Early Childhood Leadership Academy Advisory Board


Jennifer Alexander
Director of Early Learning, City of Chicago

Eliza Bryant
Director, Academic Programs and Enrichment, Big Shoulders Fund

Keith Calloway
Confidential Assistant to the Executive Director, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Missy Carpenter
Social Impact Strategy Consultant, Aim & Arrow Group

Gina Crumble
Supervising Attorney, Child Protection Division,Cook County State’s Attorney Office

FaKelia “Kelia” Guyton
Director, DuPage Early Childhood Collaboration

Angela Hubbard
Program Officer for Projects and Partnerships, Association for Library Service to Children

Carisa Hurley
Director of Early Childhood, Illinois State Board of Education

Dawnielle Jeffrey
Vice President of Early Childhood Services, Children’s Home + Aid

Wannetta Kinsey
Manager, CCAP Support Services, Illinois Action for Children

Jennifer Maddox
Executive Director, Future Ties

Edna Navarro-Vidaurre
Manager of Family Engagement, Chicago Public Schools

Marianne Pokorny
Director of Civic Engagement, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Toni Porter
Director of Professional Development, Gateways to Opportunity

Emily Powers
National Policy Manager, The Ounce of Prevention

Vidhya Prakash 
Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Department of Medicine

Robert Rodemeyer
Assistant State’s Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney Office

Karen Ross-Williams
Director of Early Childhood and Youth Development, Christopher House

Kate San Juan
Director, Alumni Teacher Leadership, Teach for America

Bob Spatz
School Board, Member Oak Park School District 97

Gina Strafford-Ahmed
Administrator of Intake and Referral, DuPage County Dept. of Community Services

Katrina Thompson
Mayor, Village of Broadview

Debra Vines
Executive Director, The Answer Inc.

Oriana Wilson
Head Teacher/Site Director, Edwards Center for Young Learners

Jay Young
Executive Director, Common Cause Illinois

Tracey Young
Senior Director of Early Learning Programs, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services