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TQEE Policy Advisors


  • 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

  • Holly Coleman

    Program Director for High-Quality Education

    Hyde Family Foundations

  • Carol Johnson

    Interim President

    Lemoyn Owen College

  • 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

  • Bob Nardo

    Founding Head

    Libertas School of Memphis

  • Barbara Nixon

    Founding Board Chair and consultant for the ACE Awareness Foundation


  • Mary Palmer


    Southwest Tennessee Community College

  • Beverly Robertson

    President & CEO

    Greater 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

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth

    University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis (Also President of the Am. Psychiatric Association)

  • Mark Sturgis

    Executive Director

    Seeding Success

  • Sharon Waterfield


    University of Tennessee, Martin Child and Family Grant Program

  • Carrie Whaley

    Professor of Education

    Union University School of Education


  • Joyce Bridges

    Chief Officer for Statewide Initiatives

    Child Care Resource and Referral Agency

  • Connie Casha

    Director of Early Childhood Programs


  • Dr. Caroline Christopher

    Research Assistant Professor

    Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University

  • Katie Cour

    President & CEO

    Nashville Public Education Foundation

  • Jennifer Drake-Croft

    Director of Early Childhood Well-Being

    Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Dana Eckman

    Principal, Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center

    Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Darlene Estes Del-Re

    Assistant Commissioner for Early Learning

    Early Learning Division, Tennessee Department of Education

  • Dr. Dale Farran

    Retired Professor

    Former Senior Associate Director, Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University

  • Diane Halstead

    Regional Director for Tennessee


  • Mary Louise Hemmeter


    Dept. of Special Educ., Vanderbilt Univ. & Co-Faculty Director, Susan Gray School for 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

  • Sumita Keller

    Director of Home Visiting Alliance of Tennessee

    Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Richard Kennedy

    Executive Director

    Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Cindy Ligon


    McKendree Child Care Center (and President of TACEE)

  • David Mansouri

    President & CEO

    State Collaborative on Reforming Education

  • Mary Cypress Metz

    Vice President of Strategy

    State Collaborative on Reforming Education

  • Phyllis Phillips

    Director of PreK Programs

    Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Kristen Rector

    Executive Director

    Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

  • Gina Tek

    Childcare Services Coordinator

    Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

  • Lin Venable

    Director of Statewide Programs

    Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance

  • Ashley Warrington

    Mobilization Manager

    Save the Children Network

  • Jude White

    Assistant Commissioner of Child Care Services

    Tennessee Department of Human Services

  • Kinika Young

    Director of Children’s Health

    Tennessee Justice Center


  • Phil Acord

    President and CEO

    Chambliss Center for Children, Chattanooga

  • Jennifer Andrews

    Director of Programs

    Chattanooga 2.0

  • Lora Barnett

    Director of Workforce Development

    Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

  • Jonas Barriere

    Executive Director

    Unifi-Ed, Chattanooga

  • Jared Bigham

    Senior Advisor on Workforce and Rural Initiatives

    Tennessee 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

    • 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

      Director. 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

    • Dr. Bob Kronick

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

      University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    • Beth Lackey

      Early Childhood Supervisor

      Knox County Schools

    • Lisa Light


      Gap Creek Elementary, Knox County Schools

    • Susan Lodal

      Former Board Chair

      Kingsport City Schools Board of Directors

    • Sarah Morgan

      Chief Executive Officer

      Benwood Foundation

    • Dr. Michelle Moser

      Associate Professor

      ETSU Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences & Child/Family Psychologist

    • Phyllis Nichols

      President & CEO

      Knoxville Urban League

    • Beth Rhinehart


      Bristol Chamber of Commerce

    • Lottie Ryans


      Workforce & Literacy Initiatives, First Development District

    • Henry Shulson

      Executive Director

      Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga

    • Angela Webster

      Executive Director

      Association of Infant Mental Health in TN

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