MEET THE
INAEYC STAFF

Indiana AEYC promotes high-quality learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
Dianna Wallace, Executive Director

dwallace@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3516

Dianna Wallace has served as Executive Director of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, Inc. (INAEYC) since 2002. Dianna earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has completed extensive training and education in administration, business and adult education. Her experience includes working as a kindergarten teacher, Head Start Director, public school administrator, State administrator, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Coordinator and education consultant and evaluator.

Stefanie Brooks, Senior Executive Assistant

sbrooks@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3516

Stefanie Brooks joined the Indiana AEYC staff in 2013. Stefanie received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Affairs from Butler University. Prior to her current position, she worked as a Legislative Assistant for Wellpoint Inc., a Manager of Strategic Initiatives with the State of Indiana and within college Admissions.

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Hanan Osman, Ph.D., T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Senior Director

hosman@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3511

Hanan Osman joined the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children in 2008. Hanan is the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Senior Director. She oversees the project and staff, working closely with the Indiana AEYC Executive Director and Indiana Early Childhood Higher Education Forum. Hanan’s 25+ years working with children and families has given her a wealth of diverse professional experiences and taken her across the globe. From 1990 to 1997, she taught at the School of Psychology and Preschool Education at Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan. Prior to that, she worked with Head Start as a teacher and a center director in Kentucky. Hanan also served at the Governor’s Office of Child Development as a Head Start Collaboration Office Coordinator in Frankfort, Kentucky. With the Kentucky Department of Education, Hanan was the Community Early Childhood Councils Coordinator and then served as Kentucky State-Funded Preschool Branch Manager. Hanan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Preschool Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, a Master of Arts in Family Studies/Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education.

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Lindsay Philpott, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Assistant Director

lphilpott@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3528

Lindsay Philpott is a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Assistant Director at Indiana AEYC. She has a Master of Arts in Education from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from IUPUI in Indianapolis with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech Community College. She has held various positions in her professional career. Lindsay has over 10 years of teaching experience and over 11 years of Administrator experience in key areas such as Assistant Director and Director. Prior to joining Indiana AEYC, she worked for several years at Head Start and has worked with other licensed childcare centers. When not working Lindsay is involved in volunteering in Community activities, Brownies, Monrovia Youth Cheer Director, Phi Theta Kappa, and supports her local church Sunday School/Nursery.

Nahid Rezaei, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Bachelor and Special Projects Advisor

nrezaei@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3514

Nahid Rezaei is a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Bachelor and Special Projects Advisor with Indiana AEYC. Nahid has a Master’s. Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Indiana State University. She received a BS degree in Psychology from the Azad University of Iran, and an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech Community College. Most recently, Nahid worked in the Zionsville Community School System GROW program. Mrs. Rezaei enjoys working in an academic environment and assisting students to be successful in their education. She is passionate about teaching and working with children, helping them grow. Nahid believes a good quality early childhood education can build a strong foundation for a better future.

Modupe Olokun, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Bachelor and Special Projects Advisor

molokun@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3508

Modupe Olokun is a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Bachelor and Special Projects Advisor. She has a Master of Arts in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Language Teaching and Curriculum Development from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. A postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a Harvard Edx Certificate in Child Protection. Modupe has over 25 years of working with children, teachers, and trainers in national and international areas. Through her global experience, she has worked on Early Learning projects sponsored by international development partners such as UNICEF, UNESCO, World bank, and MacArthur Foundations. She worked with the Commission for Colleges of Education as ECE program director. She has experience in teaching, curriculum development, research, program accreditation, and quality assurance. Modupe shares a passion for research and recommendations to guide the early learning system in maintaining quality.

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Miracle Brame, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Professional Development Advisor

mbrame@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3515

Miracle Brame joined Indiana AEYC in 2019 as a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Professional Development Advisor. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 15 years, holding different positions, including Lead Teacher and Office Administrator, in a variety of early education programs. Miracle has a Bachelor of Science in Education Preschool-Grade 3 from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and an associate degree in Early Education from Ivy Tech Community College.

T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® Indiana provided Miracle the opportunity to obtain her degrees in education. She states, “my T.E.A.C.H. advisors kept me motivated to continue my education no matter how long it took. This type of inspiration has made me into a lifelong learner, as I am currently working on a master’s degree in Leadership Development. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a T.E.A.C.H. advisor to pass on the same encouragement I received to further my education.” Miracle is married to her high school sweetheart.

