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Cynthia McCall

Cynthia McCall has served as a management consultant in Head Start both at the grantee and delegate agency levels. She has more than 30 years experience working in or with programs in the public and private sectors. She has a thorough knowledge of Head Start regulations with emphasis on management systems including safe environments. Cynthia serves as a Head Start federal reviewer in the area of Environmental Health and Safety. She also serves as a certificated community and small claims court mediator.

Cynthia has developed and provided training and technical assistance to a number Head Start programs, for ERSEA, self assessment, staff evaluations and other areas. She holds a graduate degree in early childhood education and a Child Development Program Director Permit, demonstrating a solid understanding of the educational needs of young children and how to address them. This educational background combined with an Associate in Risk Management, allows her to effectively assess classroom and administrative environments for potential and actual health and safety hazards – both physical and process. Cynthia has developed safety procedures and training which positively affect workers compensation and other insurance costs. She is an Authorized OHSA Outreach Trainer for general industry standards which covers the areas that affect Head Start Programs.  

Cynthia is available to assist Head Start programs in establishing integrated procedures to promote holistic services to children and families. 

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Dave Scahill

For the past 30 years I have been supporting and training Early Childhood programs, especially Head Start. For 25 of those years I served in the capacities of a local Southern California representative, West Coast Regional Vice President, and the Department of Defense Sales Director for Lakeshore Learning Materials.  I am now the President and CEO of my own company. The Discovery Source, Inc. The Discovery Source, Inc. is a collection of expert educators and professionals who work to help you discover inventive solutions to support your educational issues, needs and school readiness goals. I am fully engaged in creating professional development and learning materials to support you and your T&TA goals for CLASS and School Readiness. We broker quality learning materials designed for optimal learning opportunities with an emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. (STEM)  We also create our own exclusive brand of teaching tools and materials to support teachers, children and families. Our latest solution is called Frame your Learning. Frame your Learning ( FYL) is a simple three step approach designed to help enhance teacher / child interactions. FYL supports components of CLASS, especially the Instructional Support Domain, ECERS, DRDP, California Preschool Foundations, Head Start Outcomes and CSEFEL.  Our company vision is to create partnerships with customers based on the collaboration of ideas and solutions we design together for teachers, children and families together.  I am excited to announce my son Shawn Scahill is my business partner. We are ready and eager to serve your program.

  • STEM Training and Consulting
  • Instructional Support Training and Consulting
  • School Readiness Materials
  • Custom Head Start Product Development
  • Parent Engagement Support and Training
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Frank Lorah

Frank Lorah is a management and training consultant in many areas of management systems and Fiscal Integrity and has provided trainings and technical assistance to grantees and delegate agencies throughout the country. He has approximately 30 years of Head Start/Early Head Start experience and conducts agency self-assessments in management systems and Fiscal Integrity and provides consultation services on agency written policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal regulations and where needed, will develop proposed policies and procedures as requested by the agency.

Frank conducts trainings in Program Governance, Fiscal Integrity, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the Ralph M. Brown Open Meeting Law (California) for governing boards, Policy Councils/Committees, and staff. He has published “By the Book”, a training manual for teaching Robert’s Rules of Order to any group using Robert’s Rules as its parliamentary procedures.

• Leadership, Governance and Management Systems
• Fiscal Integrity
• Program Governance
• "By the Book" Author and Trainer

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Isabelle Alessandra, Ed.D.

Dr. Isabelle Alessandra, a leadership and teaching strategies expert with 30 years of experience, works closely with HS and EHS management teams, teachers and parents to improve all aspects of program performance. She is particularly skilled in training in preschool math and science, and uses these content areas to deliver concrete, understandable ways to directly improve teacher scores in CLASS instructional support. 

Isabelle has great success in developing staff leadership skills and building strong management teams. One of her specialties is helping program leaders work with their staff to overcome resistance to change. 

Isabelle has successfully written and secured EHS and HS funding awards from ACF totaling over $250 M. Her proposals are designed to help applicants meet all of the competitive requirements that result from grantee relinquishments and terminations, as well as program expansion opportunities.

