Snelling Center announces Early Childhood Leadership Institute Class of 2019

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Snelling Center announces Early Childhood Leadership Institute Class of 2019

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 2:30pm -- tim

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Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government announced today the Early Childhood Leadership Institute Class of 2019. The Class of 2019 is comprised of 26 associates from across the state who represent a wide variety of organizations connected to early childhood and family work: 

Elaine Chasse, South Hero, Learning Adventure 
Katey Everest, Brattleboro, Early Education Services 
Elizabeth Foster, Burlington, Burlington School District
Natalie Glynn, Williston, Let’s Grow Kids 
Megan Godfrey, Underhill, Trinity Children’s Center 
Kelley Jo Hackett, Waterbury Center, Owner/Teacher of a Family Child Care Program 
Kira Harris, Waitsfield, Spring Hill School 
Kelly Hayes, Waitsfield, The Learning Garden 
Coleen Healy, North Bennington, Southshire Community School 
Joanna Houston, Essex, GBYMCA-Early Childhood Program @ UVM Medical Center 
Dawn Irwin, Essex, Davis Preschool 
Ruth Kagle, Jericho, Burlington School District
Dora Levinson, Marlboro, Building Bright Futures 
Stephanie Mackevich, Winooski, Let’s Grow Kids
Lauren May, Barre, Barre Supervisory Union 
Jennifer McKelvey, Barre, Barre City Elementary and Middle School 
John Mejia, Hinesburg, University of Vermont
Nancy Noel, North Bennington, Southwestern Vermont Health Care 
Jessica Riley, South Burlington, UVM Campus Children’s Center 
Lynne Robbins, Jericho, State of Vermont
Andrea Sambrook, Dorset, Annette’s Preschool 
Erin Stokes, Jeffersonville, Cambridge Elementary School 
Emily Wagner, Brattleboro, Let’s Grow Kids 
Brooke Wilkinson, Strafford, Early Childhood Music Instructor 
Grace Winslow, North Bennington, United Counseling Services 
April Zajko, St. Johnsbury, April’s Teaching Tree 

With Mariah McGill as the new Early Childhood Leadership Institute Director, the Class of 2019 embarked on their leadership journey last month and will meet for a total of twelve seminar days between May and October 2019. The Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI) is a unique leadership and personal transformative institute designed to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont; the Institute is primarily funded through a State of Vermont grant. Throughout the program, associates deepen understanding of themselves and their impact on others, share knowledge and understanding of early childhood issues, and strengthen habits of curiosity, inquiry, listening, authenticity and reflection. 

The Class of 2019 will join a professional network of more than 125 ECLI graduates and 1000 Vermont Leadership Network alumni who are making greater contributions to their organizations, communities and Vermont. To learn more about the Early Childhood Leadership Institute and the Snelling Center’s other professional development programs, please visit or call 802-859-3090. 

The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at

Source: June 5, 2019 – The Snelling Center