The Network Administrator

The Child and Family Policy Center is the Network Administrator. The Center is also the clearinghouse for the National Center for Service Integration and has a long history of working with states and foundations in developing policies and practices to improve results for children and families

Staff Bios

CHARLES BRUNER is the Network Director and a Senior Associate with the responsibility of providing technical assistance to Arizona, California, Colorado, and Wisconsin. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, and received his B.A. from Macalester College. He serves as Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Center, a nonprofit organization he established in 1989 "to better link research and policy on issues vital to children and families." Prior to that time, he served twelve years as a state legislator in Iowa. Charles has written widely on public policy approaches to developing more comprehensive, community-based responses to children, family, and neighborhood needs and devoted considerable time to the early childhood field, with an emphasis upon more preventive and voluntary services and supports to families with young children that can help achieve the first National Educational Goal.

JO ANN LAWER is a Senior Associate with the responsibility of providing technical assistance to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. She received her B.A. degree in political science from Susquehanna University and her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. Jo Ann served as Deputy Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, where she helped develop their Family Service Systems Reform Initiative and supported expansion of their Family Centers, with a strong focus on school readiness. Prior to that position, Jo Ann served as the Director for the Center for Schools and Communities in Lemoyne, which provided technical assistance to communities on a variety of early childhood and Head Start collaboration issues.

LINDA McCART is a Senior Associate with the responsibility of providing technical assistance to Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, and Missouri. She received her B.A. from Southwestern State University, her M.S.W. from the University of Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University. Most recently, Linda was the Chief of Early Childhood Services for Montgomery County, Maryland, where she focused on creating partnerships among public and private agencies and organizations and improving the quality of existing early childhood services. She was the Executive Director of the Ohio Family and Children First Initiative under former Governor Voinovich, developing state and community infrastructures, budgets, and accountability mechanisms with the state's child serving agencies. Prior to her position in Ohio, Linda was the Program Director for Children and Social Services for the National Governors Association (NGA), where she provided technical assistance to states on a variety of human service issues and staffed NGA's work on school readiness issues, including the Governors' Campaign for Children under then-chair Governor Dean.

ANN SEGAL is a Senior Associate with the responsibility of providing technical assistance to Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia. She received her B.A. in Child Study from Vassar College in 1964 and M.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Ann had a long tenure in the federal administration, where she rose to the position of Deputy Assistant for Policy Initiatives for the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services, where she managed many of the administration's early childhood planning and evaluation efforts. Ann then served as a Senior Program Officer for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she helped establish the State School Readiness Indicators Initiative, which represents a partner Initiative to the Network.

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