Early Childhood Work Group
Susan W. Mittler was born in New York City and is a first generation American. She attended grades K-12 public school in Queens, New York. Mrs. Mittler earned a BS degree from Cornell University (Human Development and Family Studies) and a Master’s Degree in elementary education from SUNY Cortland.
She has been an educator in New York State for over thirty -five years. For the first half of her career Mrs. Mittler taught children in the nursery – middle school classroom and elementary school students as part of a district-wide gifted and talented program.
Luis O. Reyes, Ph.D. was appointed as a Research Associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, in 2010. He serves as Centro’s Director of Education. Dr. Reyes has served as assistant professor in various education departments, including Lehman, Hunter, Brooklyn and Baruch Colleges, CUNY, and at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Dr. Reyes earned a B.A. in Spanish Literature from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (1967), an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont (1971), and a Ph.D.
Elizabeth S. Hakanson is Regent of the University of the State of New York for the 5th Judicial District encompassing the counties of Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego. She resides in Onondaga County.
Wade Norwood is the Chief Strategy Officer for Common Ground Health (formerly the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency). Common Ground Health is a not-for-profit community health planning agency that promotes public health in the Finger Lakes region through research, advocacy and community engagement.
With the support of community leaders, health care providers, consumers, insurers and government, Common Ground Health has a strong record of service aimed toward ensuring accessible, affordable and high quality healthcare for the entire population of the region.
Christine D. Cea was appointed by a joint session of the New York State Legislature to a five-year term as a member of the New York State Board of Regents effective April 1, 2009. She was again elected to a five-year term effective April 1, 2014. She holds the 17th seat on the Board, representing Staten Island, the newly created XIII Judicial District. Regent Cea brings to the Board her experiences as a researcher, educator, and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
In March, 2008 Dr. Young was appointed by the New York State Legislature as Regent At Large, The University of the State of New York, re-elected to a five-year term effective April 1, 2010 and again to a five-year term effective April 1, 2015. Currently, he co-chairs the Regent’s P – 12 Education Committee, and chairs the Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color and the Early Childhood Workgroup.