National Head Start Association


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Miriam A. Rollin

Miriam Rollin, Chief Operating Officer of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, has been with Fight Crime for eight years, and now oversees the work of the Federal Policy, Research, Communications, Membership, and States teams. She has been involved in policy issues affecting children, youth and families for over a quarter century. She is also a lawyer, and has practiced both as an attorney/guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children, and as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting juvenile, family violence, and child abuse cases. She received her bachelor's degree from Yale University, and her law degree from Catholic University of America.




Shannon Rudisill

Shannon Rudisill is Associate Director of the Child Care Bureau in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, she had served as Director of the Division of Technical Assistance in the Child Care Bureau. During her tenure, she initiated new projects for the Child Care Bureau in the areas of infant and toddler care, the social and emotional development of young children, and early literacy. In addition, she built bridges between the ACF early childhood programs and programs at the Department of Education. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to ACF Assistant Secretary Olivia Golden and worked extensively on the Clinton Administration's child care initiative. She is a graduate of Duke University and has a Master of Social Work degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She has spent the past two years focusing on early childhood development in her own household with sons Alex (age 6) and Wesley (age 3).




Janis Santos

Janis began her profession in teaching with opening the first Early Childhood Center in Ludlow, Massachusetts in 1973 under the Head Start Program.

In 1979, Janis was hired as Executive Director of Holyoke•Chicopee Head Start, Inc. Under her leadership, the Agency has grown to be the second largest Head Start in Massachusetts and the largest provider of Early Childhood Education in Western Massachusetts. The program currently serves over 1300 children between the ages of 3-5 years. The organization has been awarded an Early Head Start federal grant to serve forty (40) infants and toddlers and is the Migrant Head Start Grantee for the State of Massachusetts. In 2007, the organization was awarded a multi-year 1.6 million dollar Healthy Marriage grant and in 2008 Ms. Santos initiated a commission on child poverty and currently is co-chairperson of the City of Springfield Child Poverty Initiative.

Janis is a graduate of Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts. She has attended the Master Executive Training Program at Texas Tech University and the Head Start Management Fellows Program at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, at UCLA in California.

Janis has received several awards including Cerebral Palsy Woman for All Seasons in 1994, Woman of Distinction from the Pioneer Valley Girl Scout Council in 1995, Career Person of the Year, from Quota International of Holyoke in 1997, the Ludlow Grange Community Citizen Award in 1999, Holyoke Community College Alumni Award in 2000, the Child & Family Service of Pioneer Valley, Inc. Outstanding Community Service Award and in 2002 and the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Operational Excellence Award in 2002.

Janis has served as the Chairperson of the Massachusetts Head Start Directors Association, the Chairperson of the New England Head Start Association, and was a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Head Start 2010 Project in Washington, D.C in 1999. Ms. Santos currently serves on the National Head Start Association Board of Directors as the Vice-Chairperson.




Ted Waters

One of two managing partners of the Firm, Edward T. Waters practices in the area of federal grants, health care, and corporate law, with specialized experience in related subjects such as cost accounting, audit defense, and administrative law.

Representative activities include advising clients on (1) the complex legal requirements pertaining to a variety of federal grant programs, including those funded under the Head Start Act and the Public Health Service Act; (2) the regulatory requirements applicable to State and Federal procurements including extensive experience with Medicaid managed care and other government-funded health care programs; and (3) corporate governance and oversight. He has drafted and negotiated numerous contracts, shareholder agreements, articles and bylaws, joint venture agreements, employment contracts and other transactions.

Mr. Waters has served as lead litigation counsel in numerous actions in State and Federal Court, as well as before various administrative bodies and commercial arbitrators. Subjects include appeals of grant terminations and cost disallowances, bid protests and contract claims, review of agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act, and commercial arbitration of contract disputes. Mr. Waters speaks and writes about the areas in which he practices on a regular basis and conducts trainings for the National Head Start Association, the D.C. Bar, the State of Maryland, and many other groups and organizations.

Recent Published Works:
"Grant Money Doesn't Come Free", The Corporate Counselor, August 2009.
"This Free Money Comes with Strings" (Co-Author), LegalTimes, April 2009.
GovPro: A Head Start Governance Manual
(Co-Author), Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP and Wipfli, 2008.

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
National Grants Management Association, Board of Directors 2001-2209, Board president (2003-2007)

Awards and Honors:
2007 Gary Dwoskin Award, National Grants Management Association
2007 Outstanding Service Award, Unity Health Care, Inc.  





Executive Director
National Head Start Association

A seasoned leader in both executive and policy roles, Yasmina Vinci's professional experience and capabilities have delivered improvements in the lives of children at the national, state, and local levels. Yasmina comes to the National Head Start Association after several years as principal and founder of EDGE Consulting Partners. At EDGE, Yasmina pursued local, national and global projects that utilized the knowledge, experience, and connections of her years in human services and early education, to enhance the capacity of organizations to thrive as competent, strategic entities capable of influencing policy. Yasmina founded EDGE after receiving her Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Yasmina brings to her new role over ten years of executive director experience at national organizations. As the first Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), she led NACCRRA's transition from an all-volunteer association of less than 200 child care resource and referral agencies to a powerful national network of 860+ community-based organizations. In this role, she worked with affiliate organizations, other national advocacy and research organizations, the press, federal and state governments, and the US Congress to implement NACCRRA's system-building public policy agenda on early care and education. Under her leadership, NACCRRA organized the national grassroots campaign that was instrumental to securing the funding for child care in the welfare reform legislation.

A deep understanding of child care issues and challenges at the most local level informs Yasmina's experiences. She began her career as the Executive Director of an inner city child care center and, prior to joining NACCRRA, Yasmina was the Manager of Special Projects in the New Jersey Department of Human Services where she managed the Dependent Care Grant, coordinated the development New Jersey's initial plan for the implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and supervised a number of research, immunization and Head Start-related projects.
Yasmina's board impact has also been substantial and varied. In addition to holding leadership positions on the governing Boards of the National School Age Care Alliance, the Interfaith Council for the Homeless, United Way, YWCA, Alliance for Work Life Progress, ARC and others, she has also served on numerous advisory boards and task forces, and for nine years was Commissioner on the National Head Start Fellowship Commission.

Currently, Yasmina serves on the Governing Board of the Council for Professional Recognition, the Board of the Children's Investment Fund, the Advisory Board of Boston EQUIP, and the National Advisory Board for the Family Initiative of Legal Momentum and the Advisory Board for Bright Horizons Family Solutions.