Who's Who at Park Slope Parents


There are a lot of people who keep Park Slope Parents working smoothly. We have:

Our Boards (deciding on policy issues):

  • Park Slope Parents Advisory Board
  • Park Slope Parents Career Networking Advisory Board
  • Park Slope Parents Nanny Advisory Board
  • Park Slope Parents Tweens Advisory Board
  • Park Slope Parents Single Divorced Separated (SDS) Advisory Board

Specialty Moderators (who keep the lists running smoothly)

  • Real Estate Moderator
  • Nanny Moderator
  • Anonymous Post Moderator
  • Journalist Post Moderator
  • Events Post Moderator
  • Vaccine Post Moderator



  • Volunteer Corps Coordinator
  • Stoop Sale Summary Compiler
  • School Liaison
  • Medical Liaison
  • Family Issues Liaison
  • Clothing Swap Organizer
  • Face Painting Organizer



We also have a number of people we pay to do the day-to-day heavy lifting of running the website and managing our specialty groups, and tasks such as keeping our membership connected and up-to-date, our website technology updated, and more!


Susan Fox, Ph. D., Founder


(Susan, far right, youngest of five)

Susan Fox, Ph. D. is a community organizer and mother of two. Her first child was due September 12, 2001 and after the events of September 11th made the decision to focus on quality of life and community issues.Since that time Susan has led efforts to create online and offline networks of people who can support each other and the community. Susan was chosen as one of the District Attorney’s Brooklyn Extraordinary Women for 2009 and a Woman of Distinction in 2010 by New York State Senator Eric Adams.

Susan founded Park Slope Parents in July, 2002. The group members support each other online by sharing information about parenting (e.g., “does anyone know a pediatric cardiologist?”) and urban living (“how can I keep my toddler safe around my apartment steam pipe?”). There is also an offline component as well, including a Spring Fling, kids’ music concerts and clothing swaps. There are also partnerships with non-profit organizations to provide child-related items (e.g., clothing, cribs, blankets) for needy families. PSP rallied donations of blankets, food and supplies during the 2012 Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts including over 1,5000  meals over a week for 500 displaced familes.

Susan has a background that is a tapestry of varied experiences. She has a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Susan worked as Executive Director of Research for an entertainment market research company, an assistant professor, program coordinator for an Easter Seals camp for kids with disabilities, yoga instructor, blackjack dealer and Can-Can dancer. She teaches a graduate course in Interpersonal Communication at NYU as well as consults companies in strategic marketing and communications. Her most rewarding work-related experience, though, has been as a Brooklyn community organizer.



Rachel Maurer, Vice President

Rachel (second from left) is the middle child in a family of five.

Rachel is Brooklyn born and raised and most of her family is still in the area.  Rachel worked in Tour and Travel for two of decades before volunteering with Park Slope Parents. After some time, she was delighted to have the opportunity to contribute more to PSP, creating the classifieds board, managing ad sales, customer service and all around second fiddle to the symphony orchestra that is Susan Fox.  She is celebrating her 23rd wedding anniversary this year, and has two children that bring her lots of joy and tsuris.


Jim Van Putten, Head of Technology


(Jim van Putten, older brother-right)

His LinkedIn profile reads: Portfolio manager, risk manager and investment strategist advising or managing hedge fund and fund of hedge fund products totaling more than 15 billion in assets serving institutional, insurance, reinsurance and high net worth clients. Extensive experience developing and managing complex options strategies, levered mortgage portfolios and diversified hedge fund portfolio using quantitative financial engineering techniques.

For Park Slope Parents, though, Jim makes the magic happen with all things dot com. He makes things look easy and effortless on the PSP Website as well as keeping his wife, Susan Fox, from biting off more than their family can chew!



Melissa De Witte, Writer and Website Manager


Melissa helps keep all the cards together. Melissa helps write and research articles for the website, compile posts, moderates the Nanny recommendations, updates business listings, helps manage the website and more.  Melissa can also play a mean game of Rummy 500.


Colleen O'Connor-Grant, Online Community Manager and Groups Goddess

PA pic us with reardons 1985

 (Colleen, tallest on the Right)

Fluent in keyboarding (using all fingers!) since she was nine, Colleen has been writing and crafting communication for newsletters, newspapers, magazines and online outlets for most of her life. A graduate of Monmouth University she spent time as local news reporter in New Jersey and a decade in financial journalism before joining Park Slope Parents. At PSP she manages communication for PSP Baby Groups and PSP Specialty Groups, helping members bond, share and establish communities that support one another in the adventure called parenting. She contributes content to the website, moderates and troubleshoots, and loves to coo over the baby pics that are shared in our online forums. When she's not online Colleen volunteers with composting efforts and school gardens, and is raising her family's fourth generation of native New Yorkers here in Brooklyn.