Meet the Staff
Nancie Linville - Early Childhood Professional Development System Director
Nancie has an extensive background in early childhood, business development and technology. Nancie's thirty year career includes serving as Vice President of the Institute at Clayton Early Learning. Key Institute programs included leading the statewide Strengthening EC Professional Development through Community Colleges, Buell Early Childhood Leadership program at the graduate level, coaching and program evaluation for School Readiness, Denver Preschool Program and Early Reading First.
Nancie also served as Vice President of Business Development at Educare Colorado during the initial statewide roll-out of the Qualistar Rating, as Director of New Business Development at the Community College of Denver to expand early childhood education programs and has worked extensively with K-12 school districts across Colorado. Nancie was also Director of Corporate Relations and Coordinator of Best Practices in Education at the Education Commission of the States, working to promote positive large-scale systems change in early education and public school reform.
Her hands-on early childhood experience includes serving as Director of Russell Child Development Center, a Kansas non-profit early intervention special education organization serving 300 families. Nancie earned her M.S. in Educational Leadership at Kansas State University and her B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education at Emporia State University.
Kathleen DeVries - Professional Development Information System Manager
Kathleen has more than thirty years of experience in early childhood education. Her involvement in the field includes preschool and elementary teaching, consulting and mentoring, and – most currently – teaching early care and education professionals at Red Rocks Community College. Additionally, she has served in a variety of positions in the community including work with Jefferson County Schools, Colorado Department of Higher Education and Colorado Department of Education.
Kathleen served as Early Childhood Education discipline chair with the Community College Faculty Coalition during the recent NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Departments project. Kathleen has served on both the P-3 Task Force and Colorado’s Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory and in the development of Colorado’s EC Professional Development Plan and the Early Childhood Competencies Framework for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.
Kathleen holds an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Colorado Denver.
Sondra Ranum - Early Childhood Professional Development Training/Credential Manager
Sondra has been the Assistant Program Director for the Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Initiative at the Colorado Department of Education since 2008 and was previously a Professional Development Coach with Clayton Early Learning. Additionally, Sondra serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Colorado Community College System and the University of Colorado. She has been actively involved in the work of the P3 Professional Development Advisory Team and the Colorado Coaching Consortium including the development of the Early Childhood Coaching Certificate at UCD.
Sondra has an MA in Educational Psychology, Human Development and an Advanced Infancy Certificate from UCD; she holds a Level IV Early Childhood Credential and is approved as an Advanced Trainer through TTASC.
With 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood as a teacher, administrator, trainer and coach, Sondra is most passionate about meeting the needs of Colorado’s youngest children and the ongoing professional development for those who work with them.
Jennifer O'Brien - Data and Communications Manager
Jennifer has served as the Data Coordinator for the Early Childhood Professional Development Team at the Colorado Department of Education. She has worked in a variety of settings to promote the well-being of children and their families. Jennifer has experience with multiple evaluation projects including a children’s mobile dental unit, an Early Head Start fatherhood program and an early childhood educational stipend evaluation. She has been actively involved in the P-3 Professional Development Advisory Team and the TQRIS Next Generation work. She has been involved with early childhood professional development for over a decade and is particularly interested in how data can support the early childhood workforce.
Jennifer has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University.
Kasey Herndon - Early Childhood Professional Development Program Support Consultant
Kasey previously worked at Laradon Alternative School and taught beginning piano to students under the age of 8 in the Denver Metro area. She has been at CDE since August 2013. Kasey received a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at Western Illinois Univeristy in 2012 and is currently completing a M.S. in Nonprofit Management at Regis University. Kasey brings skills in administrative support and student support services from her years at Western Illinois University.
In her free time she is a member of nonprofit volunteer committees for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and other local nonprofit efforts. She is also an active member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. She currently holds the position of Chapter Orientation Advisor for the 2014-2015 term under Alpha Tau Chapter based in Albuquerque, NM. She is a member of the National Expansion Committee for her sorority, as well.