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June 27 – 30, 2016
2016 Manager and Director Academy
The Next Generation of Leadership

Seth Finestack, CPF, MS

Senior Manager, Nonprofit & Government and Health Care Practices
Wipfli, LLP

Seth has supported executives across multiple industries and functions for more than a decade. A strong believer in results-oriented change, he helps bring clarity to leadership and people challenges. Clients value the methodologies and tools Seth can provide for bridging strategic thinking with cultural change and execution. Whether he’s facilitating a strategic plan or developing new organizational structures, Seth strives to align solutions with the vision and performance goals of his clients. Seth’s strategy and leadership work considers all critical areas of organizational effectiveness: culture, leadership, process, and technology.

Drawing from his background of consulting for Fortune 500 organizations, Seth now helps nonprofit and public sector clients understand how leading practices in strategic alignment and talent management can take root in their organizations. Rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all approach, Seth takes time to understand each client’s unique situation and culture.

A certified professional facilitator, Seth is deeply rewarded when he can help lead individuals and teams to achieve great results. He has held board positions and provided strategic consulting to children's organizations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Kansas City, and is a Leadership Saint Paul alumnus.

John R. Gunnarson

Early Childhood Consultant

John Gunnarson has over 30 years of experience in early care and education. He has been a preschool and kindergarten teacher and the Director for Department of Defense early childhood programs in Japan and San Francisco. He is currently an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance to Head Start and early childhood programs throughout the United States and internationally. Mr. Gunnarson is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received a Masters in Education from the University of San Francisco. His areas of specialization include classroom environments, curriculum, CLASS, positive guidance and discipline, early literacy, projects and studies, Reggio Emilia-inspired practices, and working with dual language learners.

Mr. Gunnarson has taught early childhood classes at the College of Marin, Napa Valley College, and California State University, East Bay. He is an endorsed High/Scope trainer, and previously he served as President of the Board of Trustees for the Lagunitas School District in California. He is a founding member of BANDTEC, the Bay Area Network for Diversity Training in Early Childhood.

Kristen Hayes

Management Consultant

Kristen Hayes, M.P.M., is a management consultant with 15 years of experience in program implementation and public policy formation. She has worked with organizations across the country to secure funding through two federal departments (ED and HHS) and has helped grantees to effectively utilize funds to meet desired outcomes and impacts. A former Region IX Office of Head Start (OHS) senior program specialist, she has consulted with and trained Head Start and Early Head Start agencies nationwide since 2011 on a variety of projects, including facilitation of strategic planning session, evaluating and improving management systems, coaching new directors through OHS requirements, conducting organizational assessments to increase efficiency, grant planning and writing, and supporting programs through re-competition. She is an Office of Head Start EHS-Child Care Partnership Implementation Planner; has served as the content lead for the National Head Start Association’s Manager and Director Academy since 2011; and has secured more than $140 million in competitive DRS and EHS-CCP grant funds in the past five years.

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.

Ranelle Livingston, M.Ed.

Ranelle Livingston, M.Ed. has over 30 years of experience directing or working with a variety of early childhood programs including non-profit and for profit childcare, faith based programs, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. She was accepted and trained to be an EHS Child Care Partnerships Implementation Planner, consulting with newly funded programs for a successful start. Ranelle has been providing training for administrators and teachers for over 15 years. She has developed online training courses for Texas A&M, taught at the community college level, and currently serves as a Federal reviewer for Head Start / Early Head Start programs.

Ranelle is a successful grants consultant and writer, part of a team that has had more than $45,000,000 funded in Federal, state, and local grants.

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.

Shelly R. Schwane

Senior Consultant
Wipfi, LLP

Shelly Schwane is a senior consultant in Wipfli LLP’s nonprofit and government practice. She shares her diverse background in data analytics, program development, and operational planning to help clients infuse viability into their missions and thrive as community leaders. Driven by a passion for social change, Shelly’s goal is to strengthen her clients through fair and equitable wage structures, change management, and understanding of generational differences. She also provides client trainings and presents at conferences on a variety of human resources, leadership, and organizational development topics.

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 and brings more than 15 years of experience in leading, evaluating, restructuring and training Head Start programs. As the current Board Secretary for the California Head Start Association (CHSA), she has also been actively engaged in advocacy efforts for young children growing up in poverty, strategic planning, state and national legislative issues, and conference planning. 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.

Yasmina Vinci

Executive Director
National Head Start Association

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.