Our Staff

Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homelessness.

The BBI staff is deeply committed to quality early childhood education for homeless children and supporting their families with the services they need for healthy living. Our staff is well prepared to address the complex needs of our children and families. We set the bar high by requiring all lead teachers to hold a four-year degree in early childhood education or a similar focus of study, as well as experience working with young children in a classroom setting. We believe investing in our staff is important for the continued success of our young learners and, therefore, require all staff to complete at least 24 hours of professional development each year.

Meet our Executive Director

Marla Dean, a passionate educator and community leader, is the current Executive Director of Bright Beginnings, committed to the success and development of children and families in underserved communities.
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Our Staff

  • Dr. Marla M. Dean Executive Director/CEO
  • Doris Dupuy, Deputy Director
  • Sandra Ames, Accounting & Finance Manager
  • LeNesha Brown, Administrative Specialist II/HR
  • Jeanay Bullock, Workforce Development Manager
  • Taryn Cohen, Development Specialist
  • Whitney Faison, Communications & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Michelle George, Administrative Specialist (Data Entry)
  • Maria Hepler, Nutritionist Consultant
  • Jamie Holloway, Family Advocate
  • Precious Homer-Williams, ERSEA Intake/Outreach Specialist
  • Porsha James, Social Service Assistant
  • Melinda McGlohon, Part-Time Accountant (YPTC)
  • Tamara Perez, Family & Community Engagement Manager
  • Carolyn Pruitt, Master Teacher
  • Khadijah Saleem, Health Services Assistant
  • Alex Schneider, Workforce Development Assistant
  • Yasmin Shaffi, Education Manager
  • Shaquita Tillman, Mental Health and Disabilities Manager
  • Alissa Tombaugh, Home-Based Supervisor
  • Sherri Watkins, Health & Nutrition Manager
  • Ashley Williams, Family Advocate
  • Ernestina Wiseman-Certified, Licensed Kitchen Manager

BBI Teaching Team

  • Debra Barber
  • Sinknesh Bayou
  • Denise Day
  • April Fleming
  • Natalie Fleming
  • Juanita Goins
  • Summer Grimes
  • Sylvia Guerrero
  • Linda Harrison
  • Earnika Hedgeman
  • Tamia Hines
  • Alona Leibowitz
  • Mernique McNeill
  • Yenework Mola
  • Mikela Moore
  • Ethel Morgan
  • Roseline Nwoko
  • Yvonne Owens
  • Tara Perry
  • Marilyn Plummer
  • Robin Thompson
  • Helen Tinner
  • LaChe’ Washington
  • Natalie Wilson

BBI Home Visitors

  • Ida Bryant
  • Charnice Robinson
  • Ebony Tuzon
  • Katie Sommero
  • Bianca Lopez
  • Kendra Etheridge

Evening Care

  • Valerie Fleming, Evening Care Coordinator/ Licensed Food Handler
  • Yetunde Akinola, Evening Care Asssitant