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
FRANCES J. ROLLINS
Frances J. Rollins is a native Washingtonian who has devoted her career to providing high-quality programs and services to young children, their families, youth and adults living in the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the nation's capital. Ms. Rollins has served as the Director of several Early Childhood Education Centers and as a Coordinator for the Child Development Associate (CDA) course for students attending the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). For the past fifty years, Ms. Rollins has served as the founder. President and CEO of Sunshine Early Learning Center and Southeast Children's Fund. These organizations offer high-quality Early Childhood Education Centers for young children, 6 weeks – 10 years old. All of the Centers are accredited by NAEYC. Southeast Children's Fund includes a Professional Development Institute that is an approved Post Secondary Non-degree bearing Organization that offers a variety of professional development activities for those entering and those with experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Southeast Children's Fund offers the Child Development 120 hour course to prepare candidates to apply for their CDA. Ms. Rollins has a Bachelor's Degree in Adult Learning and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the immediate Past President of DCAEYC.
Vice President of Membership
Jacqueline Hines received a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowie State College. She has extensive experience working in the Wilson County, North Carolina school system, DC Public Schools system, and numerous community-based organizations including both residential and child care programs. She has been an Infant/Toddler Coordinator in worksite centers and a Lead Preschool Teacher with Bright Horizons. In 2000, she began her work as a Washington Teachers’ Union Building Representative as well as a Board of Trustee member of the Executive Board. She has skills in union organizing and program development and has served as a field staff community liaison for the past 2 years.
Jacqueline is a member of the WTU and DCAEYC ECE Task Force and serves as a Trustee with the WTU VEBA Board. She chairs the William “Bill” Simons Scholarship Committee and is a member of the National Black Child Development Institute, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Jacqueline is the mother of Jon and three exceptional grandchildren, Jon the Second, Autumn, and Harmony.
Jolleen Tran is a native Washingtonian and an early childhood educator. Previously, she worked in the private sector before dedicating her career to supporting and empowering youth. She currently works as a Kindergarten teacher for FCPS where she mentors students and is a part of numerous committees. Jolleen continues to volunteer, learn, and advocate for high-quality learning for all children. Jolleen earned her bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her master's in early childhood education from George Mason University.
De Lancey, also known as Bonnie, is an Accredited Family Child Care Provider that has been serving the Capitol Hill area for 23 years. Graduating from Southeastern University, Yvonne received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Early Childcare Education. She is the owner and founder of Bre Bre’s Child Development Home and former executive director of Footsteps of Children Child Development Center, where she continues to give the best possible learning experiences that will help prepare and develop young children. Yvonne Stewart – De Lancey is a big believer in service where she serves many boards and committees that address Early Childhood Education. She was the former mentor of the Washington Child Development Council, former observer of the National Association of Family Child Care, and the former correspondent secretary for New Family Child Care Providers Association. Currently she sits on the board of the DC National Association for the Education of Young Children, the DC Family Child Care Association, as well as the DC Early Learning Collaborative. Lastly, she is a member of the Washington Association of Child Care Centers. Furthermore it is Yvonne’s philosophy to ensure that her program is developmentally appropriate, as well as, spiritually and emotionally supportive for children from birth to age three.
Rahshita Lowe-Watson is a committed, student-focused Early childhood educator for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She has been an educator and advocate for children and their families for over 16 years. Rahshita is dedicated to enthusiastic and progressive education as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in all children. She firmly believes in helping children overcome barriers that impact their learning. Rahshita served as grade-level chair in which she mentored and supported classroom teachers. She is a member of the NAEYC Black Caucus Mentoring Initiative and is currently serving as Chair for the Washington Teacher's Union and DCAEYC Early Childhood Task Force.
Rahshita holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has also earned a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in bilingual/ESL from Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL. Rahshita resides in Maryland and enjoys the visual arts and writing.
At-Large Board Member
Michael Truesdale is the School Director at Educare DC. Mr. Truesdale has an extensive background in Early Head Start and Head Start programs having held many different roles throughout his career, from classroom teacher to instructional specialist to center director. He holds a master’s degree in human services from Capella University and a bachelor’s in non-profit administration from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Mr. Truesdale believes that each child is a unique individual. His model is to be sensitive to their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. He believes in providing developmentally appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning and helping children enjoy successful experiences. As the School Director at Educare DC he encourages not just learning, but the love of learning. Mr. Truesdale is a resident of Washington, DC, living and working in the Ward 7 community where he advocates for all children and families not only through his work at Educare DC but as a board member of DCAEYC, an affiliate of National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Vice President of Programming
Over the last 10 years, Kamren J.M. Rollins has built his life and career on one simple principle: Servant leadership. This principle is what’s earned him the ability to garner the buy-in from team members, community stakeholders, and city officials throughout Washington, DC, and Atlanta, Georgia.
After graduating from McKinley Technology High School in 2014, he matriculated to Morehouse College and became a member of the class of 2018. While at Morehouse, he had the honor of serving as the President of the Student Government Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of the college, and co-founder and President of LYTEhouse, a mentoring and community engagement organization. He helped to execute Get on the Bus, a series of empowerment ceremonies for students in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. high schools; which has featured over 1500 black-male student participants in workshops concerning awareness, emotional intelligence, identity, and conflict resolution.
Kamren currently serves as the Interim CEO of Sunshine Early Learning Center and the Vice President of Southeast Children's Fund where he leads the daily operation of these organizations that serve over 250 young children, families, youth, and adults. He is a member of the NAEYC's Black Caucus Mentoring Program and serves as a board member on the DC Early Learning Collaborative.