Vote for Policy Council Candidates 2021-22SY

Vote for Policy Council Candidates 2021-22SY
Posted on 09/29/2021
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Click here to learn more about Policy Councils from the National Head Start Association. Printed ballots are also available at the ECEC front office. Or, you can call/text 480-241-1854 to submit your vote. Thank you for your participation! Click here to learn more about our Policy Council meetings.




EARLY HEAD START CANDIDATES - Select 2

There are eight candidates to represent Early Head Start on the ECEC Policy Council. They wrote the bios below themselves (the bios are unaltered). Click here to download a PDF of all the EHS candidate bios. They are listed in alphabetical order: Brittany Barranca, Marianne Cashoya, Jocy Goseyun, Allison Lewis, Kim Manuel, Jenna-Vee Munoz, Tiphani Thomas, and Felicia Toya. Please select two. You may also write-in another candidate of your choosing.

Brittany Barranca
  My name is Brittany Barranca, I am 36 years young enrolled member of SRPMIC. My husband Luis and I are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children which whom all have and are currently attending ECEC. Our oldest McKayden is 15 years old and thriving in IB and AVID programs at Westwood High School. Our daughter Penelope is 11 years old and is excitingly finishing her last year of elementary at Benjamin Franklin East. Our 3 and 1½ year old are currently at ECEC. I have been employed for almost 3 years with Community Development Department as the Residential Resources Secretary. I was a Blackjack dealer for 6 ½ years for both Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

As the role of Policy Council, I see a group of collected individuals assembled to make the best, most respected and safest decisions for our children. I have always been invested in devoting my time volunteering in our older children’s classrooms, school libraries and helping teachers who need an extra hand. I am familiar with classrooms, keeping myself busy and unseen when I am helping. I also have a personal belief in education being a huge role in our children’s lives in every aspect of growing, whether it be socially or fundamentally. It’s very important for children to be present.

As far as skills, I am absolutely available to learn, grow within myself and for our kids and the Community. I have great communication skills. I can help deescalate any situation in every sense. I can listen to issues, problems and concerns with a great ear and find helpful solutions. I am understanding and can empathize yet be firm enough to not take things personally. I am willing to take on challenges, make the best and safest decision for Salt River School. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Marianne Cashoya
  Hello, I am Marianne Cashoya, a member of SRPMIC. I have guardianship of my two great nephews since they were babies. The oldest is in Kindergarten and the other attends ECEC in the preschool program. We have been a part of the ECEC family for the past several years. I am currently employed with the Gaming enterprises as the Casino Audit Manager and have been with the company for 14 years.

I am hoping to continue to be a part of the Policy Council. I feel the first year serving on Policy Council, especially this last year, was more of a learning process. While a bit difficult, I would like to continue to help make changes for the families, to be a part of the communication and changes happening at ECEC.

I see the role of the Policy Council is to approve changes, review budgets and policies as needed. Help council ECEC staff in implementing new policies and changes to daily routines. In addition, to share any of these changes and updates to ECEC families as needed.

The skills, experience I provide to the Policy Council is my Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. My work experience includes looking at budgets and finances, to work with and as a group. Raising young children helps me focus on what is important for them and to them.

Jocy Goseyun
  Hi I’m Jocy Goseyun, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and my family is here in Salt River. My daughter is in the Early Head Start at ECEC and she is my world. My desire is to provide the best life I can for her and my family. I just completed my HVAC schooling and now am working that field. I love sports, anyone who knows me can attest to it.

Why I am interested in joining Policy Council is to be familiar with the policy and decision making and communicate to others. I also want to promote the culture aspect that is included in their education at ECEC. I am big on learning the language and songs. I know about my Apache side but am learning my daughter’s as well.

The role of Policy Council is to be informative to the general public; considering changes, looking at option, voicing our thoughts. Not arguing but being productive and listening, really hearing; be a good communicator. If we get the parents/guardians involved in their child’s education then it is a smoother transitions all around.

The skills and life experience I provide to the Policy Council is working with children since I was in high school. The different roles have included coaching and babysitting. My sister has special needs, cerebral palsy. When she’d have a seizure and I learned how to take care her in that state and to be there to provide comfort. These skills I also use in sports and the activity aspect such as little league, basketball and football. I love involving the kids and to help them see a different light and different atmosphere; to create and be a positive outlet for them.

