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A message from our Executive Director

​Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays!


Robert R. Wisner


Chaille Hutcheson

Vice Chair, External Affairs

Conor Johnston

Vice Chair, Internal Affairs

Jamie Ballard


Sharon Mills

Assistant Treasurer

Chris Carmouche


Jackie Grant

Recording Secretary

Benjamin Berg

Nick Florescu

Stuart Ford

Jayne Johnston

Jennifer McSorley

Jacquelyn Rex

Sydney Scott

Darrell Rosenthal

Juli Hall

Founder & Director Emeritus

Arlene Levy

Director Emeritus

Dwayne Bennett

Executive Director

I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the next Executive Director for Cherish Our Children (COCI), an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged at-risk youth and families, especially those that have an incarcerated parent or loved one.

As we further embark on our journey of assisting our clients to deal with the many issues associated with their challenges, we are looking forward to working with respective supporters and collaborators, while continually striving to deliver the highest quality of services during the process. We take pride in knowing that our programs and services provide a safe space and platform for our youth to be seen, heard, and accepted without the fear of being judged or rejected by their peers!

During my career’s journey and working in a broad range of non-profit industries involving the criminal justice system, at-risk youth, disadvantaged families, and others, I’ve seen and experienced the negative consequences of under-educational attainment, broken homes and what impeded social and emotional development can have on students and families during very critical stages in their lives. As a result of these experiences, among others, I invite your support and ideas for making our organization become the best it can be. With your support we can only get better!

In closing, I would be remiss if didn’t extend my gratitude to our Founder, Juli Hall, for her vision and the many great things that she has done for improving humanity both globally and nationally.

Lastly, I also extend special appreciation to Chairman, Rob Wisner, Arlene Levy, our Board of Directors, and staff for their many efforts and contributions for managing the organization during the time of leadership transition.

To you and your family, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dwayne Bennett

Executive Director

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