Alliance Executive Team

President and CEO

Susan N. Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Prior to joining the Alliance on Jan. 3, 2012, Dreyfus was secretary for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in May 2009 and served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet. She had responsibility for Medicaid, aging and long-term care, child welfare, behavioral health care, juvenile justice, economic assistance, and other human services.

Dreyfus previously served as senior vice president and COO for both...

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...


Schmidt previously served as vice president and CFO of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), a private four-year college. At MIAD, he worked closely with the board of trustees and its executive and finance committees. Schmidt has extensive previous experience in CFO and controller roles, having worked with a Fortune 100 company, a closely held private company, and within a government agency. He also started and, for three years, ran his own business.

Schmidt earned his master’s in business administration with distinction from the Keller Graduate School of...

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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