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Board of Directors

The Meriden Children First (MCF) makes great strides in creating positive educational, social and health outcomes for all children in greater Meriden with the assistance of the following dedicated members of its board of directors.


Darius Riddle                                         President

Darius is a lifelong Meriden resident, a Platt High School graduate, and alumni of Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the father of Jackie and Jabari. Darius is a Senior Engineer at QuEST Global where he has spent the last 6 years. Darius has spent over 14 years coaching and mentoring Meriden's youth with organizations such as the Meriden Summer League, Meriden YMCA, and Meriden Soccer league. 


Sheri Amechi                                       Vice President

Sheri Amechi has resided in Meriden since 2003 with her husband Chukwuma and two sons, Sedrick and Justice. She has always believed the following words of Nelson Mandela regarding education: “ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”  and “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than a way in which it treats its children”.  These words have always led her in the direction of being an engaged parent in her children's education.  

Sheri is involved in the Meriden community as  the current vice president of Meriden Children First and immediate past president of the organization. She was the chairperson for the Parent Support Group of the From Boys to Men Enrichment Program and remains on the Board of Directors as the educational chairperson.  She has completed a host of Parent Leadership Programs that have been offered in the Meriden Community.  She was also a member of the Lincoln Middle School’s School Governance Committee, when her son attended school there.

Lea Crown                                                     

Lea Crown became a board member of Meriden Children First in May 2015. She has worked at the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services for 15 years and is currently the Director of Health and Human Services. The Department houses several programs serving young persons such as School Health, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Youth Services, and School Readiness. Lea has a Master of Public Health degree from Southern Connecticut State University and is a certified site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board. In her spare time she is an avid runner, completing over 90 half marathons, 5 marathons, and 2 ultra-marathons. Lea lives in Meriden with her husband Patrick. 


Asaad Elsaadani                                     

Asaad is married with Three children and has been a resident of Meriden for fifteen years. He is employed full time and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt and University of New Haven, CT. Asaad is a graduate of the 2012 Meriden Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI).


Ronald Harris                                                 

Ronald is 31 years old and is a current Meriden resident as a graduate of Platt High School. In 2010 Ronald obtained his CDL A and has been truck driving since.  He is married with 2 kids, Envy and True Harris. He owns The Trucking Advertising Network LLC. and a nonprofit organization called Human Unity and Equality, helping out his community. Ronald plans to keep helping and improving his community as much as he can.


Megan Graham

Megan is a 16 year resident of Meriden and has grown to call the city home.  For the last 21 years she has worked as a social worker for the Public Defender's Office at the Meriden Superior Court helping clients access treatment, community supports, housing and other resources to help them build healthy and whole versions of themselves.  She actively serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Carriage House Day Care in Meriden and volunteers her time and efforts for school and community activities her children are involved in.  Along with her husband Roy, she is the proud mother of Avery and Julia.  Megan is 1999 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Relations.  


Robert Vogt 

Robert is lifelong resident of Meriden. He’s a Platt High school graduate, and alumni of Central Connecticut State University where he earned his bachelor’s in business management. He is a husband to Stephanie Vogt and a father of Isabella Vogt. Robert is Loss Prevention Manager for Batista Companies for the past 10 years.


Eni Riddle

Eni is a lifelong Meriden resident, a Platt High School graduate, and alumni of Charter Oak State College and Goodwin College. She is the Mother of Jackie and Jabari. Eni is an office Manager at Hartford Healthcare where he has spent the last 12 years. She is an active volunteer at her children's school.


Kendall Moorer

Kendall is a lifelong Meriden resident. A Maloney High School graduate. He attended Naugatuck Valley CC earning his associates degree. A father to Tristan & Lia. He also assist his sister in raising Jace & Maxwell. He works full time in Law Enforcement as a Correction Officer. He’s spent numerous years involved in the community, most recently coaching at the YMCA for one of the youth basketball leagues.


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