The Mason-Lake-Oceana Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalitions would like to welcome the newest additions to our team, our new co-directors Lindsay Sichta and Kathy Kovalchik-Lacko! Continue reading for an introduction by each director!
I would like to introduce myself as one of your new co-directors for the Great Start Collaborative. I will be spending approximately .5 of my time working with you all, and I am so excited to be able to work with such a dynamic team. I am really looking forward to diving into my new role both with the GSC and GSRP and getting back to my roots in Early Childhood. I come from a long history of experience in the early childhood field ranging from child care provider to educational researcher, literacy coach, community college instructor in child development and child care licensing consultant. I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and hold a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. One of my passions has been focusing specifically on literacy development in preschool. Most recently I have been working as the Youth Coordinator for West Michigan Community Mental Health where I have worked closely with various groups and organizations (including the Great Start Collaborative) to better our communities for children and families. I have coordinated the summer and school year programs for WMCMH and have really worked on community partnerships. I am looking forward to working with Kathy Lacko as co-directors and working with the collaborative to fulfill our work plan this year, ultimately leading to meeting the goals set up in our strategic plan. Please feel free to call, email or stop by after October 1 for introductions. I am excited to meet each of you personally and get to work!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Lindsay Sichta, M.A.
Early Childhood Coordinator, WSESD
I am excited to introduce myself to all of you as one of the new co-directors for the Great Start Collaborative! Many of you have known me for years, from my early days as a Wraparound facilitator and subsequently the lead statewide trainer for Wraparound, or perhaps as a Family Advocate for the Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH) and subsequently the ACMH Director of Advocacy and Family Support…or perhaps as the Director of the West Michigan Child and Family Leadership Council (covering Lake, Mason and Oceana Counties)…and more recently, as the Coordinator for System of Care for Youth. I am a Registered Nurse (some of you may even know me from my years working as an RN at Memorial Medical Center!) with a B.S. in Psychology. I look forward to getting acquainted with those of you I have not yet met, and to renewing and strengthening friendships/partnerships with the rest of the group. I remember, years ago, attending a training session with Stephanie Wagner where we learned about developing a Great Start Collaborative, and I have been involved with our GSC ever since. You are a great bunch of dedicated people, committed to the GSC Vision for Early Childhood. I look forward to teaming up with Lindsay Sichta, and working in partnership with all of you to help our little ones and their families receive all the supports they may need (from us as a community) to reach their potential , be prepared to learn and to thrive.
Please feel free to get in touch with me at any time at 231-843-5421 or kathyL@wmcmhs.org.
Great Start Collaborative Co-Director
System of Care for Youth Coordinator
Here’s a wonderful opportunity to honor someone you love with a community gift of early childhood learning!!! Visit the Children’s Desk at the Ludington Library to fill-out a dedication slip and make your donation before SEPTEMBER 7, 2012. Or you can download the flyer below, and mail it with your check made out to the GREAT START COLLABORATIVE to Paula Jarvis, 2130 W. US 10, Ludington, MI 49431.
Sponsorhip flyer – discovery kits
Thanks, GSPC – Oceana members, for helping to hand out crayon packs at the Asparagus Festival parade on Saturday. What a lovely day!
from left: Tonya Ransom & Dan Bathrick of Snyder's Shoes, GSC Director Paula Jury Jarvis, Dr. Jennifer Branning of West Shore Eye Care, Kathy Maclean with the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, GSC Parent Liaison Lexi Alvesteffer (not pictured: Pizza Barn Plus of Scottville)
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