Early Learning Council Members

The Illinois Early Learning Council shall include representation from both public and private organizations, and its membership shall reflect regional, racial, and cultural diversity to ensure representation of the needs of all Illinois children. One member shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and other members appointed by the Governor. Members shall serve on a voluntary, unpaid basis. (Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.) 

Member terms and additional appointment information can be found on the Illinois Office of Executive Appointments website. 

NameOrganizationMembershipCounty
Phyllis Glink (Council Co-Chair)Irving Harris FoundationCouncil Member
Jesse Ruiz (Council Co-Chair)Office of the GovernorCouncil Member
Jennifer AlexanderCity of Chicago Office of the MayorCouncil Member
Chevelle BaileyIllinois Department of Children and Family ServicesCouncil Member
Cindy BardelebenBaby TALKCouncil Member
Elissa BasslerIllinois Public Health Institute Council Member
Karen BermanStart EarlyCouncil Member
Stephanie BernoteitIllinois Board of Higher EducationCouncil Member
John BorreroCollaboration for Early ChildhoodCouncil Member
Barbara BowmanErikson Institute Council Member
Marcus BrownIllinois Community College BoardCouncil Member
Cerathel Burgess-BurnettChicago Department of Family and Support ServicesCouncil Member
Jose Cerda-IIIIFFCouncil Member
Christi ChadwickAdvance IllinoisCouncil Member
Dena ChapmanIllinois Action for ChildrenCouncil Member
Kristy DoanIllinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
Carl EgglestonAdministration of Children and Families/Region VCouncil Member
Shauna EjehIllinois Action for Children Council Member
Kimberly EngelmanIllinois Education Association Council Member
Loretta EspeutFamily Focus EnglewoodCouncil Member
Tonya FrehnerIllinois Association for the Education of Young ChildrenCouncil Member
Ann FreiburgIllinois Department of Human Services Council Member
Gaylord GiesekeIllinois Children's Mental Health Partnership Council Member
Rochelle GollidayCuddle CareCouncil Member
Rey GonzalezEl ValorCouncil Member
Cornelia GrummanMcCormick FoundationCouncil Member
Dan HarrisIllinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral AgenciesCouncil Member
Courtney HatcherRend Lake College Child Care Resource & Referral AgencyCouncil Member
Sergio HernandezIllinois State Board of Education Council Member
Vicki HodgesIllinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
Gene HowellRiverbend Head Start & Family ServicesCouncil Member
Carisa HurleyIllinois State Board of EducationCouncil Member
April JanneyIllinois Action for ChildrenCouncil Member
Jamilah Jor'danIllinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development Council Member
Ruth KimbleAustin Child Care Providers NetworkCouncil Member
Dan KotowskiKids Above AllCouncil Member
Stacee LeathermanStride Autism CentersCouncil Member
Mitch LifsonVoices for Illinois ChildrenCouncil Member
Camille LillyIllinois General AssemblyCouncil Member
Kimberly MannIllinois Department of Children and Family ServicesCouncil Member
Cathy MannenIllinois Federation of TeachersCouncil Member
Tameeka McFarlaneIllinois Education Association Council Member
Kenya McRaeIllinois Department of Public HealthCouncil Member
Marcy MendenhallSAL Family and Community ServciesCouncil Member
Denise MonnierMontessori Public Policy InitiativeCouncil Member
Lauri Morrison-FrichtlIllinois Head Start AssociationCouncil Member
Bela MoteCarole Robertson CenterCouncil Member
Sean NobleCouncil for a Strong AmericaCouncil Member
Cristina Pacione-ZayasIllinois General AssemblyCouncil Member
Bethany PattenIllinois Department of Human ServicesCouncil Member
Curtis PeaceIllinois After School NetworkCouncil Member
Laura PhelanIllinois Department of Healthcare and Family ServicesCouncil Member
Sylvia PuenteLatino Policy ForumCouncil Member
Diana RaunerStart Early Council Member
Elliot RegensteinForesight Law + Policy Council Member
Steve ReickIllinois General AssemblyCouncil Member
Martina RochaTogether for Children NetworkCouncil Member
Trish RooneyFox Valley United WayCouncil Member
Brynn SeibertService Employees International UnionCouncil Member
Ushma ShahChicago Public SchoolsCouncil Member
Sara SlaughterW. Clement & Jessie V. Stone FoundationCouncil Member
Bryan Stokes-IIChicago Public SchoolsCouncil Member
Joanna SuIllinois Department of Human Services Council Member
Teri TalanNational Louis UniversityCouncil Member
Dawn ThomasIllinois Early Childhood Asset MapCouncil Member
Jil TracyIllinois General AssemblyCouncil Member
Edie Washington-GurleyIllinois Department of Children and Family ServicesCouncil Member
Yolanda WilliamsCommunity Organizing and Family IssuesCouncil Member
Josie YanguasIllinois Resource CenterCouncil Member