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The National Head Start Association is governed by a 49 member Board of Directors composed of the immediate past president and a Head Start director, staff, parent, and friend representative from each of the 12 Head Start regions. Current board members are listed below. Download a copy of the NHSA Bylaws. Download a copy of the Standing Rules.

View the FY2018-2019 Annual Board Calendar

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D: Director, S: Staff, P: Parent, F: Friend

Region I

Mary Varr (D)
Dianne Farrar (S)
Vacant (P)
James (Jim) Houlares (F)

Region II

Vacant (D)
Heather Martindale (S)
Johnny Vega Perez (P)
Juel T.R. Molloy (F)

Region III

Jennifer Branch (D)
Vacant (S)
Vacant (P)
Blair Hyatt (F)

Region IV

Eloise McClinton (D)
David Theroith (S)
Berekia LaFaille (P)
David White (F)

Region V

Debbie Beeler (D)
Debra Wege (S)
Vacant (P)
Dennis DeMers (F)

Region VI

Pamela Draper (D)
James Evans (S)
Vacant (P)
Kay Floyd (F)

Region VII

Kimberly Sill (D)
Terry Wilson (S)
Jonna Burns (P)
Pamela La Frenz (F)

Region VIII

Vicki Lowry (D)
Linda Meredith (S)
Vacant (P)
Vacant (F)

Region IX

Damon Carson (D)
Denyse Cardoza (S)
Rosalba Barragan (P)
Jay Lerman (F)

Region X

Mark Lackey (D)
Teresa Weadick (S)
Stacie King (P)
Sabena Vaughan (F) 

Region XI

Tina Routh (D)
Jennifer Oatman (S)
Vacant (P)
Teri Stringer (F)

Region XII

Patti Kingery (D)
Ivette Galarza (S)
Teresa Luque (P)
Biz Steinberg (F)



Board Officers

Damon Carson

Vice Chairwoman
Linda Meredith

Sabena Vaughan 

Jay Lerman

Immediate Past Chairman (Ex-Officio)
Ivette Galarza

Executive Director
Yasmina S. Vinci

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