Leadership Staff

Our work is guided by the thoughtful direction of our leadership.

Diana Rauner

Diana Rauner is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private partnership that prepares children for success in school and in life. The Ounce believes in starting early to unlock the power of human potential, advancing program and policy efforts interactively to foster systemic change.

Mark Becker

Director, Finance

Susan Ben

Vice President, Information Technology and Management

Karen Berman

Karen Berman

Director, Illinois Policy

Alexandra Beygel

Director, Financial Planning and Analysis

Timothy Callahan

Director, Finance Transformation

Maribel Centeno

Director, Practice Development and Improvement, Educare Learning Network

Claire Dunham

Senior Vice President, Programs and Training

Brenda Eiland-Williford

Director, Program and Curricula

Lucinda Fickel

Assistant Director, Strategy and Operations

Jill Garnier

Director, Knowledge Management

Ireta Gasner

Vice President, Illinois Policy

Ann Hanson

Director, Advancing Quality

Anita Harvey-Dixon

Director, Family Engagement, Educare Learning Network

Cynthia Jackson

Senior Vice President, Educare Learning Network

Ann Kirwan

Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships

Amy Lusk

Vice President, Educare Learning Network

Jane McCarthy

Director, Strategic Advancement Development

Diana McClarien

Director, Grantee Support Services

Michael-John Myette

Director, Educare Partnerships, Educare Learning Network


Sara Nadig

Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

Debra Pacchiano

Vice President, Translational Research and Improvement

Tony Raden

Senior Vice President, Research and Policy Initiatives

Beca Sipraga

Assistant Director, IT Enterprise Solutions

Ellen Smith

Chief of Staff

Amanda Stein

Director, Research and Evaluation

Matthew Sulzen

Assistant Director, Ounce Institute

Mallary Swartz

Director, Family Engagement Research

Mark Valentine

Director, Illinois Birth to Three Institute

Margie Wallen

Director, Policy Partnerships

Nick Wechsler

Director, Program Development

Renee Welch

Director, eLearning and Instructional Services

Kanika White McGhee

Director, Innovation

Kelly Woodlock

Director, Professional Development

April Wozniak

Vice President, Development