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Academy Facilitator

Kristen Hayes

Kristen Hayes, MPM is a Management Consultant and advocate of high-quality programming for children and families. With 10 years’ experience in program implementation and public policy formation, she has worked with organizations across the country to secure grant funding through two Federal departments, and helped grantees effectively utilize funds to meet required outcomes. Since February 2011, Kristen has consulted with Head Start/Early Head Start agencies on a variety of projects including evaluating and improving existing management systems, coaching new Directors through ACF grants administration requirements, conducting organizational assessments to increase the efficiency with which Head Start funding is utilized, and supporting programs through the re-designation process.




Maribel Centeno
Director, Educare Learning Network
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Maribel 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.






Perry Davis

Perry Davis is a Finance and Management Specialist with more than 25 years of experience in working with Head Start and Early Head Start programs. He specializes in the areas of cost allocation, internal controls, non-federal share, procurement, budgeting, facilities, the Grant Application Budget Instrument (GABI), the HHS – Grants Policy Statement, Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and the Management Systems.

In addition, he’s conducted workshops at the National, Regional and State Head Start Association as well federal, state and local Community Action Agency Association meetings. Also, he’s worked as Program Manager at one of the largest Head Start Grantee’s in the country.

He has a BS degree in Finance and Master in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi.



Tammy Jelinek

Tammy Jelinek has spent more than 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, she has engaged in organizational development and culture initiatives, process design and implementation, financial analysis, and change management (including coaching). Tammy holds a B.S. in business management (psychology minor) and an M.B.A. (emphasis in organizational development) from Upper Iowa University.




Andrew Krugly, M.A, Ed.
Director of Education, Educare Learning Network
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Andrew 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 is his master's in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois.







Tommy Sheridan

Tommy Sheridan is the Senior Manager of Government Affairs for the National Head Start Association (NHSA) in Alexandria, VA. He came to NHSA in June 2009 and has been in his current role since 2012. In this role, Tommy works with the Head Start community to lobby, advocate, educate, and inform Congress, the White House, and the Federal Administration about Head Start and early learning. Tommy is NHSA’s representative to Congress, the Administration, and national coalitions and organizations. He also plays a significant role in developing, strategizing, coordinating and implementing the Head Start community’s vision for the future of early learning.






Amanda Stein, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate in Early Childhood Education, Research, & Evaluation 
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Amanda 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 & Family Studies at Iowa State University.






Colleen Versteeg

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.