Leadership Team

Brightside Academy is a company made up of strong, talented individuals including the company’s leadership team. Knowing that children learn the most in childhood, the company’s leadership team, along with their respective teams, work to provide all families access to an excellent educational experience for all children enrolled in our programs.

Jack Safer, Chief Operations Officer

Jack Safer joined Brightside Academy as the Chief Operations Officer after working in the social services sector and a number of health care organizations throughout the last decade. Jack’s hands-on leadership style and creative approach to problem solving has enabled him to execute highly complex programs and initiatives successfully within the health care field. He brings his community service and innovative management methods to Brightside Academy with the goal of expanding our services for children and families of all backgrounds by providing them with high quality child care and education. Jack graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Degree in Business Administration.

Ray Wojtowicz, Chief Financial Officer

Ray Wojtowicz joined Brightside Academy in May 2007. He holds a master’s in business administration in accounting and finance from the Katz Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh. He has held multiple positions in the Finance Department throughout the years within Brightside Academy. As Chief Financial Officer, he oversees all accounting functions, grant administration and CACFP compliance.

Mike Willis, Regional Vice President, Philadelphia

Mike brings over 25 years of leadership and operational experience to Brightside in both the retail and the early childhood education industries. Prior to joining BSA, he was a multi-unit leader spanning multiple markets with KinderCare Education. Mike is known for his laser-focused customer and employee engagement. He shares his knowledge in ECE across our network of Pennsylvania academies. Mike is excited about collaborations with staff at every level – teachers, academy leaders, the corporate office partners, and parents. In his words everyone can “contribute to creating a safe and welcoming environment that caters to the unique needs of every family and child.”

Jessica Miller, Regional Vice President, Pittsburgh

Jessica brings over 15 years experience in early childhood education. She has held both teaching and management positions throughout her tenure. She focuses on team building, management, training, coaching, employee engagement, and bringing high quality to all areas of our service. 

Amy Labosco, Vice President, Human Resources

Amy Labosco joined Brightside Academy in January 2005. Initially hired as assistant controller, she has been successively promoted to roles of increasing responsibility and currently holds the position of vice president, human resources. In this role she is centered on creating a great work place for employees. Prior to joining Brightside Academy, Amy spent her career in several leadership roles in finance. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.