Board of Directors

The Early Learning Coalition Board of Directors

Charlotte Heston, Chair

Hardee, Appointed by the Governor, VP Corporate Sales Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Vacant, Private Sector

Currently waiting for Appointment by the Governor

Vacant, Private Sector

Currently waiting for Appointment by the Governor

Nancy Ebrahimi, Department of Children and Families, Treasurer

Child Care Regulations Supervisor, DCF

Kristen Rivas, Department of Education designee

Hardee, Associate Director Elementary Curriculum, Hardee County School District

Donna Doubleday, Workforce Board Director, Vice Chair

Hardee, President/Chief Executive Office, CareerSource Heartland

Mary Kay Burns, Department of Health Director

DeSoto, Administrator/ Health Office, DOH

Dr. Thomas Rath, Florida College designee

Charlotte Campus Director, Florida South Western State College

Diane Ramseyer MPA, CPP Board of County Commissioners Appointee

Charlotte, Executive Director, Drug Free Charlotte County

Nancy Zachary, Head Start designee

Highlands, RCMA Inclusion Coach

John M. Stover, For Profit Provider Representative

Owner, STEAM Preschool Academies, Highlands and Hillsborough Counties

Gina Neuhofer, IDEA Representative

Child Find Specialist, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)

Dr. Bobbie Smith-Powell, Children's Services Council designee

Highlands County Children's Services Council Executive Director designee

Cathy Graham, Private Sector, Secretary

Charlotte, Owner, Copperfish Books

Joan Raulerson, Private Sector

DeSoto, Branch Manager, Suntrust Bank

Vacant, Private Sector

Deborah Carey, Private Sector

Charlotte, Punta Gorda Civic Association

Susan Norris, Faith Based Provider Representative

Trinity Tots Preschool, Director

Elise Bouchard , Private Sector

Charlotte, Bouchard Law, P.A. Family Law Attorney

Mary Stewart , Private Sector

Charlotte, Mary G. Stewart CPA, PA

Vacant, Private Sector

Darryl Keys, Private Sector

Charlotte, President /CEO ZYPHA Corportation

Patricia Backer, Private Sector

DeSoto, Executive Vice President, CREWS Bank & Trust, retired