In California, the community college and state university systems educate the majority of California’s early childhood professionals. With data indicating that 2 out of 3 American children under age 5 receive some form of nonparental child care—most often within the first year of life—the need for a highly trained early care and education workforce is clear.

The Simms/Mann Institute Faculty Fellowship was designed specifically for California community college and state university faculty in the fields of child development, early childhood education, psychology, and related areas of nursing. The Fellowship recognized faculty whose professional experience, leadership ability, and interest in exploring and integrating research related to early childhood development had the potential to make significant contributions to the field and the broader community.

Desired Impact

The goals of the Fellowship were to highlight the importance of the earliest years in a child’s life on their lifelong health. The Fellowship focused on resilience and positive relationships, raising awareness of the critical role community colleges play in the early childhood field, and elevating the quality of academic scholarship in the community college realm. The Fellows engaged in year-long research projects that were featured at the annual Think Tank.

As a result of this Fellowship, community college and state university faculty were able to immediately incorporate leading-edge research into their classrooms, invigorate their teaching, and stimulate student interest in learning. As such, their students were equipped with the knowledge and experience to become leaders in the early child education workforce.

Faculty Fellows 2015-2016

Adrienne Seegers, MA

Columbia College

Alison Ventura, PhD, FTOS

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Amanda Wilcox Herzog, PhD

California State University, San Bernardino

Annie White, Ed.D.

California State University, Channel Islands

Cheryl Williams Jackson, PsyD

Modesto Junior College

Cynthia Sheaks-McGowan, EdD

Modesto Junior College

Donna Greene, MA

College of the Desert

Gina A. Cook, PhD

California State University, Stanislaus

Kimberly D’Anna Hernandez, PhD

California State University, San Marcos


Kristina de Korsak, PhD

Sonoma State University

Sarah Garrity, EdD

San Diego State University

Sujatha (Suji) Venkataraman, MA

San Mateo Community College

Treshawn Anderson, PhD

California State University, Long Beach

Faculty Fellows 2014-2015

Debbie Cazares, PhD

Riverside City College

Kristy Gose

Fresno City College

Margaret (Peggy) Kidwell-Udin

El Camino College

Jennifer Montgomery

El Camino College

Marni Roosevelt

Los Angeles Valley College

Mark F. Whitney, PhD

MiraCosta College

Faculty Fellows 2013-2014

Eve Adler

Santa Monica College

Kimberly Karkos

Oxnard College

Judy Osterhage

Santa Barbara City College

Wendy Parise

Santa Monica Colleg

Ellen Stoddard

Santa Barbara City College

Katie Worsdale

Santa Barbara City College