The Douglas County Early Childhood Council Executive Committee is a dedicated team of experts focused on helping parents and child care providers learn more about and locate the programs and resources they need to care for young children, birth to age 8.

2016-2017 DCECC Executive Committee:

 


Kristi Hepting, MSW
2016-17 Chair, DCECC

Social Worker, Douglas County School District
Kristi Hepting has been a school social worker with the Early Childhood Department of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) for the past six years. Her responsibilities include supporting families through the Child Find process and explaining the DCSD integrated preschool program. She supports preschool teams and families with community resources when they need them and advocates for change on behalf of families with young children. Kristi is passionate about her involvement with the Douglas County Early Childhood Council so she can expand her work in the Douglas County community. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, ages one and four.

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Deborah Baumann
Early Childhood Coordinator, DCSD
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Deborah Baumann has worked in the Early Childhood field for twenty years and currently is an Early Childhood Coordinator for Douglas County School District. She received her B.A. in Distributed Studies: Psychology and Special Education and her M. A. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado. Deborah is passionate about her work with families and young children and is presently working to support and increase quality Early Childhood Education for young children in Douglas County.

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Laura Olson
Childhood Literacy Specialist, Douglas County Libraries

2016-17 Member, DCECC
Laura Olson has been with Douglas County Libraries since 2011. In her current role, she provides staff support to ensure that each library offers high quality early literacy storytimes and family programs. She also manages the local Spellbinders chapter where volunteers tell stories in the classroom. Recently she co-presented on “sensory-enhanced storytimes” at both local and national conferences. Laura has a BA in English from Illinois State University and a MLS from Emporia State University.

 


Priscilla Queen
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Priscilla Queen recently retired from her position as Literacy Specialist with the Literacy Department of the Douglas County Libraries. She has a B.S. in Child Development and Psychology and an M.A. in Curriculum and Development. Priscilla has presented workshops and programs at local and national conferences. A love of language, sharing literature and promoting literacy are the foundations for the work she does in her various roles. Priscilla and her husband have lived in rural Douglas County since 1978 and raised their three children here. She is proud to be the “grandma” to her three young grandchildren.


Patricia Bolton, B.S.N.
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Director, Child Care Innovations at Red Rocks Community College
Executive Director, Triad Early Childhood Council
Patricia Bolton has worked in the early care and education field for more than 20 years. She is currently Director of Child Care Innovations at Red Rocks Community College. In this capacity, she manages programs that include a variety of early childhood education training and support initiatives, child care subsidies for families in crisis, and child care licensing. Patricia is also Executive Director of the Triad Early Childhood Council, a three-county partnership of public and private stakeholders working to increase quality, access, and quality of early childhood services across the domains of early learning, health, mental health, and family support. She is an ordained minister and former registered nurse. Her extensive work in the early care and education field has included operation of a licensed family childcare home, serving as president of state and local family childcare associations, as well as involvement on local, state, and national task forces, advisory committees, and boards. Patricia has also worked as a Childcare Resource and Referral Counselor and Early Childhood Education (ECE) adjunct faculty for Red Rocks Community College, and has been a workshop presenter locally and nationally.


Pam Hare
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Public Health Nurse, Tri-County Health Dept.
Pam Hare has worked as a public health nurse for the Tri-County Health Department for the past 20 years. Her public health duties include immunization clinics and working with early childhood educators in three counties about health and safety issues. Pam has 13 nieces and nephews and enjoys sports, especially supporting girl’s high school basketball.


Amanda Gersabeck
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Early Childhood Nutrition Specialist
Amanda Gersabeck has worked as a Registered Dietitian for 18 years. Her public health roles have included working with The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs. Amanda is currently working as the Early Childhood Nutrition Specialist for The Tri-County Health Department where she is involved with presentations and training sessions with community groups to encourage healthy eating habits starting from a young age. She studied dietetics and Spanish at Miami University in Ohio and completed her dietetic internship at University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Kay Swanson
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Director, St. Luke’s Little School in Highlands Ranch
Kay Swanson has served as the director of St. Luke’s Little School in Highlands Ranch for 17 years. She is a member of the Denver Metro Board for the CAEYC (Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children) and the Arapahoe Community College Curriculum Development Committee. Kay has two married sons who live in Minneapolis and she has always been a life-long learner and advocate for children.

Patrick B. Sweeney, MSW, LCSW
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Program Development Manager, Douglas County Dept. of Human Services
Pat Sweeney has worked in the Child Welfare field in Colorado for over thirty years as a caseworker, treatment provider, supervisor and administrator. He is currently the Program Development Manager for Douglas County Human Services Division of Child Welfare. Pat’s duties include a variety of program and community collaboration including; Family Engagement, Permanency for Youth, Colorado Disparity Resource Center, Applied Research in Child Welfare with Colorado State University and the Social Work Internship program. A native of New York, Pat received his maters degree from Boston University School of Social Work.

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Leslie Hendrickson

2016-17 Member, DCECC

DCECC Program Manager, Developmental Pathways, Early Intervention Department
Leslie Hendrickson is a program manager for Douglas County in the Early Intervention Department at Developmental Pathways. In this role, she works with families with children 0-3 years old with any disability or developmental delay. She leads a team of ten Service Coordinators that are assigned to families in Douglas County. Leslie has been with Developmental Pathways first as a parent in the program, then as a service coordinator, and now as a team leader for more than 10 years. She has worked as a Head Start teacher and director, and has also worked as the Child Find Coordinator for the Elizabeth School District. Leslie has a BS in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and a MS from SUNY Oswego in Early Childhood Education.

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Kristin Habicht
2016-17 Member, DCECC
Dept. Chair, Early Childhood Education Dept., Arapahoe Community College
Kristin Habicht has been working in the field of Early Childhood for more than 25 years and in a variety of roles. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Child Development. As the Department Chair for the Early Childhood Education Department at Arapahoe Community College, she wears many hats—from serving on state and local committees and overseeing adjunct faculty to teaching college students. Kristin is especially passionate about high quality care and leadership in our field. After work, you can find her gardening with her husband or scoping out antiques at local stores.

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Rebecca Jamrozek
2016-17 Member, DCECC

Parent Representative
Rebecca is a stay at home Mom who grew up in Douglas County. She has two young children who attend Douglas County schools and has a great interest in early childhood education.


Sandy Gregory
Director, Douglas County Early Childhood Council
Sandy Gregory coordinates and directs the work of the DCECC. Her responsibilities include the day- to-day operations, resource development, budget preparation, grant writing, community relations activities, program development, and system building management of the grant. She acts as the liaison for community, state, and other early childhood partnerships. Her prior experience includes marketing, community relations, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Sandy has a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado and a MS in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis.

The DCECC Executive Committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Douglas County School District Early Childhood Center North. Guests are welcome. Please RSVP to sandra.gregory@dcsdk12.org if you plan to attend.

DCECC General Membership Meetings are held quarterly from 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. The meeting location changes and will be announced as the meeting date approaches.

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2016:

  • Nov 9, 2016 Parker Library

 

RSVP to: sandra.gregory@dcsdk12.org