Our Board of Directors
Kellie Cook McLaurin is a founding board member of CHCCC and has served on its board since its inception and is the Chairperson of the Board whose motto is “Listen, Learn, Lead”. She is a respected educator with over 25 years experience and is currently the Principal of Nassau County BOCES Special Schools. She is a member of the National Alternative Education Association, the Oxford University Roundtable, the National Principals Leadership Institute, New York Historical Society Fellowship, and the Board of Directors of the UMOJA Network for Young Men. Kellie holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and two master’s degrees from Adelphi University — the first in secondary education and the second in administration and supervision in technology and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Leadership at St. Johns University. She is a long-time resident of Cypress Hills.
Miriam Musco has been a part of the Cypress Hills Childcare Corporation board for almost 5 years. She is passionate about the work that the CHCCC does because she has worked with children for over a decade and believes in the importance of affordable, high quality child care for all families and excellent early learning experiences for all children. She is currently the Program Director at Harlem Grown, and in the past has managed and led educational programs for children at museums and in a city-funded after school program. She is originally from New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn.
Anna Bradley-Smith is a local journalist who learned about Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation and the grassroots community-building work it does through her reporting, and she has wanted to support its mission since. As the managing editor of BK Reader, Anna brings communication and press experience to the board, and she will continue to spread the work about the amazing work CHCCC does in Cypress Hills and beyond. Anna can frequently be seen around Bushwick and the Highland Park area walking her dog, running and playing soccer.
Allison A. Dunlop has been a board member of the Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation since March 2020 and joined to support the remarkable work of the CHCCC, which provides quality, culturally-sensitive, child care services; fosters workforce development for local child care providers; and offers vitally needed social service and enrichment programs in the community. As a first-generation Afro-Dominican attorney, Ms. Dunlop has roots and close ties to the Cypress Hills Community growing up and initiating her legal career there. As general counsel to the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, she advanced its educational initiatives including the development of the Cypress Hills Community School and its continued support and work with the CHCCC. Ms. Dunlop currently works as a Senior Attorney in the Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit at Brooklyn Legal Services. She represents survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse in family and matrimonial proceedings and immigration matters. She enjoys quality time with her young children, traveling, hiking and dancing merengue.
Libby DeLucia-Harting is committed to creating a more equitable New York City where everyone has opportunities to succeed and live the life they imagine. Through her work in workforce development, she saw first-hand the barrier that the lack of childcare poses and sought out an organization she could support to change that. CHCCC rose to the top of her list when she learned about its unique combination of affordable childcare, holistic family support and workforce development. Libby recently started Empowering Work Advisors, a clean energy workforce development consulting firm. She brings fundraising skills, strategic planning experience, and passion to the Board and is honored to be part of such an inspiring and impactful organization.
Hillary Exter has been involved with the Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation since its beginning in 1992. She served as house counsel to the organization for over 10 years while an attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. A and helped support the development of all of its outstanding child care programs. She is now retired and joined the Board because of her tremendous respect for the organization’s model of providing bilingual, culturally sensitive, affordable quality child care/child development, supporting family and community development and a caring community. She loves taking walks in the neighborhood’s Highland Park and the Ridgewood Reservoir, and dragonboating in Flushing Bay.
Cinthya Hurtado became involved with Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation when her son started its Head Start (HS) program and served on the HS policy council and brings her experience as a HS parent to the board. She has continued to be involved in parent activities at the Cypress Hills Community School, the dual language school where her son is thriving, following his graduation from HS. Cinthya is immersed in giving back to the Cypress Hills community and works as an Asset Manager for the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.
Timothy Ku has been involved with the Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation since its 2020. He currently works at Bank of India as Compliance & Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer. He served various nonprofit organizations throughout his career, for over 15 years. He loves go camping and off-roading with his family.
Daniel Reid joined the board in 2021 to support the remarkable work of Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation’s talented staff. He shares CHCCC’s commitment to ensuring low-income families have access to high-quality, affordable childcare. An avid reader and parkgoer, he is the executive director of the Whiting Foundation.
Our Advisory Committee
Dana Benzo – Member
This dedicated group of individuals, many who have served for over a decade, are true believers in the magic of education. They have stirred the organization well and helped us navigate through many challenging times. Since the organizations inception our Head Start Program and Day Care Center have graduated over 2000 children with the necessary skills to tackle the rigors of kindergarten, elementary school and beyond.