Allison Lewis
  Hi my name is Allison Lewis and I am a mother of two children that attend ECEC. They both started out in the Homebased program and they’ve been loving it ever since. I work in Student Transportation and I enjoy working with the children.

I am blessed to participate in my children’s school and make decisions that will impact their future here at ECEC. I have served two terms as Policy Council, PC and if elected this will be my third year.

I am interested in serving another term because I want to be a part of making the right decisions for our children and their education while at ECEC. I like that the parents share their views of what they and the community needs.

I see the role of being on the PC is the parents, educators and community coming together to make decisions that enhance student learning.


Kim Manuel
  Hi my name is Kim Manuel and I currently have 2 grandchildren attending ECEC. I am raising 6 grandchildren at this time. I have previously been a Policy Council Member. I enjoyed the opportunity to serve my Community and the children that attend ECEC. I work for the Tribal government.

During my term as a Policy Council member I enjoyed helping with the decision making of the policies that pertain to the operations of the ECEC facility. I liked helping our children succeed in their education with all possibilities that are presented to our Community. I would like to continue to fulfill the educational needs of our Community children.

The role of the Policy Council is to make sure all Policy and Procedures are met with all the necessary guidelines that are in place to operate the ECEC facility.

I currently work for the Tribal Government as a Gaming Investigator. I also have worked as a Benefits Coordinator and a Criminal Investigations Coordinator for the Tribal Government. I have knowledge in law enforcement and legal services. I can provide all my knowledge to help with any decisions, improvements or solutions for the ECEC facility.


Jenna-Vee Munoz
  Hello, my name is Jenna. I have two daughters, a two year old in the infant/toddler program and a 4 year old I hope will soon join the preschool program. This is our first year attending ECEC and plan to remain for the upcoming school years. I currently work in the membership/enrollment department for Salt River.

I am interested in joining Policy Council to help further the community’s education and be a voice for families. I also would like to be involved more within the school.
 
If elected, I will use my role to help bring teachers and parents together in addition to making positive changes. I will assist in making sure the most effective choices are made for the students and families.
 
I can use my communication skills to promote ways to communicate, volunteer, and bring in more opportunities that benefit the development of each individual.

Tiphani Thomas
  Tiphani Thomas: My grandfather was from Salt River and I grew up in White Mountain Apache reservation. I am Pima, Apache and Jemez Pueblo. I have worked for the Community for 6 years. I am an auditor within the Community. I have a 2 year old at ECEC and this is our first year.

I am interested in joining Policy Council so I can get involved in her education. I would like to be able to help make some decisions with the school.

What I see as the role of Policy Council is to be part of the decision making. To see what is happening and agree on the decisions that are made for all children attending school.

I will used my two master's degrees, an MBA-Masters of Business Administration and MAFM-Masters Accounting and Financial Management. This knowledge and skills will help in the role of Policy Council when looking at budgets.


Felicia Toya
  I’m Felicia, a member of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. I am a single mother of four. I have two children that are at ECEC, one in Head Start and the other in Early Head Start. I work and I am currently in school full time for health care administration. I do it all. I enjoy spending time with my children. We enjoy watching Master Chef Jr., they get excited to help and that makes cooking easier. We enjoy eating, what we made.

Why I am interested in serving on Policy Council is that I have experience in serving, completing three terms. I would like to use my medical knowledge. I am a parent and I was employed for 2 years at ECEC as a Health Assistant in 2014-2016. With this background I can show both perspectives and help parents and families of the Community.
 
Policy Council is important, you are helping make decisions for the children. It is awesome to be included in those conversations and decisions.
 
If I am elected as Policy Council representative, I will used my 10 years of medical assistant experience and education. How this is important because Head Start has requirements and protocols in the area health, including hearing, vision, healthy eating and overall health of the children.


