Board of Directors

Learn more about our current members, code of ethics and goals

Since our founding in 1982, White Plains Children’s Center has been guided by a Board of Directors, comprised of professionals from Cary, Raleigh and the surrounding communities.  Volunteers, both men and women, come willingly to give their time, talents and enthusiasm to ensure WPCC is fiscally sound and that it maintains the highest standards in the industry.

 

The board is lead by the chairperson, selected by the Board to serve a 1 year term.  Multiple consecutive terms are permitted.  The board is organized by committees:  Finance, Policy/Personnel, Funds Development, and Public Relations/Marketing.   Committees meet independently as needed.  The WPCC Parent Teacher Association and the White Plains United Methodist Church have designated representative on the Board.

 

Board Members attend a one-hour meeting bi-monthly of the calendar year (except for June and December).  The meetings are held in the early evening of the 3rd Monday of  each month at different locations.   The meetings are hosted by the board chairperson who follows Robert’s Rules of Order while conducting the meetings.  The agenda typically includes old business, new business and committee reports.  Board Meetings are open to the public.  However, when sensitive personnel or similar topics are to be discussed, the board will convene a “closed” meeting.   Minutes of the meetings are documented and available for review.   Requests to address the board may be submitted to board@whiteplainschildrenscenter.org.

 

WPCC fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.  Budgets and other records are available for public inspection.

 

If you have a heart for children, a volunteer spirit, and a commitment to serve; membership on this Board may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for?  Please contact us to arrange a visit or discussion.

Member Name

Role on Board

Career

 Membership Years
 Mike Williams
Chairman
Hamlin Companies
Chief Financial Officer- Retired
2011-2016
Jenna-Marie Nelson
Vice Chair
Child Care Services Association
Regional Technical Assistance and Special Projects Manager
2013-2016
Skip King
Treasurer
Cary Courtyard by Marriott
General Manager
2012-2016
Jeanne Marlowe
Secretary
Child Care Consultant
Retired
2013-2016
Merri Jensen
Assistant Secretary
Software Developer
SAS
2013-2016
Gary Barnes
Assistant Secretary
Lawn Equipment Parts Company
IT Manager
2013-2016
Sameer Pawa
Member
Wake Technical Community College
Instructor and Coordinator
2013-2016
Dr. Lee Heathcoat
Member
White Plains United Methodist Church
Minister of Congregational Care
2015-2018
Duffy Davenport
Member
PPD, Inc.
 Accounting
2016-2019
Bill Harris
Member
Sherwin Williams
General Manager
2013-2016
*Ray Warren
Member
White Plains United Methodist Church
Senior Pastor
Lars Helmle
Member
 Northwestern Mutual
Financial Representative
2016-2019
 *Amanda Witting
 Member
Property Management &
White Plains United Methodist Church Board of Trustees

*These members represent WPUMC and remain on the board as long as they hold their current positions.

Non-Voting Members

 

Member Name  Member Role  Career  Membership            Years
Wendy Partin Non-Voting

White Plains Children’s

Center,

Executive Director

Madison Lewis Non-Voting White Plains Children’s Center,Communications Administrator
Kellie Haight Non-Voting White PlainsChildren’s Center,

Finance Administrator

The Nominating Committee is always seeking candidates for the Board of Directors.  Interested candidates should click on the BOD member application below, print and complete the application, then submit to the WPCC Board of Directors Nominating Committee.  You can also submit your completed applications in person at the school.

WPCC Board Member Application

White Plains Children’s Center Board of Directors

Code of Ethical Conduct

 

In a caring, cooperative work place, human dignity is respected, professional satisfaction is promoted, and positive relationships are modeled.  The Board of Directors assumes responsibility to establish and maintain settings and relationships that support productive work and meet professional needs of our employees.

