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.


Jonny Basofin - Chair
Cloverleaf Real Estate

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

Jeff Froelich - Treasurer
CPA, Principal 
Miller Cooper & Co. Limited

Barb Davis - Secretary 
Community Volunteer/Early Education Specialist

Ricardo Aceves
Director of English Language Learning
Niles Township District 219

Ericka Foster
Assistant General Counsel - Employment

Mary Ann (Ty) Harvey
Community Volunteer

Chantell Johnson
Managing Director, Evaluation
MacArthur Foundation

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

Tracy Levine
Experienced Non-Profit Professional

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

Hibo Mohamed
Community Activist

Travis Wood
Accounting Manager
Northwestern University

Julian Hernandez
Parent Representative



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

Ely Lemus - President 

April Garretson

Jes Handley

Julian Hernandez

Helen Oushana

Valentina Partida

Community Members

Mary Ann (Ty) Harvey
Board Member Representative