Kelli Pfaff is a seasoned professional in the education and positive youth development field. Kelli has spent her time working as an informal and formal educator, coach, facilitator, trainer, non-profit director, and school district leader. Kelli’s expertise includes strategic planning and large change management, influencing school and non-profit policy, developing large multi-million dollar public/private initiatives, and engaging in designing and supporting community partnerships in a variety of contexts within and outside the Jewish community.
Meet the MazelTogether team members who help you with the connections, for the ages.
Kelli Trotsky PfaffProject Director
Talia HaykinOperations and Marketing Manager
Talia Haykin is a Denver based freelance writer, social media strategist, and reformed actor. She is also the mom of a (very handsome) little boy, a (very cute) little girl, and pup, Soba Schnoodle. In her free time (ha) she and her husband grow thousands of pounds of food each season and make award-winning hard apple cider. She also occasionally blogs at Talia, She Wrote.
Bethany Friedlander moved with her husband and three children to Colorado in 2011. She has a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and a MEd in Administration. She has worked in education and the Jewish community since college and played in both her whole life.
Jennifer Abrams moved to Colorado with her husband, 2 daughters and dog in December 2016 from the Chicago area. She has a B.S. in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked as a Social Worker for the Early Childhood Programs at JCC Chicago and as a Pediatric Medical Social Worker in a variety of hospital settings.
Rachel BraverDigital Storyteller | Catalyst
Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies Education, is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter and has over 20 years of Public Relations and Marketing experience. Since relocating to Colorado from California in 2018, she has co-founded two Jewish social groups: The Southeast Tribe and Colorado ASL Jew Crew.
Rachel enjoys spending time with her loving husband and 2 kids, shopping for greeting cards with her mother, participating in walk-a-thons for various causes close to her heart and salsa dancing the night away!
Rachel BaumDU/University Park Family Connector
Rachel lives in the University area with her husband Andy and two daughters, Maya (3) and Eden (1). Rachel and Andy met while living in Santa Monica, and moved to Denver in 2013. She attended the University of Denver, earning her degrees in Business Management, Leadership and M.B.A. She’s spent the last few years working in Family Engagement at the JCC and has a passion for helping families with young children find their village and connect to the Denver Jewish community!
Rachel recently became a stay-at-home mama to baby Eden and loves having more time with her family. On the weekends, the Baum’s can be found eating, playing at Wash Park, exploring a museum, or traveling.
Rafi DaughertyLGBTQ Family Connector
Rafi is a recent graduate from University of Colorado, Denver’s counseling program and he is happy to be working as a contract therapist for Queer Asterisk. Rafi is a single Abba to two wonderful children ages 4 and 1.5. Their family lives on the northwest side of Denver near Sloan’s Lake.
Rafi recently created the Rainbow Tots Chevra Facebook group. “Chevra” means a friend group in Hebrew/Yiddish. Rainbow Tots Chevra is a group to connect all of the Jew/Jew adjacent/Interfaith queer families with young kids in the Denver/Boulder area. Rainbow Tots just requires that at least one immediate family member identify as queer/LGBTQI. Rafi has been a part of more mainstream Jewish young family events but feels most connected to his fellow queers.
Candace LyonsStapleton Family Connector
Candace Lyons lives in Stapleton with her husband Scott and daughters, Claire (6) and Rachel (3). Originally from New York, they moved to Colorado in 2018 after calling Massachusetts home for 16 years. She was a Family Connector for JCC Greater Boston and PJ Library for 3.5 years where she planned programs and events for families with young children.
With a background in marketing and public relations, Candace brings a creative approach to family engagement and a passion for connecting families to each other and to the Jewish community. Candace enjoys exploring Colorado with her family and is excited to help launch this new program in the Stapleton neighborhood.
Yael Shalom-AshfordLGBTQ Family Connector
Yael lives in Denver with her wife, Amy, and her son Geffen. Yael is very passionate about sharing her Jewish traditions and values with her LGBTQ community and create a space for her family to grow. With a career in sales, Yael makes sure to connect and talk with everyone and reassure everyone is having FUN! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking with her Geffen and teaching him Hebrew.
Heidi SolomonGolden Family Connector
Heidi Solomon is the mommy of preschooler Parker and baby Sophie. She has lived in Golden with her husband, Deva, the kiddos, and her dog Frost for the past four years. Prior to moving to Colorado, Heidi and her husband were the directors of West Virginia University Hillel for nine years, where they loved planning and hosting programming for their students.
Heidi is a speech-language pathologist and serves as the in-house SLP for the Hebrew Educational Alliance’s preschool, along with servicing children in the community. She and her family love spending time in nature, as well as participating in Jewish programming at their synagogue. Heidi looks forward to connecting with Jewish families in the Denver area and creating engaging programming for families with young children.