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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.

Harriet Meyer Illinois Early Learning Council Council Co-Chair
Julie SmithOffice of the GovernorCouncil Co-Chair
Julie HamosIllinois Department of Healthcare and Family ServicesEx-oficio Member
Christopher KochIllinois State Board of EducationEx-oficio Member
George ReidIllinois Board of Higher Education Ex-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
Reyna HernandezIllinois State Board of EducationExecutive Committee
Janet MarunaIllinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral AgenciesExecutive 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
Teri TalanNational Louis UniversityExecutive 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
Theresa HawleyGovernor's Office of Early Childhood DevelopmentExecutive Committee
Beth Mascitti-MillerChicago Public SchoolsExecutive Committee
Teresa KellyStrong Foundations PartnershipExecutive Committee
Pamela AlthoffIllinois State SenateCouncil Member
Andrea DenshamChild Care Network of EvanstonCouncil Member
Lori A. BaasChristopher HouseCouncil Member
Barbara BowmanChicago Public SchoolsCouncil Member
Tim CarpenterFight Crime: Invest in KidsCouncil Member
Jana E. FlemingErikson InstituteCouncil Member
Phyllis GlinkIrving Harris FoundationCouncil 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
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
Claudia QuiggBaby TALKCouncil Member
Barbara QuinnIllinois Congress of Parents and TeachersCouncil Member
Pam Reising Rechner Illinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
Pam RothIllinois House of RepresentativesCouncil Member
Jodi ScottRegional Office of Education #27Council Member
Brynn SeibertSEIUCouncil Member
Sara SlaughterMcCormick FoundationCouncil Member
Luz Maria Solis Chicago Public SchoolsCouncil Member
Martin TorresLatino Policy ForumCouncil Member
Sheridan TurnerChildren's MuseumCouncil Member
Kathleen Villano The CenterExecutive Committee
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
Karen W. YarbroughOunce of Prevention FundCouncil Member