Board of Directors

Board Chairman’s Message

The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Inc., locally implements the School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten early education programs in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties. The law that establishes Early Learning Coalitions (Florida Statute 1002, Part VI) also establishes the Coalition’s board membership composition, including positions from the private sector business community.

The Coalition’s primary tasks include:

  1.  Supporting local, small business providers in ensuring high quality early education and nurturing programs  that prepare children for success upon entering kindergarten and in life;
  2.  Supporting parents in becoming self-sufficient and/or maintaining self-sufficiency through financial  assistance with child care to continue employment and/or education;
  3.  Strengthen parents’ awareness and skills in their role of their child’s first and most important teacher.

If you are interested in learning more about the Coalition and how to make a meaningful difference in our community by serving in this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please click below or call (850) 747-5400, extension 107.

Jon McFatter, Board Chair

Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida

2017/2018 Board of Directors

JON MCFATTER, Chair

Simply the Best
Governor Appointee
Bay County

MARY MCKENZIE, Vice Chair

Oglesby Plants International
Private Sector Member
Calhoun County

JERRY SOWELL, Treasurer

Segers, Sowell, Steward, Johnson, and Brill, P.A.
Private Sector Member
Bay County

DARRIN WALL, Secretary

Gulf Power, Manager
Private Sector Member
Washington County

TONY BENNETT

HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital, Chief Executive Officer
Private Sector
Bay County

PASTOR PHIL EDWARDS

First Assembly of God – Panama City
Private Sector
Bay County

KIM GILLIS

Tri-County Community Council Head Start, Executive Director
Head Start Representative
Holmes and Washington Counties

LINDA HOOD

Kids World of Chipley and Kids World of Panama City
Private Child Care Provider Representative
Bay and Washington Counties

JACKIE HOUSE

Calhoun County Schools
District Superintendent of Schools Designee
Calhoun County

JOE JERNIGAN

Jernigan Forest Products, LLC
Private Sector Member/Governor Appointee
Jackson County

DOUG KENT

Bay County Health Department, Administrator/COO
County Health Department Director
Bay County

PAMELA KIDWELL

PK and Co. Consulting
Private Sector Member
Bay County

FRANK MARTIN

Level Four Wealth Management, Managing Director
Private Sector Member
Bay County

JEANNE MARTIN

Child Care Regulation, Department of Children and Families
NW Region Safety Program Manager

AL MCCAMBRY

Workforce Development, Dean
Gulf Coast State College Designee
Bay County

JULIANA MELARA

Children’s Home Society
Representative of Program Under Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Washington Counties

JOHANNA PLUMBER

Blountstown Drugs
Private Sector Member
Calhoun County

NEAL REEVES

Country Cabinets
Private Sector Member
Holmes County

RENAE ROUNTREE

Washington County Public Library
Washington County

REVEREND PARNELL SMITH, SR.

New Bethel Baptist Church
Faith-based Child Care Provider Representative
Bay County

HONORABLE GUY TUNNELL

Bay County Commissioner, District 4
County Commissioner/Bay County Commissioner’s Appointee
Bay County

RICHARD WILLIAMS

Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board, Executive Director
Regional Workforce Board Executive Director
Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties

Interested in board membership?  We have vacancies!

 

Board Vacancies

Gulf County: Private Sector – 1 position
Franklin County: Private Sector – 1 position
Faith Based Child Care Provider –  1 position

Interested persons can contact Suzan Gage at 850-693-0808 or email suzan.gage@elcnwf.org to get more information. If you are ready to complete an application today, use the link below.