committed to developing community awareness, fundraising, and program assistance for the Center’s children and their families.

Why Friends?

Many Jack & Jill Center parents who work at low wage jobs remain on the waiting list for subsidized child care for many months, or may not qualify for subsidized care at all. The purpose of Friends is to establish a long-term base of support that will allow Jack & Jill Center to provide early childhood education scholarships and family services so these parents can continue to work knowing their children are in a safe and nurturing environment. The Friends helps to fulfill this need by raising money through membership drives and special events. The Friends have proudly raised more than $6.1 million for Jack & Jill Center!


Membership: Develop, sustain and grow a support group for the Center.
Awareness: Raise community awareness of the Center, including needs of the Center and of the children and families.
Volunteer: Develop volunteer opportunities to support the Center’s children and families.
Scholarship: Raise supplemental funds for children’s scholarships and educational programs.


The Friends Board holds a variety of events throughout the year to raise funds for the children and families of Jack & Jill Center. These events include a Power Lunch in the fall, Light Up Downtown during the holiday season, a Winter Carnival and our signature spring event: Flip Flops on the Docks, voted the Best Fundraising Event in 2021 and 2023 by Fort Lauderdale Magazine. 

Join the Friends of Jack & Jill Center Now!

For more information, please contact:
Emma Hadley
Special Events Manager
(954) 463-8772, ext. 206