Who We Are

Our Mission

The National Christ Child Society, through its chapters, is dedicated to serving children in need of resources, regardless of race or creed.

Founded by Mary Virginia Merrick, known today as a pioneer in American Catholic social reform, the National Christ Child Society makes a difference in the lives of the young.  Each of our chapters’ programs is tailored to the needs of their community. Although many Christ Child chapters serve children in the same ways, the local organizations lead the way, and their members set the tone for how to accomplish their goals.

As a member of a Christ Child chapter, every member is also a member of the National Christ Child Society—and receives support from a professional National staff and vibrant volunteer leadership drawn from chapters across the country. The National organization helps extend and expand the Society’s message and mission – and helps chapters build their leadership and impact. Our challenge, overcoming poverty one child at a time, is now the mission of over 5,500 members in 45 communities.  Joining a chapter means joining a community that shares the love of children and the Christ Child—and making life-long friends with whom you can improve children’s lives together.

Empowering

The Programs of NCCS chapters help children increase skills, self esteem, promote resiliency and increase self sufficiency.
 

Dignifying

NCCS sees the Christ Child in every child, treating them with the attention and respect they deserve

Serving

Serving the needs of children with others creates life-long friendships with a purpose.
 

Loving

“Nothing is ever too much to do for a child” guides NCCS in its mission and growth. Service that comes from love changes everyone in positive ways.

Engaging

For over 130 years, NCCS has made a difference in communities in which it serves, often partnering with other organizations to “find a need and fill it.”

Our Values
Our Leadership

The National Christ Child Society is led and operated by a small staff and 12-member volunteer Board of Directors from across the country. The staff works closely with our Board from a small office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. The NCCS 2018-20 Board and staff partner to support our chapters, help grow their impact, raise awareness of our mission, and expand to new areas.

Each member of the National Board is a current member of a local Christ Child chapter, and our Executive Director is a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter. We are guided by a 2017-2021 Strategic Plan,  which focuses on creating and improving literacy and other high-impact programs, enhancing our communications at the National and chapter level, and providing new and improved educational and networking opportunities. We are also focused on building National and chapter leadership capabilities and securing new sources of financial support for our mission.

President-Elect

President-Elect

Molly serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as the President-Elect as well as chair of the Education Committee. As a member of the Columbus Chapter, Molly has served as Red Wagon Co-Chair, coordinated a cooking class project in a school for children with behavioral challenges and led the chapter as Director of Membership, President-Elect and ultimately President. Professionally, Molly earned a degree in Medical Dietetics and worked as a registered clinical dietitian at The Ohio State University Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital and was active in the Ohio and Columbus Dietetic Association. Molly has volunteered at multiple school activities and fundraisers. She is a sustaining member of The Junior League of Columbus and of The Childhood League, which is a local organization that supports a school for children with developmental delays. She leads tours for school children at The Kelton House Museum, a documented stop on the Underground Railroad in Columbus. Molly also currently serves on the Board of the Central Ohio Catholic Radio station, St. Gabriel Radio, AM 820.

Director at Large

Director at Large

Angela serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as a Director at Large as well as serving on the Membership and Expansion and Program/Chapter Service committees. After relocating and retiring to Tucson, Angela took a position as the Executive Director of a Christian Profile Women’s Center. Through her work, she became familiar with the Christ Child Society layette program, later joining the Tucson chapter. Angela has been a member for eight years, serving as the chapter’s Vice President as well as the President for the past three years. She plans to continue in many capacities in the Tucson Chapter along with working with so many amazing women around the country through her national board position.

President

President

Carol serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Board as its President. She also continues to chair our annual National Day of Service. Carol has been a member of the Pasadena chapter for 12 years. She has co-chaired the Auction & Treasure Sale on two occasions, served as Provisional Co-Chair, Treasurer, President-Elect/Programs, President and Past President/Nominating. After teaching for a few years at Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights, CA, Carol utilized her Masters in Business Administration while working in accounting and finance for a small, Alaska-Native owned firm as Head of Contracts and Controller. Currently, Carol and her husband own a Taproom and Kitchen in Denver, which was established in 2015. In 2018, they opened additional locations in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. During her children’s Catholic school years, Carol was part of many fundraisers and activities moving from parish to high schools while holding various board positions. Carol currently sits on the Advisory Auction Committee of her Parish, Holy Family in South Pasadena, CA.

Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

Kathy Thompson serves on the 2020 - 2022 National Christ Child Society Board as Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. Kathy joined the Cleveland Chapter of Christ Child Society in 2005 where she volunteered with the Showcase Resale Shop. After moving to Atlanta, GA in 2008, she served as the Atlanta Chapter’s Treasurer, Vice President and then President and Past President/Nominating Chair. In addition, she chaired Elizabeth’s Garden, CCS of Atlanta’s signature project, and volunteered with the reading support and layette programs. Kathy is a real estate investor and owns properties in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC and Pompano Beach, FL. She enjoys needlepoint, reading and since her move to Ft. Lauderdale, Fl in 2019 her newfound hobby is fishing in her spare time. Kathy and her husband Greg have two sons, both married, and four grandchildren

Recording Secretary

Recording Secretary

Jane Larsen serves on the 2020 - 2022 National Christ Child Society Board as the Recording Secretary. As a member of the Toledo Chapter, since 2008, Jane has served as Membership Chair, Community Outreach Co-Chair, Chapter President, Immediate Past-President Parliamentarian, Nominating Chair, and is currently Community Outreach Chair. Professionally, Jane earned a degree in Arts and Sciences from the University of Toledo, majoring in Anthropology. Professional work experience focused on Quality Assurance management in plastics manufacturing. Quality Assurance management included interfacing with Quality Inspectors, manufacturing , personnel and understanding customer’s specifications and expectations. Jane has volunteered on several non-profit boards in the Toledo community. She served on the Financial Development Committee for the American Cancer Society for 3 years and was the Volunteer Gift Shop Manager for the Flower Hospital Auxiliary, for 16 years. Over the past 17 years, Jane served on the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center Board, in a variety of offices.

Director at Large

Director at Large

Tricia serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as a Director at Large, as well as serving on the Development, Education and Communications committees. Tricia has been an active member of the DC Chapter since 1988, volunteering in many different positions including Chapter President, Guild Chair, and Gala Chair. She also served in a leadership capacity on many committees including Development, Membership, Marketing and School Programs. Along with raising three children, Tricia earned three degrees from Georgetown University. She holds a BSN in Nursing as well as a MSN and an MBA. She started her career as a trauma nurse at Georgetown and after receiving her MBA, took a position in strategic consulting with Accenture.

Vice President

Vice President

Becky serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as a Vice President, as well as on the Development, Finance and Communications committees. She has been a member of the Pasadena Chapter since 2003, and has held multiple positions including Service Programs Co-Chair, Provisional Co-Chair, Treasurer, President-Elect/Vice President of Programs, President, Past-President/Nominating Chair, and National Day of Service Chair. Becky holds a B.A. in Environmental Health and Safety Studies and started an environmental consulting firm. She retired early to focus on raising their two daughters with husband, Jim. During this time, she has also volunteered with several charities, club teams, and school boards.

Director at Large

Director at Large

Margaret joined the National Christ Society Board as a Director at Large, beginning in the Fall of 2019, filling a board position opening. She began her involvement with the Christ Child Society in 2006, as a founding member of the Summit, NJ Chapter. Prior to becoming the chapter’s President (2016-2019), she was the Vice President of the chapter’s Outreach program. She will continue to serve on the chapter board as Immediate Past President and Advisor. Margaret started her career at The Bank of NY in the financial management training program. From there she went on to hold various executive roles including Managing Director at General Electric, Senior Vice President at Dun&Bradstreet; and Executive Director at We Can Do Better NJ, an organization focused on providing equal education for all NJ kids. She is also the Director. of Religious Education at her local parish. In addition to holding leadership positions in the private sector, Margaret has been an active volunteer and leader in the local community and at her children’s schools. Margaret is very excited to join the National Christ Child Society Board and will work to help this great organization continue to grow the mission of our founder, Mary Virginia Merrick.

Vice President

Vice President

Katie Gantner serves on the 2020 - 2022 National Christ Child Society Board as a Vice President. Katie has been a member of the Christ Child Society of Detroit for seven years. She co-chaired one of the Detroit Chapter’s three major fundraising events, the annual House Tour, during her provisional year. She served as Vice President Fundraising for two years and is wrapping up her second year as Vice President House Chair of the Christ Child House. In addition, Katie volunteers with the layette program and serves on the development committee. Katie worked in the advertising industry for over 20 years as a media buyer, planner and account executive. After retiring to raise her family, she stayed active volunteering. She served as PTSA President at Pierce Elementary and Derby Middle School, Mom’s Club President at Brother Rice High School, chaired Brother Rice’s Irish Night fundraiser and ran many other fundraisers over the years. Once her children were in high school, Katie worked part time at a promotional/marketing firm as an account executive. She is currently co-chairing the capital campaign for Brother Rice High School.

