Sheila Jaffe was born in Manhattan and grew up in the Bronx. At eleven years of age, she found out she was adopted. Today, she is an Emmy winning casting director for HBO’s, The Sopranos and Entourage and films including The Fighter, Rocky Balboa, and Ted. Although casting is her profession, Sheila’s passion is helping children. As she sees it: “Felix is like my child and watching Felix grow in its reach to help these children has been an indescribable blessing.” Sheila currently sits on the board of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Savannah Film Festival. In 2013, she was honored at The Children’s Rights Gala for her work with children in foster care.
For more than 25 years, Felix co-founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels has had an influence on popular culture. The first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and the first to appear on MTV, Run DMC changed music. DMC continues to create, inspire and motivate. After discovering as an adult that he was adopted, DMC began his journey down another life path in search of his birth mother. While his struggle was captured in the Emmy-winning VH-1 documentary, “DMC: My Adoption Journey”, the process gave DMC insight and purpose, prompting him to become an advocate for adoption and foster children. He was invited to the White House by President Obama to address youth groups on responsibility and has appeared before Congress and State Legislatures in support of this cause. Along with his work as a musician, author, and speaker, DMC has been the recipient of awards including Hard Rock’s Love All Serve All Award for his philanthropic endeavors. DMC also sits on the board of directors of the JMJ Foundation, Children’s Rights, and Garden of Dreams.
Retired, Principal at Tri-Star Construction Corp.
Michael Lang (Deceased)
Co-Founder of Woodstock Ventures and Founder of The Michael Lang Organization
Penny Marshall (Deceased)
Actress, Director, Producer
Amanda Simonetta, M.S.Ed.
As a former School Counselor with a Masters Degree in Education, Amanda has worked with hundreds of children in need. As Director of Institutional Giving at The New York Foundling, one of New York City’s largest social services agencies, she managed a grant portfolio of over $3 million, supporting programs to help disadvantaged youth. Perhaps most importantly, Amanda is passionate about camp. She loved her childhood summer camp so much that she eventually got married there. When the opportunity arose to start a camp for foster children, Amanda couldn’t wait to be a part of it. She became Camp Felix’s first on-site Camp Director and Program Administrator. As Executive Director, Amanda is working to expand the profoundly meaningful work of The Felix Organization.
Myra Scheer's life and career were forever changed after meeting with Sheila Jaffe and Darryl McDaniels in the spring of 2006. Since that day, she has been an integral part of realizing Felix’s mission. Myra started her career as an assistant to the owners of Studio 54, the world-famous disco, where the dance floor was the star. She says she has come full circle with Felix, where the children are the stars. Myra’s enthusiasm and passion have guided Felix since its inception and helped grow Felix's anchor fundraiser DANCE THIS WAY. She explains: "I love bringing that part of my youth to the youth of today as we celebrate dance to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system.” Myra’s not-for-profit experience includes working with the Rainforest Fund and Foundation for nearly twenty years.
Program and Marketing Manager
Tiffany has had the special opportunity to experience the full Camp Felix evolution by starting as a camper at age 12, becoming a CIT at 14, volunteering at age 16 and finally becoming a counselor at 18 years old. Her time at Camp Felix both as a camper and counselor holds a profound place in her heart. Recently graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Women's Studies, Tiffany is proud and grateful that she can continue to work with her Felix family beyond camp at the Felix Organization. Tiffany hopes to bring Felix's message to the world and accomplish their mission with her genuine love and care for the children and with the insight and knowledge she has gained from being part of this family.
Sapphire received her B.S. in Human Health, Performance, and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Sports Medicine & a minor in Psychology from Howard University. She believes her mission in life is to help others become their best selves, and this includes foster youth. Sapphire is the co-founder of a mental health organization, Mind Your Mental, which is dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health through open and necessary conversations. She joined Felix in 2020 as the Operations Manager and fit right in. She is dedicated, open-minded, flexible, and always eager to help. As she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology, Sapphire is hoping to use her current and future knowledge to continue changing the lives of all people for the better.
Board of Directors
CEO of Magnolia Bakery
Treasurer, The Felix Organization
CPA, Baris Financial Management Ltd.
Senior Counsel at AMC Networks - AMC Studios, IFC and Sundance
Titan Advisors, LLC Partner
The Animation Project
President and CEO
AfterMaster Audio Labs
Hip-Hop Producer and 1/2 of
True Wine Connoisseurs
President, Founder and Owner
Design and Source Productions, Inc.
Manager, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
Author, and Partner, Calcaterra Pollack LLP
Masters of Social Work Student
Organizational Change Management Consultant, Endeavor
Susan Gluck Papajohn
CEO & Founder
Actor and Comedian of stage, screen and television
Founder / President
Katie Kornfield Consulting
Claire Mercuri Public Relations
Hyperbaric Medical Solutions
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications,
Events, Philanthropy, and Retreats at Equinox
Consultant & Coach
Rodriguez Spencer Casting
Members of the Junior Board are dynamic young professionals who use their talent and experience to act as ambassadors for Felix by fundraising, becoming involved in Felix activities and engaging other young professionals (age 40 and under) to make a difference in the lives of youth in foster care.
Designer at Omnicom Media Group
Erik Blam, Jr.
Creative Director for Run DMC
TV Host, Actress, Producer
CEO of Flawless Smiles NYC
Basketball Coach &
Financial Information Analyst Assistant
Harlem East Life Plan
Lightning Media Partners
Restorative Practices Specialist
Mott Haven Academy
Sales at CooperSurgical
Program/Health Director at
Middle School Math Teacher
Middle School for Arts and Philosophy
Assistant to Talent Agency,
Senior Partnership Manager
Technical Implementation Specialist,
Senior Director of Programs and Innovation
Change for Kids
Foster Care Liaisons Board
Our network of Foster Care liaisons play an instrumental role in the success of our programs, advising us regarding issues such as program development, organization policies and guidelines for interacting with youth, best practices for service implementation, and general support as questions arise.
Director of Elementary Social Services at Haven Academy
Licensed Clinical Social Worker