Before becoming a consultant, Isabelle was an early childhood teacher and principal in the public sector, a co-designer and assistant lecturer of an award winning leadership course at USC, and was a director of two large and nationally recognized education reform organizations. 

In summary, Isabelle offers services that address the unique challenges facing EHS and HS staff, children and families. Her hands-on, revitalizing trainings are designed to increase the reflective practice skills of leaders, teachers, and parents, and to help teachers maximize the quality of their interactions with children. Isabelle inspires HS and EHS employees across the country, combining effective strategies with joy, humor, and compassion in ways that allow participants to find a sense of balance and harmony at work and at home.

• Classroom instructional support teaching strategies workshops
• Preschool math and science workshop series
• Reflective supervision expert
• Skilled in improving workplace culture
• Time and conflict skills management training
• Trainer-of-trainers and coaching support
• Governance
• Grant writing
• Strategic planning

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Jerry Gomez

Jerry Gomez is a management consultant with over 35 years Federal and private experience in administering and developing Head Start programs. As the former associate director for Head Start in ACF Region 9, Jerry has in-depth knowledge in Head Start’s numerous rules, regulations and interpretations and now assists numerous agencies to achieve sustainable, program compliance. He has conducted over 120 Federal reviews, dozens of individual self-assessments, and provided extensive management training at conferences and workshops for directors, managers, and governing bodies as well as individualized training and technical assistance for dozens of Head Start programs.

Jerry combines his consulting expertise with challenging but realistic expectations, a commitment to Head Start’s core principles, and a generous dose of humor and support.

  • Technical Advisor
  • Team Facilitator
  • Team Leader and/or PDM Reviewer
  • Program Governance
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Jessica Estellina Núñez, LCSW, MPH

A Los Angeles native, Jessica Núñez proudly serves the greater Los Angeles community as an Early Head Start program consultant. For six years, she was an Early Head Start in-home Social Worker and Health Services Specialist. She now consults for EHS-Child Care Partnership programs and specializes in program management and systems and Environmental Health and Safety reviews. Mrs. Nunez earned her Master’s degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from UCLA and is licensed in the state of California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

For nearly a decade, Jessica has had a professional emphasis in early childhood development, program management, community outreach and partnerships and maternal and child health. She has a thorough knowledge of Head Start regulations. Jessica has assisted Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs with self-assessments, program planning, data collection, policies and procedures and navigating child care systems. Mrs. Nunez is available to assist Early Head Start programs in establishing integrated procedures to promote comprehensive services to children and families.

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Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith is a health management consultant specializing in health, nutrition and safe environments. Her knowledge of Head Start and state licensing regulations provides the foundation and skills to develop strategies, techniques and tools for health services managers and support staff to improve child health outcomes. Kristen assists programs to set up effective health tracking systems to improve the tracking and monitoring of health data and is a specialized trainer in ChildPlus. As an experienced OHS health reviewer, Kristen conducts health assessments and safe environment checks to ensure continuous program improvement and supports programs with corrective action plans to address areas of non-compliance.

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Nicoline Ambe, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicoline Ambe is a Parent Education Expert with almost 20 years in the field of Education. She has worked with parents and students of different backgrounds in universities, colleges and elementary schools across Canada and the United States. Her passion lies in helping parents prepare their children at home to become high achievers in school. She teaches parents step-by-step strategies they can immediately implement at home to help their children prepare for a competitive future in college and in the job market, starting at a very early age. Foundational skills learned in EHS and HS affect a student’s performance in Elementary, Middle and High school, which will ultimately impact college readiness and career choice. There is a trickle-down effect in how a student’s academic performance in earlier years will affect the outcome of their educational and career aspirations in later years.

Dr. Nicoline Ambe’s presentations will show parents how to position their children for success very early on by instilling the right skill-set, behaviors, mindset, value system and practices that will help their children soar in upper grades, and in life! Her parenting principles are based on 5 core beliefs:

1. Every single child has the ability to succeed in school, no matter their perceived or apparent ‘disability.’
2. In today’s world, parents must be involved in their children’s education.
3. A parent does not have to be educated or literate to raise a child who excels in school.
4. How parents communicate and nurture their children’s dreams are fundamental to their success in school.
5. Parenting requires patience and sacrifice.