We, the Board of Directors, adopt the following ideas and principles:

 

I.  Responsibilities to Employees

  • Promote policies and working conditions that foster mutual respect, competence, well-being, and positive self-esteem in staff members.
  • Create a climate of trust and candor that will enable staff to speak and act in the best interests of children, families and the field of early childhood care and education.
  • Strive to secure equitable compensation (salary and benefits) for those who work at WPCC.
  • In decisions concerning children and the program at WPCC, we shall appropriately utilize the education, training, experience and expertise of staff members.
  • We shall provide staff members with safe and supportive working conditions that permit them to carry out their responsibilities, timely and non-threatening evaluation procedures, written grievance procedures, constructive feedback and opportunities for continuing professional development and advancement.

 

The Board of Directors of White Plains Children’s Center, as the governing body, assumes responsibility in this community to provide a program that meets the needs of this community, to cooperate with other agencies and professionals who also share responsibility for children of the community.

 

We, the Board of Directors, adopt the following ideas and principles:

 

II. Ethical Responsibilities to Community and Society

  • Provide the community with high-quality (age and individually appropriate, and culturally and socially sensitive) education/care programs and services.
  • Support cooperation among agencies and interdisciplinary collaboration among professions concerned with the welfare of young children, their families and their teachers.
  • Support knowledge and understanding of young children and their needs.
  • Support policies and laws that promote the well-being of children and families, and to oppose those that impair their well-being.
  • We shall not hire or recommend for employment any person whose competence, qualifications or character makes him or her unsuited for a position at WPCC.
  • We shall not participate in practices that are in violation of laws and regulations that protect the children of our program.
  • We shall communicate openly and truthfully about the nature and extent of services provided.

 

We, the members of the Board of Directors of White Plains Children’s Center, individually agree to a high standard of conduct as we perform the duties of governing this organization.

 

As a member of the Board, I agree to abide by the following ideas and principles:

 

III. Code of conduct for Board Members

  • I will respect each member’s ideas and opinions.
  • I will honor and support the decisions made by the Board
  • I will honor the confidentiality of discussions and certain decisions made by the Board.
  • I will abide by the By Laws of this organization.
  • I will participate in making the governing decisions of this organization without conflict of interest, such that all decisions are in the best interest of the families, children, employees and the program of this organization.
  • I will represent this organization within this community with dignity.
  • I will be a good-will ambassador for this organization within the community.
  • I will support the mission of this organization by willingly participating in the activities of the Board of Directors.

 

These guidelines were adapted from the Code of Ethical Conduct as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Board of Directors and key outside experts met in early 2012 to update the strategic plan and recommit to the Vision and Mission of WPCC.

The following Goals were identified-

  • Build an annual operating budget that supports
    • Our Mission
    • Identified Annual Goals
    • Investment in Growth
  • Establish collaborative relationships and partnerships that support our mission and help provide benefit to the children and families.
  • Increase WPCC capacity to impact greater numbers of children and families
  • Increase family participation, involvement, and satisfaction
  • Attract and Retain top talent
  • Empower employees to be change agents

Strategies and tactics are the responsibility of the individual Board Committees.

Newsletters

 

Budget

 

Non-Profit–IRS Tax Exemption Status

 

NC Solicitation License

 

Board Meeting Minutes

The Board does not meet in the months of June and December.

 

 

Audits

In compliance with the Internal Revenue Code governing non-profit organizations, the general public may request to see a copy of any/all records. The Annual Audit is available at the Center for your review. Our hours of operation are Monday—Friday from 7AM to 6PM (ET). Please call our Director at 919.469.3522 x247 to schedule an appointment, or send an email to: director@whiteplainschildrenscenter.org requesting a time.

 

Tax Returns

In compliance with the Internal Revenue Code governing non-profit organizations, the general public may request to see a copy of any/all records. The Annual Tax Return is available at the Center for your review. Our hours of operation are Monday—Friday from 7AM to 6PM (ET). Please call our Director at 919.469.3522 x247 to schedule an appointment, or send an email to: director@whiteplainschildrenscenter.org requesting a time.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

For Participants on the Child and Adult Care Food Program,  Sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”