Our dedicated Board of Directors provide oversight and help us by:

  • Formulating key policies and strategic goals
  • Helping evaluate and manage risk
  • Reviewing annual budgets, financials and evaluating operations
  • Encouraging identification, forecasting and planning for both financial and program supports

Board members are volunteers and are not compensated for service.

Meet the Board

Pictured from left:
Paul Schandel, Secretary; Jennifer Overley, Vice Chair; Catherine Twyman, Quality Committee Chair; John Birney, Interim Chair; Dr. Shane Carter, Treasurer

Michele Autorino

Sharlene Barhoo

John Birney

Dona Butler

Shane Carter, DC

Steven Civitelli

Carol Court

Andy Dance

Sandra Emery

John Endara

Bev Johnson

Janine Killmer

Donald O’Brien

Jennifer Overley

Pat Patterson

Piroska Pazaurek

Charles Puckett

Joel Rosen

Dmitriy Shevchenko

Robert Snyder

Heidi Rand

Paul Schandel

Roger Thayer, MD

Catherine Twyman

Valerie Uy

Standing Committees

This committee reviews overall strategies and operations of the Coalition, making decisions on behalf of the Board when needed and acting as the overall leadership for the Coalition.

The Executive Committee meets on the 3rd Monday at noon of August, October, December, January, March, May, and June.

Quality Committee

This committee provides oversight on program quality of early learning opportunities, including the measurement of current quality, activities to improve quality, and review of Office of Early Learning initiatives for Voluntary Prekindergarten and School Readiness early learning programs. The Quality Committee also collaborates with child care providers to help educate parents on the importance of skill building.

This committee meets at 9:00 a.m. on the second Thursday in January, March, May, June, August, and October.

This committee provides financial oversight for the organization, including budgeting and financial planning, contract compliance, financial reporting and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies.

The Finance Committee meets in January, April, July, and October.

Special Committees

This committee meets to review disputes made by providers against action taken by the Coalition pursuant to the terms of the Statewide School Readiness and VPK Provider Contracts. 

The Family Engagement Committee works to strengthen families, giving them a platform to be heard. This committee also fosters educational interactions and quality of child care within our community.

This committee advises on and assists in reaching community members to build relationships and increase marketing efforts. 

Bylaws Committee

Offers advice and modifies corporate by-laws and Articles of Incorporation. 

This committee advises on appropriate responses to possible legislative and regulatory developments affecting Florida’s early learning environment. 

This committee assists ELCFV staff in fundraising efforts, including planning and implementing fundraising events. 

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee recommends effective and efficient changes to operational functions support quality and programmatic activities in manners. 

Upcoming Meetings

Speedy Bear Picnic 10:00 am
Speedy Bear Picnic
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Septem-bear is just around the corner – race on over September 10th for family fun. What To Expect: -Buckle up for fun activities from The Nascar Foundation, North Turn, & Halifax Health. -Snap a selfie with Randy Gray’s Dirt Stock Car. -Build your own bears with Kingdom Stuffers Build-a-Pet. -Raise a glass to generosity with complimentary wine tasting. -Grab a bite at the food truck to enjoy great food & support a great cause! -Giveaways ... Read more
Riverwalk Park Food Truck Fest 12:00 pm
Riverwalk Park Food Truck Fest
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bring the family out for fun in the park! Enjoy a variety of food trucks, meet local businesses, shop with vendors, and have fun with free kids activities, music, and giveaways. Please register for free tickets if attending so that food trucks can adequately prepare! Menus posted on the Riverwalk Park Food Truck Fest Facebook event leading up to the event.
Health Fair 9:00 am
Health Fair
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
FREE Volusia County Baby 2 Pre-K Expo 10:00 am
FREE Volusia County Baby 2 Pre-K Expo
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
A fun day of learning, playing, and shopping showcasing local programs & resources for expectant parents and families with young children covering pregnancy to preschool. Free admission and free activities including baby bump & face painting, character meet & greets, fun photo booth, informative classes, children’s play area & more. For more information, email info@TouchofMagicEvents.com   Event Flyer

Join the Board

The makeup of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties, Inc. Board is identified by Florida State Legislation. The board is made up of 15-30 members with representation from both Flagler and Volusia Counties. The Governor of the State of Florida appoints the Chair and two other board members. To apply for a governor-appointed position, please apply online at http://www.flgov.com/ appointments. Additional members are comprised of public and private sector representatives.

Board meetings take place:

  • Six (6) times per year on the 4th Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in January, March, May, June, August, and October
  • Locations vary (check schedule)
  • Open to public participation (encouraged)
  • Board Members are required to:
  • Attend regular meetings
  • Participate in committees
  • Develop core knowledge of and keep current on trends in early childhood development, School Readiness (SR) and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

If you are interested in becoming a board member or would like more information, please contact DJ Lebo, Chief Executive Officer at (386) 323-2400 ext. 3350 or djlebo@elcfv.org.

Sunshine Law

Early Learning Coalitions follow The Florida Government in the Sunshine Law, which prohibits discussion outside a duly noticed meeting between any two or more Board members about any topics that may come before the Board. Communications made or received by Board or staff members are considered public records that must be retained and made available upon request.