ABOUT US - MANAGEMENT TEAM
Bill Restuccia – President
Bill founded CDE in 1993 after spending his career as a financial and business consultant. Bill started his Public Accounting business in the 70's but soon sold that company to his CPA partners in order to spend his time in helping other businesses succeed. An expert in "turn arounds," Bill has consulted with and saved dozens of distressed companies over the years. In addition to being the Founder and Owner of Child Development and Education, Inc., the largest Family Child Care Network in Massachusetts, Bill also is the founder and owner of several other thriving businesses. In 2003, Bill started TransPro, Inc., a 100 vehicle fleet pupil transportation company. He is also the President and Owner of Emily's, a food company serving the needs of children and the elderly in Greater Boston, and The Counseling Center, a licensed mental health clinic specializing in therapies for children and families. He has also invested in creating a premier early education training division, The Institute for Education and Professional Development, and is the President of The Educators Inc. which owns and operates child care centers.
Mary Jane Restuccia – Chief Financial Officer
Mary Jane has worked in the Accounting field for over 30 years for a variety of not for profit human service agencies. Beginning her work with a Community Action Program in Southeastern Massachusetts, Mary Jane moved on to start her own accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, and consulting business. Mary Jane provided expert financial services to many struggling non-profits, such as child care centers, homeless shelters, residential programs for children, and community agencies. In addition to her non-profit work, Mary Jane also provided real estate management services and assisted many for profit businesses to improve their financial standing. Mary Jane joined Bill in starting the Family Child Care Network now called Child Development and Education, Inc. 20 years ago, with only 14 family child care providers. Under Mary Jane's fiscal stewardship, the company has grown to over 1000 providers to be the premier Network in Massachusetts.
Ardith Wieworka – Executive Vice President
Ardith joined CDE in 2004 after serving as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services (now, The Department of Early Education and Care) for eight years. Prior to her role as Commissioner, Ardith served as Deputy General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and in the Legal Division of the State Ethic's Commission. In addition to her role as Executive Vice President of CDE, Ardith serves as Corporate Counsel, President of the non-profit Child Development for Kids, Inc., and Chair of the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership. Ardith is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.
Roberta McCann – Vice President for Administration
Roberta is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and worked for over 20 years as an executive at a leading national insurance company. She has vast experience in management, communications, marketing, sales, research and finance. Having received her Certification as a Microsoft Systems Engineer, Roberta also has provided Information Technology support for several major companies before joining Child Development and Education, Inc. in 1999. Roberta oversaw CDE's transition to a data and electronic driven business, and today continues to provide I/T and other critical administrative management.
Elizabeth A. Reedy – Vice President, Regional Development
Elizabeth came to Massachusetts by way of SMART START, North Carolina. There, she served as Administrator to the Cumberland County SMART START, one of the first ten counties selected to implement the state program for young children and their educators. Prior to leaving NC, Elizabeth served as interim Director of Cumberland Count SMART START. Elizabeth then directed Community Care for Kids, Quincy Community Action Program, Inc., one of 15 Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies for the Commonwealth, providing subsidy management, information and referral, and training related to early childhood education. She provided support for the statewide organization in the form of advocacy and legislative relationship building to increase awareness of issues around Early Childhood Education and its importance in the overall success of her communities and the state. Elizabeth joined Child Development and Education, Inc. in May 2006 with the express purpose of building a presence in Southeastern Massachusetts. Successfully accomplishing rapid growth in SE MA, Elizabeth was promoted in May 2011 to VP, Regional Development—responsible for the oversight of our 10 regional directors and their offices.
Jessica Wilkins - Vice President of Family Child Care Operations
Jessica joined CDE in 2000. She has a BS in Business Management from Bentley College, an MS in Human Services from Springfield College, and is currently working on a PhD in Human Services Administration with Walden University. Prior to joining CDE, Jessica worked as a Voucher Counselor at the local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency where she was able to gain knowledge in subsidized child care policies and regulations. Since joining CDE Jessica has expanded her knowledge in management, administration, and communication as they pertain to the functions of CDE and early childhood education. In September 2013, Jessica was promoted to Vice President of Family Child Care Operations in which she will oversee the operations of the regional offices and work on implementing uniform policies/procedures that will improve the work performance and efficiency at each regional office.