Victor Ortiz, Senior Vice President
Victor is the Senior Vice President for Shine Implement, which consists of world-class Head Start programs built with visionary national partners who share our mission of closing the achievement gap. Victor has previously served as Acelero Learning’s Vice President of Human Resources (5 years) and the Executive Director of the Monmouth-Middlesex, NJ program (3.5 years). Over the past 2 years, he has directly overseen the immense growth of our Shine Implement division from 1 Head Start partner serving 450 children & families to 6 Head Start partners serving over 4,000 in six different states. Victor holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University and a Human Resources certification from the School of Industrial Labor and Relations at Cornell University
Ronnell Nathaniel, Senior Director of Early Learning Support and Transitions
Ronnell is the Senior Director of Early Learning Support and Transition. Ronnell and her team are responsible for supporting and ensuring all partner transitioning programs achieve educational quality and positive child outcomes for children of all abilities. She began her career at Acelero Learning in 2011 and was instrumental in shaping the Perth Amboy, NJ site into a flagship center. In 2013, Ronnell was promoted to Director of Education supporting the program’s District Collaboration Centers. While working at Acelero Learning, she worked in diverse roles ranging from Director of Monitoring and Compliance to Interim Co-Executive Director that provided her with a comprehensive perspective on Head Start programs. In 2015, Ronnell transitioned to the Shine Implement Team as Director of Early Learning Support and Transitions and most recently, into the Senior Director of Early Learning Support and Transitions. Ronnell has presented at National Head Start Association conferences and the Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) panel Preschool: from the Capital to the Classroom. Ronnell was also the recipient of the City College of New York's early childhood education program award for “Outstanding Professionalism and Leadership” and “Excellence in Early Childhood Education.” Ronnell holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delaware State University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from the City College of New York.
Margaret Krebs, Senior Director of Family Services and Health Transitions
Margaret and her team are responsible for supporting our Shine Implement partners through start up processes and ongoing support to achieve full implementation of all aspects of Shine Early Learning’s family engagement and health services approach. Margaret joined Acelero Learning’s Monmouth/Middlesex leadership team in 2008 as a Disabilities/Mental Health Coordinator. Margaret and her team have successfully ensured that the Family Services & Health departments remained in full compliance with all Head Start Performance Standards throughout several Federal reviews. Margaret assumed direct oversight of Acelero’s entire East Coast Family Service (including Camden/Philadelphia) team in 2013 and 2016, she moved into Shine Implement as Director of Family Services and Health Transition. She was recently appointed as the Senior Director of Family Services and Health Transitions. Margaret holds a master’s degree in administration from West Chester University.
Brenda Zedlitz, Director of Strategic Integration
As Director of Strategic Integration for Shine Early Learning, Brenda is responsible for providing overall support to a team of education and social services leadership staff to ensure a smooth and successful transition and implementation of all startup aspects of Shine Early Learning’s education and family engagement approach. Innovative and motivational, Brenda has over 10 year’s leadership experience in the human services sector including child welfare, comprehensive community health care, and early childhood education. Brenda was appointed to the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission in February 2016 by Governor Hutchinson and has also served as a Field Instructor with the University of Arkansas School of Social Work. A licensed certified Social Worker, Brenda holds a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University and a master of science in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Melanie Brewster, Deputy Director, Ohio
Melanie Brewster began her career at Acelero Learning in 2011 as a Center Director in Philadelphia where she served as an educational leader for six classrooms. In 2013, Melanie moved into the position of Director of Education and was responsible for overseeing the quality of services in 23 Philadelphia classrooms, along with the disability and mental health service area. Given her time as a member of the leadership team in Philadelphia, and her experience as a preschool and first-grade teacher, Melanie became Deputy Director of the very first Shine Implement program in Toledo, Ohio, in partnership with Brightside Academy. Melanie holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood and elementary education from Temple University and is pursuing a master's degree in urban studies with a concentration in community development.
Jeremy Taylor, Deputy Director, Georgia
In 2015, Jeremy joined our Shine Early Learning program in Georgia as the Deputy Director for Head Start Services. Jeremy previously served as Executive Director of BCFS Education Services' Head Start programs in Texas. He oversaw a growing Head Start program that started with 93 children in 2011 to a program that served over 1,300 children, along with a $13 million dollar budget in 2015. Jeremy has over 10 years of experience managing multiple federal programs including YouthBuild and the Chafee program for foster youth. He has a masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a BA in psychology from Texas Tech University. Jeremy is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas.
