Cary, NC—The Lucy Daniels Center announces that 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 their new roles,” 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 Mary Blodgett, Kim Williams, Deshelia Watson, Ginny Allen, and Michael Crooke. 

Mary Blodgett is the Vice President, Retail at The Body Shop in Wake Forest, NC, and brings over 30 years of retail experience.  Mary joined The Body Shop in 2009 and has contributed to more than approximately $260 million in retail sales.  She is overseeing approximately 280 stores in the eastern and western regions of the US.

Kimberly Williams has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit association management and is currently the COO of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Ms. Williams has served on the NC State Public Administration Alumni Society Board and the American Society of Association Executives Component Relations Section Board.  She is also a member of the Association Executives of North Carolina, the Wake County PTA, and the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives.

Deshelia Watson is a Senior Analyst at Credit Suisse with responsibility for operational support and process improvement initiatives in the Securities Lending division. She serves as a steering committee member and co-chair mentor for the Credit Suisse-Raleigh Family Network and is a member of the Credit Suisse Raleigh Philanthropy Committee and Women's Network. Recently, she served as a co-chair for the Credit Suisse 2010 - 2011 Raleigh Family Network, which led her to establish the Family Network's first philanthropy partnership with the Lucy Daniels Center. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Watson held leadership positions with Checkfree Investment Services, Biogen Idec, and the Vanguard Group. 

Ginny Allen serves as Marketing and Business Development Manager for Williams Mullen’s three North Carolina offices. A North Carolina native, she worked as a practicing attorney in New York and North Carolina before moving into business development for legal services. She currently serves as chair of the Member Engagement Committee for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Raleigh. Additionally, Ms. Allen is a member of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association where she serves as editor of the newsletter.

Michael Crooke is Assistant Vice President and Business Relationship Manager with the Wells Fargo Business Banking Group in Cary, NC. Mr. Crooke’s career in banking has spanned more than five years, with various leadership roles including retail branch management, loan and credit administration, and commercial portfolio management.  He currently maintains a primary focus on middle market business credit underwriting and risk management.  Mr. Crooke is a native of Raleigh, NC, and maintains strong ties to the business and non-profit communities throughout the Triangle region. He serves on the Alumni Council at Cardinal Gibbons High School and is an active committee member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Young Professional’s Network.

New board of advisors members are Burton Craige and Susan Alexander. Both have also served on the Center’s board in the past.

Susan Alexander is a native of Cary, NC. She has a degree from UNC- Chapel Hill in Pharmacy and has worked at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Ms. Alexander has served on the Center board’s Development Committee and the Bookmarked! committee, heading up hospitality and small events. She is currently serving as the liaison between the board and board of advisors.

Burton Craige is a civil rights attorney with Patterson Harkavy, LLP. He is affiliated with Legal Aid of North Carolina, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the ACLU-NC. Mr. Craige has served as chair of the Center’s board and was instrumental in helping with strategic planning, fundraising, and recruiting the first Center Board of Advisors in 2008.

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The Lucy Daniels Center, formerly 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 and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information visit 

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