Tess Cannon
Director

From a very young age, I had a budding passion for working with children. As a young girl, still in elementary school, I would spend my weekends in the church nursery helping with, playing with, and trying to hold all of the babies. I did quite a bit a babysitting throughout my adolescence, and knew that my heart belonged to early childhood. My passion for early childhood really took flight during my undergrad years as I majored in Early Childhood Education at Southern Wesleyan University and earned my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education in 2012. Shortly after graduation I began working in a childcare facility as the Kindergarten Readiness teacher. I continued my career later as a preschool teacher at Seneca Baptist Preschool.  In 2014, I moved to Texas and began working as a toddler teacher here at the coalition. In March of 2015, I took a position at Collaborative for Children as an assessor with the Texas Rising Star Quality Improvement Rating System and helped conduct assessments in over 200 childcare program across the 13 county Gulf Coast region. During my time with Collaborative, my passion for quality education for young children and families grew immensely and I began the journey toward attaining my masters in Early Childhood Studies with Policy and Advocacy at Walden University, which I will complete in the spring of 2017. I returned to the Coalition in June of 2016 and stepped into the director’s position in July. I could not be more excited to be a part of ChilCo, collaborating with each and every person who walks through our doors and supporting each child as they strive to reach their full potential! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughter, Raegan, and my family. I also like crafting, music, and simply enjoying life!

 
 

Amy Musick
2017 President  

Amy joined the board in 2014.  She was previously involved in 2012 but took a leave of absence for the birth of her second daughter.

Amy and her oldest daughter, Abby.

Amy and her oldest daughter, Abby.

 
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Kevin Scott
President Elect

I've lived in Galveston for 12 years.

In that time I've restored two historic houses, fathered three kids (Georgia - 6, Lola - 3, and Peter - 1), and suffered through one really, really intense sunburn.

By day I'm the purchasing manager for a local construction company.  By night I'm struggling to out-parent the rest of you.

My partner in life, Lauren, is a past president of ChilCo, so I know everything.  All of it.

Introverted feminist.  Comedian (as you can tell).

 
 
 

Christie Shumate
Past President 

Previously serving as the Classroom Committee Chair, Christie became President Elect in January 2015 and is currently serving as Past President.

Christie, David, and their daughters, Eden and Daphne.

Christie, David, and their daughters, Eden and Daphne.

 
 

Sasha Clark
Secretary

Sasha joined the board in 2017.

 

Carrie Sumrall
Treasurer

Carrie joined the board in January 2015.

 
 
 

Elise Worthen
Classroom Committee

Elise served on the Board of Directors as Secretary from 2013-2014.  She became the Classroom Committee Chair in January 2015.  The Classroom Committee oversees communication with room parents and arranges for special events like Teacher Appreciation Week and celebrating teacher birthdays.  

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Natalie Bullock
Assistant Director

Natalie has been a teacher at CCG since 2009 and began serving as the Fundraising Committee Co-Chair in 2015. She is currently a lead teacher and serving as the Assistant Director.

 
 
 

Kimberly Barfield
Fundraising Chair

Kim joined the board in 2017. The Fundraising Committee researches and organizes the bulk of our fundraising efforts at CCG.

 
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Lea Walker
Communications

Lea was raised in Galveston and returned to raise her family here after graduating from UT Austin and marrying her also Galveston native husband.  She enjoys watching her kids play sports, boating, cooking, gardening and doing house projects.  She has two girls and a boy, Davis, who has attended the coalition since 2014.