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Annual Conference
Manager and Director Academy
June 29 - July 2, 2015

MDA Faculty Members


Dr. Marilyn A. Hosea

OrgLearning2, LLC

Dr. Marilyn Hosea is an accomplished senior executive, consultant and educator with over thirty years of organizational management and leadership experience in the public and nonprofit sector—including leading a Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) contract with the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start in Region VIII. Marilyn is nationally recognized for being an accomplished practitioner/scholar with expertise in program planning and implementation, governance, systems thinking, and relational leadership. As a former Head Start/Early Head Start executive, she has planned and implemented complex agreements and program services within diverse, networked agencies and communities. Marilyn is presently working with grantees in developing appreciative interactions and conversations that actively engage governing bodies, program leadership, parent groups and collaborative partners in change leadership and management. She holds a Doctorate in Management (DM) from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, with a focus on organizational behavior and change.   


Jerry Parr

Willow Tree Early Education Team

Jerry Parr, CEO of Willow Tree Early Education Team, is an experienced early childhood educator with a rich history of working with Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Mr. Parr has long been an advocate of providing high quality services through data driven decision making, well designed on-going monitoring systems, and collaborative birth to five programs.

Mr. Parr is also internationally recognized for his efforts to develop global policy to encourage the support of increasing the number of males in caregiver and teacher roles in an effort to achieve more equitable gender balance and ensure each child’s right to have both men and women in his/her life.


Colleen Versteeg

Executive Director
Orange County Head Start

Colleen Versteeg is the Executive Director at Orange County Head Start, Inc., a grantee funded to serve over 4,100 children and families in Orange County, California. She is a strong advocate for high quality early childhood programming who brings more than 12 years of experience in leading, evaluating, and restructuring Head Start programs. As a Board Member for the California Head Start Association, Colleen has been actively engaged in advocacy efforts for young children growing up in poverty at the state and national level. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters of Art in Leadership and Organizational Design from Azusa Pacific University.


Andrew Krugly, M.A., Ed.

Director of Education, Educare Learning Network
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Mr. Krugly provides consultation and training in teaching and learning and data-to-practice interpretation across the Educare Learning Network’s twenty nation-wide early childhood schools.  He brings twenty-five years of knowledge and experience to the field of education, seventeen of which he spent as an elementary school principal.  He has a master’s in Educational Adminstration from the University of Illinois.


Amanda Stein, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate in Early Childhood Education, Research, & Evaluation
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Dr. Stein directs the Educare Chicago Implementation Study and the Educare Chicago Longitudinal Follow-Up Study and provides research and evaluation leadership on various Ounce of Prevention Fund initiatives. In addition, she is the Local Evaluation Partner for Educare Chicago providing leadership in the Research-Program Partnership where she and her team collect, analyze, and support program leadership and staff in data interpretation and use. She earned her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University.


Maribel G. Centeno, M.S., Ed.

Director, Educare Learning Network
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Ms. Centeno provides consultation and technical assistance on best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education - birth to five, including Head Start/Early Head Start program leadership and administration.  She brings thirty-one years of Early Childhood experience and knowledge in supporting quality instructional practices and learning birth to five, and center based program leadership and management.   



Amie Lapp Payne, Ph.D.

Child and Family Solutions

Dr. Amie Lapp Payne is the President of Child and Family Solutions, where she advises national organizations, private corporations, and government administrations on ways to effectively develop, analyze, promote and implement policies and initiatives that increase the quality of child care. In 2009, Dr. Payne re-established her consulting business, providing expert advice primarily focused on regulatory, health and safety standards, and enforcement practices in child care, Head Start, and Pre-K programs; and has recently provided subcontracting support to a multi-million dollar contract at the Office of Head Start.  Amie’s recent clients include the Lewin Group; BLH Technologies as the Lead Consultant for the Child Care Policy Research Consortium (CCPRC) through the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF); and the City of Chicago where she served as an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Implementation Planner.   Dr. Payne has more than 20 years of experience across Local, State, Regional, and Federal sectors and specializes in the following: Executive Management, Policy Advisement, Respectful Facilitation (including American Indian Tribes), Early Learning Systems Collaboration, Research Examination and Presentation, and Training and Professional Development.


Tammy Jelinek

Senior Manager, Nonprofit and Government Practice​
Wipfli LLP

Tammy Jelinek has spent over 20 years working in and with grant-funded and fee-for-services nonprofit organizations. She engages with leadership teams to strategically align their goals to grow, expand, and meet their mission. Tammy has trained nationally in the areas of Head Start/Early Head Start regulations, parent/volunteer involvement, organizational development, human resources, leadership, and management. In helping clients make changes to impact their communities, Tammy has engaged in organizational development and culture initiatives, process design and implementation, financial analysis, and change management (including coaching). She holds a B.S. in Business Management (Psychology minor) and an M.B.A. (emphasis in Organizational Development) from Upper Iowa University.


Hillary Ritt

Director of Content Innovation

As Director of Content Innovation, Hilary leads the design and development of online and face-to-face learning experiences. Hilary comes to Teachstone from the University of Virginia teacher-training program where she earned her PhD in Instructional Technology and guided pre-service math and science teachers in the integration of technology into instruction. When away from the office, Hilary enjoys cycling through beautiful central Virginia, sampling new ice cream flavors, and having fun with her son.



Special Guests


Yasmina Vinci

Executive Director
National Head Start Association

(Monday's special guest)

Yasmina Vinci leads the National Head Start Association in working diligently for policy and institutional changes that ensure all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed. As the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States, NHSA will not be quiet until every vulnerable child is served with the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.


Emmalie Dropkin

Director, Policy, Data, and Research
National Head Start Association

(Tuesday's special guest)

Emmalie Dropkin leads the Center on Policy, Data, and Research and NHSA's work on topics ranging from Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships to two-generation efforts in Head Start to developmental neuroscience. Prior to joining NHSA in 2011, Emmalie taught elementary and middle school special education in the Baltimore City Public Schools. She holds a BA from Amherst College, an MA from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a Certificate of Mind, Brain and Teaching from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. 


Richard J. Noriega

President and CEO

(Wednesday's special guest)

Richard Noriega is President and Chief Executive Officer of AVANCE, a national two-generation nonprofit organization dedicated to parental involvement and child development. Under his leadership, AVANCE has established innovative partnerships and community ventures including rapid expansion to states across the nation and for the first time, engaging in cross-cultural research on the adaptability of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program to different ethnic groups. Hispanic Business Magazine named Noriega one of the ‘Top 100 Influential Hispanics in the United States’ and recognized AVANCE to their ‘Top 25 Nonprofits’ list for seven years running.