Board of Directors
Robert Gundling, President – Dr. Robert Gundling has over forty years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator. His career started as a kindergarten teacher in a public school system and includes leadership positions in Early Childhood Education at the local, state and national level. He has experience as an Adjunct Faculty member teaching courses in Human Development, Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction courses. His professional identity is as a practitioner passionate about doing everything possible to ensure all children have the opportunity to participate in a high quality early care and education program that provides them with the foundation they need to thrive in life. He is currently serving as a Senior Consultant with Better Futures, LLC Consulting Services. The services offered to clients include individualized services to solve problems and meet the needs of Early Care and Education Providers who are committed to making a significant, positive difference in the lives of those they serve. He is also the current President of the DC Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC). For more information about his work, go to www.betterfuturesdc.com
Frances J. Rollins, Past President
Berna Artis, Vice President for Programs – Berna has been in education field for over 16 years. She has a B.A. in English Language Teaching and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education. She taught children between the ages of two and 16 years old. In 2006 she transitioned to her first administrative role where she started her work with children, families and educators. Berna has a strong passion to support and advocate for diversity and equity in education. She has many years of experience working with a diverse population including variety of family styles, ethnicities, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. She enjoys volunteering which includes providing trainings for teachers, families, taking part in various workgroups such as QIRS and the Week of the Young Child, serving as a board member at her son’s school and being actively involved in local early childhood organizations and presenting at local conferences and seminars. Berna lives in Maryland with her son and her husband. She currently works in Washington DC as the Executive Director of an early learning program named Tiny Findings Inc. If you would like to read a sample of her work, you can visit www.atlanticmoon.blog.
Will Kuehnle, Vice President for Membership
Rosa Moraes, Treasurer –Rosa Moraes serves as the Early Childhood Education Program Director at CentroNía for eight years, and she currently the Director of the QIN-HUB Standards and Compliances. She has over 25 years serving children, families, the community, and other educators in the area of education, curriculum, special education and professional development. She also collaborated with local levels agencies to develop a high quality, transform and shape early childhood education program. She has leadership skills and extensive knowledge of early childhood development and growth linking them to improve outcomes for young children, and make use of data for continuous quality improvement. She has a particular expertise and background in instructional coaching and mentoring new teachers. Rosa is part of the board at DCAEYC as treasurer, DC Head Start Association as website coordinator, and an active Coast Guard Auxiliary. Rosa holds a Masters of Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Catholic University of America, Washington DC and a Bachelor of Arts of Human Development from Trinity University, Washington DC. She lives in the District of Columbia.
Denise Rogers, Secretary