The following individuals comprise the incorporating board of the Ithaka Early Learning Center.

Dimitri Dandolos - Board President

Dimitri Dandolos is President of Eco Logos, Inc, a Consulting company specializing in Sustainability and Environmental Services. Mr. Dandolos has held positions as President of an Environmental Remediation and Recycling Company, as Senior Environmental Scientist and as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of various business entities.

Mr. Dandolos has served as President of AHEPA, the founding organization of the Odyssey Charter School, and he is presently serving on the school's Board of Directors as its President. Mr. Dandolos has completed undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences with concentration in Biology, and his graduate studies include Environmental Studies, Public Policy and International Relations. He has played collegiate and professional soccer and as a youth soccer coach, he has led his team to four state championships and to national ranking status.

Danielle Blount - Director

Danielle Blount is currently serving as Commissioner of Delaware’s Family Court system. She has served as Governor Markell’s deputy legal counsel. Blount served previously as a Deputy Attorney General in the Family Division of the Office of the Attorney General, and as a litigation associate for Fox Rothschild LLP. Prior to coming to Delaware, Danielle, had early jobs at the Jamaica YMCA, Queens Child Guidance Center, Safe Horizons; and Highland Church, where she was a dedicated member and employee. Danielle received her Bachelors’ degree in Political Science from York College, and a JD from Howard University School of Law in 2007. She resides in Newark with her family.

Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask - Director

Currently, Dr. Bahira Trask is Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Associate Chair, Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware, and an Associate Policy Scientist, Center for Community Research and Service. She has been with the University for over 20 years.

Trask is internationally renowned for her research on the relationship between globalization and family change in Western and non-Western contexts. Her work focuses, in particular, on the evolution of gender roles as a result of the changing economy, and the need for policies that strengthen and support families.

An active scholar, Trask has published two books on globalization, Women, Work, and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, 2014) and Globalization and Families: Accelerated Systemic Social Change (Springer, 2010), edited three others including an anthology Personal Relationships (Cognella, 2011), and published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and review articles in significant journals, handbooks and edited works.

Dr. Trask received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.

Board membership will be subsequently increased to 7 or 9 with the intent of bringing additional dimensions of expertise in areas such as the Reggio approach, early childhood education, and other related areas.