Helping Families Ensure Their Children Enter School Ready to Learn


 Executive Team

Connie Stophel, Chief Executive Officer

Teresa Matheny, Chief of Programs and Administration

Heather Hodges, Vice President of Human Resources

Jeanne Dillard, Chief Officer of Center Operations

Autumn Tomas, Director of Head Start/Early Head Start

L. Holly Bryan, Vice President of Finance



Education Team

Dr. Gigi David, Director of Education

Dr. Melanie Clough, Director of Early Learning

Amanda Griffis, Director of School Readiness Education


Human Resources Team

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

Region I

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

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

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

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

Region II

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

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