Our Boards (deciding on policy issues):
- Park Slope Parents Advisory Board
Specialty Moderators (who keep the lists running smoothly)
- Real Estate Moderator
- Nanny Moderator
- Journalist Post Moderator
- Events Post Moderator
- Vaccine Post Moderator
- Anonymous Post Moderator (pictured below)
- Volunteer Corps Coordinator
- Stoop Sale Summary Compiler
- School Liaison
- Medical Liaison
- Mental Health 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, she 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. She was honored by CHiPS for her support of their homeless young mothers' shelter in 2018. In 2020 she was given a Lovgren Award by the Park Slope Civic Council. She is also a member of the NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Community Advisory Board (CAB), Community Partner for the 78th Precinct NYPD, and Community Committee Member for the Prospect Park Alliance.
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 1,500 meals over a week for 500 displaced families.
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 some of her family is still in the area. Rachel worked in the travel industry for two 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 30th wedding anniversary this year, and has two children & a cat that bring her lots of joy and tsuris.
Colleen O'Connor-Grant, Director of Community Engagement
(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. She graduated in January 2020 with a Master of Science Urban Policy & Leadership from the Hunter College Urban Policy and Planning program.
Dorothy Scanlan, Director of Events
Dorothy grew up with her brother and twin sister and a few dogs (and two parents) in St. Louis, MO. She’s lived in Brooklyn for ten years, the first five in Park Slope. If there’d been such a category in her high school yearbook, she would have been named “least likely to live in New York,” but loves it now, thanks in large part to Park Slope Parents. Even so, she still thrills at the sight of a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap. Her anthropology degree finally paid off as she observed the rituals of alt side parking on various blocks. She helps organize events and Zooms for many of the subgroups on Park Slope Parents. When she’s not doing that, she loves to cook, tend to her plants, and take long walks.
Sean Seu, Director of Membership
Sean is a digital native, Seattle transplant, and Gen Z whippersnapper... and yet, despite growing up in a tech hub, he mostly uses computers to read YouTube Comments. He has a BA in Drama from Kenyon College. When he's not guiding folks through Park Slope Parents, you can find him dancing in a contemporary movement piece, assisting directors off-Broadway, or suffering through his friends' open mics.
Talya Phelps, Content Specialist & Webmaster
(Talya, center, younger of two human siblings and two black bears)
Talya hails from the wilds of the Hudson Valley, where she graduated from Vassar College in 2019. At Park Slope Parents, she writes, edits, and coordinates content across the PSP website and social platforms; hunts down the perfect stock photos to accompany her articles; and assists the membership and events teams. Outside PSP, she works in editorial operations for a print and digital publisher. Her special skill is playing two recorders at once.
Updated March 2022