Alliance Executive Team

President and CEO

Susan N. Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a strategic action network of social sector organizations that has a national reach in thousands of communities across America.

She is dedicated to advancing equity in society through access and opportunity so all people can reach their fullest potential. She believes in the power of the social sector to be influencers of larger systemic change through its excellence, distinction, innovation, and influence.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 2012, Dreyfus was secretary for the...


Ron Clewer is COO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. In this role, he manages the strategic direction and core operating activities of the organization. He ensures the organization’s accountability to highest performance and achievement, and is be tasked with overseeing growth and outcomes and maintaining long-term sustainable operations and revenues.

Clewer also works to support the organization’s culture of teamwork and collaboration, professional development, and accountability, as well as removing barriers that stand in the way of accomplishing both team and...

Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Leadership, and Innovation

Polina Makievsky is the senior vice president of knowledge, leadership, and innovationfor the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. She joined the Alliance in April 2010 as COO.

Most recently, Makievsky was director of programs at Alliance member La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha, Wis. At La Casa, she managed multiple programs and departments, including services for children, youth, and families; the workforce development and financial stability program; outpatient mental health services and an alcohol and other...

Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Mobilization

Marlo Nash has devoted her career to working with, or on behalf of, children, youth, and families. After starting her professional life as an administrator in the U.S. military child care system, she moved into public policy advocacy as the director of central Oklahoma’s child care resource and referral center.

During her near 10 years with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) as the director of Oklahoma KIDS COUNT, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s long-running data tracking and policy change initiative, Nash trained hundreds of child advocacy leaders, produced the annual...


Kristi Scharl is CFO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. She joined the organization in October 2012 as controller.

Previously, Scharl was a financial analyst at MillerCoors, working within the company’s technical accounting department.

For the first five years of her career, Scharl worked in public accounting, specializing in nonprofit accounting and government auditing standards. As a senior accountant, she led audits for clients of varying size and complexity.

Scharl earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and marketing from Winona State University...

President of FEI Behavioral Health

Ted Uczen is president of FEI Behavioral Health. In this role, he directs all strategic aspects of the business and directly oversees all sales and marketing activities of the organization. FEI is the social enterprise unit wholly owned by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. As such, Uczen holds a key management position on the Alliance executive leadership team, and works directly with the Alliance family of organizations, as well as the Alliance network. He regularly supports these...

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