Working together to support the whole family
Chicago Child Care Society is a team of teachers, social workers, mentors and credentialed professionals that together, through a variety of innovative programs, build a foundation for the wellbeing of our community. By supporting the whole family, CCCS empowers individuals to achieve success while also creating stronger communities in the neighborhoods we serve.
2019 - 2020 Board Officers
SALT Asset &
Wealth Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Performance & Analytics Manager, Ariel Investments
James A. Byrd, Jr., Secretary
Sr. VP, Senior Personal Trust Advisor & Fiduciary Team Leader, Northern Trust
Andrew Turitz, Treasurer
Sr. VP Corporate Development, Teladoc Health
2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
Julia Beringer wells Fargo
Judith S. Block pHILANTHROPIST
Herbert C. Blutenthal hARTLINE iNVESTMENT CORP.
Sadry Café, ARYZTA
Daynor M. Carman ALLIANCE DATA
Thomas W. Carr north STAR TRUST
Steven L. Gryll NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Francia E. Harrington FIFTH THIRD BANK
Robert J. Harris Harris Winick & harris
Meredith Hayes Consultant
Paul Herring grant thornton
Jeffrey Hines grant Thornton
Steven V. Hunter, ESQ., quarles & Brady, LLP
Richard F. Karger Rothschild investment corp.
Andrew Kelly tenantBase
John G. Levi Sidley austin LLP
Robert Lindstrom Burhop Box & packaging
Charles T. Marlas Kensington School
Jeanne C. Marsh University of Chicago
Dorri McWhorter YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Robert K. Parsons Independent Consultant
Mary O’Brien Pearlman Northwestern University
Timothy Renz Pindrop
Nicole Sims, Crowe LLP
Nancy Snyder Independent consultant
Elizabeth Sonnenschein Civic Leader
Kevin P. Stineman Prescient Medicine
William E. Wolf BW Capital Partners
Our Leadership Team
Dara T. Munson, MPA Chief Executive Officer
Dara Munson is CEO of Chicago Child Care Society. Her career has focused largely on the needs of children at-risk, fueled by a special passion for issues affecting women and girls. She served as Chief Operating Officer of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, until January of 2016, launching a customer relationship management platform serving 8,000 volunteers and 23,000 girls. Dara was President and CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2007 until 2014 after serving in several leadership capacities with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Dara currently serves on the Eastern Michigan University Foundation Board of Trustees and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services Child Day Care Licensing Advisory Council. Civic memberships include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Incorporated and the International Women’s Forum. Dara received the 2012 Women and Leadership in the Workplace Award from the Michigan Business and Professional Association, and was named one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2011 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders. Dara was a 2009 honoree of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University.
Toya Griffin-Aaron, Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Toya Griffin-Aaron began at Chicago Child Care Society 14 years ago as an Accountant, advanced to Director of Finance and Internal Compliance and she now serves as the Chief Finance and Operations Officer. Toya provides oversight of all non-program departments outside of development including fiscal, facilities, human resources and information technology. Toya received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and has a Master of Arts in accounting and financial management. She is a certified nonprofit accounting professional (CNAP) through The Fiscal Management Associates Institute. Toya is pursuing a certificate from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business as a Distinguished Leader, in which she completed the Emerging Leaders and Management of Managers programs. Civic memberships include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in which she currently serves as Co-Chair of Political Awareness and Involvement through the Joliet Area South Suburban Alumnae Chapter. She also served as former member of the Child Care Association of Illinois Policy Committee and was a previous member of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago's Young Leaders Society.
Craig Lynch, Chief Program Officer
Craig has served in leadership roles education institutions for the past 20 years. Prior to his current role at CCCS, Craig served in a variety of leadership positions at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), where he helped drive strategic initiatives to achieve key student success and operational outcomes. Serving respectively as Interim President of Kennedy King College, Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer, Craig provided critical leadership to help drive transformation within a system that has over 4,000 faculty and staff and serves 80,000 students annually.
Prior to his role at the City Colleges, Craig served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the country. While there he provided overall technology leadership, information management and instructional services.
Craig received his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University. He was also a recipient of the CIO Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” award in 2009 and is currently a member of the Black Creativity advisory committee, which is part of the Museum of Science and Industry.
Deb Schlies, Chief Development Officer
Deb is the Chief Development Officer at CCCS. She oversees strategies and communications with all donor segments, working collaboratively with the Leadership Team to identify and fund program priorities. Deb’s early career was with academic teaching hospitals, University of Wisconsin research and clinical service for children with multiple disabilities, and University of Miami gynecologic oncology surgical and treatment center. In Chicago, her longest tenure was 14 years at The Chicago Lighthouse and then served as a senior officer at The Cradle Foundation in support of adoption services. Her personal passion is serving working families with young children to have excellent early childhood education and supports that strengthen the whole family.