Board of Directors

CAA Executive Committee


Executive Director
As a father and a high school sports coach, I saw a huge need for the underserved community. The education and health gap was substantial. I started Children Across America…

President
I joined CAA based on my desire to help my local community, particularly in the realms of education and healthcare. What I am particularly proud of, is that since CAA's…

Vice President
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Operations Director
Before I moved from Europe to the United States, I was always impressed with the Non Profit organizations and their missions, there was no question for me to join one.…

Treasurer / Financial Director
I am passionate about the movement to end child poverty through healthcare, education, empowerment and employment both globally and in my community. Children Across America has a mission dedicated to…

Technology Director
Children Across America is an awe-inspiring organization to be a part of. I feel incredibly honored to serve as a board member to help further our mission of ensuring children…

Board Members

Ali Flowers
Governance Director
Anirban Panda
Engagement Officer
Anita Wos
Webmaster
Apurba Mahanty
Social Media Director
Bea Ruiz de Azcarate
Fundraising Director
Eric Chapdelaine
Board Member
Julia Dunlea
Board Member
Kiran Sonti
Director of Culture
Dr. Tracy Crowe
Board Member
Travis Guillette
Director of Youth and Sports Activity

Committee Members & Advisors

Amy Ou
Event Organizer
Christine Sizemore
Business Development Manager
Kate Papadaki
Graphic Designer
Libby Dawe
Grant Writer
Maria Hughes
Committee Member
Sahana Basappa
Business Development Manager
Sudhanshu Joshi
Website Administrator

Ray Fellows

Executive Director

As a father and a high school sports coach, I saw a huge need for the underserved community. The education and health gap was substantial. I started Children Across America to help these kids get the English skills they needed to be successful. A child who reads becomes an adult who thinks.

Eric Morin

President

I joined CAA based on my desire to help my local community, particularly in the realms of education and healthcare. What I am particularly proud of, is that since CAA’s inception, we will help all kids and will do so no matter their family’s political or religious affiliation or immigration status.

Al Spittler

Vice President

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Renata Imre

Operations Director

Before I moved from Europe to the United States, I was always impressed with the Non Profit organizations and their missions, there was no question for me to join one. I was choosing Children Across America because all the programs and events were designed for low income families. Education and Healthcare programs for kids are key to educate them for a better and brighter future. To lead them to find their paths in the world and to improve their skills is a honor at this organization.

Beth McClain

Treasurer / Financial Director

I am passionate about the movement to end child poverty through healthcare, education, empowerment and employment both globally and in my community. Children Across America has a mission dedicated to this, and I felt that volunteering my financial expertise to an organization with a mission focused on these things was an ideal match.

Mukesh Asarpota

Technology Director

Children Across America is an awe-inspiring organization to be a part of. I feel incredibly honored to serve as a board member to help further our mission of ensuring children in low-income families are gaining the literacy and leadership skills they need to succeed in school and in life by giving them the tools necessary to live joyful, healthy, and confident lives. Children Across America encourages students from underserved families to become the best versions of themselves and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Ali Flowers

Governance Director

My passion for being involved in children’s non-profits began more than 25 years ago, long before I had my own children. As a young girl, I was drawn to an organization that aided children in abusive homes. Back then, my mindset was that if I could have one positive comment I said be remembered by a child, my involvement would be worthwhile. I continued to volunteer for children focused groups for many years to come in several different capacities – nonprofits, at church, sporting teams and girl scouts. I truly felt being a mother and volunteering to work with children were the best contributions that I have made.

Being from a military family and serving in the US Army for eight years myself, I have always been very driven and loved fast paced environments. I worked for major medical device manufacturers, traveling and working A LOT. I found myself in amazing positions that required so much of my time, I barely had time to focus on my family and had no time to focus on me or the passions I had such as working with children. I stopped all volunteering to use what little time I had outside of work to make sure my children were taken care. Last year the opportunity presented itself for me to take a sabbatical. I never considered this as my identity was so centered around my professional accomplishments. On a trip to Cuba, I asked myself quite often where my joy is. The answer was simple – children. I found CAA shortly thereafter or maybe it found me.

Anirban Panda

Engagement Officer

Coming from a small-town Indian background, no one knows the importance of Education better than me. By joining CAA, I would like to contribute as much as I can in Early Childhood Education and all related activities.

Anita Wos

Webmaster

Web Developer, Sales and eCommerce pro. Anita has been creating, repairing and upgrading websites for 20+ years so has worked with a wide variety of tools. She enjoys the puzzle of making things work.  She enjoys using these skills to help with a worthy cause.

 

Apurba Mahanty

Social Media Director

Joining CAA is to contribute my knowledge to the kids which I learned and to bring growth and development in the society, meanwhile, gain experience working with a different level of people.

Bea Ruiz de Azcarate

Fundraising Director

My father is a professor. I grew up seeing him help every single kid he knew and many years later, they still thank him. Because without that toolbox we call Education, they would have never been where they are today. This is why I am happy to serve Children Across America. I want to spread that toolbox among as many children as we can, and I hope one day my kids would be as proud of me as I am of him.

Eric Chapdelaine

Board Member

I have decided to join the Children’s Across America Board of Directors due to a passion for the organization’s vision and mission.  I have evaluated the composition of the board and determined my abilities will fill current gaps in the board’s knowledge. I also have ensured along with consultation with Ray Fellows (Executive Director), that the vision for the organization’s goals and strategies matches my own. In addition, I believe the team dynamics and the current leadership make this decision about aligning my involvement as a dynamic part of the group.  Serving on the Board of Directors, will also add value to my personal network and continue to grow the connections within the organization, therefore I’m very excited about the ability to give back to the all the children and families that this organization helps serve. 
There is an old Chinese proverb that states why I joined better than I can “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody”.

Julia Dunlea

Board Member

Kiran Sonti

Director of Culture

The little things towards creating a better society are what motivates me.

Dr. Tracy Crowe

Board Member

Travis Guillette

Director of Youth and Sports Activity

I graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2017, with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and am very passionate about community! I am very excited for Children Across America and their mission to make a difference! They inspired me with their work in the summer of 2017, and I am lucky enough to be a part of their team now.

Amy Ou

Event Organizer

I admire CAA’s mission and the efforts people in CAA put in to create a positive environment for kids. CAA is awesome!

Christine Sizemore

Business Development Manager

I chose to join CAA because growing up I struggled with education deeply. Luckily, I was from a well off family and had the resources to tackle educational obstacles. In my life, I have benefited greatly from education and, now I believe it’s my duty in life to help those not as well off as I was, so they can take in the benefits of education too.

Kate Papadaki

Graphic Designer

I joined Children Across America because I believe in its mission. Knowing that you make children happy is the greatest reward for me.

Libby Dawe

Grant Writer

I am volunteering at  CAA so I can help kids and give back to my community.

Maria Hughes

Committee Member

Sahana Basappa

Business Development Manager

Today’s children are tomorrow’s future, for that future ‘Education’ is the key that’s why I joined CAA to own the social responsibility for children development.

Sudhanshu Joshi

Website Administrator