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
Vice President: Michele Westfall
Michele is a DICC parent with children in the preschool and infant rooms. She has been a part of the Ithaca community since 2002- receiving her bachelors degree in Human Development from Cornell University in 2006 and a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ithaca College in 2009. Michele is an early intervention and preschool special education speech therapist for Liberty POST, serving Tompkins, Cortland, and Cayuga counties, and an adjunct lecturer and clinical supervisor for undergraduate and graduate SLP students at Ithaca College. She joined the DICC board in 2018 with the dual purpose of becoming more involved in her children’s childcare setting and to help ensure that DICC is an inclusive place for children with special needs.
Interim Treasurer: 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: Eik Frank, Ithaca City School District
Erik is a DICC parent and Board member since r2018. 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: Audrey Cooper
Audrey is retired from the Human Services employment sector with her last job as the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center. She has dedicated her life’s work to helping to build a socially just community, including issues relating to racism and advocacy for under-represented populations in Ithaca. Family is a priority, being the mom of 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren and a great grandchild. Audrey is dedicated to serving on a couple of boards and committees in addition to the Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center (DICC).
Member: Aubrey Hetznecker Associate Attorney, Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP
Aubrey is a DICC parent and board member since 2019. Aubrey’s husband was born and raised in Ithaca, and Ithaca has long felt like home. Aubrey has a BFA in sculpture, a MA in Art and Art Education, and a JD. Before becoming an attorney, Aubrey was a teacher in Colorado, New York City, and Ithaca. Aubrey is grateful for the dedicated educators and staff members at DICC and aims to support the center in its mission to provide rich curricular opportunities that foster social-emotional development for all children.
Member: Mariah McNamara, Director of Admissions and Fellowships, Cornell University Graduate School
Mariah is a DICC parent and board member since 2019. She is an Ithaca native and a graduate of the Ithaca City School District (LACS) with a bachelor’s degree in Art, and a master’s in Higher Education Administration. She worked for many years as an international student and scholar advisor at Cornell and has a great deal of experience in intercultural communication and programming. Mariah joined the board as a way to give back to DICC, which has played such an important role in her family’s lives for the past four years. She brings her creativity, organizational and technical skills, and community connections to the board.
Member: Jacob Yale, Ithaca City School District
Jacob Yale joined the DICC board in late 2018. He is a teaching assistant focused on assistive technology in the Ithaca City School District and Operations Assistant at the Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP) summer camp housed at Southside Community Center. He is passionate about breaking down walls of discrimination and ensuring that all children and families have access to the wealth of quality resources here in Ithaca, NY. If technology can play a role in that, all the better! In his spare time, Jacob likes to build complex LEGO models, become an expert on all things Walt Disney World and enjoy time on Cayuga Lake.