Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast



Board Members

Executive Committee (6 Members)

Beth Brant (Gubernatorial Appointee, Private Sector)

Don Edwards (Private Sector)

Shea Boykin (Private Sector)

Ray Sansom (Private Sector)

Michele Burns (Workforce Board of Okaloosa and Walton)


Board Members (16 Total Members)

Memberships Established by Agency Affiliation-Position, and County(s) (9)

DCF District Administrator Appointee (O & W)
Bambi Sealy

Workforce Development Board Director (O & W)
Michele Burns, Exec. Director

Walton County School Superintendent Appointee
Pam Jones, Principal and VPK Administrator

Walton County Commissioner Appointee
Caroline Durkee

Head Start Director (W)
Kim Gillis

Private Child Care Provider (O)
Kristen Murdy, Kids Discovery Quality Learning Center, Director of Operations

NWF State College President Appointee (O & W)
To be named at a later date

Agency Serving Children with Disabilities (O & W)
To be named at a later date

County Health Department Representative (O)
Amanda Colwell, Assistant Director

Faith-Based Child Care Provider (O)
Kathy Curry, Trinity United Methodist Preschool, Director

DCF Regional Administrator Delegate (O & W)
Melissa Sidoti

Private Sector Members (Walton – 1, Okaloosa – 7, Total = 7 Private Sector)

Beth Brant (Gubernatorial Appointee)
Poly, Inc. (O)

Ray Sansom
Rader Group (O)

Don Edwards
Renasant Bank (O)

Caroline Fitzgerald (Gubernatorial Appointee)
Office of  M. Lunderman, MDPA (O)

Amanda Negron
HSU Foundation (O)

Shea Boykin
Okaloosa County Teachers Federal Credit Union (O)

Shawn Nickel
NWF Health Network (O & W)

Open Board Positions

  • Governor Appointee
  • Representative of Program under Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Private Sector Business

Private Sector Gubernatorial Nominee

Ch. 1002.83 (11) Each early learning coalition shall establish terms for all appointed members of the coalition. The terms must be staggered and must be a uniform length that does not exceed 4 years per term. Coalition chairs shall be appointed for 4 years pursuant to s. 20.052. Appointed members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. When a vacancy occurs in an appointed position, the coalition must advertise the vacancy.

ELC-EC Board of Directors Application