Gayle Davis, Deputy Director, Texas
Gayle joined Shine Early Learning in 2016 as the Deputy Director in Texas bringing along over thirteen years of managerial and supervisory experience.Gayle oversaw multiple federal programs including Education Training Voucher and the Chafee program for foster youth. As the Deputy Director, she oversees planning and implementation of all activities of the program. Prior to joining Shine Early Learning, Gayle was the Associate Executive Director at the Community Based Services, BCFS Texas and directed the program and teams to support the San Antonio Transition Center. Gayle has a bachelor's degree in social work, graduating cum laude from Texas Lutheran University and received her master's degree in 2003 from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Flor Perez, Director of Family Services and Health Transitions
Flor Perez is Director of Family Services and Health Transitions. In this role, Flor oversees the initial start-up and ongoing support for Implement partners in the areas of family services and health. She has supported partners in Ohio, Texas, and Kentucky. Before joining us, Flor developed and adopted an array of evidenced-based early education and family literacy programs in Los Angeles. Flor earned her master’s degree from the School of Social Administration at the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University.
Megan Grau, Director of Family Services and Health Transitions
Megan Grau began her career at Acelero Learning in 2012 as a Health Coordinator in Philadelphia. While there she coordinated and collaborated with multiple service areas and community partners to promote health and wellness best practices for the children and families. In 2016, Megan transitioned to the position of Director of Family Services and Health Transition. In her new role, she will oversee and provide ongoing support to our Shine Implement partners through start-up processes. Megan holds a bachelor's degree in health behavior science and a master's degree in health promotion from the University of Delaware.
Marcquilla Allen, Director of Family Services and Health Transitions
Marcquilla Allen began her career at Acelero Learning in 2013 as a Health Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI. In 2015, Marcquilla moved into the Lead Health Coordinator position in our Shine Early Learning Georgia program and was responsible for the overall planning, coordination, and implementation of the program’s medical and dental components. With her vast knowledge and experience, she moved into the Director of Family Services and Health Transitions. In her new role, she will oversee and provide ongoing support to our Shine Implement partners through start-up processes. Marcquilla holds a bachelor's degree in public health/ health wellness from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from University of Phoenix.
Christine Maia, Director of Early Learning Support and Transitions
Christine joined Acelero Learning in January of 2011 as an Early Head Start Toddler Teacher. In 2013, Christine accepted a Center Director position in the Red Bank, NJ site and in September of 2015 she moved to an Early Learning Inclusion Specialist position where she acted as a liaison for the Red Bank, Perth Amboy and Asbury Park school districts.Throughout her entire career at Acelero Learning, Christine supported the EHS program through coaching and served as an EHS lead for Monmouth/Middlesex. Most recently, Christine moved to Shine Implement as a Director of Early Learning Support and Transitions. In her new role, she will be responsible for supporting all partner transitioning programs to achieve educational quality and positive child outcomes. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in special education/english from Seton Hall University.
Janice Samuel-Powell, Director of Early Learning Support and Transitions
Janice Samuel-Powell recently joined Shine Early Learning as a Director of Early Learning Support and Transitions. Prior to joining Shine Early Learning, Janice spent 20 years in early childhood and special education environments. She has held multiple education roles and was most recently the Program Specialist for the NYC Department of Education. Janice has her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and early childhood, a master’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in school building leadership from Mercy College.
Karina Rivera, Director of Human Resources
Karina began working at Acelero, Inc. in February 2016 as a Human Resource Generalist; and led the implementation of a new HRIS for the organization and developed HR policies and procedures. In April 2016, she was awarded the Rising Star Award for Acelero Learning. She began assisting Shine Implement while performing her HR duties and responsibilities and has fully transitioned into Shine Implement as the Director of Human Resources. In her new role, she will oversee the human resource management and will lead the talent acquisition process, staff recruitment, hiring and orientation, and professional development opportunities for all employees. Karina is a member of Society for Human Resource Management and holds a bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University.
Lizzie Friedman, Director of Monitoring & Analysis - Support & Transition
Lizzie Friedman became Shine Early Learning's Director of Monitoring & Analysis - Support & Transition in September 2016. In her previous role, she served as the Director of Analysis for Shine Early Learning's first Implement partnership program, Brightside Academy in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to joining Shine Early Learning, Lizzie worked as a healthcare community benefit software trainer. Lizzie holds a bachelor's degree in biological science from Bowling Green State University and a master of public health in public health administration from Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health.
Clare Bennamon, Executive Assistant
Clare Bennamon is the Executive Assistant to the Shine Implement Team and directly reports to the Senior Vice President of Shine Implement. In this position, Clare provides high-level support to the team and assists with special projects including our newest Implement Document Library. Prior to her position, she served as an Executive Assistant in our Shine Early Learning Georgia program in 2015 and has been an integral part of the program’s start-up phase providing operational and administrative support. Clare has a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in administration for human service from University of Phoenix.