Each member of the council is appointed by the Mississippi governor, who is committed to identifying state leaders in early childhood, from providers to agency heads.

To ensure an equitable distribution of SECAC members across the field of early childhood, the legislature passed specific membership requirements in Senate Bill No. 2395. This bill requires the governor to appoint the following members to the SECAC:

  • A representative of the Mississippi Department of Human Services;
  • A representative of the Mississippi Department of Education;
  • A representative of local educational agencies;
  • A representative of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Education;
  • A representative of local providers of early childhood education and care services from each congressional district;
  • A representative from Head Start agencies located in the state, including Indian Head Start programs and migrant and seasonal Head Start programs as available;
  • The state director of Head Start Collaboration;
  • The Part C Coordinator and/or the Section 619 Coordinator of programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USC 1419, 1431 et seq.);
  • A representative of the Mississippi State Department of Health;
  • A representative of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health; and
  • Representatives of other entities deemed relevant by the governor.

 

Current Members (2016-2017)

Member Name Title Agency/Organization
Ms. Vickey Berryman Director of Licensure Mississippi State Department of Health
Mr. Ricky Boggan Deputy Director Mississippi Public Health Institute
Dr. Mary Currier State Health Officer Mississippi State Department of Health
Ms. Margarette Davenport Center Director Clay County Day Care
Dr. David Chandler Executive Director Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services
Mr. John Davis Executive Director Mississippi Department of Human Services
Dr. David Dzielak Executive Director Mississippi Division of Medicaid
Mr. Johnny Franklin Member Mississippi Department of Education Board, Charter Authorizing Board
Ms. Brittany Herrington 619 Early Childhood Coordinator Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Special Education
Ms. Juanita Johnson PreK Teacher Jackson Public School District
Rochelle Johnson Director and Owner Divine Preschool
Mr. Ed Langton Chairman and CEO Grand Bank
Ms. April May Executive Director Mississippi Building Blocks
Ms. Eloise McClinton Executive Director ICS Head Start
Ms. Jennifer McNeal Director and Teacher HOB Child Development Center
Ms. Patti Marshall Assistant Attorney General Office of the Attorney General
Ms. Lora Mederos Executive Director Hancock County Human R&R Agency
Ms. Diana Mikula Executive Director Mississippi Department of Mental Health
Dr. Mimmo Parisi Professor and Executive Director National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, Mississippi State University
Dr. Robin Parker District Director & Interim Assistant CTE Dean Hinds Community College-Integrated Pathways
Ms. Sandra Parks Director Mississippi Department of Mental Health/Division of Children and Youth Services
Ms. Tina Routh Director of Early Childhood Education MS Band of Choctaw Indians (HS/EHS)
Dr. Laurie Smith Education Policy Advisor and
Executive Director of SECAC
Office of the Governor
Ms. Holly Spivey Director Mississippi Head Start Collaboration Office, Office of the Governor
Ms. Jennie Sturgis Director (retired) Noah’s Ark Daycare
Ms. Nita Norphlet-Thompson Executive Director MS Head Start Association
Ms. Carolyn Willis Associate Vice President Delta Health Alliance
Ms. Mary Wilson Teacher, Director, and Owner Little Lamb 1
Dr. Carey Wright State Superintendent of Education Mississippi Department of Education