Early Connections Annual Report 2016-2017



Early Connections is pleased to present the information in this annual report to the community. We remain committed

to our mission, providing leadership, advocacy, and quality programs in early care and education. We believe this

represents the best means to assist young children and their families, giving young learners the enthusiasm and tools

to succeed in their future education.

We work closely with our community partners to continually increase children’s access to quality early learning, and to

provide an increasingly-diverse community of learners with multiple opportunities and means to explore new

information, skills, and ideas.

In this report, we highlight Early Connections’ work during the 2016-2017 year within our organization and with our

many community partners and supporters. We continue to work for Erie County’s future by inspiring children’s love of

learning and by connecting with families to ensure their children’s success.

Laura Schaaf

President of the Board of Directors

Darlene E. Kovacs

Executive Director



Board President

Laura Schaaf

Director of Giving

Barber National Institute

Board Vice President

Michael Plazony

Senior Vice President

Erie Insurance Life Division

Board Secretary

Sarah Howard

Wellspring of Life LLC

Board Treasurer

Lori M. Hetrick

Vice President of Finance

Village at Luther Square

Katie Jones

Community Office Manager

ERIEBANK Harborcreek

Michael Thomas, Esq.


MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP


Darlene E. Kovacs

Executive Director

Michelle Harkins

Associate Executive Director

Family Support Program Supervisor

Matthew Turek

Vice President of Finance

Tracy Robison Chandler

Vice President of Professional Development

Kimberly Beers

Vice President of Outreach/Success By 6

Scholarship Director

Holly Platte

Human Resources Coordinator

Abby Perry

Family Support Case Manager

Jayne Deutsch

Administrative Assistant



Nancy Dahlquist

Maggie Heslop

Early Connections, City Center

Kate Beer

Early Connections, Housing Authority

of the City of Erie

Stephanie McIntosh

Early Connections, North East

Stephanie King

Early Connections, West Side

Carlie Eck

Early Connections, Union City

Jacqui Catrabone

Director, Nonprofit and Community Services

Strategy Solutions

Dr. Janet Wojtalik

Former Special Education Teacher

and School Administrator, Author

Early Connections is a 501(c)3

nonprofit organization-contributions

to which are tax deductible to the

fullest extent permitted by law.

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