Early Learning Council Members

Early Learning Council members serve on a voluntary, unpaid basis and reflect the regional, cultural, and racial diversity of Illinois. 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.​​​​ 

NameOrganizationMembershipCounty
Phyllis Glink (Council Co-Chair)Irving Harris FoundationExecutive Committee
Jesse Ruiz (Council Co-Chair)Office of the GovernorExecutive Committee
Jennifer AlexanderCity of Chicago Executive Committee
Grace ArayaIllinois Action for ChildrenSubcommittee Co-chair
Lori BaasChristopher HouseCouncil Member
Cindy BardelebenBaby TALKCouncil Member
Karen BermanStart Early (formerly known as the Ounce)Executive Committee
Stephanie BernoteitIllinois Board of Higher EducationCouncil Member
Carie BiresStart Early (formerly known as the Ounce)Council Member
John BorreroThe Collaboration for Early Childhood Care & EducationCouncil Member
Barbara BowmanErikson Institute Council Member
Marcus BrownIllinois Community College BoardCouncil Member
Cerathel BurnettChicago Department of Family and Support ServicesCouncil Member
Jeanna CapitoConsultantCouncil Member
Tim CarpenterFight Crime: Invest in KidsCouncil Member
Kathy ChanCook County Health and Hospitals SystemCouncil Member
Paula Corrigan-HalpernChildren's Home + AidCouncil Member
Debbie DaroChapin HallCouncil Member
Kristy DoanIllinois State Board of EducationExecutive Committee
Aaron DorseyParent Policy Council in PeoriaCouncil Member
Carl EgglestonAdministration of Children and Families/Region VCouncil Member
Shauna EjehIllinois Action for Children Executive Committee
Donna EmmonsIllinois Head Start Association Council Member
Karen FreelIllinois Association for Infant Mental HealthCouncil Member
Gaylord GiesekeIllinois Children's Mental Health Partnership & ConsultantExecutive Committee
Tasha Green CruzatVoices for Illinois ChildrenExecutive Committee
Cornelia GrummanMcCormick FoundationExecutive Committee
Chelsea GuillenEI Training ProgramCouncil Member
Dan HarrisIllinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral AgenciesExecutive Committee
Vicki HodgesIllinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
Carisa HurleyIllinois State Board of EducationExecutive Committee
Jamilah Jor'danGovernor's Office of Early Childhood Development Executive Committee
Camille LillyIllinois House of RepresentativesCouncil Member
Lynn ListonIllinois Association for Infant Mental HealthCouncil Member
Suzanne LoganKangaroo CornerCouncil Member
Kimberly MannIllinois Department of Children and Family ServicesExecutive Committee
Cathy MannenIllinois Federation of TeachersCouncil Member
Teresa MartinWalsh SchoolCouncil Member
Kenya McRaeIllinois Department of Public HealthExecutive Committee
Janice MoensterChildrens Home + Aid Council Member
Lauri Morrison-FrichtlIllinois Head Start AssociationCouncil Member
Bela MoteCarole Robertson CenterCouncil Member
Theresa NihillMetropolitan Family Services Council Member
Donna NylanderGovernor's Office of Early Childhood Development Council Member
Tracy Occomy-CrowderCOFICouncil Member
Cristina Pacione-ZayasErikson Institute Executive Committee
Bethany PattenIllinois Deptartment of Human ServicesExecutive Committee
Laura PhelanIllinois Department of Healthcare and Family ServicesExecutive Commitee
Sylvia PuenteLatino Policy ForumExecutive Committee
Barbara QuinnIllinois Congress of Parents and TeachersCouncil Member
Diana RaunerStart Early (formerly known as the Ounce)Executive Committee
Elliot RegensteinForesight Law + Policy Council Member
Trish RooneyFox Valley United WaySubcommittee Co-Chair
Brynn SeibertSEIUCouncil Member
Nichelle SimmonsUCAN Chicago Council Member
Sara SlaughterWC Stone FoundationExecutive Committee
Luz Maria Solis Chicago Public SchoolsCouncil Member
Teri TalanNational Louis UniversityExecutive Committee
Marquinta ThomasIllinois Action For ChildrenCouncil Member
Stephen VickInfant Welfare Society of EvanstonCouncil Member
Kathy VillanoThe CenterCouncil Member
Kathy WaligoraEverThriveCouncil Member
Yolanda WilliamsCOFICouncil Member
Josie YanguasIllinois Resource CenterExecutive Committee