Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast



Board Members

Executive Committee (6 Members)

Beth Brant (Gubernatorial Appointee, Private Sector)

Don Edwards (Private Sector)

Louis Svehla (Walton County Commissioner Appointee)

Ray Sansom (Private Sector)

Beverly Sandlin (College President Appointee)

Michele Burns (Workforce Board of Okaloosa and Walton)

Board Members (17 Total Members)

Memberships Established by Agency Affiliation-Position, and County(s) (10)

DCF District Administrator Appointee (O & W)
Angela Strumeyer

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
Louis Svehla, Public Info. Manager

Head Start Director (O)
Debra Riley-Broadnax, Director

Private Child Care Provider (O)
Anthony McKinney, Childcare Network 268, Director/Owner

NWF State College President Appointee (O & W)
Beverly Sandlin, Dir. Teacher Educ.

Agency Serving Children with Disabilities (O & W)
John Roper, The Arc of the Emerald Coast’s CEO 

County Health Department Representative (O)
Amanda Colwell, Community Health Improvement Section Chief

Faith-Based Child Care Provider (W)
Rachel Smythe, The Preschool at Port Washington, Director

Private Sector Members (Walton – 1, Okaloosa – 6, 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)

Scot B. Copeland, Esq.
Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, P. A. (W)

Amanda Negron
HSU Foundation (O)

Darrell Taylor
Gulf Coast Electric (O) 

Open Board Positions: 

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