Advisory Board  ·  Curriculum Development Team  ·  Staff and Trainer Profile

Advisory Board

Members of the Advisory Board provided assistance in the development of the curriculum and provision of local emergency preparedness information. Members also provided trainers and training sites for this project.

Jean Austin, Family & Consumer Service Educator
University of Maryland, Cooperative Extension

Stacie Burch, Assistant Director
Anne Arundel Community College

Nancy Curtis, Child Care Health Consultant
Montgomery County Health & Human Services

Marilyn Estes, Unit Manager
Kristin Navarro, Child Care Specialist
Howard Community College

Barbara Fay, Emergency Management Planner
Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services

Karen Goldman, Executive Director
Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center

Donna Kegley-Hacker, Executive Director
Talbot Family Network – Local Management Board

Shaundra Holt, Course Manager
College of Southern Maryland

Dr. Betty McLeod, Program Director
Montgomery College

Kristin McMenamin, Emergency Planner
Kent County Office of Emergency Services

Charlene Perry, RN, Public Health Emergency Planner,
Kent County Health Department

Garth C. Phoebus,
Emergency Management Planner,
Frederick County Office of Emergency Management

Jackie Potter, Executive Director
Chesapeake College

Mary Anne Ryan, Program Coordinator
Prince George’s Community College

Adam Stolz, Emergency Planner
City of Baltimore
Office of Emergency Management

Debbie Yare, Program Manager
Howard County Child Care Resource Center

Curriculum Development Team

Peg Anawalt, Executive Director
CCCRC – Chesapeake College

Carol Weisel, Training Coordinator
Project Security Blanket
CCCRC – Chesapeake College

Kathy Edler, Assistant Director
CCCRC – Chesapeake College


Staff and Trainer Profiles

Peg Anawalt is the Executive Director of CCCRC – Chesapeake College, and oversees Project Security Blanket. She has a M.S. in non-profit management from the University of Maryland University College and 35 years experience in educational management of both adult and children’s programs. Ms. Anawalt’s experience includes multi-site management of corporate child care sites and provision of training and technical assistance for Head Start programs in Region III.

Donna Berger is currently employed by CCCRC – Chesapeake College as Program Coordinator. She has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. She has taught as a continuing education instructor for Chesapeake College for the past seven years. (Child Care I & II, Infant and Toddler 45 hour course, Care to Read literacy, MMSR, Ounce, and Family Environmental Rating Scale accreditation classes). She has a directed federal, corporate, non-profit, centers and owned her own daycare facilities.

Stacie Burch is the president and lead consultant for Stacie’s Early Childhood Education and Development Services (S.E.E.D.S) She has a M.A. in Human Development and Education from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Trinity College. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College and The College of Southern Maryland. Mrs. Burch has worked with learners of all ages, birth through adult, in the field of education and childcare for over twenty years.

Margaret Clayville is currently the Infant/Toddler Specialist for the Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center.  She currently provides PSB training in Wicomico, Worchester, and Somerset Counties on the Eastern Shore.

Nikki Darling-Kuria, holds a master's degree from Pacific Oaks College, and is a family child care provider and trainer with over 15 years experience.  Nikki is a Board member of the National Association for Family Child Care and delivers training on early education topics on national, state, and local levels.  In additions to providing PSB training, Nikki teaches at Frederick Community College and is the author of a bestselling book titled, " Brain-Based Early Learning Activities:  Connecting Theory and Practice."  Nikki uses humor to deliver her no-nonsense approach to emergency preparedness and ehlps providers consider novel ways to stay safe.

Joan M. Johnson is currently working as the Technical Assistant with the Howard County Office of Children's Services. She has her B.S. in Elementary Education, 12 years experience as a Family Child Care Provider, and 22 years of experience as the Director/Owner of Child Care Centers.

Margaret Ann Knaub was a teacher of first grade, gifted and talended programs, and a reading specialist at Darlington Elementary School in Harford County for fourteen years.  She is a graduate of Towson University where she holds a degree in Elementary Education.  She also holds a Master's degree as a Reading Specialist from Loyola College.  Margaret has also completed thirty credits beyond her Masters with a certificate in administration.  She currently home schools her children.

Jennifer Lentz has experience working for the military child development programs worldwide as a classroom teacher with children birth through school-age. She also has experience as a family childcare provider. In Alaska, She was a Head Start Education Coordinator. Currently, she is the training coordinator with Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center and is enrolled in the master's degree program at Pacific Oaks.

Kristin Navarro, MA Ed
. Child Care Specialist and grants coordinator with Howard Community College Division of Continuing Education, holds a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin and a MA in Curriculum Design from Catholic University, and has 30 years experience as an educator of adults and children, administrator of early childhood and community programs, and entrepreneur in the entertainment industry.

Deanna Tobin earned her BS in Education from Towson State University and then spent the next nine years with Head Start both as a teacher and as a Family Services Coordinator.  Deanna has also provided early childhood training for child care providers and parents for the past ten years and continues to provide technical assistance to providers seeking MSDE accreditation, CDA certification, and implementation of CSEFEL best practices.

Carol Weisel started out in education as a music teacher who quickly saw that the future was with our youngest children. Being in child care as a teacher, director, NAEYC validator, consultant and trainer gave Carol a wonderfully well-rounded perspective on the needs facing the staff, families and children in child care. Carol has been training in child care settings for fourteen years and hopes that her experiences will assist staff to understand the urgency of Emergency Preparedness. Carol is currently the training coordinator for Project Security Blanket.

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