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ELAC members


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The Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) members are a diverse group of people whose role is to provide the Department of Early Learning (DEL) with input and recommendations to inform DEL's work.

ELAC includes parents, child care providers, health and safety experts, legislators, representatives of Tribal Nations, independent schools, K-12 and higher education, and others who are interested in creating a statewide early learning system that helps all children realize their full potential.

Some ELAC members are appointed by the Governor. Others are appointed by various entities as required in the legislation that created ELAC.

Council members include: 

  • Bianca Bailey, DEL Parent Advisory Group
  • Mark Bergeson, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • RaShelle Davis, Governor's Policy Office
  • Representative Tom Dent, 13th Legislative District
  • Kristi Dominguez, Bellingham School District
  • Chelle Downey-Magee, Washington Federation of Independent Schools
  • Peter Finch, West Valley School District
  • Kathy Goebel, Washington State Board Community and Technical Colleges
  • Ross Hunter, Washington State Department of Early Learning Director
  • Caitlin Jensen, Head Start State Collaboration Office Project Manager
  • Susan Kavanaugh, Department of Social and Health Services
  • Nigel Lawrence, Suquamish Tribe
  • Lois Martin, Child Care Center
  • Senator Mark Miloscia, 30th Legislative District
  • Jennifer Ross, parent
  • Maria Nardella, Washington State Department of Health
  • Representative Tana Senn, 41st Legislative District
  • Deborah Sioux Lee, Early/Head Start Director, Nisqually Tribe
  • Laurie Thomas, DEL Early Support for Infants and Toddlers
  • Karla Weeks, Family Home Child Care Provider

As a result of the 2013 State and Local Coordination Recommendations and Implementation Plan, DEL invited Washington’s 10 Early Learning Regional Coalitions to each elect one regional advisor to participate in ELAC meetings beginning in September 2013. The regional advisors’ role is to ensure local and regional perspectives and needs are present in ELAC meetings, committees and decision-making concerning ELAC's advice and recommendations to DEL.

The ten early learning coalitions' regional advisors are:

  • Susan Barbeau, Pierce County
  • Lindsay Boswell, Investing in Children: Coalition Central
  • Mary Ellen Braks, Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance, Northeast Region
  • Gary Burris, Visions for Early Learning, West Central Region
  • Yolanda Esquivel, Southeast Region
  • Enrica Hampton, King County
  • Wilanne Ollila-Perry, Northwest Region
  • Nancy Spurgeon, North-Central Region
  • Tiffany Stutesman, Olympic-Kitsap Peninsula
  • Jodi Wall, Southwest Washington Early Learning (SWEL)