Board of Directors & Staff

Patricia Sullivan, ECESF Board Co-chair

Patricia Sullivan, EdD transitioned from the YMCA after 10 years of service and opened Baby Steps Nature School in 1992; a family child care center which focuses on the joy and inspiration children experience in child-centered, hands-on outdoor learning. Pat is also the interim director of the San Francisco Family Child Care Association, an adjunct instructor in early childhood education at SFSU and CCSF and holds several seats on San Francisco’s early childhood education community boards and commissions.

Suzy Yu, ECESF Board Co-chair

Suzy Yu is a Educator for Mt. St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Epiphany Parent/Child Center where she is currently working with older toddlers. She has worked with newborn children to children of 5.9 years old. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 1988 when she graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. She earned her Associate’s Degree in 1996 in the field of ECE from City College of San Francisco and her Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 in La Raza Studies under a heavy influence in Childcare from San Francisco State University. Her various job titles in her 28 years in the ECE fields have spanned from aide, to associate teacher, to teacher, to mentor teacher, to site supervisor. Suzy has been an active member of ECESF since 2002 and joined the board in 2013. She was a mentor teacher for the CA ECE Mentor Program from 2007 to 2013 and is currently on the selection committee for the Mentor Program.

Sally Large, ECESF Board Treasurer

Sally Large started her career as an intake caseworker with the Bronx, NY Bureau of Child Welfare, followed by work as Assistant Director at the Hudson Guild Settlement House’s comprehensive child development program. Her advocacy for children and families of all backgrounds was inspired by these experiences. After relocating to California she became a research associate at  Stanford Research Institute.  She taught early childhood education classes at DeAnza and Canada Community Colleges and recently led the Director Seminars for the California Mentor Program through San Francisco City College. Prior to her current position as Executive Director at Friends of St. Francis Child Care Center, she worked as a facilities developer at ASIAN Inc., a training associate with the San Francisco Family Service Agency.

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Jessica Campos, ECESF Board member

Jessica is a Center Manager for an Early Head Start/Head Start program. The center services the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhoods of San Francisco and is operated by Wu Yee Children’s Services. As a passionate educator, Jessica seeks opportunities to support colleagues and families in achieving their goals, while being personally committed to life-long learning. Jessica has more than a decade of early childhood experience, which includes working with children from infancy to elementary school. She is dedicated to building community within each environment being served, and pushing the expectations to reach higher levels of growth through multiple partnerships with Community Based Organizations and planning events such as Pop Up Playgrounds and Block Parties.

Brooke Giesen, ECESF Board member

Brooke Giesen’s passion and love is Early Childhood Education. Brooke has been working in the field for 19 years. She began as a Teacher at The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay for 8 years. She then became the Lead Teacher for 6 years and promoted to Director for 8 years at The Community Preschool – Grace Cathedral, an intentionally socio-economically diverse, mixed age program. Brooke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from University of California Santa Cruz and a Program Director Permit from California Commission on Teacher Credentialing…

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Ivy Sw Ng, ECESF Board member

Ivy earned two Master Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. She also holds an Administrative Credential and a Multiple Subject Credential. She has been a Principal in the San Francisco Unified School District since 2008. Before becoming a school administrator, she was working as a teacher in the district for eight years.

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Patrick Romero, ECESF Board member

Patrick started working with young children as a Jumpstart corps member at Tufts University in 2002. After graduating he was honored with a Pearson Teacher Fellowship to teach at Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston. In 2009 he enrolled in San Francisco State University’s Masters program in Early Childhood Education while he taught at Noe Valley Parent Co-op. When he graduated he started working as a Head Start teacher with Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc…

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Madonna Stancil, ECESF Board member

Madonna R. Stancil, MA.Ed. is a Director at Pacific Primary School and lives in the Bayview community of San Francisco. Madonna has been a part of Early Care Educators of San Francisco (ECESSF) since 2007 after being introduced by Suzy Yu, another ECESF board member. She participated in ECESF’s 2019 ECE Issues event where educators presented key ECE issues to legislators and participated in their ECESF Leadership Program, as well as the Aotearoa New Zealand Early Childhood Study Tour. Madonna has over 30 years of teaching and mentoring experience which enable her to reach others with humor, warmth, transparency and strength. 

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Kaile Thomas, ECESF Board member

Kaile Thomas has been an advocate for children and families for over ten years, with experience running educational and non-profit programs as well as college-level instruction. She has experience presenting and working with diverse audiences across the nation. In her work at Safe & Sound, she has supported parents and providers in evaluating and employing strengths-based, trauma-informed practices for keeping children and communities safe. In her role as Educational Director at Family Service Agency, she implemented and strategized the vision for pedagogical leadership across four different early care and education sites in San Francisco. She also served as the Director of Training for the San Francisco Family Support Network. Currently, Kaile is the Executive Director at The Little School in San Francisco. Born and raised in San Francisco, Kaile holds a BA in Child and Adolescent Development, an MA in Early Childhood Education, and completed a post-graduate fellowship in parent-infant mental health.

Staff

Sara Hicks-Kilday, Director

With over 30 years in the field of early childhood education, Sara is an early care educator, mentor, researcher, and advocate. Her work with young children ranges from infants to after school, centers to home-based, though most at home with two-year-olds. She has extensive experience as an adult educator through facilitating, developing, and coordinating workshops, regional meetings, and statewide conferences for support-program administrators, centers and FCC program operators, and early care educators—including past work contracting with F5CA for T&TA, facilitating educator leadership with the Work & Family Coalition of Alameda County’s health care campaign, and presenting for NAEYC, CAAEYC, and local conferences. She holds an MA in Special Education with a focus in Early Education from SFSU, a PITC certificate, and deeply values the knowledge gained from her visit to the schools and community of Reggio Emilia. Director of ECESF since 2014, she brings her statewide experience with EC educator-support and systems work, as well as her direct child care and education experience to San Francisco.

Anna Wolde-Yohannes, Program Manager

Anna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Politics from San Francisco State University and holds a Child Development Certificate in Infant/Toddler Care. She fell in love with preschool teaching while working abroad at an international preschool in 2014. Since then, she has taught in both private and public, big and small childcare sites across San Francisco and studied to earn a California Child Development Program Director Permit. As an early learning advocate, Anna enjoys engaging with the field through educator policy and advocacy groups, local equity committees, and professional learning communities. She has been a leader for the Bay Area Network for Diversity Training in Early Childhood (BANDTEC) Equity Leadership Project since 2018 engaging in awareness building, equity trainings, as well as creating an educator-led podcast series. In addition to her work at ECESF, Anna is a social-cultural equity dialogue training consultant with WJ DevelopMental Consultants presenting a training series which explores race-conscious education and social identity building.

Liam Hicks-Kilday, Website Administrator

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