Congratulate NCECF Board Members for their Leadership Across NC!

Several of North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) board members have recently been recognized for their contributions in meaningful work and for being appointed to leadership positions across the state.

Patti Gillenwater, Vice-Chair of NCECF, has been appointed Board Chair of NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement in NC. Gillenwater served on the board of NC IDEA for two years before she was tapped as Board Chair. Gillenwater is the President, CEO and owner of Elinvar, an executive search and leadership firm based in Raleigh.

NCECF board member, Tracey Greene-Washington, is the recipient of the Bubbles Griffin Award by the Western Women’s Business Center Conference. The conference and the Bubbles Griffin Award highlights women entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who are shaping the future economic foundation of Western NC. Greene-Washington is the president of the consulting firm Indigo Innovation Group and the founder of CoThinkk.

Dr. Sheresa Blanchard was recently appointed to the Child Care Commission by Governor Roy Cooper. Blanchard is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science

Governor Roy Cooper appointed NCECF board member Cheryl Parquet as a representative of business for the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Parquet currently is the Director of Community and Diversity Engagement at Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina