About Us

About Us

Q.I. Network Members

  • ECAP Sonoma
  • EChild Start, Inc.
  • EDavis School District Head Start
  • EDelta Health Alliance
  • EDouglass Community Services Head Start
  • EFirst Start Partnerships for Children and Families
  • EIzzi Early Education
  • EKitsap Community Resources
  • ELong Beach Unified School District Head Start
  • EMatrix Human Services
  • EMerced County Office of Education
  • EMercer County Head Start/Early Head Start
  • EMission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
  • ENeighborhood House (Seattle)
  • ENorthcoast Children's Services
  • EPacific Clinics Head Start
  • EPlacer Community Action Council, Inc.
  • ERegion 10 Education Service Center
  • ESETA Head Start
  • ESouthwest HRA Head Start
  • EThe Unity Council
  • ETotal Community Action, Inc
  • EWu Yee Children's Services
  • EYMCA of Central Ohio Head Start
  • EYMCA of the East Bay

EARLY INTEL’S MISSION

Early Intel’s mission is to improve outcomes for young children and families, by supporting program leaders with data and professional development.

We accomplish this through a three part strategy:

Organize the metrics and analytics that enable programs to understand their quality opportunities.

Provide training and support for programs to implement continuous quality improvement.

Facilitate and staff a learning community of program leaders to identify bright spots and advance the practice of CQI.

Programs collect a wealth of data. Early Intel provides the analytics, processes and support to mine this treasure and to act on it to improve the lives of children and families.

OUR VALUES

Care

Care and commitment to children, families, and the staff serving them is at the foundation of our work.

Inquiry

Alongside the programs we serve, we are always asking “how can we improve child and family outcomes?”

Equity

We work to ensure that all children and families get the support they need to overcome barriers and close the achievement gap.

Rigor

The only way to know if one is improving is through measurement, thoughtfully and with discipline.

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OUR TEAM

Shannon Calderone (Coach)

Dr. Shannon Calderone

Improvement Coach

Dr. Shannon Calderone

Improvement Coach
Dr. Shannon Calderone is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Sport Management at Washington State University. In this role, she has taught classes on leading for school and organizational improvement, human resource and fiscal management, as well as research methodology and practice-based inquiry. She has likewise worked with a number of districts within the state of Washington on an assortment of improvement initiatives as well as led statewide workshops for education leaders on the implementation of improvement science and design-based principles within their respective schools and districts.

Dr. Calderone’s scholarly work focuses on the importance of social cohesion to school success. To this end, she is most interested in understanding the drivers of trust and risk perceptions among educators and students, as well as the impact of these perceptions on educational decision-making and change efforts.

Dr. Calderone earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in History from Georgetown University.

Vickey Cordova

Vickey Cordova

Improvement Coach

Vickey Cordova

Improvement Coach
Vickey Cordova has dedicated the past 5 years working at an inner-city middle school in South Central Los Angeles, and has a true passion for social justice, education, and equity. She is an agent of change and a champion for culturally relevant teaching. She has facilitated the implementation for systems of improvement at her school site, specifically in her department, that have yielded growth in reading and writing averages school wide. Vickey has modeled what it is to be an advocate for students in urban education and relentlessly pursues parents, students, and teacher collaboration. She has led several school wide initiatives at her job site and has led one of the highest rated professional development series on equity and critical conversations about race this year. Recently, Vickey took the lead in drafting a mission statement that led the anti-racist work and efforts being done at her job site. In addition to the several leadership roles that she has held, she has collaborated with Dr. Maritza Lozano in leading an Inquiry & Innovation professional learning session through CSUF, for educators who were new to improvement. Her most important role has been in raising and teaching her two children to disrupt systems of oppression through the power of advocacy, social justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity.
Dr. Calderone’s scholarly work focuses on the importance of social cohesion to school success. To this end, she is most interested in understanding the drivers of trust and risk perceptions among educators and students, as well as the impact of these perceptions on educational decision-making and change efforts.

Dr. Calderone earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in History from Georgetown University.

Shannon Calderone (Coach)

Alan Guttman

Writer and Advisor

Alan Guttman

Writer and Advisor
Alan Guttman is the Principal Consultant at Alan Guttman Consulting. He earned an M.A. degree in early childhood education from New York University and has served children birth to 12 years old and their families for over 40 years as a Head Start director, public school district child development program administrator, education specialist, teacher, parent educator, and college adjunct faculty member. Alan is the former Project Director of Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) Head Start in Los Angeles. He also served and supported Head Start programs with the Los Angeles and Riverside County Offices of Education. Alan is a frequent presenter at National Head Start Association conferences, and he revised NHSA's Programs of Excellence Accreditation initiative. Most recently Alan was the Director of Early Childhood Policy & Systems at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
John Hall

Dr. John Hall

Coaching Lead

John Hall

Coaching Lead

John Hall is an Assistant Professor of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies in the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University. Dr. Hall studies the organization of school systems, the development of school system leaders, and the application of design-based approaches in schools and other organizations. His publications include, with Rick Mintrop, Design-based school improvement: A practical guide for education leaders. Dr. Hall also serves as the Chief Academic Officer of bina, a system of online international schools serving children aged 4 to 12. He serves as an advisor to a range of other early-stage school design efforts.

