Jared Lisonbee, UTCAP Head Start

UAEYC Board President

UAEYC Governing Board Members

Are  you a former UAEYC Board Member? Are you ready to make a difference for Early Childhood Professionals in Utah? Ready to help us expand our programming and outreach? We are looking for someone like you to be a future leader of our state-wide organization! Contact us at assist@uaeyc.org  for more information.

I personally facilitate HIGH QUALITY learning environments for children; I also instruct early childhood education classes to adults. More often than not I have found that, due to mostly the lack of higher education, providers set up environments to “prepare” children for perceived success in school, instead of ensuring that because they are little children with developing brains and active bodies, they learn through exploration. We need influential big humans like you that know that we don’t push tiny humans for school readiness but facilitate environments that encourage exploration, imagination and true childhood happiness that builds so much self-esteem that all children are innately ready to be successful in school.

2019- 2020

UAEYC Executive Board


UAEYC President Elect

Crystal Knippers, Director of CAC @ WSU

UAEYC Board Secretary

Kathie MacKay​, BYU Faculty Member

UAEYC Vice President

2019- 2020 

UAEYC Board Members

I am committed to building and supporting high-quality early learning experiences for all children through educating and strengthening parents and teachers working with young children and supporting cultural and political shifts that will benefit all children.

Ilse Wilson, Director @ Fairyland Family Childcare

UAEYC Board Treasurer

Public Policy Chair: Connie Wang, UVU CAC Staff

Membership Co-Chairs: Janet Wahlquist, WSU CAC & Shannon Leininger, UCU CAC

Accreditation Chair: JamieLynn Galloway, Director @ Bright Horizons-Overstock.com

Accreditation Co-Chair: Kim Rice,  Southern Regional Manager, Child Care Licensing

Development: Lynn Curtis, Owner of Children's Academy Preschool

Hospitality Chair: Ana Cuenca, Owner of Cuenca's Learn & Grow Preschool 

NAEYC Liaison: Teri Henke, WSU Faculty

​T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Committee Chair: Carolyn Christensen, UT CAP Staff

Membership Representatives:

Eastern Rep: Christina Pay, USU Eastern CAC Staff

Southern Rep: Brittney Nelson, Washington CO Preschool Coordinator

Northern Rep: Leah Stanton, JCC Teacher