Charlotte McCall, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Professional Development Advisor

cmccall@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3510

Charlotte joins Indiana AEYC with over 20 years in the Early Childhood Education field. She has been a leader of multi-site corporate preschools and Center Director of a nationally accredited Level 4 Paths to QUALITY™ licensed preschool site. She has provided ongoing professional development training in pursuit of quality of early education for children.

She has served on the Advisory Board for J. Everett Light Career Center’s, Early Education program and hosted student interns with classroom mentoring opportunities to develop and improve skills as new teachers. Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Art in Home Economics at Butler University. And has added a CDA certification to further quality improvement initiatives with others in her field.

Michael Wiegmann, Indiana AEYC | T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® Indiana T.E.A.C.H. Advisor for Graduate Degrees and Special Projects
mwiegmann@inaeyc.org / 317.701.4074

Michael Wiegmann comes to INAEYC with a Masters in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from IUPUI. Michael has held several positions an Academic Success Coach, Human Resources, and Accounting positions.

Michel believes that we are a community of lifelong learners and citizens of the world, who need to feel secure enough in our environment to share ideas and pursue our dreams. His belief drives him to support those around him who are trying to grow as individuals and pursue their dreams.

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Nafissa Oumarou, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Project Assistant

noumarou@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3509

Nafissa Oumarou comes to the Association with a wealth of knowledge and experience in customer service, finance, and human resources. She holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Management and Business Administration, Major Finance – University of Paris XII (France).

Michelle Weston, T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® Indiana Project Assistant
mweston@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3517

Michelle Weston is a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Project Assistant. Michelle comes to Indiana AEYC with over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and Early Childhood Education.

Michelle recently held a position as a development consultant for Christine W. Avery Learning Center. In her career, she held several positions as Assistant Director, Family Support Specialist, Kindergarten, and Pre-Kindergarten Teacher.

Michelle takes joy in being a mom. Raising and spending time with her daughter as she has continued to grow her passion for early childhood education.

Emily Roth, Senior Director, Non-Formal CDA Project

eroth@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3526

Emily Roth is the Senior Director of the Non-Formal CDA Project. She joined INAEYC in 2018 as a Non-Formal CDA Project Coordinator. She has a master’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with an Emphasis in Family Studies and Child Development and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Interpersonal Relations and Psychology of Human Development both from Ball State University. Emily has a rich background in working with children and families having served as a Home Visitor through the Healthy Families Program; Lead Teacher for Infants and Toddlers at the Ball State University Child Study Center; Extension Educator with Purdue University and most recently Project Specialist and Human Resources Director at Honey Grove Educational Center. Emily has always had a passion for working with children and families. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. A northwestern Hoosier at heart, Emily now resides in Greenwood with her husband and their two children.

Rachel Grissom, Project Coordinator, Non-Formal CDA Project

rgrissom@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3505

Rachael Grissom is the Project Coordinator for the Non-Formal CDA Project. She joined Indiana AEYC as a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana Professional Development Advisor in 2016. Rachael has over 10 years of experience in Early Care and Education, serving multiple roles from teaching to a center director.

Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in Child Development and Family Life as well as a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.

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Kathy Maguire, Senior Director, Early Childhood Workforce Project

kmaguire@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3534

Kathy Maguire is the Indiana AEYC Senior Director, Early Childhood Workforce, Indiana Accreditation Project. She has worked with NAEYC accreditation as a teacher, director, and validator. Kathy earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Purdue University Calumet, later finishing a master’s degree in Education specializing in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy from National Louis University in Chicago. Kathy has previous experience as a Program Associate providing Quality Improvement Coaching for homes and centers, conducting observations for quality ratings, and assisting programs in achieving or retaining NAEYC and NAFCC accreditation. She has experience as a preschool teacher, center director, and coordinator of after-school programs. Kathy is particularly interested in building early learning systems to sustain quality, leadership and advocacy, and creating better working conditions and standards for early childhood professionals.

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Jennifer Cioni, Assistant Director, Early Childhood Workforce Project

jcioni@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3532

Jennifer Cioni, MS, serves as the Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Workforce Project. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from Purdue University. She has worked as an Education Coordinator, Director, Assistant Director, and Teacher for early care and education programs that were accredited by NAEYC or NECPA. Jennifer served as treasurer for the Tippecanoe County chapter of the INAEYC for six years. Jennifer is currently a member of the ECE Advisory Committee for Ivy Tech and of Baby TALK in Lafayette, IN.

