The Partnership recently elected officers and new Board members to serve for the 13-14 fiscal year, and a board meeting this afternoon marked the first one under our new leadership:
Linzie Atkins, Assistant Manager for the Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions (formerly ESC), will serve as Chair of the Board. Previously at the Partnership, he served as Vice Chair in 12-13, as well as Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force and on the Allocations Committee. Atkins is in his twelfth year as Pastor at Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church in Durham. Prior to the ESC, Atkins worked as the Work First Job Developer at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Director of the Center for Employment Training. Atkins has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Shaw University in Raleigh. Included in his many volunteer positions is service on the boards of Operation Breakthrough, Durham/Orange County Veterans Council, the Durham Juvenile Crime Prevention council, and the UDI Community Development Corporation. Linzie and his family live in Durham.
Daniel Robinson is the Managing Director of the Atlantic Regional Center for Foreign Investment (ARCFI) and will serve as Vice Chair. Prior to founding ARCFI, Robinson worked as a Portfolio Manager in the Global Wealth Management division at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and predecessor firms. He is a proven business leader with a history of philanthropic focus and service. In addition to his role at the Partnership, he sits on the board of directors of Fonkoze USA and the Durham Tourism Development Authority. Robinson holds a BA in Art History from Duke University and an MBA from the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University, with certificates in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He previously served the Partnership as a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force.
Karen O’Mansky is the Director of Commercial Programs at Self-Help and will continue her service as Board Treasurer. As part of Self-Help’s Commercial Team for the past 15 years, O’Mansky manages Commercial Credit Officers, serves as a loan underwriter, and manages several partnerships, including Self-Help’s Child Care Revolving Loan Fund (partnership with NC’s Division of Child Development). She has extensive involvement in children’s advocacy issues, including serving on the North Carolina Partnership for Children Early Childhood Advisory Committee, the North Carolina Child Care Coalition, and she is currently on the executive board of National Children’s Facilities Network. O’Mansky has led numerous workshops on child care lending and the business side of child care. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, JD from Duke University School of Law, and the MPP from Duke’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy. O’Mansky also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Ilene Britt, Program Director of the Early Childhood Associate program and an Instructor at Durham Technical Community College, will continue to serve as Secretary of the Board. Britt has been involved with the Partnership since its inception. She has been a pediatric early interventionist, a child care center director, served as a board member of the NC Interagency Coordinating Council, and is a NC Early Childhood Education Fellow. Ilene sits on the School Readiness/NC Pre-K Committee and has served as Secretary since FY 09-10.
We are so grateful for the dedication, time and support offered by our board members and we thank them for their service!