Manisha Shah

Founder, CEO & CTO

Mother of a 3 year old

Manisha Shah

Manisha formerly worked at Palm and then at Shopkick as a Director of Engineering for the company's mobile shopping app. Her experience with her daughter Anya inspired her to start Playfully. She hopes Playfully will help parents WIN at parenting.

Laura Finnigan-Heil

Marketing & Curriculum Advisor

Mother of a 1 year old

Laura Finnigan-Heil

Laura also worked at Shopkick where she developed a passion for innovation and the fast-moving startup culture. She's thrilled to combine that with another one of her passions, social-emotional learning in early childhood, in her work at Playfully. Plus, she can finally put her Psychology degree to good use. She has a one-year-old daughter at home who inspires her to grow and learn every day.

Natalie Ashcroft Clark

Curriculum Advisor, Operations & Business Lead

Oldest of five, expecting her first child

Natalie Ashcroft Clark

Natalie is an MBA & Masters of Education Candidate at Stanford University. She formerly worked as a Partnerships Manager at Shopkick. She is passionate about improving families' access to high-quality early-childhood education, and is looking forward to meeting her new baby.

Gopika Kamdar Saarima

MA, CCC-SLP

Mother of a 1.5 year old

Gopika Kamdar Saarima

Gopika is one of Playfully's advisors, specializing in speech-language pathology. She has spent the last decade working with children of all ages, with specialty focus in the 0-3 population. She also coaches parents within her individual sessions and by running toddler classes, providing parents with developmentally-appropriate games and advice.

Briana Harris

OTD, OTR/L

Aunt of a 2 year old

Briana Harris

Briana is one of Playfully's advisors, specializing in pediatric occupational therapy. She has worked with children of all ages, including Birth-3, for more than 10 years. She is currently seeing clients at a clinic located in Skokie, IL, near Chicago, IL. Her clinic also provides Early Intervention services for the state of Illinois.

Dr. Jennifer Paz

M.Ed., Psy.D.

Co-founder of Elevated Insights Assessment

Dr. Jennifer Paz

Jenn is one of Playfully's advisors, specializing in child psychology. She is the co-founder of Elevated Insights Assessment and focuses on assessing and treating children, adolescents, and families. She is also the Assistant Program Developer for the Latin@ Psychology Specialty program at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology and teaches two graduate level courses within the specialty.

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Dr. Kate Colón

Psy.D.

Mother of a 2.5 year old, and a newborn. Co-founder of Elevated Insights Assessment.

Dr. Kate Colón

Kate is one of Playfully's advisors, specializing in child psychology. She co-founded Elevated Insights Assessment and focuses on assessing and treating children, adolescents and families. She and Jenn run community workshops in Denver to provide support to parents of young children and strengthen family systems.

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Kimberly Peterson Braun

M.A., Theater Arts

Mother of a 10 month old

Kimberly Peterson Braun

Kim is Playfully's wonderfully talented Music Director and in-house musician. She is an experienced song writer and performer and is helping to bring Playfully's games to life with music that is fun for parents and children alike.
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