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Executive Committee

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Robin Wilkins,  President​

Robin Wilkins has been an Education Program Development Specialist with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), Division of Early Childhood Education for 15 years, developing policy, providing technical assistance, and serving on New Jersey’s QRIS Leadership Team.  Prior to returning to the NJDOE in 2010, Robin was the Director of Professional Development for Teaching Strategies, along with many other roles.  Robin also had the privilege of being part of the CEELO Leadership Academy in 2018.  A versatile professional with over 20 years in the field of early childhood education, Robin has worked in Head Start, community-based programs, and school district settings.

Email:  Robin.Wilkins@doe.nj.gov

Dawn Kalkman,  Vice President​

Dawn Kalkman is an Education Consultant with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start/Out-of-School Time Learning. In her current position, Dawn partners with Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) administering the state funded preschool program (Great Start Readiness Program – GSRP); monitoring and oversight of ISD budgets, policies, and programs; and is active in the Department and state-wide early childhood systems collaboration. Prior to this role, Dawn worked as an early childhood administrator for an ISD, regional manager for a Head Start agency, and preschool classroom teacher for several years. Dawn also participated in Michigan’s Education Policy Fellowship Program in 2019-20.

Email:  kalkmand@michigan.gov

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Nicole Madore, Treasurer

Nicole Madore is the Early Childhood Specialist on the Early Learning Team at the Maine Department of Education. In her current position, Nicole oversees Pre-K policy in the public setting and provides technical assistance, professional development, and additional resources for best practice to early childhood educators and administrators in the field. Prior to this role, Nicole worked as an IDEA, Part B, 619 team leader, as an itinerant special education teacher and as a regular, multi-age classroom teacher in a public school setting.

Education: 

M.Ed.: Early Childhood Education 

B.S.: Early Childhood Education

Email:  Nicole.madore@maine.gov

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​Kelli Servizzi, Secretary

Dr. Servizzi is the Director of Kindergarten Readiness at the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), serving in this position since August 2022. She has 19 years of experience in education, working previously as a developmental preschool, kindergarten, K-4 resource teacher, and 5th-6th grade intensive intervention teacher; and as an assistant professor of special education. Her first job was Director of Communications for USA Diving, managing the website, magazine, and media and public relations. Dr. Servizzi completed her bachelor’s in journalism and master’s in special education from Butler University and her master’s in educational administration and Ph.D. in elementary education, early childhood, and reading from Ball State University.

Email:  kservizzi@doe.in.gov

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Noel Kelty,  Immediate Past President​

Dr. Kelty is the Past President for the National Association for the National Association of State
Leaders in Early Education. She has served NASLEE as the Vice President and President as an
active member of NASLEE’s Executive Committee since 2018. Dr. Kelty is an Assistant Professor
of Teacher Education at Saginaw Valley State University focused on family engagement, Multi-
Tiered Systems of Support for Early Childhood, and family literacy efforts, which includes
material development and training.


Prior to this position, Dr. Kelty was the Director of Early Childhood Development and Family
Education at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Dr. Kelty also has experience
supporting the MDE as the IDEA/Part C program coordinator and the Early Literacy and Family
Engagement Consultant. Dr. Kelty has experience as a program administrator, classroom
teacher, early intervention specialist, home visitor, and consultant. Dr. Kelty completed her PhD
in 2020 in Early Childhood with a focus in Special Education from Oakland University.

Email:  nekelty@svsu.edu

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​Mandy Sorge, Executive Director

Mandy Sorge is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Leaders in Early Education (NASLEE - formerly NAECS-SDE). In this role, Mandy works directly with the NASLEE Executive Committee Officers on implementing the refined mission, vision and goals of the association, as outlined in the newly updated NASLEE Strategic Plan. Mandy also carries out the day-to-day work of the association with the support of the executive committee.

Most recently, Mandy served as a Senior Policy Analyst for Early Care and Education in the Education Division at NGA. Prior to joining NGA, she worked in training and technical assistance for the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships grants. She began her career as an early childhood educator at both Frank Porter Graham in North Carolina and Educare DC in Washington, D.C. Mandy holds a doctorate degree in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University, a master's degree in Education Policy from the George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Email:  mandy.sorge@naecs-sde.org

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​Lauren Zbyszinski, Past President

Lauren Zbyszinski currently serves as a Senior Policy Analyst focused on early childhood at The Hunt Institute. Prior to this role, Lauren served as the Texas Inter-Agency Deputy Director for Early Childhood, a collaboration between the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Family Protective Services, Texas Workforce Commission, and Texas Department Health and Human Services. There she supported collaboration among the partnering agencies, establishing priorities, coordination, and evaluation of program activities, collectively creating a comprehensive early childhood system for Texas. Lauren’s background includes a tenure at the Arizona Department of Education as the Director of Professional Learning and Sustainability for Early Childhood.  During her work in Arizona, Lauren organized all state departments to create a singular professional development track for Early Childhood Education in the state of Arizona.  Additionally, her scope of work included collaborating with internal partners, external stakeholders, and Arizona educators to support the early childhood education pipeline by establishing a K-3 Formative Assessment system in Arizona. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in business marketing, master of education, and doctor of philosophy all from Arizona State University. Her PhD is in the area of Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education, and her research included a focus on executive function and social-emotional development in the birth through kindergarten years.  Lauren also holds a law degree from Loyola University, focused on social justice reform through social-emotional learning and education.

Email: lzbyszinski@hunt-institute.org

Communications Committee 

The function of the committee is to work with the President to assure effective mechanisms for organizational communication. The committee shall advise and/or oversee the Association's electronic communication capabilities and protocols as well as traditional means of communication such as any newsletters or print communications.  

 

Membership Support Committee 

The function of the committee is to encourage active membership representing all states and territories in the respective regions, to facilitate regional communication, and to provide professional development and induction activities for new members.

Contact:  Nicole Madore

Nicole.Madore@maine.gov

Program Committee  

The Program Committee shall work with the Vice President who will be a member of this committee, to make arrangements for the annual meeting of the Association, including but not limited to site selection and program arrangements

Contact:  Noel Kelty

KeltyN@michigan.gov

Public Policy Committee  

The function of the Public Policy Committee is to address issues which are of interest and relevance to the general membership. Issues may be addressed by reviewing policies and position statements from other organizations for possible endorsement, developing position statements for the Association as recommended by the membership or Executive Committee, or other actions which would support an informed and active membership.

 

Contact: Lauren Zbyszinski

lzbyszinski@hunt-institute.org

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