HIPPY USA Welcomes New Members to Board of Trustees

calendarMarch 2, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—February 19, 2018—Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, an evidence-based program that works with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher, is proud to announce the newest members of its National Board of Trustees:

  • Dora Rose Lipper, Director of Visitor Experience, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, Bellevue, WA;
  • Francesca Schieber, Ph.D. Candidate at University of Iowa;
  • Andre Goode, Associate Executive Director, YMCA of Marin/San Francisco.

In addition, the Trustees elected the following officers:

  • Robin Frank, chair; Frank is an advocate and volunteer from Chicago;
  • Laura Peracchio, Ph.D., co-vice chair; she is a professor of marketing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee;
  • Verelyn Gibbs Watson, co-vice chair; she is the founder and CEO of Watson Works, LLC of Washington, D.C.;
  • Victoria Kern, secretary; she is director of accounting and reporting for the San Diego State University Research Foundation;
  • Susan Storer, treasurer; she is assistant treasurer with Macy’s, Inc. in Cincinnati;
  • ​Sue Nasca, member at large; she is senior director of business finance at Dolby, Laboratories in San Francisco.

“HIPPY USA has been very busy, and I am so excited about the year ahead and all of the energy and momentum building around HIPPY’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2018! We are grateful for the personal commitment and expertise of all of the members of the Board of Trustees, and value the additional perspectives and knowledge of our new Trustees. The dedication of the board and staff to HIPPY USA ensures that more children will be ready for kindergarten and more parents are involved in their children’s education.” says Ms. Frank.

HIPPY strengthens communities and families by empowering parents of 3- to 5-year-olds to actively prepare their children for success in school. Each week peer mentors bring parents a set of carefully developed curriculum, books, and materials designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, and social/emotional and physical development.

HIPPY programs serve families from diverse ethnic and geographic groups across the nation, particularly those most at risk because of poverty, parents’ limited education, and social or geographic isolation. As a result, HIPPY is closing the achievement gap by serving more than 16,000 families in 116 communities across the country.


Teri Todd

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