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September 28 - October 1, 2015
2015 Fall Leadership Institute
"The Next Generation of Innovation"

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Temple University
Professor/ Faculty Fellow


Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. With her long term collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is author of 12 books and hundreds of publications.

Chuck Ingoglia

National Council on Behavioral Health
Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement


With more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health, Charles Ingoglia has worked as a provider, advocate, and educator for government and public sector organizations. Ingoglia directs the federal and state affairs function of the National Council for Behavioral Health, and oversees practice improvement and technical assistance programs offered to more than 500,000 behavioral health professionals across the U.S.

Lucinda Robb

Community Volunteer

Lucinda Robb is a community volunteer who worked for 15 years at The Great Courses/The Teaching Company, where she was Director of Recruiting, Director of Professor Relations, and Vice President of Special Projects. Prior to that, she worked for the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives, where she was Director of two traveling exhibits and educational projects. Robb serves on the boards for the National Archives Foundation and the Arlington Food Assistance Center, and was a founding board member for the Fairfax County Public Library.

Lee Foley

Capitol Hill Partners
Managing Partner

For more than 30 years, Lee Foley has worked as one of Washington's foremost counselors on policy and legislative advocacy. Lee advises clients and represents various interests before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch on issues involving elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, housing, community and economic development, employment training, and more.

Gordon MacDougall

Beacon Consulting Group

Gordon P. MacDougall is the founder and President of Beacon Consulting Group. Gordon previously served as Associate Staff to the House Committee on Appropriations and as Administrative Assistant to Congressman John Porter (R-IL).

Shannon Rudisill

Administration for Children and Families
Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development

Shannon Rudisill is the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development. Rudisill was previously Director of the Office of Child Care (OCC, formerly the Child Care Bureau [CCB]), where she focused on raising the bar on quality in child care across the country, particularly for low-income children.

Dr. Blanca Enriquez

Office of Head Start


Dr. Blanca Enriquez is the director of OHS. She has been an administrator and supervisor of Head Start programs since 1987. Blanca has been active in early childhood education for more than 40 years. Most recently, she was the executive director of a Texas Head Start program that has won many local, state, and national awards for excellence.

Sharon Parrott

Office of Management and Budget
Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor

Sharon Parrott is the Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor at the Office of Management and Budget. From August 2009 until November 2012, she served as Secretary Sebelius’ Counselor for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Kathy Stack

Arnold Foundation
Vice President of Evidence-Based Innovation

Kathy joined the Laura and John Arnold Foundation after a distinguished career in the federal government, including 27 years at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she served under five Presidents. Under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, Kathy helped federal agencies design innovative grant-making models that allocate funding based on evidence and evaluation.

Ron Herndon

Albina Head Start

Ron Herndon served as President and Board Chair of the National Head Start Association (NHSA) from 1991 to 2013. As Chair he provided leadership and support to Head Start programs across the nation including advocating for over 900,000 low-income children and families. Through his vision NHSA partnered with Texas Tech University to develop the National Head Start Training Academy for Head Start staff.

Luz Flores

AVANCE- Houston
Deputy Director


Luz E. Flores serves as the Deputy Director for AVANCE-Houston. She oversees AVANCE’s fundraising and development, marketing and communications, parent child education program (PCEP), human resources, information technology, management information systems and facilities departments.

Donald Bovinett

Ohio Head Start Association
Parent Representative

Donald Bovinett is a Head Start parent advocate. He serves as the parent representative to the Ohio Head Start Association Board and the Region V Head Start Association Board. Additionally, he serves as the vice-chair of the Knox County Head Start Policy Council.

Sara Mead

Bellwether Education Partners


Sara Mead is a Principal with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice. In this role, she writes and conducts policy analysis on issues related to early childhood education and K-12 education reform and provides strategic advising support to clients serving high-need students.

Gayle Kelly

Minnesota Head Start Association
Executive Director

Gayle L. Kelly has more than 28 years of experience in leading and evaluating health and educational programs targeting low-income children and families. Kelly works in close partnership with organizations advocating on behalf of the needs of low-income families including the Minnesota Community Action Partnership, Minnesota Home Visiting Coalition, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition and National Head Start Association.

Rosa Maria Castaneda

Annie E Casey Foundation
Managing Director


Rosa Maria Castañeda is a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation with a cross-cutting portfolio to advance opportunity for low income families and children. She leads the foundation’s two-generation strategies initiative, with investments in program pilots, evidence-building and policy and system reform.

Francis Majestic

Office of Head Start
Director, Division of Program Operations


Belinda Rinker, JD

Office of Head Start
Director, Division of Administration


Amanda Bryans

Office of Head Start
Director, Division of Comprehensive Services


Adia Brown

Office of Head Start
Monitoring Lead, Division of Quality & Assurance


Linda Smith

Administration for Children and Families
Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liason for Early Childhood Development

Linda K. Smith is the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role she provides overall policy coordination for the Head Start and Early Head Start Program and the Child Care and Development Fund, as well as serving as the liaison with the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies.

Eleazar Gutierrez

Head Start Alum

Gutierrez graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice from California State University, Bakersfield. Currently, Eleazar is the Education Officer for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). He currently sits on the board of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) and continues to be involved with his community back home by volunteering his time with the Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation as their Public Policy and Government Relations Manager. In his near future he plans on attending graduate school and majoring in Public Policy and Public Administration.

Kenneth Ward

Head Start Alum

Kenneth Ward attended Head Start in rural North Carolina where he went on to become valedictorian of his senior class at Enfield High School. After attending UNC Chapel hill he relocated to Washington, D.C. where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Trinity College, worked at the Library of Congress, taught 5th grade and eventually became the Executive Director of College Bound, Inc. an organization dedicated to ensuring that more and more of today’s youth successfully attend college.

William Forni

Head Start Alum

William Forni is an attorney and founder of Forni Law P.C, practicing corporate, employment, and intellectual property law for clients in a wide variety of industries. Over the years, he has worked in fashion and luxury goods in various capacities for Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, and Barneys NY. William is also a proud Head Start alum and was recently interviewed for the Huffington Post and published in his hometown newspaper, the Cape Cod Times about the importance of Head Start's two generation approach.

Ed Williams

Head Start Alum

Head Start alum Ed Williams is currently the VP and General Counsel for the D.C. consulting firm McAllister & Quinn and the former state director for Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. Ed was recently mentioned in Congress by Senator Casey while talking about the importance of quality early learning and the Head Start program.