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Groundwork Ohio Announces Members of 2022 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship Cohort

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Groundwork Ohio announced the incoming 2022 cohort of its third annual Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship program. The Fellowship is designed to provide early childhood education and health professionals from across the state with the opportunity to further develop their 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.

“We are thrilled to welcome this talented and passionate group of early childhood professionals to our growing network of Early Childhood Leadership Fellows,” said Shannon Jones, President and CEO of Groundwork Ohio. “Children only get one chance at childhood, which is why we need leaders who will be a strong voice for Ohio’s youngest children and their families. We look forward to working with the 2022 Fellowship cohort to help them build up their leadership and advocacy skills to be a champion for infants, toddlers, and families across our state.”

The Fellowship will utilize a unique and engaging curriculum consisting of keynote speakers, online learning experiences, discussions with policymakers, networking opportunities, technical assistance, and small group projects. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will have a better understanding on how to be a successful advocate for themselves, infants and toddlers, families, and their community.

The 2022 cohort comprises of 33 professionals spanning a wide variety of home-based and center-based child care providers; home visitors; child development specialists; child welfare professionals; early childhood mental health providers; preschool educators; maternal, infant, and early childhood health professionals; higher education professionals; and more.

Groundwork Ohio is excited to share the following professionals have been accepted into the 2022 cohort:

  • Sandra Adams, Miami Valley Hospital/Help Me Grow Brighter Futures

  • Andrea Barga, Clinton County Community Action - Clinton County Head Start

  • Lauren Elaine Brown, World of Wonders Child Care and Learning Center

  • Alesia Brown, Family Child Care Home Provider

  • Barbara Burden, Family Child Care Home Provider

  • Melissa Canada, Family Child Care Home Provider

  • Ellen Chavez, Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities

  • Robert Cummings, Cincinnati - Hamilton County Community Action Agency

  • Coretta Daniel, Starting Point

  • Shelly Engram, Ms. Shelly's Place

  • Angela Ewald, Action for Children

  • Meredith Florkey, Ohio Naturally LLC

  • April Frazier, OhioGuidestone

  • Isabella Frueh, Learning Grove

  • Tarshalla Hanks, Sunshine House

  • Angel Heath, Children's Discovery Center

  • Shawn Holden, Step Forward

  • Jalissa Hutchins, Family Child Care Home Provider

  • Kristen Junga, Children's Resource Center

  • Sara Knapp, Kent State University Child Development Center

  • Lori Kolofer-Burk, Starting Point

  • Misty Luther, Pike County Early Childhood Program

  • Carol Lyles, YWCA of Greater Cleveland Early Learning Center

  • Xiara Quinn, Learning Grove - Future Environments, Inc.

  • Candace Rhoill, Little Promises Preschool @ Cincinnati Urban Promise

  • Lauren Rinner, The Goddard School of Anderson Township

  • Elizabeth Rumschlag, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership

  • Melanie Senter, South Side Early Learning

  • JD Smith, Horizon Education Centers

  • Erin Tebben, The Ohio State University

  • Kelsey Thompson, Fun Daycare

  • Colleen Tullis, Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities

  • Kaleena Wiseman, YWCA of Columbus

More information about the program can be found at


Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families, and communities. Learn more about Groundwork Ohio at and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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