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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Association For Early Learning Leaders
Board of Directors

Ron McGuckin

Ron McGuckin

Board President
Ronald V. McGuckin and Associates
P.O. Box 2126, Bristol, PA 19007

Ron is a practicing attorney in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with years of experience in child care law. He is a lecturer and consultant, training child

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Alix Hall

Alix Hall

Board Vice President
Discovery Tree Schools
Sacramento, CA

Alix is a teacher, small business owner, and educational consultant with over thirty years experience in the field of early childhood education.

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Bobette Thompson

Bobette Thompson

Board Treasurer
Child Care Systems of America, Inc.
Brentwood, TN

Bobette is President/CEO of Child Care Systems of America, Inc., an early education management and consulting company. In her 25 years in the industry,

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Lynette Galante

Lynette Galante

Board Secretary
Future Generation Early Learning Centers
Teaneck, NJ

Lynette is the Executive Director and Owner of Future Generation Early Learning Centers. She has been part of the Future Generation family for 17.

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Margaret Collins

Margaret Collins

Board Member
River Road Church Preschool
Richmond, VA

Margaret has been director of River Road Church Preschool for 25 years. A former Director of the Year, she has a Master’s of Education in early childhood

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Lori Picklesimer

Lori Picklesimer

Board Member
Sanctuary Child Learning Center
8912 Whitefield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406

Lori, along with her family, opened The Sanctuary Child Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia in 2001. The center is now recognized as a leader in the

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Debra Rodriguez

Debra Rodriguez

Board Member

Debra Rodriguez has over 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. She started doing in-home childcare in Montana in 1990 and opened her first childcare center two years later.

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Tym Smith

Tym Smith

Board Member
Early Care and Education Training and Consulting
Flower Mound, TX

Tym began working in the early education field in 1986. After spending more that five years in the classroom he advanced to fill various positions

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Michael A. Swain

Michael A. Swain

Board Member

ARM, SCLA, CPSI
Markel Insurance Company
Glen Allen, VA

Michael is Sr. Loss Control Specialist for Markel Insurance Company. Michael is responsible for creating and implementing risk management

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Ryan & Shanon Taylor

Ryan & Shanon Taylor

Board Members
Willow Tree Schools
Nashville, TN

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Michael A. Swain

ARM, SCLA, CPSI

Markel Insurance Company

Glen Allen, VA

Michael is Sr. Loss Control Specialist for Markel Insurance Company. Michael is responsible for creating and implementing risk management programs in support of child care, social service, youth camp and recreation programs, non-profit organizations, youth clubs, martial arts, dance and gymnastics programs for Markel. With 30 years industry experience, he has an extensive background in risk management. Michael, a 1984 graduate of Va. Tech, holds certifications as an Associate in Risk Management, a Senior Claim Law Associate, a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and a Child Passenger Safety Technician. He also maintains certifications through the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators Safety Certification Program, USA Gymnastics Risk Management Safety Certification Program, Wilderness First Aid, American Red Cross Lifeguard Management and has certified as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Debra Rodriguez

Board Member

Debra Rodriguez has over 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. She started doing in-home childcare in Montana in 1990 and opened her first childcare center two years later. Debra moved to Juneau, Alaska in 2000 where she went to work for Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center. Shortly thereafter, she opened the first Bright Beginnings in Anchorage with her business partner, Susan DeLoach. Their business has now grown to include four locations in Anchorage and Eagle River. Debra has been a part of AELL for nearly 10 years and is proud to be a part of this critical organization.

Tym Smith

Board Member

Early Care and Education Training and Consulting

Flower Mound, TX

Tym began working in the early education field in 1986. After spending more that five years in the classroom he advanced to fill various positions including Education Specialist, Assistant Director, Site Manager, Director and District Manager. Tym served as an NAEYC Validator from 2002-2005. Over the past 11 years, Tym has spent thousands of hours training staff and management across the country at local and national conferences. Tym is currently a registered trainer on the Texas Trainers Registry offering trainings to staff and management in Texas. In 2007, Tym started Early Care and Education Training and Consulting, a training company dedicated to quality and diversity for child care programs. Tym owns and operates 4 early education programs in Texas.

Lori Picklesimer

Board Member

Sanctuary Child Learning Center

8912 Whitefield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406

Lori, along with her family, opened The Sanctuary Child Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia in 2001. The center is now recognized as a leader in the community offering exceptional child care services to 200 families. Lori has served children and their families as a pre-kindergarten teacher, program coordinator, and currently serves as the Executive Director. She is a leader who has a passion and commitment for the ECE field and those who choose to make a difference in the lives of children. She is an active member of the Association for Early Learning Leaders and chairs the Ambassador Committee.

