The Coalition has 7 staff, listed below, whose role is to support the work of the Coalition’s Board of Directors. Staff is always available to assist Board members with their role and answer any questions from individuals, providers and/or the community about early learning programs and services.
Charlie Rogers – Executive Director
After graduating from Florida Institute of Technology with a BS in Management Science, Charlie spent the past 34 years in the banking industry focusing on Business Development and Commercial Lending. His many years of experience led to a proven track record in the ability to effectively analyze organizational needs and develop and implement strategies to solve problems and maximize success for the businesses he worked with. Charlie has served on over 20 Board of Directors for many leading non-profit and community organizations located in Central Florida, and in most cases having served as either their Chairman or Treasurer. He was appointed by both Governor Bush and Governor Christ to Chair the ELC of Osceola County from 2005-2015, and is excited to now be serving as their Executive Director.
Dana Crupi – Program Director
With Over 15 years of experience in the child care industry, Dana Crupi is now using her experience to shape program instruction in early learning classrooms throughout Osceola County. As the Program Director for the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County, Dana uses her ability to work with a wide variety of people, gather critical information to identify trends and assess next steps to develop key strategies for moving the needle in impacting overall school readiness for children participating in Osceola’s early learning programs. Dana is a strong collaborator and believes community partnership is a vital component to maximizing resources and overall success. As a single mother of three and a graduate with a Bachelor in Social Work and minor in Non-Profit, Dana manages her full time responsibilities at the Coalition, and still finds time to participate on the SHAC Committee and many other community initiatives. She is a passionate child advocate and works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of Osceola’s youngest citizens.
Susanna Wong-Jans – Finance Director
Susanna has been with the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County since 2014. Susanna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and over 25 years experience in all phases of accounting. As the Finance Director of the Coalition, Susanna is responsible for the non-profit grant accounting and fiscal integrity functions with the Coalition. She is also responsible for the fiscal planning, revenue and expense projections, fiscal record keeping, and fiscal and contract compliance. She is a mother of two and enjoys relaxing and being with family.
Joanna Andersen– Program Compliance Specialist
Joanna joined the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County, in July 2015. She has over 11 years experience in the childcare industry. Prior to this she was the director of a child care center for 7 years. As the Program Services Coordinator Joanna assists with the management and oversight of daily program operations; as well as oversight of legislative and contractual programmatic compliance functions. She works very closely with the Program Services Manager to also identify trends and assess the needs of the community, providers, families, and our children. She believes in a unified community as a whole to offer the best quality child care for Osceola County. As a mother herself, she is dedicated in helping children and ensuring Osceola’s providers are giving the best possible high quality education and care to our young minds of today.
Stephanie Miller– Lead Early Education Specialist
Stephanie joins the Early Learning Coalition with six years of early childhood experience. Stephanie had her own inclusive classroom for more than 4 years and her last position was Curriculum Director at a center in Lake County. She has worked directly in inclusion, assessment and screening, and Teaching Strategies GOLD. Stephanie’s current responsibilities not only include supporting inclusion, but will work with the other Early Education Specialist to develop and implement our trainings and initiatives. Her drive is helping teach parents and teachers how to support the needs of their children.
Michelle Alfred – Early Education Specialist
Michelle joins the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County with over 10 years experience in public education as a middle school science teacher. Realizing how critical early development was, she decided to homeschool her 2 daughters through their primary years in order to ensure their future academic success. After returning to the classroom she realized that the most struggling students lacked essential foundational skills which fueled her desire to be on the proactive end of education; preschool. Michelle left the public school system and spent a year and half at Trinity Lutheran Preschool. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development as well as a Florida Director’s Credential. Michelle is excited to be part of the team and looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Carmen Garcia – Office Administrator
Carmen joined the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County in 2015 to provide administrative support as the full-time office administrator. She has over 2 years experience working with the School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs in Osceola County. She is a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful children.