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.
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 to continue working 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.
Kaitlin Wright is happy to be joining the Felix Team for a year-long contract under AmeriCorps after being our AmeriCorps summer intern. Kaitlin is a recent graduate of Molloy University with a BFA in Theatre Arts. Upon graduation, Kaitlin joined the Carnegie Hall sales team and quickly became the highest grossing sales representative for that season. With that experience under her belt, she brings her passion for service and sales to The Felix Organization. She fell in love with The Felix Organization after her summer VISTA term, and is excited to help behind the scenes this year.
Board of Directors
CEO of Magnolia Bakery
Treasurer, The Felix Organization
CPA, Baris Financial Management Ltd.
Vice President, Legal Affairs
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
Author and Founder of Mary Giuliani Catering & Events
Susan Gluck Papajohn
CEO & Founder
Actor and Comedian of stage, screen and television
Founder / President
Katie Kornfield Consulting
Claire Mercuri Public Relations
Consultant & Coach
Rodriguez Spencer Casting
Hyperbaric Medical Solutions
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications,
Events, Philanthropy, and Retreats at Equinox
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.
Manager of Corporate & Foundation Donor Relations, Food Bank NYC
Designer at Omnicom Media Group
Erik Blam, Jr.
Creative Director for Run DMC
Restorative Practices Specialist
Mott Haven Academy
Elementary and Special Education Teacher
TV Host, Actress, Producer
CEO of Flawless Smiles NYC
Basketball Coach &
Financial Information Analyst Assistant,
Harlem East Life Plan
Middle School Math Teacher,
Middle School for Arts and Philosophy
Assistant to Talent Agency,
Relationship Support Specialist
Author and Poet
Mental Health/Emotional Support Coach, Suicide Prevention And Crisis Specialist
Technical Implementation Specialist,
Chief Program Officer,