Association Leadership

The Region 9 Head Start Association Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of the four states – Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada – and individuals seated on the boards as friends. The board meets regularly, often attached to conferences and institutes. For a specific schedule of board meetings, contact the R9HSA office at 916-259-0971 or email


Region 9 Head Start Association 2017-18 Board of Directors



Wassy Tesfa, President
Pacific Clinics Head Start/Early Head Start

Alecia Jackson, Vice-President
Maricopa County Human Services Department

Jay Lerman, Treasurer

Bill Donaldson, Secretary
Mindful Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Tameka Henry, Parliamentarian
Acelero Head Start, North Las Vegas

Denyse Cardoza, Past President
Placer Community Action Council/KidZKount


Alecia Jackson
Maricopa County Human Services Department

Kim Pollins
Booker T. Washington Child Development Center, Inc.


Denyse Cardoza
Placer Community Action Council/KidZKount

Bill Castellanos
Community Action Partnership of
San Luis Obispo County, Inc.

Damon Carson
Neighborhood House Association

Rosalba Barragan
Neighborhood House Association

Wassy Tesfa
Pacific Clinics HS/EHS


Debbi Amaral
Maui Economic Opportunity

Carla Juarez
Parents and Children Together HS/EHS Oahu

Stacy Brown
Family Support Services of West Hawaii


Tiffany Alston
Sunrise Children’s Foundation

Tameka Henry
Acelero Clark County Head Start

Rory Sipp
Acelero Clark County Head Start


Jay Lerman

Bill Donaldson
Mindful Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Dave Scahill
The Discovery Source

R9HSA Board of Directors – Strategic Planning Retreat, Phoenix AZ, May 2017


The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

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Sacramento, CA 95814



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