President: Devin Zysling Craven, Rheonix, Inc.
Devin joined the DICC Board in 2016 and currently serves as the vice president. She holds a PhD in Biology and is passionate about science education and the representation of women in STEM fields. After performing her postdoctoral work at Cornell University, Devin and her husband Michael decided to stay in the Ithaca area to raise a family. Devin currently acts as the director of regulatory and clinical affairs at a local medical device company and brings expertise in project management. Devin and Michael’s two children have attended DICC since they were 8-weeks-old and their youngest is still enrolled in the Preschool program. She is infinitely grateful to the dedicated and loving teachers and staff at DICC for all they have done for her family and joined the board as a way to give back and ensure that this amazing resource is available for all families. Devin is excited to help advance the center’s mission of providing innovative and affordable childcare, while supporting the staff and strengthening the community
Treasurer (Interim): Shaianne Osterreich, Ithaca College
Shaianne Osterreich joined the board in 2016. Both in her professional life and volunteer life she is deeply passionate about social justice with an emphasis on women’s empowerment. She holds a PhD in Economics with research focus on globalization, gender and race, and poverty alleviation. She has been teaching at Ithaca College since 2000 and has volunteered with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union as well as the Advocacy Center. She sat on the board for the Buffalo Street Bookstore in its first years as a co-operative. Shaianne’s son Reuben is recent graduate of DICC and we are all very grateful to be part of the DICC family.
Secretary: Courtney E. Gray, Ithaca College
Courtney Gray joined the DICC Board in 2010 and currently serves as the secretary. Both of her children were attending the center for childcare and she was looking for a way to give back and get involved. She has found her experience as a member of the DICC board to be rewarding. Courtney is a clinical assistant professor/athletic trainer in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca College and has been a parent with children at the DICC . She feels extremely fortunate to have had such a wonderful place to care for her children when they were younger and is proud of the skilled and loving staff at the Center.
Member: Lisa Bontempi, Ithaca City School District
Lisa Bontempi is a member of the DICC Board since 2011. She was born and raised in Ithaca and attended Ithaca City School District. Lisa earned her BA in Psychology/Elementary Education, and Masters in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo. She also acquired her Masters in Culture and Policy Studies from Empire State College. Lisa has been a Special Education Teacher for the Ithaca City School District since 1986 and currently serves on the Committee for Special Education for Beverly J Martin, South Hill, Northeast and Fall Creek elementary schools. Her commitment and expertise in early childhood education, development and readiness supports the DICC’s Board of Directors and program improvement efforts.
Member: Erik Frank, Ithaca City School District
Erik is a DICC parent and Board member since 2018. He has been a speech pathologist and special education teacher in the Ithaca City School District since 1998. Erik is interested in connecting DICC to ICSD and the community. He also brings experience in education to the board to allow for informed decision making and program development at DICC. Erik is an active parent and sees his involvement on the DICC Board as an extension of that investment in his family.
Member: Emilee Greene, Cayuga/Seneca County Action Agency Headstart & UPK Program
Emilee is a former teacher at DICC. She worked as a co-teacher in the Firefly UPK classroom for 3 years. When she found herself moving to a new job and town in 2016 it was important that she stay involved with the growing community at DICC. Emilee is a NYS Certified Teacher Birth to Grade 6 and in Literacy Education. She found a passion in Early Childhood Education as a way to help children learn to navigate and cope with life’s challenges. Teachers are on the front lines every day helping our children, and it takes a community to help support our teachers and children thrive in the classroom. Emilee is excited to continue to support and help the staff at DICC offer top quality education to the children in the community.
Member: Madeleine Hemmings, Retired Community Member
Madeleine joined the DICC Board in 2018. She has earned her BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University. Her professional experiences include but are not limited to Director of Personnel for George Mason University; Assistant to Director of Personnel for Cornell University; varioous non-profit organization management roles; the origination and operation of a grant writing service for BOCES serving 25 school districts in Upstate NY; she served as first CEO of a statewide business economic development group which she later created a foundation and venture capital fund for that group; support to the National Cancer Institutes’s scientific peer review system; as well as creating an electrician helper, Welfare-To-Work training program funded through state and local grant funding. Madeleine has joined the board offering support of her interest in advancing early childhood learning as well as grant writing and research.