Association Leadership

The Region 9 Head Start Association Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of 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 ext. 101 or email



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

Tiffany Alston, Vice Chair
Sunrise Children’s Foundation

Larry Campbell, Treasurer

Bill Donaldson, Secretary
Mindful Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Denyse Cardoza, Ex-Officio



Natalie Alvarez
Greater Phoenix Urban League Head Start

Rosaisela Banuelos
City of Phoenix Head Start

Amy Corriveau
First Things First

Alicia Medina Dockens
Child Crisis Arizona

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

Glenda Herman
Maricopa County Early Education Division


Rosalba Barragan
Neighborhood House Association

Damon Carson
Neighborhood House Association

Denise Lee
Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) Head Start/Early Head Start

Mattie Mendez
Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Inc.

Wassy Tesfa
Pacific Clinics Head Start/Early Head Start

Colleen Versteeg
Orange County Head Start


Stacy Brown
Family Support Services of West Hawaii

Ben Naki
Parents and Children Together HS/EHS Oahu

Cedrick Ondra
Family Support Services of West Hawaii

Silvia Sharrar
Parents and Children Together HS/EHS Oahu

Suzie Uyeda
Honolulu Community Action Program


Tiffany Alston
Sunrise Children’s Foundation

Cassie Calstrom
Little People Head Start

Lori Cox
Head Start/Early Head Start of Northeastern Nevada

Tameka Henry
Acelero Clark County Head Start

Jennifer Thornton
University of Nevada Reno, Early Head Start

Rory Sipp
Acelero Clark County Head Start


Larry Campbell

Bill Donaldson
Mindful Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Yvette Sanchez-Fuentes

Dave Scahill
The Discovery Source


The Region 9 Head Start Association’s Board of Directors at the 2019 Family Engagement and Cultural Effectiveness Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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