Action Teams

School Readiness

Elizabeth Spezia   WSIU Public Broadcasting

Fran Wien-Frankowski   Carbondale Public Library

Lori Longueville-  SICCF

Ashleigh Couty, CCR&R

Jennifer Sykes- Unity Point Family Circle

Kindergarten Experts:
Melodi Coleman, Herrin Unit 4

Whitney Wyatt– Carbondale District 95

Staci Haile– Hamilton County

Jenna Gunning-Galatia School District

This Action Team meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month via zoom at 10 am via zoom the months August through April,
The Team identifies strategies that can be implemented region wide to support parents, caregivers, and teacher’s efforts to increase the number of children in southern Illinois who are ready for school when they enter Kindergarten.  

Strong Families

Brigitte Mac-Rizzo  Jackson County Housing Authority

Courtney Hatcher  Project CHILD, Rend Lake College

David Mills Centerstone

Edrica McDowell Centerstone

Ginger Meyer  
SIU School of Medicine, Children’s Medical Network

Jennifer Bruner  Resilient SI

Joyce Guy  SIUC Head Start

Johna Schullian  ROE 21

Lisa Drury ROE 21z

Michelle Cerutti– Unite Us

Cierra Johnson  Fighting Cancer Today

Shannon Green Shawnee Healthy Families

Jennifer Bruner Resilient SI/ Partnership for Resilience

The overall goal of this team is to better connect families to resources. One of the ways they do that is to provide networking opportunities, support, and tools to professionals working in the region whose job it is to support families. In addition, the team’s work plan includes other strategies designed to connect families with resources, as well as conduct a  regional comprehensive family needs assessment every 3 years.

Screening Collaborative

Alisa Adams    WADI Head Start
Amanda Hunt  Bright Beginnings, Harrisburg, Eldorado
Angie Bailey   SIH Community Benefits
Brandy Respondek   Gallatin County Schools
Chrissy Confer   CCR&R
Colleen McLaughlin  ECE Consultant
Cynthia Trembly Southern Seven Health Department
Diane Hopkins   Egyptian Health Department
Edrica McDowell  Centerstone
Emme Lane   Rainbow Day Care
Heather Franklin   Southern Region Early Childhood
Jenny Overturff  – Bi County Health Department
Jessica Morhet   Centerstone
Laura Lindsey, SIUC Head Start
Lee Eklund– Malones Early Learning Center Marilyn Murry-Murry’s Child Development Center
Michelle Pritchard– Unity Point Family Circle
Merenda Dale- Caregiver Connections

Nicole Van Hise,  CFC 22
Patricia Ingram– Group Family Child Care Provider
Sally Mondino- Centerstone Early Head Start
Sara Nightswander, Williamson County Educational Services
Sarah Fager– Jackson County Health Department
Shannon Green, Shawnee Health, Shawnee Healthy Families
Sheila James– Carbondale District 95

This Action Team meets every other month during the school year via zoom. They begin their meeting with a community of best practices discussion. This is followed by the Action Team meeting.
Collaborative members:
 -Review yearly data and give input and guidance on how to increase screening rates to help fill in services 
-codesign tools . identify resources to support screening in programs and in the community 
– collectively promote screening and  community Child Find efforts


ECE Instructor, National Louis, Southwestern Illinois College

Diane Richey
 The Center

Ashleigh Couty
CCR&R Training Coordinator/ previous Center owner and Director

Lea Maue
SIUC Head Start

Mary Beth Long 
Nurse/Creating Compassionate Communities Group
Karla Tabing
Director of Adult Ed, JALC
Brittney Hale
Illinois/Creating Compassionate Communities group
Leigh Caldwell
Brooke May
 Southern Illinois Coalition for Future Teachers, CTE Career Pathways Grant Coordinator
Marilyn Tolive
 John A Logan College

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