"As much as we will miss Jan and her incredible leadership, we are excited to welcome Dan to INCCRRA," said Maria Whelan, President of INCCRRA's Board of Directors. "We know that these times demand a committed and experienced leader and we know that Dan is that and more!"
Established in 1996, INCCRRA is a statewide non-profit organization located in Bloomington, Illinois. In partnership with 16 local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, INCCRRA serves 102 counties statewide. INCCRRA is a proven leader in systems building and effectively administers professional development programs that attract, educate, train and retain a highly qualified early childhood workforce in Illinois.
"I am excited for the next chapter in my life," said Jan Maruna. "It is especially gratifying to leave this important organization in such experienced hands."
Harris has a long career in the public and not-for-profit sector. Most recently he has served as the Assistant Director in the Division of Family and Community Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services where he managed a wide range of state and federally funded programs, including home visiting, family case management, youth development and substance abuse prevention. Prior work includes senior level positions at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
"I recognize that I have big shoes to fill with Jan's retirement," Harris said, "but I am excited about this challenge and the opportunity to lead INCCRRA forward."
Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Knox College and a Master of Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.