About GatherRound

At GatherRound, we’re all about relationships. We are eager to connect with you and learn more about the ways we can support your journey.

Our core values & principles

To us, these words represent everything we seek to create in our world.


Aligning our communities with the values we hold, and setting up systems that operationalize our beliefs.


Ensuring that decisions are made with the impact and voices of many.


Widening our circles and inviting more into our community.


Acknowledging that the voices in early care and education have long been silenced and overlooked – and elevating these voices and ensuring they are heard.


Creating systems that align with equity and opportunity for all children, families, and educators.


Living a life of authenticity, transparency, and justice.

Kathy Pomer

President & CEO

Kathy Pomer is the President and CEO of GatherRound Consulting, and an accomplished early childhood education leader. Her work at GatherRound is a culmination of nearly four decades in the field serving many roles from classroom educator to administrator, mentor teacher, program designer and consultant. Kathy most recently served as Vice President and Director of the Sheva Center for Innovation in Early Childhood Education and Engagement for the JCCs of North America. Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, both from the Eliot - Pearson School of Child Study at Tufts University.

Kathy’s image of the educator and every learner as competent and capable guides her work. She believes that positive, proactive early care and education experiences highlighting learners’ own capabilities and interests creates a community of care for a just society that aligns with what we value most. Kathy’s areas of expertise include visioning and reflective supervision with leadership teams, mentorship and pedagogical support and advocacy for educators and leadership teams, and collaboration and communication with all professionals in strengthening the field of early care and education. 

In addition to her work at GatherRound, Kathy serves as an Exchange Leadership Institute Fellow, bringing her expertise and knowledge to a global platform in partnership with Exchange Every Day. Kathy lives in Southern Maryland, near Washington D.C., with her husband Jim. Their two grown children are thriving and happy and busy making the world a better place.

Our Thought Partners

Sarah Koffler


Sarah Koffler is  the Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services at the JCC of Central NJ. She is a co-founder of GatherRound LLC, and is a seasoned educator with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. With a strong passion for creating enriching educational experiences for young children and families, Sarah brings over fifteen years of expertise in various educational roles. 

Sarah's commitment to supporting early childhood programs is reflected in her work with school communities and national organizations, along with her commitment to family engagement and promoting the voices of all stakeholders. She embodies dedication and expertise in coaching early childhood directors, leading professional development workshops, and advocating for high quality educational programs for all children and families. As GatherRound continues to evolve, Sarah looks forward to contributing as a thought partner in shaping its future journey.

Emily Hausman

Emily Hausman, Director of the Infant and Toddler Center (ITC) at SAR Academy in the Bronx, NY, has a rich background in early childhood education. As the former Director of Early Childhood Education at the Riverdale Y, she spearheaded New York City's Department of Education free 3K and PreK program, demonstrating her commitment to accessible and high-quality early childhood education. Recognized for her advocacy, Emily has spoken and consulted on universal childcare and education, earning the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award from the Jewish Education Project in 2022.

Through her leadership at SAR Academy and prior accomplishments, Emily has demonstrated a dedication to building educational environments that uplift and serve her community, especially during times of crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic. Emily continues to impact the field of early childhood education through her multifaceted expertise and unwavering commitment to children's well-being and development.

Lisa Sutter

Lisa Sutter is a seasoned professional with more than two decades of experience in early childhood education, child development, and public health. Lisa is currently the Assistant Director of Products at the Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida.  At Lastinger she leads a team of product managers that build professional learning tools for educators and students in early learning, family engagement, mathematics, and literacy, as well as a team of partnership managers who work with early learning programs, school districts and state organizations to strengthen the education system.  Her diverse background includes roles in organizational development, training and professional development, and public health initiatives, showcasing her expertise in a wide range of areas. She is passionate about creating positive change and impact at various levels, from local communities to national initiatives.

Lisa's commitment to equity and social justice is evident in all aspects of her work, and she believes in the power of communities to drive transformation. Her educational background, combined with her practical experience, positions her as a dynamic leader in the fields of early childhood education, child development, and public health. Lisa's holistic approach to her work reflects her passion for creating a more equitable and just society for all.

Hear what our great partners say

“With Kathy and Sarah's ongoing support through our engagement with GatherRound, we know every single one of our decisions, planning, and implementing will be through the lenses of our values and what is in the best interest of children.”

Samantha Dubrinsky
Executive Director, Springfield JCC, Springfield, MA

"Their thoughtfulness and professionalism make them enjoyable to work with.  If you are ready to make meaningful strides to improve your early childhood centers programming and operations, Sarah and Kathy are going to be your most valuable thought partners."

Kyrsten Rorick
Program Coordinator, Rochester, NY

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