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Jennifer Moore, Senior Project Coordinator, Indiana Accreditation Project

jmoore@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3529

Jennifer Moore serves Indiana AEYC as the Senior Project Coordinator. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Indiana State University and a Master of Education in Higher Education and Administration. Prior to joining Indiana AEYC, Jennifer worked in both higher education and early childhood education. Jennifer served as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Martin University. In this position, she assisted with compliance, quality review, training, and the accreditation project. Prior to working in higher education, Jennifer served as a bookkeeper at an early childhood center in which she assisted with the Accreditation process of the center. She also became a toddler-one’s teacher for a local center in which she assisted with curriculum development.

Bonnie Baldwin, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

bbaldwin@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3542

Bonnie Baldwin serves as an Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator. Prior to joining INAEYC, Bonnie served in many Early Childhood Education roles over the last 18 years; Teacher, Assistant Director, Director, and Paths to Quality™ Master Coach. Bonnie also has experience as a First Steps Developmental Therapist and working within the foster care system. Bonnie obtained a dual Master’s degree in Adult and Community Education and Executive Development of Public Service from Ball State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati. She takes pride in her ability to build positive relationships with early childhood professionals and partners to help the ECE workforce obtain and reach their goals.

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Cindy Bays, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

cbays@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3531

Cindy Bays serves as an Indiana AEYC Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator. Cindy earned a Master of Education degree from Indiana State University. Before joining Indiana AEYC, she was a Head Start Teacher, Head Start Site Manager, Ivy Tech Adjunct, Non-Formal CDA Instructor, and a Mentor for Paths to QUALITY™. For more than ten years, Cindy has utilized unique approaches and down-to-earth resources to train teachers on a variety of topics. Cindy is active in her local Indiana AEYC chapter and is also a member of NAFCC and the National Head Start Association.

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Jackie Bond, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

jbond@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3536

Jackie graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics Education and earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University. She has worked as an owner/director of a licensed childcare home for thirteen years, served as the Education Coordinator for the South-Central Community Action (SCCAP) Head Start Program, and taught middle school Family & Consumer Science education. Jackie currently serves as an Indiana AEYC Coach.

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Tory Brinson, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

tbrinson@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3541

Tory Brinson serves as an Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator. Before joining INAEYC, Tory was the Director of a NECPA accredited, PTQ Level 4 facility in Fishers for ten years. She also has multiple years of experience as a preschool teacher with various community-based and school-based programs. Tory comes to us with a B.S. in Kindergarten – Primary Education, Early Childhood Education with a Technology Endorsement from Ball State University. She has truly loved the opportunity to coach her internal staff and looks forward to growing the reach of that work to so many other professionals in the field.

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Dawn Cole-Easterday, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

deasterday@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3470

Dawn Cole-Easterday serves as an Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator. Dawn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Earlham College, has completed graduate work in Education from Indiana University and is finishing a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. She has been a part of the NAEYC accreditation process as a teacher, director, and trainer. Dawn has provided training and coaching for diverse programs throughout the United States as a field consultant for the High Scope Educational Foundation. She sees her role as an Indiana Accreditation Project coach to be a support and resource to teachers and administrators as they continually work together to improve their programs to provide the best for young children.

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Carla Gadson, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

cgadson@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3539

Carla Gadson comes to Indiana AEYC with over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and more than 15 years of experience in a classroom setting. Carla holds a M.S. in Early Childhood, and a B.S. in Business Administration. Carla most recently held positions as Assistant Director & Executive Director for the Woodland Child Development Center. In her career of Early Childhood Education, Carla has held several positions: Local Chapter President, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Master Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Assistant Teacher. Carla affirms that her combined years of experience and education has allowed her to embrace the field and its importance through the eyes and mind of her first grandchild. She states that “this is the most humbling and rewarding field anyone could be in.”

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Randall Garratt, Ph.D., Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

rgarratt@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3537

Randy Garratt serves as an Early Childhood Workforce Coordiantor. Randy earned a M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Indiana State University in Elementary Education/Child Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. He has previous experience as an education coordinator and director in early care and education programs that were accredited by NAEYC. More recently Randy was employed as the Education Coordinator for 4C of Southern Indiana, and a Faculty Fellow at Ivy Tech Community College-Evansville. He has been a CDA rep since 1989 and has also completed NAFCC observer training.

