Governing Board Members
Amanda Haboush-Deloye, PhD
Amanda Haboush-Deloye earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Amanda’s research background is on mental health in adolescent, adult, and older adult populations. As a researcher at the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, she has designed and implemented many research projects regarding children’s physical health, mental health, and early childhood education. Amanda is excited to be a part of NevAEYC as all children deserve a strong start in life which includes access to quality early childhood education. Being a Las Vegas native, Amanda aims to remain in this city to help create a healthy community where families and children are a priority.
VP of Public Policy
LeAn Shelton has served the board on and off for many years and is currently assisting to increase activities for the early childhood community members in Northwestern Nevada. LeAn has a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development & Family Studies and has worked in the field professionally for over twenty-four years in a variety of capacities. LeAn is a Developmental Specialist and a Nevada Registry Certified Trainer for the ECE community. She enjoys collaborating with a variety of ECE local and state committees and contracts to support privately-owned facilities. LeAn currently works as the Early Head Start Family & Community Partnership Coordinator at the College of Education with the Child and Family Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. She dedicates herself to being a strong advocate for Nevada children and families in as many areas of need as possible.
My journey in the world of Early Child Education began 15 years ago when my daughter entered a co-op preschool program in California. I volunteered in the center and loved it. When my family moved to Nevada I opened my own in home child care business which I operated for three years before going to work at a center. I have many years of experience in working for rural preschool programs. I was the director of Early Adventures Academy in Lovelock, for 3 years, until my owner sold the program. I have spent the last 10 years as the Assistant Director of Zoo’n Around Preschool in Fernley. I have attended both TMCC and Great Basin College, through TEACH, in pursuit of my Early Child Education degree. My current center is a QRIS quality rated center and I have recently taken on the responsibility of being our internal coach. I decided to join the NEVAEYC board to help more people, especially in the rural area further understand the importance of Early Childhood Education. To me it is where we as caregivers truly influence young children in obtaining a love and passion for learning.
Brianna Jordan Cambra
VP of Communications & Technology
Member at Large – Conference Chair
VP of Education Development
Dr. Jenna Weglarz-Ward is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has been involved in early childhood education and special education for 20 years including positions in early intervention, child care, therapeutic recreation, and early literacy. In addition to teaching professional preparation courses, her research focuses on professional collaboration, family practices, and the integration of research, policy, and practice. She is an active member of Nevada’s Part C Interagency Coordinating Council, Council for Exceptional Children, and a National Center for Pyramid Innovations Fellow. She is also the mother of four playful children ranging in age from 6 to 20 years old. Originally from the Midwest, her family enjoys hiking, swimming, and cooking together.
Member at Large – Board Development Chair
Mary Regan grew up in Bloomington, MN with her parents and one older sister. She discovered a passion and talent for teaching when her mom asked her to be the assistant in her after-school cooking classes. Mary obtained her B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks in the spring of 2001 and in the fall of 2004 she moved to Las Vegas and obtained her Masters degree in Educational Leadership in the spring of 2007. Mary has previously served as a center director of a childcare center and as a principal at a preschool. Currently Mary is the Child Care Resource & Referral Manager with the Early Childhood Connection at the Las Vegas Urban League. Mary also serves as the Finance Chair for the Southern NV Chapter of NevAEYC.
Member at Large – Reno Chapter Representative
Member at Large – Southern Nevada Chapter Representative
Member at Large-Rural Representative
T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Committee Chair
Jencie Davies is currently a program coordinator with The Children’s Cabinet in Reno working primarily with the Nevada Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI). She previously served as the Public Policy chair and Member at Large for the Reno Chapter. Jencie earned a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Families Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno and holds over ten years of diverse experience working in the field of early childhood education. She is looking forward to the work ahead and to advocating for all components of a high quality early education system.
Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council Liaison
Supervisor for Creative Kids Learning Center in Southern Nevada, where she has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 25 years as a teacher, administrator, supervisor and trainer. Carrie is currently the Provider Representative on the State of Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council (NECAC) and The Co-chair of the Childcare Advisory Committee. Carrie currently serves on the NevAEYC Board as the NECAC Liaison. She is an active member of the NevAEYC Public Policy Committee and a passionate advocate for Nevada’s children and families. Carrie is proud to be a “Native Nevadan” and lives in the city of Henderson with her husband of 27 years Danny, their two sons Jordan and Logan, and their dog Kira. Carrie and her family enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, football, bowling, the UNLV Runnin’ Rebel’s, and the Boston Red Sox.