Previously, Dr. Hall led the Oakland Unified School District’s academic redesign team, providing support and guidance to the district’s leaders, developing systems to support the coaching of teachers and principals, and serving as a “boundary spanner” between research and practice. Prior to that, he helped launch a charter school network in the San Francisco Bay Area and founded a support organization for charter and district leaders across the region.

Dr. Hall has been a teacher and an administrator in district schools, charter schools, independent schools, and international schools. Dr. Hall began his career as a research scientist, managing neuroscience laboratories at the University of Washington and at UC San Francisco. Dr. Hall received a BS in Biology and BA in Education from the University of Washington and an MEd and PhD in Education Policy from UC Berkeley.

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Kristen Hayes

Management Training Lead

Kristen Hayes

Management Training Lead
Kristen Hayes is an independent management consultant, supporting school districts, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and cities/counties with managing federal and state grant-funded programs that provide critical education, health, and family support services. As a consultant, Kristen serves as a strategic planning facilitator, grant planner, and writer, and supports leaders with managing change. Previously Kristen was a Senior Program Specialist with the Office of Head Start and a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education.

Kristen holds a Masters of Public Management in Social Policy from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University. She is the Vice President of the Massachusetts Head Start Association Board of Directors and a former member of the Massachusetts Head Start State Collaboration Office Advisory Council.

Dr. Marilyn Hosea

Dr. Marilyn Hosea

Organizational Learning Lead

Dr. Marilyn Hosea

Organizational Learning Lead
Dr. Marilyn Hosea resides in Denver with her beloved COVID-19 companion, Berkeley, the Goldendoodle. She is a fourth-generation African American Coloradoan—with family roots and ties in Denver, Pueblo, and Walsenburg, Colorado. Her life story centers around equal access to education, community engagement, and social justice. Her career includes over thirty years of administration and management of federally funded Head Start and public sector organizations in California and Colorado. In 2014, Dr. Hosea founded OrgLearning2 | LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in research, innovation, and consultation on how to create space for storytelling and change within organizations.

In addition to heading OrgLearning2, she also is an Affiliate Faculty member at Anderson School of Business and Economics at Regis University. Dr. Hosea teaches graduate level courses in leadership, innovation, and change management. She maintains an active research and professional academic profile in her current work and personal interests—including being a founding member of the newly incorporated Denver Black Reparations Council (DBRC). The DBRC works in direct collaboration with City/County of Denver and national philanthropic organizations and individuals to heal and correct systematic inequality in the form of housing discrimination, unequal education, law enforcement brutality, mass incarceration, employment discrimination and wealth/opportunity gaps.

Dr. Hosea received her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Her studies focused on organizational behavior and nonprofit sector governance/leadership. Dr. Hosea is the
recipient of national and international awards, fellowships, and acknowledgment for her professional accomplishments.

Peter Huffaker

Peter Huffaker

Analytics Lead and Trainer

Peter Huffaker

Partner
Peter Huffaker is a founding partner of CCR Analytics, a company that specializes in helping early education agencies get the most value from the data they collect. He has a broad background spanning both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He specializes in the use of data and analysis to inform management decisions. He holds an MBA and an MSW, from the University of Chicago.
Julie Kallio (Coach)

Dr. Julie Kallio

Improvement Coach

Julie Kallio (Coach)

DR. JULIE KALLIO

Improvement Coach

Julie Kallio is an innovation specialist at the Breck School where she leads participatory design, coaches educators, and provides program and technology support, all with the goal of empowering educators to lead systems change. Julie graduated with her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studying how Networked Improvement Communities can build educational systems for innovation and improvement. She was the lead researcher on the Personalization in Practice (PiP) research team and former research director for the PiP-Networked Improvement Community, an IES grant-funded position to bring together teachers to do collaborative design work around emerging practices. Her research interests include research-practice partnerships, design, innovation and improvement, social networks, and physical learning spaces. Julie previously taught in outdoor education and independent schools, leading technology integration, teaching science, and dorm parenting.