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Betsy Hostetler, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

bhostetler@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3538

Betsy Hostetler serves as an Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator. Betsy received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6 from Indiana University Bloomington and has extensive professional development experiences in early care and education. Her recent early care and education experiences include a teacher of preschool-age children and program director for a NAEYC-accredited center in Indiana. As program director, Betsy’s responsibilities included staff professional development, curriculum, and assessment. Betsy has presented at a state and local level on a variety of topics, including The Power of Play, Emergent Literacy-Poetry, Accreditation Basics, and Diversity in Early Care and Education.

Eugena Madison, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

emadison@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3533

Eugena Madison, MSEd. serves as an Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator. Prior to joining IAEYC, Eugena served as a Director, Consultant, and Teacher for over 10 years in licensed childcare centers. Eugena maintained NAEYC- accreditation and several Level 4 Paths to QUALITYTM programs. Eugena holds a master’s in urban elementary education from IUPUI, Bachelor of Art in Education Studies, and Minor in Early Childhood Education. She is an active member of NBCI, Indiana AEYC, NAEYC, IUPUI Equity Institute and GTCD Youth Ministry for 10 years. She takes pride in serving as a voice for quality early childhood and equity education.

Pamala Richa’rd, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

prichard@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3540

Pam Richa’rd joins Indiana AEYC with over 30 years in the Early Childhood Education field. She has been a Child Care Center Director in a variety of settings, an Education/Disabilities Coordinator in Head Start and Early Head Start, an Infant/Toddler coordinator for the Migrant Head Start program. Pam has earned the Indiana Mental Health Endorsement as a Family Specialist (II). She has attended several National Trainings and loves to share information to help everyone be successful in Early Childhood no matter what their role. Pam earned an Associate and Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University in ECE, minor in Child Development and Family Life, with a Kindergarten endorsement. Pam also obtained a teaching certificate from Ball State University for grades 1st thru 3rd grade.

Haylie Reese, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator

hreese@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3472

Haylie Reese is an Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator for the East Central Indiana region. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Education with an Early Childhood focus and administrative certificate. Haylie has worked in the Early Childhood field for the past eleven years holding various roles as an Early Childhood Educator, and an On My Way Pre-K Manager. Haylie’s passion in Early Childhood includes being a strong advocate and resource for all childcare programs and the families served. In her spare time, Haylie enjoys spending time with her family and two children.

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Marla Segal, On My Way Pre-K Project Director

marla.segal@fssa.in.gov / 317.452.0380

Marla Segal comes to Indiana AEYC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and 16 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Marla has worked closely with On My Way Pre-K program since conception in 2015. Within Marla’s years of experience, she has also held several key positions in the ECE field; a Director of a PTQ Level 4 and NAEYC Accredited Child Care Center, Assistant Director, Office Manager, and a Pre-K teacher. Outside of work, Marla likes to bake and spend time with her family!

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LaKesha Fillmore, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

lakesha.fillmore@fssa.IN.gov / 317.509.0928

Lakesha Fillmore is a Pre-K Project Manager serving Marion County and the surrounding area. She has a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Life from Indiana State University. Lakesha most recently served the Association as a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor. She has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in early childhood education and family services while holding various positions, including a social worker, developmental therapist, counselor, and case manager. An Indianapolis native, in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and singing in her church choir.

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Erica A. Woodward, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

erica.woodward@fssa.in.gov / 812.260.0011

Erica Woodward is a Pre-K Project Manager for the Southern Indiana region. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Development and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications. She has worked for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and as a preschool teacher. Erica has been with the Pre-K program since 2015 and took a leading role in the statewide texting communications pilot. Today, Pre-K Managers utilize this text method to increase communication avenues with families. In her leisure time, Erica enjoys spending time with her three children.

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Jody Bono, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

jody.bono@fssa.in.gov / 219.384.8426

Jody Bono is the Pre-K Project Manager serving Lake County. She comes to Indiana AEYC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and 25 years of Early Childhood experience. Jody has held several key positions in the early childhood education field, previously a center Director of a Level 4 Path to Quality Center for twelve years, Lead Teacher, and taught children two through five years of age. Jody works to meet the needs of children and families through recruitment, family engagement activities with lasting results and quality enhancements in the On My Way Pre-K Program.

