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.
2018 Board Officers
Paul Herring, President
Strategic Planning and Oversight-Grant Thornton LLP
Practice Leader, SALT Asset & Wealth Management, Pricewatercoopers
Regina Wootton, Secretary
Julia Beringer, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager-Wells Fargo
2018 Board of Directors
Judith S. Block
Herbert C. Blutenthal
James A. Byrd
Daynor M. Carman
Thomas W. Carr
Steven L. Gryll
Francia E. Harrington
Robert J. Harris
Steven V. Hunter, ESQ.
Richard F. Karger
John G. Levi
Charles T. Marlas
Jeanne C. Marsh
Robert K. Parsons
Mary O’Brien Pearlman
Kevin P. Stineman
William E. Wolf
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.
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.
Tenisha Jones, Chief Program Officer
Tenisha Jones brings a wealth of experience in both the nonprofit and education fields to her role of Chief Program Officer at Chicago Child Care Society. Prior to joining CCCS, Tenisha served as the Director of Education & Community Engagement of the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation. A thoughtful leader skilled in implementing innovative large-scale public initiatives, Tenisha held the title of Chief Architect of the Auburn-Gresham GOLD initiative an education-focused reform initiative. Previously, Tenisha held the position of Director of Student Services & Dean of Students at Youth Connection Charter School, the largest charter school in the U.S.
Tenisha serves the Chicago community in a variety of roles such as Executive Alumni Committee member of the University of Chicago, Harris school of public policy (Civic Leadership Academy), board member of Austin Coming Together and one of the founders of the Chicago Land Equity Network. Tenisha has been featured at forums across the country. Tenisha holds a Master of Education from Loyola University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Science from National-Louis University, and an associate degree in Early Childhood Development.