Cathe Kuker

Cathe Kuker

Data Advisor and Facilitator

Cathe Kuker

Data Advisor and Facilitator
Cathe Kuker currently serves as an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Adjunct Professor at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, teaching, guiding, and supporting cohorts of non-traditional students in on-line settings to obtain their CDA credentials.

Cathe has 32 years’ experience in the Head Start community including serving as a Director, working with the Pennsylvania Head Start State Collaboration Project, serving as grant reader, and providing Program Management software training to ensure programs can effectively show program strengths, areas of need and to accurately report to funders.

Cathe spent 4 years as part of the Federal Head Start Monitoring Project. Serving as a consultant reviewer, then as an employee; first as the Process Reliability Specialist, providing content area expertise and analysis to support the timely delivery of accurate Head Start monitoring review reports then as a Comprehensive Services and School Readiness Content Area Lead, working with review teams virtually and on-site to ensure Head Start and Early Head Start programs were in compliance with Head Start performance standards specific to child development, family services, health and disability services.

Cathe earned a Master of Science in Education at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. Through her work with Early Intel, Cathe hopes to continue to promote quality education experiences for children and families through the provision of quality training, technical assistance, coaching, monitoring, and feedback.

Kimberly Leon-Grey

Kimberly Leon-Grey

Membership & Program Manager

Kimberly Leon-Grey

Membership & Program Manager
Kimberly Leon-Grey currently works in program management and logistics but has formerly served as a case manager and training coordinator in the mental health arena. She has experience working with mentally ill and chemically addicted adults in day programs, and shelters in Brooklyn, NY and Atlanta, GA. She has worked as an after-school Group Leader and was previously certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Most recently, she worked as the Logistics Coordinator for ChildPlus Software where she was responsible for planning and coordinating events such as the Training Scramble!!.

Kimberly earned her B.A. in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She will bring her years of experience in human services and logistics to the Early Intel team as the Membership and Program Manager.

Dr. Maritza Lozano

Dr. Maritza Lozano

CQI Training Lead

Dr. Maritza Lozano

CQI Training Lead
Dr. Maritza Lozano is a researcher and educator committed to the design of environments that support equitable learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at California State University, Fullerton, Dr. Lozano teaches courses in instructional leadership where principal candidates learn to use improvement science to bring about change within their own organizations. Dedicated to working in partnership, Dr. Lozano regularly collaborates with leaders, instructional teams, and scholars, in an effort to impact students’ learning trajectories and improve school-based learning experiences. Dr. Lozano brings 23+ years of professional experience working with school communities across the United States to her work with the Q.I. Network.

Dr. Lozano earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Reading, K-12, from California State University, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Spanish Literary Studies from Occidental College.

Rick Mockler

Rick Mockler

Principal

Rick Mockler

Principal
Rick launched Early Intel after serving as Chief Quality Improvement Officer for the National Head Start Association. At NHSA he staffed the Monitoring Redesign Task Force which informed the overhaul of the Aligned Monitoring System. While at NHSA, he also partnered with the University of Chicago to develop an assessment for family engagement, and oversaw planning and content for the Early Childhood Innovation Summit and Manager & Director Academy.

Rick began his career developing local youth and family programs for Catholic Charities in Oakland, California. He went on to lead Catholic Charities of California and then to start a community development company, CoHousing Partners. He later served as Executive Director of the California Head Start Association, where he oversaw professional development for program directors and managers, launched a Family Development Credential statewide, and championed legislative initiatives that streamlined assessment and licensing requirements.

Rick was introduced to child development while helping his daughter learn baby signs as participants in the first major research on the subject, by UC Davis. He holds a BA in Political Science, MA in liberation theology, MPA in organization change and a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School’s Head Start Management Fellows Program. He loves working on hacks to make life easier for classroom teachers and the line staff who serve families.

April Morris

April Morris

Partner

April Morris

Partner
April Morris is a founding partner of CCR Analytics. Prior to starting CCR Analytics in 2006, April was a Senior Data Analyst at child care non-profits Crystal Stairs and Child Development Resources of Ventura County. She specializes in quantitative and statistical analysis for the child care sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics, with an emphasis in Quantitative Analysis and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Rebecca Colina Neri - CQI Trainer and Coach

