FCI Board of Directors
Monica Basu, MBA
has been with the George Kaiser Family Foundation since 2007 serving as program manager for community health, higher education and various other initiatives. She joined GKFF after twenty years in the private sector where she held management positions in the financial services and telecommunications industries. Basu holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Delivery from Dartmouth College. Throughout her career, she has served on nonprofit boards including United Way, Morton Comprehensive Health Center, and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. She is a native of India, grew up in four countries, and speaks seven languages.
Chair: Staci Croom-Raley, JD
is currently the President and CEO of the Children’s Equity Coalition, a nonprofit that connects researchers and practitioners to produce products and training that improve access to quality early education for all children and their families. She obtained her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Memphis and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bowen School of Law. She was named one of America’s 24 emerging social justice change leaders by American Express Converge Academy in 2021.
Vice Chair: Deborah Daro, PhD
played a key role in the development and assessment of evidence-based home visitation programs, including crafting initial guidelines for the Federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. Dr. Daro also contributed to the development of Healthy Families America (HFA) and serves on the Leadership Team for the National Home Visiting Home Visiting Research Collaborative (HARC). Dr. Daro has received numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Anne Cohn Donnelly Child Abuse Prevention Leadership Award from Prevent Child Abuse America. In 2016, she received the William Friedrich Memorial Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
Karen Days, MBA
recently formed the consulting firm, K.S.D. Consulting, LLC. Her firm provides leadership coaching, new leader development, and conflict resolution training, all with an emphasis on advancing diversity and inclusion. Karen previously served in several different roles at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) for over 22 years. In her most recent position as Vice President for Corporate and Community Health Relations at NCH, Karen was responsible for developing and supporting the delivery of corporate and community wellness, prevention, and education efforts. Karen has spoken nationally and internationally on family violence prevention and treatment, and she continues to provide consulting and support to other cities/institutions seeking to initiate and develop similar infrastructure. Days graduated from Ohio State University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and earned a Master of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University in April 2009. She is a National Professional Certified Mediator and Mediator Training.
Steven Green, MBA
serves as a board member for Playful Learning Inc. and has served as a general partner of Ordinance Capital L.P., a Florida-based investment firm, since 1997. From 2012-2019, he was a board member of the New York Times Company. Steven was President of Captain Gardner House, a real estate development property, and owner of Medical Transportation Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University, a master’s in real estate development from the Columbia School of Architecture & Planning, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School.
is the Co-Executive Director of the National CARES Mentoring Movement. He previously served as the Executive Director of Mentoring USA. Powell’s commentaries on leadership, organizational strategy and mentoring can be found in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, the Costco Connection and other national publications. Some of his most notable honors include GQ Magazine’s Movado Leader Award, Black Enterprise Magazine’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction, and a White House “Champion of Change Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Powell is an alumnus of the Institute for Non-profit Management program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and Howard University.
Treasurer: Joe Waters
is the co-founder and CEO of Capita and serves as a Senior Advisor at Openfields consulting firm. Waters was the Executive Vice President of the Institute for Child Success. A 2021 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow, his views have been published by several outlets, including the Investor’s Business Daily, The Hill, Newsweek, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Charlotte Observer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Nonprofit Quarterly. He was invited to speak at the White House’s first forum on social impact finance, the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, the Lego Idea Conference, Think Future, and the World Forum on Early Care and Education. He is a board member of the Felician Center and chairs the South Carolina Advisory Board for Nurse-Family Partnership. He has a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University.
Kimberly Williams, MPP
serves as the Health Equity Administrator for Humana Healthy Horizons ™ of Louisiana. Prior to joining Humana, Williams served as the CEO of Our Community Health. As Texas Executive Director for Nurse-Family Partnership, she co-led the NFP National Service Office Task Force on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality and served on the Texas Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Review Committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta and her Master of Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Secretary: David W. Willis, MD, FAAP
serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and a national expert in pediatrics, early childhood systems, early relational health, and early childhood mental health. Prior to coming to CSSP, Dr. Willis served as the Inaugural Executive Director of the Perigee Fund in Seattle, the Division Director of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems in HRSA under the Obama administration, an early brain and child development pediatric leader in Oregon and AAP, and a 30+ year developmental-behavioral pediatric clinician in Portland, Oregon. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University.
Debra Best, MD
FCI Medical Director
Debi Best is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director for Family Connects International. For the greater part of the past 20 years, she has been a practicing pediatrician, most recently at Duke Children’s Primary Care. She has focused her career on promoting early relational health through clinical practice innovation, pediatric resident education and faculty development, and clinic-community systems building efforts to enable all children and families to have the support to thrive. In her role as Medical Director, she oversees Family Connects clinical protocols and training for the model across the United States. Debi represents FCI with the larger medical community, championing the needs of newborns and their families.
Kimberly Friedman, JD
Kimberly Friedman came to the Center for Child and Family Policy and FCI in 2018. As managing director of external relations, Kimberly serves as a model expert and consultant for public stakeholders as they are exploring development of early childhood systems at the local and state levels. She monitors relevant federal and state policy, provides guidance on public/private funding options and explores opportunities to engage with the insurance/managed care industry. Both in her experience as an attorney and as a business development officer for a nonprofit organization, Kimberly’s career has focused on early childhood.
Amy Mansperger, MA
Amy McCann is the managing director for FCI. Here, she oversees all financial and administrative aspects of the program, liaising with colleagues at both Duke and the Center for Child & Family Health to bring cohesion and clarity to our operations. Amy came to Duke in 2019 after working on foreign policy and trade-related issues in the federal government.
Helen Milojevich, PhD
Community Impact and Innovation
Dr. Helen Milojevich is a developmental psychologist and an expert in program evaluation, quality improvement, and innovation. She has spent the last 10 years in academia conducting research on the prevention of child maltreatment, as well as the impact of early adversity on children’s well-being and health. In her role as Director of Community Impact and Innovation, Dr. Milojevich develops and oversees a comprehensive program within FCI to enhance implementation operations to improve population-level child and family functioning in the first five years of life.