The Coalition has 10 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.
Amanda Kelkenberg– Chief Executive Officer
Nothing is more important than the success of our children. Beginning her career in an early childhood center, Amanda worked for years as an early childhood educator and early learning program director. With expertise in training, coaching, program development, new business development, and strategic planning, Amanda has strongly established her career in the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) system. Amanda completed her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies at Empire State College and earned an M.B.A. from Medaille College in 2014. As an established leader in the field, Amanda is a strong advocate for the rights of children, families, and early learning professionals. Amanda is committed to working with leadership, the Board and all staff toward increasing the relevance of the Early Learning Coalition in the community with impactful strategies and sound data driven decisions that improve the lives of children and families in Osceola County.
Susanna Wong-Jans – Finance/Human Resources 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/Human Resources Director of the Coalition, Susanna is responsible for the non-profit grant accounting and fiscal integrity functions with the Coalition as well as all related human resource functions within 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 Compliance Specialist 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 Operations and Programs Officer 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.
Wedlin Ramos Rivera–Early Education Specialist
Wedlin joined the Early Learning Coalition in February 2019. She comes with experience from the public sector as well as early childhood. Wedlin was a VPK teacher for several years and worked in Headstart in New York. She joins our other Early Education Specialist in ensuring that the children in Osceola County are receiving high quality education while supporting our providers.
Michelle Alfred – Program Services Manager
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.
Cynthia Mejia – Early Education Specialist
Our newest member joined the Early Learning Coalition team in November 2017. She comes with over 10 years experience working in the early childhood field, 5 of which was in an administrative capacity. Cynthia has a passion for teaching our young minds of the future and hopes to influence all teachers in finding joy in their profession. She is always looking for new cutting edge ways to engage and excite the children to learn and grow. Cynthia also volunteers within the community arming the parents with the knowledge of how important early childhood education is so they may foster their own child’s potential. She currently holds the FCCPC certificate and is working to advance her education. Cynthia rounds out our Early Education team that will helps to support our providers and the Early Educators in our community.
Neysha Dominguez – Early Education Specialist
Neysha joins the Early Learning Coalition with more than 9 years teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Language Arts from the University of Interamericana in Puerto Rico. During her first 4 years she served as a high school Spanish Language Arts teacher. That is where she observed the importance of having early childhood education foundation. Neysha then decided to increase her knowledge by getting a certificate in early childhood education. She was a PreK teacher for 5 years where she designed and implemented educational programs that helped students with different backgrounds, including English language learners. Neysha is eager and excited to develop strategies with high literacy standards with the Early Learning Coalition team and its providers.
Carmen Garcia – Quality & Marketing Coordinator
Carmen joined the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County in 2015 to provide administrative support as the full-time office administrator. She has over 4 years experience working with the School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs in Osceola County. However, in her new role as, she will be assisting the Program Services Manager with all of the Coalition’s quality initiatives. Carmen will maintain communication and correspondence with the providers who are in the initiatives, attend community events, and attend all programmatic meetings. She is a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful children.
Yo-Sheera Cabrera– Intervention Service Specialist
Yo-Sheera (or Yoshi) joined the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County in 2018 to provide administrative support as the full-time office administrator. She previously worked for Community Coordinated Care for Children and has over 7 years experience working with the School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs in Osceola County. In her new role Yoshi will be assisting the Program Services Manager and the Early Education Specialists with the communication and correspondence of the ASQ screenings as required by rule. She is also a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful children.
Rossemary Fermin– Administrative Assistant
Rossemary joins the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County as the full-time office administrator. She previously worked for Community Coordinated Care for Children. In her new role as Administrative Assistant, Rossemary will be assisting the Chief Executive Officer and Finance Director with communication and correspondence while attending all committee meetings.