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Institute for Child Success Welcomes New Directors Darnell McPherson and Liz Winer

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Child Success, a research and policy organization working to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children, has elected Darnell McPherson of Darlington County and Liz Winer of Charlotte as Directors.

Tami McKnew, Chair of the Institute for Child Success board said “Darnell and Liz have been powerful advocates for early childhood success in the Carolinas, and they bring a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to our efforts. We are delighted to have them both as new members of our governing board.”

 darnell4Darnell McPherson – Darnell is a graduate of Boylan Haven Mather Academy and Southern Wesleyan University.  In 2008, she was selected to serve as executive director of Darlington County First Steps. During her tenure, First Steps has become a partner agency of United Way of Hartsville and earned the support of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, the Byerly Foundation, Bi-Lo Charities, and the S. C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Duke Energy Foundation, and most recently, the Children’s Trust of South Carolina.  Darnell was recently recognized by the Region IV Head Start Association as the “Humanitarian of the Year” for her work in championing early childhood education, parent services, and community collaboration within the Head Start program in South Carolina.  In 2011, she completed the S. C. Education Policy Fellowship Program, a 10-month intensive professional development program for leaders in education.  In 2012, the Hartsville Kiwanis selected her Kiwanian of the Year.  For the past year, Darnell has served on the ICS Advisory Council and has worked with ICS staff to lead the ICS Early Childhood Rural Communities initiative.

winer2Liz Winer Liz is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC.  Liz is very active in the philanthropic community of Charlotte, NC.  She currently serves as Chair of the Mecklenburg County Community Advisory Board for Nurse-Family Partnership, as a member of the Board of Directors of CareRing, and as a member of the North Carolina state advisory board for Nurse-Family Partnership. With her husband Brad Winer, a managing director with Deloitte Corporate Finance, Liz and Brad founded the Winer Family Foundation. For the past year, Liz has served on the ICS Advisory Council.  In March 2014, Liz hosted a joint ICS/ReadyNation reception in her home, bringing together many funders from the Mecklenburg area to learn more about strategic investment in early childhood.  In October 2014, Liz assisted ICS in hosting and planning a Donors’ Forum held at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte.

About ICS

The Institute for Child Success is a research and policy organization that leads public and private partnerships to align and improve resources for the success of young children in South Carolina and beyond. A partnership of the Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital and the United Way of Greenville County, ICS supports those focused on early childhood development, healthcare, and education—all to coordinate, enhance, and improve those efforts for the maximum effect in the lives of young people. For more information: www.instituteforchildsuccess.org.

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