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Early Learning Council Members 

Early Learning Council members serve on a voluntary, unpaid basis and reflect the regional, cultural, and racial diversity of Illinois. Members serve three-year terms. The President of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives each appoint one member to the Council; the Governor appoints all other members.

 Phyllis GlinkIrving Harris FoundationCouncil Co-Chair
 Beth PurvisOffice of the GovernorCouncil Co-Chair
 Jim ApplegateIllinois Board of Higher Education Ex-oficio Member
 Bobbie GreggDepartment of Child and Family ServicesEx-oficio Member
 Julie HamosIllinois Department of Healthcare and Family ServicesEx-oficio Member
 Karen Hunter AndersonIllinois Community College BoardEx-oficio Member
 Christopher KochIllinois State Board of EducationEx-oficio Member
 Michelle SaddlerIllinois Department of Human ServicesEx-oficio Member
 Karen BermanOunce of Prevention FundExecutive Committee
 Jeanna Capito Positive Parenting DupageExecutive Committee
 George DavisCity of Rockford Human ServicesExecutive Committee
 Daniel FitzgeraldIllinois Department of Children and Family ServicesExecutive Committee
 Gaylord GiesekeVoices for Illinois ChildrenExecutive Committee
 Dan HarrisIllinois Dept. of Human ServicesExecutive Committee
 Theresa HawleyGovernor's Office of Early Childhood DevelopmentExecutive Committee
 Reyna HernandezIllinois State Board of EducationExecutive Committee
 Teresa KellyStrong Foundations PartnershipExecutive Committee
 Janet MarunaIllinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral AgenciesExecutive Committee
 Beth Mascitti-MillerChicago Public SchoolsExecutive Committee
 Sylvia PuenteLatino Policy ForumExecutive Committee
 Diana RaunerOunce of Prevention FundExecutive Committee
 Elliot RegensteinOunce of Prevention FundExecutive Committee
 Vanessa RichCity of Chicago Executive Committee
 Gina RutherIllinois Department of Human ServicesExecutive Committee
 Linda SaterfieldIllinois Department of Human ServicesExecutive Committee
 Sara SlaughterMcCormick FoundationExecutive Committee
 Teri TalanNational Louis UniversityExecutive Committee
 Kathleen Villano The CenterExecutive Committee
 Maria WhelanIllinois Action for ChildrenExecutive Committee
 Kay WillmothUS Dept. of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children and Family ServicesExecutive Committee
 Josie YanguasIllinois Resource CenterExecutive Committee
 Cindy ZumwaltIllinois State Board of Education Executive Committee
 Pamela AlthoffIllinois State SenateCouncil Member
 Jeff AranawskiIllinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
 Lori BaasChristopher HouseCouncil Member
 Barbara BowmanChicago Public SchoolsCouncil Member
 Tim CarpenterFight Crime: Invest in KidsCouncil Member
 Andrea DenshamChild Care Network of EvanstonCouncil Member
 Vinni HallIllinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
 Don HarmonIllinois State SenateCouncil Member
 Gloria HarrisCOFICouncil Member
 Ava HarstonIllinois Federation of TeachersCouncil Member
 Colleen JonesMetro Family AEYCCouncil Member
 Camille LillyIllinois House of RepresentativesCouncil Member
 Suzanne LoganKangaroo CornerCouncil Member
 Teresa MartinWalsh SchoolCouncil Member
 Mark McHughOne Hope UnitedCouncil Member
 Debbie Meisner-Bertauski Illinois Board of Higher EducationCouncil Member
 Janice MoensterChildrens Home + Aid Council Member
 Lauri Morrison-FrichtlIllinois Head Start AssociationCouncil Member
 Geoff NagleErikson InstituteCouncil Member
 Joe NeriIFFCouncil Member
 Carolyn Newberry SchwartzThe Collaboration for Early Childhood Care & EducationCouncil Member
 Beatrice NicholsChicago Department of Family and Support ServicesCouncil Member
 Donna NylanderValley View Early Childhood CenterCouncil Member
 Andrea PalmerIllinois Department of Human ServicesCouncil Member
 Chuck ParrIllinois Head Start Association Board Council Member
 Bob PritchardIllinois House of RepresentativesCouncil Member
 Claudia QuiggBaby TALKCouncil Member
 Barbara QuinnIllinois Congress of Parents and TeachersCouncil Member
 Pam Reising Rechner Illinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
 Jodi ScottRegional Office of Education #27Council Member
 Brynn SeibertSEIUCouncil Member
 Luz Maria Solis Chicago Public SchoolsCouncil Member
 Martin TorresLatino Policy ForumCouncil Member
 Sheridan TurnerChildren's MuseumCouncil Member
 Joan VitaleVoices for Illinois ChildrenCouncil Member
 Judith Walker-KendrickChicago Coalition of Site Administered Child Care ProgramsCouncil Member
 Granada WilliamsIllinois Department of Human SevicesCouncil Member
 Cass WolfeInfant Welfare Society of EvanstonCouncil Member
 Melina WrightIllinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
 Karen W. YarbroughOunce of Prevention FundCouncil Member