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Kimberly J. Gordon, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

kimberly.gordon@fssa.in.gov / 765.480.5135

Kimberly Gordon comes to Indiana AEYC with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Education from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Ball State University. Kim has held several positions, most recently she worked as a lead teacher for the Early Head Start program. She is also taking a course in Spanish language to be a better resource and support to families in Grant, Howard, and Tippecanoe counties. When not focusing on the On My Way Pre-K Project, Kim enjoys reading and traveling.

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Emily Syslo, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

emily.syslo@fssa.in.gov / 574.218.2641

Emily Syslo comes to INAEYC with a master’s certificate in Early Childhood from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Indiana University of South Bend. Emily has held a position as Center Director of a childcare center for 3 years. During her tenure, the facility received its nationally accredited of Level 4 in Paths to QUALITY™ rating. Emily has previously held positions as a paraprofessional in a local school, PD Specialist, Assistant Director, and preschool teacher. Her passions in the early childhood field include working with other EC professionals and supporting family engagement practices.

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Crystal Moore, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

crystal.moore@fssa.in.gov / 812.230.1983

Crystal Moore is the On My Way Pre-K Project Manager for Monroe and Vigo Counties. She comes to INAEYC with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Life with a minor in community health. Crystal has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for more than 15 years. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early Childhood.
Crystal previously held positions including Referral Specialist, Paths to QUALITYTM Coach, and an Inclusion Specialist. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys boxing, exercise, biking, hiking, and exploring with her family.

Cheryl Tyler, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

cheryl.tyler@fssa.in.gov / 317.358.9698

Cheryl Tyler is a Pre-K Project Manager serving Marion and Hamilton Counties. She comes to INAEYC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Cheryl’s most recently held position was with Child Care Resource and Referral Agency as an Outreach Coordinator.

Cheryl’s passion is helping families succeed in every aspect, especially the education of their children. This passion has been a motivator for Cheryl working in the field of Education for over 25 years. She has held many positions including Elementary Teacher, Pre-K Teacher, Assistant Director in a Level 4 PTQ center. In her spare time, Cheryl likes to spend time with her family, traveling, and watching softball.

 

Cindy Gould, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

lacinda.gould@fssa.in.gov / 765.623.6783

Cindy Gould holds a Master of Arts in Education from Ball State University, with a certificate in program Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in special education, from St. Mary of the Woods College. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood and has held a variety of positions from program cook, driver, classroom teacher to Director. She worked at a Level 4 Paths to Quality NAEYC Accredited program for several years in her journey.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also likes to go hiking, kayaking, and reading.

Sarah Anderson, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

sarah.anderson@fssa.in.gov / 219.384.9657

Sarah Anderson is a Pre-K Project Manager serving Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Jay and Wells Counties. She comes to INAEYC with a Master’s degree in Management and a minor in Early Childhood Education. Sarah has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in the ECE field and has held several positions. During her career, she has held positions as a Director of Registered Ministries, Corporations, Hospitals, Head Start, standalone facilities and Non-Profits. Sarah has held a coaching position with Early Learning Indiana, Bona Vista and as an Outreach Specialist.

Amy Bishopp, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

amy.bishopp@fssa.in.gov / 463.483.6528

Amy Bishopp is a Pre-K Project Manager serving Bartholomew, Jackson, Johnson, Shelby, Jennings, Brown, Ripley, Decatur, Dearborn, Lawrence, and Franklin Counties. Amy comes to INAEYC with a BS in Education from Butler University and a MS in Education from IUPUI Indianapolis. She brings over 25 years of Early Childhood Education experience including Kindergarten Teacher, Center Director, CDA Instructor, and ECE Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College. Most recently Amy completed volunteer service with the Peace Corps teaching in the Eastern Caribbean and teaching at the International School of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. In her spare time, Amy enjoys hiking and traveling.

