Board of Trustees
The seven-member Board of Trustees, led by Chair David C. Mills, is responsible for ensuring that the varied assets of Casey Family Programs are effectively used in support of the organization’s objectives and purposes. The board works with the president and chief executive officer to develop and review existing and proposed programs, as well as to promote strategic partnerships across the United States.
David C. Mills, Chair
Dave Mills was appointed to the Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees in December 2007 and became its chair in June 2016. Mills previously served 11 years as an alternate trustee and three years as executive director of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board before retiring in May 2007. Previously, Mills held various positions of responsibility within the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, including that of deputy secretary and chief operating officer for 11 years. Mills also brings to Casey Family Programs eight years of experience with the Department of Health and Social Services in Wisconsin, including serving as director of the Office for Children, Youth and Families. LEARN MORE »
Joan B. Poliak, Vice Chair
Joan Poliak has been a trustee since 1982. She retired from Family Services in Seattle as the director of family education and support services, where her departmental focus was on homeless children and families, children’s support services, outreach services and preventive education. She is active on national, state and local boards, including the Child Welfare League of America, Marguerite Casey Foundation, and the King County Commission for Children, Youth, and Families.
America Bracho, Secretary
America Bracho, a recognized expert in Latino health issues and public health, joined the Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees in January 2008. She is the executive director and founder of Latino Health Access, a community-based center working to provide health services and create healthy communities. Located in Santa Ana, Calif., the center was started to assist and engage low-income members of the local Latino community, especially those with multiple needs.
Sharon L. McDaniel, Treasurer
Sharon McDaniel was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Casey Family Programs in 2005. She is the founder, president and CEO of A Second Chance, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that serves children in kinship care. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve opportunities for children in foster care. Before founding A Second Chance, she was a child protective services caseworker, a permanency services administrator and a director of adoption services. She also is an alumna of foster care and currently a kinship caregiver.
Doug Patejunas joined the Board of Trustees in September 2016. He retired in 2014 after 30 years with Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, where he served as lead investment consultant to a number of foundations and other not-for-profit organizations. His commitment to volunteer work includes serving as a longtime court-appointed special advocate for children in the child welfare system in Cook County, Illinois. Patejunas has also served on a variety of boards. He has a B.S. degree in finance and economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.B.A. degree in finance and statistics from the University of Chicago.