Aprendamos CEO Appointed to ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors

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ZERO TO THREE Announces the Appointment of New Board President and Five New Board Members

WASHINGTON, D.C – ZERO TO THREE, the leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Spicer, Ph.D., as the President of the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors. In addition, the organization announced the appointment of five new Board members in 2018.

“Dr. Spicer is a dedicated champion for babies through his many years of research, education and community support for countless children and families, particularly those with the fewest resources,” said Matthew Melmed, Executive Director of ZERO TO THREE. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Spicer as the President of our Board of Directors alongside our newest members. The guidance and expertise of these accomplished leaders will spark further innovation in our work and move us closer to our vision of a society with the knowledge and will to support all babies in reaching their full potential.”

Spicer is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in substance abuse, mental health and child development in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. He is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and a Director of the Center for Applied Social Research. Spicer also serves as Editor-In-Chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal. His research focuses on health and social policy in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. He has over 100 publications and has been the principal investigator on more than a dozen grants to support this work, including awards from the Administration on Children and Families, several institutes within the National Institutes of Health (including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) and two national programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Spicer joined the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors in December of 2008 and has chaired many committees, most recently serving as Vice President.

Learn more about the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors at zerotothree.org/bod.

New joining ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors in 2018


Abel Covarrubias

Abel Covarrubias, M.A., founder and CEO of Aprendamos Intervention Team, an early care and education services organization in Doña Ana County, N.M, committed to providing quality services for families and children of all ages. The Aprendamos family of services include Aprendamos Intervention Team Early Intervention Program, Esperanza Children’s Therapy Clinic, Mariposa Autism Service Center, Alegria Family Counseling Clinic, Cariño Home Visiting Program, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Program and Conscious Fathering Program of Southern New Mexico.

Covarrubias is also is a co-founder of Hearts for Autism, a 501(c)3, dedicated to supporting children and families with an autism spectrum disorder.

To read the full press release visit the ZERO TO THREE website here.

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