Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., is a passionate practitioner, advocate and leader in the field of child care and early learning, working to advance the accessibility of quality child care experiences for all children.
Dr. Fraga has over 25 years of experience as an educator, program director and executive leader working on behalf of children and families. Since her selection in 2012 as the Executive Director at CCAoA, Dr. Fraga has sought to position CCAoA as the nation’s leading voice on child care in policy, practice and research. As an authority on child development, Dr. Fraga serves in an advisory capacity on a number of national panels and committees that have included the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood (COEC), the Institute of Medicine Early Care and Education Collaborative, NAEYC’s Power to the Profession Task Force and the Early Care and Education Innovation Collaborative (ECEIC). In addition, she currently serves on the boards of Generations United, whose mission is to improve the lives of children and youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, policies and programs; All Our Kin, an organization that trains, supports and sustains community child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life; and Let’s Grow Kids, whose mission is to ensure that by 2025, every Vermont family has affordable access to high-quality child care in a self-sustaining system. Dr. Fraga also served as the Chair of the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC), a coalition of 55 leading national organizations that worked together to improve the health, education and well-being of children and youth.
Dr. Fraga began her career in early childhood as a teacher in infant, toddler and preschool classrooms, and has since held positions at the local, state and national level within the nonprofit, corporate and higher education sectors.
Dr. Fraga holds a doctoral degree in Family Studies from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona.
Michelle McCready, M.P.P.
Deputy Executive Officer
Michelle McCready. M.P.P., currently serves as the Deputy Executive Officer at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA).
In this role, Michelle works in partnership with the executive team to oversee and manage all aspects of operations, set comprehensive goals and metrics for performance and growth, and establish policies that promote CCAoA’s culture and mission.
She formerly served as the Chief of Policy at CCAoA and provided vision, leadership, and management of policy and evaluation division, including federal policy, state initiatives, and advocacy. She partnered with board members, executives, staff, national and local coalition partners, and the community to make sound policy decisions that help children and families. She successfully executed the national advocacy movement, Child Care Works, which led to the attainment of the 2016 MarCom Award. She also secured several core contracts and grants for the organization such as: emergency preparedness, health and wellness, multiple state advocacy initiatives and increased federal training and technical assistance work. In addition to her leadership in developing a policy agenda that promotes CCAoA’s mission and vision, Michelle also helped develop CCAoA’s signature research reports on state child care data and the cost of child care in the United States. She is a key policy contributor to Huffington Post Politics, CNBC, and Exchange Magazine.
She has more than a decade of leadership experience on several presidential and congressional campaign efforts. Most notably, Michelle staffed various campaigns and efforts in Virginia with Organizing for America during the first three years of the Obama Administration, was the Field Director for Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and for the past six years has implemented CCAoA’s policy and legislative agenda. Michelle has considerable experience working on early learning and child care policies, including the re-authorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) of 2014, Labor-HHS appropriations, Head Start/Early Head Start, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), state and local advocacy campaigns, the Affordable Care Act, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response, and children’s health initiatives.
Michelle earned her master’s degree in public policy at George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in social welfare and policy at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her studies included considerable qualitative and quantitative research experience, focusing on a range of topics including policy analysis, race and equity disparity, conflict resolution and negotiation, and advocacy. She holds leadership roles as the Executive lead for CCAoA’s Public Policy Committee, the Public Policy Committee for Generations United, and on the Early Childhood Advisory Committee to the Arlington County School Board.
Michelle joined CCAoA at the beginning of 2011.
Elizabeth Goodman, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth Goodman is the Chief Financial Officer at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). She previously served as SourceAmerica’s Senior Vice President (SVP) of Finance. When Elizabeth joined SourceAmerica in 1999, she assumed ever-increasing responsibilities while rising from Senior Accountant to Corporate Controller and Chief Financial Officer.
