Executive Director

Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D.

Executive Director
New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District

Dr. Wendy Waithe Simmons is the Executive Director New Haven ChILD. She is also a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with children and families. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the lives of children and families through teaching, direct clinical service, consultation, program development, and research in both educational and clinical settings. She believes that all children deserve to have the opportunity to…
  • The NH ChILD Board of Directors meets regularly to provide fiduciary governance for the organization. Members support NH ChILD’s strategic vision and missions while providing sound stewardship. Activities includes adopting sound ethical and legal policies, oversight of the fiscal management policies and practices, organizational advocacy, as well as the hiring and supervision of the Executive Director.

    The New Haven Founding Advisory Council is the community of stakeholders responsible for the initial vision and strategic direction of NH ChILD. They will continue to advise the Executive Director and support the programmatic efforts the organization.

    This group of dedicated individuals represent those who are directly impacted by the work of NH ChILD. They are the parents of children ages birth to 8 and/or direct service providers to that age group. Every day they interact with children, either their own or those that they serve, and are uniquely able to inform NH ChILD’s programmatic goals and strategies.

Advisory Council

Sarah Arnold

Public Policy and Outreach Coordinator, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)
Doctoral Student, Wheelock School of Education, Boston University

Erik Clemons

Leader, Community Leadership Program
Member, State Board of Education

James Comer, MD, MPH

Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center
Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine

Camille Cooper

Lecturer in the Child Study Center
Director of Teaching and Learning for the School Development Program

Karen DuBois-Walton Ph.D.

Executive Director, Elm City Communities
Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Leader, Community Leadership Program

Sarah Fabish

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
New Haven Early Childhood Council

Chrisanne Gayl

Senior Director, Policy and Programs

Eliza Halsey

Executive Director, Elm City Montessori School

Jennifer Heath

President and CEO
United Way of Greater New Haven

Peg Oliveira Ph.D.

Executive Director, Gesell Program in Early Childhood at the Yale Child Study Center

Jessica Powell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education
Early Childhood Education Programs Coordinator
Co-Director, Educational Justice Collective (Formerly Urban Ed Fellows)
School of Education
Southern Connecticut State University

Ellen Roche

Executive Director, Trust for Learning

Helen Rosenberg

Economic Development Officer
City of New Haven Office of Economic Development

Allyx Schiavone

Executive Director,
Friends Center for Children
Fellow, Community Leadership Program Member,
New Haven Early Childhood Council
Member, School Readiness Provider

Emily Sharrock

Associate Vice President, Strategy & New Program Design, Bank Street College

Fahd Vahidy

Philanthropic Advisor,
Graustein Family Office

Janna Wagner

Co-Founder/Chief Learning Officer, All Our Kin