About Us

Our History

The Lake County Coalition is among 30 organizations in Florida established by state legislation to administer the School Readiness and Voluntary Program in Lake County, Florida.  The Coalition provides a variety of innovative early learning services to Lake County families including, child care resource and referral services, subsidized child care assistance and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program eligibility services.  Child care services are offered to children ranging from birth to age five, as well as after school programs for children to age twelve.

The School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early child education and care so families can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future

The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program prepares early learners for success in kindergarten and beyond. Children must live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year to be eligible. The program helps build a strong foundation for school using educational materials that are geared to various stages in a child’s development. 

Our Mission

To educate and support parents, early childhood professionals and the community as we collaborate to continue to provide the highest quality early learning programs for our children.

Our Vision

The children and families of Lake County are our future and our most vulnerable resource. Our children will enter school eager to learn and ready to succeed.

Board Members & Meetings

Board Members

B. E. Thompson


Sandi Moore

Vice Chairwoman

Caroline VanDyken


Jacqueline Barnwell-Williams

Lake Sumter State College Board Representative

Cathy Clay

Private Child Care Provider Representative

Andrea Dunckel

I.D.E.A. Representative

Richard Forrester

Department of Children and Families Representative

JewRonda Greene

Episcopal Children's Services, Inc./Head Start

Gustavo Henriquez

Regional Workforce Board Representative

Danielle Jarrett

Lake County Schools

Aaron Kissler

County Health Dept. Director

Robert Redding

DCF Protective Services

Brandi Simmons

Faith Based Child Care Provider Representative

Kirby Smith

Commissioner Lake County

Laura Tolbert

Private Sector Business

Page Whittle

Private Sector Business

If you are interested in being a volunteer member of our Board of Directors, click below to complete the ELCLC Board of Directors Nomination Form.

On-Line Board Nomination Form

If you are interested in serving on our board as a Governor Appointed Member, please click the link below to apply today.


Staff Directory


Lesha Buchbinder

Chief Executive Officer

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Joanne Brinck

Operations Support Specialist

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Metria Leo-Willis

Executive Director

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Family Services

Timothy Layne

Chief Program Officer

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Lillian Lopez

Family Services Specialist

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Teressa Parrish

Family Services Specialist

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Takeisha Mars

Family Services Specialist

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Wanda Gomes-Bey

Administrative Support Specialist

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Jessica Mullins

Child Development Coordinator

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Greg Thomas

Chief Financial Officer

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Jennifer Aldrich

Reimbursement Manager

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Wynderlon Blunt

Reimbursement Specialist

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Denise Dye

Fiscal Specialist1

Help Me Grow

Justine Reina

Help Me Grow Care Coordinator

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Quality Department

Tameka Mays

Chief Quality Officer

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Nelida Diop

Infant/Toddler PreK Inclusion Specialist

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Phyllis Beveridge

Early Childhood Specialist

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Rometha Presley

Early Education Specialist

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Lawana Tucker

Early Education Specialist

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SherRhonda Marsh

Early Education Specialist


Simone Smith

Chief Compliance Officer

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Joy Flynn

Compliance Specialist

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Tanya Goulbourne

Compliance Specialist

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Amber Tate

Compliance Specialist

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Alanna Rosario

Quality Assurance Specialist

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Career Opportunities

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