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CWLA Appoints Five New Board Members with Extensive Leadership and Child Advocacy Experience

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Arlington, VA (March 16, 2010) -- The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization, recently named five members to its board of directors during its annual meeting. The new members include: former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder; National Indian Justice Center Attorney Raquelle Lynne Myers; Dr. Stephanie McGencey, executive director, Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (GCYF); Laura K. Lee Dellinger, principal/senior executive vice president, Metropolitan Group; and Purchasing Partners CEO Howard Shiffman. CWLA also appointed Todd Landry as a regional representative.

"This is a transformative period for child welfare and for CWLA so having a strong, knowledgeable board from a variety of disciplines is important as we adapt to the changing times. Our new members bring a wealth of expertise and leadership experience to the board. Their skills will help guide CWLA as we provide an even stronger voice for our nation's children," said CWLA Board Chair Julie Sweeney-Springwater, MSW.

In keeping with good corporate governance standards, CWLA's 24 member board is comprised of leaders who represent its membership as well as those recruited for their knowledge and expertise in key areas such as finance, governance and communications. CWLA board members are appointed to a maximum of three, three year terms.

With an impressive career as a lawyer, lecturer, legislator, and leader, Patricia Schroeder brings significant experience to CWLA's board. She recently retired as president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, a position she held since leaving Congress in 1997. Schroeder was a 12-term member of Congress from Colorado. During her tenure, she held a variety of leadership positions, sat on several key committees, and had a number of legislative achievements that helped children and families. Schroeder is a graduate of University of Minnesota and Harvard Law.

Raquelle Lynne Myers, a staff attorney with the National Indian Justice Center, will also provide important perspective and experience on the board. As an expert on Native American history, tribal governments, and Federal Indian Law, she is also a lecturer at UC Berkeley. She has served on a variety of boards and committees, including the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect and the First Peoples Project. She is also chief judge and administrator for the Intertribal Court of California. Myers has her law degree from the University of Utah and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

With more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of children, youth, and families, Dr. Stephanie McGencey heads Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families. Prior to this role, she held various positions at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, focusing on training, technical assistance, and research initiatives. She has also served as a consultant to local, state, and national health and human service organizations helping to build strong families and communities. McGencey is a San Francisco State University graduate, receiving her master's from University of Michigan, and a doctorate from Walden University.

As a principal of Metropolitan Group, a national communication and fundraising firm, Laura K. Lee Dellinger brings more than 25 years of strategic communication experience. She has deep expertise in brand development, social marketing, and public will building campaigns. Laura is also an adjunct professor at Portland State University for the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Dellinger has received numerous awards for her work and civic involvement. She is a founding board member of the Children's Cancer Association; co-chair of Basic Rights Oregon and secretary of the Trillium Family Services Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Howard Shiffman was elected to the board after previously serving as Midwestern representative to CWLA's board in his capacity as CEO of Griffith Centers for Children, a full-service treatment and education facility for severely troubled youth and families in Colorado. Retiring from Griffin Centers after 34 years, Shiffman is currently CEO of Purchasing Partners of America. Shiffman is a Rider University graduate, where he also received his master's. He has received many honors for his work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association of Family and Children's Agencies.

Todd Landry is taking over Shiffman's spot as a CWLA regional representative, bringing public, private and nonprofit sector experience. Landry is the executive director of the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to that, he served as director of Nebraska's Division of Children and Family Services. He also headed up Houston-based Spaulding for Children. Before joining the nonprofit world, he was an executive with Conoco. Landry is a Lamar University graduate and received his master's from Southern Methodist University.

About CWLA
CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Through its programs, publications, research, conferences, professional development, and consultation, CWLA speaks with authority and candor about the status and the needs of American children, young people, and families. As the nationally recognized standard-setter for child welfare services, CWLA provides direct support to agencies that serve children and families, improving the quality of the services they provide to more than nine million children every year.

Since 1920, CWLA has been the nation's preeminent membership-based organization dedicated to ensuring that disadvantaged and vulnerable children are protected from harm and have the tools and resources they need to grow into healthy and happy adults. CWLA is the trusted authority for professionals who work with children and the only national organization with public and private member agencies working across all sectors of the children's services field.

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