Leadership Team

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Lisa Miccolis, Founder & Executive Director

Lisa Miccolis, the Executive Director/Founder of The Monkey & The Elephant, has more than eight years of experience working as a barista and café supervisor. She spent a year coaching low-income youth at YouthBuild in North Philadelphia before journeying abroad to South Africa, where she met Ephraim, the young boy who inspired The Monkey & The Elephant. Since earning a B.A. in Psychology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Lisa has dedicated considerable time to building The Monkey & The Elephant from the ground up.


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Karin Tindall, Cafe Manager

Karin Andrew is a Café Manager and MENTOR at M&E. She has worked in the coffee industry for 10 years, starting as a barista and shift supervisor and eventually opening and managing an independent coffee shop in Pottstown, PA. Her experience runs the gamut from customer service and crafting drinks to ordering, inventory, hiring, training of staff, disciplinary procedures and scheduling. In 2010 she was able to combine her love of coffee and passion for social justice while working at Bloom, a bakery/cafe that provides job skills to young women who are survivors of sex trafficking and ministering to such diverse areas as psychological health, life coaching, physical wellness and professionalism in the workplace. Working with this population provided a unique set of skills and background that Karin has been able to use in her position at M&E.


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Elizabeth Godown, Cafe Manager

Elizabeth Godown is a Café Manager and MENTOR at M&E.  In 2011, Liz studied for a semester in Tanzania, where she lived in the rural village of Karagwe. While there she took classes that piqued her interest in the idea of sustainable development. Armed with this newfound knowledge, she moved to Philadelphia where she began to work in the coffee and food service industries. Working for M&E has allowed her to blend together her experience in the coffee industry with her passion for helping small communities develop from within.


Karen L. Ament, Support Services Specialist

Karen L. Ament, affectionately known to staff and customers as Miss Karen, has never worked in the coffee industry.  She also doesn’t drink coffee, but this didn’t prevent her from completing a BA in Psychology-Early Childhood Development, and a masters degree in Clinical Social Work. Karen has worked as a hospice home care social worker, a unit coordinator for Alzheimer’s patients and has provided group and play therapy for children and teens in residential, outpatient, Supervised Independent Living, and foster care settings.  She is optimistic that these experiences and her positive attitude will compensate for her complete lack of cafe experience. 


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Sharayna Taylor, Program Director

Sharayna Taylor is the Program Director at M&E.  Following completion of her B.A in Communications, Sharayna joined AmeriCorps.  Serving as Site Coordinator she created and oversaw a high school based mentoring program. With over a decade of experience in youth development including implementing scholastic, extracurricular, and early learning/childcare programming; Sharayna has spent the past 7 years working exclusively with mentoring programs based in schools, sites and community settings.  As an alumna of the foster care system her sole passion to ensure youth of similar circumstances obtain the opportunities to thrive.