Dr. Rebecca Colina Neri

CQI Trainer and Coach

Rebecca Colina Neri - CQI Trainer and Coach

Dr. Rebecca Colina Neri

CQI Trainer and Coach
Dr. Rebecca Colina Neri is an educational consultant and Assistant Professor of the Learning Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work focuses on the intersections of race, culture, trauma, and learning across K-16 learning contexts. Rebecca utilizes an equity-centered, data-driven, and practice-oriented approach to building research-practice partnerships with schools focused on improving students’ educational, career, and life trajectories. Her approach to both research and educational consulting is founded on the belief that the pursuit of robust justice in education requires both centering the voices and experiences of minoritized students and examining, to redress, the practical realities and context-specific demands of the complex systems students navigate. As such, Rebecca’s approach integrates conceptual and pragmatic tools from asset-based frameworks (e.g., Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Funds of Knowledge) with the study of how complex systems, like schools, produce “wicked” problems of practice and influence the implementation of practice-based interventions (e.g., Improvement Science). In her consulting work, Rebecca also combines her training and expertise in improvement science, critical race theory, and culturally sustaining pedagogies with her practitioner experience as a mathematics teacher and instructional coach. As a mathematics teacher and instructional coach for 12+ years across K-16 contexts, Rebecca developed a deep understanding of how content, pedagogical, and racial/cultural know-how interact with systemic factors (e.g., institutional barriers, conflicting responsibilities, lack of quality support and resources, etc.) in ways that can either empower or hinder student learning and well-being. Rebecca’s lived experiences supporting family members and students in the navigation of multiple systems related to schooling, foster care, mental health, incarceration, and healthcare have also greatly inspired her work. She has learned that addressing complex problems of schooling (i.e. trauma, gaps in learning, teacher-student relationships, school culture, family partnerships, etc.) requires finding, or designing, opportunities to learn and collaborate across communities, sectors, disciplines, and systems.
Pamm Shaw

Dr. Maritza Lozano

CQI Training Lead

Pamm Shaw

Advisor and Facilitator
Pamm Shaw is the Vice President of Strategic Funding and Partnerships for the YMCA of the East Bay. Formerly the Director of their early childhood programs (Head Start, Early Head Start, and subsidized Child Development). Pamm has extensive experience in successfully implementing programs, professional development and managing multiple funding sources and is known for her innovative and creative programs. Pamm has directed statewide training and technical assistance projects, with a focus on traditionally underserved populations.

She has developed and contributed to numerous articles and curricula specifically to improve the skills of early childhood professionals to meet the needs of all children and families. Pamm and her team have created the Head Start Apprenticeship program – training Head Start and child care parents to become early learning professionals.

Pamm has worked in early education programs for over 40 years as a teacher, administrator, trainer and director.

Rick Mockler

Rebecca Trivax

Trainer and Coach

Rebecca Trivax

Rebecca Trivax

Trainer and Coach
Rebecca’s specialty is data management and quality assurance for early learning and Community Action agencies. Her background includes contract management, compliance, and system design. She is the founder of TRIBECCA SYSTEMS, where she and her team offer solutions for organizational management, identify funding opportunities and engagement, assist in data and database management, design policy and procedure, implement new agency programs, produce community assessments, annual and funder-related reporting and quality assurance systems.

Rebecca holds a Master’s in Public Health and has bilingual fluency in English and Spanish. She is passionate about her work to assist Head Start agencies in all-things data.

Youlanda-Upkins

Youlanda Upkins

Advisor

Youlanda Upkins

Advisor
As a seasoned Early Childhood Development professional, Youlanda combines her passion and talents for connecting people to learning and pathways to thrive. She has worked in grassroots community organizations serving children and families directly and indirectly. She strongly believes all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

During her tenure as an Executive at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, she assisted in expanding the social impact by investing in and spearheading early learning innovations throughout different eco-systems, leading to continued opportunities for children and families to connect to greater social outcomes. Youlanda’s extensive experience in working with and building partnerships between national, state and local community agencies have yielded positive brand recognition for the agencies and communities that she has partnered.

Her career has been progressive and she has served in roles such as: Vice-President, Head Start Executive, Head Start/Early Head Start Director, Pre-School Director; also she worked as the Education Program Analyst/Program Licensing Specialist with the Georgia Pre-K Program formerly known as Office of School Readiness (currently Bright from the Start/Department of Early Care and Learning).

Recognized on the national level in the early childhood development community, Youlanda has served as the Vice President of the Black Child Development Institute – Atlanta Affiliate and is a founding member of the Head Starter Network Board – Non-profit organization leading innovation. Additionally, Youlanda has served as a Leadership Coach/Trainer (since 2007) at the NIKE sponsored National Head Start Association – Starting Block Emerging Leadership training in Beaverton, Oregon.

She has earned multiple professional certifications, including the University of Georgia (UGA) – Executive Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA’s New Directors Mentor Initiative and Consultant (Howard Gesbeck-Wipfli) Non-Profit and Government Certification. Currently, she serves as an independent executive consultant, coach, speaker, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team where she is adept at leading and coaching educators, senior administrators, and boards.

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
~ Mark Twain