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CCH welcomes new board members

— The Cazenovia Children's House Board of Directors elected two new volunteers to serve on the board and the full slate of officers and board members for 2014-15.

“I am pleased to welcome Julie Galler Simms and Marla Velky-Reger to our board and look forward to working together with them to provide high quality programs for our community’s children.” Said board President Nicki Donlin.

The organization, in its 44th year, maintains a balanced board of directors to provide leadership and oversight for the early care and education center.

Julie Galler Simms has been in fund development and strategic planning for more than 25 years in the following organizations: Muscular Dystrophy Association, Loretto Foundation and Le Moyne College. She currently serves as development director at Upstate Foundation with a focus on fund development for Upstate’s Community Campus. Simms was a former president of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals of CNY.

“My two children, Zachary and Aidan, received exceptional care at Cazenovia Children’s House from infancy through the school age program. I am proud to be able to help CCH in its current and future endeavors,” Simms said.

Marla Velky-Reger is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Cazenovia. She holds a BA from SUNY Geneseo and an MSW from Syracuse University. She is an adjunct professor at Cazenovia College in the human services department.

“I am thrilled to be a member of the board. CCH has given our oldest child such a strong foundation for kindergarten, while providing a nurturing and open environment to parents and families,” Velky-Reger said.

The other board of directors officers are: Ben Reilley (vice president), Rachel Dinero (secretary) and Deb Shephard Moynihan (treasurer).

The primary focuses for the board during the summer and fall are the completion of the Windy Willow Playscape and the Taste of Cazenovia on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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