Courtney May, President

courtney-mayCourtney May is the Director of the Suzuki School's new site at Ponce City Market. She has worked with children and families in a variety of capacities for over 15 years. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Development, she began work at Quality Care for Children as an Early Care and Education Specialist. In 2006, she accepted a position at the Frazer Center as the Director of Child Development Programs and eventually Director of Programs. During her time working at the Frazer Center, she also earned a Master's Degree from Georgia State University in Early Childhood Special Education. She has two children and lives in Kirkwood.

Katy Gregg, President-Elect

Katy Gregg is an Assistant Professor in Child and Family Development in the School of Human Ecology at Georgia Southern University. She teaches courses on Birth to Five Education, Child Development and Children with Disabilities. Katy researches, presents, and provides support on social emotional development, family involvement for diverse family needs, and inclusive early childhood education. Katy has her PhD and Masters Degree from the University of Georgia in Child and Family Development, with an emphasis in Disability Studies and her BA in psychology/early intervention from Clemson University.

Stacy Schwartz, Vice President for Administration and Organizational Development

Stacy Schwartz is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Georgia College and State University. She graduated from UGA in 2004 with a PhD. in Elementary
Education. In addition to her work in GAYC, she serves on the board of a local Montessori school.

Becky Olson, Vice President for Program and Professional Development

becky-olsonRebecca Olson is the Director of the D. Scott Hudgens Jr., Early Education Center at Gwinnett Technical College. Becky has been with Hudgens EEC since July of 2006. Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech, she had the pleasure of serving as the Director of the McPhaul Child Development Center at the University of Georgia. She attended the University of Illinois earning a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasis on birth to three years. She is committed to increasing the quality and availability of early education centers for all children and families. She has been attracted to working for Centers connected to institutions of higher learning because of the impact well trained teachers have on the quality that is available in any given community.

Michelle Carter, Vice President for Public Policy and Information Awareness

Michelle Carter is the Executive Director of the Druid Hills Child Development Center. After earning her Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Georgia she began her career 20 years ago with a focus on supporting children and families working in public health and parent education. The link between family success and the health of communities drew her to the field of early care and education. She began managing a nonprofit child care program in 2001 and completed her Masters of Public Administration at Kennesaw State University with a focus on nonprofit administration. Through her career she taught college courses, provided professional development for both teachers and administrators in the field of early care and education and consulting and support to programs striving to improve their quality. She currently lives in Stone Mountain with her two children and husband.

Cindy Britt, Treasurer

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.

Ellyn Cochran, Secretary

ellyn-cochranEllyn Cochran is the Senior Director of Early Learning and Development at the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Ellyn manages the United Way's investments on improving outcomes for children 0 to 8. Prior to joining the United Way, Ellyn was with GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, where she was the Director of Innovation Strategies, leading the state’s work in supporting new and creative research and programs that build on the science of early brain development. Ellyn facilitated the launch of Georgia’s relationship with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard as partners in Frontiers of Innovation, convening the state leadership team and facilitating human-centered design techniques in communities across the state. Originally a Midwesterner, Ellyn moved to the Atlanta area from Baltimore, where she was the assistant to the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, Dr. Andres A. Alonso, and sat on the district’s leadership team as it closed low-performing schools and reduced the dropout rate by more than half. In addition to education policy, Ellyn has worked with state and local government agencies to design performance accountability measures as part of the Baltimore CitiStat and Maryland StateStat programs. She has experience in international development as a program officer for democracy assistance programs and as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. Ellyn has a master’s degree in public policy from The Johns Hopkins University and a journalism degree from Iowa State University.

Anita Dailey, SECA Representative

Anita Dailey has more than twenty years of experience working toward quality early care and education for young children. From working in child care centers to teaching at the collegiate level, she advocates for the best for children.