Governing Board Members
Michael Maxwell, Ed.D
Dr. Michael Maxwell is the President-Elect; joining the Board was a natural fit for a career that has been dedicated to young children. Dr. Maxwell is the Director of the Las Vegas Urban League’s Early Childhood Connection, delivering Child Care Subsidy and Resource & Referral services for southern Nevada. He is also Senior Vice-President for Agency Innovation at the Las Vegas Urban League. He started his career as a Title-1 PreK teacher and spent 11 years teaching Preschool and Elementary classes before becoming a Middle School Assistant Principal at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. He is married with three children.
Kimberly Regan, Ed.D.
Kimberly Regan, Ed.D. has served 17 years as the Executive Director for Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School, the first K-8 charter school in Nevada. Kimberly serves as the longest running charter school administrator in Nevada. She opened Sierra Nevada Achievers for Community Services, a partner non-profit entity, which operates the NAEYC accredited SNACS Preschool. Kimberly is the owner of PLAY Technologies in Education, which is a hub for a patent-pending technology infrastructure designed to promote play and accountability in education. She serves on Governor Sandoval’s P-20 Council and reports to the Early Childhood Advisory Council. Kimberly enjoys public policy work, designing educational models, and flipping classrooms using a systems thinking approach. She promotes learning through play and providing opportunities for choice in education supporting metacognition and executive functioning. She serves as the NevAEYC President and loves leading Nevada and participating in national dialogue to increase the capacity of early childhood education. Kimberly loves running, horse-back riding, camping, boating, sports, performing, and time spent with her family.
Calena earned a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 15 years and is currently the Training and Disability Coordinator for The University of Nevada, Reno Early Head Start. Calena has served as the Accreditation chair, Treasure elect, and now the Treasurer for NevAEYC. As a Co-Chair for the 2016 NevAEYC Conference, Calena is looking forward to a well-attended professional development opportunity for our community of Early Childhood educators.
VP of Communications & Technology
Eric is an early childhood and special educator with over 8 years of experience in the Clark County School District (CCSD). As an Early Childhood Special Education Instructional Interventionist, he is responsible for supporting teachers and students in their classrooms as a representative of CCSD’s Student Services Division (SSD). As an instructional coach and strategist, Eric also designs and implements professional development opportunities for new and veteran teachers at the school and district level. Eric is an alumni of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has recently completed his second Master’s degree in the area of School Leadership & Administration at Sierra Nevada College. Eric is serving his second term with the NevAEYC board as the VP of Communications & Technology.
VP of Membership
Kaia Bartling, is the Program Coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. She earned her Bachelors in Professional Child Development at the University of Wyoming. Born and raised in a small town in Wyoming, Kaia learned early on that she loved working with children and wanted to help make a difference. Kaia moved to Reno in 2013 and now devotes her time toward early childhood experiences for Nevada’s children. Being on the board of NevAEYC will allow her to help teach the community about NevAEYC and it’s great resources!
Amanda Haboush-Deloye, PhD
VP Public Policy
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 was is very 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.
Maryssa Kucskar, PhD
Member at Large – Nomination Chair
Maryssa Kucskar has a P.hD. in Special Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has previously taught students in inclusive and self contained classrooms at the early childhood and elementary levels. She brings experience working as a doctoral student intern with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in Washington, DC. Her current research interests are centered around Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Education, children with Autism, social skills interventions, and inclusive school practices.
VP of Education Development
Dr. Jenna Weglarz-Ward is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies 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 other early childhood initiatives across the country. 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 – Development Chair
Member at Large – Conference Chair-Elect
Jennifer McCann has over ten years of experience working in the early childhood field. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), Provisional. She is currently a Program Coordinator for The Children’s Cabinet. Some of her roles include coaching child care provides that are going through the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and supervising a team of early childhood teachers that substitute in licensed child care centers and family child cares. Being on the NevAEYC board will give me a better opportunity to support the work of NAEYC to improve program quality.
Member At Large – Conference 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. For the past two years, Mary was the center director for Kids First, a locally owned childcare center on the east side of town that serves children birth to 12 years old. This summer she joined the Nobel Learning Communities team of schools as the principal of the Merryhill Preschool in Summerlin. She is a NV Registry trainer and has recently completing the SIDS train the trainer course in order to expand the trainings she can provide. Mary has presented at local, state, & regional conferences including the NevAEYC state conference & the 4-H Western Regional Leadership Forum.
Member at Large – RAEYC Representative
LeAn Shelton been serving on the RAEYC board on and off for several years. She is currently serving as the Vice-President of RAEYC, the liaison to NevAEYC, is on the T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Board, and a participating member of the Child Care Advisory Committee. LeAn also is a Nevada Registry Certified Trainer for the ECE community and enjoys contracting and collaborating with a variety of ECE local and state committees. LeAn has a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development & Family Studies and has worked in the field professionally for over twenty years in a variety of capacities. LeAn currently works as the Early Head Start Family & Community Partnership Coordinator at the College of Education & 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.
Member at Large – SNAEYC Representative
Keana Sullivan served as treasurer for the Southern Region (SNAEYC) for over 6 years and is currently the president of the organization. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995 and currently, she is the Director of Nellis Child Development Center I&2 on Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. Her educational background includes an AA in ECE, BS in Educational Leadership, and a Master’s degree in Human Relations. Keana has truly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the ECE community in southern Nevada.
Member at Large-Rural Representative
Sarah has worked in the Early Childhood field for 20 years with children aged newborn-6 years. Sarah followed her dream of being a teacher by completing a Bachelor’s Degree in ECE/HDFS at the University of Nevada, Reno, which allowed her to teach children from newborn-second grade. While teaching Kindergarten, Sarah obtained a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. Currently, Sarah is a program coordinator for The Children’s Cabinet-Elko. Her job responsibilities include QRIS coaching, HIPPY program coordinator, ECE trainer and Resource & Referral. Sarah’s goal is to support Child Care Centers in rural/frontier areas to provide high quality care and education. Sarah lives in Elko with Scott, her husband of 12 years, 2 beautiful daughters, Zoë (7) & Hollie (3), her 2 dogs and 1 fish. She loves the outdoors, the Atlanta Braves and spending time with family and friends. Sarah enjoys serving on the NevAEYC board to ensure that rural counties have a voice!
T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Board Chair
Kayelynn just finished her two year term on the NevAEYC board as VP of Educational Development and is currently the new President of the RAEYC board. For her full time job, Kayelynn is a Program Coordinator with The Children’s Cabinet, where she has worked for the past 10 years. She has a Master’s degree in Education and is currently working on her doctoral degree in Education, focusing on Organizational Leadership. Kayelynn is happily married with two children. She enjoys working with early childhood professionals and helping ensure that professional development is occurring regularly for them in our state.
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.