Cary, NC—The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood announces two 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, 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 Brenda Larson and Donna Watkins.

Brenda Larson is publisher of Carolina Parent Magazinewww.carolinaparent.comEducation Guide, Special Edition, Guide for Families on the Go and Baby Guide, serving more than 100,000 readers every month in the Triangle. An award-winning journalist, Brenda started her media career in Canada and moved to the United States seven years ago to join The News & Observer. Active in the community as a volunteer, she most recently served as chair of the Town of Cary's festivals committee, producing Lazy Daze and Spring Daze, and as a member of the board of the Cary Community Foundation. She lives in Apex with her husband, Brian Kirlik, and daughter, Erin Kirlik.

Donna Watkins is the vice president of the Carolinas Community Banking Group in the Triangle for Wachovia A Wells Fargo Company.  She started with Wachovia in 1988 as a teller and is now responsible for training & developing store managers and the operational sound-ness for the Raleigh West District.  Donna is a graduate of East Carolina University.  She is a volunteer and active supporter of youth travel hockey and the American Heart Association. She and her husband Randy enjoy motorcycling and live in Wake Forest.  They have three sons.

New board of advisors members are Carole Wilson and Marilyn Forbes.

Carole Wilson is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in history (teaching) and an additional certification in Learning Disabilities. She taught special education in Caldwell County for seven years. She is a former member of the board for the North Carolina Partner-ship for Children. She is currently a member of the boards for the Carolina Ballet, Visual Art Exchange, and the Women’s Forum of North Carolina. She is also a member of the Leadership Council for Youth Villages North Carolina. She and her husband, Brad, have two adult children.

Marilyn Forbes has litigated in the products liability litigation arena since 1985. Her trial experience includes the successful defense of a state-wide medical monitoring class action in West Virginia brought against the tobacco industry. Marilyn heads up the Womble Carlyle Smoking & Health team. Marilyn received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, magna cum laude in 1976 and J.D. in 1981 from Wake Forest University School of Law. She is an adjunct professor at Duke University School of Law and is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, the Planned Parenthood Health Systems, and the Community Partnership, Inc.

                                                                              # # #

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 www.lucydanielscenter.org.