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Coalition Members

Ready Start Coalition

The Ascension Early Childhood Ready Start  coalition consists of a group of individuals committed to support the network and implement the bold local vision for early childhood.  Coalition members help the network to accomplish their goals by serving as advocates, external champions, thought partners, supporters, and potential fundraisers.  Coalition members contribute to the RSN by providing resources and skills to the network.  Coalition members come from the business community, non-profit organizations, research organizations, faith-based communities, local, state, or federal governmental agencies, philanthropic groups, and grassroots leaders in the community.  If you are interested in supporting our network by serving as a coalition member, please contact our network office.

Current Coalition Members
Ascension Early Childhood Lead Agency Mary McMahan, Lead Agent
Ascension Early Childhood Lead Agency Elizabeth Templet, Program Facilitator - Early Learning Centers
Ascension Early Childhood Lead Agency Michelle Carona, Program Facilitator - School Based Programs
Ascension Early Childhood Lead Agency Barbara "Bambi" Guthrie, Ready Start Coordinator
Ascension Head Start Hope Gautreau, Principal
Ascension Head Start Dana Porto, Instructional Coach
Ascension Parish Public Schools David Alexander, Superintendent
Ascension Parish Public Schools Edith Walker, Executive Director of Instruction
Ascension Parish Public Schools Elizabeth Stafford, Director of Primary Education
Ascension Parish Public Schools Jackie Tisdell, Public Relations Specialist
Ascension Parish Public Schools Dr. Latatia Johnson, Supervisor of Federal Programs
Ascension Parish Public Schools Terri Tate, Supervisor of Special Education
Ascension Parish Public Schools Noelle Graham, Coordinator of Special Education
Ascension Parish Public Schools Dana Smith, Special Education Preschool Program Facilitator
Ascension Parish Public Schools Dr. Roddy Melancon, Principal of Gonzales Primary School
Ascension Parish Public Schools Laurent Thomas, Principal of Lakeside Primary School
Ascension Parish Public Schools Allison Brown, Assistant Principal of Pecan Grove Primary School
Ascension Parish Public Schools Loretta Moody, Assistant Principal of Dutchtown Primary School
Ascension Early Childhood Community Network  Torry Chatman, Owner/Director of Little Learners Preparator Academy
Ascension Early Childhood Community Network Michelle Sullivan, Owner/Director of Wonder Kids Academy
Ascension Early Childhood Community Network Felix Diaz, Owner/Chief Operations Officer of Genesis Learning Center
Ascension Parish Government John Diez, Chief Administrative Officer
Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Bobby Webre, Sheriff
Rotary Club Donald Songy
Lake Ascension Physicians Dr. John Knapp
Lion's Club Pamela Hughes
Volunteers of America Tonya Harden, Regional Director
Child Care Association of Louisiana Scott Duplechain
Parish of Ascension Rae'ven Jackson, Director of Community Outreach
City of Donaldsonville Leroy Sullivan, Mayor
Louisiana Policy Institute for Children Dr. Libby Sonnier, Executive Director
Louisiana State Senate Edward Joseph "Ed" Price, Louisiana State Senator for District 2