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Division of Administration
Kim Dodd Director of Legislative Affairs
Department of Children and Family Services
Brent Villemarette* Deputy Secretary of Programs
Rhenda Hodnett Director, Prevention and Protection Services, Office of Community Service
Gail Kelso Director, Child Development and Early Learning Section
Department of Education
Jenna Conway* Executive Director of Early Childhood
Louisiana Workforce Commission
David Helveston
Confidential Assistant
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Kimberly Tripeaux Acting BESE 8(g) Director
Department of Economic Development
Brenda Guess
Business Incentives Manager, LA Department of Economic Development
Department of Health and Hospitals
Amy Zapata* Director, Office of Public Health - Bureau of Family Health
Robyn Howard
Office of Behavioral Health
Susan Berry Director, Children's Special Health Services
Brenda Sharp Coordinator, Part C - EarlySteps
Governor's Office
Tiffany Simpson* Executive Director, LA Children's Cabinet
Christie Smith Executive Director, LA State Interagency Coordinating Council
Louisiana Senate
Karen Carter Peterson
State Senator
Louisiana House of Representatives
Patricia Smith State Representative
Jerry Pinsel President, National Association of Community College Teacher Preparation
Jeanne Burns Associate Commissioner for Teacher and Leadership Initiatives,  Board of Regents
Kahree Wahid Director, Head Start Collaboration Project
Sondra Myers Director, Acadia Parish Head Start
Pearlie Harris Owner, Royal Castle Child Development Center
David Corona Superintendent, West Baton Rouge Schools
Lynda Gavioli Board, Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families
Judy Harrison Executive Director, LA Children's Trust Fund
Adren Wilson National Director, Equity and Inclusion Campaign
Ashley Lucas Member, LA Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
Geoff Nagle Director, Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Brenda Swanigan* Parent Representative, BrightStart Advisory Council
Sandra Adams Grant Writer
Maureen Gallagher Diverse Delivery Coordinator
Kris Pottharst Program Coordinator
Allen Schulenberg Early Childhood Data System Project Manager
Martha South Professional Development Coordinator
Lenell Young LAPEN Coordinator
Lina Brou >Early Childhood Epidemiologist
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