Board and League Leadership

  • The Childhood League Center Leadership

    As a nonprofit entrusted with caring for and improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our community, our Board of Directors, staff, and Childhood League volunteers work together to ensure each child and family can have the best start possible for a bright future.
  • Board of Directors

    The Board consists of community leaders chosen for their
    expertise, knowledge, and commitment to The Center’s mission.

    • Peter McMurtrie
      Board Chair
    • Antonio P. Smyth
      Vice Board Chair
    • Laurie Gill Voss
  • Vice President, Design & Development – Commercial Lines Mid Market P&C Sales, Nationwide Insurance
    Joined The Board: 2013

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are


    “I have the fondest memories of reading Where The Wild Things Are to my daughters.”

    Peter McMurtrie is grateful that his service on the Board helps support The Center and the great work being done there. Both our mission and the dedication of League Members, staff, and volunteers who support that mission enticed him to get involved.

    He sees the need for services continuing to grow, and he wants to be a part of ensuring The Center continues to be able to grow and meet those needs.

  • President, Transource Energy,
    American Electric Power
    Joined The Board: 2012

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Giving Tree


    The Giving Tree “illuminates important lessons in giving and receiving from which both children and adults can learn.”

    Antonio Smyth’s involvement on the Board stems from a strong conviction that the mission of The Center truly matters in the lives of children and their families in our community.

    Deeply inspired by the long-term and sustained positive outcomes he has seen in Center children, Antonio has a genuine appreciation for the unyielding commitment of staff, League volunteers, and his colleagues on the Board.

    At the same time, he says he has gained an acute awareness that early childhood education remains an unmet need for many in our community.

  • Fixed Operations Manager,
    Dave Gill Chevrolet
    Joined The Board: 2012

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wonder Woman


    Laurie Gill Voss began her service as a League Member in 2010 and joined the Board as the Member-at-Large representing The League in 2012. Even though she has completed her League commitment, she has chosen to remain on the Board.

    She enjoys giving back to an organization that is so impactful in the lives of children and families in our community. She has also valued the personal connections she has made while serving on the Board and says that the Board Members’ expertise and unwavering commitment to The Center’s cause is inspiring!

    • Mark Berven
      Immediate Past Board Chair
    • Carrie Baker
      Board Member
    • Alison Day
      League Member at Large
  • President and COO, Nationwide P & C Agency Operations, Nationwide Insurance
    Joined The Board: 2010

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Good Night Moon


    “It was a favorite book of my kids growing up and I’ve probably read it a thousand times. Brings back great memories.”

    Mark Berven first became interested in The Childhood League Center because of the importance of early education and the impact it has on our communities and schools.

    He says that a tour of The Center closed the deal quickly! As Board Member and now chair, he is committed to sustaining the high quality of the staff and volunteers whose focus is on improving the lives of the children and families The Center serves.

  • Vice President,
    Ohio Children’s Hospitals Association
    Joined The Board: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are


    Carrie Baker’s son, Jack, is a student at The Childhood League Center. He began in Early Intervention with a team of people and he now attends as a preschooler.

    Carrie says that he is the reason she became involved with the Board of Directors. She says that she wanted to give back to The Center through her time and professional talents as The Center has made such an impact on Jack and her entire family.

  • Shareholder,
    Littler Mendelson, P.C.
    Joined The Board: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Little Engine That Could


    Alison Day became a League Member in 2012 and has been involved in the Annual Fundraising Campaign (AFC), which she is chairing in 2015.

    She serves on the Board as The League’s Member-at-Large. Alison values the opportunity to share information about The Center and its mission, and to see what the money raised can accomplish to benefit children and families.

    • Michael Farrell
      Board Member
    • Theresa Maher
      Current League President
    • Brian Moore
      Board Member
  • Creative Director,
    Live Technologies
    Joined The Board: 2016
  • President,
    The Childhood League
    Joined The Board: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Bridge to Terabithia


    Theresa Maher became a League Member in 2012. She has served as Annual Fundraising Campaign (AFC) Team Captain and AFC Chair.

    She treasures the passion that League Members have for The Center and its children that carries far beyond their time in The League. The work and outcomes of The Center and The League is truly a life-long commitment to our community.

  • Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition
    and Talent Management, Cardinal Health
    Joined The Board: 2014

    Favorite Superhero:


    “Batman is my favorite superhero, because he has no special powers but achieves super human things.”