Vanessa Wagler, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

vanessa.wagler@fssa.in.gov

Vanessa Wagler is the Pre-K Project Manager serving Posey, Vanderburgh, Gibson, Daviess, Martin, Pike, Dubois, Warrick, Spencer, and Perry Counties. Vanessa comes to INAEYC with a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Purdue Northwest and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana. In the early part of her career, Vanessa spent 15 years as a director of early childhood programs. During that time, she served at a Level 3 PTQ registered ministry, a Level 4 PTQ, NAEYC accredited center. Most recently, Vanessa worked as a Special Education Teacher for elementary-age students with emotional disabilities. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys traveling with her family, watching baseball, and attending performing arts productions.

LaDonna Wright, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager

ladonna.wright@fssa.in.gov

LaDonna Wright is the Pre-K Project Manager serving Saint Joseph, Starke, Marshall Pulaski, Fulton White, Cass, and Carroll Counties.

LaDonna has worked in the ECE field for 25 years, 16 years have been a program director, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Ladonna’s passion to ensure children receive the quality early education they deserve. Ladonna has done photography for 20 years. She has three children and two amazing dogs.

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Ed Hoy, Senior Director for Business & MIS

ehoy@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3521

Ed Hoy joined IAEYC in May 2010 as Senior Director for Business & MIS. Ed has a strong background in integrating information systems into business operations. He has leveraged technology investments to streamline Indiana AEYC’s business processes and increase the accessibility of its products and services. With over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, Ed specializes in human resources administration, fiscal management, benefits design and administration, fundraising and network administration. Prior to joining Indiana AEYC, Ed was Vice-President of Business & MIS for the Indiana Youth Institute where he was responsible for all aspects of business operations. He also served as a technical advisor to the National Youth Development Information Center’s web-based information clearinghouse. A lifelong resident of Indiana, Ed graduated from IUPUI.

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Clarence Huckleberry, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Business & Information Systems

chuckleberry@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3523

Clarence Huckleberry comes to Indiana AEYC with a master’s degree in Business Administration and Organizational Development. Clarence also holds bachelor’s degrees in human resources, Advertisement, Marketing, and Business Administration from the Indiana Institute of Technology.
Clarence has 20 years of experience in Leadership. His most recent position was Operation Manager of a Medlab location. Clarence has extensive experience developing and implementing trainings, Leadership training, workshops, and behavior management techniques. Clarence is very active in church and community service events.

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Kristin Lackey, Manager of Business Systems and Quality Assurance

klackey@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3504

Kristin Lackey, Manager of Business Systems and Quality Assurance, is a graduate from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child. She started with Indiana AEYC in November 2012 and served as a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor for six years. Kristin has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2007, as a teacher and as a director of a NECPA accredited cooperate site. Kristin has a passion for making a difference for families and children through Indiana AEYC.

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Natalie Corvin, Manager of Marketing & Communications

ncorvin@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3501

Natalie Corvin is Manager of Marketing & Communications with over 15 years of experience in Marketing and Graphic Design. Before joining the Association, she worked for a large CPA firm designing marketing collateral for the Firm, its subsidiaries, and clients primarily in the non-profit, commercial, and healthcare arenas. In this capacity, Natalie designed websites, ads, booklets, brochures, flyers, and helped with strategic and marketing planning. In addition, she has worked with individuals and small companies to meet their marketing and graphic design needs. Natalie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana Wesleyan University. In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, horses, and dogs.

Iris Alvarado, Project Assistant

ialvarado@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3503

Iris Alvarado is a Project Assistant in the Operations Department.  She comes to INAEYC with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from IUPUI. Iris has an extensive background in customer service. Positions held include Manager and Customer Service Representative. In her free time, Iris enjoys spending time with her 4 fur babies.

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Elise Rabatin, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

erabatin@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3507

Elise brings a wealth of knowledge from her educational and professional backgrounds in accounting and finance. She started her career at one of the largest Indianapolis public accounting firms, specializing in non-profit tax. After transitioning to private accounting, Elise served as a Controller for both a for-profit company and a non-profit organization before joining the Indiana AEYC team as the Chief Financial Officer in April 2019. Her expertise includes oversight of financial operations in accordance with GAAP and non-profit financial management, budgeting, financial reporting, forecasting, and effective internal controls. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration, an MBA and an active CPA license.

Cindra Ridgley, Controller

cridgley@inaeyc.org / 317.275.3522

Cindra Ridgley is the Controller in the Finance department. Cindra brings over 15 years of experience in overseeing various aspects of the accounting process/controls, general ledger reconciliations, payroll, journal entries, and monitoring grants in the various positions she has held.

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