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
Denise Rogers, Secretary