    Brian Moore said he feels honored to serve on the Board because of the impact that The League and The Center have on children.

    To those contemplating involvement as a volunteer or donor, he challenged, “I would invite anyone to tour The Center and meet the children and hear even just one story.”

    • Jami Phillips
      Past League President
    • Leonard E. Scott, MBA
      Board Member
    • Jason Wells
      Board Member
  • Recruiter,
    JMP Search Consultants, LLC
    Joined The Board: 2013

    Favorite Animal:


    “Dogs are my favorite animal for their unconditional love.”

    Jami Phillips became a League Member in 2009 and is the Immediate Past President of The Childhood League.

    She appreciates the incredible generosity and commitment of Board Members and the community in supporting The Center, a “gem” that offers exception learning opportunity for children and their entire families.

  • Strategic Account Leader,
    Merck & Co., Inc.
    Joined The Board: 2016

    Favorite Superhero:
    The Flash


    As a child, Leonard was intrigued by The Flash’s super speed and agility. He showed similar characteristics when deciding to get involved with The Childhood League Center. He was introduced through the Men’s Breakfast, which provided him an opportunity to learn more about the important work The Center undertakes for an unmet need in early childhood development in our community. Touring the facility, meeting the staff, parents and children at The Center was the defining moment for him.

    He says, “I would recommend anyone in our community that has a passion for children and learning to become involved with The Childhood League Center. The positive impact on our community is significant.”

  • Vice President Business Banking Manager,
    Central Ohio, U.S. Bank
    Joined The Board: 2016

    Favorite Animal:


    A passionate advocate for community reinvestment and business development, Jason Wells works tirelessly to help citizens and entrepreneurs create and sustain viable communities. Jason is active in the local community and was introduced to The Childhood League Center through the Men’s Breakfast.

    Through this, he became curious and inspired by the mission to nurture children. In getting to know the stellar leadership of The Center, he is enthusiastic to join the efforts of making a difference toward the bright future of the children served.

    He says his favorite animal is the elephant because it represents strength, stability and patience.

    • Ginger Young
      Executive Director
    • Sandy Doyle-Ahern, MEn.
      Board Member
  • The Childhood League Center
    Joined The Board: 2013

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Good Night Moon


    “I loved reading this book every night to my son. When he began to read, he loved reading it to me.”

    Executive Director Ginger Young brings a long career of service and leadership to The Childhood League Center. Her experience includes serving as Director of the YWCA’s Family Center and Women’s Programs and as Vice President of Clinical Operations at St. Vincent Family Center.

    She also worked with the deaf and hard-of hearing community for more than 15 years. With strong connections in Central Ohio’s nonprofit community, she is leading The Center to make an ever-greater impact in the future.

  • President, EMH&T, Inc.
    Joined The Board: 2017

    Favorite Animal:


    “My favorite animal is an otter because they have close family bonds, incorporate a strong character of play in their lives and are incredibly delightful to watch in the wild.”

    I was intrigued by the strategic planning process that the organization was looking to conduct to think about the future and how best to continue to serve children in our community. Forward thinking in an organization is critical and I enjoy working with groups that think that way.

    I am amazed and impressed by the staff and how well they interact with children, working diligently to improve their lives. The ability the staff have to connect with children and their families provides a benefit that extends not only to the immediate child they are serving but to the community at large. These are people invested in providing growth opportunities for others and work hard to uphold the mission of the organization and I admire what they do.

  • The League Leadership

    A group of innovative and passionate volunteer women began The Childhood League in 1945,
    providing a much-needed service for young children.

    Over time, The League added paid staff to help in the operations of The Center as it grew, while
    The League continued to provide vital support. Today, League Members commit for five years to volunteering, fundraising, advocating, serving in leadership positions and participating in Merry
    Go Round, the largest annual fundraiser for The Center, put on by League Members.

  • Theresa Maher
    League President
    Rebecca Mason
    Recording Secretary
    Carla Ostarchvic
    Marketing/Advocacy Chair

    Lisa Moellering
    Development Chair

  • Ilana Spector
    Programs Chair

    Amber Driver
    Financial Coordinator

    Kerry Hyre
    Membership Chair
    Paige Minor
    Annual Fundraising Chair

  • Michelle Olsgard
    Merry Go Round Co-Chair
    Jenna Laird
    Merry Go Round Co-Chair
    Alison Day
    Governing Board Member at Large
    Alison Day
    Membership Liason
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