Board of Directors Information and Upcoming Meetings

Board of Directors

The ELC of Seminole Board of Directors is a group of at least 15 community members whose composition is designated by Florida State Statutes. The board is made up of mandatory appointees from various agencies, private sector members, and three governor appointees (including the Board Chair). ELC of Seminole bylaws also allows three seats for community “at-large” members.


Board meetings are public and childcare providers are welcome to attend.

The Early Learning Coalition of Seminole Announces its Upcoming Meetings:


  • Planning & Program Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 1 P.M


  • Finance Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 1:00 P.M.


  • Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 1:00 P.M.


  • Executive Committee Meeting – TBD

All Board of Director and Committee meetings are open to the public and allow for public input. These hybrid meetings will be held at the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County, located at 280 Hunt Park Cove Suite 1020, Longwood, FL 32750. For more information or to request a virtual invite to the meeting, please visit the ELCS website at , or contact the Coalition at (407)-960-2460.


If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Directors with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing listed above, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. As required by Florida statute.

The Early Learning Coalition of Seminole is currently seeking volunteer candidates to fill two private-sector business member positions (appointed by the Govenor); including one chair on the Board of Directors.


The private-sector business candidate must reside in Florida and be one of the following individuals associated with a private-sector business entity conducting business in Seminole County:

  • Be an employee, manager or owner of a business entity, as defined for the purposes of this guidance that operates in the coalition’s area of responsibility.
  • An owner having at least a 10% ownership in the business entity.
  • The CEO or COO of the business entity.
  • A business executive or employee of the business entity who is at the management level or higher with optimum policymaking or hiring authority; or
  • An individual who previously met one of the criteria aforementioned but is retired from the business entity.
  • The candidate (or candidate’s relative) must not be a child-care business owner or employee.

What Can This Board Position Do for the Applicant?

Support community, add service experience to your resume, build professional relationships and help to educate the next generation of Seminole county children while boosting the local economy by employing local small business owners.

Individuals interested in applying for a Private Sector Business position can contact us at 407-960-2460.

Individuals interested in applying for a governor-appointed position can apply at

All individuals interested in any Board Membership applications please contact us at 407-960-2460.


Local Early Learning Coalitions abide by The Florida Government in the Sunshine Law, which prohibits discussion outside a duly noticed meeting between any two or more Early Learning Coalition Board members regarding any matter that may come before the Board.

Communications made or received by the Early Learning Coalition Board or staff members are considered public records that must be retained and, upon request, made available to the public and media.

Board Members

Board of Directors Membership List


Grant Knowlton

Interim Chair

Lakefront Counseling & Communications


Frank Taylor


Building Leaders for Success


Kendra Cassell




Traci Klinkbeil

Florida Department of Children and Families


Susan Mulligan

The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County


Dr. Gina Fontana

Seminole State College


Jeff Anderson

HD Realty


Laurie Pritchard

Faith-Based, Not for profit-representative

Stepping Stones Early Childhood Center


Kimberly English

For-Profit Representative

Rising Kids Academy


Cindy Metz

4C Head Start/Early Head Start


Megan Elder

First Step Therapy


Dr. Marian Cummings

Seminole County Public Schools


Earnest Alston Jr.

CareerSource Central Florida


Heidi Jones

Chase Bank


Andrea Dunkel

FDLRS Action/Orange County Public Schools


Vanessa Bouffard



Ida Lewis

Florida Department of Children and Families Central Region

Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

2023-2024 Board and Committee Meeting Schedule


All Board and Committee Meetings (except the Strategic Committee Meeting) are held at the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole Office in Longwood, Florida.

Providers are welcome to attend board meetings!

Our Partners

division of early learning / vpk


seminole county gov logo


florida prepaid college


united way logo


seminole state college

Early Learning Coalition of Seminole

280 Hunt Park Cove
Longwood, FL 32750-7567
Phone: 407-960-2460
Fax: 407-960-2489

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Fridays - Closed

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