Our Board of Directors

George W. Anderson (Andy)

Andy has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry in Ohio and California. Andy began his career as an auditor with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG). He has served in senior financial management positions in the Financial Services, Manufacturing, High Tech, and Distribution industries.

Andy’s experience also includes start-ups and turnaround situations and involvement with mergers and acquisitions. In addition to Child Proof Advice, Andy’s non-profit experience includes serving on finance committees for two Central Ohio churches.

Non Profit Experience

  • New Albany United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio
  • Westerville Christian Church, Columbus, Ohio
  • Interim Chief Financial Officer for Goodwill, Columbus, Ohio

Education

  • B.S., Major in Accounting (Honors Program) – Ohio State University
  • M.B.A., Major in Finance – University of California, Berkeley
  • CPA (non-practicing license) – State of Ohio 

Associations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Financial Executives International

Claudia Pureco

Claudia, originally from Mexico, moved to the U.S. in 1991 with her husband and three sons. Claudia originally started with Child Proof Advice as a volunteer translator and her additional non-profit experience includes serving as Vice Chair of The Latin American Women’s Association (LAWA) where she worked closely with the Executive Director and the President.

Claudia also has served on the Board of Directors of Mecklenburg Ministries where she joined the Development Committee and Youth Council Committee. She is also the Founder and Host of the Charlotte View Internet Radio where she interviews special guests on topics of interest to the local community. Claudia is also a part time ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, where she teaches English to adult students. She spends her spare time creating as a Visual Artist and continuing to translate for Child Proof Advice.

Non-Profit Experience

  • Board Member of Mecklenburg Ministries (IOOBY Committee)
  • Secretary and Vice Chair of The Latin American Women’s Association Board of Directors

 Education

  • B.A. Psychology with concentration in Clinical Psychology – Anahuac University, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Certified ESL Instructor
  • Visual Arts Instructor
  • Leadership Development Graduate – CBI

Harry Sparks

Harry has over 25 years experience as an independent consultant, in public accounting with Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, and RSM McGladrey. He also has been the Director of IT Audit for a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm with over 250 data centers world-wide and an IT Manager and Programmer in private industry. Harry has worked in manufacturing, insurance, retail, energy and higher education. In addition, Harry has conducted IT audits and AS 70 reviews.

Non-Profit Experience

  • Board Chair of Jewish Family Services and Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
  • School Board of the Parkway Consolidated School District in St. Louis County, Missouri
  • Board of Directors for Kids in the Middle, a St. Louis agency helping children deal with divorce or the loss of a parent

Education

  • MBA, University of Chicago
  • BS, Brown University

 

Betsy Smith

Betsy Smith is the Founder and President of RightBooks, LLC, a provider of accounting services to small businesses.  Her clients include e-commerce, retail, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, trucking, technology, wealth management, medical, and food service.

Betsy got her start in accounting by necessity – working for her family business.  She soon developed an aptitude for it, and worked over 20 years in accounting management and Controller capacities before becoming an entrepreneur.

Non-Profit Experience

  • President and Treasurer of New Salem Elementary School PTO
  • Secretary of Piedmont Middle School PTA
  • Volunteer and Supporter of Piedmont Community Breast Cancer Walk
  • Supporter of Mephistopheles Farms Angelic Riders, a therapeutic horseback riding center for children and adults with disabilities
  • A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Betsy resides in Unionville, NC where she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and new grandson.  She also enjoys gardening, reading and needlework.

Education / Certifications

  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor
  • Member American Association of Professional Bookkeepers
  • Notary Public

Marjorie Wrenn

The Founder and President/CEO of Child Proof Advice, Marjorie graduated from college with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Management. Her professional experience crossed several industries and includes sales, management and human resources.

Like many, she pursued a variety of career directions until developing her own entrepreneurial dream became a driving passion.

A perpetual volunteer and always an advocate for children, Marjorie repeatedly found herself involved in community service activities all of which centered around helping children. She knew it was personally important for her to draw upon this desire to protect our most valuable asset, children.

The inspiration for Child Proof Advice was a perfect match incorporating her skills in marketing, adult education (HR) and project management.  A commitment was born to contribute back to society in a way not yet experienced; in a way offering a longer lasting benefit to others and a more meaningful reward for her.

 

Non-Profit Experience

  • Member, NC Center for Non-Profits
  • Member, Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg
  • Assistant Leader, Girl Scout Troop
  • Volunteer, Girls on the Run 
  • Lifetime Donor, American Red Cross 
  • Manager, Foreign Exchange Student Placement

Education

  • B.S., Georgia State University
  • AHRG, University of North Carolina