As a non-profit center, ITC is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of parents, staff, community representatives and our Director.  The Board guides long range plans, policies, and fiscal matters at the center as well as providing support and leadership in marketing, events, and community outreach.

The Board operates through the efforts of its committees:

  • Executive Committee,

  • Finance Committee,

  • Fundraising Committee, and

  • Marketing Committee

Most committees are open to Members of the Corporation. To learn more about becoming involved in the Board of Trustees or volunteering on a sub-committee, contact 


The Board of Trustees meets monthly. Meetings are open to all Members of the Corporation. Meetings are held at ITC and begin at 7pm.

View the schedule and past meeting minutes here.


The Board of Trustees operates according to the Bylaws of Infant Toddler Children’s Center, Inc.


Lydia Higgins, Chair, is an Acton resident and has three children, two of which have attended ITC. She left her job as a personal chef after having her first son and is currently a stay-at-home mother. She received her BA in Philosophy and English from Loyola University and her Certificate in Culinary Arts at Boston University. She joined the board in 2015 and has been a member of the fundraising committee. 


Brandi Shailer, Vice Chair, holds a Master's in English from Boston College. She currently manages the digital learning library for mobile technology at LinkedIn and has spent over ten years in educational publishing. Brandi has been a resident of the Acton/Boxborough area since 2008 and has one child at ITC and one ITC graduate. Brandi is active in fundraising and events for the Board.  


Andrew Heald, Treasurer, is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors and has been with them since 2007. Andrew works with families to help define their goals and develop a plan to help them achieve those dreams. Prior to this, Andrew worked for 12 years for Mercer HR Services helping companies of all sizes across the country build and administer their retirement plans. Andrew is on the committees for grounds and finance at ITC. Andrew lives in Acton and his son attends ITC.


Kristen Heintz-Perkins, Clerk, is the Director of Institutional Grants at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She holds a master's in Arts Administration from Boston University and received her BA in History and Fine Art from Mount Holyoke College. Kristen is the parent of twins in Preschool D and lives in Concord.

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Cindy Heaney, Executive Director, graduated from Framingham State College in 1984 with a BS in Elementary Education. After spending 22 years at ITC as teacher and program coordinator, Cindy returned to school and earned her MS in Child and Family Studies/Child Development from Wheelock College as part of her lifelong commitment to learning and learning environments. She has moved theory to practice by supporting her own and others' continued exploration of the major challenges facing early education and care settings today. Cindy has spent most of her life residing in Acton. She enjoys reading, music, art, and nature. She also enjoys biking and kayaking, and is an avid hiker. Cindy has spent over 30 years at ITC, assuming the role of Director in 2015. 


Jennifer Campbell is the mother of two children at ITC. She holds a Master's in Science and currently works as the Senior Laboratory Technologist at Emerson Hospital’s Hematology Lab.  Jenn has been a resident of the Acton for over 10 years, and founded and coordinates the Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market. She serves on the Marketing and Fundraising Committees, and has helped plan the annual auction since 2015. 

Kristin Crafts is an Acton resident and the mother of two children who attend ITC.  She is an attorney serving as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  Kristin received her BA in History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University and her JD from The George Washington University Law School.   

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Elissa Crary lives in Stow with her husband and two daughters. She has been an ITC parent since 2015. Elissa left her job as a Special Education teacher in Framingham after her oldest daughter was born and is currently a stay-at-home mom. She holds a M.S.Ed from Simmons College as well as a B.S. in Human Development from Lesley University. Elissa joined the Board in 2019 and is active in fundraising.


Margaret Potnickan Acton resident, has been an ITC parent since 2012 and is the mother of two children, Gillian and Connor. She is the Director of Product Marketing at Buildium, a property management software company in Boston, and has worked in marketing for over 15 years for non-profit organizations, small businesses, and software companies. She received her BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and her MBA from Babson College. 


Joel Rothman has two children enrolled at ITC and has been a member of the Board since 2014. He is an attorney at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, PC, a national law firm with its largest office in Boston. Joel's practice encompasses advising individuals and businesses in a wide range of issues including litigation, commercial disputes, and employment matters. Prior to joining the legal field, Joel had a successful career in human resources. Joel received his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in 1999 and his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2012. 

David Schrier and his family are Acton residents and have two children, both of whom attend ITC. He is the Associate Director of Laboratory Information Systems at bluebird bio. He holds a B.S in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, and has been working in the life science and bio-pharma space for over 15 years. David recently joined the ITC board and is assisting with the finance and buildings and grounds initiatives.


Sarah Brown has been working at ITC since June 2012. She began as an intern after graduating from the University of Vermont with a BS in Early Childhood Special Education, with a focus on birth to age 3. When Sarah is not at ITC she enjoys camping, biking, and taking her dog on long hikes.


Val Dupell received her BS from Boston University. She worked at the BU Children's Center and holds a DEEC lead teacher qualification. Val lives in Worcester with her family and enjoys reading, kayaking, music, and watching the Red Sox. Val joined ITC in 1995. 

Christin Magliozzi grew up in Groton, MA. She graduated from Keene State with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has had many wonderful experiences working with young children at summer camps and at a child development center in New Hampshire. Christin returned to ITC in 2018 where she was a teacher from 2010-2015 before she left to care for her two young children. 


Erika Dawes, Adviser, is Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with specializations in children's literature and early literacy. She holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. She has worked in education for more than twenty years, serving in the roles of elementary teacher, reading specialist, and literacy supervisor. Erika's children include an ITC student and ITC alumni.