HEAD START CANDIDATES - Select 3

There are three candidates to represent Head Start on the ECEC Policy Council. You'll notice they are also Early Head Start candidates (same unaltered bios below). Click here to download a PDF of all the HS candidate bios. They are listed in alphabetical order: Brittany Barranca, Allison Lewis, and Felicia Toya. Please select three. You may also write-in another candidate of your choosing.

Brittany Barranca
  My name is Brittany Barranca, I am 36 years young enrolled member of SRPMIC. My husband Luis and I are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children which whom all have and are currently attending ECEC. Our oldest McKayden is 15 years old and thriving in IB and AVID programs at Westwood High School. Our daughter Penelope is 11 years old and is excitingly finishing her last year of elementary at Benjamin Franklin East. Our 3 and 1½ year old are currently at ECEC. I have been employed for almost 3 years with Community Development Department as the Residential Resources Secretary. I was a Blackjack dealer for 6 ½ years for both Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

As the role of Policy Council, I see a group of collected individuals assembled to make the best, most respected and safest decisions for our children. I have always been invested in devoting my time volunteering in our older children’s classrooms, school libraries and helping teachers who need an extra hand. I am familiar with classrooms, keeping myself busy and unseen when I am helping. I also have a personal belief in education being a huge role in our children’s lives in every aspect of growing, whether it be socially or fundamentally. It’s very important for children to be present.

As far as skills, I am absolutely available to learn, grow within myself and for our kids and the Community. I have great communication skills. I can help deescalate any situation in every sense. I can listen to issues, problems and concerns with a great ear and find helpful solutions. I am understanding and can empathize yet be firm enough to not take things personally. I am willing to take on challenges, make the best and safest decision for Salt River School. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Allison Lewis
  Hi my name is Allison Lewis and I am a mother of two children that attend ECEC. They both started out in the Homebased program and they’ve been loving it ever since. I work in Student Transportation and I enjoy working with the children.

I am blessed to participate in my children’s school and make decisions that will impact their future here at ECEC. I have served two terms as Policy Council, PC and if elected this will be my third year.

I am interested in serving another term because I want to be a part of making the right decisions for our children and their education while at ECEC. I like that the parents share their views of what they and the community needs.

I see the role of being on the PC is the parents, educators and community coming together to make decisions that enhance student learning.


Felicia Toya
  I’m Felicia, a member of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. I am a single mother of four. I have two children that are at ECEC, one in Head Start and the other in Early Head Start. I work and I am currently in school full time for health care administration. I do it all. I enjoy spending time with my children. We enjoy watching Master Chef Jr., they get excited to help and that makes cooking easier. We enjoy eating, what we made.

Why I am interested in serving on Policy Council is that I have experience in serving, completing three terms. I would like to use my medical knowledge. I am a parent and I was employed for 2 years at ECEC as a Health Assistant in 2014-2016. With this background I can show both perspectives and help parents and families of the Community.

Policy Council is important, you are helping make decisions for the children. It is awesome to be included in those conversations and decisions.

If I am elected as Policy Council representative, I will used my 10 years of medical assistant experience and education. How this is important because Head Start has requirements and protocols in the area health, including hearing, vision, healthy eating and overall health of the children.


HOME BASE CANDIDATE - Select 1

Luz Jimenez is the candidate on the ballot to represent the Home Base program on the ECEC Policy Council. Her bio is coming soon. Please select one candidate. You may also write-in another candidate of your choosing.


EDUCATION BOARD CANDIDATE - Select 1

Heaven Sepulveda was nominated by the Salt River Schools Education Board to represent them on the Policy Council. Please select one candidate. You may also write-in another candidate of your choosing.

Heaven Sepulveda
  Education Board Member Heaven Sepulveda: Hello, I am an enrolled Community Member and currently on my third year of serving on the Salt River School Board. I have two children, and one that was previously a student here at ECEC. I completed my internship for my grad school program at ECEC while attending ASU. I eventually taught here as well. I have served previous terms on Policy Council and I was once again nominated. I am very excited to continuing working.

What do you see as the role of the Policy Council? I will be the direct communication between the Policy Council and the Education Board.

Explain what you could bring to the Policy Council if you were elected to serve? I earned my bachelor’s degree from ASU in Family Human Development and my master’s degree in Infant mental Health. I bring my experience as both a parent and an educator.


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