In her former role as SVP at SourceAmerica, Elizabeth greatly improved the company’s back office systems and procedures. Elizabeth oversaw accounting, business intelligence, investments, financial assistance, contract pricing, insurance, budgeting, facilities, employee benefits and procurement. She implemented business intelligence systems and guided process improvements across the financial reporting systems for SourceAmerica.
Before joining SourceAmerica, Elizabeth served as vice president of finance and administration for development resources at a community rehabilitation program in Texas that produced products and services under the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act.
For the past 14 years, Elizabeth Goodman has served as the volunteer treasurer and board officer for Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc. She holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the state of Virginia, an MBA from Averett University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kenyon College.
She joined CCAoA in November 2018.
Donna Stewart, SHRM-SCP
Chief of People & Culture
Donna Stewart is the Chief of People & Culture at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). She has more than 20 years of experience leading the human resources function and many more years building knowledge in each functional area. Donna’s expertise is centered around inclusion and developing people strategies that align with organizational values which ultimately creates a culture where all employees feel valued and thrive. Her personal motto has always been, “It’s About People.”
Donna’s career has includes HR work with health-related nonprofits, including the American Physical Therapy Association, Westminster at Lake Ridge and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Most recently, Donna served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Hostelling International USA.
Donna holds certifications as a SHRM-SCP by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She has a bachelor’s degree in business from National-Louis University.
She joined CCAoA in November 2018.
Chief Information Officer
Matthew Henry is Chief Information Officer for Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). Prior to coming CCAoA, Henry spent 13 years at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas, as Chief Information Officer and Dean of Innovative Education. His responsibilities included the University Library, University online curriculum and educational technology, and the Information Technology Department. Henry also created Minecraft summer camps that not only provided children a fun experience, but also used technology to build leadership skills. With more than 40 years of experience in information technology, Henry has served as chair of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, a national information technology group that serves private, faith-based schools, and as eCommittee Chair at Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, a nonprofit association that is the voice for Texas’ fully accredited private colleges and universities.
Henry joined CCAoA in April 2019.
Chief of Impact and Engagement
Stacey Holvenstot is Chief of Impact and Engagement for Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), directing the organization’s branding, development and partnership strategies. Prior to coming to CCAoA, Holvenstot was Vice President of Marketing for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society, where she led efforts to drive increased engagement, brand recognition and fresh offerings that produce consistent retention, growth in membership, and a deeply valuable, competitive market presence. Holvenstot’s most recent professional recognition includes receipt of the 2019 Platinum MarCom Award, which honors excellence in marketing and communication and recognizes utmost creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. Outside of her progressive 20-year career with SHRM, Holvenstot has contributed as Director of Alumni Relations at two universities. Her fundraising, service and outreach experience encompasses volunteering for Easter Seals, the PTA and numerous organizations that serve the needs of children in Fairfax County, Virginia. Holvenstot holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of South Florida.
Holvenstot joined CCAoA in February 2020.
Chief of Policy and Practice
Mario Cardona is Chief of Policy and Practice for Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), providing leadership and outreach to the government, CCAoA members and the general public on issues relating to the early care and education system.
In December 2021, Cardona was selected for a Pahara Fellowship, a one-year program that identifies exceptional leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their dynamic growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to dramatically improve public education, especially those programs serving low-income children and communities.
Cardona previously served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Policy Advisor for Elementary and Secondary Education on the White House Domestic Policy Council. In that role, he led the Administration’s legislative strategy, budget proposals, and policy initiatives to advance and execute President Obama’s early and K-12 education agenda. Prior to his service in the White House, Cardona held senior roles in the U.S. Senate, including as a principal advisor to the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. While serving in Congress, Cardona wrote and led staff negotiations to pass the Child Care & Development Block Grant Act of 2014, a law that comprehensively updated the quality and safety standards in federally subsidized child care for the first time in nearly twenty years.
Cardona earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a juris doctorate, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.
Cardona joined CCAoA in January 2021.
Board of Directors
Renee Boynton-Jarrett, M.D., Sc.D.
Laurie Tarpey, CPA