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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)

Kwanita McNeil (S)

Pauline Riordan (P)

James (Jim) Houlares (F)

Region II

Reva Gershen-Lowy (D)

Heather Martindale (S)

Yamira Colon Rosa (P)

Maureen Moorehead (F)

Region III

Paula J. Margraf (D)

Janet D. Stewart (S)


Dawn Ault (F)

Region IV

Eloise McClinton (D)

Dorothy Foster, Ed.D. (S)

Vacant (P)

David White (F)

Region V

Debbie Beeler (D)

Debra  "Deb" Wege (S)

Kyle Hubert (P)

Dennis DeMers (F)

Region VI

Vacant (D)

James Evans (S)

Vacant (P)

Albert Black (F)

Region VII

Kimberly Sill (D)

Kelly Johnson (S)

Ibrahim Ramsey (P)

Pam La Frenz (F)

Region VIII

Vicki Lowry (D)

Linda Meredith (S)

Vacant (P)

Vacant (F)

Region IX

Denyse Cardoza (D)

Damon Carson (S)

Rosalba Barragan (P)

Bill Donaldson (F)

Region X

Mark Lackey (D)

Elle Taylor (S)

Tom Jones (P)

Tienaya Godes (F) 

Region XI

Tina Routh (D)

Jennifer Oatman (S)

Vacant (P)

Melissa Harris (F)

Region XII

Lourdes Villanueva (D)

Karella Harding (S)

Marta Hanna (P)

Isabel Garcia (F)



Board Officers


Damon Carson

Vice Chairwoman

Linda Meredith


Debra Beeler 


David White

Immediate Past Chairman (Ex-Officio)


Executive Director

Yasmina S. Vinci

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