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
Anna Villatoro currently works at the Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) as their Communications Coordinator. She focuses on developing and managing digital and multimedia content to advance the stories of the communities across the State of Nevada. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Digital Technology and Culture from Washington State University. During her college years, she was a participant of the TRIO program, a program that provides support services to low-income students and first-generation college students. It has led her to have an interest in advocating for the lives of those who have similar stories. She joins NEVAEYC to empower the next generation of educators and students.
Danielle Holmes is originally from Long Beach, California where she worked as a teacher, lead teacher, director and adjunct professor in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 15 years. Danielle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from California State University, Long Beach. In 2010, she accepted a position as Program Manager at The Children’s Cabinet in Las Vegas. Danielle is currently the Program Director for The Children’s Cabinet, where she oversees the operations and programs in Southern Nevada. She is proud and excited to serve as the new Vice President of Membership and she is looking forward to expanding membership across Nevada. Danielle lives in Las Vegas with her husband Chris, daughter Gianna, and their cat Lily. Danielle enjoys attending her daughter’s softball games (and cheering the loudest!), going to Las Vegas Aviators games, shopping, bowling, and cooking.
Member at Large – Conference Chair
Kate McNabney became a member of the NevAEYC Board in 2019. Kate works at the Children’s Advocacy Alliance as the School Readiness Policy Manager, overseeing early childhood education initiatives and efforts. Her passion for education advocacy was ignited by her work as a 2017 Teach for America Corps member in the Las Vegas Valley. As a kindergarten teacher, she witnessed the value of high quality early childhood education and realized the lack of access to high quality programs in Nevada. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Emory & Henry College and her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Kate enjoys hiking with her dog and rock climbing on the weekends.
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
corporate day care as both a lead teacher and center director. Marissa has worked for The Children’s Cabinet since February of 2016, both as a Case Manager for CHERISH for the first two years and currently as a QRIS Coach in Las Vegas. She has been a NAEYC member since 2017 and in 2019 joined both the Southern Nevada Committee and the State Board. Marissa likes to travel (especially to Lake Tahoe in the summer!) photography, and reading mystery novels.
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.