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Executive Committee

Eve DelReal President

Eve Del Real

Maricopa County Head Start

Eve Del Real serves as the AZHSA President and the Assistant Director of the Early Education Division with Maricopa County. She possesses over 20 years of experience working with underserved populations and in early childhood education in various capacities. She holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Administration and is pursing her Doctoral studies in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.

Eve has been recognized numerous times by elected officials for the work she has done to improve the lives of children and communities, which included acknowledgment by the California State Assembly as Woman of Action for 2010. In 2014, Eve led the implementation of the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership for Maricopa County which garnered national recognition. She is an advocate for early education and social programs that support high quality services for all children and families.
 

Patricia Kirkland Vice President

Patricia Kirkland

City of Phoenix

Patricia Kirkland is the Deputy Human Services Director for the Education Division, where she oversees the Head Start Birth to Five Program. In her role, she is responsible for providing programmatic and budgetary oversight for an annual $40 million budget, 150 City of Phoenix staff, and ten educational providers who offer educational services for 3,451 children. Patricia has 25 years of experience in early childhood, including a teacher for Head Start and Special Education Preschool, an Early Childhood Administrator for a local school district, a college professor, and eight years with the Head Start Birth to Five Program. Patricia has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, a Master's degree in Education Leadership from the Northern Arizona University, and holds a current Principal's certification with the Arizona Department of Education. Currently, Patricia was seated as the Vice President of the Arizona Head Start Association in August 2021 and seated on the Region 9 Head Start Association Governing Board in October 2021. Through participation on these boards, Patricia hopes to learn more about Head Start through a state and regional lens and help impact positive change for state and regional grantees. Patricia is married with two grown children and four grandchildren.
 

Jennifer Robinson Secretary

Jennifer Robinson

Northern AZ Council of Governments

Shandeen Gomez Treasurer

Shandeen Gomez

Urban Strategies

Disabilities & Mental Health Committee

Ana Herron-Valenzuela Chair

Ana Herron-Valenzuela

City of Phoenix Head Start

Ana is the Chair of the Disabilities & Mental Health Committee and represents the City of Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five Program; she is the preschool Inclusion Specialist. Her duties include ensuring programming meets the 10 percent enrollment requirement, providing education on the Child Find process, developmental delays, and disabilities to staff and parents, as well as supporting staff with individualization and additional supports in the classroom. Before this position, Ana was an Elementary Special Education Teacher in central Phoenix for five years, an AzEIP Service Coordinator and Program Supervisor, and a Program Director for an early childhood home visitation program. Ana's career is centered around empowering parents to see themselves as their child's first teacher and strongest advocate.

Ana's purpose with the AZHSA Disabilities & Mental Health Committee is to unify specialists across the state, promote awareness of Head Start for all children, including those with identified delays and disabilities, and to promote effective and appropriate inclusionary practices, to close the learning gap between typically developing children and children with identified special needs


 
Rosemary Sigala Vice-Chair

Rosemary Sigala

City of Phoenix Head Start

Rosemary Sigala is a Behavior Support Supervisor with the City of Phoenix Birth to Five Program. Rosemary earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from ASU in 2006 and is a licensed social worker through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Rosemary began her career with the City of Phoenix in 2001 with the Head Start program as a CW I. She has been in various positions throughout her career, serving children and families. In 2010, Rosemary returned to the Birth to Five program, and this was when she developed a passion for meeting the social and emotional needs of children. Rosemary was promoted to Behavior Support Supervisor in July 2021 and is excited about the work she is doing with her team to support children, families, and instructional staff.


 

Early Childhood Development Committee

Alexis Horne Chair

Alexis Horne

Maricopa County

Alexis has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with Head Start for 10 years in different roles starting as EHS teacher, family support, coach, and is currently a supervisor.

Alexis has been the chair of the ECD committee since 2020. Her purpose is to strengthen the collaboration within the State among grantees and to continue the important work of increasing the awareness and effectiveness of Early Childhood.


 
Leo Lundholm Vice-Chair

Leo Lundholm

Child Parent Centers

Leonor Moreno Lundholm (Leo) Director of Education for Child-Parent Centers Inc., a Head Start grantee serving Southeastern Arizona. Leo is passionate about providing equitable, high-quality education for children. As Education Director, she oversees Head Start and Early Head Start program operations and regulatory functions. Ensuring the agency's program planning and improvement, strategic planning, educational technology, instructional and curriculum design are aligned with Head Start Protocols and the Reggio Emilia philosophical context. In addition to her work with Head Start, Leo volunteers her time to support ECE, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.


 

Integrated Health & Safety Committee

  Chair

OPEN


 
Marcia Archer Vice-Chair

Marcia Archer

Northern AZ Council of Governments (NACOG) Head Start

Parent, Family and Community Engagement Committee

  Chair

OPEN


 
Cinthia Moreno Vice-Chair

Cinthia Moreno

Western AZ Council of Governments (WACOG)

Cinthia Moreno - Family Community Engagement Specialist including ERSEA with WACOG Head Start. I have been in this position for only 2 years; however, I have been involved in Head Start for a long time as I am a former Head Start parent. I was the policy council's chairperson during my time as a Head Start parent. I currently hold a Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW), and I am an MSW Candidate (May 2022).

I have over 7 years of experience in the social work profession in mental health crisis intervention, medical social work (home health and hospice), child welfare, and community engagement. I have over 3 years of training and management experience.

I joined the PFCE Subcommittee in February 2021 as the co-chair and then got promoted to the interim chairperson. In February of 2022, I am back in my co-chair position. I have enjoyed my participation with this subcommittee and with the recruitment group.

I am looking forward to working with great colleagues doing fantastic work to bring Head Start services to our neediest families across Arizona.