Foundation Staff

Raleigh Leichter

Development Program Manager



Raleigh Polsky Leichter was born and raised in Montgomery County.  She has worked in non-profit development for over 10 years, first as Director of Special Event and Donor Relations at the Israel Humanitarian Foundation in New York City continuing as Director of Institutional Advancement and Special Projects at Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning and currently as Development Program Manager at the Montgomery Parks Foundation.

A graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Secondary Education with a minor in Communications.  Previous to her work in non-profit development Raleigh spent two years teaching High School English in Elmont, New York.

Raleigh has been a park lover her entire life, having grown up running through Cabin John Park and Wheaton Regional Park with her parents and now doing the same at parks all over Montgomery County with her husband and three young children.


Nina Aplebaum

Grant Writer and Manager



Nina Aplebaum is a licensed social worker in Maryland specializing in relationship management.  She has extensive experience cultivating partnerships between nonprofits and private companies to promote social responsibility and community support.  Nina was previously with Women Empowered Against Violence, as their Pro Bono Manager, garnering support by building strategic alliances with large corporations as well as securing government grants.  Most recently, Nina was with The Barker Foundation where she assisted the Development Director in securing financial support from private foundations.

A graduate of Muhlenberg College, Nina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia University in Social Work.

Having resided in Montgomery County for most of her life, Nina is excited to have the opportunity to help raise support for Montgomery Parks through the Montgomery Parks Foundation.  Nina currently lives in Gaithersburg with her husband, Lowell, and their three children Lewes, Juniper, and Mabel.


Jaclyn Riedel

Corporate Sponsorship Manager



Jaclyn Riedel is the new corporate sponsorship manager at the  Montgomery Parks Foundation.  After working in the film industry for many years, she decided to  enter the non-profit sector as a means to give back to the community. She was the Director of the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation MD/S. DE Chapter where she developed relationships with prominent hospitals, secured new sponsorships, and strengthened the board of directors.  She also worked in development for the Arthritis Foundation, planning fundraising events such as runs, golf tournaments, and galas.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Jaclyn received a degree in Mass Communications and minor in Horticulture. Upon graduation she began working in the set decorating and costume departments of various television shows, feature films, and theatre productions in the Mid Atlantic region.

In her spare time, Jaclyn can always be found outside either jogging around a local lake, playing tennis with friends, or digging about in her garden.


Felicia Townes

Administrative Specialist