List of Members

Sherry M. Cleary, Co-Chair

New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute - Executive Director
http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/
Sherry M. Cleary is the Executive Director of the New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, housed at the City University of New York. Ms. Cleary has worked in the field of early childhood education as a classroom teacher, a program administrator, and as both a faculty member and higher education administrator for more than 35 years. She is the founder of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Currently, she serves as President of the New York State Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NYSAECTE) and on the Board of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

Patricia E. Persell, Co-Chair

New York State Head Start Collaboration Office - Collaboration Director
http://www.ccf.ny.gov/HS/index.cfm
Patricia E. Persell is New York State Head Start Collaboration Director, working to ensure that Head Start is included in state programs and policies. She began her career as a nursery school teacher, worked as Education Coordinator for Albany County Head Start and then served as Director of the Bank Street Head Start in New York City. A longtime La Leche League Leader volunteer, she also serves on the Obesity Prevention in Child Care Partnership, a state level steering committee.