Ron McGuckin

Board President

Ronald V. McGuckin and Associates

P.O. Box 2126, Bristol, PA 19007

Ron is a practicing attorney in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with years of experience in child care law. He is a lecturer and consultant, training child care professionals on a variety of management and legal issues. He has co-authored a variety of publications, including "Current Issues in Child Care". Mr. McGuckin has volunteered on numerous boards and committees, receiving many awards and recognitions.

Shannon Hendricks

Board Member

Bryan’s House

Dallas, TX

Shannon is Director of Children's Care and Programs at Bryan's House in Dallas, Texas. In her role, Shannon administers the Early Childhood Education, after-school care, and Respite Care Programs. Bryan's House is a unique program that provides care for families dealing with HIV or AIDS and families with special needs children. Previously, as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Educational First Steps (EFS), Shannon educated the community about the importance of high-quality early education and lead the expansion of EFS programs into new strategic directions. She spearheaded the development of the first two generations of EFS's Four Steps to Excellence and Four Steps to Excellence 2.0, to better provide impoverished children access to quality early education. Shannon holds a BS in Education from Missouri State University.

Alix Hall

Board Vice President

Discovery Tree Schools

Sacramento, CA

Alix is a teacher, small business owner, and educational consultant with over thirty years experience in the field of early childhood education. She holds a Masters Degree in Child Development and a minor in psychology. She has taught, directed, administrated and owned child development programs, taught at the college level and is an educational consultant and trainer. She is Owner and Executive Director of Discovery Tree Schools and Arista-Willow Tree Schools, which operate 7 learning centers in Sacramento, California. Ms. Hall is active in the local and statewide ECE community and has participated and served on multiple Statewide Committees to support children, families and quality Early Education initiatives in California.

Lisa Forrester

Board Member

The Harmony Schools

Teaneck, NJ

Lisa is a life-long educator, having started the first Harmony School in 1981 after teaching Music Education for seven years in the public schools. She has her certification in early childhood education and a Master's degree in Child Care Administration. Lisa is a past president of the New Jersey Child Care Association, past vice president of the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children, and is proud to have been named Association for Early Learning Leaders’ Director of the Year in 2015.

Bobette Thompson

Board Treasurer

Child Care Systems of America, Inc.

Brentwood, TN

Bobette is President/CEO of Child Care Systems of America, Inc., an early education management and consulting company. In her 25 years in the industry, she has participated in the opening of 25 centers and consulted with numerous others. Bobette holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and CPA certification. She seeks to contribute to the industry by serving on state child and care committees and presenting at conferences. Bobette is past president of the Association for Early Learning Leaders. All company owned sites are accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.

Margaret Collins

Board Member

River Road Church Preschool

Richmond, VA

Margaret has been director of River Road Church Preschool for 25 years. A former Director of the Year, she has a Master's of Education in early childhood and has been a consultant for childcare centers and workshop presenter in the field of early childhood. Ms. Collins is founder and past president of the Richmond Association for Early Childhood Education.

Catherine Henris

Catherine Henris

Vice President

Active Learning Centers, Inc.

Nashville, TN

Catherine is President/CEO of Active Learning Centers, Inc., an early childhood private preschool company. In her 27 years in the industry, she has worked in all aspects of the child care field as teacher, director, program specialist at state level, owner and trainer. Catherine holds a BS degree in Early Childhood Education/Business. In an effort to promote quality early education she has served on various committees and held offices in several organizations.

Lynette Galante

Board Secretary

Future Generation Early Learning Centers

Teaneck, NJ

Lynette is the Executive Director and Owner of Future Generation Early Learning Centers. She has been part of the Future Generation family for 17 years and has been in the early learning industry for 23 years. Lynette received her bachelor's degree from Marist College. Post-graduation, she has received her National Administrators Credential. Lynette is a national trainer and consultant for early learning programs and serves in the Association for Early Learning Leaders' board and as the National Conference Chair.

Mary Hornbeck

Mary Hornbeck

President

Special Beginnings

Lenexa, KS

Mary began her career in early care and education in 1989 when she became the owner of Special Beginnings Early Learning Centers. Her company has grown through the years with 5 locations that serve over 275 families. As Executive Director, Mary leads a 10 member management team and 75 staff members. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Life from the University of Kansas. As a national trainer and consultant, topics include: leadership & management, staff development, as well as early education policy & procedure. Mary is active in her local ECE community, is a member of the Association for Early Learning Leaders, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and Women Who Mean Business.