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

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.

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.

Immediate Past President

Immediate Past President

Marybeth serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as the Immediate Past President as well as Communications chair, Bylaws chair, and Nominating chair. Marybeth has been a member of the Christ Child Society of Cleveland since 1999. She chaired many of the chapter’s Red Wagon fundraisers as well as the annual Starlight Ball, and served on the Board as Chairman of the Immaculate Conception Library program, Recording Secretary, Organizational Vice President and, ultimately, Cleveland Chapter President. Marybeth continues to volunteer for the Cleveland chapter, especially enjoying her time as a volunteer at one of their school library programs. In 2016 Marybeth retired as Vice President of Apex Pest Control, a family business she and her brother ran together successfully for 20 years. Prior to her leadership of Apex, during the years she raised her children, Marybeth volunteered at St. Francis of Assisi parish and schools, serving as everything from room mother to PTO president. Also during this time, Marybeth, who received her Registered Nurse degree at St. Vincent Charity School of Nursing, cared for her ailing grandparents, taking advantage of her experience as a medical intensive care nurse at Hillcrest Hospital in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Treasurer

Treasurer

Jean Phelan serves on the 2018 – 2020 National Christ Child Society Board as the Treasurer as well as the chair of the Finance Committee. Jean has been a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Christ Child Society since 1994. She has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, Financial Director and most recently Co-President. She has also worked on the chapter’s ongoing programs: layettes and My Stuff Bags as well as chairing the chapter’s main fundraiser “The Shower of Love” in 2007 and 2015. She currently chairs the chapter’s Vision Screening program and cashiers at the chapter’s resale shop. In 2005 Jean retired as an Equity Research Analyst from a mutual fund company. She currently works part-time at a CPA firm doing tax work. Jean first started volunteering in her community when there was a vacancy at her parish for a pre-school CCD director. She then went on to be Treasurer of the Home and School Association, Scout leader and room mom when her children were in grade school, and an active volunteer at her children’s high schools as well.

Recording Secretary

Recording Secretary

Loretta Haugh serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as Recording Secretary as well as on the Membership & Expansion Committee, with a primary focus on expansion. She is currently President of the Christ Child Society of Sarasota chapter, where she now winters, and holds a supporting membership in the Christ Child Society of Akron. Professionally, Loretta was an elementary and middle school teacher for many years. She then took an early retirement from teaching to campaign and win a seat on the Akron, Ohio Board of Education, which has a responsibility for 33,000 public school students. In her six years on the Board, Loretta served as Community Relations and Legislative Chair, Curriculum and Instructional Policy Chair, Personnel and Staff Relations Chair, Vice President–and ultimately President. She completed her professional career as Director of Student Achievement for a group of charter schools serving special needs students. Loretta has also served as Trustee for the Boys & Girls Club of Summit County and a member of Leadership Akron. She is a sustainer of the Junior League and Junior Women’s Civic Club of Akron, as well as an active member of the Women’s Committee of University of Akron.

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.

Vice President

Vice President

Beth Barrett serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as a Vice President, as well as chair of the Program/Chapter Service Committee. She spearheaded the revision of the Challenging Poverty Manual and has led seminars and webinars on the subjects of poverty and cultural awareness. Beth has been a member of the South Bend Chapter for 23 years. She served two terms on their Board and as President. She has chaired the Clothe a Child ‘paper doll’ campaign, the Annual Appeal, and the first two dinner/auctions. Beth taught high school English and reading while completing a Master’s Degree in Remedial Reading. After earning a second B.A. in American Sign Language, she interpreted for the deaf for ten years. Before retiring, Beth worked on the staff of Congressman Joe Donnelly of Indiana as Grants Director for three terms and then for two years of his United States Senate term. Always active in school, parish and community activities, Beth served on the boards of her children’s elementary and high schools and as a member and President of the United Health Services Board of Directors. She now works with a county-wide coalition dedicated to success in early childhood.

Vice President

Vice President

Casey serves on the 2018-2020 National Christ Child Society Board as a Vice President as well as a member of the Education, Membership and Expansion, and Program/ Chapter Service committees. Casey founded the Atlanta chapter of The Christ Child Society in 2003 with then Co-President Anne Marie Newman. She has served as Membership Chair, Outreach and Social chairs, and Secretary. Most recently she served as President of the Atlanta chapter from 2016-2018. She is currently chair of Elizabeth’s Garden, the signature project of CCS of Atlanta, GA. She volunteers with the layette program, cooking with the children at the garden, and the reading support program. Along with raising her three children with her husband, Casey has a M. Ed in Special Education from Boston College and taught as a teacher of the visually impaired in the Fulton County Schools and the BEGIN (birth-5-year old blind children) Program at the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta. She also has elementary teaching certification and is Orton Gillingham trained.

Vice President

Vice President

Linda serves on the 2018-20 National Christ Child Society Board as a Vice President, as well as chair of the Conference/Convention Committee. Linda joined the Northern Michigan Christ Child Society Chapter in 2009. Prior to becoming the chapter’s Vice President in 2013 and President from 2015-16, she served as Chair of the chapter’s Thanksgiving Project, and was involved with its Christmas Shopping, Layette Project. Linda continues as Past President/Advisor for a two-year term, which started in 2017. She chairs the Grant Committee and is active in the chapter’s annual fundraiser. Linda earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. Her nursing career spans over 30 years, most of which involved providing specialized care to pulmonary patients. Linda also had a 20-year career in the Oklahoma Air National Guard as a Flight Nurse, from which she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. This included 3 overseas deployments to the Middle East, where she transported and provided care to wounded soldiers and served as Chief Nurse over Iraq and the Horn of Africa theater. Stateside, Linda served as Officer in Charge of Staff Development, in which capacity she managed training of a large section of officers and enlisted personnel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Executive Director

Executive Director

Moira is joining the National Christ Child Society 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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