Our Advisors

 
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Kevin Artale

Co-Owner & Director,
The Park Preschool

Outdoor enthusiast and early childhood educator Kevin began his educational career at The Park Preschool.  He spent three years as an assistant teacher, before having the opportunity to become a lead teacher with the 2’s and 3’s.  Kevin eventually worked his way up to Co-owner and Executive Director, though the classroom is where Kevin is still most at ease.  He can often be found reading to small groups, working in the block corner of teaching beetbox, a seed to table program, with the 4’s class. With his free time, Kevin enjoys skiing and camping with his family, volunteering in his community as a Committee Chair with Cub Scout Pack 97 and rooting on the N.Y. Giants.


 
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Daniel Koffler

Co-Founder,
Explore + Discover Early Learning Center

Daniel brings his expertise with more then 10 years of hands on experience working in the early childhood education space in lower Manhattan in NYC.   Daniel began his career in education in 2005 when he joined Metschools, his  family business.  During that time he was responsible for the creation and development of the Broad Street Ballroom, an event space that operated within the facility, as well as acting in various Senior Management positions at Claremont Prep School, now Leman Mnahttan Prepatory School.  Daniel later shifted focus on the special needs practice within Metschools which operated under the banner REBA Schools and included Rebecca School  and Aaron School, both located in New York City.  

In 2012, Daniel shifted his focus towards a critically underserved population—infants and toddlers.   This led to the creation of Explore + Discover Early Learning Center, which, after a year of thoughtful design and development, opened in the Gramercy section of Manhattan in late 2013.   Explore + Discover strives to raise the quality, experience and expectations parents and educators alike bring to the conversation of early childhood opportunities.  Outside of his work with Explore + Discover, Daniel runs a post-secondary support program for students with learning disabilities called New Frontiers in Learning, which provides academic, social, transitional and vocational supports to students with a range of abilities and interests, allowing them to maximize their potential.    Daniel is also a member of Young Presidents Organization and holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from George Washington University.


 
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Stephanie Melillo

Health Scientist, Division of Cancer Prevention & Control,
Center For Disease Prevention & Control

Stephanie serves on Treebath's Advisory Board in a personal capacity, providing guidance on emerging research relating to the health benefits of forest therapy.  Stephanie has an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.  She currently works as a Health Scientist at the CDC, where she has experience in conducting systematic reviews, meta-analytic methodology and drafting/editing evidence reviews for both the EGAPP Working Group and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services.  She is interested in implementation science and translating research findings and evidence-based recommendations into more actionable guidance. Stephanie lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her family where she enjoys spending time outdoors.