Rhian Evans Allvin
Rhian Evans Allvin is the executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization as well as overseeing the daily operations. Before joining NAEYC, Evans Allvin was a guiding force in Arizona’s early childhood movement for more than 15 years. In 2006 she co-wrote the citizen’s ballot initiative that created First Things First (FTF) which set aside Arizona’s tobacco tax monies for children birth to five and created a state agency whose purpose is to ensure all Arizona children start kindergarten prepared to be successful in school and in life. Rhian has authored a number of white papers, articles, policy briefs, and reports on various topics. She coauthored a report on the state of early care and education in Arizona, Building Our Foundation: Assessing Early Care and Education in Arizona, for the Arizona Community Foundation. She has given numerous presentations to diverse local and national audiences. Rhian holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree in business administration from Arizona State University.
Barbara A. Willer, PhD
Barbara A. Willer is NAEYC’s Deputy Executive Director for Program Recognition and Support. She leads the Program Recognition and Support Division, which sets and monitors standards of quality for early childhood education programs serving young children and professional preparation programs in institutions of higher education. Frequently quoted in the national press and family-oriented magazines on issues related to early childhood development, child care, and early education, Dr. Willer has made numerous appearances on network and cable television, including NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Lifetime Television, CNN, and Fox Morning News. Dr. Willer has authored various publications regarding NAEYC Accreditation and on issues related to school readiness, the quality and affordability of early childhood programs, and early childhood professional development. She holds a doctorate in human development and family studies from Cornell University.
Adele B. Robinson, JD
Adele B. Robinson is NAEYC’s Deputy Executive Director for Policy & Public Affairs. She oversees public policy advocacy, lobbying directly the U.S. Congress and federal Executive Branch, and providing technical assistance to NAEYC affiliates in their advocacy work at the state and local levels. Prior to joining NAEYC, Ms. Robinson was a Senior Program Associate in the Government Relations division of the National Education Association and was Director of Government Relations for the National Association of State Boards of Education. She was a Legislative Assistant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and was responsible for legislation relating to early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, and higher education. Ms. Robinson is coauthor of Advocates in Action: Making a Difference for Young Children, an advocacy guide used by many colleges in policy course work. She earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her law degree from Boston University School of Law.
Kyle L. Snow, PhD
Kyle Snow is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Senior Scholar at NAEYC. Prior to joining NAEYC, Dr. Snow was a senior research psychologist at RTI International and the Director of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Program in Early Learning and School Readiness. His research has focused on young children, with special emphasis on early care and education and school readiness. At RTI, he served as Principal Investigator for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth (ECLS-B). He also has conducted research on the long-term effects of child maltreatment. In addition, Dr. Snow is co-editor and contributing author of School Readiness, Early Learning, and the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability. Dr. Snow holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Castleton State College and a master’s degree and doctorate in Human Development from Cornell University.
Peter Pizzolongo is Associate Executive Director of NAEYC’s Professional Development Solutions Department. He previously worked as the Senior Director, Professional Development at NAEYC. Before joining NAEYC, Mr. Pizzolongo was a division director for a Washington-based social sciences research and management support firm. He has more than 30 years of experience as an author, training and technical assistance provider, researcher, program evaluator, Head Start and child care agency administrator, child care resource and referral agency director, and teacher of toddlers and preschoolers. Mr. Pizzolongo holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and child development from the University of Delaware.
Marica Cox Mitchell
Marica Cox Mitchell is the Director of Higher Education Accreditation and Program Support at NAEYC. She has been in the early childhood education field for more than 12 years and has worked in both administrative and classroom settings. She previously led the professional development department at the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In that role, she developed key professional development system components including career guide and credentials, professional registry, trainer approval program and workforce qualification standards. During an earlier tenure at NAEYC, she supported the pilot and launch of NAEYC’s Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation system. Ms. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of the District of Columbia and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Scranton.