Who We Are
Debra Eileen Lewis,
Founding Board President
Debra holds a BA entitled The Arts and Education from William Smith College in Geneva, NY, with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Religious Studies. She is a graduate of The Entrepreneurship Network in Rochester, NY, where she acquired knowledge that helped her in planning and running the organization. She has experience teaching children creative writing, being a self-employed massage therapist, and teaching yoga (mostly prenatal and children's yoga).
Sarah holds a BA in French Literature from Cornell University and a MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Sarah enjoyed a rewarding career at Cornell University, first as a principal gifts fundraiser and culminating as Associate Dean for Administration at the Graduate School prior to resigning in 2014 with the birth of her twin girls. In addition to the Finger Lakes Toy Library, Sarah is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Arts Partnership.
Erika Mudrak grew up in Ithaca. After she attended college at the University of Rochester (earning degrees in Mathematics and Biology), she spent 10 years living in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Iowa while pursuing degrees and training in Ecology and Statistics. In 2013 she moved back to Ithaca to accept a job as a statistical consultant at Cornell.
Josselyn Richards-Daniels, Director of Operations
Josselyn moved to Ithaca from her home state of Maine in 2019. Holding a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, she brings a broad range of skills and experience and is always eager to learn more. With her background in collections care, educational non-profits, and customer service, Josselyn is committed to helping further develop the toy library and watching it continue to flourish.
When she's not working at the toy library, Josselyn enjoys hiking, running, working on creative projects, and spending quality time with her partner and their goofy cat Toby.
Assistant to the Director of Operations
Sabeena is currently a Music (in combination with an outside field) major at Ithaca College. Her outside field is psychology and she plans on minoring in counseling. In the future, she hopes to become a music therapist. She is from New Hampshire and the oldest of 4 siblings. Her youngest sister is 2 years old, so Sabeena loves playing with her and watching her learn new things!
Oluademi James-Daniel, Operations Assistant
I'm Oluademi (oh-LOO-ah-DAY-mee), and I've lived in Ithaca for ten years with my awesome partner and our menagerie. I was born in Brooklyn, NY. My mother was a teacher for 30+ years, so hands-on play and learning was a HUGE part of my childhood! After graduating from college, I started my career in my biggest passion: animals! I worked at an animal shelter on Long Island for 3 years before moving up here, where I worked at a dog daycare for seven years before starting my own dog training business.
Amber was the toy library's volunteer Executive Director for our first 15 months of operation and is now the Executive Director of the Family Reading Partnership. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Child Development from Empire State College and has 15+ years of experience as a nanny. Much of her research during her education focused on play and its benefits and international iterations. She has extensive knowledge of infant and toddler development and its relationship to their play.
Open Hours Host
Open Hours Host
Yvonne joined FLTL as a volunteer because she loves the premise of the Toy Library!
"I love spending time with children and their families."
Jack is excited to be a part of the Finger Lakes Toy Library as a playtime volunteer in collaboration with the Tompkins County Public Library. As a member of the Park Scholar Program at Ithaca College, Jack loves giving back to the local community and seeing smiles on the faces of those he serves. Jack is extremely grateful to be a part of such an inclusive community at TCPL, helping to create a space for kids to have fun and play!
Challenge Workforce Solutions,
Challenge Workforce Solutions is a non-profit organization that is committed to creating pathways to employment for people with disabilities or barriers. They began volunteering weekly at FLTL in November 2022. The participants always enjoy their time at the toy library!
Open Hours Host
Hi I'm Alicia, I'm 28 and I moved up from Westchester to Ithaca this past August! I'm a mental health counselor and work fully virtual, so I was excited at the opportunity to volunteer with the toy library to help the community and meet new people in the area. I love working with kids because I find their unencumbered passion for learning new things to be refreshing and overall a rewarding experience. It's been such a pleasure to volunteer as an open hours host, signing on new members and contributing to providing a clean and fun environment for kids to play! When I'm not volunteering or working I'm usually seeing live music, taking up a new craft hobby, or hiking with my partner and our dog Jagger.