Our mission is to enable New York City's families to overcome the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic by creating the optimal distance learning experience for our children.
Helping to rebuild our community
Spring 2020 was a very rough time for us, like many other New Yorkers. After quarantining for a couple of weeks, we moved in with Ephraim's parents on Long Island. While we felt blessed to have a support network, it was difficult to see the impact that distance learning and sheltering in place had on our daughters. They missed their friends, teachers and the experience of going to school.
They inspired us to find an in-person solution for them for the coming school year. As we talked to parents in our community and around the city, we realized that our experience was shared by many.
We want to help rebuild New York City. This is our way of pitching in.
Danielle and Ephraim Luft
President and CEO (respectively)
Danielle and Ephraim live on the Upper West Side with their three children. Before Togetherhood, Danielle worked as a fundraiser for various higher ed and arts organizations. Ephraim has a strong track record of building organizations that support families. He founded Circle of Moms (now known as Popsugar Family), a popular online community that brings new parents together online, and served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Council of San Francisco.
Dr. Mary Koslap-Petraco
On-call Triage Nurse
Dr. Mary Koslap-Petraco is a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of Nursing in Stony Brook, NY, and a primary care provider in her own private practice after working for Suffolk County Department of Health Services for 30 years. While on staff at SCDHS Dr. Koslap-Petraco was a primary care provider and managed the immunization program. She provided education to staff and the public on various communicable diseases and vaccines and assisted in the management of communicable diseases.
These parents have provided incredibly valuable input and support as we've developed the Togetherhood proposition. While they do not have a formal relationship with the company, we would not have been able to get to this point without them.
Fred and Jing Boucher
Jing Boucher was born in Yan’an, China and moved to the U.S. in 2003 to pursue a PhD in aerospace engineering at Cornell University. She has been working in finance since 2008. Frederic Boucher was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He received an MBA from McGill University in 1997. Frederic moved to NYC in 2005 to continue his career in finance. Both Jing and Fred became American citizens a few years ago. They reside on the Upper West Side with their son Andre (going into 1st grade) and daughter Claire (nicknamed Mei Mei, which means little sister in Mandarin). Claire is going into Kindergarten this year.
Carly Gottsegen Koen
Carly Gottsegen Koen was born and raised in NYC. She graduated with a BA from Emerson College and went on to enjoy a wonderful career in
Non Profit Special Events. Carly and her husband Jon reside on the Upper West Side with their two daughters Stella (3rd grade) and Joey (Kindergarten).