• Deborah Abel

    Program Manager

    Healthier Beginnings Program at the University of Tennessee, Martin

  • Sandra Allen


    LeBonheur Community Health and Well-Being and member of the Early Success Coalition

  • Tequilla Banks

    Executive Vice President

    Tennessee New Teacher Project

  • Dr. Keith Carver


    University of Tennessee, Martin

  • Holly Coleman

    Program Director for High-Quality Education

    Hyde Family Foundations

  • Katherine Cothern

    SouthWest Coordinator

    Tennessee Child Care Resource & Referral Network

  • Dr. William Keith Dooley

    Assistant Professor

    Child & Family Studies & Gerontology, University of Tenessee, Martin

  • Dr. Sharon Griffin

    Chief of Schools

    Shelby County Schools

  • Marti Herndon

    Research Administrator

    Promethean Foundation

  • Carol Johnson

    Reg. Executive Director

    Program Implementation, New Leaders & Former Superintendent of Memphis County Schools, 2003-2007, & most recently Superintendent of Boston Public Schools

  • Dr. Mindy Kronenberg

    Private Practice Clinician

    Working with children and families and Board member for the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee

  • Sean Lee


    Porter Leath, Memphis

  • Barbara Nixon

    Founding Board Chair and consultant for the ACE Awareness Foundation


  • Mary Palmer


    Southwest Tennessee Community College

  • Kelly Rayne

    Senior Vice President

    Policy, Memphis Chamber of Commerce

  • Dr. Kenneth Robinson

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    United Way of the Mid-South

  • Dr. Loretta Rudd

    Clinical Associate Professor in Child Development

    University of Memphis and First Lady of the University of Memphis

  • Hayley Simmons

    Policy Director

    Seeding Success

  • Teresa Sloyan

    Executive Director

    Hyde Family Foundation

  • Kyle Spurgeon

    Chief Executive Officer

    Jackson Chamber of Commerce

  • Katy Spurlock

    Program Officer

    Urban Child Institute, Memphis

  • Dr. Altha Stewart


    Professor of Psychiatry & Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth, Univ. of TN Health Science Center, Memphis; President-Elect of the Am. Psychiatric Assoc.

  • Mark Strurgis

    Executive Director

    Seeding Success

  • Kelly Tivey


    Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance, Dyersburg State

  • Sharon Waterfield


    University of Tennessee, Martin Child and Family Grant Program

  • Carrie Whaley

    Professor of Education

    Union University School of Education

  • Adriane Johnson Williams

    Program Officer

    Pyramid Peak Foundation


  • Elizabeth Alves

    Assistant Commissioner for Early Learning & Literacy

    Tennessee Department of Education

  • Keith Barnes

    Director of Child Nutrition

    Tennessee Justice Center

  • Joyce Bridges

    Chief Officer for Statewide Initiatives

    Child Care Resource and Referral Agency

  • Theresa Carl


    Books from Birth Foundation

  • Connie Casha

    Director of Early Childhood Programs


  • Dr. Caroline Christopher

    Research Associate

    Peabody Research Institute

  • Jennifer Drake-Croft

    Director of Early Childhood Well-Being

    Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Dana Eckman

    Director of Early Learning Innovation

    Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Darlene Estes Del-Re

    Executive Director

    Office of Early Learning, Tennessee Department of Education

  • Dr. Dale Farran


    In the Departments of Teaching and Learning and Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College and Senior Associate Director of the Peabody Research Institute

  • Diane Halstead

    Regional Director for Tennessee

    Ready Nation

  • Lee Harrell

    Vice President of Policy

    Nashville Chamber of Commerce

  • Mary Louise Hemmeter


    Dept. of Special Educ., Vanderbilt Univ. & Co-Faculty Director, Susan Gray School for Children; Developer, Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children

  • Jennifer Hill

    Policy and Programming Director

    Nashville Public Education Foundation

  • Dean Hoskins

    Vice President

    Books from Birth Foundation

  • Dr. Martha Howard

    Assistant Professor

    Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood, Tennessee Tech University

  • Shannon Hunt

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Nashville Public Education Foundation

  • Sumita Keller

    Director of Home Visiting Alliance of Tennessee

    Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Richard Kennedy

    Associate Director

    Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Mary Cypress Metz

    Vice President of Programs

    State Collaborative on Reforming Education

  • Laura Moore

    Senior Advisor

    Education, Office of Mayor Megan Barry, Nashville

  • Linda O’Neal

    Executive Director

    Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Shannon Pargin

    Strategic Planning Coordinator

    Tennessee Early Intervention Services

  • Kristen Rector

    Executive Director

    Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

  • Carla Snodgrass

    Section Chief for Early Childhood

    Tennessee Department of Health

  • Lin Venable

    Director of Statewide Programs

    Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance

  • Jude White

    Executive Director

    Governor Haslam’s Children’s Cabinet

  • Kinika Young

    Director of Children’s Health

    Tennessee Justice Center


  • Phil Acord

    President and CEO

    Chambliss Center for Children, Chattanooga

    • Lora Barnett

      Director of Workforce Development

      Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

    • Kristin Bradley

      Early Intervention Services Coordinator

      Helen, Ross, McNabb Center, Knoxville and Board of Directors for the Association for Infant Mental Health in Tennessee

    • Jonas Barriere

      Executive Director

      Unifi-Ed, Chattanooga

    • Jared Bigham

      Executive Director

      Chattanooga 2.0

    • Scott Broyles

      President & Chief Executive Officer

      Safe Skies

    • Robin Cayce

      Director of Programs

      Chattanooga 2.0

    • Michelle Davis


      Learning Rx, Chattanooga

    • Dr. Amy Doran

      Director of Early Childhood Education

      Kingsport City Schools

    • Dr. Kathy Fitzgerald

      Clinical Assistant Professor and Early Learning Center Practicum Coordinator

      University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Child & Family Studies

    • Ariel Ford


      Office of Early Childhood, Office of Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga

    • Corrine Hill

      Executive Director

      Chattanooga Public Library

    • Melody Hobbs

      Pre-K Supervisor

      Lenoir City Schools

    • Shannon Jackson

      Executive Director

      Curriculum & Instruction, Knox County Schools

    • Maeghan Jones


      Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

    • Indya Kincannon

      Policy Advisor

      Mayor Madeline Rogero’s Office, Knoxville

    • Dr. Bob Kronick

      Professor of Counseling and Education and Director of University-Assisted Community Schools

      University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    • Lisa Light


      Gap Creek Elementary, Knox County Schools

    • Susan Lodal

      Board Chair

      Kingsport City Schools Board of Directors

    • Darlene Miller

      Early Childhood Supervisor

      Knox County Schools

    • Sarah Morgan

      Chief Executive Officer

      Benwood Foundation

    • Dr. Michelle Moser

      Associate Professor

      East TN State University Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences & Child/Family Psychologist, BOD, Association for Infant Mental Health in TN

    • Phyllis Nichols

      President & CEO

      Knoxville Urban League

    • Beth Rhinehart

      Chief Executive Officer

      Bristol Chamber of Commerce

    • Jennifer Rouse

      Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction

      Bristol City Schools

    • Lottie Ryans


      Workforce & Literacy Initiatives, First Development District

    • Henry Shulson

      Executive Director

      Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga

    • Julie Thompson

      Executive Director

      Elementary Schools, Knox County Schools

    • Angela Webster

      Executive Director

      Association of Infant Mental Health in TN

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