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CINI on front page of DOD website
CINI makes the front page of the U.S. Department of Defense website with recognition of their efforts to selflessly help Iraqi children. Read the full story here.
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CINI's Board of Directors
Brenda McFerrin - President
Brenda has worked directly with children for 23 years, specializing in early Childhood Development. She served as the supervisor of the Child Development Center at Marine Corps Base Quantico, directing the daily activities of the Before and After School and Toddler Programs. Additionally, Brenda served throughout her life in a volunteer capacity, working for the Red Cross, at the US Embassies in Italy and Czechoslovakia, through her church and, most recently, with the Gift of Life, Amman (GOLA). Her primary role before she founded CINI was to assist GOLA and the US Embassies in Jordan and Iraq in transporting children out of Iraq and into Jordan and the US for needed medical care. Brenda has a strong financial background having worked in the commercial banking industry for 7 years.
Ambassador Frank Shakespeare
Ambassador Shakespeare's belief in the power of ideas is exemplified by his role as Chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting during the Reagan administration. Under his leadership, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty carried the message of freedom behind the Iron Curtain and helped bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion. Heritage's Board Chairman from 1981 to 1985, Shakespeare went to serve as Ambassador to both Portugal and the Holy See (Vatican City). He also has served as President of RKO General Inc., Director of the U.S. Information Agency, and President of CBS Television Services. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Major General Jack Davis
Jack A. Davis is a proven leader in the military, law enforcement and business with successful careers in each field. During a career life that spans over 40 years he has honed his leadership skills and developed the ability to share those skills in all facets of life. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and two master's degrees, and has received leadership and professional training worldwide. Major General Davis' Marine Corps career began with his commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant upon college graduation in 1968 and saw him rise to the rank of Major General. In a distinguished career that included service in both peacetime and wartime, regular and reserve he commanded at every level from an infantry platoon in Vietnam to Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division. He held various staff positions including Director of Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps in which he oversaw Corps-wide operations, policy and planning. His last Marine Corps assignment prior to retirement was that of Vice Commander, Marine Corps Forced Atlantic/Duty Commander Marine Corps Europe, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2005. In the Business arena he has established JA Davis & Associates as a frontrunner in leadership and security consulting. He currently serves on the board of several organizations, public and private. Jack also serves as an adjunct faculty member of John Hopkins University.
Sandra D. Brown
Sandy has a BA from Mars Hill College (1974), an MED from Clemson University (1975), an MBA from Emory University (1989) and attended Columbia Theological Seminary (2000-2002). Sandy worked for 21 years with Browning-Ferris, Industries in Houston, Texas (1978-1999), holding various positions at the regional and corporate level, including Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations, Corporate Vice President of Sales, and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. From 1975-1978, she was a social worker, managing a job training and evaluation center for Greenville County, South Carolina. Sandy has served on several boards and volunteered for organizations such as United Way, Therapeutic Riding Program of Tryon, North Carolina, Agape Center of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jaycettes of Clemmons, North Carolina. Sandy's interest in children has been life-long. In college, she spent 6 months working full-time at a juvenile correction center. That experience prepared her for her first job as a social worker where she concentrated on delinquent children and their families. More recently, her seminary experience has opened her heart to all persons who are in need of loving kindness and she wants to do her part in making a difference.
Carina is an attorney and a former prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in California. She has served as a member of the Board of Managers for the Bayview/Hunter's point YMCA in San Francisco and as a board member for the Marina Community Association of San Francisco. Currently, Carina is attending a teacher training program that will enable her to realize her goal of helping children with special needs. She volunteers in parenting classes, school libraries and at her son's kindergarten. Carina was introduced to Brenda McFerrin through her husband Paul Sabharwal, CEO of ECC. She has been inspired by Brenda's energy, enthusiasm and endurance and also by the many children and families whose lives have been changed through the healing process that Brenda envisioned and implemented.
Marikay brings to Children In Need International a respect for human life and a passion to alleviate the suffering of children anywhere. She has vast logistical experience from her years as travel coordinator for Election Observation teams at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. With over 7 years teaching experience in both the US and abroad, her ability to plan, communicate, and implement projects has brought her work in Humanitarian Assistance to fruition in vivid colors. She is able to interact with both Children and parents in various multi cultural and lingual settings. As the NGO Liaison for the Civil Affairs Command in Amman, Jordan, 2004-2007, Marikay capitalized on her life experiences and skills to create a charitable pediatric cardiac which matched individual children's cased over 70 children get a second chance at life. She has a BA in International Studies form the School of International Service, American University and an M.A. in teaching from Fordham University.
Melonee Douglas - Secretary
Melonee holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and a minor in French. Upon graduating, she became the International Affairs Coordinator for Alticor, Inc. While there, Melonee assisted Ambassador Richard Holwill with his work with the US Trade Representative, the Asia Task Force Committee at the US Chamber of Commerce and the company's developing markets. After marrying in 1998, Melonee moved to Milton, Florida where she became the Executive Director for the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. While in Florida, Melonee also volunteered with the local ARC chapter. In 2000, she and her husband moved to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where she became the Membership and Special Events Director for the Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, Melonee and her family moved to Quantico, Virginia where she served as the Publicity Coordinator for Women of the Chapel. She currently lives in Haymarket, VA with her husband and two children.