Early Learning Leadership Council

The Early Learning Leadership Council (ELLC) is a cross-sector collaborative governance structure for the region’s Early Learning Hub and is integrated into the High Desert Education Service District (HDESD) organizational structure. The role of the ELLC is to ensure alignment of services, practices and priorities to achieve the region’s shared outcome goals for young children and their families, and to ensure a seamless transition for young children from the early learning years into school.

The overarching responsibility of the ELLC is to work collectively across agency and organizational boundaries to:

  • Maximize resources
  • Help the region develop a coordinated and effective early learning system
  • Ensure that all children, regardless of family situation, receive the opportunities and supports needed to enter kindergarten healthy and prepared for success in school.

The Leadership Council is comprised of 19 members, who are appointed for three-year terms and 3 Ex-Officio members. They meet bi-monthly to conduct business.

Meeting Schedule

All meetings from 2:00 – 4:00 at High Desert ESD

  • December 4, 2019
  • January 8, 2020
  • March 4, 2020
  • May 6, 2020

Investment Committee

Develops Early Learning Hub policy and practice for investment with a focus on service to priority populations. For more information visit the Investment Committee Page.

Early Learning Leadership Council Membership

Membership Roster

Tim Rusk

Tim Rusk

ELLC Chair, MountainStar

Patty Wilson

Patty Wilson

ELLC Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, NeighborImpact

Paul Andrews. Ed.D

Paul Andrews. Ed.D

High Desert ESD

Ben Bergantz

Ben Bergantz

Pacific Crest Affordable Housing

Lori Colvin

Lori Colvin

Healthy Families of the High Desert

Caroline Cruz

Caroline Cruz

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown

Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown

Crook County Health Department

Laticia Hernandez

Laticia Hernandez

Parent Representative

Rena Gibney

Rena Gibney

Department of Health and Welfare

Tamarra Harris

Tamarra Harris

Mosaic Medical

Amy Howell, Ph.D

Amy Howell, Ph.D

Central Oregon Community College

Wayne Looney

Wayne Looney

Prineville Kiwanis

Desiree' Margo, Ed.D

Desiree' Margo, Ed.D

Redmond Early Learning Center

Teresa Martin

Teresa Martin

The Children's Learning Center

Lora Nordquist, Ed.D

Lora Nordquist, Ed.D

Bend La Pine School District

Ken Parshall

Ken Parshall

Jefferson County School District/ESD

Oliver Tatom

Oliver Tatom

Parent Representative

Diane Tipton

Diane Tipton

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

Kate Wells

Kate Wells

PacificSource

Shannon Lipscomb, Ph.D, Ex-Officio

Shannon Lipscomb, Ph.D, Ex-Officio

OSU-Cascades

Donna Mills, Ex-Officio

Donna Mills, Ex-Officio

Central Oregon Health Council

Katie Condit, Ex-Officio

Katie Condit, Ex-Officio

Better Together