Center Staff

Alison Nalle

Alison Nalle has been a facilitator at the Child and Parent Center since 2005.  She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology.   She continued her education at Bryn Mawr College where she earned a Masters from the Graduate School of Social work and Social Research.  Alison has worked at The Crefeld School with Adolescents and at Martin Luther King High School with pregnant and parenting teens.  She is a parent of three children.

Alison is interested in supporting families as they undertake the important job of raising children in a complex world.  Through discussions designed to provide a better understanding of child development, Alison hopes to encourage parents to develop their road map for effective parenting.

Gail B. Loeb

Gail B. Loeb received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master's degree in Social Work from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.  She has been with the Child and Parent Center since its inception and was Director of the Center for 15 years.  She has been involved in the creation of many of its programs including Exploring Parenthood, Time out for Teens and Tots, Your Younger Child, and programs for single parents, adoptive parents, working parents, and parents of twins.  Over the years, she has provided training and consultation to professionals and paraprofessionals on the needs of parents and children in the early years.

Gail is a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and stepmother and was a single parent for almost 15 years – all roles she brings to her current work with new parents at the Child and Parent center.

Gemina Gianino

Gemina Gianino, EdM, is excited to join the Hall Mercer Child and Parent Center.  She received her Masters in Education from Harvard University and a BA in Sociology from Duke University.  Over the course of her career she has been a teacher, literacy coach, curriculum developer, and new teacher mentor.  She has two children and serves on The Philadelphia School, Team First Book Philadelphia, and Fitler Square Association Boards.


Hani C. Dressler

Hani C. Dressler, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC has been a facilitator at The Hall Mercer Child and Parent Center since 2018. She received a MA in Speech & Hearing Sciences at George Washington University and a BS in Communication, Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University. Since 2010, Hani has been a Speech Pathologist within the University of Pennsylvania Health System working with adults and newborns, specifically in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has a special interest in feeding and swallowing and recently obtained certification in lactation counseling. 

Hani attended The Hall Mercer Child & Parent Center with her daughter in 2017. The support, guidance and friendships she made encouraged her to join the center staff. She hopes to provide this experience to other new parents. Her newborn son looks forward to joining classes at The Child & Parent Center soon! 


Perri Shaw Borish

Perri earned her MSS from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. The Mother of three children, Perri is a Psychotherapist in Private Practice with a specialty of Maternal Mental Health. Perri works part time at Hall Mercer Parent and Child Center (Pennsylvania Hospital), facilitating weekly parenting support groups. Perri hopes her work at Hall Mercer will help to empower, embrace and nurture parents in their transition to parenthood.

Shannon Aksel

Shannon has been leading infant groups at the Child and Parent Center since June 2018. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned a MA in Counseling from Denver Seminary and a BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Shannon specializes in maternal mental health at her private practice in South Philly where she sees clients for individual therapy as a member of Circle Counseling. She and her husband, Keith, moved here in 2017 and are delighted to call Philadelphia home! Shannon’s favorite part of working at the Child and Parent Center is meeting and supporting new moms and dads as they navigate the transition into their identity as parents.

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