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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of recognized and respected leaders in the business and civic community. Their dedicated counsel provides guidance, insight, and accountability as we strive to assure the best for all babies’ development.


Shirley Welsh Ryan Shirley Ryan is a nationally recognized advocate for the benefit of early detection and early intervention for children’s motor, sensory, and communication development. She co-founded Center, an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic, in 1985, and founded, a popular educational website, in 1996. Shirley has been appointed by two United States Presidents to the National Council on Disability in Washington which advises Congress on disability issues. Shirley is a member of the board of the University of Notre Dame, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Alain Locke Charter Academy, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has chaired the Chicago Community Trust. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Illinois Chicago and the Catholic Theological Union, as well as the Northwestern University Alumna Service Award, the Harvard Club of Chicago Statesman Award, and the Kids Count Award from the Voices of Illinois Children.

Board Members

Holly W. Madigan William McKenna Rachel Davis Mersey M. Jude Reyes Robert J.W. Ryan Honey Skinner Joanne C. Smith

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