True leaders don’t create followers… they create more leaders.
The Valley of the Sun GOVERNING BOARD
CHAIR Claire Schonaerts Ph.D. taught 35 years in the PreK-12 school setting and served in the area of school administration before teaching in higher education. Claire is an associate clinical professor at Northern Arizona University supporting pre-service teachers in knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions. Claire is a contributing author of the Sage Guide to Educational Leadership and Management and Social Justice Instruction (Springer Publication). She recently presented at the International Conference of Education and New Developments (June 2016) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
PAST PRESIDENT Andrea Benkel M.Ed. is Director of Early Childhood Education at Summit School. Andrea has over twenty years of experience teaching in preschool, kindergarten and Gymboree Play/Music/Art classes. Under her leadership Summit has received its third national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC.
VICE CHAIR Mary Ann Biermeier M.Ed. is Director of Professional Development and the INSPIRE Early Childhood Leadership Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool. She is also an academic teaching associate with ASU’s Fulton Teachers College. She brings her passion for technology and teaching with over 17 years as an early childhood educator 20 years in software design and development.
TREASURER Keri Campbell oversees all of the After-School and Camp co-curricular programs, Elementary Sports programs for Great Hearts Academy. Keri has served as a Regional Manager for Children’s Learning Adventure, a Center Director, District Manager, Region Vice President and Vice President for Knowledge Universe, and an Operations Manager for Rainbow Preschools.
SECRETARY Gayle Green has been instrumental in helping her school gain accreditation and re-accreditation. Having experience with physical and digital documentation for this process, she brings her talents as a source of support for programs seeking accreditation.
MEMBER At LARGE Veronica Perrone M.Ed. is an Alesi Group Consultant and works with The Kindergarten Project – Arizona, offering professional development opportunities specific to kindergarten. Veronica has taught Preschool, Head Start, Kindergarten and 2nd Grade for the Washington Elementary School District for 14 school years. She is also adjunct faculty with Rio Salado Community College.
MEMBER At LARGE – Andrea Dunlap is the Regional Manager for Lakeshore Learning®. Lakeshore Learning Materials specializes in classroom and instructional aids for children through 6th grade. Among its many products, Lakeshore Learning® offers educational software for language and literacy, science & mathematics.
MEMBER At LARGE – Lisa Cobb is the Regional Coordinator for AZ PBS a division of ASU. She administrators of the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and First Things First College scholarships. She has over 30 years in the field of early care and education. Former administrator, consultant and state director for First Children’s Finance. She is a Global Leader for Early Childhood representing the U.S. with the Child Care Information Exchange Magazine represented at the World forum on Early Care and Education.
MEMBER At LARGE – Sherreis Moreland recently completed a four year term on the First Things First Regional Council advocating and support high quality Early Childhood programs. She shares her passion for quality and inclusive environments for young children. In fact, she recently conducted a workshop on Anti-bias education in Early Childhood programs at Maricopa Community Colleges Annual Diversity Conference.
MEMBER At LARGE – Debra Peil is the West Valley Regional Manager, Great Hearts, Co-Curricular Athenaeum. Debra has over 30 years experience in Early Childhood providing ECE leadership as a Regional VP, District Manager, Center Director, and Quality Educational Specialist with Children’s World Learning Centers. Debra has managed an accredited a NAEYC center, as well as, mentored Directors in the accreditation process in various states. During her ECE experience, Debra has been a NAEYC validator, and a presenter at NAEYC conferences in Atlanta, Anaheim, and Toronto, Canada.