The Coalition has 8 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.
Susan Sunka – Executive Director
Susan began working with the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County in 2001 where she has since dedicated herself fulltime to ensuring that the children of Osceola county enter school prepared to succeed. Previous to her work with the coalition, Susan was a consultant in the non-profit industry and dedicated her professional efforts to helping organizations achieve maximum results. She has provided training to Heart of Florida United Way, Walt Disney World and Lockheed Martin.
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 Services Manager 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. As the Fiscal/Compliance Manager, Susanna is responsible for the non-profit grant accounting and fiscal integrity functions with the Coalition, 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.
Frances Morales – Early Education Specialist
Frances joins the Early Learning Coalition with a breadth of early learning experience. Frances has a BA in Education and previously worked for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, both as an early literacy specialist and provider specialist. She also worked for Deveroux as an early childhood assessor providing technical assistance and support to child care centers and as an ESE pre-kindergarten teacher with Orange County Public Schools. She is bilingual which will be very valuable in the field as she visits our centers. Frances is also married with a young son and in her spare time enjoys reading and going to the beach.
TBD – Early Education Specialist
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.