Board Members


Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.

Position: Executive Director

Location: Arlington, VA

Organization: Child Care Aware® of America

Lynette Fraga is Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America, a nonprofit association whose mission is to lead state and national initiatives that ensure every child has access to high quality child care and early learning experiences.


Steve Rohde

Position: President

Location: Baltimore, MD

Organization: Maryland Family Network

Steve Rohde is the Deputy Director for Resource and Referral Services for the Maryland Family Network (MFN, a merger of Maryland Committee for Children and Friends of the Family) and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network.


Paula Neth

Position: Vice President

Location: Kansas City, MO

Organization: The Family Conservancy

Paula is currently the Vice President of Programs at The Family Conservancy in Kansas City, which is a member agency in both the Kansas and Missouri Child Care Aware® networks. She has over twenty years of experience in child care resource and referral at both the state and local level.


Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

Position: Director

Location: Boston, MA

Organization: Boston Medical Center

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a practicing primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, a social epidemiologist, and the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network.


Tonja Rucker, Ph.D.

Position: Director

Location: Washington, D.C.

Organization: The National League of Cities

Tonja Rucker currently serves as the Principal Associate for Early Childhood Development in the Institute for Youth Education and Families at the National League of Cities. She is responsible for providing primary program support for the Institute’s work in areas related to early education.


Linda Asato

Position: Director

Location: San Francisco, CA

Organization: CA CCR&R Network

Linda Asato is the Executive Director of the California CCR&R Network. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration, School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University in New York.


Al Nygard

Position: Director

Location: Bismarck, ND

Organization: MHA Nation

Al Nygard is the CEO of MHA Nation and former president of Al Nygard Consulting (ANC), which is a Native American owned Management Consulting firm that specializes in culturally sensitive approaches to management, planning, and development.


Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D.

Position: Director

Location: New Haven, CT

Organization: Child Study Center - Yale University

Walter S. Gilliam is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine.


Lisa Stone-Muntz

Position: Secretary

Location: Mancos, CO

Organization: Consultant/Volunteer

Lisa is a national consultant specializing in dependent-care programs with 25 years experience in growth strategies, organizational structure, effective customer service, and end user experience evaluation. Lisa volunteers with several national and state organizations including Child Care Aware of America and National Afterschool Association.


Tim R. Hawkins

Position: Treasurer

Location: Vienna, VA

Organization: LT Business Dynamics, PC

Managing Partner Tim Hawkins divides his professional time at LT Business Dynamics between working with small businesses and nonprofits. He also serves as the company’s primary business development officer as he cultivates relationships with new and established clients and develops strategic partnerships with outside firms and other industry leaders.

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