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2024 Board Nominations

ORAEYC Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity of our Governing Board
We recognize the uniqueness of individuals, groups, and organizations and that becoming more high performing and inclusive depends upon the simultaneous growth and development of individuals, groups and the organization. By defining and understanding diversity as broad, multidimensional, and inclusive of diverse viewpoints and perspectives, consistent with the overarching mission and vision of our organization, we acknowledge and honor all personal life experiences and perspectives. 

Determination of the Slate
The Nominating Committee determines its recommendations for the election slate. The candidate(s) will appear on the slate for each available position. All potential members of the slate will be individually assessed, and decisions will be made with respect to Board membership based upon the totality of the candidate’s qualifications. Once the slate has been decided, it is presented to the Governing Board for its approval, and then presented to the membership for election.


Danielle Cunningham

I am hoping to become your President Elect, I currently act as co-secretary. I will continue to support our Early Learning community.  I am dedicated to building lasting relationships with our local professional work source. I do this by ensuring an equitable approach to all collaborative meetings, trainings, coaching, and outreach projects managed by the board. I am excited to continue  being a part of this organization’s board to hold true to my personal beliefs that all early Education Professionals and All children deserve the dedication and representation of a strong collective community of support.

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Debbie Buta

Debbie Buta

Hi, I am Debbie Buta, and I am interested in becoming your next OregonAEYC Treasurer. I found while I was in high school  that I have a passion for Accounting. Early in my career I noticed that combining this accounting interest with my Early Childhood work would enhance what I could bring to the field. I returned to school and received a Professional Accounting Certificate.    


I have always been an advocate for children, their families and child care workers. My professional advocacy work has varied but it has included NAEYC membership, a Chapter member and Washington State AEYC representative for the my local chapter in Olympia. I had several roles with the Olympia AEYC Chapter including Membership chair for 2 years. As treasurer, I could like to support and guide OregonAEYC’s financial future to best serve all members. In the past I have been an ORAEYC treasurer and on the treasury committee.

JOb Descriptions

2023 ORAEYC Nominations and Election Timeline

  • January - February 2024: Applications and deadline information posted for submission by ORAEYC members interested in being considered for Board service.

  • March 8th, 2024: Deadline for submission of applications.

  • March 2024: Based upon its review of submitted materials, the Nominating Panel invites potential candidates to participate in interviews. The interviews guide the selection of the slate that is recommended to the Governing Board for approval.

  • March 15th, 2024: The slate is officially announced on the ORAEYC website and Facebook.

  • April 12th 2024: Eligible members receive voting instructions.

  • May 10th, 2024: Election closes.

  • May 14th, 2024: Voting results revealed to ORAEYC membership on Tuesday @ 6pm at our Annual General Membership Meeting.

  • May 31st, 2024: Newly elected Board members assume office. Board orientation begins.

  • June 1st, 2024:  Newly elected Board members attend the spring Governing Council meeting and meet with staff and Governing Council members as part of the Board orientation.

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