Board and Committees

The mission of FCCAM is to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in the State of Maine.

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the non-profit association towards a sustainable future through adoption of sound, ethical, legal governance and financial management policies.

Nonprofit board members:

  1. Ensure prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will.
  2. Provide oversight for all activities that advance the nonprofit’s effectiveness and sustainability.
  3. Make decisions in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation; not in their own self-interest.
  4. Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities advance its mission.

Executive Committee:

Chrissie Davis, Skowhegan – Chair

Bridget Barden, Windham – Vice Chair

Deborah Arcaro, Gorham – Secretary

Sasha Shunk, Portland – Treasurer


Brendle Johnson, Wells

April Picard, Palmyra

Committee Chairs:

Public Policy: Chrissie Davis

  • Keep public policy positions of FCCAM up to date
  • Stay informed and engaged in public policy activities, at the local, state and national level
  • Develop annual public policy priorities for issues related to family child care in Maine, in the context of the political climate and legislative/regulatory schedule of the state
  • Ensure communication with the Board, membership and NAFCC on a regular basis

Outreach/Membership: Sasha Shunk

  • Support efforts to network on local, statewide and national level
  • Through various forms of communication will inform family child care providers of the benefits of membership in FCCAM and NAFCC
  • Increase membership
  • Ensure members receive information about local, state and national activity including professional development opportunities
  • Communicating with the general public regarding child care issues and Association business
  • Writing releases on upcoming events and newsworthy items
  • Maintains informational materials such as brochures, flyers, displays

Governance: Deborah Arcaro

  • Assess the Board’s current composition and identify needs
  • Identify and cultivate prospective Board members
  • Send out Call for Nominations Form to membership to ensure there are qualified candidates nominated for Board positions
  • Develop and present approved slate of nominees to Board
  • Oversee election of Board members

Professional Learning: Tammy Dwyer

  • Develops and maintains resource materials that support best practices in early childhood development
  • Coordinates conference events
  • Oversees mentoring program
  • Develop educational services and resources for family child care providers and staff

Liaisons / Collaboration:

MaineAEYC: Bridget Barden

NAFCC state leadership: Chrissie Davis

CCAC (Child Care Advisory Council): Chrissie Davis

Maine Together: Sasha Shunk, Bridget Barden

Strengthening Family Child Care: Chrissie Davis, Deborah Arcaro

Right from the Start: Chrissie Davis, Deborah Arcaro