embrella Board of Directors

Mary Grace Dondiego

Mary Grace Dondiego

Chair

George Blue

George Blue

Vice Chair

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David Umbria

Vice Chair

Colleen Otremsky

Colleen Otremsky

Secretary

Ed Ciak

Ed Ciak

Treasurer

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Dena Billups

Shantell Cherry

Shantell Cherry

Mary Sue Dondiego

Mary Sue Dondiego

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Mary Hallahan

Maria Longo

Maria Longo

Lisa Macaluso

Lisa Macaluso

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Sue Dondiego

Sanjay Mittal

Sanjay Mittal

Kim McNear

Kim McNear

Millicent Smith

Millicent Smith

A Message From Our Board Chair

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s I look back on our history, I am so proud of how far we’ve come. It’s amazing to think that we will be celebrating our 45th anniversary as a nonprofit this year – an incredible accomplishment!

For 45 years, we’ve provided children and youth who are in, or adopted from, foster care with opportunities to achieve their dreams. We’ve encouraged and educated foster and adoptive parents who, without us, might close their home to a child in need, and we’ve strengthened kinship caregivers so that, with our support, they can open their door to a family member’s hurting child.

But we’ve never been an organization to rest on our laurels. We are constantly, and enthusiastically, moving forward.
In 2018, we moved to a larger and more professional office to house our growing team and our visitors more comfortably.

We caught the attention of Taylor Swift, who donated more than 1,000 tickets to our foster and kinship families to see her in concert, giving our kids a night they will never forget. And of course, we’ve changed our name to embrella, with our tagline, “Embracing & Empowering Families.” Feedback on the name change, the tagline, and of course, the logo has been extremely positive. It looks like our otters have stolen our heart, along with everyone else’s.

So, what comes next? We will focus on getting the word out about the good work we do and why it matters, becoming embrella ambassadors both out in public and online. Our team is moving forward on increasing and improving our existing donor-supported programs and expanding access to these programs for our adoptive and our presumptive eligibility families. One day in the not-too-distant future, we hope to reach even further, allowing our children to continue to benefit from our programs once they are reunified and supporting biological parents so that their children can safely stay with them in their own homes.

This Strategic Plan maps out our next steps as a team. To reach our goals, we still have a long way to go. But, with our commitment to our families, our donors, our staff, and to one another — and with 45 years’ experience under our belt — I am confident that we will reach them.

— Mary Grace Dondiego