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Repositioned to Recognize Strategic Opportunities

By releasing the 2011 report, Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution, the Alliance for Children and Families set out to help prepare our sector for the future. At the same time, we recognized our own responsibility to position the Alliance to better equip our network of member organizations to achieve higher impact and unleash its combined strength to drive toward our vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families.

It became clear to me and our executive team that Families International, the Alliance parent organization, and its group of four affiliated organizations needed to be more nimble and strategically aligned in our governance structure to achieve our goals. While sharing a parent company, the organizations were missing a strategic opportunity to think and operate as one integrated organization dedicated to one thing: a health society for all children adults and families—achieved through you, our members.

Rather, we were siloed, as we had five separate boards, multiple missions and strategic plans, 70 total board members, and 82 different board-related meetings a year. So after significant work of an outside consultant and a volunteer group of board members, the five boards unanimously approved a plan to implement a significant reorganization within Families International in 2014. A major part is to restructure our governance to streamline and integrate it into strategic alignment with our future goals.

We will have just one reconstituted, smaller, and more focused and integrated Alliance board comprised of selected CEOs of member organizations and volunteers. This more nimble structure will further unleash our ability to fully leverage our strategic assets to achieve our mission on behalf of our membership network.

These strategic assets include our community development financial institution, which will not only propel the scaling of the Ways to Work program, but will develop new capital lending products for our network. Another asset, FEI Behavioral Health, is not just about the provision of employee assistance programs and crisis management services. We must use its expertise to continue to innovate around new revenue-producing business opportunities for our network.

The integration of United Neighborhood Centers of America and the Alliance into one powerful and larger network elevates our influence. The launching, within the Alliance, of a new Center on Engagement and Neighborhood Building will further elevate the place and presence of the proven values and approaches of the settlement house movement to increase our impact and influence on policy and practice.

There are several immediate benefits of this reorganization. It takes a complicated organizational structure, simplifies it, and focuses it on leveraging the strength and influence of the expanded Alliance network. It allows the Alliance to redeploy resources from supporting a large governance structure to delivering increased strategic value to its network.

Finally, a single Alliance parent board is better positioned to recognize strategic opportunities, to raise our profile and influence, and to bring about innovative integration and leveraging of our current organizational assets, and generate new pathways for success.

I want to thank all the 2013 board members across our companies for your stewardship of mission, courage, and guidance. These changes made us stronger and better positioned to keep leaning into a very exciting future.

2013 Alliance for Children and Families Board of Directors
Dennis Richardson, chair
Father Steven Boes, M.S., vice chair
Mary Hollie, vice chair
Sorrel Bowman-Rogers, treasurer
Randal D. Rucker, secretary
Barbara Brizdle
Brian Carroll
Gregory M. Coy
G. Denise Cross
Michael Delia
Heather L. Feltman
Cynthia Friauf
Jerry Friedman
Molly Greenman
Jerold Gruebel, Ph.D.
Rev. Msgr. Robert M. Harris
Renee Cardwell Hughes
Leonard P. Iaquinta
Jeremy Kohomban, Ph.D.
Donald E. Lorton
Jon Matsuoka, Ph.D.
Martin L. Mitchell
Angele Marie Parker, Ph.D.
Joseph M. Reibman, Esq.
Laurie Anne Spagnola
Lawrence L. Stroud
Anselmo Villarreal
Fred Wahrlich
Tracy Wareing
William Wolff
Stephen Mack, ex-officio

2013 Families International Board of Directors
Stephen Mack, chair
Dennis Richardson, secretary and vice chair
Sorrel Bowman-Rogers, treasurer
Fr. Steven Boes, M.S.
Paul S. Castro
Richard J. Cohen, Ph.D.
Susan N. Dreyfus
Timothy P. Hanley
Mary Hollie
Patti J. Lyons
Ron Manderschied
Douglas W. Nelson
Dominick P. Zarcone

2013 United Neighborhood Centers of America
Board of Directors
Ron Manderschied, chair
Bev Dribin, first vice chair
Michael Delia, second vice chair
Wesley Farmer
Kathleen Gupta
Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins
Frances Johnson
Roderick L. Jones, Ed.D.
Stephen C. Mack
Michelle Mills
Randal D. Rucker
Christian L. Stephens
Lynn Videka, Ph.D.
Nancy Wackstein
Curtis D. Bolden, honorary director
Anthony E. Hargrove, honorary director
Anthony R. Wagner, honorary director
Sam Watkins Jr., honorary director
Gaynelle Wethers, honorary director

2013 Ways to Work Board of Directors
J. Hunter Atkins, chair
Milton J. Little Jr., vice chair
Timothy P. Hanley, secretary/treasurer
Jennifer L. Dorn
Donald H. Goughler
Scott W. Humphrey
Donald W. Layden Jr.
John A. Shutkin
Tonya Jackson Smallwood
Judy Applegate Strand
Stephen Mack, ex-officio
2013 FEI Behavioral Health Board of Directors
Dominick P. Zarcone, chair
Toni S. Smith, vice-chair
Susan N. Dreyfus
Julio R. Galan
Janice Hand
Donald W. Layden Jr.
Stephen C. Mack
Sister Linda Yankoski

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