FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2017
Contact: Frances Reimers
Tel: (202) 731-2649

Email: frances@yourfirestarter.com

The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) Board of Directors welcomes six new members to its board of Directors to focus on financial sustainability and strategic growth.

ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Child & Family Network Centers’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of six new members to the board of directors. The new appointments are:

Lisa Herget, Ilene Lewis, Tyler Massey, Abhisek Mitra, Frances Reimers, and Kari Shapero.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new additions to the Board of Directors. Each of these individuals’ enthusiasm and commitment will strengthen our organization and bring insightful perspectives to our Board,” said Executive Director Lisa Carter.

Each elected board member not only brings a deep passion for education, but also a strong professional background that will enhance and diversify the skills of CFNC’s already strong leadership foundation. The addition of each new member will guide CFNC to a path of financial sustainability, and help focus the organization on strategic growth.

Lisa Herget is a long-time supporter of CFNC, and served as co-chair of CFNC’s “Our Children Can’t Wait” Capital Campaign. As co-chair, Lisa was instrumental in securing $2.5 million dollars in capital campaign pledges to build a new headquarters. She also is an active member of CFNC’s Spring Benefit Committee.

Ilene Lewis has been in early education for over 22 years, serving as a teacher, assistant director, and a director. For the past 19 years, she has been the Director of the Little Scholars Child Development Center, the official center for the Library of Congress.

Tyler Massey is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at UBS, and has almost 20 years of experience in the field. In addition to his board service at CFNC, he is also involved with the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation, Thanks USA, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Abhisek Mitra is Vice President and Senior Project Manager at US Bank. He currently serves as the chair of CFNC’s facilities committee, utilizing his 15 years of experience as a practitioner in affordable housing. He currently serves on the planning and program committee for the Affordable Housing Investor’s Counsel.

Frances Reimers is the principal at Firestarter, a personal brand consultancy located in Alexandria, VA. Firestarter helps athletes, celebrities, and executives to create, grow, manage and protect their personal brand. She is also the host of the weekly internet radio show ‘Let’s Talk Personal’ on WLVS. Frances is a 2016 recipient of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 award. Frances sits on CFNC’s Development Committee, where she brings 15 years of marketing, PR, and events experience.

Kari Shapero is a long-time supporter of CFNC, and has previously sat on CFNC’s “Our Children Can’t Wait” Capital Campaign committee, as well as their annual gala committee. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Fairway Payments, Inc, and has previously sat on a variety of committees at Christ Church. Her deep community connections and passion for Alexandria children make her a great addition to the board.

All new Board Members will fulfill a three-year term. CFNC’s current slate of board members is listed below.

Heather O’Neill Jelks – Nautilus Coaching, LLC– President
Kate Boyce Reeder – KRB Consulting – Vice President
Steven Reed – Steptoe & Johnson, LLP – Secretary
Anne Hedman – The Kingsbury Center – Treasurer
Emily Coccia – Gigawatt Group
Pete Gartlan – Donohoe Development Co.
Lisa Herget
Ilene Lewis – Library of Congress Child Care Association
Tyler Massey – UBS
Abhisek Mitra – US Bank
Kyle J. Moore – Wells Fargo Bank
Pedro Pablo Permuy – Green T Advisors
Candace Radoski – First Book
Frances Reimers – Firestarter
Kari Shapero – Fairway Payments

About CFNC

The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) provides free preschool education for 136 children and families living at or below 250% of the poverty line, who earn too much to qualify for the free federal program, Head Start, but not enough to afford their children with a private preschool education. Providing a unique blend of preschool education and family support services including free health services, in-home visits and counseling, CFNC currently operates 8 classrooms in apartment complexes, recreational centers and other locations throughout Alexandria where these families live. Learn more at http://cfnc-online.org. Follow CFNC on Facebook and Twitter.

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