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Council Membership

​​​​​The Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council (Council) consists of approximately 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 may serve more than one term.  Membership applications are kept on file and reviewed each spring to fill open vacancies. For more information, contact us at OCChildCareCouncil@ocde.us.  ​​​​​​​​

​The state statute provides guidelines for the composition of the LPC membership and how appointments are made. The statute specifically requires that every effort should be made by the appointing agencies to assure that the ethnic, racial, and geographic composition of the LPC is reflective of the population of the county. Members shall be appointed from each of the five following categories of representation:

  1. 20 percent consumers, defined as a parent or person who receives, or who has received within the past 36 months, child care services.
  2. 20 percent child care providers, defined as a person who provides child care services or represents persons who provide child care services.
  3. 20 percent public agency representatives, defined as a person who represents a city, county, city and county, or local education agency.
  4. 20 percent community representatives, defined as a person who represents an agency or business that provides private funding for 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 represent an agency that contracts with the CDE to provide child care and development services.
  5. The remaining percent (20%) are discretionary, appointed from any of the above categories or outside of these categories at the discretion of the appointing agencies.

Membership 


Tiffany Alva
First 5 OC, Children & Families Commission 
Public Agency Representative

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

Member, Workforce Development 
Jane Avila
YMCA Orange County
Discretionary Representative
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 

Co-Chair, Civic Engagement
Member, Workforce Development 
Hailey Ayala
Children's Home Society/Resource & Referral
Community Representative
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 Preschool Director
Discretionary Representative

Member, Workforce Development
California State University, Fullerton
Public Agency Representative
Silly Little Genius
Child Care Provider Representative
Julie DeLorenzo
Irvine Unified School District
Consumer Representative

Member, Membership Committee
Maureen Fitzpatrick
Retired Early Childhood Educator
Discretionary Representative

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


Superintendent of Schools Liaison
Member, Steering Committee
Fritzi Gragg
Discretionary Representative

Council Chair
Member, Steering Committee
Nadhira Hathotuwegama
Little Scholars Academy of CA
Consumer Representative

Member, Workforce Development
​​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, 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
Maria Michea
Family Child Care Owner
Child Care Provider Representative
Misael Hernandez
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


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

Member, Workforce Development
Member, Inclusion Collaborative
​​Amanda Selogie
Inclusion Education Project
Discretionary Representative

Member, Inclusion Collaborative

Lisa Stambolis
Families Forward
Community Representative

Member, ​Workforce Development

Traci Stubbler
The City of Irvine
Consumer Representative

Council Parliamentarian
Co-Chair, Inclusion Collaborative
Member, Steering Committee
Sarah Shawesh
OCAEYC
Discretionary Representative
​​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​
Ajah White​
Parent
Consumer Representative


Council Staff:​​

Melissa Wheelahan, LPC Coordinator

Lisa Edwards, LPC Administrative Assistant​