Put out the welcome mat for employees who have joined the Community Action Council of Howard County in recent weeks.
The new assistant teacher at Ellicott City Head Start, Dazhane Clark, has four years’ experience in early childhood education. She was assistant director at Eco Tots, a floater at Young School, and a lead teacher at the YMCA Preschool, all in Columbia. The Baltimore resident has an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Howard Community College and is working on an online bachelor’s degree in administration from Ashford University. Ms. Clark is a certified wedding specialist who writes a food blog.
Director of Resource Development Jennifer “Jen” Grieb came to CAC with a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. She spent five years as director of marketing and fundraising at Vehicles for Change in Halethorpe and oversaw half of its operations, which included 10 employees and three consultants. For two years, she managed portfolios and revenue for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a medical publisher in Baltimore. Jen also worked in legal marketing at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago for two years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in writing and theater from McDaniel College in Westminster and a master’s degree in writing with a focus on creative nonfiction from DePaul University in Chicago.
First Presbyterian Head Start teacher Patty Johnson was born and lived her entire life in Georgia until 2013 when her husband’s job required a transfer. Patty’s experience includes teaching prekindergarten in Montgomery County, MD and in Forsyth County, GA as well as directing a preschool at Parkway Presbyterian Church in Cumming, GA. Patty holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, and she is a Maryland certified teacher. The Ellicott City resident has been married 25 years and has three children, including a son who just enlisted in the Army.
With 25 years of experience working with children, Columbia resident Rebecca “Becky” Legg is well trained for her job as a floater (one who gives breaks to teachers) at Old Cedar Lane Head Start. Her past experience includes running a day care from her home, teaching preschool, and teaching youth art at the Columbia Art Center. In addition to obtaining 90 hours of childhood education courses at Howard Community College, Becky earned an associate’s degree in art from Grossmont College in San Diego, CA. She enjoys camping, hiking, biking, and swimming.
As someone who has held customer-service oriented positions before, Karen Stewart is right at home in her new job as Head Start Family Service Worker Administrative Assistant. She worked nine years in the field of Human Subject Research for the University of Maryland, Baltimore and six years for the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore with Dr. Robert Gallo, who co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and writing and is working on a master’s degree in publications and design, both from the University of Baltimore. This Elkridge resident has done volunteer work for the National Alliance of Mental Illness and Maryland Therapeutic Riding.
Tara Sullivan, CAC’s new Human Resources Coordinator, has made a career in non-profit work. With over 17 years’ experience, her assignments have included human resource and fiscal work; marketing and business development; fundraising and event planning; coordinating school-age child care and summer camp operations. Tara is a Maryland native with a New Yorker accent and does volunteer work for a dog rescue organization. She likes to spend time in active pursuits such as biking, football, running, hiking, roller derby, and broomball.
As CAC’s new Head Start Health Assistant, Erika Tillery will oversee preschoolers’ health screenings and assure that Head Start students’ school meals and snacks adhere to the standards of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition, Erika is a member of CAC’s Staff Wellness Committee. Previously, Erika was a podiatry assistant, human resources manager, agricultural researcher and high school math teacher. Erika holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology pre-medicine from Morgan State University in Baltimore. Her volunteer work includes helping AIDS and cancer causes, giving blood to the American Red Cross, and promoting animal rights.