The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood announces five new members have been elected to the Center’s board and two new members have been appointed to the advisory board. “We are so pleased to have new members who bring a variety of skills, talents, experience, and passion for service to the Center,” says Dean McCord, the new board chair. “Each of them will help us achieve our mission of providing a healthy emotional start to young children in the Triangle.”

New board members are:  Jonathan Blackwell, Saundra Freeman, Christian Marín, Scott H. Spiegel, and Morgan Stickler

Jonathan C. Blackwell has recently joined First South Bank as their Senior Leasing Representative. He has more than 12 years of banking experience having worked at First Citizens Bank, First Charter Bank, and Fifth Third Bank. Jonathan received his B.A. in Economics from N.C. State University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).  He is an active member of his community supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Jonathan and his wife live in Apex, NC with their daughter, Avery.

Saundra Freeman has served as CFO of Triangle Transit since 2002, where she is responsible for management of finances and investments for the agency as well as human resources, contracts, procurement, grants, and IT. She has also worked for Nortel, Paradyne and Datapoint in finance and operations positions. Saundra received her B.S. degree in mathematics from Washington University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the National Black MBA Association, and serves on the board of NC Center for Women in Public Service. Freeman was named a Top CFO by Triangle Business Journal in 2010. Saundra and her husband Doug live in Raleigh and have three sons and a daughter.

Christian Marín is a Manager of Partner Operations in Cisco’s Public Sector organization, leading a team of subject matter experts that specialize in implementing technology solutions for the state, local, federal, and education marketplaces. He is a 14-year veteran of the information technology and management consulting industries. He is an active member of, and will soon serve on the Board of the American Association for Affirmative Action. Chris graduated from Swarthmore College with degrees in economics and political science. Chris and his wife Elizabeth live in Raleigh with daughter Ella. Chris is also an avid soccer player and traveler.

Scott H. Spiegel is CFO of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), where he is responsible for oversight of the finance team, budgeting and forecasting, and execution of the strategic plan. As part of the team overseeing the AICPA’s relocation to Durham, NC he has played an instrumental role in designing operational process improvements and realigning resources for long-term efficiencies. He holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Rutgers College. Spiegel was named a Top CFO in the Raleigh-Durham region by Business Leader in 2009. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Museum of Durham History. Scott and his wife, Lauren, live in Cary with their two sons.

Morgan J. Stickler is Sr. Vice President and Portfolio Manager of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, where he is responsible for asset allocation, portfolio construction and management for high and ultra-high net worth clients. He has 15 years of finance industry experience. In addition to his finance experience he was an 8th grade math teacher and coached varsity baseball and basketball. Morgan received a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He also studied at the Czech Management Center in Prague, Czech Republic. Morgan and his wife, Dawn, live in Raleigh with their son T.J.

New board of advisors members are: Kay Schoellhorn and Kari Howe Stoltz

Kay Schoellhorn is involved as a leader, volunteer, board member, and advocate for many Triangle-area nonprofits and community organizations. She grew up in Louisville, KY, and attended St. Mary’s and Peace College in Raleigh. She has worked for the Council on Developmental Disabilities, Burroughs Wellcome, and the NC Museum of Art. She has been very active with the NC Symphony, the NC Art Museum Council and the Arts Society, as well as Raleigh Fine Arts. She has also served as board member or volunteer for many human services organizations as well, like Hospice and the Cancer Center of North Carolina. Kay and her husband, Bob, live in Raleigh, where she enjoys rose gardening, golf, travel, and her five grandchildren.

Kari Howe Stoltz is Triangle Market President for Bank of America’s Global Commercial Banking and Senior Client Manager for the Global Commercial Banking General Industries Group. She also serves as the senior leader for the banks management team for community and civic activities. Kari has been with Bank of America since 1991. Kari is a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in History. She also earned the Certified Treasury Professional designation from the Association of Financial Professionals. Kari is active on many community boards like the YMCA of the Triangle, Communities in Schools of NC, the Wake County Economic Development Board, and Wake Education Partnership Board. Kari is a former Lucy Daniels Center board member. She and her husband, Jerry, live in Raleigh with their two daughters.

New officers and members of the Executive Committee are:

  • Dean M. McCord, chair, Healthcare Attorney with Wyrick, Robbins, Yates, and Ponton.
  • Bert Smith, vice chair, V.P. – Finance America’s Region, The Body Shop
  • Richard Wilson, M.D., secretary, Family Practice with SAS
  • Jeff Eakes, CPA, CTP, treasurer, Director Corporate Treasury, SAS
  • Walton Jennette, Jr., at-large member, Managing Director, First Colony Asset Management, LLC

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The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest, and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle, conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information visit 

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