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

Assistant Director, Illinois Policy—Systems Building

Alexandra Beygel

Director, Financial Planning and Analysis

Timothy Callahan

Assistant Director, Finance—Budget and Fiscal Operations

Maribel Centeno

Director, Educare Learning Network

Matthew Davis

Chief Operating Officer

Claire Dunham

Senior Vice President, Programs and Training

Brenda Eiland-Williford

Director, Program and Curricula

Ireta Gasner

Assistant Director, Illinois Policy—Legislative Outreach

Kelly Ginley

Director, Marketing Communications

Ann Hanson

Director, Advancing Quality

Anita Harvey-Dixon

Educare Implementation Advisor

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

Megan Meyer

Assistant Director, Marketing & Media

Michael-John Myette

Director, Educare Partnerships, Educare Learning Network


Gail Nourse

Vice President, Illinois Policy

Debra Pacchiano

Director, Research to Practice

Tony Raden

Senior Vice President, Research and Policy Initiatives

Elliot Regenstein

Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Policy

Jill Rellinger

Director, Knowledge Management

Shelley Schaaf

Director, HR Operations

Beca Sipraga

Assistant Director, IT Enterprise Solutions

Ellen Smith

Chief of Staff

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

Director, Grants and Strategy