Helping Families Ensure Their Children Enter School Ready to Learn


 Executive Team

Connie Stophel, Chief Executive Officer


Jeanne Dillard, Chief Operating Officer

L. Holly Bryan, Chief Financial Officer

Teresa Matheny, Chief of Programs & Administration

Heather Hodges, Vice President of Human Resources

Autumn Tomas, Assistant Vice President of Head Start/Early Head Start

Deborah Moore, Senior Development Officer

Martha Cox, Director of Grants & Research

Temple DePlato, Director of Quality & Risk Management



Education Team

Dr. Melanie Clough, Director of Early Learning

Amanda Griffis, Director of School Readiness Education


Human Resources Team

Heather Hodges, Vice President of HR, 904-726-1500, ext. 285
Strategic planning, compliance and oversight.

Region I

Donna Maxwell, Benefits Specialist, 904-726-1500, ext. 236
All benefits, FMLA, Short Term Disability, and Workers Compensation for all staff. 

Angelique Tripoli, Recruitment Specialist, 904-726-1500, ext. 269
Recruitment for Region I and support to Region II.

Tenisha McCoy, HR Associate, 904-726-1500, ext. 232
Background screens, employment verification requests, and general HR questions. 

Rae Durham, HR Manager, 904-726-1500, ext. 214
Employee relations, recruitment, training and professional development, compliance, benefit support, performance reviews, and general HR-related issues.

Region II

Jeff Gaines, HR Manager, 352-816-8051
Recruitment, employee relations, and general HR-related issues.

Cindy Lizardi, HR Specialist, 352-816-8050
Recruitment, background screens, employment verification request, and general HR questions.