Dr. Ambe has written 5 books on parenting. These books are available on her website at As a Parent Education Expert, Dr. Ambe has given keynotes, workshops, and seminars in several schools, school districts and conferences. For a detailed list of her clients and testimonials, visit She is available for parent workshops, seminars and keynotes.


  • 7 Steps to Raising a High Achiever
  • How to Help Your Child Get Good Grades in School
  • Nurturing the Amazing Potential in Your Special Needs Child
  • Fulfillment at Home: Keys to Creating Work/Life Balance for Effective Parenting
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Shalek Chappill-Nichols, M.S.

Shalek Chappill-Nichols provides professional development for EHS/HS teachers in the areas of mathematics, science, art, literacy and social emotional learning. Shalek is an outstanding leader among her peers, both creating and providing classroom activities, in-service trainings, seminars workshops, conferences and curriculum materials and resources to pre-school through high school educators throughout the State of California. 

Focused, dedicated, and commitment for over 20 years, Shalek continues to led the way for the educators to integrate technology and aspects of social emotional learning into our professional development trainings. The feedback from educators has been overwhelming positive, noting that this new focus has helped them bring California Standards to life in their classrooms and has helped their students to think creatively and critically about all educational domains.

  • Coaching Support
  • Classroom Teaching Strategies workshops
  • STEM/STEAM training 
  • Curriculum Building 
  • Social Emotional Strategies 
  • Family Engagement Support and Training 
  • Motivational Speaker/Key Note Speaker
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Steven Erwin

Steve Erwin has spent 40 years working in a variety of capacities to promote, educate and advocate for young children and their families. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and post graduate work in Preschool Special Education. His work experience includes being a family childcare provider, owner of a child care center, Head Start and State Preschool administrator and a Head Start reviewer. In addition to the types of programs, he has enjoyed a geographical perspective of Head Start and Early Head Start throughout the United States. Steve is committed in supporting and developing a knowledgeable skilled workforce that can make a difference in children and families lives. Recently he worked at the Associated Students Child Development Lab at California State University, Chico (CSUC) and adjunct faculty for the Child Development Program at CSUC. He is currently the National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company. He is able to offer professional development in a variety of component areas of Head Start and Early Head Start. His previous experience as a family child care provider and owner of a private childcare program has supported his perspective in developing trainings for Early Head Start Partnerships. In addition to the topics below, he can design specific topics to meet your program needs.

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Challenging Behavior
  • Assessment and Observation
  • Curriculum
  • Leadership
  • Multicultural Principles/Anti-Bias Education
  • Intentional Environments
  • Interactions
  • Families
  • Home Visitor training
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Tom Grayson

Tom Grayson, Founder and Executive Director of Golden Sierra Life Skills, is a motivation speaker, program developer, and trainer of programs for men, families, and youth.

He developed The Male Ambassador Program for the Head Start/Early Head Start Program in Placer and Nevada Counties in California. 

He has provided Male Involvement Ambassador workshops and trainings for 10 years regionally, nationally, and internationally, and introduced internationally in rural villages in Kenya, Africa.  

This unique and comprehensive Program encourages father/father figures to become more involved and engaged with their children who are in Head Start Programs, and help them grow and develop and become lifelong learners using STEM concepts and philosophies. 

Mr. Grayson’s educational experience includes Youth Behavioral Studies and Child Development at Cal State University Long Beach and Sacramento.  Additionally, he has specialized training from the State of California Health and Human Services, the State of California Department of Youth Authority, Sierra College, and training from the Placer County Office of Education in suicide prevention and HIV education and counseling, and training from the CAARR Institute.

Grayson was the recipient of the California Head Start Association “Friend of Head Start” Award for 2013, for his dedication to male involvement and passion for providing quality services for men within the Head Start Program.

Mr. Grayson provides workshops and trainings regarding the Male Involvement Ambassador Program designed for Head Start and Early Head Start, and the Men, Infant, and Children–MIC Male Parenting and Life Skills Program. 

  • Male Involvement Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Program Development
  • Trainer of Facilitators
  • Motivational Speaker/Key Note Speaker
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