Director at Large

Director at Large

Terri Mohler serves on the 2020 - 2022 National Christ Child Society Board as a Director At Large. Terri has been a member of the Toledo Christ Child Society since 2006. She began as a volunteer in the Parenting Today’s Kids program where she continues to volunteer today. She became Community Outreach Chairman in 2008, a board position, taking responsibility for overseeing and developing programs, coordinating and problem - solving with program chairmen, and keeping the programs fiscally responsible. In leaving that position in 2016, she became Special Projects coordinator, also a board position, with responsibility for assessing needs in our community and developing programs to address them. Terri graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Sociology/Social Work. Professionally she worked at Juvenile Court in a variety of positions: Probation Counselor, Job program coordinator, and Information Specialist. She also had the opportunity to develop and begin a custody program in Paternity Court. Following the birth of her fourth child, raising her children and her family became her primary focus. During these years she assumed various volunteer roles, such as Room Mother, field trip mother, chaired various school fundraisers and projects and served as the Treasurer of the Brisson Society, the mother’s club at her sons’ high school

Director at Large

Director at Large

Susan Ferraro Smith serves on the 2020 - 2022 National Christ Child Society Board as a Director at Large. Susan has been a member of the Christ Child Society since 2004. She has served on the Board of the Cleveland chapter as children’s closet chair, Recording Secretary, Organization Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. Most recently, she co-chaired the Cleveland chapter’s community needs assessment committee which gathered information about the needs of the children being served and assessed how those needs could be met in the most significant and impactful way. Susan is a speaker and writer who is passionate about living life meaningfully. Sharing her faith and her stories, she works to reveal our common humanity and foster human understanding. Previously, Susan practiced law for 26 years . She and her husband are the parents of two adult children.

Director at Large

Director at Large

Chuck Alfano serves on the 2020 - 2022 National Christ Child Society Board as a Director at Large. Chuck is the current chapter president and founding member of the Christ Child Society of Western Ma. He began his career in finance in New York City. From there he was employed at Mass Mutual Insurance Co. in Springfield, Ma. as a Director. He was a member of a four-person team that created the broker/dealer for Mass Mutual Financial Services. Chuck experienced a career change leading him to spend nearly 30 years in nonprofit management. He has served as the Executive Director for the Multiple Sclerosis and the Leukemia Societies of Connecticut and was a founding member and director of "Character Counts, CT! He has also served on numerous boards and commissions to include the "National Kidney Foundation of CT", President of the Cornerstone Foundation, a multi-social service organization and has been a member of "The 4th River Project" for the past 15 years, preparing for the reunification of North and South Korea. Chuck attended Trinity College receiving his BA in Political Science and Government. Later in life he earned his Master’s Degree in Applied Theology. He holds a certificate in Catechetical Teaching from St. John's Seminary and a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Training from the St. Francis Academy

Spiritual Advisor

Spiritual Advisor

Msgr. Jenkins was a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, where he served in various pastoral assignments, including as pastor and judicial vicar. In 2001, Msgr. Jenkins joined the faculty of the School of Canon Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he specialized in procedural law and jurisprudence. In 2005, he began to serve at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Associate General Secretary. He was elected to a five-year term as General Secretary of the conference in November 2010. At the completion of his term, he returned to The Catholic University of America where he now serves as Dean of the School and holds the O’Brien-O’Connor Chair of Canon Law. Msgr. Jenkins has been a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops throughout the country. He has authored numerous articles in national and international journals and a major legal commentary on marriage nullity procedures. He holds a B.A., in Psychology and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas, a licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America. He has served on the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

NCCS Historian

NCCS Historian

Patty served on the National Christ Child Board for ten years. She held the positions of Immediate Past President, National President, President-Elect, Vice President and Secretary. She has now taken on the position of NCCS Historian and serves on the Society’s Canonization Advisory Board. Patty has been an active member of the Washington Chapter since 1980. As a member of the Washington Chapter she served as a Board member for 3 three-year terms, chaired the Chapter’s Camp Committee for 15 years and chaired and assisted with a number of fundraising events for the Chapter. Patty has received both the Washington Chapter’s “Volunteer Cum Laude” and “Mary Virginia Merrick” awards. Patty retired in 2013, after working for 20 years as the Facilities Director at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. She is a member of Blessed Sacrament parish in Washington, DC, which was founder Mary Virginia Merrick’s parish. There she serves on the Parish Council and the Buildings & Grounds Committee and is also a Lector, a Eucharistic Minister and an Arimathean.

Executive Director

Executive Director

Moira joined National Christ Child Society in 2019 after a decade of running her own successful event and marketing business. She works with a calm and steady hand under any circumstance to bring concepts to reality. Her 20+ years of experience in the event and communications industry gives her the tools and expertise to deliver great results project after project. In addition to running her own business, Moira has worked at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in the aftercare program for the past seven years. Moira became interested in the mission of the National Christ Child Society after attending one of the local red wagon events and realizing her work with young children combined with her business experience could transition into helping children’s causes in other communities. Moira is a lifelong Bethesda resident, member of Little Flower Church and a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland.

“Love in the heart of a child for Christ…was the inspiration which gave birth to the Christ Child Society.”

Mary Virginia Merrick, Servant of God

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