The Coalition has 9 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 – Chief Executive Officer
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 Chief Executive Officer.
Dana Crupi – Operations and Program Officer
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 Operations and Program Officer 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/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.
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.
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.
Carmen Garcia – Quality Initiatives 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 Quality Initiatives Coordinator, she will be assisting the Operations and Program Officer 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.
Marisol Morales – Administrative Assistant
Marisol joined the Early Learning Coalition team in August 2017 as the Administrative Assistant. She is currently pursuing her academic goal in Psychology and is very committed about developing improvements to cater vital early learning and overall success for youth and increasing awareness on the importance of educational support. Marisol has also volunteered at many non-profit organizations gaining experiences with networking and community development all while being able to express her passion for giving back to the families and children in need in her community. She even received a Community Service Award during her high school graduation ceremony. As a loving daughter and sister to such a large family, Marisol feels honored to be an impact to her community.