Monday, October 18, 2021

New Board Appointments at Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.



Three new members have been officially appointed to the Board of Directors at Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR).  The organization’s mission is to support the needs of Collier County’s children, families, and early learning professionals by providing high quality education, resources, and childcare services.

Niccole Howard, Executive Director of Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. said she is pleased to welcome the new members.  Howard added, “The expansion of the board and their combined talents will strengthen the organization’s goals and mission. Their leadership and direction will support our goal of providing the right environment for our children so they can reach their full potential.”

Laura Stacell received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Illinois State University in Special Ed./Mentally Handicapped with a minor in Elementary Education and later a Master of Science in Education with a major in Learning Disabilities/Emotionally Handicapped.  Ms. Stacell taught elementary level children eligible for special education services in Illinois as well as in Naples, Florida.  She is a former Head Start Director for Collier School District and a former member of Healthy Start Coalition and Early Learning Coalition of S.W. Florida.

Carolyn Tieger, President of entrePReneur Communications, LLC, is an independent consultant, specializing in public affairs, public relations and crisis management.   Previously, Ms. Tieger was a partner with the international public relations firm Porter Novelli, where she also ran its DC office.  She held the position of executive vice president of Burson-Marsteller and was an owner and general manager of Goddard Claussen’s Washington, D.C. office.  With deep experience in public service, Ms. Tieger also served in the Reagan White House and as a Congressional staffer.  In 2008, she received the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Georgia, where she majored in journalism, and the National Colby award from Sigma Kappa sorority for Lifetime Achievement in Public Relations.  She was named PR News Public Affairs Executive of the Year in 2006 and Washington PR woman of the Year by Washington Women in PR in 2005.

Kristi Lester received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Communications with a Minor in Marketing.   Ms. Lester also holds a Master in Public Administration from Hodges University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She is employed by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as a Public Information Officer Apprentice.  Ms. Lester’s volunteer activities include serving as Co-Chair of the Agency Family Activities Committee within the Collier County Sheriff’s Office where she organizes events for CCSO members and their families and speaks before groups for the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Heart Association to raise awareness of local children born with congenital heart defects.


About Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.

        Collier Child Care Resources, Inc., (CCCR), is a private, non-profit child care agency that serves children, families and early learning professionals. Our mission is to support the needs of Collier County’s children, families and early learning professionals by providing high quality education, resources and child care services.   In addition, we offer training for early childhood professionals.   The agency must rely on generous donations and volunteer efforts from members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a difference to low-income children.  Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. is a United Way agency. To learn more or to make a donation, visit or call (239) 643-3908.

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