The CNE Board of Directors is made up of community members and business leaders who are passionate about the impact of early childhood education and parent empowerment.  The Board supports CNE by defining its mission and strategies, approving policies and procedures, and overseeing governance and financial management. 

We are grateful for the Board's unique perspectives, which strengthen our agency and encourage organizational growth.


Meghan Rice - Chair
Kindergarten Teacher
Evanston/Skokie School District 65

Travis Wood - Treasurer
Accounting Manager
Northwestern University

Barb Davis - Secretary 
Community Volunteer/Early Education Specialist

Ricardo Aceves
Director of English Language Learning
Niles Township District 219

Diana Cohen
Community Volunteer
Former Board Chair, Evanston Community Foundation

Ericka Foster
Assistant General Counsel - Employment

MaryAnn (Ty) Harvey
Community Volunteer
CNE Policy Council Board Liaison

Talaya Johnson
Senior Government Contract Buyer/Planner
Woodward, Inc.

Sheila Merry
Community Volunteer
Former Executive Director, Evanston Cradle to Career

Asifa Munawar
Community Volunteer
Former CNE Home Visitor

Taishiya Nix
Assistant Director of Employment & Training
Youth Job Center

Judy Schiffman
Retired Child Therapist

Marisha Speights-Atkins
Assistant Professor and Director, PedzSTAR Lab
Northwestern University

Carol Teske
Executive Director
Childcare Network of Evanston



Shared decision making is a cornerstone of Head Start and Early Head Start. The Parent Policy Council is a formal structure of parents who participate in policy making and other decisions about your child's Head Start or Early Head Start programs.


Parent Members

Sadia Banu

Novlette Foreman

Monica Martinez

Valentina Partida

Community Members

Mary Ann (Ty) Harvey
Board Member Representative

Bettye Cohns

Raul Gonzalez

Ely Lemus