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Parent University Selects Jody McIntyre to Chair Board of Directors

April 8, 2016 | Posted by pfisher



McIntyre will oversee expansion of both Parent University and Early Learning College programs in partnership with Savannah Early Childhood Foundation

 SAVANNAH, GA –Parent University and the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation are pleased to announce the selection of Jody McIntyre to chair Parent University’s Board of Directors.

In this volunteer position, McIntyre will help to sustain and grow the Parent University program, which, over the past 17 years, has become a vital portal for many community resources to engage parents and caregivers of children of all ages by offering a mix of parenting and life skills classes free of charge on several Saturday mornings each year. McIntyre will also oversee the continued expansion of a newer module launched in 2012 aimed at parents and caregivers of children ages 0-3, called Early Learning College at Parent University.

McIntyre, who is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Savannah Marriott Riverfront and an active community volunteer, also serves on the Executive Committee of the Visit Savannah Board. She is a Past Chair of the Tourism Leadership Council, Past Chair of Visit Savannah and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Savannah South. She is the Current Chair of the Board of Savannah Mobility Management, Inc. She is also a member of 100 Women Who Care.

Commenting on her new role as volunteer Chair of the Parent University Board, Jody McIntyre said: “I am honored to be able to work with Parent U and Michael O’Neal. They are providing our community with a vital resource for education and family enrichment.”

“We are honored and excited to have someone of Jody’s caliber join our team and take Parent U and ELC to the next level,” said Parent University founder and Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) Executive Director Michael O’Neal.

“Jody brings proven leadership experience to this growing organization, and we are really excited to have her guiding SECF’s number one partner, Parent University,” said Savannah Early Childhood Foundation President Paul Fisher.

The schedule of Parent University and Early Learning College sessions for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year is as follows:

Early Learning College (Spencer Elementary)

April 16 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Spencer Elementary, 100 Bouhan St, Savannah, GA 31404


Parent University Spring Session

April 30 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Savannah High School, 400 Pennsylvania Ave, Savannah, GA 31419


Early Learning College (Brock Elementary)

May 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Otis J. Brock, III Elementary, 1804 Stratford Street, Savannah, GA 31401


Early Learning College (East Broad K-8)

May 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

East Broad K-8 School, 400 East Broad Street, Savannah, GA 31401



About Parent University: Founded in 1999, Parent University is a 501c3 community collaborative that supports Savannah area families. This initiative promotes life-long learning and community building, encouraging parent involvement and participation in the education of our community’s children and youth. In our advanced society, each of us needs to keep abreast of new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. Parent University has provided a way. Learn more:


About the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation: Established in 2011, the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) is a first-of-its-kind 501c3 organization, working to stitch together community resources to ensure that all Savannah children are ready for school. Combining public and private resources, SECF is uniquely focused on helping parents create high quality learning environments for their children starting at birth through age five. In partnership with Parent University and other community partners, SECF has developed and operates multi-session Early Learning College programs for parents in several neighborhoods throughout the city. To learn more about our community-based, parent-centric approach to early childhood development, visit