This past weekend, Groundwork hosted its first Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship session for the Fellowship's 2020 Cohort. The Fellowship was designed to provide early education and health professionals from across the state with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, engage with thought-leaders and policymakers to advance quality early learning and health, and take steps to create state-, local-, and community-level change for young children in Ohio. Fellows engage in a hybrid curriculum designed to build upon leadership and communications skills, expand knowledge around the landscape of Ohio’s early childhood systems, and empower participants to take on leadership roles in their communities and the early education and health professions across the state. By the end of the year, Fellows will have gained the knowledge and tools needed to enhance their capacity to influence healthy development and early learning policies that will improve outcomes for Ohio’s youngest children and their families.
We are excited to announce the Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship Cohort of 2020:
Elizabeth Abbott, Bombeck Family Learning Center
Krista Allison, Stark Education Partnership, Inc.
Sadie Bonifas, The Great Oaks Career Campus
Mary Brady, Early Childhood Resource Center
Tonya Byous, The Centers for Families and Children
Jennifer Cheeks, Mom2B-Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Casandra Chermer, Ohio State University Virtual Lab School
Heather Conkle, Child Care Resources
Scott Dieter, Lorain City Schools
Bridgette Forson, Action For Children
Jarissa Garcia, Little Hands, Inc.
Stephanie Geneseo, All Nestled Inn Family Childcare
Nicole Gordon, Child Focus
Camille Harris, All 4 Kids, LLC
Malissa Harris, Little Miracles EDC
Elizabeth Hibbs, Early Childhood Education Alliance
Kimberly Hiltz, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio, Inc.
Kelly Kaiser, Baby University
Rebecca Keaton, COAD
Helen Mattheis, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers
Rebecca Mental, Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center
Navya Nalla, Nationwide Children's Hospital- Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Ross "Chad" Nunamaker, The Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development
Stefanie Post, Warren County Educational Service Center
Emily Rozmus, INFOhio
Beth Rutter, Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Leslie Schreiber, Small Wonders Discovery & Learning Center
Ashley Scott, Home-Based Child Care Owner
Elizabeth Styles, Winton Woods City Schools
Qianna Tidmore, Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children
Shannon Viccarone, Starting Point
Lynecia White, Rogers Intergenerational Daycare
Aysha Wilburn, The Centers for Families and Children
Molly Youngstrom Hagkull, The Childhood League Center
Congratulations to all of our Fellows! We are excited to be a part of and support you during your journey to become a champion for young children, families, and the early childhood profession in Ohio.