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Council Membership

​​The Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council (Council) consists of 40 members appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Superintendent of Schools.  Council members serve a two-year term and can serve more than once.  New members are recruited each spring to fill any vacancies.  Contact Susan Shepardson at sshepardson@ocde.us with any questions. 

Membership Categories

Members are placed in various categories described below:

  • Child Care Provider:  A person who provides child care services or represents a person who provides child care services.
  • Consumer:  A parent or person who receives, or has received child care services within the past 36 months.
  • Public Agency Representative:  A person who represents a city, the county, or a local educational agency.
  • Community Representative:  A person who represents an agency or business that provides private funding or child care services, or who advocates for child care services through participation in civic or community-based organizations but is not a child care provider and does not contract with the California Department of Education for child care and development services.
  • Discretionary:  A person who is appointed at the discretion of Orange County Board of Supervisors and Orange County Superintendent of Schools. 

Membership for 2021-2022

​​Tiffany Alva​​
First 5 O​C, Children & Families Commission
Public Agency Representative

Member, Steering Committee
Co-Chair, Membership Committee
Co-Chair, Emergency Child Care Task Force
Janet Anderson-Deusenberry
Holy Family Catholic Preschool
Child Care Provider Representative

Member, Workforce Development 
Penny Andrews
Brea Olinda Unified School District
Consumer Representative

Member, Workforce Development 
Sandy Avzaradel
Charitable Ventures/Early Childhood OC
Community Representative

Member, Workforce Development
Member, Emergency Child Care Task Force
Scott Ayres
Spectrum Montessori
Child Care Provider Representative

Member, Emergency Child Care Task Force
​Kamica Barnes
Orange County Department of Education
Public Agency Representative

Member, Inclusion Collaborative

Dolores Barrett
Community Action Partnership of OC
Community Representative

Member, Strategic Planning & Evaluation
​Chris Becerra
Chris Becerra Consulting
Consumer Representative

Second Vice-Chair
Member, Membership Committee
Member, Steering Committee
Sue Bierlich
Retired Nature Preschool Director
Discretionary Representative

Member, Workforce Development
Seon Chun-Burbank
Vanguard University of Southern CA
Discretionary Representative

Member, Strategic Planning & Evaluation

Julie DeLorenzo
Irvine Unified School District
Consumer Representative

Member, Membership Committee
​Wendi Evans
The LGBTQ Center of OC
Community Representative

Member, Inclusion Collaborative

Maureen Fitzpatrick
Retired Professor
Discretionary Representative

Co-Chair, Strategic Planning & Evaluation
Member, Steering Committee
Dr. Elida Garcia
Orange County Department of Education
Public Agency Representative

Superintendent of Schools Liaison
Member, Steering Committee
Fritzi Gragg
Catalyst Family, Inc.
Child Care Provider

Council Chair
Co-Chair, Emergency Child Care Task Force
Member, Steering Committee
Nadhira Hathotuwegama
Little Scholars Academy of CA
Consumer Representative

Member, 
Darcie Kass
A Child's Place Learning Center
Child Care Provider Representative

Co-Chair, Inclusion Collaborative
Jenn Kinkel
Fullerton College
Discretionary Representative

Co-Chair, Workforce Development

Kathleen Leary
Newport Mesa Unified School District
Public Agency Representative

Member, Workforce Development
Janneth Linnell
Rancho Santiago Community College District
Child Care Provider Representative

Member, Workforce Development

​​Lee Lombardo
YMCA Community Services of OC
Community Representative

Member, Inclusion Collaborative
Yessika Magdaleno
Little Flowers Family Child Care
Child Care Provider Representative

Member, Workforce Development

​​Bertha Manzanares
Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing
Public Agency Representative

Member, Emergency Child Care Task Force
Member, Inclusion Collaborative
Kathleen McFarlin
Regional Center of OC
Community Representative

Member, Inclusion Collaborative
​​Diane Montano
California State PTA
Discretionary Representative

Member, Strategic Planning & Evaluation
Bryan Nguyen
Parent/Consumer
Consumer Representative

Member, Strategic Planning & Evaluation

​​Amber Nowak
County of Orange, Social Services Agency
Public Agency Representative

Board of Supervisors Liaison
Member, Strategic Planning & Evaluation
Valerie Padilla
Orange County Head Start
Community Representative

Council Vice-Chair
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning & Evaluation
Member, Steering Committee
Deanna Parga
Help Me Grow
Consumer Representative

Co-Chair, Membership Committee
Member, Steering Committee
Member, Inclusion Collaborative
Megan Pritchard
Parent, Consumer
Consumer Representative

Member, Workforce Development
Member, Emergency Child Care Task Force

Yumi Ramirez
Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove
Child Care Provider Representative

Member, Workforce Development
Member, Inclusion Collaborative
​Lisa Sciabica
Mariners Church Preschool
Child Care Provider Representative

Member, Workforce Development

Amanda Selogie
Inclusion Education Project
Discretionary Representative

Member, Inclusion Collaborative
Lisa Stambolis
Families Forward
Community Representative

Member, 

​Traci Stubbler
The City of Irvine
Consumer Representative

Council Parliamentary
Co-Chair, Inclusion Collaborative

Member, Steering Committee

​Laura Vidal
CA Early Childhood Mentor Program
Community Representative

Co-Chair, Workforce Development
Member, Steering Committee

Scarlett vonThenen​
CA  State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Public Agency Representative​

Member, Inclusion Collaborative

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