GAYC Committee Chairs

If you’re interested in a specific topic, share your knowledge and skills on a GAYC committee. Committee chairs are always looking for new members. Contact the chair of the committee to learn more.

Victoria Long-Coleman, Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution and Bylaws

Victoria Long- Coleman serves as an Early Care and Education Specialist for a Child Care Resource and Referral agency in Athens. She has served early childhood as an accredited family and group child care provider, Georgia Lottery preschool teacher, elementary teacher, center administrator, and adult learner instructor. Victoria is a Ph.D. candidate in Early Childhood Education and works keeping this simple philosophy in mind, “Play is children’s natural way of learning”!

Cindy Britt, Finance

Cindy BrittCindy Britt started her work with young children as a family care provider. Five years later she joined The Clifton School as a receptionist. Over the next 27 years she progressed from Business Manager to Administrative Director overseeing all business and financial aspects of two NAEYC-accredited locations and in 2013 moved to Site Director of The Clifton School – Clifton Site. She and her husband live in Jonesboro, where they can be close to their children and grandchildren.

OPEN, Conference

Bio coming soon.

Lisa White, Membership

Lisa White is the Early Childhood Care and Education Program Chair at Athens Technical College. She loves helping to educate our future teachers of young children.

Molly Kosiak, Nominations and Board Development

Molly Kosiak is the Assistant Director at The Children's Place at New Liberty, as well as a BFTS-approved trainer. She is originally from Buffalo, NY and now resides in Braselton, GA with her husband. She has been in the ECE field for many years.

Jane Hyche, Professional Develpoment

Jane HycheJane Hyche is the Program Director for Early Childhood Care and Education at Gwinnett Technical College. She has her M. Ed in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois. Jane has worked at Gwinnett Technical College since August of 2006. Her experience in the field of early childhood includes teaching kindergarten, program management for corporate childcare, and quality assurance for Head Start.

Ebony Cray Jones, Public Policy

ebony-cray-jonesEbony Cray Jones has over 25 years of experience working with children and families. She works as a teacher and Program Coordinator for the Child Development Association. Beginning her studies in the Child Development program at Edison Tech in New York, she continued her love for educating and advocating for children after moving to Georgia. Ebony earned a Preschool endorsement as a Child Development Associate (CDA); a Diploma, A.A.S., and Program Administration Certification in Early Childhood Education from Atlanta Technical College. She also holds a BA in Psychology from American Public University and is near the end of her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. Ebony also serves as the Southeast Representative for the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP-USA), is the Founder of World Advocates for Children and Families (WAFCAF), and serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for DeKalb County Juvenile Court. In addition, she is also a Strengthening Families Georgia Trainer and a DECAL Level I trainer, providing training for educators, administrators and support staff.

Jessica Barfield, Publicity and Communications

Jessica BarfieldJessica Barfield is the Program Chair for the Early Childhood Care and Education Department at Southern Regional Technical College. She has her M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University, a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia, and is presently working on her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Valdosta State University. Jess has worked at Southern Regional Technical College since 2007, prior to entering the higher education field she worked with the Thomas County School System for 10 years teaching grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first. Jess also works with early learning centers providing training as a Tier III Trainer with Bright From the Start.

OPEN, Quality Improvements and Accreditation

Bio coming soon.

Roslyn Johnson, Resource Development

Roslyn JohnsonRoslyn Johnson serves as Program Director/Instructor for the Early Childhood Care/Education Program at Southern Crescent Technical College. Dr. Johnson began her tenure in early childhood education as a pre-kindergarten-first grade teacher, then transitioned into higher education, where she has served as a full-time instructor/adjunct professor for over nine years. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language & Literature, a Master of Education degree, and a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership/Teaching and Learning. A strong advocate for continuing education, she is currently pursuing a second Master of Education degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. Dr. Johnson serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation, cabinet member for Get Georgia Reading, and a member of the Advisory Council for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. She also continues to conduct/present research and collaborate with peers on various research projects.

Laurel Beckham, Strengthening Families Georgia Liaison

Laurel BeckhamLaurel Beckham is an adjunct faculty member at Gwinnett Technical College where she teachers in the Early Childhood Care and Education department. She also teaches at Capella University in the School of Public Service Leadership and also a dissertation chair for many doctoral students. After receiving her PhD from the University of Georgia, she worked at the Center for Child Well-being where she developed and conducted parenting classes in an effort to reduce parent stress and strengthen parenting skills. Laurel serves on the advisory board for Better Brains for Babies and was the GAYC President from 2012-2013.

Diane Bales, Technology

Diane Bales is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and Human Development Specialist with Cooperative Extension at The University of Georgia. She has a Master’s and Ph.D. in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and held a Minnesota pre-kindergarten teaching license. She has worked with children from birth through high school in many different capacities for the past 19 years.