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

John Birney

Interim Chair

Heidi Rand

Vice Chair

Kristen Perry


Paul Schandel Board Secretary photo

Paul Schandel


Sharlene Barhoo

Patricia Boswell

Shane Carter, DC

Carol Court

Andy Dance

Francesca Dopp

John Endara

Jenn Hale

Bev Johnson

Janine Killmer

Donald O’Brien

Jennifer Overley

Pat Patterson

Piroska Pazaurek

Nancy Rizzo

Joel Rosen

Dmitriy Shevchenko

Robert Snyder

Alex Szinegh

Roger Thayer, MD

Cathy Twyman

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.

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 childcare providers to help educate parents on the importance of skill building. This committee meets at 9:00 a.m. on the 1st 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 provide strengthen families, giving them a platform to be heard. This committee also fosters educational interactions and quality of childcare within our community.

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

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. 

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

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. 

Continuity Of Operation Plan (COOP)

The Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is put into effect when dictated by emergency situations.

This means that under certain circumstances, not all offices of ELCFV will be open. Important information that affects our availability to offer services can be found on our website, Facebook, and recorded on our phone messages.

Typically our COOP follows the Flagler and Volusia County Schools for initial closings. When both counties are closed due to inclement weather and/or an emergency directly affecting our service area, we may close.

If you have an appointment scheduled during a closure, we are still able to see you. Otherwise, any documents can be submitted to us via fax or uploaded online by taking a picture with your smart phone.

ELCFV will also issue press releases in applicable situations.