Dale Mezzacappa, contributing editor
215-839-0082 ext. 102, dalem@thenotebook.org

Dale joined the staff in February 2008 after two years as a freelance contributor. She brings to the Notebook two decades of experience covering education for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a strong local and national reputation as an award-winning reporter, and a wealth of local and national contacts. As contributing editor, Dale writes stories as well as editing content for the Notebook. She is a past president of the board of the national Education Writers Association and teaches a journalism course at Swarthmore She has worked with Philadelphia high school newspapers through the Prime Movers project.​

Lauren Wiley, interim executive director
215-839-0082 ext. 106, laurenw@thenotebook.org

Lauren joined the staff in 2014. She is a fund-raising professional, a former journalist and a Philadelphia public school parent. Lauren began working in the nonprofit field in 2002 at the American Diabetes Association, where she gained experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and management, and event planning. More recently, she was the first-ever development director at Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, a professional laboratory science organization. Lauren earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Syracuse University and a master’s of public administration at Villanova University.

Neeta Patel, director for operations
215-839-0082 ext. 104, neetap@thenotebook.org

Neeta came to the Notebook in March 2013. She has a long career in nonprofit management in Philadelphia with organizations including Asian Americans United, SEAMAAC, and the Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures Charter School. Neeta is a graduate of Haverford College and has a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dara Galtman, advertising and marketing manager
215-839-0082 ext. 101, darag@thenotebook.org

Dara, a Philadelphia native, is a former freelance journalist and public school teacher with extensive marketing and account management experience. She first began working with nonprofits as a VISTA volunteer after college, working for a literacy program in Arizona. She is a graduate of Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master’s of Science in Education. A mother of five, she is a strong believer in the importance of independent journalism and public education.


Harvey Finkle, photography

Harvey is a still photographer who documents the activities of many progressive organizations and has produced a substantial body of work concerned with social, political and cultural issues. His work has been extensively exhibited and published, including three books entitled, “Urban Nomads,” “Still Home: Jews of South Philadelphia” and “Reading.”

Mildred S. Martinez, Spanish translation

Mildred has served as Spanish translator for the Notebook since 2000. She provides translation services from her home in Allentown, PA.

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