BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Linda Asato

Position: Director
Location: San Francisco, CA
Organization: CA CCR&R Network
Linda Asato is the Executive Director of the California CCR&R Network. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration, School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University in New York.

Todd Barnhouse

Position: Director
Location: Columbus, OH
Organization: Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association
Todd is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA). In 2010 after almost 15 years working in state government, Todd joined OCCRRA and transitioned into his role supporting the OCCRRA Board of Directors and a team of experienced and well respected professionals who develop and implement programs, products, and services.

Patricia Barron

Position: Director
Location: Arlington, VA
Organization: Association of the United States Army
Patty Barron joined the staff at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in January of 2012 as AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness. She supports all AUSA family programs and activities by providing management and oversight to all directorate activities.

Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

Position: Director
Location: Boston, MA
Organization: Boston Medical Center
Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a practicing primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, a social epidemiologist, and the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network.

Katherine Cothern

Position:Director
Location:Jackson, TN
Organization: Southwest Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral program
Katherine Cothern is the Program Manager for the Southwest Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral program, which serves 19 counties in northwest and southwest Tennessee, which serves 19 counties in northwest and southwest Tennessee. She has served in this capacity since the program’s inception in 1999.

Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D.

Position: Director
Location: New Haven, CT
Organization: Child Study Center – Yale University
Walter S. Gilliam is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine.

Tim R. Hawkins

Position: Treasurer
Location: Vienna, VA
Organization: LT Business Dynamics, PC
Managing Partner Tim Hawkins divides his professional time at LT Business Dynamics between working with small businesses and nonprofits. He also serves as the company’s primary business development officer as he cultivates relationships with new and established clients and develops strategic partnerships with outside firms and other industry leaders.

Ann McCully

Position: Director
Location: St. Paul, MN
Organization: Child Care Aware® of Minnesota
Ann McCully joined Child Care Aware®of Minnesota as Executive Director in April 2002. During her time with the agency, the statewide system has gone through significant changes in the structure of its service delivery, and the work of the coordinating agency has expanded to include direct support to various programs.

Paula Neth

Position: Director
Location: Kansas City, MO
Organization: The Family Conservancy
Paula is currently the Vice President of Programs at The Family Conservancy in Kansas City, which is a member agency in both the Kansas and Missouri Child Care Aware® networks. She has over twenty years of experience in child care resource and referral at both the state and local level.

Al Nygard

Position: Director
Location: Bismarck, ND
Organization: Al Nygard Consulting
Al Nygard is the President and CEO of Al Nygard Consulting. Al Nygard Consulting (ANC) is a Native American owned Management Consulting firm that specializes in culturally sensitive approaches to management, planning, and development.

Dan Pedersen

Position: Director
Location: Atlanta, GA
Organization: Buffett Early Childhood Fund (Retired)
Daniel J. Pedersen was from 1999 until 2012, founding president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, which invests in early childhood practice, policy and knowledge to ensure a better start for very young children growing up in families facing the greatest odds.

Steve Rohde

Position: President-Elect
Location: Baltimore, MD
Organization: Maryland Family Network
Steve Rohde is the Deputy Director for Resource and Referral Services for the Maryland Family Network (MFN, a merger of Maryland Committee for Children and Friends of the Family) and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network.

Tonja Rucker, Ph.D.

Position: Director
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: The National League of Cities
Tonja Rucker currently serves as the Principal Associate for Early Childhood Development in the Institute for Youth Education and Families at the National League of Cities. She is responsible for providing primary program support for the Institute’s work in areas related to early education.

Lisa Stone-Muntz

Position: Secretary
Location: Mancos, CO
Organization: Consultant/Volunteer
Lisa is a national consultant specializing in dependent-care programs with 25 years experience in growth strategies, organizational structure, effective customer service, and end user experience evaluation. Lisa volunteers with several national and state organizations including Child Care Aware® of America and National Afterschool Association.


VISION

Every family in the United States has access to a high-quality, affordable child care system.



MISSION

We advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. The child care system supports children’s growth, development, and educational advancement and creates positive economic impact for families and communities. Our work is strengthened by a national network of child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and diverse members and partners.


PRINCIPLES

We believe the earliest years of a child’s life are the most critical and represent the single most important investment for communities, states, and the nation, requiring significant leadership, focus, and funding.
We believe families are children’s most important teachers. In partnership with families, nurturing, responsive, and knowledgeable child care teachers create dynamic learning opportunities and are essential to creating the foundation for children’s long-term success.
We believe the public and private sectors must invest in and promote the quality and availability of child care programs that support children’s health and development. Families and child care businesses should not bear the full cost of quality child care.
We believe —because of disparities among groups of children—programs and policies should be designed, resourced, and implemented to deliver equitable outcomes for all children in all communities.
We believe that strategic partnerships with likeminded organizations are essential to proactively leverage resources, maximize expertise, and create greater gains for children and families.
We believe decision makers on child care systems, services, policies, and funding must have access to clear data and strong research to inform their choices.