CDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit. We are governed by a board of directors made up of current families as well as alumni parents and community members. The board serves as a policy setting entity offering support to all programs. In addition to meeting monthly, the board also commits to being a member of a committee. The four main committees are governance, scholarship, finance and development. If you are interested in helping our organization or feel you might be a good fit for our board of directors please contact Laura Stidham at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PATRICIA MILGRAM (CHAIR)
Patti and her husband Randy live in the Burns Park neighborhood. Their son attended CDC, came back to volunteer in middle school and is now living in Chicago, married and raising their son. They all loved their experience at CDC and know that it has continued to have a positive impact on hundreds more families. Patti is honored and excited to be on the board to support the hard work of the educators, parents and community of CDC. Patti’s background is elementary education, speech language pathology and business operations.
TOLGA YAPRAK (VICE CHAIR)
Tolga is an Ann Arbor native, and his daughter recently attended CDC from 2014-16 and his son will attend CDC from 2017-19. Tolga is a Senior Consultant with iPoint Inc., specializing in corporate social responsibility. He has a BA in International Studies from Michigan State University and a MBA from Eastern Michigan University. He has previously served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer and has several years teaching experience.
MIKE TAYLOR (TREASURER)
Mike is a resident of the Lower Burns Park neighborhood, and has been a resident of Ann Arbor since 1996. His daughter Carolyn attends CDC’s preschool program. Mike has worked as an Economic Analyst for the US Department of Energy, ITC Holdings, a Michigan-based electric utility, and currently works for General Motors Global Finance Division. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, and seeks to provide assistance to the Board with financial and budgetary matters, in addition to other analyses that could provide informational value to CDC.
RACHEL UFER (SECRETARY)
Rachel and her husband Evan moved to Ann Arbor in June of 2014 from Manhattan and immediately set out on finding a preschool for their daughter Cora. They were thrilled to meet CDC families and Cora began school in September 2015. Rachel works in marketing and communications and previously served as the Director of North American Communications for Ogilvy & Mather, a global advertising firm. Her experience in corporate reputation, business development, crisis management, media strategy and event marketing will be put to use as CDC continues to grow and deliver support for Ann Arbor families. Rachel is pregnant and due with another member of the next generation of CDC students in February 2016, yet another reason for wanting to participate on the Board and help CDC in any way possible.
Patrick grew up in southeast Michigan, moved away for college and returned three years ago with his wife, Betsy, and their two sons. Charlie, their oldest, spent three years at CDC Preschool, and Gus, their youngest, is in the pre-K group at the preschool. Patrick works in the U-M Health System’s development office, where began as a fundraising writer before becoming editor of the Medical School’s alumni magazine. He has also worked as a journalist for a number of years — covering small business, education and city government. He hopes to help CDC with fundraising and communications.
Anastasia and her husband Todd are the parents of three CDC children. Thea (2010-12) and Eve (2013-15) are graduates now attending Wines Elementary School and Seth, a current student of the preschool. Anastasia and family moved to Ann Arbor from Philadelphia in 2006 and now consider it ‘home for the long haul’ acknowledging Ann Arbor as an exceptionally easy place to raise kids. Anastasia is a Principal Investigator for A2IDEA, a bioinformatics contract research organization, doing biological data analysis supporting pharmaceutical discovery. The Yocums value the play-based, nurturing environment of CDC, appreciate the family feeling of the organization and want to support this warm community as needed.
Mollie is excited to join the board after her son’s experience in the school. Ziv, who is now in kindergarten, spent two years at CDC, where he gained so much thanks to the guidance and support of his teachers. Mollie and her husband, Aaron, value the CDC teachers’ expertise, creativity and imagination in working with young children. They are so happy that their son Gavriel started CDC this fall, and hope that their infant, Noam, will join the school in a couple of years. Their daughter, Livnat, is a third grader at the Hebrew Day School. Mollie recently graduated from University of Michigan’s Nurse Midwife program. Before pursuing nursing, Mollie worked in informal education and communications at an educational non-profit institute in Jerusalem, Israel.
Katie and her husband Andrew moved to Ann Arbor from Madison, WI in 2012 when they were expecting their first child. As a teacher, Katie began researching preschools right away and was thrilled to find such a high quality program with top notch staff right in her own neighborhood. Her son Abram is in his second year at CDC and her daughter Eleanor is eager to attend as soon as she turns 2 1/2. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a teaching license in Special Education and has taught both preschool and elementary school. She looks forward to using her background in education to help CDC continue to thrive in carrying out its mission to support children and families in the community.
Alex and his wife Carly moved to the Burns Park area in 2012. Carly is an elementary school teacher in Chelsea and they have three children, Kate, Drew, and Jack. Kate and Drew both attend Burns Park Elementary School and Jack started at CDC in September 2015. Alex is a senior appraiser with the Gerald Alcock Company, a regional commercial appraisal and consulting firm based in Ann Arbor. With this, he brings an expertise in real estate and business valuation, and hopes to make a positive contribution to the CDC Board and community.
MAUREEN DEVLIN HAMALAINEN
Maureen and her husband Dan are the parents of two CDC children, Ella, 2nd grader, and Molly, 5th grader, who attend Burns Park Kids Club and summer camp. Maureen moved to Ann Arbor in 2012 and is an assistant professor in the Anthropology department at U of M. She values CDC’s deep respect for each child and the strong focus on building relationships. Maureen is excited to contribute to an organization that has meant so much to the whole family.
Lives just a few blocks away from CDC on Montclair Place with his wife, Anna (a CDC alumnus), and two children, Kate and Henry. Both kids are CDC alums who now attend the Kids Club program at Burns Park. Vince is an Account Manager for Barber Packaging based from a home office. He has also been a member of fundraising arms for two different Fortune 500 companies and hopes to utilize those experiences while on the board. Vince’s mother was a Headstart teacher for underprivileged children before retiring. Her experiences helped solidify his beliefs that early childhood development plays a vital role in a child’s future and that everyone should be afforded that right. Vince is also very aware of the values and traditions of CDC as his in-laws were founding parents and his mother-in-law, Pam Bingham (Beattie), was a past director. He wants to spread the word about CDC and how it benefits the community and looks forward to creating partnerships with local businesses.
Tim and his wife Stevany have been Ann Arbor residents living in the Burns Park area for the past seven years. Tim and Stevany are the proud parents of Peyton (age 8), a CDC Preschool alum, and Burns Park Kids Club participant, and Greyson (age 4), who attends CDC Preschool and is in the Pre-K Group. Tim holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated cum laude, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri, where he graduated summa cum laude, with honors. Tim currently serves professionally as First Vice President and Senior Counsel of Prologis, Inc., a publicly traded company, and one of the world’s largest real estate developers. Tim’s goal, as a member of the CDC Board, is to help CDC continue to provide the exceptional educational and charitable services and opportunities that have been so meaningful to both Tim’s family and the Ann Arbor community as a whole.
Over the past two years the CDC board has granted over $30,000.00 to families in need. These awards are through our sliding scale at the preschool as well as our scholarship aide that serves all CDC families company wide.